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Bystander: Sims Respected In CdA

Almost Innocent Bystander: Kathy Sims is obviously smart and well respected outside of this blog and in this case, size matters. I think the numbers are going against the current Cda City cabal-no one with more than a couple of brain cells believes that borrowing money is a good idea right now. The spending habits of Sandi B and sycophants is akin to someone making $10/hr and buying the Hope Diamond.

Question: What do you make of the exchange of letters to the attorney general (see link) between Coeur d'Alene City Attorney Mike Gridley and state Sen. Kathy Sims?

Gridley Rips Sims’ ‘Conflict’ Claims

  • Originally posted at 5:02 p.m. Friday

Huckleberries has acquired a copy of a response sent by City Attorney Mike Gridley to Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane re: state Rep. Kathy Sims' claims (which Gridley called “scurrilous”) of widespread conflicts of interest among elected officials who OK'd McEuen Field changes. Quoth Gridley: “It appears that Rep. Sims has opened a new front in her on-going battle against urban renewal and Coeur d'Alene city government.” Gridley then goes on to break down the allegations raised by Sims. You can read what he says about Mayor Sandi Bloem's ownership of one-third of a building a block from McEuen Field and other so-called conflicts that Sims' claims here.


Kennedy Bill Busts Litigation Budget

Item: The rising cost of litigation: Like others, Cd’A splits city attorney duties from courtroom cases/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: The city of Coeur d’Alene will pay $108,434 in legal fees defending the 2009 general election challenge. That total more than quadruples the $24,770 the city’s legal department had budgeted for litigation in each of the last two years. That’s because the city agreed to pay the fees for two defendants, City Council seat 2 incumbent Mike Kennedy, who was sued personally for his then 5-vote victory, and the city of Coeur d’Alene, which was included in the yearlong suit as a potential remedy provider had the judge ruled for another election. While paying Kennedy’s tab was unique, hiring outside counsel to defend the city was not. Coeur d’Alene, as other Idaho cities do, separates its city attorney office duties from courtroom cases.

Question: Should Coeur d’Alene pay for outside counsel for courtroom cases involving the city?

Mary Upset By City Demand

Mary Souza is at it again, lambasting the city for demanding that failed challenger Jim Brannon pay the city’s legal bill of $36,000 to defend itself from Brannon’s long-running lawsuit. Mary fumes that the city hired Mike Haman to handle the defense while City Attorney Mike Gridley watched and texted from the back of the courtroom. Later, in her newsletter to her minions (the names and e-mails of whom she inadvertently published in her mass e-mailing), she castigates Her Sandiness & the City Council for not asking one question when votes were canvassed in the 2009 municipal elections. No where does Mary mention that her concerns were addressed by Judge Charles Hosack in his ruling against Brannon earlier this fall. She simply blathers on. Per usual. Quoth Mary: “They did not do their job for the voters of Coeur d’Alene; they did not make sure the city election was accurate and trustworthy.  This was their failure of duty.” You can read the entire screed here.


HBO Poll: Mike Told Starr To Shove It

  • Weekend Poll: 126 of 204 (52.5%) respondents believe that City Attorney Mike Gridley told Team Brannon attorney Starr Kelso to take his papers and shove them (where the sun doesn’t shine) at one point during the Brannon Election Trial. 58 of 204 (28.4%) respondents believe he didn’t. 20 of 204 (9.8%) respondents were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Will Demo Walt Minnick be hurt in conservative Idaho by being denounced as a bigot by liberal blog Daily Kos?

What Did Gridley Really Say?

It’s hard for me to believe that City Attorney Mike Gridley told Team Brannon attorney Starr Kelso to shove his papers where the sun doesn’t shine, as Kelso contends. Gridley, after all, was on the witness stand at the time. And Kelso seems to be the only one who heard the comment — and mebbe someone else from Team Brannon as Mary claims in her screed but per usual doesn’t identify. Tom Hasslinger, of the Coeur d’Alene Press, asked Gridley about the exchange during a break. He writes in an online story: “Gridley, outside the courtroom, said that wasn’t exactly the exchange the two attorneys had. He said he told Kelso in unspecified terms to stop the behavior during the questioning, adding that Kelso had tossed one of the paper exhibits at him instead of just handing it. ‘You don’t treat a witness that way,’ Gridley said”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think Gridley really told Kelso to shove his papers where the sun doesn’t shine? Would you think less of the city attorney if he did?

Mary’s Mad (Again): “Grow Up Gridley!’

Mary Souza, who ignored the fact that one of her Team Brannon playmates got kicked out of the courtroom earlier this week, vents her spleen on City Attorney Mike Gridley in her latest screed. Seems Mary’s perturbed re: an exchange between Gridley and Team Brannon attorney Starr Kelso Thursday. Kelso, who has annoyed everyone in the courtroom but Mary & his fanatic flock with his tedious and sometimes pointless questions, apparently handed Gridley some papers on the witness stand. And those papers fell to the ground. Mary claims Gridley knocked them off the stand. Then, as you read on Hucks Online, Kelso claims that Gridley said something to the effect that he could shove additional papers where the sun doesn’t shine. Kelso whined to Judge Charles Hosack re: what Gridley might or might not have said. And the judge (probably rolling his eyes) pointed out that he realized there was no love lost between the two men … and that what Gridley may or may not have said was irrelevant. He then ordered Kelso to proceed. You can have Mary’s outraged version of the events here.

Question: What do you make of this little tempest?

CdA seeks legal costs after claim dismissed

The city of Coeur d’Alene is seeking recovery of legal fees after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed police assaulted her. Shannon Kanda had a blood alcohol level of .28 when she had a neighbor call police to report she’d been assaulted, according to court documents. Police responded to an apartment in the 1800 block of Legends Parkway around 9:20 p.m. May 7, 2009, where they say Kanda was uncooperative and hit an officer’s hands, then swung at an officer. /Sirens & Gavels. More here

Do you think Kanda should reimburse the city?

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