Posts tagged: Steve Adams
City Councilman Steve Adams doesn't want to hire two more police officers despite the department's claim it's understaffed. Nor does the second-year councilman support the city extending its lease with the University of Idaho to allow the school to operate at the Harbor Center inside the education corridor. He says government doesn't have a role in education, which is why he's voting against the lease extension. And as for the additional officers, he opposes paying for them with the help of a federal grant, which is what the police department is proposing. “I'm not opposed to having additional officers or increased public safety, but I am opposed to the funding method, as I have been in the past,” said Adams, nicknamed by some Dr. No for frequently voting no, including against any grant tied to federal money, on Monday/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you think Adams is making a principled stand?
COEUR d'ALENE - Ouch.
It's been quite a week in what's been quite a month for Councilman Steve Adams, who drew his fair share of attention recently for advocating the city go to an election to decide the fate of the wastewater treatment plant and the multi-million dollar upgrades it requires.
The pursuit of an election made the second-year councilman unpopular with the rest of the council, which preferred judicial confirmation to secure the funds.
Tense meetings on the topic lasted all March, which included arguing, finger pointing, a 911 call, alleged threats, shaking fists and swear words.
Add a parking ticket.
Not just left on a windshield, but posted online, to boot.
“I didn't expect that one,” Adams said Thursday of the parking ticket he received March 28 while attending a City Council workshop involving the sewer issue at the public library - a ticket he appealed, lost, and was posted online on a blog that has been critical of Adams every step of the wastewater way. “I was surprised.” More here. Tom Hasslinger, Cda Press
Do you think the things posted on this blog amount to a campaign to make Steve Adams look bad? And do you believe his statement that he doesn't pay attention to Huckleberries Online?
Update: Huckleberries has learned that the Parking Commission has denied Councilman Steve Adams' appeal of a parking ticket at the Coeur d'Alene Library. Here is the reply from the Parking Commission: “His notice with denial was mailed out on the 2nd of April so as far as we are concerned the matter is closed. He was given until April 15 to pay. If he doesn't, it will go to collections just like any other citizen.”
Constitutionalist Councilman Steve Adams has seen the light re: his threatened appeal of judicial confirmation of the “ordinary and necessary” sewer plant expansion. So Huckleberries wonders if he has also gained clarity re: some sort of divine right of local elected officials not to pay parking tickets. Huckleberries has submitted a request to City Hall, asking if Adams has also dropped his appeal of the $15 parking ticket he got for staying over-long in a Coeur d'Alene Library space during a joint meeting between the City Council and Lake City Development Corp. I'll let you know the answer when I get it. Meanwhile, you can amuse yourself by re-reading this episode of the Trials & Tribulations of Councilman Adams here.
Question: Should we talk up a collection to pay Adams' ticket in appreciation for all the blog fodder he has provided over the last 7 to 10 days?
Bill, Mary and the OpenCDA.com crowd never fail to amaze. After watching Golden Boy Steve Adams toss in the towel re: his threatened appeal of the sewer treatment plant expansion, I was curious how OpenCDA.com would spin the inglorious defeat. In four words: “Well done, Councilman Adams!” I'm at a loss re: what Adams did well, other than read a prepared statement on two or three different occasions, call the cops on City Attorney Mike Gridley, and remind many of us that he's not ready for Woody TV prime time on council nights. Well done? Adams couldn't find any place for judicial confirmation in his reading of the Idaho Constitution (although the practice was used for sewer expansions in Post Falls and Hayden). And then, after he was roundly criticized for endangering the city's economy with his ploy, he saw the light and celebrated Judge John Luster's wise decision. Well done? What changed between the two divine revelations (other than some hilarious dust-ups on and off camera)? We're going ahead with the sewer expansion without a public vote, which Adams declared only days ago to be unconstitutional. I'd be somewhat impressed if Adams admitted he was wrong rather than offer a smoke-and-mirrors excuse for his second flipflop on this same issue. I suppose the OpenCDAers have to mollify the dwindling number of individuals you can fool all the time, with its proclamation: Well done/DFO. You can read Bill McCrory's full post here.
In this Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19 video, Coeur d'Alene School Board candidate Bjorn Handeen (who's running against Tom Hearn) voiced support for Councilman Steve Adams before Adams withdrew his threat of appealing a judicial confirmation decision re: sewer plant expansion. During public comments, Handeen said he took offense to jabs taken at fellow Constitutionalist Steve Adams for his stand against judicial confirmation on constitutional grounds. Handeen said there are thousands of fellow Constitutionalists in Coeur d'Alene who support Adams through their votes.
Question: Any thoughts about Adams' prepared statement?
The election is off. Coeur d'Alene City Councilman Steve Adams said he will withdraw his pledge to appeal a judge's ruling that green-lights major upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, meaning the city will secure roughly $33.5 million for the project through a judicial confirmation after all. It also means the May 21 election will be called off. Adams said Tuesday evening he was satisfied with 1st District Judge John Luster's decision issued hours before the City Council meeting that declared the project was “ordinary and necessary,” and voter approval to secure the debt obligation wasn't required/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: So why did Adams say “uncle”?
In the draft minutes below, City Clerk Renata McLeod offers a good recount of the debate among the City Council re: the decision to go ahead with a public vote on the wastewater treatment plant (special meeting March 28). Even council ally Dan Gookin is urging Councilman Steve Adams to switch from his dug-in position against judicial confirmation (see link below):
Councilman Adams stated that from a principal standpoint he could not compromise the integrity of the Idaho Constitution for a couple of interest points. Councilman Kennedy stated that the Boise case contains a different set of facts, and Councilman Adams is misapplying the facts to this situation. In the Copsey case, it was reasonable but not necessary and was for a parking garage, not like our case that is both reasonable and necessary. He stated that there is a lot of misinformation and it should be clear that it is a different point than the Boise case. Councilman Adams stated that it is arguable that it is ordinary and necessary; however to spend half of the City’s annual appropriation is not ordinary. Councilman Gookin thinks Councilman Adams has made his point and that in this case it would be best to move forward and fight the battle another day. Full discussion here.
Question: Gotta give Gookin credit for trying to talk sense to Adams, right?
Coeur d'Alene Councilman Steve Adams is appealing a $15 parking ticket that he received from Diamond Parking at 2:28 p.m. Thursday while he attended a joint meeting of the council and Lake City Development Corp. Adams was ticketed for parking for more than two hours at 710 Front Avenue (Coeur d'Alene Library parking lot). In his appeal, Adams protested that he “was attending a 'special call' council meeting in the community room of library — official Government Business — meeting ran long. However believe there (is) an exception for elected officials.” You can see Adams' appeal and citation here.
DFO: Should we take up a collection to help Councilman Adams pay his parking fine?
Question: Do you agree with Councilman Adams that elected officials should be immune from parking tickets that occur while they're engaged in official business?
Coeur d’Alene’s plans for a $36 million upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant took a strange turn when a lone City Council member decided he knew more about the Idaho Constitution and the environmental challenges cities face removing phosphorus from the Spokane River. Councilman Steve Adams was on board with the upgrades until last month, when he announced that the city’s funding plan was unconstitutional. He then leveled a threat to delay the project for up to a year, forcing the City Council to put the project to a vote May 21. The irony is that this anti-government ideologue’s antics will end up costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars to stage and promote the election, and potentially millions more if the voters say no. This is what happens when officeholders try to dismantle government, rather than run it/SR Editorial Board. More here.
It's going to a vote. The Coeur d'Alene City Council agreed Thursday to ask voters for the authority to borrow up to $36.3 million for federally mandated upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. The City Council begrudgingly voted 4 to 1 to put the up or down question on a ballot for the May 21 election as a way to prevent one councilman from handcuffing the city's options by tying the issue up in court. It means the city all but will abandon its preferred route — judicial confirmation — which would be the less expensive option. But the council said an election is the best route to take to prevent the project from possibly stalling. “This is ridiculous. We shouldn't be here,” said Mike Kennedy, councilman. “Steve put us all in a very bad position over an ideological matter that I think is a misunderstanding of Idaho state law”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust Coeur d'Alene Press photo: City Attorney Mike Gridley explains bond vote to City Council)
Question: What will be the political fallout for Councilman Steve Adams in all of this?
In the letters to the editor section of today's Coeur d'Alene Press:
Question: Has your view of Adams changed since the flap over judicial confirmation for the wastewater treatment plant expansion?
It could go to a vote. Coeur d'Alene's legal department said Wednesday it's recommending the city hold an election to get approval to pay for up to $36.3 million worth of federally mandated improvements to its wastewater treatment plant — a move that comes in response to one councilman's pledge to tie the matter up in court if the city didn't ask voters. Staff has crafted a proposed bond ordinance that it will ask the City Council to approve during a special meeting at noon today that would put the issue before voters on May 21. It means the council could decide on whether to hold an election on wastewater treatment plant upgrades before it even knows the fate of its judicial confirmation — the way it originally sought to secure the money to pay for the project/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
DFO: This might be the day that Judge John Luster rules that the federally mandated sewer plant expansion is a necessary expense, not requiring a public vote.
Question: Has anyone called Councilman Steve Adams to inform him that he represents more people than just the OpenCDA.com crowd in this matter?
The decision by veteran Treasurer Tom Malzahn to withdraw plans to retire should serve as a warning to all Kootenai County Republicans that something's very wrong at the Central Committee level. Malzahn rescinded his retirement because he isn't confident that the Central Committee would pick at least one qualified person among the three names it would send to the County Commissioners to fill his vacancy. Everyone knows that Treasurer Malzahn considers his able assistant, Laurie Thomas, to be the most qualified person in the county to fill his shoes. But rumors abound that a subgroup within the Central Committee was lobbying actively behind the scenes to make sure that Laurie's name wasn't among the three sent to the commission. The in crowd wanted a party hack instead. The GOP Central Committee no longer can be trusted to act in the best interests of the public. Rather, it has become a vehicle for Constitutionalists, Libertarians, Ron Paulers, and various other elements of the local Tea Party to push their extreme agendas under the name of the Republican Party. For the past year, we have watched as “Republican” activists have created turmoil on the Coeur d'Alene City Council and Coeur d'Alene School Board. Councilman Steve Adams, a former North Idaho Patriot for Ron Paul, won office as a “Republican” and now has Coeur d'Alene facing an economic disaster as a result of his flipflop stand against wastewater treatment expansion. The Coeur d'Alene School Board, including three appointees, all of whom have Republican Party backing, has bounced from one self-inflicted controversy to another in the last 9 months. Malzahn's decision puts a fine point on the radicalism of the local GOP CC. Anyone who stands up to this new version of the Grand Old Party will be denounced as a “liberal” and trashed. But that's a small price to pay to take our Kootenai County communities back from the right-wing RINOs/DFO.
It appears that the 911 call by Councilman Steve Adams is going viral. Here's how Glenn Church presented the situation on his Web site Foolocracy: Government by Fools, Silliness & Unintelligent People:
Idaho politics might be a little too intense for Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Steve Adams. In a city council meeting, city attorney Mike Gridley got within a foot of Adams while using some profanity and calling Adams a “moron.” The topic was how the city will pay for an overhaul of a sewage treatment plant. Gridley never touched Adams, threatened him or raised his hands in an intimidating manner. Vehemently disagreeing with Adams and questioning Adams’ intelligence was enough to inspire Adams to call police. Afterwards, Adams said that he overreacted. While calling Adams a “moron” isn’t going to settle any political issues, Adams reaction to calling the police doesn’t do anything to dispute Gridley’s observation. More here (including KREM video from Monday newscast.
Question: Adams admits on the KREM video that he overreacted. Does he owe his constituents a public ap-hollo-gy?
Councilman Steve Adams says he's been inspired by libertarian Ron Paul. “They call him Doctor No,” Adams says. (Inlander photo: Mike McCall)
“McEuen field isn’t the main issue. Not anymore,” Goodlander says. “It’s a philosophical difference.” Goodlander says she’s been a lifelong Republican, but Adams isn’t conventionally conservative. “There was a lot of stuff going on in Coeur d’Alene that was a microcosm of the federal government,” Adams says. “Just tax-and-spend, liberal, Machiavellian, ends-justify-the-means governing.” Describing his political philosophy at Calypsos Coffee & Creamery, Adams cites his discovery of libertarian Ron Paul. “They call him Doctor No,” Adams says. “It was amazing. There were hundreds of votes where he was the only guy to vote no.” Adams has also repeatedly voted no. Any time there’s a tax increase or use of federal money, he votes no. “The federal government’s broke,” Adams says. “Why should we perpetuate the problem?”/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here.
DFO: I missed this one, from last week's edition of the Pacific Northwest Inlander.
After almost a year and a half of on-the-job training, the Adams saga just gets weirder. It reached a low-water mark last week in yet another heated debate over the city's wastewater treatment plan, this time a post-meeting whizzing match first with City Attorney Mike Gridley and then with Mayor Sandi Bloem. Bad words, pointy fingers and clenched fists all reportedly were wielded. Feelings ended up being the only articles that were actually bruised in the final act of this particular high schoolish drama, but some very real concerns are emerging among the electorate. When it comes to ideology vs. policy, is Adams just playing devil's advocate, or is he actually the devil?/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.
Do you suppose that the hard-working 911 dispatcher bit her tongue when Coeur d’Alene Councilman Steve Adams SOS’d to tattle on City Attorney Mike Gridley? A short version of the two-minute 911 call made by Adams after the testy council meeting Tuesday: He’s bigger than me, and he called me names (“moron” being the only printable one). The two have been dueling over the councilman’s attempt to sidetrack a federally mandated $33 million expansion of the city’s sewer plant. The dispatcher coulda told Adams to call a Wahhhmbulance. Or lectured him not to use 911 except for emergencies. But she remained professional throughout. Which is something that can’t be said for Adams or Gridley/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.
I wasn't able to post the audio of Councilman Steve Adams' 911 call until late yesterday afternoon — you know, the one claiming that City Attorney Mike Gridley had threatened him after the City Council meeting Tuesday. It's definitely worth a full day of discussion today. You can read the actual text of that discussion here.
The lone city councilman who opposes the city's request for a judicial confirmation said his opposition to the issue earned him threats from the mayor and city attorney following a meeting late Tuesday - claims the two officials deny. Steve Adams, the second-year councilman who opposes paying for $33 million in upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, said City Attorney Mike Gridley told Adams to “(bleep) off” following the four-hour meeting and Mayor Sandi Bloem said she wanted to punch the councilman's nose off. “For the City Attorney to verbally assault me, twice now, with inflammatory and derogatory comments, is a violation of his attorney code of ethics and, according to the city's personnel rules, is insubordination,” Adams stated in a press release, calling for Gridley's termination and an apology from Bloem. Bloem and Gridley said they didn't threaten the second-year councilman/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: How do you think this is going to play out?