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Today’s Top Post: Troy Time?

COEUR d'ALENE - The Coeur d'Alene City Council agreed Tuesday night to reopen discussion of replacing the city administrator position.

During the May 20 council meeting, the mayor appointed Finance Director Troy Tymesen as the interim city administrator while the city set up an open application process.

At that May meeting, Mayor Steve Widmyer said he wanted to discuss recruitment options for the city administrator position with the city council. He suggested the city could begin an open recruitment in July with the intent to fill the position by Oct. 1. Widmyer said Tymesen was amenable to an open recruitment and agreed to throw his hat into the ring.

Councilman Dan Gookin said Wednesday that an open recruitment is a good idea, and that if an internal candidate gets the job it would confirm that person was the best fit for the job.

But at Tuesday's council meeting, Councilman Woody McEvers made the case to reopen that discussion to consider foregoing the selection process and hire Tymesen.

“I don't think we should have to prolong this process until October,” McEvers said after listing a number of accomplishments Tymesen has been associated with over the past decade. More here. Jeff Selle, CdA Press

Agree or disagree with Woody?

Hebert seeks McEvers seat

Hebert addresses KCRR, yesterday. Duane Rasmussen, photo.

COEUR d'ALENE - Sharon Hebert said Thursday she is running for Coeur d'Alene City Council.

Hebert, a native of southern California, moved to Coeur d'Alene with her family in 1995.

She has an associate degree and certificate of architecture design from Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif., and said she will likely run for seat 4, held by Woody McEvers, who is seeking re-election.

It's Herbert's first attempt at running for a council seat. She declared her intention Thursday at the Kootenai County Reagan Republican meeting and said she was a Tea Party supporter who became more involved in national and local politics after 9-11.

She said she favored the idea of a public vote on the fate of developing McEuen Park.

She's worked in sales for a beauty and bath company and is a charter member of Lake City Toastmasters Club. More here. Tom Hasslinger, Cda Press

Well. Now you know a little bit more about Hebert. Do you think it likely she can oust Woody?

Poll: Woody Can Win Again

  • Tuesday Poll: Hucks Nation says incumbent Woody McEvers has a decent chance to win re-election to his Coeur d'Alene City Council seat. But weren't as optimistic re: incumbent Deanna Goodlander (who announced Tuesday afternoon that she wouldn't seek a fifth term. 40 of 148 respondents (27.03%) said both council veterans were re-electable. However, an additional 39 (26.35%) said Woody was re-electable but Deanna wasn't. 5 (3.38%) said Deanna was re-electable but Woody wasn't. 54 of 148 respondents (36.49%) said neither incumbent was re-electable. 10 (6.76%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you expect both Mary Souza and Jim Brannon to be on the ballot in the Coeur d'Alene mayor's race in November?

Woody Still Uses ‘Bitchin”

Back in the day, we children of the '60s used the term “bitchin'” to describe something that was good — and that we appreciated. A new pair of bell bottoms was “bitchin'.” Good news was “bitchin'.” An unexpectedly good grade on a biology test was “bitchin'.” I used it back when. But I hadn't heard it for some time until I tuned in to Joe Paisley and Councilman Woody McEvers on ESPN1080 this morning on the way to work. Woody was discussing a variety of topics, including the ITD's proposed transfer of Lake Coeur d'Alene Drive (old Interstate 90) to the city of Coeur d'Alene. Can't remember when Woody considered “bitchin,” but his use of the word in the old Flower Children way made me smile.

Question: Is there a slang word besides cool that you still use from bygone days?

Recall Fails; Orzell: No Litigation

Item: Recall effort fails: RecallCdA organizer Frank Orzell has no plans to pursue litigation/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

Mayor Sandi Bloem: “This isn't a victory celebration … It's difficult it happened. I think anyone can say it's been difficult and tough, no matter what your view is on the recall. One has to look at what has happened and say, 'What have we learned from this? What is positive out of this?' And I do think there are some positives. One is, I think a lot more people were engaged and tried to know the facts and tried to know what's going on and listening to both sides and getting involved. And particularly with younger people, I saw. And the community needs that. In order to be more healthy, we need to be more engaged.”

Question: What do you see as the silver lining to the recall attempt?

City Clerk: Recall Drive Has Failed

Just returned from City Hall, where City Clerk Susan Weathers declared all the petition drive to recall Mayor Sandi Bloem and three council members “null & void ab initio.” In other words, the recall effort has failed. Recaller Frank Orzell was in the audience when Weathers read the total number of valid signatures for each of the 4 drives, with 4,311 signatures needed to trigger a recall. Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander was the first petition to be declared null and void. Goodlander had 4,073 valid signatures. Next was Councilman Mike Kennedy with 4,077 valid signatures. Then, Councilman Woody McEvers with 4,060 valid signatures. Finally, Weathers declared the petitions for Mayor Sandi Bloem null & void with 4,126 valid signatures. Weathers concluded: “As city clerk for the city of Coeur d'Alene, I now declare this Coeur d'Alene recall process to be closed.” Some 25 individuals who fought the recall cheered the announcement. Orzell was the only Recaller that I saw in the old City Council chamber. Afterward, Sara Meyer of the Decline to Sign group said to Orzell: “I hope you want to come together as a community and move forward in a positive way,” adding, “No lawsuits.”


Recall Attempt Failing: 24% DQs

The attempted recall of Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and three City Council members apparently has failed. With 98 percent of the signatures on recall petitions verified, County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced this afternoon that 24 percent of the signatures had been disqualified. A 20 percent disqualification rate was needed for Bloem & and three council members (Deanna Goodlander, Woody McEvers and Mike Kennedy) to survive the recall attempt. This is Hayes' press release: “This afternoon Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced further progress on signature verifications for the Coeur d’Alene Recall petitions.  “We’ve completed verification and checking on approximately 98% of the petitions.  The cumulative reject rate is now running approximately 24% for the three Council members and for the Mayor,” Hayes said. “We will finish the verifications on Monday and forward them to the City of Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday,” Hayes concluded. 4311 valid signatures are needed to trigger a recall election against the four targeted elected officials. At 24 percent, the final total would be as follows:

  • Mayor Sandi Bloem (with 5384 signatures against her): 4092
  • Councilman Mike Kennedy (with 5327 signatures against him): 4049
  • Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander (with 5314 against her): 4039
  • Councilman Woody McEvers (with 5267 signatures against him): 4003


Breaking! Rejection Rate Now 20%

This morning Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced further progress on signature verifications for the Coeur d’Alene Recall petitions.  “We’ve completed verification and checking on approximately 40% of the petitions.  The cumulative reject rate is now running about 20% for the three Council members and for the Mayor,” Hayes said. At the 20% disqualification rate, the targeted elected officials would have the following number of valid signatures against them — and would survive the recall election (4311 needed for recall election):

  • Mayor Sandi Bloem (with 5384 signatures on petitions): 4307
  • Councilman Mike Kennedy (with 5327): 4261
  • Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander (with 5314): 4251
  • Councilman Woody McEvers (with 5267): 4214


Targeted 4: Resign? Who Us?

Item: Resign? Not us, targets declare: Cd'A officials plan to stay in office if election occurs/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The four Coeur d'Alene city incumbents targeted by a recall effort said Wednesday they wouldn't resign if the measure makes it to an election. Coeur d'Alene City Council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers and Deanna Goodlander and Mayor Sandi Bloem each said they would see a recall election to the end rather than surrender their seats. “I definitely will not resign,” Bloem said.

Question: Do you agree with the decisions by Mayor Sandi Bloem and the three targeted council members not to resign if this moves forward to an election?

Recallers Complying w/Name Deletion

Some have wondered whether any steps have been taken by the Souza-Orzell-Sims Recallers to remove names from petitions of individuals who have had second thoughts about the recall effort. The short answer is yes. City Clerk Susan Weathers responded to my inquiry into this situation this morning with this email: “I received information from the people who had requested from me that their names be removed,  they received a certified letter from Mr. Orzell noting that as soon as he finds their names he will contact them to remove their names from the petitions.  Today, one of the individuals told me he just received another letter from Mr. Orzell telling him the dates and times he may go to their office to remove their names.  So it appears that they are in the process of removing their names.” In letters to Recall organizer Frank Orzell (pictured) earlier this spring, Weathers had cautioned that the names needed to be removed before she could perfect the petitions. You can read those letters here and here.


Recaller Orzell Claims Intimidation

At the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting Tuesday night, RecallCDA organizer Frank Orzell of Coeur d'Alene, pictured, said (according to the rough draft of City Clerk Susan Weathers' minutes) “… that he had received complaints of intimidation.  John Montandon, 6269 E. French Gulch Rd., commented that he allowed the recall group to use his parking lot and as a result he received calls from clients stating that they were going to stop doing business at his store and believes that this is a form of intimidation.  Mayor Bloem noted that this is a very personal time for her and the Council being recalled and their families.  She respects the right for citizens to shop where they want, but she does not condone any threatening or intimidation.” Stop the Recall organizer Jennifer Drake commented later that she and other members of her group have been intimidated, too. She reportedly turned to Montandon in the audience and apologized to him for feeling intimidated for anything that was happening.


Recallers Claim 3700 Signatures

Item: Recall drive hits 3,700: Group needs 4,311 valid signatures from voters/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: RecallCdA said Monday it has about 3,700 petition signatures seeking the ouster of four Coeur d'Alene officials. The group needs 4,311 valid signatures from registered Coeur d'Alene voters to issue a recall election against Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy, Deanna Goodlander and Woody McEvers — all of whom supported moving forward with the McEuen Field redevelopment project.


Mayor’s Fam Pulls Biz From Store

Family of Mayor Sandi Bloem closed a pair of accounts at Sherman Hardware this week, after the store's owner allowed recall supporters to seek signatures to oust the mayor and three city council members. The decision was a personal one, family members said, and not part of an orchestrated retaliation against store owner John Montandon. Montandon, who has owned the hardware store at 1010 Sherman Ave. for 24 years, said he has been “dodging bullets” from upset citizens after he let RecallCdA supporters — the group organizing the petition drive - use his parking lot to gather signatures. “And I think I've got hit several times,” Montandon said Wednesday. He said he has received between 15 and 25 phone calls from upset people since petitioners started using his lot on Sunday/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo: State Sen. Kathy Sims in Sherman Hardware lot earlier this week)

The divide widened this week after some downtown business owners who display “Decline to Sign” signs at their stores began receiving a postcard addressed to them, mocking their stance. The postcard, mailed from Spokane without a sender's name, calls the store owners “servants to the glorious Visionaries!”


Recallers Admit Recording Is Legit

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Original story: Hayes asks (for) recaller recording investigation

RecallCdA organizer Frank Orzell confirmed Thursday the recall petitioner secretly recorded giving inaccurate information in an attempt to solicit a signature works for his organization. Orzell said he spoke to the petitioner — whose first name was withheld from the online story but is known by The Press — about not using misinformation in the future. “We do an extensive training program,” Orzell said of the petitioners, most of whom are volunteers but some are paid. “He did not intentionally” use wrong information, Orzell said. The recording was provided to The Press Tuesday, and posted online with a short story Wednesday. The approximately three minute recorded conversation between a man and the petitioner could not be authenticated because neither camp would go on the record Wednesday, but Orzell said Thursday the conversation did happen/Tom “Pitbull” Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think charges should be filed for giving false information to obtain signatures?

Hayes Asks Recaller Recording Probe

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recaller caught misstating facts?

Update 2: “The Press knows the identity of the individual who recorded the conversation, and we know the first name of the petitioner. Recall CdA organizer Frank Orzell did not deny or confirm that they have a petitioner by that name when Tom Hasslinger asked him about it.”

Update: Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes just told The Press he would like to see a legal investigation of the recording. Hayes said he will ask Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo to have the department open an investigation.

A recording of an apparent recall petitioner soliciting signatures reveals that the petitioner used wrong information while attempting to get at least one person to sign. The recording turned over to The Press Tuesday took place on Tubbs Hill around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the person who provided the tape. The person who recorded the conversation via cell phone did not want his name in the story, but the recording tracks several minutes of apparent conversation between him and another male apparently trying to gather signatures on a recall petition seeking a recall election against four Coeur d’Alene officials/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Specific fibs:

  • Spending $40 million to renovate the park
  • 18% property tax increase
  • Denied a vote six times
  • Get to elect a new mayor and council in November
  • Redoing all the trails on Tubbs Hill and make it more commercialized

Question: Cliff?

Orzell: They’re Clamoring For Recall

The leader of an effort to recall Coeur d’Alene’s mayor and half of the City Council characterized his differences with the council as an ideological dispute over their vision for Coeur d’Alene, including how much public money should be spent on downtown improvement. “There’s an inordinate focus on downtown business interests…There’s a feeling that downtown is getting more than its share of attention,” said Frank Orzell, a retired management consultant who is leading the recall effort. A $14.2 million makeover planned for McEuen Field – a popular green space on Lake Coeur d’Alene – was simply the latest controversy in a growing discontent with city leadership, Orzell said. “McEuen Field coalesced a lot of people into taking action,” he said. “They started clamoring for recall”/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

DFO: If you're keeping score at home, this is the 7th recall post today. Sawwy.

Question: As their a clamor for recall citywide, or simply in the circles in which Orzell runs?

The Young And The Angry

Jennifer Drake, right, and Michael Sheneman hold signs with opposite opinions during a Recall CdA rally on Wednesday at City Hall in Coeur d'Alene. Residents turned out for the rally to express their discontent with the city leaderships decision to move forward with a park plan that will cost millions of dollars without seeking public input with a vote. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Jerome A. Pollos)

DFO: Hat Tip to Jerome Pollos of the Coeur d'Alene Press for capturing the two sides of the Coeur d'Alene recall fight — and I don't mean just the opposing sides. Jerome also sized up the demographics well.


Recall Drive Starts, Opposition Ready

Item: Second time's the charm: Petitions certified to begin recall effort; mayor, city council supporters gather/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The petitions to begin a recall effort against three Coeur d'Alene City Council members and the mayor were certified Thursday, leaving the citizen group spearheading the campaign 75 days to collect 4,311 signatures. The deadline to collect enough signatures from registered city voters to get a recall election on the Nov. 6 ballot for Mayor Sandi Bloem and council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers and Deanna Goodlander is 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.

DFO: I attended the meeting of about 40 individuals opposed to this loony recall effort last evening at the Fort Ground Grill, including former state Lt. Gov. Jack Riggs, NIC trustee chairman Nic Armon, and representatives from the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. It's mentioned briefly in the Press story. Too briefly. We'll be discussing what was said there throughout the day. There will be organized opposition to this insane attempt to oust Mayor Sandi Bloem and the better half of the City Council.

Interview With Mayor Sandi Bloem

  • Question: What do you think of the recall announcement today?
  • Sandi Bloem: We were informed earlier so I wasn't surprised. I've been hearing rumors for several months. They have the right to do that.
  • Question: What do you plan to do at this point?
  • Bloem: I plan to do just what I would be doing whether the petition had been filed or not. I will continue working with the staff and the community to hopefully make this a great place to live.
  • Question: Are you disheartened that a recall effort is under way not only against you but three fairly respected members of the council?
  • Bloem: I'm disappointed because this is divisive for the community. For me personally, I would be very selfish if I was disappointed in the 11 years I've been able to serve this community. It has been an incredible opportunity and I would do it again in a heart beat.
  • Question: Do you think that Frank Orzell & Co, who filed the recall papers today, speak for the community?
  • Bloem: They speak for a portion of the community. They have surrounded themselves with others who think like they do. I'm sure they don't speak for the community as a whole. No one does that.
  • Question: Would you do anything differently re: your approach to McEuen Field upgrade?
  • Bloem: No, not as far as hiring the amazing team we have (Team McEuen) and the approach of the advisory group and community meetings. I would change the way the message was delivered to some degree. I would try to communicate what was happening before untruths and rumors took the lead.
  • Question: Will this recall effort cause qualified people in the community to take a pass on public elected office?
  • Bloem: I think it will play a part in stopping people from running. The lack of civility at times & lack of respect for differing opinions, along with this effort, will make people think twice before they decide to put their name in the hat.

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