Digging into the archives of my Huckleberries print column, I found this little gem from April 7, 2013, involving Councilman Steve Adams, who is running for re-election:
"You may know that Coeur d'Alene Councilman Steve Adams decided not to appeal a judge's decision to allow sewer expansion without a public vote. But did you know that Adams lost a different appeal last week? Seems Adams, who is a stickler for his version of the federal and state constitutions, believes elected officials shouldn't get parking tickets when they're conducting official business. Adams was involved in a joint meeting of the council and Lake City Development Corporation when his red Ford pickup was tagged with a ticket for overstaying its two-hour welcome in the Coeur d'Alene Library lot. Which, BTW, is reserved for library patrons. Adams appealed the ticket to the city Parking Commission. In his appeal, Adams protested that he "was attending a 'special call' council meeting in the community room of library." That he was on "official Government Business." That the "meeting ran long." And that he believes "there (is) an exception for elected officials." (At least he didn't say that the dog ate his parking ticket.) His appeal was denied. Now, Adams has until April 15 to pay the $15 fine or face a collection agency.