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Posts published in “Day: May 13, 2014”

A tale of two projects

frazier DAVID


The announcement by the J. R. Simplot Company to build a nine story headquarters at 11th and Front while Gardner plans a new project at 8th and Main brings to mind the differences in funding.
Simplot’s project won’t depend on public money like the Gardner project which depends of lots of public money–just for the foundation.

Simplot may very well create a demand for parking structures and bicycles, but by the time the new building is a reality, the CCDC Central District will nearly be expired (2017) … then there is Team Dave’s desire named street car.

Taxpayers–under the current Gardner scheme–will fund a good portion of the basement foundation in the form of a “transit center.” Citizens will have no voice in the project which depends upon money from half a dozen agencies. Don’t forget this location is at least the fourth “perfect location” for a transit center.

One of the troubling aspects includes a “ballroom” in the Gardner structure planned for the Center on the Grove which depends upon future public tax money from the Greater Boise Auditorium District.

Idaho’s constitution mandates agencies must seek voter approval to spend future tax money. GBAD has a hearing set for May 21 as the first move to circumvent the public and get a single judge to “confirm” the ballroom is “ordinary and necessary.”

If the project is viable, we suggest Gardner put its hands in its own pocket to secure financing and charge rent for its real estate.

NOTE– The GUARDIAN is in Vietnam where the government doesn’t worry about public’s thoughts on spending, so we may be a bit slow posting comments.

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Club for Growth drops Smith funding (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register)
Wandering OR-7 may have mate (Boise Statesman)
Code limits speech in judge campaigns (IF Post Register)
VanderSloot sues reporter Zuckerman (IF Post Register)
Project 60 reached via inflation not growth (IF Post Register)
Clarkston moves slow on pot ordinance (Lewiston Tribune)
WA state considers rules for slide areas (Moscow News)
Candidate filing starts in Washington (Moscow News)
Reviewing Democrats in the 1st district (Moscow News)
Wilder sees downtown upgrade (Nampa Press Tribune)
Permit issued for Power Co nitrogen plant (Pocatello Journal)

Eugene plans sale of alleys to store (Eugene Register Guard)
Wandering OR-7 may have mate (Medford Tribune, Pendleton East Oregonian, KF Herald & News, Ashland Tidings)
Logos charter school wants more space (Medford Tribune)
Tougher statewide school tests on the way (Portland Oregonian)
Organization plans gay marriage fight (Salem Statesman Journal)
Reviewing Salem wrd 6 contest (Salem Statesman Journal)

Pot banned at Marysville (Everett Herald)
Road near Oso could limit logging (Everett Herald)
Kilmer speaks on ocean's acidity (Olympian)
Candidate filing begins in WA (Vancouver Columbian, Port Angeles News)
Electric rates up at Clallam PUD (Port Angeles News)
Seattle area consider bus funding option (Seattle Times)
About another Seattle police chief option (Seattle Times)
Cable TV in Tacoma wants 10% rate rise (Tacoma News Tribune)
Vancouver handles school crowding (Vancouver Columbian)
Prosser farm gets approval for pot grow (Yakima Herald Republic)
Ellensburg-Yakima bus service survives (Yakima Herald Republic)
Washington deer population has fallen (Yakima Herald Republic)