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I must apologize for having not written anything lately for my blog. It has been challenging to find time to write. As you might have realized by now, there is rarely a dull moment in the life of an Ada County commissioner! I have been working on some deadline-sensitive projects […]

Quorum Questions


Last Thursday, I received the following inquiry from a reporter at the Idaho Statesman: “This is from Boise: “’The City is not a part of any agreement that exists between Ada County and Dynamis. Up to this point, Ada County has not approached the City about the Dynamis project. Idaho […]

Not Necessarily News?


It has come to my attention that a disgruntled former employee is likely working with Commissioner Bisterfeldt to accuse the Board of Ada County Commissioners of having violated the Idaho Open Meeting Law nearly a year-and-a-half ago with regard to the Dynamis project. We have not done so. Here are […]

Turning Waste into Energy – and Jobs



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Ada County is gearing up to take over the provision of misdemeanor probation services at the end of this contract term, which is September 30, 2012. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to call or write to my Board to express your concerns and frustrations with this […]

Update on Misdemeanor Probation


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I have NEVER supported privatized misdemeanor probation. I have advocated against the concept since Ada County first contracted for the service a dozen or so years ago. Law enforcement and corrections activities fall within the limited role of responsibilities that government should fulfill internally, not contract out. I have lobbied […]

Let’s Talk About Misdemeanor Probation


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Ever heard of someone being charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Ada County? Let’s take a look at the dramatic difference in distribution of court fines and fees between Boise City and Ada County. The cost of committing a DUI in Ada County, if caught and charged […]

Taxpayers Are Getting a Raw Deal



Ever heard of someone being charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Ada County? Let’s take a look at the dramatic difference between distribution of court fines and fees for Boise City and Ada County. The cost of committing a DUI in Ada County, if caught and charged […]

A Case in Point


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Note: The following piece was first published on the front page of the August 29, 2011, issue of the Valley Times. There are people in Ada County who are breaking the law, and government officials – including attorneys – are covering for them. The Alabama-based Greene Group operators of Les […]

Greyhound Simulcasting at Les Bois Park a Felony


On Tuesday, August 30 at 9:00 a.m., the Board of Ada County Commissioners will consider an agreement with the City of Boise for the provision of Magistrate Court facilities and services. Passage of such an agreement could end years of legal wrangling between Boise and Ada County. Unfortunately, the agreement […]

Fatally Flawed Agreement



The Treasure Valley Partnership plans to hold a retreat at Tamarack Resort September 15 and 16. How is that good for local taxpayers OR the local business community?! According to their website, “The Treasure Valley Partnership is a group of mayors and commissioners from Ada and Canyon Counties in Southwest […]

Decision-Makers’ Bad Decision