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


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According to Idaho Code 54-2514A, the simulcasting of dog racing outside of Kootenai County is a felony in the State of Idaho. The Greene Group operators of Les Bois Park have been simulcasting greyhound racing every day they have been open since June 1, 2011, according to their online schedule. […]

Fighting the Greene Giant



I am a staunch fiscal conservative, but believe the money that will be spent on a signalized crosswalk at Front and 2nd Streets – directly in front of the Ada County Courthouse – is very worthwhile. Over the past six years, Ada County has left the allowable three percent property […]

Crosswalk Cost Conundrum