Guv gets street parking

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No more hitching his State Police suburban to the hitching post next to the Borah Building. Or, parking on the sidewalk, which would be a more accurate way to say that. The ISP truck that is assigned to Gov. Butch Otter now has a spot of its own.

The City of Boise has dedicated two spots on 8th Street to ISP for the governor's security detail. No one is parked there today because Otter is in Sun Valley golfing. It's for a good cause, the Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament. And hey, it's a golf tourney in Sun Valley with heavy corporate sponsorship, so it's a great opportunity to press the flesh.

In case you missed it, Otter had been parked (it's not his car, it's a state police rig) on the sidewalk since the Legislature kicked him out of his offices in the State Capitol for two years. Idaho State Police told BW that the spot on the wide sidewalk near the backdoor was a security precaution, recommended by none other than the Secret Service.

But the city complained (and got complaints) and an awkward back and forth between the state and the city ensued, for, like a year. Now everyone is friends again and in about a year Otter will get his driveway across the street back.

ISP has also requested a street spot at the Supreme Court building.