Maybe we were speaking a little too soon when we said the Boise mayors race was going to be a competition between two nice guys.
There were some decidedly pointed responses Wednesday afternoon when Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and his challenger, city councilman Jim Tibbs, met at a debate sponsored by KBOI, the Idaho Business Forum and IQ Idaho. Roughly 65 people attended the luncheon eventmost of which were assorted media and campaign staffers. Of course the $25 price tag might have had something to do with that ...
Some of our favorite highlights from the afternoon:
discussing his much-criticized nomination of Chuck Winter to chair a new joint transportation committee: If Im a little over-anxious, our citizens will understand because theyre even more anxious sitting in traffic.
on relationships with other government entities: I dont want to go down the road of litigation. It gets personal.
on Tibbs approach to a the recent Urban Lands Institute study: You can just hear the bureaucracy chugging along. Bureaucracy is where good ideas go to die.
on negotiating the Boise Police union contract: Have you ever been shot at? Ever had a knife pulled on you? You learn to negotiate very quickly.
on Tibbs story of dealing with homeless issues: It sounds hollow to talk about commitment to homlessness in Idaho when two weeks ago Jim Tibbs voted against reserving $2 million for homeless issues.
on using other Western cities as models for Boise. We just have to find out what those great ideas are?
on the current public transportation system: The system is held together with twine and bailing wire.