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Change comes to Cd'A council

Adams, Gookin take oath; Bruning, Hassell honored

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Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 12:15 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

COEUR d'ALENE - It's official.

During a meeting that was part ceremony, part business, the victors of the November election were seated Tuesday night as the newest members on the Coeur d'Alene City Council.

Besides saying hello to rookie council members Steve Adams and Dan Gookin - who won their races along with longtime incumbent Ron Edinger - the first council meeting of 2012 also said goodbye to two longtime public servants, John Bruning and Al Hassell.

"This being my last meeting, I just want to thank a few people," said a choked up Bruning, who lost his bid for a second term to Adams, and began the meeting by thanking city staff for their hard work. "For start, Your honor and my fellow council members, for putting up with me this last four years and for teaching me so much. I'm still learning."

Hassell, councilman or mayor for 20 plus years, chose not run again to focus on his business.

"I enjoyed it all," he said of his time as a public servant. "It's always been fun."

Both Hassell and Bruning received plaques for their service from Mayor Sandi Bloem, and were treated to a video of pictures and well-wishes compiled by Councilman Woody McEvers.

After the presentations, Adams, Gookin and Edinger took their oaths, and the victors were seated. Their first order of business included voting for Mike Kennedy as Council President.

Kennedy earned the title unanimously. After the meeting, Edinger, the former president, said he was content giving up the title since he had served in the role several times, for different mayors.

Gookin acknowledged he'd had different opinions than Kennedy in the past, but it was a good move as the new members work together with incumbents.

"In the spirit of moving forward," Gookin said. "I think it's a good move."

After the new members took their oaths and signed their papers, they mingled with friends and family during a brief recess, and chatted with incumbents, who welcomed them to the commission, before the meeting resumed.

"It feels great. Very excited," Adams described his feeling. "Now it's time to get to work."

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  • eslamali posted at 12:15 pm on Tue, Jan 24, 2012.

    eslamali Posts: 11
  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:42 am on Thu, Jan 5, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    worse depression? I'm STILL waiting for the elitists that lost their shorts to jump out of windows freeing up air the rest of up common folk breath. ;-)

  • straight up posted at 5:49 am on Thu, Jan 5, 2012.

    straight up Posts: 927


    inclined - could you please re-write your post for normal people instead of trying to impress with your elitist prose. HINT: This blog ain't NPR Word Puzzle Central.

    Do you happen to write LCDC's public answers to controversial issues?

  • inclined posted at 3:53 pm on Wed, Jan 4, 2012.

    inclined Posts: 682

    “Where are we now? We have negative real interest rates. Okay, that’s pretty alarming. We also have inflation rates (if) correctly accounted, it’s probably in the 5%-7% range. If inflation kicks up another 1% or 2%...This creates some fairly serious downside risk for equities if the Fed continues on it’s current path...Unfortunately I think they will, unfortunately enabling bad behavior is what they do to try to avoid an economic downturn. Well, the downturn is already here. Absent deficit spending, we’re already mired in the worst depression since the Great Depression.” Perhaps worse.

    Perspective, please. McEuen does focus on the progressive, spend our way out of the depression alignment, never to deal with the definitive causes to begin with.

    There was way too much sentiment, way too much localization of attention at this meeting. To understand our circumstances is to reference the much more serious backdrop above.

    There is nothing wrong with thanks and praise of service well done, but, I was present in a townhall meeting where these same retirees stood firm against a stern public reaction to McEuen. They sat there smugly against the appeal of many to a possible mindset of superiority, or correctness, and complacency, among other issues, to a tolling of the bells telling us we have been set upon, and we can’t keeping playing house. The river is swelling and the currents are strong. We might better be real about a big storm affecting us. There is a condition that demands emergency readiness.

  • Godmother posted at 3:06 pm on Wed, Jan 4, 2012.

    Godmother Posts: 8

    Good luck CDA. Gookin has NO leadership skills what so ever. He is all hot air. You'll see. If he had a different "opinion" that Kennedy - why didn't he say something?

  • JClark posted at 1:28 pm on Wed, Jan 4, 2012.

    JClark Posts: 91

    First order of business..McEuen realtiy check. It is a pity that Councilwoman Goodlander does not step away from the LCDC and give Gookin or Adams a shot at the board position. "Times...they are a changin"....JC and Bob

  • Randy Myers posted at 9:52 am on Wed, Jan 4, 2012.

    Randy Myers Posts: 1635

    Let's right the ship Dan and Steve and new Council President Mike.

  • wheels1 posted at 7:04 am on Wed, Jan 4, 2012.

    wheels1 Posts: 389

    Immortal(which I doubt) you're off to a bad start for 2012.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:35 am on Wed, Jan 4, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Congratulations Dan and Steve.

  • immortal posted at 4:23 am on Wed, Jan 4, 2012.

    immortal Posts: 258

    "...a choked up Bruning, who lost his bid for a second term to Adams..."

    You're joking, right? Getting choked up after getting booted as a one termer? Hassell I could understand but Bruning barely figured out where to park. I'm glad I voted for Adams.

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