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Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 1:34 pm | Updated: 2:00 pm, Tue Apr 3, 2012.

A group of Coeur d’Alene citizens is organizing a petition to recall the council members who have voted in support of the McEuen Field conceptual plan.

The group, called ReCallCdA, will seek enough signatures from registered voters to recall council members Mike Kennedy, Woody McEvers, Deanna Goodlander and Mayor Sandi Bloem.

Frank Orzell, an organizer of the group, spoke to The Press this afternoon about the group's effort.

A press release Orzell delivered states the incumbents have “failed to represent the voice of the community in their excessive spending of taxpayer monies. Included in the list of examples being cited by voters across the city are the approval of a $39 million plan for McEuen Park, excessive salaries for city employees and a growing list of other projects..."

Orzell said he will deliver 20 signatures, the amount required to begin a recall petition drive, to the City Clerk’s Office tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Once the office certifies the document, ReCallCdA will have 75 days to collect signatures from 20 percent of the registered voters during the last election to put the recall vote on the November ballot.

The total number of registered Coeur d’Alene voters in 2011, the last election, was 21,554. That means each petition needs to collect 4,311 signatures.

To recall an official, the outcome must not only be a majority, but each incumbent must receive more votes in favor of a recall than the incumbent received votes during their last election.

Kennedy, McEvers, Goodlander and Bloem each won reelection in 2009, winning between 3,146 to 3,955 votes at the time, so the recall would have to exceed those numbers in order to succeed in its effort.

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60 comments:

  • I want to buy a vowel posted at 11:36 pm on Sun, Apr 8, 2012.

    I want to buy a vowel Posts: 2

    Why don't the 4 UTE's (my cousin Vinny) ahhem, I mean elected representatives just resign to "save face". The writing is on the wall!!!!!. Get the marmaldade out, because they are TOAST.

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 8:00 pm on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    EXCELLENT, Phenomenal post, Faith. Agree with you wholeheartedly.
    Joseph (P) Idaho

     
  • faith posted at 6:51 pm on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    faith Posts: 7

    There are many people who will sign the petition, not because they are necessarily opposed to the McEuen Plan, but because they believe in representative government. The last election was a very clear mandate from the electorate, in favor of an advisory vote. It was both irresponsible and arrogant of Mayor Bloem and her followers on the council to act as if nothing had happened. It was morally wrong. We are not here to call people names. We live in a democracy. We have the right to disagree with our elected officials. We can also fire them. They are our employees. If you like what they are doing, don't sign the petition and don't vote for the recall. That's how it works.

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 1:44 pm on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Answering my own question "Ask how much of your property taxes is paid to the downtown business association to help pay for events?"

    $137,200 as listed in the Cda. Budget 2011/2012

     
  • Jullee posted at 12:13 pm on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    Jullee Posts: 539

    Yes, A vote..We would not be here on this subject had it not been for the fact the some of the council and mayor have lied to us and spent tax money inappropriately only to satisfy their wants and have an arrogant attitude and rude to anyone who does not agree with them.

     
  • JonnyQPubic posted at 9:12 am on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    JonnyQPubic Posts: 325

    Anyone who can't correctly spell McEuen can't be taken seriously. Complaining for the sake of complaining.

     
  • JonnyQPubic posted at 9:05 am on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    JonnyQPubic Posts: 325

    Oh goody. If this goes the way some of you want we'll have a 3 member/1 brained city council until we get replacements in. Hmmm, methinks the 3 will appoint 4 more like minded folks giving us a real railroad running the City. Edinger, who's been voting to get votes for 40+ years, will end up as mayor. That's one small step for complainers and one giant leap backwards for the City of CdA.

    I laugh at cda271 asking 56yearoldnative why he doesn't use his real name. Kettle, meet pot.

    I

     
  • uncle fester posted at 7:15 am on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    uncle fester Posts: 831

    Good effort, only problem is the election process will go through the same bunch of govt people that messed up the vote count for Kennedy.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:55 am on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    lola cannot comprehend what she reads. Or is it like the song. he dressed like a she? Oh well no wonder we have the government we have.

    L-O-L-A Lola
    LA LA LA LA Lola

     
  • lola123 posted at 6:42 am on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    lola123 Posts: 338

    thank you concerned for straihtening us out. Yes , CAVERS are Really Stupid.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:33 am on Wed, Apr 4, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    chouli

    65yearold got it wrong. If they are going to use acronyms, like our taxes, they should be used PROPERLY!

    C - citizens
    A - against
    V - virtually
    E - everything
    R - REALLY
    S - STUPID

     
  • local res posted at 11:30 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1164

    As I recall...hehe sorry couldn't help myself. The educational corridor did not happen because of the city officials about to be recalled. However, it was the same circumstance with elected officials not listening to the people. I attended all the meetings and I never heard one person speak in favor of the proposed expansion to purchase 17 acres next to a sewer plant for $10 million.

     
  • Mary Souza posted at 10:07 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Mary Souza Posts: 788

    Back in1876, President James Garfield said that people are responsible for the government they get: “If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them...”

    See you outside City Hall tomorrow morning at 9:30am for the Recall Rally!

     
  • Close Enough posted at 10:00 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Close Enough Posts: 134

    Anyone who uses the turn "CAVEr's" should quickly scamper back to DO's blog and cry there instead.

     
  • meesterbox posted at 9:19 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    meesterbox Posts: 183

    Those of you that believe the Mayor and the other three council members need to be recalled must be living life through your computer and not actually getting out and seeing all the good that these 4 have done - Kroc Center (a huge success), the Library, Education Center, etc.

    Go ahead and go through the recall process, it is part of our government system, but realize your actions will only put a smear on our city of excellence. They are good people doing great things. You are unintelligent people thinking you are standing against corruption, but if you think there is corruption, well I already said unintelligent.

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former - Einstein

     
  • JoeIdaho posted at 9:04 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    AMAZING that the dolts can support the Uber RINO's in office.

    These are Republicans PURELY out of control. We need ACTUAL Republicans in office, not these fake people who spend our money blindly, never having actual CONCERN for the people who actually OWN the money, our taxes.

    The economy is a mess, and what we're arguing about is how many MILLION DOLLARS our elected officials in this little town are going to spend. The idea thatthey are THIS far out of contact with the people in & of itself calls for their removal.

    I'll sign & GIVE MONEY, too.....BOOT THEM OUT.

     
  • chouli posted at 9:03 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1266

    we want mceuen to be our neighborhood park, not the next tourist extraveganza.

     
  • RadRev2D posted at 8:44 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    RadRev2D Posts: 372

    What part of Noble Cause Corruption do yammerers fail to comprehend?
    Achievements are tainted by no bid contracts consistently assigned to worn out moldy shoes.
    Dixie Reid was alloted a pass for her role in the $3.4M Riverstone debacle.

    What is extremely pathetic is MayorB's failure to expand police and fore as she grew CDA to the NW.
    SD271 absconded with committed funds as it built schools on the Prairie and left the others to fall apart.

    smarie is wise! She saves gas when she goes boating by never launching.
    Arsaken is likely a norweinian living in the cliff condos.
    Both will fit in nicely at the GOB Ball.

    Watch for this house of cards to fall and the region taken over by Agenda 21.
    Can't wait for the green bicycles, but what did Denver choose red?

     
  • cda271 posted at 8:39 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    cda271 Posts: 45

    I direct this to 56YEAROLDNATIVEWITHAVOICE

    Having read the blogs, seen the council meetings, and eveidently approve of no vote on the park by the citizenry, etc....I have a question for you.

    Why isn't your name here: 56YEAROLDNATIVEWITHOUTAVOICE?

    That would be more descriptive of CDA citizens with regard to the "bosses they elected". Right?

     
  • cdanative123 posted at 7:51 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    cdanative123 Posts: 7

    Finally. I have been a political bystander until I watched the blatened SCREW YOU from the current city council and mayor Bloem. I for one have been moved enough to sign the recall. NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. Kennedy...I for one want to know WHY would you NOT put this to a vote. That alone makes me question your motives and integrity. WHY? WHY? WHY?

     
  • chouli posted at 7:48 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1266

    downtowner, I understand what you're saying but I see it a little different. I see it as "less is more".
    Every park does not need to be stuffed full of stuff. The beauty of open green space is necessary and can be used for impromptu frisbee or picnicing or relaxing and finding your zen moments.

    The small playground is perfect for keeping track of young children while they play. I never take my 3 young grandchildren to the City Park large playground as it's just too large and I can't keep them in my sight. This is a neighborhood park, not the tourist's park.

    McEuen used to have tennis courts, and I'd welcome them back. The rest rooms need to be improved also. But I'd like to keep the open nature for this park. It could also be a location for art on the green type displays. We don't need to fill it with bells and whistles. It's close to perfect as is.

    LESS = MORE

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 7:45 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Mayor Bloem has a family business at Sherman and 4th Street. Her passion has always been to protect her family business and keep the downtown core alive. Keeping downtown alive means making improvements and drawing more people to live and spend their money downtown. You have seen the improvements over the years. Ask how much of your property taxes is paid to the downtown business association to help pay for events? Did you have a vote on giving away tax dollars?

    City officials only choose to tell you a small portion of the story so you will not cause problems. They will say McEuen Field improvements will not be paid from tax dollars but do not tell you that property tax dollars will pay for the relocation of the ball fields and boat launch including all future maintenance and operation costs that will never end. Ask them what the costs will be for operating and maintaining another park and boat launch?

     
  • 56YearOldNativeWithAVoice posted at 7:18 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    56YearOldNativeWithAVoice Posts: 150

    Choulie: CAVEr's=. CITIZENS AGAINST VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING.

    I WILL NOT be signing the recall petition.

     
  • Close Enough posted at 7:04 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Close Enough Posts: 134

    Why not: an elected official is not a boss.

     
  • Downtowner posted at 6:55 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Downtowner Posts: 101

    Both sides seem to have valid points. My only point is does either side actually ever walk by the park? You have 4-6 weeks of legion and then park empty. Softball for most part is moved. 3-4 kids play on swings. That is what I call big waste of space. Something needs to be changed but maybe not on such a grand scale. I would like to walk down and play some tennis or maybe take kids iceskating. Putt putt golf or something. Greenspace is nice but if no one takes advantage of it might as well take paradise and put up a parking lot

     
  • Why Not posted at 6:52 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Why Not Posts: 4189

    A Leader is defined as a person who guides or directs a group. The act of leadership is not without tiger traps, upsetting people comes with the act of being a leader. Leaders dream and they look forward, seeking opportunities that will make their enterprise better than it was when they arrived. What’s all the fuss? You don’t agree with the four individuals, so I don’t agree with my boss either, but he was hired to lead, just as these four were elected to lead. I like the plan and I think that the leaders have bent over backwards to accommodate a few no-no birds.

     
  • mister d posted at 6:37 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    I look forward to signing the petition when it becomes available.

     
  • objective posted at 6:02 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    objective Posts: 70

    Well, well well. What a discussion.
    If you do not want to recall the four....DO NOT SIGN THE PETITION.
    If the required signatures are acquired and the four get on the ballot...DO NOT VOTE TO REMOVE THEM.
    If you have no questions about councilmember's being arrogant to the point on not even allowing a NON BINDING PUBLIC ADVISORY YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO THEN CHANGE YOUR MIND VOTE...then fine. It doesn't bother you that tax dollars put the Mayor's awnings up on here jewelry shop. It doesn't bother you that numerous people, elected and connected others have benefited from taxes siphoned off from the majority to pay for projects which really now...don't benefit many of us. You are one that either benefits directly from what the mayor does/supports or you simply don't give a da##.
    Bottom line is...if you love these four then support them. Others have a differrent opinion...respect it.
    Allowing a simple advisory vote would have averted all of this. No question about it.
    I'm for the recall if for no other reason than to send a message. . . because it is clear they have yet to hear the message: new county commisioners, new school board members and new councilmen! I think it clear the COMMUNITY IS speaking.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:02 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    There are those that have "invested" (gambled) and expect to gain at taxpayer expense. You gamble, you take your chance. To bad for you.

    The park is NOT funded by the LCDC. Only a small portion of the over all price will be funded by the LCDC. The "EQUAL OR BETTER" will be funded by halfazz fundraisers and the balance will be FORCED upon the taxpayer just like the Kroc and Library.

    POSSIBLE council person kennedy's election contest is STILL in court.

    I do not trust ANYTHING "Derelict of Duty" Dan has to say. This is the man that allowed NON-US residents and out of city residents vote in OUR elections.

    Who is the city attorney's boss? No wonder there was no conflict of interest found with the mayor, charlie as well as any of the other "GOOD OLE BOYS".

    Thank you for putting together this petition.

     
  • Arsaken posted at 5:43 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Arsaken Posts: 49

    Yes, bionic man, I will benefit from the redesigned park. So will my family and friends. So will anyone who chooses to enjoy the new park and waterfront and revitalized downtown. In fact, I would argue that everyone in this town will benefit from the park plans. There's the conspiracy, brought to light.

    I have been a Coeur d'Alene resident my entire life, so I feel pretty comfortable saying I know as much as anyone about living here and what goes on. I have my own opinions and make up my own mind, and anyone threatened by an intelligent person with a differing opinion is just showing their own weakness.

     
  • Justthree posted at 5:20 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Justthree Posts: 68

    I just visited another local blog, where Dan English has referred to this recall effort as "Witch Hunt 2.0". The term "Witch Hunt" was made in court by John Cafferty of the Prosecutor's Office during the early stages of the 2009 Municipal Election Challenge. He later apologized to the court for his remarks. Dan English is running for office and yet he feels that he can make these sort of comments without retribution. Recall elections are becoming more and more frequent throughout the country and the organizers are well within their rights to make such an effort if they are not satisfied with their representation. Mr English was soundly defeated in your his last election. Perhaps he will recognize that this is not a "Witch Hunt" and apologize for his comments and for his "Failure of Duty" in 2009.

     
  • Sheeken Hunter posted at 5:11 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Sheeken Hunter Posts: 178

    Do is whining in his wine. Letting the Cda citizens vote is not his idea of democracy. The 4 who are facing recall are the only ones that really know what is really best, and they know so because their 'handlers' have told them what is best.

     
  • chouli posted at 5:03 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1266

    pooey, no need to be angry and name call. what does CAVErs mean anyway? and if you disagree on the recall, don't sign the petition. you don't need to snark at the rest of us that want a recall...

     
  • bionic man posted at 5:00 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    Arsaken. Apparently you are one of the ones' that have to gain by the proposed development. Reading your comments, you are definately against the recall. I won't go into details, the mentioned "public servants," have shown their colors over the years they have been in office. Statements they've made, things they've done over their years in office have proven that they are just building their nest egg on the backs of the tax payers. It would be nice if we all had access to their financial records since they were elected to office. I would challenge any of them to disclose their holdings since they were eected. I will say it, you are either one of those who will benefit "financially" from the proposed project, a "newbee" to this area, where you had "super parks," or just totall blind to what " is and has" happened to this area because of the all mighty dollar.

    The recall vote will be the best thing that can happen here......Hopefully it will get rid of the fact of Coeur D'Alene being a resort town for the rich. Might also get rid of LCDC in the end result.

    And by the way, I appreciate your comments, just feel sorry for you about as much as the recall recipients. Total waste of words, human flesh.

     
  • ancientemplar posted at 5:00 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1150

    I think a city wide advisory vote on the McKuen issue would have alleviated the frustration and headed off this move.There will be a vote one way or another, the voting public demands it.

     
  • Close Enough posted at 4:55 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Close Enough Posts: 134

    Pooey007: Your writing style seems quite familiar for some reason. Granted, I may be getting off topic here... but, do the initials DO mean anything to you? Just curious.

     
  • Pooey007 posted at 4:53 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Pooey007 Posts: 22

    We're not angry about a vote-I applaud the process. It's the constant oppression you CAVErs do whenever anyone disagrees with you. There is no halfway, or collaborative effort. It's your way or no way. I've seen the McEuen plan scaled down. When are Edinger, Gookin and "My Constitutional Rights have been Violated" Adams going to meet their half way? Question; is Adams actually going to make a big boy vote or just say "my constitutional right shave been violated so I vote no"? I mean, if he represents the people of this community can he actually do that?

     
  • chouli posted at 4:45 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1266

    pooey007,
    there hasn't been as much compromise as you may think. the boat launch may be temporarily staying put but not because team mceuen are being benevolent to the citizens...they don't have a replacement location or the money to move it. big difference. not only that, but they are still determined to move the boat launch parking so far away that it will make launching extremely difficult to accomplish, thereby discouraging us all from using the third street boat launch & dock and reducing the ever decreasing numbers that Eastwood claims...ah, statistics...you can make the numbers say anything you want.

    the Legion ball field isn't a done deal either. saying it would be replaced with equal to or better and then doing the ol' bait and switch...go raise your own money to build the ball field. oh, and share it with another team. what kind of replacement with equal to or better is that??

    the mayor and city council needs to wake up and be accountable to the citizens, not their special interest friends/groups. maybe this will get their attention. I'm not only happy to sign this recall petition, I can't wait to do so!
    Thank you to all involved in taking this step.

     
  • Mary Souza posted at 4:35 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Mary Souza Posts: 788

    It's a vote. In November. People can choose to support the current officials or remove them from office.

    Why are the angry commenters against giving people a vote?

     
  • Arsaken posted at 4:18 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Arsaken Posts: 49

    Pooey007 and smarie, nice to hear your comments. Thanks for helping bring some much needed reason to the argument. Oh, wait, I meant discussion, not argument. I'm sure there a lot of others out there who refrain from commenting because they too are afraid of being "hammered" by those unwilling to acknowledge that it's okay for people to have differing opinions. But hopefully if we continue to speak for the rational members of this community, more will join the conversation.

     
  • lola123 posted at 4:15 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    lola123 Posts: 338

    Mary Souza's newsletter says "this is not personal". I am having a hard time stopping this hysterical laugh....
    Ok, Lets be totally fair and repeal them all including the master flip flopper Ron Edinger, Dan Gookin, and that absurd Steve Adams.
    Start from scratch and we will all be happy.

     
  • Arsaken posted at 4:06 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Arsaken Posts: 49

    So because my opinion differs from yours I am either lacking in "grey matter," a shill, or should move to Canada.

    Yeah, you guys are right. I definitely want to be on your side. Clearly a reasonable and rational bunch.

    And I never said I hated anyone. But I will say that I hate hypocrisy. As someone not making unfounded personal attacks on anyone because of a differing stance, I am comfortable knowing that my position is the better one. Those supporting the recall effort have every right to do so, and I have every right to tell them that it's ridiculous and petty. It's a great system.

     
  • Pooey007 posted at 4:01 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Pooey007 Posts: 22

    Ok, help me understand something. I’ve lived here for over 20 years, raised my kids here, shop here, play here. We have a council that is progressive, a council who is approachable if treated with civility, within the law (and has not been refuted) and city finances are open to the public. Councilman Edinger is still fighting to keep the legion ball field at McEuen even though, by all accounts, a hugely improved one is planned for Cherry Hill, and other concessions have been made to the McEuen plan (leaving the boat dock, a collaborative effort on an all-access trail on Tubbs, and multiple pieces of the plan have been scaled back.). Where the CAVE’rs concessions? So, because Mayor and the 3 councilmen just don’t rollover to the will of Gookin, “My constitutional rights have been violated” Adams, and Edinger we need to have them recalled? Interesting. BTW-I know by writing this I’m going to get HAMMERED for expressing an opinion or thought. Maybe I’ll stomp my feet too!

     
  • Justthree posted at 3:48 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Justthree Posts: 68

    I bet those Canadians won't sign this recall petition, after all they were the difference in the 2009 municipal election. What is even more tragic is that these non-residents have been the swing votes in how our community is being changed forever. I sincerely hope that the city council doesn't tap in to the self insurance fund to hire a whole team of lawyers to fight this recall. They have precedence to take an action of this sort; after all they paid Kennedy's legal fees to the tune of $69,660 for his team of lawyers to fight Jim Brannon in the election challenge. If the self insurance fund isn't sufficient to cover any legal fees that the seated council members may incur, we must take a stand that the city staff does not attempt to make us pay for their defense by declaring this an ordinary and necessary expenditure. Make them file a tort claim against the city just like Mike Kennedy did.

     
  • Betrayer of Hope posted at 3:48 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Betrayer of Hope Posts: 113

    So in your opinion, non-US citizens voting in a US election is legitimate?

    You must be a shill.

     
  • WilliamWMiller posted at 3:47 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    WilliamWMiller Posts: 106

    Heck, in the Valley we would just tar and feather them. If the city taters direct the police to intimidate then fight back, record and video the police at every turn. Next they are going to start pulling over the organizers. We had quite a few strikes where the goons were called in one can outlast that. Lets see how long Longo lasts if this takes place.

     
  • cda271 posted at 3:45 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    cda271 Posts: 45

    Arsaken: Oh, I get it. Exercising constitutional rights make a citizen an extremists or zealot. Showing a concern for their vision of a community is reason to hate them?! Better an involved citizen than a mushroom on a log watching the world go by. At least these folks are doing something in a professional and right manner. They look pretty organized too. I doubt they will have any problem whatsoever collecting the needed signatures. What do you do...actively to participate? You are one of the few who happen to think the "good ole boys" have the best interest of town as a whole in mind?
    One has to be lacking in grey matter to not recognize the park project is un-needed as laid out..and that regardless of what the mayor say...TAX dollars will be used...that is unless the city or LCDC is running some "for profit" business and using those profits to pay for the park.
    In any case...no reason to sling names or "hate" people for being active citizens. Your option is to not sign the petition.

     
  • smarie posted at 3:36 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    smarie Posts: 31

    I agree with Arsaken, this is absurd. Those that are behind this have failed to realize all the good that has been accomplished in the last 10+ years in our community. If the forces behind this were in power we wouldn't have so many things (Kroc, Educations Corridor, parks, ect) that make our community what it is today. I for one wouldn't want to live in that community. It's time for people to stand up and fight back and show our support for the Mayor and council. You may not agree with McEuen but look at the bigger picture, it’s about so much more than the park.

     
  • Close Enough posted at 3:35 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Close Enough Posts: 134

    Arsaken: I hear that Canada is lovely this time of year. Perhaps you and ol' Mikey should move north to escape the "small group of extremists and zealots" who are trying to hijack CDA.

     
  • JClark posted at 3:30 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    JClark Posts: 91

    The Idaho Constitution gives us the right to vote for or against our representatives through recall. This Recall is not about all the cool things our Mayor and Council have done in the past...it's about what they are doing in the NOW. Former Mayor and Councilmen Edinger, Gookin and Adams all have very valid concerns and questions that have gone ignored or unanswered. NOW. I stand firm with them and hope they can bring clarity and new direction to the beautiful ,community owned land we call McEuen. Mayor, Goodlander, Kennedy, McEvers....can you hear me now????or do I have to "re-call"?!!!!!!!??

     
  • Arsaken posted at 3:29 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Arsaken Posts: 49

    Yes, Betrayer, I am angry. Angry that this has gotten so far. Angry that a small group of extremists and zealots are trying to hijack our community. Angry that more people haven't tried to stop them. Angry that this will be affecting good people, and angry that those instigating it fail to recognize all of the good things those people have done in our community over the last decade or more.

    At least I'm not at all angry about a legitimate election that happened years ago. Guess I can't say the same for you.

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 3:29 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Arsaken, The people of Coeur d'Alene spoke at the last city council election by replacing two positions on the council. Yet Mayor Bloem, Council members Goodlander, Kennedy, and McEvers continues to not listen. They know this is their last term but they are insisting on having their way. That makes me sick to my stomach!

    Have you seen all the potholes in our city street? How about all the red-light runners because there are not police to be found?

    Have you noticed all the drug and gang activity in our community?

     
  • Mary Souza posted at 3:29 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Mary Souza Posts: 788

    This Recall will not trigger a special election, it will simply get the officials on the General Election ballot this November (no extra cost) so the people can decide whether this Mayor and the three Council members that always vote together are or are not representing the will of the people.

    Let the people decide!

     
  • cda271 posted at 3:15 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    cda271 Posts: 45

    One has to have their head in the sand to not know why a RECALL is needed! I have heard that Kennedy even sent the police to Russ (prominant city council meeting attendee) to warn him to stay away. "If" true...hows that for intimidation.
    Not allowing a vote told me that those 4 don't give a darn about what the citizens think! I vote for "rebuilding" the ballfield in the same location should it ever get removed. Successful recall or not...I think those 4 are out next election. And Kennedy needs to limit his political asperations to that of Wal-Mart greeter.
    I'm with you RECALLCDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Betrayer of Hope posted at 3:14 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Betrayer of Hope Posts: 113

    Arsaken sounds angry! The true anger should be directed at the incumbants, who did not win legitimately. Lets not forget that Kennedy won by a court decision, and Canadian (NON-US citizen) votes. The article forgot to mention that part.

     
  • Arsaken posted at 3:07 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Arsaken Posts: 49

    This is absurd and makes me sick to my stomach. Their petition claims that the Mayor and Council have “failed to represent the voice of the community.” Seriously? Which voice is that? This community hasn’t spoken with one voice for years. Just because they are (rightfully) going against what Orzell and the rest of those close-minded individuals want doesn’t mean they aren’t doing what is best for Coeur d’Alene. In fact, the opposite is true.

    I have a voice too, and they have done a great job representing me. A true waste of taxpayer money is running a special election just to attempt to recall some truly great leaders of this community. Shame on all those who put their names to it.

     
  • Justthree posted at 2:58 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Justthree Posts: 68

    Good for those who are organizing this effort. The time for talking is over since this extremely tainted majority on the the Coeur d'Alene city council do not listen anyway.

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 2:54 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Hurray!

     
  • gggggg posted at 2:38 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    gggggg Posts: 206

    No he didn't, Obama did.

    Sorry, I couldn't resist that one. :)

     
  • Justthree posted at 2:23 pm on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Justthree Posts: 68

    Did Kennedy win?

     
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