Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mayor, Four Members of City Council to Take Oaths Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

There will be quite a few hands in the air tonight as Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and four members of the Boise City Council are all sworn in during a special session, to be held at the Boise Depot.

Bieter will be sworn in to a third term by his brother Magistrate Judge Christopher Bieter. Also being sworn in this evening will be Council Members Elaine Clegg and David Eberle, who also were elected to third terms last November. Council Member Lauren McLean will be sworn in to a full term, after being appointed to the council a year ago and winning election in November. The council's newest member, Ben Quintana, who won convincingly in November, will also be sworn in this evening.

The council will also bid farewell to outgoing Council Member Alan Shealy, who has served since March 2003.

It won't be just pomp on this evening's agenda. The council will also consider the first reading of a proposed series of amendments to the city's taxi ordinance. Proposed changes include a requirement for drivers to accept debit and/or credit cards, improvement of vehicle quality, limiting personal use of taxis, and a new rule that drivers be able to understand English.

You can read more about the proposals in the Jan. 4 issue of BW.

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HP Goes Through the Looking Glass With New Laptop

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM


Hewlett-Packard is anxious to put 2011 in the past, after seeing a significant management shake-up and losing nearly half of its stock value on the New York Stock Exchange. In fact, HP would like 2012 to be a bit more transparent.

On Monday, Hewlett-Packard unveiled a new glass-encased laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Last Vegas. The Envy 14 Spectre features light-weight, scratch-resistant glass on its lid. The notebook will start at $1,399, offers a 14-inch screen and includes built-in wireless links to speakers.. It weighs less than four pounds and includes up to 256 GB of storage. It's expected to hit the marketplace next month.

PC sales were down in 2011 as consumers turned increasingly to mobile devices, from smartphones to tablets. But a number of companies, including HP, Acer, Asus and Toshiba, are all expected to unveil so-called ultrabooks at this week's CES.

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BW Preview: The Three Most Important Numbers of 2012 Session

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 9:49 AM

There are many things to consider during the now-under way 2012 session of the Idaho Legislature.

But in Wednesday's edition of BW, we look at three numbers-each a key economic indicator, and each leading a path toward Idaho's solution to the economic malaise that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has called "the great recession."

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Occupy Boise Prepares for Legislative Session

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 9:35 AM

With the 2012 legislative session officially under way, members of Occupy Boise are preparing ways to engage with politicians and the political process.

An information booth has been set up on the Occupy encampment, near the northeast corner of Sixth and Jefferson streets, with staffers planning to field questions and address concerns from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

“The beginning of the legislative session has been on the agenda for the Occupy camp for a while, and we desired to have something out there and have it regularly staffed,” said Occupier Dean Gunderson. “We’re staffing it during the hours we know the legislators will have more time available to them.”

The booth is run on a completely volunteer basis, so it’s existence is contingent on Occupiers' willingness to give up their lunch breaks.

“We had to wait until after the holidays to get the booth started, but we’ll at least be here through the next few weeks depending on how many volunteers we get,” said booth volunteer Anne Hausrath.

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