Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Bieter, Tibbs Show Some Teeth

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Maybe we were speaking a little too soon when we said the Boise mayor’s 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 event—most 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:

Bieter discussing his much-criticized nomination of Chuck Winter to chair a new joint transportation committee: “If I’m a little over-anxious, our citizens will understand because they’re even more anxious sitting in traffic.”

—Tibbs on relationships with other government entities: “I don’t want to go down the road of litigation. It gets personal.”

—Bieter 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.”

—Tibbs 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.”

—Bieter 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.”

—Tibbs on using other Western cities as models for Boise. “We just have to find out what those great ideas are?”

—Bieter on the current public transportation system: “The system is held together with twine and bailing wire.”

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