September 13, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Six people have been killed in a Bakersfield, California, mass shooting, The Bakersfield Californian reports. At a press conference following the incident, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood described the events as follows: The suspect approached a trucking business with his wife, where an altercation between the suspect and a man ensued. The suspect then shot the man and his wife. A third man arrived at the scene, and was shot by the suspect when he tried to flee. The suspect then went to a residence and confronted a man and a woman there, both of whom he shot and killed. He then carjacked a car with a woman and child inside, though they were able to escape. A sheriff's deputy spotted the car on a highway, and when he confronted the suspect, the suspect shot himself in the chest.
  • click to enlarge - Valley Regional Transit is considering changes to its bus services in Ada and Canyon counties. -  - VALLEY REGIONAL TRANSIT
    • Valley Regional Transit
    • Valley Regional Transit is considering changes to its bus services in Ada and Canyon counties.
    As Valley Regional Transit considers making changes to its inter-county bus services, it has extended an invitation to the public to weigh in on the proposals at two open houses. Possible changes in service could include:
  1. 15-minute service on the 9 State Street route during peak usage and 30-minute service on Saturdays

  2. 15-minute service on the 3 Vista route during peak hours and 30-minute service during midday hours and in the evening, as well as extended hours of operation to 9:15 p.m.

  3. Extensions of the 2 Broadway and 4 Roosevelt routes with improved connections to the Boise Airport

  4. Improved connections between downtown Boise, Chinden and Garden City

  5. Better on-time performance between Ada and Canyon counties

  6. More direct service in the North End, South East Boise, Hill Road, Warm Springs Avenue, Emerald Street and Overland Road

  7. A pilot program for first- and last-mile transit connections on State Street and Fairview Avenue with Lyft

  8. A resolution of the 2019 budget shortfall in Nampa
   The open houses will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Happy Day Transit Center at     5907 Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell, and on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Main Street Station       conference room at 777 W. Main St. in Boise.

   VRT has created a map to help visualize its proposed changes.
  • Boise Mayor Dave Bieter delivered his annual State of the City address on Sept. 12, in which he offered policy propositions to help alleviate mounting pressures on transportation, affordable housing and the environment in the City of Trees.

    Housing: Bieter proposed creating a $20 million Housing Land Trust, extending a housing incentive program to the rest of the city to help house people making less than 80 percent of the median household income, attracting more housing investment by leveraging public and private property, and collaborating with public partners like the Capital City Development Corporation to establish additional incentives for housing creation.

    Homelessness: The city continues to consider a legal defense of its anti-camping ordinances, which have been widely criticized as anti-homeless, but Bieter touted the city's New Path Community Housing project, a similar effort for veterans, and other developments like Adare Manor.

    The Environment: Bieter has called for a moratorium on development in the Boise Foothills under new zoning ordinances. Four hundred lots that have already been allowed through current ordinances will be excepted from the freeze. In addition, he pledged to make City of Boise facilities 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2030. That's in addition to the city's previous goal of halving energy use in existing city buildings by 2030.

  • The cause of a fire that heavily damaged The Knitting Factory Concert House has been determined. According to the Boise Fire Department, a contractor cutting through a duct attached to the building's HVAC system caused a spark to ignite materials inside the duct, which in turn started a fire that caused approximately 60 percent of the interior of the concert house to be damaged by fire, smoke and water. Meanwhile, power to adjacent businesses within the building has been restored.
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