Boise official: Letters that threatened non-Boise businesses were mailed in error

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Boise City Hall now says threatening letters sent to non-Boise businesses late last year were mailed in error. The letters warned businesses that they could face fines and the loss of their business licenses if they didn’t follow the city’s Covid mitigation directives.    “The addresses were gathered and added to a mail merge sent out by the mail department,” spokesman …

Boise officials vote to make housing more expensive, despite pledging to work on affordability

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If you live in Boise and don’t want to pay the costs associated with owning an electric car, too bad. You’re going to pay those costs anyway, that is, if you buy a newly-constructed home. In keeping with the aspirations of Boise Mayor Lauren McLean’s newly created Climate Action Division, Boise will now mandate that all newly constructed single family …

McLean floats taking back raises promised to first responders

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Boise Mayor Lauren McLean has quietly asked Boise police and fire unions forgo this year’s promised pay raises to first responders. The mayor’s request came immediately after the city council set the budget for FY2021 and long after collective bargaining agreements the city signed two years ago with unions representing police and firefighters that provide for pay increases.  McLean’s letter, …

Boise City Hall threatens businesses in Kuna, Eagle over masks

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The City of Boise has threatened at least 10 businesses in Meridian, Eagle, Garden City, and Kuna in response to Covid-related customer complaints, despite having no jurisdiction.  Last week, the Idaho Freedom Foundation revealed that the City of Boise sent a warning notice to Independence Indoor Shooting, a Meridian gun store and shooting range. Boise officials informed the small business …

City of Boise threatens Meridian business with fine, jail, or both over masks

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Boise government officials, apparently not content with threatening its own businesses to obey Covid-19 health orders, are now bullying businesses outside its city limits.  The city sent a letter to Independence Indoor Shooting, a gun store and shooting range in Meridian, threatening the business with fines and jail time. The letter’s existence was first reported on 670 KBOI’s Nate Shelman …