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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

No Gold Star for Brad

Elementary school teachers used to give gold stars for attendance. Regular attendance showed dedication and commitment. The gold stars were meant to acknowledge, encourage, and reward those traits.

As responsible adults we are expected to regularly and consistently participate in organizations and activities for which we have volunteered. If we can't fulfill our commitment to an organization by regularly attending meetings and performing the duties required, we should resign our position so it can be filled by someone who can. The value of our contribution is directly proportional to the amount of time we spend preparing for and attending meetings. If we're not preparing, if we're not attending, if we're not participating, we're not contributing.

Here in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, we have a local businessman who is a Commissioner on both the Planning Commission and our urban renewal agency, the Lake City Development Corporation or LCDC. His name is Brad Jordan, and he's the co-owner of a local real estate company.

Jordan has a problem. For the past two years he's had the highest percentage of absences from both the Coeur d'Alene City Planning Commission and the LCDC. By anyone's standard among people who actually have standards, his absenteeism is unacceptable.

According to the City's Planning Commission minutes for the period October 2005 through October 2007, Jordan missed 12 of 29 Planning Commission meetings, a 41% rate of absenteeism.

The LCDC's minutes for the period October 2005 through September 2007, reflect that Jordan missed or arrived late at 12 of 30 LCDC meetings, a 40% rate of absenteeism. The minutes show he never attended 8 of the 30 meetings and arrived late at another 4 meetings. Late arrival times varied from a few minutes to over an hour after the meeting had been called to order.

Coeur d'Alene's City Code, 2.48.020B, states, "Any member who does not attend at least a majority of the regularly called meetings of the commission over any consecutive three (3) month period may be replaced by appointment of the mayor and confirmation by the city council." While on the Planning Commission, Jordan missed two of the three meetings from November 2005 through January 2006. He also missed two of the three meetings held in August and September 2006. During the period January through May 2007 there were five Planning Commission meetings. Jordan attended one meeting and was absent from four. Finally, from August through October 2007, Jordan missed the August and October meetings and attended only the September meeting.

Jordan needs to resign or be removed from both the Planning Commission and the LCDC Board of Commissioners. His absenteeism demonstrates a lack of dedication and commitment required for both positions, and the people in the community deserve better than he's able to give.

No gold star for Brad.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly they care nothing about a team players poor attendance. They are petrified of an insider who does attend and does care and who is not one of their team toady's. The person who got removed from the P&Z is the diligent worker who dared question the status quo and dared to critique the system. T'is not Brad who leaves but Mary Souza. The tainted liquor of sour grapes flows deep and smells of vinegar and piss. So slake the Mayor and council members in great hubris and merriment. Another dark day in CdA.

4:04 AM, November 22, 2007  
Blogger Bill McCrory said...


Yep. I wonder if the frequently missing Commissioner Jordan was one of those whose delicate morale was supposedly damaged by Mary Souza's relevant questions?

Why does raising questions damage the morale of Commissioners? If getting too close to the truth is damaging to their morale, if causing taxpayers to begin to question what City is doing and how it's doing it is damaging their morale, then we need to be digging more and not less.

Incidentally, the "team" you speak of has a name: It's the Coeur d'Alene Synchronized Head-Nodding and Rubber Stamping Team. The team captain is Sandi Bloem, and I do have to commend team members Reid, Kennedy, Hassell, McEvers, Edinger, and Goodlander for their stunning performances in the synchronized head nodding and rubber stamping events. But wait! The team has a deep bench. John "I can head nod and rubber stamp with the best of them" Bruning is coming in for Reid.

9:06 AM, November 22, 2007  

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