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Boise Working Together to file third round of citizen petitions on sport stadium, events center/library projects on Tuesday April 30

Boise Working Together, the local, grassroots organization seeking greater engagement between city government and its citizens in the form of a public vote on the proposed downtown sport stadium and downtown events center/library, will file its third round of petitions with Boise city government tomorrow, Tuesday April 30.

Date: Tuesday April 30, 2019, 2 p.m. MDT

Location: Boise City Clerk’s Office, First Floor foyer, Boise City Hall, downtown Boise

Event contact/spokespersons: Adelia Simplot, President, Boise Working Together, and other representatives of the citizens organization who have been canvassing Boise neighborhoods in April and hearing directly from residents

This third filing will complete Boise Working Together’s series of filings of citizen signatures that began on April 17 and continued on April 23. To date, approximately 3,100 signatures of registered voters have each been filed regarding the events center/library and stadium projects, respectively. The required goal for ballot status in November 2019 would be 4,962 valid signatures for each of the two initiatives. That minimum number of qualified Boise citizens who are also registered voters represents 20 percent of the city residents who voted in the last municipal election for Boise City Council in 2017.

“Tomorrow we will announce the outcome of this experiment in local democracy in our effort to gain citizens a direct and meaningful vote on the future of our city. It comes in the form of an improved voice for citizens — and their informed consent -- on two projects that will fundamentally change this city and its downtown for the next century,” says David Klinger, spokesman for Boise Working Together.

Media contact: David Klinger, 208/994-8731


On APRIL 1st, you [WERE] invited to attend an "IT'S FOOLISH TO IGNORE THE PEOPLE" Fun-Raiser.

Please join with your fellow Boiseans who believe the process, transparency, and a public vote on big city projects is essential!

Money raised will help cover the basic costs of running a grassroots citizen's led initiative to give Boise voters a say about any library exceeding $25 million or stadium exceeding $5 million.

WE BELIEVE THAT OUR CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE

TRANSPARENT IN DECISION-MAKING

• FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE TO TAXPAYERS

• INVOLVING CITIZENS IN SHAPING BOISE

NO FOOLIN’!!!

Petitions and yard signs will be available. Your suggested donation of $50 (or any amount) will help BOISE WORKING TOGETHER continue this critical work.

Please come!

WHEN: Monday, April 1, from 5pm to 6:30pm

WHERE: Home of Adelia Simplot, 1119 E. Warm Springs Ave., Boise (please park on the street)

RSVP: BoiseWorkingTogether@gmail.com or 208-866-9701 by March 30.

Can’t come?

Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 7082, Boise, ID 83707.

Thank you!

IT’S foolish TO IGNORE THE PEOPLE.

SATURDAY MARCH 17

Signing UP SouthEast Boise

Yesterday Boise Working Together held a signature gathering event at Vista and Overland. Our president, Adelia Simplot, board member Dave Kangas, and John Gannon, Idaho Legislator for District 17, spoke to the press and a group of residents coming out to give Boise the opportunity to SIGN and VOTE!

See KTVB's coverage here : KTVB Boise Working Together

See the Idaho Statesman's coverage here: ID Statesman Boise Working Together

SATURDAY MARCH 2

Signature Gathering HAs Begun

Signature-gathering has officially begun! Yesterday a significant crowd of concerned Boiseans joined us to pick up their packets, receive a brief training, and hit the streets to get to our goal of 5,000 signatures which would put the question of a $103 million dollar library and $35 million stadium on the ballot! Join us! If you would like to help us get to our goal and to make Boise leaders accountable to the taxpayers, e-mail us at boiseworkingtogether@gmail.com.

We are organizing by Legislative District and Precinct. To make door-to-door outreach more efficient, e-mail us for a list of registered voters sorted by street for each precinct.

Here is a link to the Ada County Legislative Districts and Precincts: https://adacounty.id.gov/elections/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/CountyMap2018.pdf

You can find informational flyers, a flyer to tape to your clipboard, and the Legislative and Precinct map on our documents page:

SATURDAY MARCH 2

Signature Gathering Training for Library & Stadium Initiative at CoLLISTER LIbRARY!

Sycamore ROOM 3:30 pm

Signature-gathering has officially begun!! Yesterday a significant crowd of concerned Boiseans joined us to pick up their packets, receive a brief training, and hit the streets to get to our goal of 5,000 signatures which would put the question of a $103 million dollar library and $35 million stadium on the ballot! Join us! If you would like to help us get to our goal and to make Boise leaders accountable to the taxpayers, e-mail us at boiseworkingtogether@gmail.com.We have a short timeline to get 5,000 signatures to get the question of a $103 million library and a $64 million stadium on the ballot to allow citizens their right to vote on how substantial amounts of our public money are spent! The city has been running out the clock on the petition process so it leaves us with just enough time to get all the signatures necessary. However, we are going to need HUSTLE and need ALL HANDS ON DECK! if you can spare and hour, 5 hours, 10 or even 15 hours over the next 2 months, please come to this short hour-long training to pick up an initiative packet and learn how to be efficient and effective signature gatherer. You can decide to go door-to-door in your neighborhood to meet your neighbors ~or~ help us out at a big event downtown.

TUESDAY FEB 19


BOISE CITY HALL 6 PM

Boise City Council has agreed to discuss the need for real public input on projects of such magnitude. Tonight we will gather to listen to the Council members’ and the Mayor’s thoughts about the library and the stadium initiatives in a public setting, but contend that an open public hearing so citizens can speak and a vote on the issues are necessities.

Our letter in response can be found in our 'Documents' section, where we will publish important information to help facilitate a transparent discussion with the City of Boise.

READ THE LETTER IN DOCUMENTS

See our FB page @BoiseWorkingTogether or email us at BoiseWorkingTogether@gmail.com to join us.



Tuesday FEB 12

A handful of us from S, SE, N, NW neighborhoods submitted our revised language for two ballot initiatives today. We suggested these titles:

Boise Library Initiative, an initiative to allow a vote of the people with regard to a major new library.

Boise Stadium Initiative, an initiative to allow a vote of the people with regard to a major new stadium.

The city will create titles and then we will be out gathering signatures. See our FB page @BoiseWorkingTogether or email us at BoiseWorkingTogether@gmail.com to join us.



SUNDAY FEB 10


We will be at Flying M Coffee Boise today from 11am to 1pm with BWT lawnsigns. Come by and pick up yours and grab a cup of coffee. We will have a donation jar to help cover the cost of printing - if you can pitch in. Parking is free downtown on Sunday’s!