Thursday, BoiseDev publisher Don Day sat down with Boise Mayor Lauren McLean for a taping of our podcast. We scheduled the chat several weeks ago, but it happened to come one day after a petition calling for McLean’s recall was filed.
The discussion covered significant ground over 30 minutes, including that recall, Black Lives Matter, the police, masks, COVID-19, the Boise economy and more.
We discussed the transition reports that are cited in the recall petition, and what if anything she would have adjusted.
“I don’t even know who these folks are,” Mclean said. “We haven’t talked. I do know, however, that the people of Boise elected me to step into this role and lead this city to ensure we protect what we love about this place that is so special. With that incredible opportunity that brings me joy everyday, is the responsibility now to do more. And that is to protect our resident’s help, to help steward an economic recovery, and to ensure through all of it we protect the place we all love.”
The mayor again said the issues outlined in the petition language are not her focus.
“The transition is over. We have real challenges that I am addressing with the community and my team every day. Boiseans understand that transition reports, that ideas, freely thought of ideas by residents suggested to me – are just that. Ideas. If anyone has thoughts about them, I want to hear them, and we’ve heard from folks,” she said. “They know who I am, they elected me twice and I hear from residents often how important it is what I prioritized. Our budget for 2021 makes it clear the values I have and the priorities I have that I know will make a difference for our residents.”
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