Contributing Editors

Idaho Self Storage Controversy Likely to Result in New Legislation

by John Stevens March 5, 2012 6:57 PM
When the Idaho Land Board purchased Affordable Self Storage in 2010 with the idea being that it was a good investment that would benefit the beneficiaries of the endowment well (i.e. public schools). Little did they realize that it would result in a controversy that would continue on long after the purchase was finalized. [More]

New Development in the Idaho Self Storage Saga

by John Stevens February 8, 2012 2:08 PM
Sequels rarely work. Often times the second will be okay, but the third installment and on tends to be a miss as often as it is a hit; for examples see the fourth Star Wars movie, the last Indiana Jones, and the last six or seven of the Friday the 13th series. Much like the Friday the 13th series, the story that has developed around the purchase of a self storage facility by the state of Idaho does not appear ready to go away anytime soon. [More]

Hearings Completed Concerning Idaho Government Ownership of Storage Units

by Winnie Hsiu August 31, 2011 11:00 AM
Yesterday, Idaho legislators concluded two days of hearings concerning restrictions on the types of property that the Idaho Land Board can purchase. Legislators will take the information from the hearings and write a proposal that provides updated regulation on how the Board manages the land held in the trust and how the Board can invest the money from land-sale proceeds. [More]

Two Key Players in State-Purchased Self Storage Business in Idaho Reverse Stance

by John Stevens July 12, 2011 8:15 AM
The government purchase of Affordable Self-Storage in Boise, Idaho, last year has always been a controversial one, especially with self storage operators and local business owners who cried foul, accusing Idaho of competing unfairly with the private sector. Now two key players in the purchase – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna - say they made a mistake when they voted to spend $2.7 million to buy the storage business and use the revenue to benefit Idaho public schools and other state institutions. [More]

Should State Governments Get Into the Storage Business? Public Reaction to Idaho’s New Self Storage Venture is Mixed

by Kim Kilpatrick October 21, 2010 10:04 PM
Should state governments be running commercial real estate ventures? The subject is controversial, but a recent decision by the Idaho Lands Department to go into the self storage business is stirring up interest. Idaho’s Department of Lands purchased Affordable Self Storage of Boise two months ago and is running it as a tax-exempt business. [More]