Tibbs earns “F€ for Originality

Oct 15th, 2007 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Jim TibbsMake no mistake about it; Jim Tibbs (left) knows a good idea when he sees one. In fact, the Boise City Councilman also knows how to copy and rewrite someone else’s idea so well that he is willing to stake his reputation on it in the hopes that it will get him elected as Mayor of Boise.

Tibbs, who is challenging Boise Mayor Dave Bieter in this November’s Mayoral election, appears to have decided to rewrite Mayor Bieter’s work and call it his own. Tibbs, with the help of his creative writing staff, dissected the Boise Climate Protection Program Advisory Committee’s report that was formulated by a team of experts under Bieter’s direction.

After a long study period, the Committee presented its report titled, “Recommendations for CO2 Reduction Strategies and Sustainable Practices for Construction Projects in Boise€

Tibbs who had no team of experts working on his behalf or under this direction noticed that Bieter has a plan to reduce carbon dioxide, so what better way to show his appreciation for the Mayor’s leadership than to copy his work and put his name on it.

What the Tibbs campaign has done is add copycat/plagiarist extraordinaire to his list of “leadership€ skills.

On August 22, 2007, Boise City issued a press release announcing the findings of the Boise Climate Protection Program Advisory Committee’s report, “Recommendations for CO2 Reduction Strategies and Sustainable Practices for Construction Projects in Boise€.

The committee, established by Mayor Dave Bieter last year to reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions, was comprised of groups including “residential and commercial construction industries, utilities, state and county governments and Boise State University€¦attending the committee’s biweekly meetings and providing input regarding the recommendations€ said the City press release. According to city records, with Bieter at the helm, last year Boise became the first Idaho city to pledge to uphold the Kyoto Protocols in signing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

As they say, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.€ It is obvious just how much candidate Jim Tibbs and his campaign team must admire Mayor Bieter’s efforts to pursue a strategy to make Boise green.

On September 21, 2007, Tibbs issued a press release announcing his new “Valley Vision Initiative€ that duplicated the City’s document word for word. Being the comical guy he is, Tibbs tries to throw his readers by stressing his differences with the Bieter Administration in his press release for his new “Valley Vision Initiative€ saying, “This is another issue where there is a clear difference between Jim Tibbs and Dave Bieter.€ However, at a mere glance, it is unmistakable that Tibbs and his “green policy€ are blowing hot air.

In “Jim Tibbs Valley Vision Initiative€ released one month after the Boise City document, Tibbs’ blatant plagiarism runs deep and wide, encompassing over half his paper. Nearly all of his key points belong to the City Advisory Committee.

Let us compare but a few of the too numerous to mention examples of bootlegging by our former interim “Chief of Police.€

In the “Boise City Facility Recommendation” section of the City Committee’s document, recommendations 2 and 3 read:
“Auditing existing municipal facilities€¦for energy and water use reduction…require implementation of all solutions€¦monitor energy and water costs at all facilities.€

Tibb’s “Initiative€ starts with subtle word shifting to write:

“Conduct a full energy audit of all city buildings to assess all city owned facilities€¦implement the standards necessary to reduce energy costs and water use.€

Tibb’s changes €municipal facilities€ to “city buildings,€ changes “monitor€ to “assess€ and changes “solutions€ to “standards.€ However, the use of a thesaurus doesn’t get around his having lifted the rest of the phrase.

He dances more flagrantly around the rules with “Require all new city facilities to meet LEED gold standards. City Buildings greater than 10,000 square feet shall be required to obtain LEED certification €¦€

In his phrasing, he offers up an uncanny similarity to the Committee’s earlier recommendations which “Require all new municipal buildings be designed to meet LEED silver standards. LEED gold standards are preferred€¦Buildings greater than 10,000 square feet shall be required to obtain LEED certification.€

Another interesting point is Tibbs’ Initiative plan to, “Implement citywide sustainable purchasing policies. These should be Energy Star appliances and equipment, recyclable materials and items with recycled content.€

The City Committee states, € Implement citywide sustainable purchasing policies. These policies should include€¦EnergyStar appliance and equipment, recycled materials, and items with recycled content.€ Save for the City’s use of bullets to list the items, Tibbs’s dishonest quote hits dead on.

Tibbs jumps around the City document a bit more, generalizing their use of involving the community and various government agencies. Sadly, writer’s block hits as he was forced to copy point-by-point, this time from the “Community Development Recommendations€ section of the City document.

Tibbs wants to “Further implement energy and water use reduction programs for homeownership and existing building owners in coordination with utility companies, state and federal agencies, building associations and interest groups.€

I guess you could argue Tibbs was attempting to edit down the Committee’s sentence copying directly while leaving out “education,€ from “water use reduction education programs,€ leaving “commercial€ out of “commercial buildings€ and totally editing out “but not limited to.€

Tibbs avoids the use of the Committee’s phrasing “but not limited to€ again when he directly quotes their 16th Community Development Recommendation, “Provide incentives for all development that include€¦density bonuses for sustainable practices above minimum code levels.€

Tibbs obviously agrees wholeheartedly with the City Committee’s goals, as both desire that Boise call for “all new residential construction [that meets] the minimum energy efficiency level equal to Energy Star Northwest Requirements.€ Had Tibbs read further he would have noticed that Boise intends to surpass EnergyStar North West requirements by 2008. Now that would have looked really good in his “Vision Initiative.€

The timing involved in the two document’s plans is uncanny. Both intend to “adopt a solar access ordinance by July 1, 2008,€ and “implement water wise landscaping throughout [the] city.”

In all, Candidate Jim Tibbs’ “Valley Vision Initiative” is a great piece of writing. Too bad it’s not his.

Now, we are pretty sure when Tibbs attended Boise State University, then Boise Junior College, the school had rules against plagiarism. I have every reason to believe that at least one person on his Campaign Advisory Group knows a thing or two about plagiarism. BSU Professor Patricia Frederickson, Ph.D., who currently serves on Tibbs’ Advisory Group may be able to speak clearly to the issue of lifting the work of someone else and calling it your own.

But then again, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It may not be honest, but it is flattering nonetheless.



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  1. Tibbs has other issues that concern me– like his courting Brian Fischer and the Ten Commandments Coalition. In his first City Council election he was quoted on Fischer’s Blog as stating that he would oppose domestic partner benefits for gays and lesbians. And in this Sunday’s paper he appears ready to revisit the whole Ten COmmmandments Monument issue — as if the city does not have more urgent issues facing it besides building/moving religious monuments on public property!

  2. The wingnut conservatives in Boise cannot stand the idea that someone who does not promote their narrow-minded ideology happened to actually get elected. Tibbs is a fraud who supports the same old tired wingnut ways of Brent Coles. Idaho seems to have turned into the old USSR where a one-party system rules, rather than actually voting for someone who can do the job right, like Mayor Beiter.

  3. All we need now is Brandi Swendell on the city council. That would set Boise back to the stoneage.

  4. A former cop stealing? no way!

  5. This looks like another weak hatchet job by the loons on the left. Mr. Tibbs is a great man and I have no doubt that he will replace that living mistake in the Mayor’s office.

  6. I just pulled up the two articles. If it walks like a duck….
    There are too many similarities between what Mr. Tibbs wrote and the paper the city wrote for it to be a mere coincidence. Nothing Mr. Tibbs has done to date has been a good decision. This story doesn’t surprise me in the least.

  7. Tibbs is just another neo-con that will do and say anything to win.

    Does anyone know if this came up on the debate broadcast on NPR this evening? I only got to hear part of it. I hope sure hope so.

    Hey Anonymous: Your comment makes the point that you are the loon. Had you actually read the two documents linked in the story you would see what you obviously do not want to see – THE TRUTH. Tibbs is a plagiarist!