This weekend's CityCaucus Redux was originally published in March 2009 and features a Know Your Donor profile of (now) former City of Vancouver staffer Lesli Boldt. She's moved on back to the private sector but has landed a good gig as a result of her service to the City. Boldt currently works for condo marketer Bob Rennie on the City's Olympic Village project. According to our sources Boldt has been having regular dialogues with City Manager Penny Ballem providing media advice on the matter of the Olympic Village headache, as well as on how to deal with bloggers (ahem, you know who they are).
While Boldt's contribution to Vision and Gregor are a pittance when compared to the Hollyhock mafiosa, it's an interesting profile of how political loyalties can occasionally benefit individuals, especially when the public service has become as politicized as it has under Vision Vancouver.
It's also worth repeating that Boldt worked in the City's communications department while openly supporting Vision. Her boss back then, Laurie Best, was married to someone who was eventually hired to work in Gregor Robertson's office.
Name: Lesli Boldt
Donation to Gregor Robertson nomination: $100-$499
Donation to Vision Vancouver: $350
As part of our ongoing Know Your Donor series, we are looking at some of the small, medium and supersize donors who contributed to the political parties and candidates in the recent Vancouver election. Earlier, we featured both a supersize and mid-size donor to Vision Vancouver.
Our latest installment features Lesli Boldt, a financial contributor to both the nomination campaign of Mayor Gregor Robertson and to the Vision Vancouver party. Some of you may remember Ms. Boldt's name as she recently appeared in our post about Dave Rudberg resigning from his position as the head of Olympic operations for the City of Vancouver. She prepared the special talking points about him wanting to retire to play with his grandchildren.
Ms. Boldt was hired by Laurie Best, Director of Communications to work in the City's non-partisan communications department. We confirmed with the department yesterday that she was hired in April 2008 through an open competition to work there as a Project Manager.
According to the Georgia Straight, Ms. Boldt made a contribution to the Nominate Gregor Robertson Campaign Fund in the $100-$499 category. In addition, she is listed as having made several financial contributions to Vision Vancouver starting back in late 2007.
In a comment posted on CBC online, Boldt took a shot at NPA School Board Chair Ken Denike and called him a hypocrite:
"I find it hypocritical that - in the midst of a civic strike where Mr. Denike's own NPA mayor, Sam Sullivan, is encouraging all citizens to reduce waste, recycle more, and commit to EcoDensity - that Mr. Denike is not willing to provide leadership at the school board or lobby the provincial government to actually practice what they preach and help alleviate waste coming from B.C. schools in the City of Vancouver. They're clearly sending mixed messages to Vancouver's kids."
Ms. Boldt served as a legislative intern in 1993 under then NDP Premier Michael Harcourt's provincial government. Her Linkedin profile states her specialities include "advocacy" and "politics."