by Travis Mateer
When State Representative Danny Tenenbaum isn’t sneaking into churches to break the law and leveraging public money to make trains quieter for the affluent Rattlesnake neighborhood, he’s opining on the need to transform Larchmont golf course into housing.
Before getting to Tenenbaum’s support for aiding and abetting Blue Line’s golf/housing scheme, I’d like to first provide an image of House District 95. Why? Because that’s Tenenbaum’s district, and it very clearly DOES NOT INCLUDE Larchmont golf course:
Now, with that established, let’s see what Danny Tenenbaum has to say about this VERY UNPOPULAR scheme to build a NEW golf course by highway 93 on the land currently being used for the Transitional Safe Outdoor Space so that THOUSANDS of housing units can be built on Larchmont land, which is owned by the County.
Rep. Danny Tenenbaum, D-Missoula, has been vocal about finding solutions to affordable housing–including using land currently used by golf courses as part of a solution.
“It’s a question of priorities. On one hand, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end our housing shortage, an opportunity that includes a major addition of permanently affordable homes for low-income families under the community land trust model,” Tenenbaum said in an emailed statement to the Missoulian. “Or we can keep the parcel as a money-losing golf course, subsidized by all of us but only enjoyed by a few.”
Yes, even though this isn’t a part of his district, Tenenbaum is PASSIONATE about telling us how to make more housing in Missoula. This must come from his vast experience of having lived in Montana for SIX WHOLE YEARS after he and his wife decided to flee the “rat race” in New York City.
For more on this big life change that has given Missoula the gift of a socialist State Rep. who once worked for the Department of Homeland Security, here’s an article from the Missoulian about Danny’s wife explaining how they came to Montana from New York:
After growing up in Brooklyn and graduating from Columbia University, Tenenbaum said she and her husband Danny decided that once he graduated from New York University’s law school that they wanted to move out West.
“We were done with New York, done with that rat race,” she said.
Yep, that New York rat race can be a real downer, so how nice for the Tenenbaums to flee west where they can become local influencers, making trains quiet for rich people and shaming golfers into providing Blue Line Development with a HUGE payday.
I guess this is all in a day’s work for a former New York Homeland Security guy who realized in Montana he DOES NOT HAVE TO WEAR A TIE! (emphasis mine):
After a stint in Colorado, where her husband worked as a public defense attorney, the couple moved to St. Ignatius in spring 2015 when Danny secured a fellowship through NYU to work with the reservation’s public defense office.
“He saw that (attorneys) wore jeans and button-down shirts and said. ‘No suit, no tie? I’m in’,” Tenenbaum said. “I had never been to Montana but as soon as I saw it I was like, yes.”
This former New Yorker who can’t restrain his desire to tell people what to do with public money and county land, and who apparently doesn’t care about sneaking into churches to secretly record events, is fully on my radar now as another craven member of Missoula pantheon of corruption.
Welcome to the club, Danny. I plan on making your time here in Missoula as ENLIGHTENING as I possibly can.
Thanks for reading!