Steve Pomerance addresses a number of statewide and local political issues, including term-limits, co-ops, and affordable housing:
From my perspective, many of the current hot political issues have angles that haven’t been adequately discussed. Here are a few…
Full Column: Steve Pomerance: We need more democracy, not less – Boulder Daily Camera
Jan Trussell’s column got it exactly right: A vocal, self-selected group of activists is coercing City Council into granting them a special privilege — at the expense of residents in every existing neighborhood of Boulder. The co-op advocates’ resort to name-calling and labeling is unhelpful. But the biggest problem is that City Council is swallowing the co-op story whole, without asking critical questions:
Why are we creating something that will have very little benefit in terms of affordable housing, yet will put still more pressure on middle-class housing availability? Why do we need to define umpteen different types of co-op all at once? Why not start with a single model that everyone can understand, a real ownership co-op, instead of experimenting with untried concepts like so-called “rental co-ops”? Continue reading “Boulder Weekly: Co-op Conundrum”
I read with interest that the city has appointed a working group to examine the public processes the city uses to gather citizen input.
Too often, these processes are designed to be closed-ended, to consider limited options, and to reach predetermined conclusions. The decisions have been made; citizens’ time is wasted to make them appear legitimate…
Full Story: Gail Promboin: Boulder’s public process theater – Boulder Daily Camera
I am that rara avis, a low-income Boulder homeowner. The only reason I am here is that I bought a house over 40 years ago, and through old-fashioned manual labor, paid off two mortgages and years of escalating property-tax bills. Can you imagine how I feel when I hear that the city’s affordable housing policies involve taking properties off the tax rolls, compelling the other property owners make up the difference in revenue?
Full Story: Earl Noe: Affordable housing can be reverse Robin Hood scheme – Boulder Daily Camera
South Boulder along the Table Mesa corridor has become extremely congested over the recent years. Redevelopment has added greater density to the area.
Full Story: Judith Jarke: Dreading negative impacts of CU South development – Boulder Daily Camera