I’ve been laughing about the battle over spending the “soda tax” income that basically says “Hey Suzanne and Matt, please save my children because I can’t say ‘No’ when they want a Dr. Pepper.” However, I will admit that it is the logical next step for kids already protected from ice cream sandwiches. Nuisances like these are really just diversions designed to keep citizens from asking real questions about the vast amount of money flowing through Boulder’s subsidized housing program. This shell game, billed as “affordable,” “compassionate,” “sustainable,” is really more like a Mob operation that funnels money to Boulder Housing Partners (BHP), Boulder Housing Coalition (BHC), and other crony capitalists, all with no success. Even after enough funds have been transferred into these organizations that would make Donald Trump blanch, nothing is “affordable,” traffic is at a standstill, and the town has been divided. The lubrication for this finely-tuned exploitation machine appears to be the cash-in-lieu program, a “compassionate” version of Chicago-style pay-to-play. Since the city attorney appears to be knee-deep in the deal, there is little motivation for him to shed light on this opaque system. And sadly, there are many excellent city employees who get a bad rap while their leaders disrespect them with these kinds of shenanigans. Even though the arrangement is all “legal,” it at least screams out for an independent review that charts out how it works and names the individuals involved.
I naively keep wishing that the Woodward and Bernsteins over at the Daily Camera would spend time investigating the situation, however, I understand they refuse to since their Pulitzer Prize display shelf is already full. Where is the D.A. when you need him? Well, at least citizens can still feel “sustainable,” “vibrant,” and “compassionate” all while being expertly manipulated.