The partisan, polarizing politics of City Council’s pro-growth majority at the March 21 meeting was stupefying. Consider:
1. John Gerstle has been an exemplary, moderate voice on Planning Board. His board peers voted him chairman. Under his steady, statesmanlike leadership, the board had become more courteous, professional, and balanced.
Read More: Deb Grojean: Planning Board appointments were a Tuesday night massacre – Boulder Daily Camera
We trust our City Council to be stewards, doing good for Boulder today and for the future. The coup of March 21, ousting moderates and packing our Planning Board with pro-development boosters, risks our town’s future.
Source: Steve Lekson: Risking our town’s future – Boulder Daily Camera
In 1971, five Boulder City Council seats were up for grabs. In a field of 22 candidates, attorney Penfield Tate II became Boulder’s first African-American city council member…The old guard was shocked.
Incumbents Homer Ball, Tom Waugh, Harvey Platts and James Bowers were unseated…
Ballot measures in 1971 included Plan-Boulder County’s controversial grass roots campaign for a 55-foot height limit for new buildings.
Could ’17 be ’71 all over again?
Full Story: Boulder County History: ’71 election unseated incumbents, brought height limit – Boulder Daily Camera
Much of what has made Boulder such a great place to live has been the work of people half a century ago. These people recognized what I call the “ratchet effect,” that bad development decisions cannot be undone, so policies needed to be put in place to prevent, or at least limit, the damage that a growth-at-all-costs majority of the council could do.
So we’re looking at growth for growth’s sake, maximum profits for developers, and no constraints on the council. This is not the Boulder that so many citizens have put their hearts and souls into, trying to keep this unique place special, that’s for sure.
Full Story: Steve Pomerance: Is this the end of Boulder as we know it? – Boulder Daily Camera
I read with deep dismay at the two choices for the Planning Board Commission — David Ensign and Peter Vitale. Peter Vitale supports giving developers bonuses (really?) for building affordable housing and a gondola in West Boulder. Wow! Maybe Vitale ought to take a field trip to the Pikes Peak Gondola near Colorado Springs to understand the negative impact on community and environment. Both men are vocal advocates for very high density and accelerated growth. And, there is no mistaking who the folks are behind Better Boulder — pro-growth, developers, Chamber of Commerce, realtors and outside investors with deep pockets.
As Mary Young said, “One of the things we are struggling with as a community is a certain divisiveness that I think we’re all growing weary of.” Each of the council members who voted for these two men might keep in mind that democracy and not divide includes all the Boulder citizens/voices and not just the bigger is better mindset.
At a recent council meeting, I watched John Gerstle give Planning Board input to council members. I remember thinking to myself here is a man of integrity, deep understanding of planning policy and above all a kind presence. He’ll be missed.
Source: Ellie Sciarra: John Gerstle will be missed on Planning Board – Boulder Daily Camera
it occurs to me that Boulder has become and increasingly so, another Beverly Hills, or Denver center or New York City. The City Council has allowed extreme growth in all the new apartment houses and hotels that are being built or just finished being built.
The stress this puts on our once beautiful town is horrible: water, sewage and trash are maxing out of capability; fire and police departments and ambulances cannot get through a crowded 28th, 30th or Broadway, when there is an emergency.
They are out of their collective minds! Chief Niwot once said (paraphrasing him): They will come; they will see the beauty; and that will be our destruction.
Read More: Miriam Paisner: Beauty of our city being destroyed – Boulder Daily Camera
To Jan Burton and Andrew Shoemaker, two of the City Council members who summarily dismissed John Gerstle from the Planning Board and who are up for reelection this fall, the broad swath of Boulder voters who are in favor of slow growth will see you at the ballot boxes.
Source: Mireille Key: See you council members at the ballot box – Boulder Daily Camera