I recently observed the Boulder City Council session where appointments were made to the Planning Board.
For one of the appointments, Bob Yates offered the following endorsement to one of the two highly pro-development candidates who were installed: “I know that he has…two children.” He didn’t simply say “I’ve met his family,” he instead said “I know that he has two children” as if that by itself were justification for his placement on the board.
Other members of council similarly had little to say about the same candidate. Someone offered, “I think he has some really good new ideas.”
Meanwhile, an individual who was slightly less pro-development was essentially removed from their seat on the Planning Board because … um … he did not have the right number of children? It might be unlikely that’s the reason, but it would make about as much sense as Bob’s reason for endorsing the new board member.
When will the residents of Boulder wake up to the fact that they are being had by moneyed interests with little or no stake in the long-term effects of rapid over-development?