Sender: Young, Mary Dear Colleagues and hotline subscribers, Here are more articles that are worth taking the time to read. Some, like the one Matt posted recently, have previously been shared on the hotline. Happy summer reading! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/04/business/how-anti-growth-sentiment-reflected-in-zoning-laws-thwarts-equality.html?emc=edit_th_20160704&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=65613619&_r=0 http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/10/affordable-housing-is-a-moral-choice-and-the-numbers-prove-it/411235/ http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26656-developers-aren-t-going-to-solve-the-housing-crisis-in-san-francisco-the-definitive-response-to-supply-side-solutionists http://48hills.org/2016/03/29/city-planners-treat-us-like-infants/ http://www.planetizen.com/node/86508/has-portland-lost-its-way http://www.newgeography.com/content/002046-why-duany-wrong-about-importance-public-participation http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/opinion/who-gets-the-subsidized-apartments.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0 Regards, Mary Dolores Young Mayor Pro Tem Boulder City Council
Boulder’s city clerk this week invalidated nearly 6,000 signatures on the petition submitted in support of a ballot measure that would ask voters to limit City Council members to three terms.
Andy Schultheiss, Open Boulder’s executive director, said “…we’re making every mistake possible.”
The City Council meeting on the Co-op Ordinance happened on Tuesday, June 21st.
This was a continuation of the “First Reading” of the Co-op ordinance which started with Public comment at the May 17th Council meeting. At this meeting, the Council discussed a number of specific details about the draft ordinance.
When Ed Koch, the famously irascible mayor of New York City, lost his last primary campaign he was quoted as follows: “The people have spoken…and they must be punished.” Which brings us, of course, to the Boulder City Council, a body that seems determined to inflict the maximum pain on the citizens they purportedly serve.
Since January, a proposal to add more co-operative housing units in Boulder has been the subject of a City Council study session, a public hearing before the Planning Board that ran past midnight and another public hearing, with about 75 speakers, before the council.
At last night’s council meeting you equated the suggestion of a neighborhood notification process to profiling. Judging by this comment as well as others you’ve made, I now believe I can easily make that same claim considering that you have “profiled” our neighborhoods for these co-op ordinances because they are not located in affluent sections of town, much like your own home on the hill is.
Your section of the hill will never be subject to co-ops Ms. Burton. How do I know this? Because I visited the Assessors website to see where your home is located. Over 6,000 square ft….well, technically over 7,000 if you include all the appurtenances like that large garage that, btw is over half the size of my own home here in Martin Acres. Why that garage alone is larger than that spacious (and largest) 320 ft. “Cube” offered on your tiny home website Rhinocubed, that you think other people should be happy living in.
In addition to that, you have been quoted as saying, ” I don’t believe living in an upper class white city supports Boulder’s progressive values.”
Every now and then Boulder citizens might have reason to sympathize with the challenges created by City Council members who attempt to please everyone and usually end up pleasing no one.