Notes from Susan Richstone and Lesli Ellis from their meeting with BNA members on 9/29/2016.
Boulder County’s jail is bursting at the seams, … County roads are in extreme disrepair … These are just two examples that require management attention… In response, the county commissioners have determined it’s time to ask voters to tax themselves to buy more open space. Plus they want funds for a bunch of new and ill-defined “sustainability” initiatives … What more could citizens ask for than this kind of professional expertise and sound management?…When the topic of forced annexations comes up, people in Gunbarrel and other places appropriately become anxious.
As citizens in a representative democracy, we expect the people we elect to be looking out for our best interests. Unfortunately, the recent trend here and elsewhere indicates that is not the case as some city leaders are looking out for their own self-interests. Take for example the recent junket to Portland funded by our tax dollars.
Source: Letters: 7/7/16 – Boulder Weekly
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.”
At the request of City Council during the January 2016 council retreat and based on community feedback, city staff is exploring ways to improve the City of Boulder’s community engagement and public processes. In collaboration with community mediators and facilitators, staff will be developing recommendations to improve dialogue between the city and community members that would result in more thoughtful decision making and process development….
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.”
Boulder City Council members are constantly bemoaning the lack of economic diversity in Boulder and proposing extreme measures to pack more and more people into a limited space.