OCTOBER 13, 2019
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Boulder political groups want to make it seem like there are only two sides to an issue.
Nikki McCord wants to change that. Vote Nikki McCord for Boulder City Council
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Boulder City Council 2019
STANDING TALL FOR BOULDER Boulder is one of the greatest cities to live in, but that desirability has created a large number of unintended consequences. Affordability, especially, is a critical issue that needs much greater attention.
✓ Put resident’s concerns first ✓ Expand the rights and
protections of renters
✓ Increase the percentage
of permanently affordable housing
✓ Stand against RTD’s
broken promises and unfair practices
✓ Maintain and protect
Boulder’s Open Space
✓ Ban fracking within the city limits ✓ Prioritize small businesses over corporations
✓ Fast-track subcommunity planning
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How and where to vote BOULDER COUNTY
24-hour ballot drop-off boxes
Oct. 14 through 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Election Day Locations: Boulder Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd St. Boulder County Courthouse, East Wing Entrance, 2025 14th St. Boulder County Housing and Human Services, 3400 Broadway University of Colorado, University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Ave., closest to Euclid Avenue entrance of building. South Boulder Recreation Center, 1360 Gillaspie Drive Lafayette Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road Longmont Boulder County Clerk & Recorder/St. Vrain Community Hub (corner of Sixth Avenue and Coffman Street) Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road (on Fairground Lane near the south parking lot) Garden Acres Park (18th Avenue between Sunset and Juniper streets) YMCA, 950 Lashley St.
Where does your paper stand?
To read the Daily Camera editorial board’s endorsements in select races and ballot issues this election, visit dailycamera.com/tag/2019-endorsements/.
St. Vrain Community Hub/Boulder County Clerk & Recorder, 515 Coffman St.
How to vote Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5 You must return your mail ballot or be in line at a Voter Service Center by 7 p.m. that day in order for your vote to count. Ballots will be mailed to eligible, registered voters beginning Oct. 14. While voters can register right up to and even on Election Day, the last day to register or change your registration and still receive a ballot in the mail is Oct. 28. If you register or change your registration after that date, you must vote in person. Track your mail ballot by signing up for Ballot Track at boulder.ballottrax.net/voter For more election information, visit: Boulder County — bouldercounty.org/elections Weld County — https://bit.ly/2IwuwPj
Louisville Louisville Police Department, 992 W. Via Appia Way Lyons Lyons Town Hall, 432 5th Ave. Nederland Nederland Community Center, 750 N. Hwy. 72 Superior Superior Town Hall, 124 E. Coal Creek Drive
Drive-by ballot drop-off
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 4, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Election Day Locations: Boulder
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Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd St. Longmont Boulder County Clerk & Recorder/St. Vrain Community Hub, 534 Terry St. (west side of complex)
VOTER SERVICE AND POLLING CENTERS
Services include: ballotdrop-off, in-person voting, request a replacement ballot, voter registration or update registration information, vote using equipment and facilities for people with disabilities. Early option: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays Oct. 14-25 at the Boul-
der County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd St. Hours and locations: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28Nov. 1 and Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Election Day Boulder Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, 1750 33rd St. University of Colorado, University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Ave. (limited parking) Boulder Meadows, 4500 19th St. Lafayette Boulder County Clerk & Recorder, 1376 Miners Drive Longmont
24-hour ballot drop-off boxes
Oct. 14 through 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Election Day Locations: Longmont Southwest Weld County Services Complex, 4209 Weld County Road 24½ (Del Camino) Frederick Carbon Valley Recreation Center, 701 Fifth St. Erie Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St.
VOTER SERVICE AND POLLING CENTERS
Services include ballotdrop-off, voter registration, in-person voting, requesting mail-ballot replacements. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Oct. 28 through Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Election Day Locations: Longmont Southwest Weld County Services Complex, 4209 Weld County Road 24½ (Del Camino)
What do over 700 people in Boulder agree on? More than 700 people listed below are asking you to re-elect Bob Yates to the Boulder City Council. Find out why they support Bob, and read what some of them have to say, by taking a look at the back cover of this Election Guide.
Neshama Abraham Dave Adamson Lexi Adler Suzy Ageton Cynthia Agnes Gerry Agnes Doyle Albee Laurie Albright Judy Amabile Andy Anderson Annette Anderson Lawrence Anderson Karl Anuta Matt Appelbaum Dennis Arfmann Lalenia Aweida Peter Aweida David Bachrach Linda Bachrach David Bacon Shannon Cox Baker Lou Barnes Bob Baskerville Dede Baskerville Sam Bass Camberley Bates Morey Bean Scott Beard Janet Beardsley Bob Beauprez Dennis Beck Tracey Beck KC Becker Kathy Beeck Robin Beeck Henry Beer Chuck Bellock Michael Belochi Bill Bender Shelly Benford Matt Benjamin Jessica Benjamin Gary Berg George Berg Jr. Karina Berg Alan Bernstein Sylvia Bernstein Brad Bernthal Andrea Berry Dennis Berry Libby Berry Renée Beshures Grant Besser Kreighton Bieger David Biek Peter Bihari Elizabeth Black Nancy Blackwood Elaine Blechman Arlene Blewitt Mark Bloomﬁeld Robin Bohannan
Carolyn Booth Bruce Borowsky Steve Bosley Michael Bosma Kim Boston Bryan Bowen Jack R. Box Alexander Bracken Christopher Brauchli Margot Brauchli Peter Braun Charles Brock Aaron Brockett David Brode Ron Broome Bobby Brown Darryl Brown Pamela Brown Stan Brown Stephen Brown Hal Bruff Sherry Bruff Todd Bryan Brian Buckley Jenna Buffaloe Buzz Burrell Jan Burton Andy Bush DeAnne Butterﬁeld Jim Butterworth Ed Byrne Jimmy Calano Dave Callan Chris Campbell Jancy Campbell John Canova Marsha Caplan Patricia Carden Jon Carroll Cindy Caruso Dan Caruso Essrea Cherin Tom Chesney Mike Chiropolos Margaret Coel Dan Cohen Matt Cohn Duncan Coker Shawn Coleman Rick Collins Donna Coleville Susan Connelly Daniel Conroy Marilyn Conroy Casey Cook Jill Cooper Peter Copeland Brian Coppom Priscilla Corielle Cindy Cornelius Ginny Corsi Dan Corson
Don Cote Grant Couch Charlene Coutre Scott Crabtree Deb Craft George Craft G. Ford Craig Bob Crifasi Jim Crookston Tom Cross Paul Cure David Curtis David Dadone Bonnie Dahl Joelle Dahl Molly Davis Jeff Dawson Phil Day Stan Deetz Jan Demorest Pamela Dennis Bill DeOreo Joseph de Raismes Mark Detsky Howard Diamond Bruce Dierking Mike Dorsey Michael Dougherty Tim Downing Bob Drake John Driver Frank Dubofsky Jean Dubofsky Tila Duhaime John Duke Phil Dumontet Shelley Dunbar Steve Dundorf Benita Duran Leslie Durgin Mike Dwyer Leslie Eaton Woody Eaton Sally Eckert Paul Eklund Helen El Mallakh (Pasta) Jay Elowsky David Ensign Bette Erickson Rett Ertl Michelle Estrella Jon Etra Jim Faller Melissa Fathman Brad Feld Eli Feldman Sam Fitch Ryan Flahive Bruce Flynn Janaka Ford Jen Ford Helen Forster Nick Forster Deborah Foy Richard Foy Seth Frankel Andy Franklin Margaret Freund Jean Friedberg Nicoletta Friedberg Penny Friedberg Jessie Friedman Joseph Friedman
Joshua Friedman Rachel Friend Will Frischkorn David Fulker Felicia Furman Jack Ganse Scott Gardner Stan Garnett CJ Gauss Kathy Gebhardt Jill Gelbspan Matt Geraghty Nancy Geyer Carmel Gill Terry Gill Marc Ginsberg Bruce Gladstone Richard Goldman Bruce Goldstein Eric Gordon Wendy Gordon Susan Graf King Grant Donovan Greene Doug Greene Bob Greenlee John Gress Amy Grifﬁn John Grifﬁn David Gross Lynn Guissinger Carole Gustavson John Gustavson Linda Haertling Jonathan Hager Brent Halsey Doug Hamilton Albert Hand Betsy Hand Penny Hannegan Greg Hansen Liz Hanson Barbara Hanst Clif Harald Rudy Harburg Joe Harding Dave Hardwick Greg Harms David Harper Ian Harrison Beth Hartman Gannon Hartnett Laurie Hathorn Rollie Heath Kyle Heckman Michael Hedgpath Paul Heffron Rob Heider Mark Heinritz Peter Heinz Jim Helgoth Norris Hermsmeyer Roddy Hibbard John Hill Michael Hilliker Harvey Hine Jon Hinebauch Douglas Hixson Mary Lynne Hixson Steven Hlavac Charlene Hoffman Lisa Hogan Bill Holicky
Scott Holton Edie Hooton Jim Hooton Dave Hoover Suzanne Hoover Ken Hostelley Jim Hostetler Ken Hotard Jane Houssiere Amy Howard Joe Howard Kaye Howe Betty Hoye Caroline Hoyt Lara Lee Hullinghorst Chuck Hunker Bob Hunnes Eileen Hunnes Rick Hunter Cynthia Husek Joe Husek Andrew Hyde Jim Illg Jane Imber Jack Imig Marjorie Ingram Tom Isaacson Andy James Dana James Mark James Bill Jellick Dan Johnson Jennifer Peters Johnson Parker Johnson Kirk Johnson Craig Jones Elise Jones Jacqueline Jones Pamela Jones Suzanne Jones Kathie Joyner George Karakehian Kristin Karakehian Candice Kasai Mallory Kates Nancy Kelley Pete Kelley Darren Kelly John Kelly John Kenyon Maud Huey Kenyon Lew Kingdom Sally Kingdom Annette Kissinger Karen Klerman Eric Kloor Andrew Knight Jim Koczela Mike Koertje Neil Kolwey Midge Korczak Nancy Kornblum Gene Korte Diana Korte Kimberley Kosmenko Jon Kottke Michelle Krezek Miles Kunkel Kim Laakso Caroline Landry Frank Langan Lynne Langmaid Charlotte LaSasso
Cate Lawrence Jim Leach Bill LeBlanc Steve LeBlang Michael Leccese Tim Leddy Cindy Lefkoff Kyle Lefkoff Jill Lester Seth Levine Jules Levinson Cheryl Liguori Jim Linﬁeld Jeff Lipton Lori Llerandi Rich Lopez Kimberly Lord Pete Lorenzen Sue Lounsbury Robin Luff Neal Lurie Larry MacDonnell Ford Magden Sean Maher Scott Malan Deborah Malden Bill Mankin Tina Marquis Betsey Martens Janet Martin Laura Martin Scott Martin Adam Massey Mimi Mather Tracy Mayo Julianne McCabe John McCarthy Steffanie McCarthy Denny McCloskey Kathleen McCormick Roy McCutchen Renee McDermid Tom McGann Idie McGinty Tim McGinty Jill McIntyre Mark McIntyre Ryan McIntyre Burton McKenzie Morgan McMillan E.J. Meade Carol Ann Mehaffy John Mehaffy Ty Melton Jason Mendelson Jennifer Mendelson Beth Merckel Ulla Merz Mark Meyer Chris Miller David Miller Ed Mills Sacha Millstone Andy Minden Connie Minden Sara Mitton Rick Moody Tom Moore Bill Mooz Bob Morehouse Lisa Morzel Matt Moseley Ann Moss
James Murphy Kelly Murphy Patrick Murphy Robert Myers Rich Nehls Sharon Nehls Carl Nelson Arno Niemand Brenda Niemand Andrew Niemeyer Judy Nogg Ralph Noistering Kurt Nordback Dom Nozzi Kent Nuzum Fern O’Brien Pat O’Brien John O’Dea Kevin O’Hara Tim O’Shea Delma Oberbeck Arthur Okner Darelyn Olsen Paul Orbuch Peter Ornstein Chris Ozeroff Preston Padden Jim Palmer Terry Palmos Bo Parfet Ann Parker Deb Parsons Bal Patterson Bill Patterson Elisabeth Patterson Dennis Paul Louise Pearson Shane Pearson Alden Perkins Caren Philips Francea Phillips Bev Pogreba Françoise Poinsatte Richard Polk Zoe Polk John Pollak Marcus Popetz Gail Promboin Meg Porﬁdo Danica Powell Dan Powers Sue Prant Larry Preble Stephany Precourt Tom Precourt Elizabeth Prentiss Jim Pribyl John Price Jake Puzio Paul Raab Tom Rebman Lisa Reeves Lexi Reich Judy Reid Mary Reilly-McNellan Paul Repetto Kelly Reyes Bill Reynolds Jane Reynolds John Reynolds Dave Rich John Richardson Gretchen Ridgeway
Gordon Riggle Marietta Riggle Bill Rigler Mark Riley Josh Ritzer Charles Robinson Marc Rochkind Shawn Rodda Scott Rodwin Rebecca Roemer Alan Rogers Julie Rogers Linda Rogers Richard Rohr Nolan Rosall Eric Roza Johannes Rudolph Alan Rudy Stephanie Rudy Richard Russell Mark Ruzzin Beth Ryan Eileen Ryan John Ryan Kate Ryan Lynn Ryan Mike Ryan Tim Ryan Renee St. Aubin Jamie St. John Greeley Sachs Jeffery Salzman Chuck Sanders Boni Sandoval Peggy Sands Paul Saporito Daisy Saragoussi Donna Sargent Mike Sargent Jim Scatena Scott Schaefer David Schafer Cindy Schmidt Neesha Schnepf Magda Schoenhals Mark Schoenhals Andy Schultheiss George Schusler Rob Schware Anita Schwartz David Schwartz Andrew Schwarz David Scott Tom Scott Kathleen Sears Ron Secrist Vickye Secrist Leonard Segel Vern Seieroe Cindy Sepucha Dave Shade Irene Shaffer Lee Shainis Jerry Shapins Christopher Shears Greg Sherwin Dave Shikles Janet Shikles Gail Shimmin Mike Shimmin Andrew Shoemaker Lisa Shoemaker Linda Shoemaker
Mike Short Jennifer Shriver William Shutkin Mark Siegal Eric Silberstein Lee Silbert Beverly Silva Sina Simantob Sharon Simmons Chuck Sisk David Skaggs Jodi Sklawer Archibald Smith Bill Smith Brooke Smith David Smith Jeff Smith Joel Smith Lesley Smith Rich Smith TK Smith Todd Smith Tony Smith Zdenka Smith Lee Snyder Rabbi Marc Soloway Adrian Sopher Valerie Soraci Bud Sorenson Douglas Sparks Stephen Sparn Brian Spear Kathy Spear Peter Spear Carolyn Spicer Courtland Spicer Rich Spilde Miriam Sproul Gary Sprung Andy Sredojevic Margaret Sredojevic Francine Startup Pete Steinhauer Michelle Stephens Mark Stevenson Gail Stoakes Jack Stoakes Mary Kay Stoehr William Stoehr Denise Marie Stoot Mary Street Lynn Streeter Bobby Stuckey Cheryl Sussman Sam Sussman Ingrid Swords Barbara Tamplin Joshua Taxman Molly Tayer Stephen Tebo Kathy Tegtmeyer James Terman Kim Thomas Tim Thomas Bruce Thompson Jay Thompson Jack Thompson Jeannie Thompson Thomas Thorpe Sara Thrall Marion Thurnauer Don Tocher Susan Tocher
Ken Toltz Will Toor Barbara Trager Tom Trager Bob Trotter Charlie Tucker Richard Tucker Valerie Tucker Laura Tyler Carolyn Usher Deb van den Honert Karen Van Dusen Peter van Zante Schuyler van Zante Georgiana Veneziano Jim Veneziano Mark Villarreal Kirk Vincent Peter Vitale Jason Vogel John Volkmar Bob Walker Jack Walker Sophie Walker Avery Wall Steven Wallace Mark Wallach Jonathon Warner Beth Waters Jack Waters Peter Wayne Sam Weaver Alex Weinheimer Michael Whitaker David Wier Doug Williams Judy Williams Ronald Williams DB Wilson Ken Wilson Robert Winer Tara Winer Jeff Wingert Chet Winter Margaret Winter Phyllis Wise Nancy Wittemyer Ed Wittman Scott Woodard Tim Wolf Nicky Wolman Ben Woolf Carl Worthington Peggy Wrenn Pat Wright Michael Wussow David Wyatt John Wyatt Kelly Wyatt Marcia Wyatt Madelyn Wynne Katy Yates (wife) Sandy Younghans Belgin Yucelen Pamela Yugar Miguel Zavala Emily Zinn Ed Zucker Harmon Zuckerman Todd Zusman
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Boulder County Question 1A: Coroner Term Limit extension to five terms What it asks: “Shall the term limits for the office of Coroner of Boulder County, as imposed by state law and in Article XVIII, Section 11, of the Colorado Constitution and later modified by the voters of the County to authorize three consecutive terms, be further modified to permit an elected officeholder in that office to seek and, if elected, serve a maximum of five consecutive terms?”
What it means: Should the Boulder County coroner be allowed to serve up to five consecutive terms? What supporters say: Because the office of the coroner requires specific skills and expertise and is not political in nature, some have argued retaining coroners for longer periods of time will help the office with continuity. Similar term extensions have been
made for the office of the Boulder County sheriff and, to a lesser extent, the office of the Boulder County district attorney. What opponents say: While it is not necessarily a political or partisan office, the coroner is still an elected position and a coroner serving the full five terms would be in office for two decades.
Index Boulder County Question 1A ............................. 6 Boulder City Council .....................................8-17 Boulder Ballot Issue 2G ..................................... 9 Boulder Ballot Issue 2H ....................................19 Boulder Ballot Issue 2I......................................19 Lafayette City Council ................................ 20-26 Lafayette Ballot Question 2A ............................ 20 Lafauette Ballot Question 2B ...........................26 Lafayetter Ballot Question 2C...........................26 Longmont Mayor ..............................................28 Longmont City Council At-large..................29-31 Longmont City Council Ward 1.........................32 Longmont City Council Ward 3.........................33
Longmont Ballot Issue 3B.................................31 Longmont Ballot Issue 3C.................................32 Longmont Ballot Issue 3D.................................32 Longmont Ballot Question 3E...........................33 Louisville Mayor At-Large ................................. 34 Louisville City Council Ward 1.....................35-36 Louisville Ballot Issue 2D .................................. 36 Louisville City Council Ward 2...........................37 Louisville City Council Ward 3 ..........................38 Louisville Ballot Question 2E.............................38 Louisville Ballot Question 2F.............................39 Louisville Fire Protection District ......................39 Boulder Valley School Board District A ............40
Boulder Valley School Board District C.............41 Boulder Valley School Board District D.............41 Boulder Valley School Board District G.............42 Four Mile Fire Protection District ......................42 Dacono City Council ........................................ 43 Frederick Ballot Issue 2A .................................. 44 Frederick-Firestone FPD Ballot Issue 6A ......... 44 Mead Ballot Issue 2E ....................................... 45 Mead Ballot Question 2F ..................................45 Mead Ballot Question 2G..................................45 Colorado Proposition CC .................................46 Colorado Proposition DD .................................46
YES on 2H thoughtful collaborative effective
aaron is endorsed by: Better Boulder, Boulder Area Labor Council, Boulder Progressives, The Coalition, Open Boulder, Sierra Club and the South Boulder Creek Action Group aaron’s suPPorters include: Joe Neguse, Steve Fenberg, Mike Foote, KC Becker, Edie Hooton, Rollie Heath, Michael Dougherty, Linda Shoemaker, Lesley Smith, Elise Jones, Matt Jones, Josie Heath, Will Toor, Suzanne Jones, Lisa Morzel, Sam Weaver, Bob Yates , Jean Dubofsky and Françoise Poinsatte, along with many other community members.
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In his four years on the Boulder City Council, Aaron has worked hard to: Increase housing affordability Strengthen our social safety net Advocate for good and fair governance Improve cycling and transit facilities and safety Fight climate change at the local level
Protect and Maintain City of Boulder Open Space
Preserve Long's Gardens, the city’s last working community farm
Not a Tax Increase!
Endorsed by 14 of 15 City Council candidates, Open Boulder, PLAN-Boulder County, Sierra Club, and Together4Boulder www.OpenSpaceYES.com Paid for by Open Space YES 2019
Our democracy works best when EVERYONE in the community is represented I am running for City Council because I believe socio-economic diversity and political inclusion matter to the citizens of Boulder. These values are what will make our community stronger than it is today.
AS A CITY COUNCIL MEMBER I WILL: ❒ Find solutions for transit-oriented housing for our workforce, students and seniors while respecting existing neighborhoods
❒ Expedite the long-overdue ﬂood mitigation plan for South Boulder Creek because human safety should be our #1 priority ❒ Be a tireless advocate for under-represented communities and bring socio- economic justice to decision-making ❒ Ensure Open Space is accessible to people of all backgrounds by prioritzing maintenance and by ﬁnding the right balance of conservation and recreation so that we preserve this amazing legacy for generations to come
❒ Foster greater government efﬁciency and accountability ❒ Work to create a Boulder that is powered by 100% renewable energy
WHAT COMMUNITY LEADERS SAY ABOUT JUNIE: I wholeheartedly endorse Junie for City Council. In Junie’s impressive human rights and development career she amassed a vast well of experiences and perspectives that can change Boulder for the better.
Aaron Brockett Current City Council Member
Junie's focus on affordable housing as well as her experience in results based budgeting will be an invaluable asset in prioritizing services for our city's residents.
Junie's past work experience in community outreach will be indispensable in achieving a more equitable and just Boulder.
Junie will bring fresh viewpoints to the issues of affordable housing, inclusiveness, and fighting for those who are under-represented in the public sphere.
David Ensign Planning Board Member
Jill Grano Former City Council Member
Jan Burton Former City Council Member
JUNIE IS ALSO ENDORSED BY:
KC Becker, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Bob Yates, Current Boulder City Council Member Lesley Smith, CU Regent Will Toor, Former Boulder County Commissioner and Boulder Mayor Ken Wilson, Former Boulder City Council Member and Deputy Mayor Leslie Durgin, Former Boulder Mayor....among many others.
Junie worked for four years in the Human Rights & Development ﬁeld in the U.S. and abroad, most recently as a UN Human Rights Ofﬁcer in the Central African Republic. She currently serves as the chair of the Housing & Human Services Citizen Panel Review, is a member of the Community Corrections Board and is studying law at CU.
Learn more at: JunieForBoulder.com
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Website: brockett4council.org Age: 46 Family: I’m married to Cherry Anderson. We have two teenage children and two dogs. How long have you lived in Boulder: Since 2003 Professional background: Software engineer Political/community experience: Boulder City Council 20152019, Board of Directors Denver Regional Council of Governments 2016-2019, Boulder Planning Board 2011-2015 Education: Bachelor of arts, Swarthmore College What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you support the city exploring and implementing to finance transportation network improvements? Our transportation needs are much greater than what we can accomplish with the funding that’s currently available, so I think we should explore the possibility of a transportation mobility fee. This would be a small fee for residential and commercial properties that would be based on the amount of traffic each property generated. The fee could then be used to improve roadway maintenance, improve safety and increase transit service, along with other transportation improvements. Do you think Boulder can build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of local regulations aimed at boosting affordable housing and limiting housing costs that would not require a change to state law to impose would you support?
I think allowing some additional housing will help with housing costs. We should work to locate new, denser housing along transit corridors in places where there are good opportunities to access services by walking and biking. We should strive for as much of that housing as possible to be affordable as well to improve equity in our community. Places like 30th and Pearl, Alpine-Balsam and Diagonal Crossing provide opportunities to provide more housing, much of it affordable. We should also encourage smaller units rather than larger ones to keep price points lower. We should continue our work to protect mobile home residents as manufactured housing provides affordable housing for thousands of city residents. Finally, we should look for opportunities to enable and encourage more housing types that are inherently cheaper, like tiny homes and accessory dwelling units. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their maintenance, and if so, what kind? We’ve found in the past that parking fees have not been a major revenue generator for open space. That is the case with the long standing paid parking on Flagstaff, as well as with the Chautauqua Access Management Plan instituted over the last two years. But while the CAMP project hasn’t generated a lot of additional money, the combination of paid parking with free transit service has been very successful at helping with parking problems and giving folks alternative ways to access the Chautauqua area. We should definitely explore doing something similar at Mount Sanitas and possibly other areas of the open space system.
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issues. I don’t call for new taxes, rather a coordinated effort with other regional entities. In an effort Website: None provided to increase bus ridership I will Age: 66 push for everyone in Boulder to Family: Single dad, have access to an EcoPass. two kids: a son and Do you think Boulder can daughter build its way to better affordHow long have ability? And if not, what kind of you lived in Boullocal regulations aimed at der: 44 years boosting affordable housing Professional and limiting housing costs that background: I am a small busiwould not require a change to ness owner. I have owned and operated two businesses, Smooth state law to impose would you support? Motors and Andy’s Towing. Boulder will not be able to build Political/community experiits way to better affordability. ence: I coached football, baseball When recent multiunit buildings and basketball for the YMCA and came on line on Boulder’s UniverNorth Boulder Little League. sity Hill, the rents jumped appreEducation: I attended CU Boulciably. As the city has densified the der. housing prices have increased, as What kind of new funding have the rents. I will continue mechanisms, if any, would you Boulder’s very successful affordsupport the city exploring and able housing program. We should implementing to finance transup the developers from a current portation network improve25% to 35%. I support the current ments? city council endeavor to help midBoulder officials acknowledge dle-income purchasers with down that the Transportation Master payments. Plan, calling for $200 million yearDo you support instituting ly, is a pipe dream. We need a some type of fee on users or transportation staff with reasonvehicles entering open space able, attainable priorities. 1,200 properties to fund their maintecapital improvement projects alone nance, and if so, what kind? is unworkable. In a conference There are some hard questions with Longmont Mayor Brian concerning open space funding. Bagley, whose town has also been One, I think taxes for open space burdened by a decades-long tax should be proprietary. They can for a train program which at best only be used for Open Space and is 20-plus years away, Bagley sug- Mountain Parks. Two, open space gested working together with funding should go to preservation Boulder and other underserved first, recreation second. The masmunicipalities to pursue RTD to sive usage of OSMP may demand accelerate their timetable. I firmly more sources of revenue. Chargagree with Gov. Jared Polis’ newly ing vehicles that use open space appointed director of CDOT Shoand put great wear on the trails, shana Lew invigorating a new look etc. should be looked at as sources at these problems, we can bring a of money for their maintenance more regional approach to these and repair.
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sor, Boulder International Film Festival volunteer Education: Bachelor of arts, Website: paulcure.com European cultural studies and conAge: 44 tinental philosophy Family: Two What kind of new funding daughters Georgia mechanisms, if any, would you (11) and Lauren (6) support the city exploring and How long have implementing to finance transyou lived in Boulportation network improveder: 26 years ments? Professional I would implement the BOULbackground: Co-FoundDER BUCKS currency initiative er Cure Organic Farm, Owner wherein, similar to the Market Mea Culpa Productions Bucks used at Boulder Farmers Political/community experience: Historic Boulder Vice-Presi- Market, partial proceeds (1%) dent, Conference on World Affairs from the use of the bucks would go toward the program of your committee member, Slow Food choice, including: arts organizaInternational Delegate, CASA tions, i.e. Dairy, BMoCA, E-town, Voices for Children Advocate, American University of Paris men- etc.; community organizations, i.e. Attention Homes, Boulder Public tor, Aspen Institute Executive Library, etc.; and transportation, Leadership alumni, St. Thomas Aquinas community outreach, Otis including Community Cycles, PeoTaylor Tranceblues Festival spon- ple for Bikes, etc. A.C.T. Up with
BOULDER BUCKS. Do you think Boulder can build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of local regulations aimed at boosting affordable housing and limiting housing costs that would not require a change to state law to impose would you support? As is pointed toward in your question, due to the Telluride Decision (Colorado Supreme Court 2000) rent control is prohibited under state law, yet the ability to work within the structure as Boulder has with incentive-based fees to accommodate affordable housing units is a positive step toward common ground. The upcoming decision on the opportunity zone and Alpine/Balsam are key to addressing these challenges. I would work toward a 99-year land lease providing a public/pri-
vate partnership so that the units built would provide additional income for the upcoming generations via lease payments as well fast tracking the building of the sites by fostering relationships with those who do a better job at these projects than the city. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their maintenance, and if so, what kind? In relation to imposing a fee on those using open space properties, I feel that the best way of accomplishing this would be to increase payment on parking at open space lots, discussing a registration fee for e-bikes on trails due to their high impact and having a pay-itforward option to out-of-town visitors who appreciate our parks and would like to help protect and preserve them.
Boulder Ballot Issue 2G: Tax on Tobacco Vaping Products What it asks: “Shall City of Boulder taxes be increased two million five hundred thousand dollars (first full fiscal year increase) annually by imposing a sales and use tax of up to 40 percent of the retail sales price of all electronic smoking devices, including any refill, cartridge or component of such a product; the term “electronic smoking device” shall have the meaning as in section 6-4.5-1 of the Boulder revised code; and in connection therewith, shall all of the revenues collected be used to fund: the administrative cost of the tax, and thereafter for: implementation and administration of a licensing program for all nicotine product retailers; health promotion; education programs regarding nicotine product use including enforcement; with any remaining funds being available for general government services, including library, police, fire, parks, transportation and general government administration? All effective January 1, 2020, and in connection therewith, shall the full proceeds of such taxes at such rates and any earnings thereon be collected, retained, and spent, as a voter-approved revenue change without limitation or condition, and without limiting the collection, retention, or spending of any other revenues or funds by the city of boulder under Article X Section 20 of the Colorado constitution or any other law?” What it means: Boulder is asking voters to approve a 40% sales tax on electronic smoking devices, typically called “vaping” devices, which should raise $2.5 million in its first year, with costs of administering the tax to be paid for through the tax revenue. What supporters say: Supporters say the measure is needed to help combat addiction and a range of potential health consequences. What opponents say: Concern has been voiced that the tax could hurt some local businesses, shift some users to cigarettes and create black markets.
PLAN-Boulder endorses candidates that support good governance, slow and careful growth and good planning, and who are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact. We support candidates that wll look for real solutions to preserve the size, scale and character of our community. We focus on candidates that will give our citizens a real and meaningful voice in the decisions that affect them and their families. We seek out candidates who will take on significant new initiatives, as PLAN-Boulder has over its 50 year history, such as Open Space, the Blue Line and the height limit. Vote Yes on 2H For Open Space and Long’s Gardens Vote Yes on 2I For Middle Income Housing
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Website: BrianDolanforCouncil.com Age: 43 Family: Wife, Mary; daughter, Everleigh, 2. How long have you lived in Boulder: 41 years Professional background: I currently own my own business, High Altitude Motors, importing and restoring classic cars from overseas. Political/community experience: I serve as co-president of Share-A-Gift, as logistics and volunteer organizer for TEDxBoulder, and volunteer for the National MS Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter and the Boulder International Film Festival. Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance with minors in accounting and marketing from the University of Colorado Denver. What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you support the city exploring and implementing to finance transportation network improvements? Transportation is currently severely underfunded, and it’s one of our largest issues. We need to get creative with finding funding and solutions to help offset the congestion. I’d be open to increasing the costs for parking around employment centers, and charging a fee for in-commuters who don’t carpool or take advantage of public transit. We can also partner with businesses to offer parking for in-commuters at the city limits, and have company shuttle vans going to major areas of town. If in-commuters choose
not to participate, they’d be responsible for a daily in-commuter fee. Do you think Boulder can build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of local regulations aimed at boosting affordable housing and limiting housing costs that would not require a change to state law to impose would you support? Currently Boulder is addressing its affordability issues through development of market rate housing. 75% market rate units adds 25% affordable units. But as we have seen, this is not a winning formula. Supply-side economics has not equaled greater affordability. We need to help preserve our already affordable areas. Consider bond measures to potentially build affordable units so we aren’t tied to development to meet our goals, raise inclusionary housing requirements to at least 35%, and look for outside funding measures to build affordable housing. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their maintenance, and if so, what kind? I support an open space user fee for people who aren’t Boulder residents. We as a community have put a high value on our open space and have paid taxes to support the jewel of Boulder. Currently, open space is facing a shortfall of at least $40 million, probably closer to $100 million. Boulder residents support open space. If nonresident visitors want to use Boulder open space, they should pay into the fund to help protect and preserve our amazing open space.
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Website: BenitaForBoulder.com Age: 58 Family: Unmarried, mother of one son How long have you lived in Boulder: 26 years Professional background: 30 years local government professional — project director, Latino Cultural Arts Center of Colorado; owner, Duran Consulting; former Boulder assistant city manager; former VP of government affairs, CH2M Hill. Political/community experience: Community volunteer, 26 years; board member BCH; former board member of Community Foundation Boulder County. Education: BA, economics, University of Denver; MPA, public administration, University of Colorado. What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you support the city exploring and implementing to finance transportation network improvements? Economic health and fiscal sustainability are top priorities for me. The city’s general fund pie is very limited. Raising sales taxes or arbitrary fees are not my answer. I have a focus on where funding sources can be shifted outside of general fund and reduce the pressures of relying exclusively on sales tax for funding priorities. I support establishing the proposed library district in 2020. This approach frees up approximately $10 million that can realign general fund resources to support transportation network improvements. Additionally, I support a county/ regional transportation district. I also support strengthening Open Space and Mountain Parks’ philanthropic arm to boost funding for programmatic support. In these examples, I support efforts to shift certain costs to property tax mechanisms and philanthropy/charitable vehicles to relieve pressure on the city’s general fund pie.
Do you think Boulder can build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of local regulations aimed at boosting affordable housing and limiting housing costs that would not require a change to state law to impose would you support? Yes. New construction is a part of the “getting to yes” answer — of creating places where there are a mix of housing types, structures, price points that make it desirable, affordable, safe and sustainable. Thoughtful design, on-site community benefits (like office/studio space for human services programs, creatives and therapists), and 15-minute neighborhood approaches are key. Second, addressing regulations, zoning, homeowner/renter education, ADUs, unrelated household sizes, improved efficiencies in the permitting process are all tools I advocate for to help address affordability options and opportunities. Third, I support a serious exploration of a community land trust model with local community-based foundations for the preservation of existing middle-income housing stock. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their maintenance, and if so, what kind? Yes, a voluntary and philanthropic approach. The OSMP newly established philanthropic arm can be a major player here. I’d encourage a “museum donation box” approach — or a slick solar-powered credit card swipe — that collects a “friendly fee” of $5 to 10 per hiker/biker. An annual “locals pass” is another option I support. Learning from the practices of Jefferson County and the Denver Greenways Foundation, the OSMP Foundation can grow to be a major charitable strength of the program and relieve pressure on the general funds, while providing a financial boost to the programmatic needs not covered by sales tax extension funding.
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What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you support the city exploring and Website: Friend4Boulder.org implementing to finance transAge: 46 portation network improveFamily: Ryan, ments? Kira, Ben, George I support Boulder making transHow long have portation network improvements, you lived in Boulwhich will necessarily entail der: 5 years increased funding. In light of flatProfessional tening sales taxes, we cannot conbackground: Attortinue to rely as extensively on ney (employment; disability law; G.A.L.; pro bono for detained asy- those as we have in the past. New funding mechanisms I support lum-seekers). Educator, criminal justice for Front Range Communi- include passage of Proposition CC at the state level, which will free ty College. up more funds for transportation; Political/community experience: South Boulder Creek Action regional/county-wide transportation tax; luxury vehicle city tax; Group (co-director), Blue Rising (events development coordinator), parking fee rate escalation. Do you think Boulder can Colorado Resistance (deputy build its way to better afforddirector of digital outreach), ability? And if not, what kind of Moms Demand Action (lead), local regulations aimed at Boulder County Democrats boosting affordable housing (PL/EC) and limiting housing costs that Education: Stanford (BA, psychology), Notre Dame Law School would not require a change to state law to impose would you (JD)
support? Some additional units can help us to release some housing pressures. I favor using city-owned land where possible (as we can then fully control affordability, with Boulder Housing Partners as ultimate owner), and using more carrots to guide new builds to include more affordable through middle- and moderate-income units. We have strong processes and ordinances in place, so Boulder will never have e.g., skyscrapers or runaway building. In light of 60,000 additional people already driving into Boulder for jobs, what is the harm of helping some of our teachers and nurses and police officers to be able to lay their heads down in Boulder at the end of other shifts? It’s good from both social justice and environmental perspectives. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their mainte-
nance, and if so, what kind? As someone who road-tripped to Boulder routinely for 15 years, I can vouch that we do have trailhead vehicle fees already. (I have paid for my fair share of Gregory Canyon hikes!) I’m not sure how much money these vehicle fees raise, but I have no problem continuing those visitor-use fees, and even raising them a bit if needed. That said, due to social justice issues, I would be wary of instituting fees for residents visiting open space. Some residents live nearer to OS (easier for them than others to avoid driving), some have an easier time biking/walking overall (e.g., mobility issues), and some have more time to use alternative modes to get to OS (e.g., people working two jobs). Therefore, a resident fee would be too regressive in my opinion. I support the OS funding that will be on the ballot in November.
• I am Boulder raised and familiar with local issues. • I will help protect what is valued and unique about Boulder. • I will advocate for the entire community and foster inclusivity. • I am a decisive leader that will drive unifying solutions.
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Website: junieforboulder.com Age: 33 Family: No children and single How long have you lived in Boulder: One year Professional background: Human rights and development Political/community experience: Former United Nations human rights monitoring officer, within the United Nations Mission to the Central African Republic, protection of civilians in armed conflict; worked in the Obama White House, promoting the rights of Native Americans; Boulder County Community Corrections member. Education: University of Florida, BA political science; University of York, MA human rights; University of Colorado Boulder, JD candidate. What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you support the city exploring and implementing to finance transportation network improvements? The city has been struggling to find new funding sources for transportation for at least a decade, and there’s no panacea. We need to continue to investigate fees based on usage, such as parking fees or perhaps congestion fees. Meanwhile, we need to be more efficient in our use of existing transportation funding, especially for capital projects, by supporting better street environments for walking and biking. And we should prioritize policylevel changes that are cost effecting, including making our transportation design and construction standards more progressive. Do you think Boulder can build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of local regulations aimed at boosting affordable housing and limiting housing costs that would not require a change to state law to impose would you
support? As someone who is running on socio-economic diversity and political inclusion, housing homeless families, students, the elderly, workers such as teachers, firefighters and other safety personnel are very important to me. But I also understand that simply building more won’t get us to affordability, especially when we look at other cities that are extremely dense, yet unaffordable. Nonetheless, we must be diligent to protect our climate and also care for the families that are income challenged. We must consider in-fills and how we use space. We must seek opportunities to provide affordable housing to some of those who desire to live here. Consequently, we need sensible housing and land-based regulations that take into account the climate, our transportation infrastructure, and our limited budget. As a candidate, I have had the opportunity to walk your neighborhoods and heard your concerns about neighborhood character. My aspiration as a future council member is to find solutions for transit-oriented housing while respecting existing neighborhoods. Additionally, although I am still learning about the current ballot initiative to protect middle-income families, I will support it. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their maintenance, and if so, what kind? We already have fees on parking at some mountain parks. It makes sense to expand this system, both to generate funding for open space maintenance and to encourage non-auto-based visitation. As it relates to charging a fee on users of open space, I currently support the open space ballot initiative because I see open space as the great equalizer. Charging people to use open space may have a negative impact on poorer families, students, and seniors living in Boulder who are on a fixed income.
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Website: CorinaforBoulder.com Age: 40 Family: Married, with two children How long have you lived in Boulder: Five years Professional background: High school teacher Political/community experience: In Peru, I was active with a group that helped children in hospitals. I also worked with a program that rescued dogs. In Frisco, Colo., I volunteered for Mamacitas, a group that organized outdoor activities for Latino mothers and their children. Education: Bachelor’s degree in education What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you support the city exploring and implementing to finance transportation network improvements? Large corporations that move their offices to Boulder strain our transportation network, because they add large numbers of employees and traffic. They should be contributing significantly to reduce congestion. We can implement a head tax, like Denver has, on new for-profit corporations of 200 or more employees moving to Boulder. Otherwise, existing residents are subsidizing commercial growth. This is a national pattern, with government subsidizing wealthy companies. It should be the other way around. Higher impact fees in the opportunity zone, with its tax-free capital gains, will be another source of funding. I support establishing a couple of free bus routes to encourage ridership. If successful, we can expand the program. Instead of employerpaid EcoPasses, employers should fund our bus system, making it free or cheap. That way, any people who want to ride the bus will
do so. Do you think Boulder can build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of local regulations aimed at boosting affordable housing and limiting housing costs that would not require a change to state law to impose would you support? I don’t believe that Boulder can build its way to affordability, without specific programs in place. Rising housing prices and rental rates in the city and in similar cities show that the market isn’t creating affordability. I support Boulder’s current 25% inclusionary affordable housing requirement. I will work toward purchasing existing affordable apartment buildings to prevent displacement. I will work toward implementing higher permanently affordable housing percentages and linkage fees in the opportunity zone. For reasons of affordability and the environment, I’ll try to implement a fee to deter demolitions. Demolitions usually result in more expensive units, cause displacement (residents and small businesses) and contribute to a throw-away culture. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their maintenance, and if so, what kind? I am supportive of the open space ballot measure and recognize the need for funding for preservation and maintenance. A fee on Boulder residents using open space would be very unpopular (see the Open Space and Mountain Parks Master Plan). Boulderites have already paid for this space and should not be charged, unless a majority is in favor. This is true for trails and parking lots. A fee on visitors from outside Boulder may be fair but isn’t practical. Another candidate suggested pay machines with voluntary contributions. I propose we start with that and see how generous people are.
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Website: NikkiWithBoulder.com Age: Not provided Family: Not provided How long have you lived in Boulder: Nine years Professional background: McCord Consulting Group, founder. Nikki consults with organizations on board of director engagement and culturally competent recruitment of minority employees. Former lobbyist for Fortune 500 companies, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Colorado-based labor unions. Political/community experience: Current commissioner, Boulder Housing Partners; former member, Boulder County Community Actions Programs Board Education: University of Notre Dame bachelor of arts, political science; Michigan State University, master of public policy What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you support the city exploring and implementing to finance transportation network improvements? One of my campaign pillars is sustainable infrastructure — with a focus on improving the city’s transportation infrastructure. I support a regional transportation tax that is tied to affordable housing — thereby advocating for sustainable infrastructure through adequate funding. My other campaign pillar is to ensure the concerns of marginalized people are at the forefront of our decision making and not left behind. Therefore, I am generally supportive of a transportation maintenance fee but I have reservations. As the fee is partially collected from residential properties based on use, I would want assurances that the fee is not passed on to low-income renters nor provide a financial burden to residents who live in mobile
home communities. Do you think Boulder can build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of local regulations aimed at boosting affordable housing and limiting housing costs that would not require a change to state law to impose would you support? As a current commissioner on the Boulder Housing Partners board and having been a commissioner for the last six years, I know that there are regulatory changes that could assist BHP and other developers in their quest to meet the community’s affordable housing needs. •Instituting a density bonus to build more units if the project is 100% affordable •Providing fee waivers of city permit fees when projects are 100% affordable, and •Expediting permit processing for projects that are 100% affordable so that housing is available more quickly. These regulatory changes give affordable housing developers a competitive edge for tax credits, bringing more money into Boulder to build more affordable housing. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their maintenance, and if so, what kind? Open Space and Mountain Parks has one of the largest budgets in city government. User fees are regressive taxes because they take a larger percentage of income from low-income earners than from high-income earners. A pillar of my campaign is to ensure marginalized people are in the forefront of our policy decisions, not left behind. If the goal is for everyone in our community to have access to and enjoy open space, government should not create barriers for our low-income earners. I am interested in prioritizing the budget to shift funds to address general maintenance.
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Website: markforcouncil.com Age: 59 Family: Wife Jill, two grown children, two grandchildren and our parents, all live in Boulder county. How long have you lived in Boulder: 42 years Professional background: Engineering sales of U.S.-made metal and plastic parts to local companies Political/community experience: I have been active in the community since I arrived. I am currently serving on the city’s Transportation Advisory Board. Past service includes several working groups: Campaign Finance and Transportation Funding. Education: BFA, University of Colorado What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you support the city exploring and implementing to finance transportation network improvements? As part of the Transportation Funding Working Group, I proposed a progressive vehicle valuation tax (VVT) as an alternative to the other regressive taxes proposed. This VVT would be based on the value of your vehicle rather than the type of fuel it burns. The fee would decrease in percentage as the value of your vehicle declined, easing the burden on our low-income residents. It is designed to tax all of those that use our roads in a fair and progressive way. Those that can afford expensive vehicles should pay more. We offer plenty of federal and state tax credits to the wealthiest among us that can afford to purchase the latest fuelefficient vehicles. Do you think Boulder can build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of local regulations aimed at
boosting affordable housing and limiting housing costs that would not require a change to state law to impose would you support? Our city has stated goals for affordability (15% of all housing units affordable to low- and moderate-income households by 2035). We also say we want to be diverse, socially and economically. I support those goals. But, we will never reach those goals by saying, “not here, not now.” I would increase affordability and strengthen our community by: •Broadening the type of housing allowed in more zoning districts, more ADUs, granny flats, etc. •While maintaining our 55-foot height limit, require additional community benefit from developers to go beyond 35 feet. •Focus on workforce housing so that more of those that work here can live here. •Actively support 15-minute, mixed-use neighborhoods along transit corridors. •Continue the good work of Boulder Housing Partners, which has a proven track record of building and managing excellent affordable properties and maximizing the use of city funds with a broad range of partnerships. It is only through these partnerships that we have a chance of meeting our goals. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their maintenance, and if so, what kind? Yes, we have a program now but it is out-of-date and unenforced. We need to reform it, broaden the areas to which it applies, and enforce it. Simultaneously we need better infrastructure at all trailheads for those that choose to ride or walk to their hike. By doing all of the above, holistically we can decrease congestion, fund maintenance and help move toward our greenhouse gas goals.
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Gala Wilhelmina Orba
I would like a portion of our property taxes to go to financing transportation networks improvements. Do you think Boulder can Website: galaforcitycouncil.org build its way to better affordAge: 39 ability? And if not, what kind of Family: Mother local regulations aimed at Josephine Orba, boosting affordable housing father John Butsch, and limiting housing costs that brother Montana would not require a change to Butsch, his wife Bea state law to impose would you Jimenez support? How long have We can certainly build our way you lived in Boulder: 10 years to better affordability if we build Professional background: affordable rentals and affordable Certified life coach and acrobat, homes. I support changing the former high school math instrucoccupancy law to four unrelated tor and personal assistant. persons citywide and creating Political/community experience: Slow food activist, 16 years; clear laws around noise levels and street parking at the same time. I international volunteer for the environment; mentor to underpriv- support loosening some of the ileged youth; dedicated public ser- restrictions on building new accessory dwelling units. I also believe vant in local school systems. we should be talking about changEducation: BS actuarial sciing state law. ence, DePaul Universtiy; secondDo you support instituting ary mathematics teaching license, some type of fee on users or CU Boulder; Western Herbalism vehicles entering open space certificate Chicago College of properties to fund their mainteHealing Arts nance, and if so, what kind? What kind of new funding No, I do not believe we should mechanisms, if any, would you charge to access our open space. I support the city exploring and implementing to finance trans- support 2H, the (.)15-cent tax as our way to pay for open space portation network improvemaintenance. ments?
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Website: susanforcitycouncil.com Age: 63 Family: Son, Lucas, 26, lives in Boulder, parents 99 and 94, three siblings, one sweetheart How long have you lived in Boulder: 25 years Professional background: Recently retired professional engineer, business executive. 40-year successful career in structural engineering, electronic design automation, telecommunications and renewable energy. Political/community experience: PLAN-Boulder County board member, Thorne Ecological Institute chair, Boulder Blue Line co-founder, advocate for disadvantaged students at Columbine Elementary School. Education: BS Civil Engineer-
ing, Michigan State University, 1978, summa cum laude; Executive MBA, University of Denver, 1986 What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you support the city exploring and implementing to finance transportation network improvements? •Public/private partnerships with large Boulder employers to fund an EcoPass for everyone in the city •Incoming tolls on 36 for incommuters, managed by ExpressToll, free for low-income workers •Explore an occupational “head tax,” similar to Denver’s and use revenue to “buy the fare box” for our local transit (Hop, Skip, etc). Start by having it apply to delivery vehicles, oil/gas trucks, etc. Do you think Boulder can build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of local regulations aimed at boosting affordable housing and limiting housing costs that
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would not require a change to state law to impose would you support? Over the last 19 years since we implemented the inclusionary housing policy, Boulder has become way more dense and way less affordable — so no, the data shows that Boulder cannot simply build its way to affordability. We need more local regulations to offset the unlimited demand for luxury housing in Boulder. Some checks and balances I would support include: •Supporting the Middle Income Down Payment Assistance Program •Increasing inclusionary housing requirements from 20% to 25% for low-income and 5% to 10% for middle-income. •Increasing the cash in lieu percentage from 75% to 100% of the cost to build on site to encourage desegregation. •Increasing the commercial linkage fees from $30 per square foot to $50 per square foot with
relief for small businesses. •Supporting a living wage to boost low-income residents’ ability to afford rent. •A statistically significant survey of Boulder workers to better define the types of housing we need in each income category, and then putting quantifiable programs in place to increase housing in the areas in which we are deficient. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their maintenance, and if so, what kind? I do not support fees for Boulder residents who are already paying taxes to support open space. With over six million daily visitors per year, I do support fees for people from outside Boulder who enjoy our open space. We can use technology similar to ExpressToll’s to charge for parking, and can manage the ExpressToll accounts to provide reduced rates for low-income visitors.
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Boulder City Council Adam Swetlik
Website: adamswetlikforboulder.com Age: 32 Family: None How long have you lived in Boulder: 13 years Professional background: Currently a marketing specialist at Björn’s Colorado Honey, former marketing manager at SparkFun Electronics, former doorman at the Walrus Saloon Political/community experience: Currently chair of Boulder’s Housing Advisory Board with 18 months of service, former Bernie Sanders delegate in 2016, former head coach of CU’s Rowing Team (2010-2013) Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Leeds School of Business (Class of 2010) What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you support the city exploring and implementing to finance transportation network improvements? First I would like to join with our neighboring cities to take legal action against RTD so we either get our train service or stop paying for it as taxpayers. We should also look at head taxes on our largest corporations in Boulder, those with 100 or more employees in the city limits. These taxes could be used on our transportation systems to offset the impact these very large businesses place on our town. Do you think Boulder can build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of local regulations aimed at boosting affordable housing and limiting housing costs that would not require a change to state law to impose would you support? I do not think Boulder can ever
build its way to affordability. Thus far additional building and densifying has only created a much larger stock of luxury housing, more traffic, more accidents and more stress on our town’s infrastructure. As a member of the Housing Advisory Board I’ve learned that as we build more luxury units and huge homes, many lower wage residents get pushed out due to higher property taxes. Our permanently affordable housing residents also get the rents raised on them every time our area median income goes up from our highly paid tech economy. We can make a big impact on this trend in several ways. We must raise our inclusionary housing requirement, the number of units required to be permanently affordable when large housing structures are built, from 25% to 35%. We also need to look into placing head taxes on those largest tech corporations that drive up area median income. Finally we should require any buildings over the 35-foot height maximum to include a much larger percentage of permanently affordable housing. Only through increasing our supply of permanently affordable housing can we truly tackle the housing affordability crisis. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their maintenance, and if so, what kind? While I think open space is our greatest single community resource, I believe it’s being overwhelmed. While a vehicle fee can’t be used to capture all the traffic through open space, I think instituting a vehicle fee in highly trafficked parking areas could help offset some of the required maintenance and help people consider alternative modes of transit when going to explore open space.
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Website: wallachforcouncil.com Age: 66 Family: Married to Joan Zimmerman, no children How long have you lived in Boulder: 5 years Professional background: Real estate attorney, real estate developer Political/community experience: Worked for civil rights in Mississippi in the early 1970s, anti-war activist, speechwriter for U.S. senator, member of Advisory Committee to Council on Linkage Fees Education: B.A. Yale University, J.D. Columbia University What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you support the city exploring and implementing to finance transportation network improvements? A proper transportation system is a necessary predicate for future growth, and Boulder’s is not adequate to carry us into the future. Consequently, all options must be on the table, whether it is a countywide transportation tax to finance improved bus service to our sister cities, a mileage tax to incentivize diminished automobile use, a head tax on employers, or various user fees, including one on incoming commuters. I do not yet have a view as to which solutions would be most effective and fair to both residents and the business community, but all solutions must be considered. Do you think Boulder can build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of local regulations aimed at boosting affordable housing and limiting housing costs that would not require a change to state law to impose would you support?
There is ample evidence that simply increasing the supply of market rate housing does not create greater affordability. This theory is contrary to the experience of every major city in America; all have grown larger, denser, and much more expensive. It misperceives what developers actually do, which is to build to the highest price point achievable within a given market. If we want more affordable housing we need to take the lead in building it, not relying exclusively on creating large amounts of market rate housing to generate a cash-in-lieu payment. I would strongly consider the repurposing of Boulder’s underutilized real estate assets — such as the municipal airport — to create a community of largely affordable and middle-income housing, with an emphasis on housing for families. Do you support instituting some type of fee on users or vehicles entering open space properties to fund their maintenance, and if so, what kind? I am concerned with the regressive impact of user/parking fees on less affluent or marginalized communities. However, our open space has now become the recreational facility for the greater Denver area, with more than six million annual visitors, while the taxpayers of a city of 108,000 shoulder the entire burden of its maintenance. The stresses this creates are obvious, especially in an environment of static tax revenues and over $300 million of unfunded priorities throughout all city departments. Whether we enter into a regional agreement for assistance in Open Space maintenance or institute some form of user fees we will need to generate additional revenues for open space maintenance beyond the revenues anticipated from ballot measure 2H, and I support doing so.
and limiting housing costs that would not require a change to Website: bobyatesboulder.com state law to impose would you support? Age: 56 We should continue to provide Family: Married permanently affordable opportuni36 years (Katy); two ties to low- and middle-income grown sons families. But it would be naïve to How long have believe that simply building new you lived in Boulhousing would do enough to der: 18 years change market prices. We have Professional more than 60,000 in-commuters. background: Lawyer (retired) At our average rate of housing Political/community experience: Boulder City Council (2015- construction (about 300 units a year), it would take more than 200 present). Leadership positions at Museum of Boulder, CWA, Dairy, years to build new housing for them all and reach a supply-deChautauqua, Boulder History mand point of equilibrium. So, our Museum, Boulder Housing Partefforts must extend beyond the ners, YWCA Reading to End Racmarket, including building and ism, Downtown Boulder Foundaconverting deed-restricted permation, Rainbows Over Pearl, Parks nently affordable housing for low& Recreation Advisory Board, income families, as is being done Columbia Cemetery, Convention by Boulder Housing Partners, on and Visitors Bureau. Education: University of Scran- whose board I serve. Middle-inton (B.S. chemistry and business); come families can achieve home ownership through the DownpayUniversity of California (J.D.) ment Assistance Program, which I What kind of new funding mechanisms, if any, would you crafted with Councilman Sam Weaver (Measure 2-I on the fall support the city exploring and implementing to finance trans- ballot). And we must recognize that housing is a regional chalportation network improvelenge, requiring regional solutions ments? The Transportation Master Plan, and better transportation infrawhich I voted to adopt on Sept. 17, structure between Boulder and where our commuters live. identifies $23 million in annual Do you support instituting transportation funding shortfalls. some type of fee on users or Transportation costs are rising vehicles entering open space faster than city tax revenues that properties to fund their maintefund them. If we want to maintain nance, and if so, what kind? our streets, create safer bike and While parking charges may be pedestrian ways, improve transit, and reduce traffic congestion, our appropriate in some places (like Chautauqua), we should not community will need to decide charge a user fee to any resident whether to accept a tax increase. This could be a sales tax, property or visitor to our open space. Visitax, employee head tax, or vehicle- tors who may not have contributed based fee. Each has pros and cons. directly to the purchase or maintenance of our open space, contribAs we consider this next year, we should ensure that any tax is equi- ute indirectly through their taxtable and is borne primarily by the able purchases in Boulder. And, contributors to the transportation just as we do not charge visitors to use Boulder streets, parks, or costs. libraries, Boulder residents are not Do you think Boulder can charged when enjoying amenities build its way to better affordability? And if not, what kind of in other communities. Boulder Open Space should be open for all local regulations aimed at to enjoy. boosting affordable housing
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MARK McINT YRE
Boulder City Council
Mark is thoughtful and fair, and his background as a small business owner, a champion for aﬀordable housing and an open space advocate will give us the balanced voice we need on Council. -Leslie Durgin, Former Boulder Mayor
ELECTED OFFICIALS NOW & THEN Aaron Brockett Andrew Shoemaker Andy Schultheiss Angelique Espinoza Bob Yates Mark brings an open-minded, solution-oriented approach to Francoise Poinsatte city problems. He is a strong advocate for bicycle infrastructure, George Karakehian community wide EcoPasses and supports diverse housing Jan Burton Jill Grano options. On the muni, he is focused on the goal of carbon KC Becker reduction now, rather than the muni as a goal in itself. Ken Hotard -Will Toor, Former Boulder Mayor and County Commissioner Leslie Durgin Leslie Smith Linda Shoemaker Among the candidates for Council who bring joy and Lynn Guissinger optimisim to the work—banishing grimness to the margins Macon Cowles Matt Applebaum and supporting the work of talented staﬀ—Mark McIntyre is Richard Polk a standout. Let’s put a joyful eﬀective leader on Council. Robin Bohannan -Macon Cowles Former City Council Member Suzy Ageton Will Toor I appreciate Mark’s dedication to understanding the COMMUNITY LEADERS Betsey Martens complexities around Open Space and transportation. Bill Briggs Mark brings a practical approach that will help the entire Bryan Bowen Council operate more eﬃciently. Claudia Hanson Thiem -Jan Burton, Former City Council Member David Barrett Judy Amabile Kevin Bracy Knight Michelle Estrella Cho i c Richard Foy op e T Sue Prant Shelley Dunbar McINT YRE ORGANIZATIONS No. Better Boulder Boulder Progressives to l FIDOS m of Ba Open Boulder South Boulder Creek Action Group Paid for by Mark McIntyre for Boulder City Council Committee AND SCORES MORE GREAT FOLKS... t
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Boulder Ballot Issue 2H: Sales and Use Tax Extension for Open Space, Long’s Gardens What it asks: “Without raising additional taxes, shall the existing 0.15 cent city sales and use tax for transportation purposes, approved by the voters by ordinance No. 7913, be extended beyond the current expiration date of December 31, 2019, until December 31, 2039; and beginning January 1, 2020, until December 31, 2039, designating the revenues collected to fund the maintenance, restoration,
acquisition and preservation of open space land including the use of funds generated in the first year to purchase a conservation easement at Long’s Gardens located at 3240 Broadway as a voter approved revenue change?” What it means: The city’s existing 0.15-cent sales and use tax would be extended by 20 years, with the first year’s revenue going to the purchase of conservation easement that would prevent the
Long’s Gardens urban farm in north Boulder from being sold for a nonagricultural use. The remaining 19 years of funding would go to open space. What supporters say: Long’s Gardens has been under one family’s management for more than 100 years, has been leased to the community-run Growing Gardens and Mountain Flower Goat Dairy operations, and offers the oasis of
an urban farm in a city becoming increasingly developed. What opponents say: Concerns about putting the extension of a tax to voters that would otherwise be set to sunset included worries that its passage would make it harder to subsequently ask voters for a bigger tax boost in a following election cycle, one to solely finance city transportation upgrades and affordable housing initiatives.
Boulder Ballot Issue 2I: Imposition of a middle-income housing program What it asks: “Shall City of Boulder debt be increased by an amount not to exceed $10,000,000, with a maximum repayment cost of not to exceed $15,000,000, without raising taxes, to provide for a housing assistance program that will include permanently affordable deed restrictions and make loans to middle-income households to purchase homes sold in Boulder, such debt to be sold at such time and in such manner and contain such terms, not inconsistent herewith, as the City Council may determine and to pay all necessary or incidental costs related thereto by the issuance and payment of notes, bonds, lines of
credit or other debt obligations as provided by the city charter, which obligations shall be payable from the general fund and any other legally available funds of the city, all without in any other way affecting the city’s other taxes, revenues or expenditures under the constitution and laws of this state?” What it means: Boulder would take out up to $10 million in debt to finance a down payment assistance program for earners making up to 120% of the area median income. As an example, city staff in a memo said on a $600,000 purchase price in which the buyers made a 5% down payment, only qualifying for a $432,000 commer-
cial loan, the city would use its new line of credit to fill in the remaining 23% of the purchase price with a loan from municipal government, which would not have to be paid back for 10 years, or until the home is sold, whichever is sooner. Homes bought with such a second loan would become permanently deed restricted and sold through the city’s home ownership program to another buyer at or below the 120% of the income threshold at a price that, at least at the program’s outset, would not exceed 2% annual appreciation. What supporters say: Supporters say that it would help preserve the economic diversity in
the city, and also potentially reduce commuting into the city. Currently, about 46,000 vehicles come into the city each day. More than 63,000 jobs in Boulder are held by nonresidents and 77 percent commute in, alone in their cars. What opponents say: Some real estate experts have expressed doubt that a 2% home value appreciation cap for properties introduced to the program could make it attractive, given that market rate appreciation in Boulder has far exceeded that limit.
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Lafayette City Council Timothy Barnes
bringing together residents of our regional communities to discuss oil and gas issues in the conWebsite: text of designing our community timbarnesforlafayette.com/ to be a model of sustainability. Age: 54 Intentional meetings with our Family: Spouse neighbors to discuss their comMeghan McCrackmunity values and transitioning to en, Equity & Partenergy portfolios that support nerships coordinaworkers while, at the same time, tor and former respect our environment, famimiddle school teachlies, and Lafayette citizenry. er in BVSD, son at What role, if any, should the Escuela Bilingue Pioneer Lafayette Urban Renewal How long have you lived in town: Five years, Boulder Coun- Authority (LURA) play in the redevelopment of Public ty for 47 years Road? Professional background: I think LURA is positioned well Science education specialist at to redevelop South Public Road. NCAR By considering the input of local Political/community experience: From 2009 – present, have residents and keeping economic served as member of the Adviso- viability in mind, LURA can crery Board for the Director for the ate economic opportunity along Public Road. As long as the interBoulder Community Action Proests of Lafayette residence are gram Education: BA communication considered, I think LURA should continue its role in redevelopfrom CU Boulder, 1993 ment of Public Road. How can Lafayette best What issues would you like cooperate with regional neighbors on oil and gas issues fac- to see come before city council? ing all communities? I would like to see the city pilot It is more important now than an assessment of the usability of ever for Lafayette to maintain its city services. I think we need to leadership in protecting our health and safety by collaborating know if the city is using best pracwith other communities through tices, for example in the permitting process, inclusivity bold action. Historically, since 2012, Lafayette has been a leader efforts, and external communicain protecting the health and safe- tion. I would like to see the question ty of our own community, through our community organiz- of limiting property tax paid by long-term and/or multigeneraing power around oil and gas tional Lafayette residents who are issues. Now is the time to hold being priced out of Lafayette. strong and be a role model to, I would like the city council to and partner with, other communiopen meetings with a land ties around these issues. I am acknowledgment. interested in the feasibility of
Website: None Age: 67 Family: Husband, Nicholas Borrell, two grown children, two grandchildren How long have you lived in town: 6½ years Professional background: Graphic and web design, newspaper and magazine production Political/community experience: Community and civic service Education: Two-plus years of college, various tech training How can Lafayette best cooperate with regional neighbors on oil and gas issues facing all communities? Lafayette has a Community Bill of Rights (2013) and a Climate Bill of Rights and Protections Ordinance (2017). I view these documents as meaningful steps, a path toward a true democratic process to protect our community from environmental harm. These efforts have succeeded in preventing oil and gas implementation within our city limits. Local communities attempting to resist fracking by legislative efforts have been thwarted by industry and political gamesmanship. The state and courts tell us that bans are illegal and that local communities have no rights. This is because the oil and gas industry is backed by state power. Our communities are under siege from a structure of law that bestows greater rights to corporations rather than to the communities they
represent. This must stop. What role, if any, should the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority (LURA) play in the redevelopment of Public Road? Given that the operating procedures of LURA have recently been scrutinized, more public input on the decision-making process is advisable. Overall, I think the improvements made to Public Road have been successful, bringing fresh businesses and vitality. I believe that with collaboration between LURA, city council, and residents, Lafayette can continue to be transformed into an attractive “destination,” cultivating its artistic and cultural essence. Some old buildings are worth keeping; some are not. With a vision, we can achieve a desired architectural character and meet modern codes for efficiency. We must address the flow of traffic and incentivize mass transit to streamline the flow and ease of travel. What issues would you like to see come before city council?
Let’s face it: we (myself included) are energy hogs connected to the gas pipeline. We drive our sleek petrol bombs around with mindless abandon as if it will never end. Every day we use petroleum products that are choking the life out of all living things. We have been spoon-fed habits and desires that many have known (for decades) to be detrimental to the environment. Our carbon footprint is larger than the planet can sustain. We must make amends and work toward a better future.
Lafayette Ballot Question 2A: Recall elections What it asks: “Shall Section 3.17 of the Lafayette Home Rule Charter regarding recall elections be amended to provide that State laws regarding the recall of elected municipal officers shall apply to city recall elections, while retaining existing Charter provisions regarding the minimum number of signatures required to be submitted with a recall petition?” What it means: Lafayette’s rules governing
recall elections would be brought into line with state laws, and the number of signatures required to trigger a recall vote, which is at least 25% of the total number of votes cast for that office in the previous election, would not change. What supporters say: Because Lafayette coordinates its elections with state elections, it makes sense to update its Home Rule Charter
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as it applies to elections so that the city and state are aligned, and that the city’s elections run as smoothly as possible. Also, if the state were to change its minimum requirements for recall signatures, the city’s requirements would remain in place. What opponents say: There is no known opposition.
Lafayette City Council Tonya Briggs
Website: fb.me/TonyaBriggsCityCouncil Age: 40 Family: Husband Doug, three amazing daughters Bailey, Haddie and Finley How long have you lived in town: Lafayette resident for 10 years and Boulder County nearly all of my life. Professional background: I run a small family plumbing business. Prior, I was working in the accounting field. Political/community experience: I’ve been active in the fight against drilling. I also foster dogs and cats for a local rescue group. Education: General education degree, some college courses in accounting and a technical certificate in horticultural and greenhouse management. How can Lafayette best cooperate with regional neighbors on oil and gas issues facing all communities? I do not anticipate this being an easy feat, especially since all of our neighbors seem to be against neighborhood drilling. Yet, they have been misdirected into the same status quo, regulatory response. Lafayette is unique in having our Climate Bill of Rights and our Community Bill of Rights. We are leaders in the fight for environmental and community rights. I want to see our neighbors join with us to create a powerful grassroots force, one where the community’s rights supersede corporate rights. Like Lafayette, we all must demand a ban rather than negotiating with the very industry that is poisoning us. What role, if any, should the
Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority (LURA) play in the redevelopment of Public Road? As a whole LURA has managed to add great value to the overall look and use of Public Road. I do think there should be a requirement that all LURA members be Lafayette residents, which is not a requirement at this time, mainly to ensure that builders and corporations do not have a say in our urban development process. Something definitely needs to be done about the traffic backing up on Public Road, which seems to be worse around Spaulding. However, I feel that LURA needs to be more transparent to avoid situations such as the contentious plan to build condos on the 700 block of Public Road. Otherwise, LURA has done a good job of enhancing the appeal of Public Road and Simpson Street and in supporting our small businesses. What issues would you like to see come before city council? Traffic and building seem to be getting out of hand. Community growth versus our transportation infrastructure is out of balance. Affordable housing definitely needs to be addressed; the cost of so-called affordable homes is ridiculous. The very fact that a person must make a certain amount of money to qualify for housing in and of itself goes against the meaning of affordable housing. In addition, the affordable housing developments seem to be strategically placed so that all the children in the development will attend Sanchez Elementary. On the environmental front, I’d like to see fewer herbicides used in our open spaces. I’d want Lafayette to reopen its case on banning fracking using a community rights approach.
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Lafayette City Council Doug Conarroe
Website: doug4lafayette.com Age: 60 Family: Married to Dana Coffield. We have two very old cocker spaniels. How long have you lived in town: 24 years Professional background: Grew up in a newspaper family, which owned the Louisville Times, Lafayette News and Erie Review. Owned and operated North Forty News and a companion coffee shop from 2008 to 2017. Political/community experience: Lafayette Historic Preservation Board. Previously served on Zoning Board of Adjustment. Past president of Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Coal Creek Rotary Club and Historic Boulder. Education: Graduate of Centaurus High School. BS in journalism and MBA, University of Colorado. How can Lafayette best cooperate with regional neighbors on oil and gas issues facing all communities? We should continue our alliance with Boulder County and align our O&G regulations with theirs, which is reflected in Lafayette’s most recent (January 2018) proposed local regulations. Those include disruption payments and provisions for continuous and permanent air and water monitoring. And any suggestion of a coordinated effort through an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Erie
would be fruitless, because previous Lafayette-Erie IGAs haven’t lasted more than an average of about 10 years. In fact, one could argue that those IGAs have caused Lafayette more harm than good. What role, if any, should the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority play in the redevelopment of Public Road? In 2017, LURA leadership feverishly fought against participating in the community discourse for updating Old Town redevelopment regulations. Nope, they argued, zoning regulations preserving Old Town’s quaintness shouldn’t apply to LURA. Today, LURA guidelines for “improvements” (hint: it’s a box and is three stories tall) reflect that standoffishness. Using tax dollars to scrape and haul to the landfill almost everything that’s old, an eco-unfriendly practice, means that Lafayette’s unique and eclectic character is methodically and purposely being erased. What issues would you like to see come before city council? •Developing a community-driven economic development master plan. (We’ve not had one since 1997). •Increased infrastructure investment to address our worsening traffic. If elected, I’ll push to reconstitute the Highway 7 bypass effort with Erie and CDOT. •In addition to affordable rental housing, we’ve got to find a way to get Lafayette’s workforce and young families into affordably priced homes. That means accommodating tiny homes.
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Website: Not provided Age: 65 Family: Two daughters, grandson, granddaughter, two sisters How long have you lived in town: I have lived here a couple of times; for more than a year now. Professional background: I have been a cook, ranch hand and horse trainer, baker, child care worker, bookkeeper, carpenter, and geriatric caregiver and fiduciary. Self-employed as a handyman for the past 28 years. Political/community experience: In 2018, I became involved with East Boulder County United, and volunteered for political campaigns. Education: Graduated from high school in 1972 and attended some college. How can Lafayette best cooperate with regional neighbors on oil and gas issues facing all communities? Facing the fact that oil and gas extraction is a mortal threat to the health and safety to people, despoiling the natural environment and the air quality, and one of the world’s prime contributors to global climate disruption, Lafayette can redefine policy for itself toward the issue with the following by rejecting statements that drilling can be safely regulated, informing the public of the scientific evidence of the impacts, declaring the parts of the Colorado Gas Act that preempt community laws to protect its citizens and environment as unjust, reconciling past opposition to citizen initiatives for self-protection, enacting laws that refute corporate power and assert our right to local self-governance, and educating and mobilizing citizens to participate in federal constitutional change.
What role, if any, should the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority (LURA) play in the redevelopment of Public Road? LURA should continue to shepherd the plans outlined in the 2011 Downtown Vision Plan for Public Road. There were contentious differences between private interests and the public’s concerns regarding the 700 block that LURA seemed to work out by, in part, slowing down the decision-making process and listening. That was a positive outcome for now and though I am not altogether up to speed yet with the Vision Plan and LURA’s functioning, I encourage LURA to keep including all concerns in their management of Lafayette’s mandate and for the public to invest greater voice and involvement. What issues would you like to see come before city council? 1. To initiate codifying the Climate Bill of Rights Ordinance into the city charter as an amendment 2. To dismiss the current oil and gas attorney on the grounds of lack of vision and accept the probono offer by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund to defend Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights 3. Legislation to prioritize quality, accessible housing 4. Imposition of luxury housing tax on homes worth more than $1 million to fund affordable housing efforts 5. Municipal wired broadband with full net neutrality 6. Fund and initiate a thorough and long-range study of the health effects on biology of exposure to microwave radiation in the form of cellular communication and wireless grid technology 7. Pass the state’s first community rights law to address restriction of wireless technology
Huth withdrew from the race on Sept. 19. While her name will appear on the ballot, votes for her will not be counted.
Lafayette City Council JD Mangat
any litigation we may face. What role, if any, should the Lafayette Urban Renewal Website: jd4lafayette.com Authority (LURA) play in the Age: 24 redevelopment of Public Family: Mother, Road? father, sister LURA should protect our existHow long have ing downtown businesses, preyou lived in town: vent and minimize blight and Lifelong resident, attract new businesses that align 24 years. with our community vision. RedeProfessional background: Eighth-grade math velopment should not be a high priority. LURA must take into teacher at STEM Launch. account the needs and desires of Political/community experience: I have been involved in our our residents. Much like the council, LURA should be guided community since I was a middle by the public’s vision for the school student at Angevine. I future of Lafayette. Public Road, have served on the Lafayette Simpson Street and Baseline Youth Advisory Committee, CulRoad are all under the purview of tural Arts Commission and now, City Council for over a year. I also LURA, and all three areas need to be prioritized the same way. It is sit on the Board of Directors of also important that we make sure two local nonprofits. Education: Bachelor’s in busi- these areas (are) safe, walkable, ness administration and informa- community-oriented and historition systems from the University cally valued. We must preserve Lafayette’s unique culture while of Colorado Boulder. progressing towards meaningful How can Lafayette best cooperate with regional neigh- change. What issues would you like bors on oil and gas issues facto see come before city couning all communities? cil? It is incredibly important for Being on council is an incredimunicipalities to stay unified bly enlightening experience when taking on the threat of oil because you are exposed to and gas drilling. We must prioriissues of all kinds. Public safety, tize the health and safety of our budget management, sustainabiliresidents over everything else. ty, transportation, organizational With the passage of Senate Bill 181, some control is finally given hires, land use decisions and more come up. This makes it back to local governments. It’s now up to us to take advantage of very hard to simply choose a few this opportunity. During my time issues to prioritize. However, after speaking with on council, we have chosen to residents and spending hours implement and extend a drilling learning more about Lafayette, moratorium, along with our the main issues that continue to neighboring cities. We hope to arise are concerns about the now have the necessary time to participate in upcoming rule-mak- affordability housing, the threat ing sessions, implement emission of oil and gas drilling and the contransmission fees and monitoring tinued growth we face. Therefore, the issues I would like to see systems, determine our areas of authority, defend our Community more of should involve these three topics. Bill of Rights and work with our county and neighboring cities on
Andrew J. O’Connor
The Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority should only be made up of only Lafayette residents and should act in the best interests of the residents and all meetings Website: facebook.com/ must be transparent and open to oconnorforcitycouncil the public. Council must act in the Age: Unanswered best interests of Lafayette taxpayFamily: Married ers and not benefit corporations, 12 years to Mary, developers or wealthy landowners Boulder native and at taxpayer expense. BVSD employee; What issues would you like to daughter Teagan, see come before city council? sixth-grader at Platt Initiate litigation against Weld Choice Middle County for harm to Lafayette’s School. health and environment from How long have you lived in fracking, fracking ban, 99% severtown:12 years ance tax on fracking, assault weapProfessional background: ons ban, municipalization of elecAttorney, former assistant public defender and drug court attorney tric, internet and cable services, conduct a municipal audit using in two states. Federal Yellow Book accounting Political/community experistandards to protect taxpayers and ence: Anti-fracking activist, coaccount for $80 million dollars in sponsor of Severance Tax Ballot yearly tax revenue. Expand and Initiative, 2017-present; testified discount public transportation. for oil and gas regulations and Council has not negotiated the bans, gun regulation and assault weapons bans before state Legisla- best deals in the past and failed to safeguard taxpayer money and ture, COGCC and several municiallowed private corporations to palities; Rocky Mountain Peace exploit residents. Council must Justice Center. work to get better deals for taxpayEducation: BA, JD ers and re-examine all present city How can Lafayette best cooperate with regional neigh- contracts and if need be terminate and renegotiate those contracts bors on oil and gas issues facand services where the taxpayers ing all communities? are not getting their money’s By pooling our finances and worth. At $80 million dollars a year resources with Louisville, Longmont, Boulder County and City of in tax revenue there is no reason why all streets aren’t plowed and Boulder and sue Weld County for all roads, parks, common areas the negative health impacts to and fences are not maintained and Lafayette residents’ health and in pristine condition. Traffic mitidestruction of our environment. gation plan for 287 and Baseline. Fracking poses an existential We need to consider how the city threat to the health, safety and welis going to manage traffic needs as fare of Lafayette residents and a it continues to grow and the area fracking ban, 99% severance tax around it grows bringing more and litigation are the only ways to stop this ruthless, amoral industry. traffic to the 287 corridor. Finding We cannot work with this industry ways to support seniors and families of all income levels by providand preserve our quality of life. ing more affordable housing and What role, if any, should the services to help them actively parLafayette Urban Renewal Authority play in the redevelop- ticipate in our community. ment of Public Road?
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health and environment in our broader community. What role, if any, should the Website: facebook.com/ Lafayette Urban Renewal NicoleSamson4Council Authority (LURA) play in the Age: 49 redevelopment of Public Family: I am a Road? mother, sister, LURA’s mission is to revitalize daughter, spouse severely deteriorated properties and niece. within an urban renewal area, and How long have Public Road is part of an existing you lived in town: urban renewal area. Since the 13 years funds to redevelop a blighted Professional background: property come from some of the Currently, the housing manager for the city of Thornton. Previous- sales tax collected by the businesses in the urban renewal area, ly, I have been a small business manager, nonprofit director, jour- then LURA should work to transform severely deteriorated propnalist and have held positions in local government recreation and erties along Public Road into new commercial buildings that can economic development departcomplement the other businesses ments on the road. Also, LURA could Political/community experiassist businesses located on or ence: Lafayette city councilor, near blighted property to move to Northwest Parkway Authority Board of Directors, alternative to a different location during the redevelopment process, so the the Boulder County Consortium businesses are not negatively of Cities. impacted by the redevelopment Education: Master’s in public work. administration What issues would you like How can Lafayette best cooperate with regional neigh- to see come before city counbors on oil and gas issues fac- cil? I am looking forward to hearing ing all communities? the results of the Comprehensive Lafayette, neighboring cities, Plan and the Sustainability Plan, and Boulder County have the which will provide information to opportunity to develop regulations that will align and work well help council identify priority projects for Lafayette. Also, the for our area, now that the state impact fee analysis budgeted for law gives local governments next year will provide valuable authority to regulate the surface impacts of oil and gas operations. information about if our existing fees are creating burdens that Working with other neighboring affect the cost of living for resicommunities is important dents and how our fees compare because the process of one oil and gas extraction site can affect to those in other cities. I would like to discuss and pursue other two or more communities. Boulder County is our “backyard” and funding resources that will allow Lafayette to accomplish projects we need to be aware of and be a part of the discussions to develop without overburdening residents regulations that protect the public with more taxes and fees.
Smedley could not be reached for response for the Voter Guide.
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Website: None Age: 50 Family: I am a single mom of a 10-yearold son How long have you lived in town: Six years Professional background: I work as a research assistant on genetics studies at CU. I’ve also worked in a community center that supported low-income families, and counseling agencies that supported low-income clients. Political/community experience: East Boulder County United Director’s Council since April 2019. I’ve also done independent media volunteer work to amplify social and economic justice issues. Education: BA in biology, MA in counseling How can Lafayette best cooperate with regional neighbors on oil and gas issues facing all communities? To address the climate emergency we are all facing, Lafayette can recognize climate and community rights over oil and gas industry rights in all deliberations and decisions. We can support grass roots efforts regionally to ban fracking and drilling on the grounds that they poison our air, water, and land and threaten irreversible climate destruction. We can abandon the failed model of negotiating for better regulations, that filled Broomfield with wells. We can empower community bans of fracking and drilling. We can assert our right to
protect our environment and our children’s future. We can offer Lafayette’s Community Bill of Rights and Climate Bill of Rights as effective examples of how to frame and address the fight for climate protection. What role, if any, should the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority play in the redevelopment of Public Road? I believe LURA’s Downtown Vision Plan is a great one. And I believe they should be responsive to residents each step of the way in completing their great vision. I was so impressed with the way residents brought strong public input to bear in LURA’s recent approach to redeveloping the 700 block of Public Road, and that their concerns carried the day. I would endorse continued resident influence over the course of redevelopment projects. And I would support the community’s right to override LURA decisions, if they are not in line with a majority of our residents’ desires. What issues would you like to see come before city council? I’d like to see Lafayette enforce our Climate Bill of Rights to stop the oil and gas industry’s destruction of our environment. Being a single mom and mobile home owner, I’d also be a strong advocate for protecting and expanding affordable housing. I would support all recommendations made by the Livable Lafayette Task Force. Lastly, I really appreciate the level of community concern we have around development and traffic planning, and would support all initiatives that expand community control opportunities in these areas.
Lafayette City Council
Website: Not provided Age: 37 Family: My two amazing boys: 18 and 9 How long have you lived in town: Five years Professional background: Human services, nonprofit and education, primarily focused on advocating for the less fortunate and under-represented. From crisis case management to assisting families experiencing homelessness, I have had the pleasure of working with all walks of life. Political/community experience: I have also conducted research for Sister Carmen and grant writing for Sanchez. Education: Bachelor’s in social work, minor human development and master’s in public administration emphasis on policy. How can Lafayette best cooperate with regional neighbors on oil and gas issues facing all communities? I feel a collaborative community effort is key. There have been too many state level bills presented with a facade of granting local controls, which makes it more difficult to ban drilling in our own backyards. Policies like SB 19-181 simply regulate the amount of destruction oil and gas is allowed to cause, while denying communities the right to decide that they do not want destruction at all. By creatively brainstorming about how locally passed measures can be enforced, like Lafayette, we can assert protection of our air, land and water. The fundamental right to self-governing and defend environmental decisions is necessary in ensuring our health and environment aren’t further jeopardized by state-protected oil and gas extraction.
What role, if any, should the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority (LURA) play in the redevelopment of Public Road? I think it is important to point out that “renewal” and “redevelopment” are very different concepts. Urban renewal is a term referring to renovating an area to its former glory. Historically speaking this effort was often destructive and gentrifying; a way for community leaders to persuade wealth to come to the area. Often resulting in detrimental changes: decreased socioeconomic and cultural diversity and increased cost of living, further eliminating once very diverse community that cherished difference, by replacing it with “new money.” This is anything but renewal and therefore I feel if LURA is going to be true to the belief of rejuvenating Old Town to is former glory, it should focus on renewing current historic businesses and develop housing that is affordable. What issues would you like to see come before city council? The most pressing issue I feel that needs to be brought to council is what is being done to ensure Lafayette has clean air, land and water. This is the issue that brought the Community Rights Advocates together on a shared platform of community and climate rights. I’d like to see initiatives that increase community involvement and control over local issues, such as strong community input into traffic and development planning. Affordable housing is another significant passion of mine that I feel is of great importance to address through supporting the rights of low-income residents, and those struggling to ensure they are not priced out of the area.
Website: stephanie4lafayette.com Age: 49 Family: Two children How long have you lived in town: 14 years Professional background: Marketing, advertising, instructional design and online training developer Political/community experience: Current city councilor, board director representing Lafayette on Denver Regional Council of Governments, Waste Reduction Advisory Committee, Resource Conservation Advisory Committee, State Highway 7 Coalition, Livable Lafayette Task Force to consider affordable housing, legislative aide for state Legislator, executive director of the LongTerm Flood Recovery Group of Boulder County Education: BS Ball State University How can Lafayette best cooperate with regional neighbors on oil and gas issues facing all communities? Regional collaboration is critical for protecting our right to clean air and water, as well as other regional topics such as land use, mobility and affordable housing. Lafayette must continue to partner with those supportive of protecting neighborhoods and schools from the health and environmental hazards of oil and gas development. The problem is we don’t have full authority at the local level to determine what is best for own community. We must protect Lafayette by advocating for leak detection and air monitoring, supporting and signing onto legal efforts, and fighting for our own rules to protect our community from this industrial activity. I support envi-
ronmental and sustainability efforts to improve multimodal transportation options, to divert waste from landfills, and to take action toward renewable energy goals and sustainable, resilient building codes. What role, if any, should the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority play in the redevelopment of Public Road? Lafayette is at a tipping point and with the nine miles we have to work within, thriving pockets to generate economic development are really coming to life. Continued efforts need to be smart and intentional for our residential and commercial growth. I continue to be passionate about leading Lafayette toward enterprising ways to honor our small-town values, heritage, creativity and diversity. Community participation in the current comprehensive master plan will define our future vision for the next 10 to 15 years. For Public Road and South Boulder Road, that vision for redevelopment and revitalization started in 1999 when LURA was established. With less than five years remaining for the LURA tax increment, the conversation I support for city leaders will be the next iteration of the next urban renewal for continued business continuity and development. What issues would you like to see come before city council? Anything that preserves and improves the quality of life for residents. I want to collaboratively build strong, resilient neighborhoods where people feel involved and connected with each other. It’s critical to make sure plans for short- and long-term growth are developed responsibly so city services are supported and maintained. Multigenerational living and services must be thoroughly discussed to serve Lafayette, as a livable place at all stages of life. This includes multimodal transportation master planning, supporting a thriving aging community, and public safety opportunities.
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Lafayette City Council Brian Wong
bors on oil and gas issues facing all communities? The primary role of a council Website: wongforcouncil.com member is to promote Lafayette’s Age: 45 values, and one of those values is Family: Amy, to not permit fracking within our spouse and Kevin, city. For our safety, I am resolutely son against fracking. How long have If elected, I would strongly you lived in town: encourage Lafayette City Council 12 years to partner with our regional neighProfessional bors to identify innovative and background: Human resources director at Community Reach Cen- thoughtful solutions to minimize the impact of climate change, of ter which a major focus would be the Political/community experience: Five years on the Louisville oil and gas industry. The environRecycling; Conservation Advisory mental effects of fracking do not restrict itself to a city border, Board, seven years on the Lafayette Planning Commission, includ- which, I believe, warrants the fracking issue being dealt with ing four years as chair; Diversity through regional partnerships. and inclusion manager, Denver Chapter of the Society for Human This collaborative effort with our neighbors would also invite a Resources Management space where people from diverse Education: Attended CU Boulbackgrounds and experiences can der develop the best solution for LafayHow can Lafayette best cooperate with regional neigh- ette, Boulder County, and the envi-
Lafayette Ballot Question 2B: Filling vacancies in elective offices What it asks: “Shall the existing timelines in Section 5.7 of the Lafayette Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that any vacancies in the City Council occurring more than 180 days before the next regular city election shall be filled by City Council within 45 days?” What it means: Currently, if a vacancy occurs more than 90 days before the next election, City Council has 30 days to fill that vacancy. This would extend those timelines. What supporters say: Lafayette council members have found themselves forced to fill three sudden vacancies in little more than a year, and have expressed that having more time in which to complete that process would likely enable them to do so more effectively. What opponents say: There is no known opposition.
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ronment. What role, if any, should the Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority play in the redevelopment of Public Road? The Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority (LURA) is the government body to effect revitalization and development efforts in the Old Town district. LURA collaborates with property owners to improve existing structures, and encourage commercial and mixed-use development. LURA is the vehicle used by Lafayette residents to effect positive change in our Old Town district. I encourage LURA to provide easily accessible opportunities for Lafayette residents to solicit ideas and feedback on ways to improve urban renewal areas. If elected, I pledge to ensure that Lafayette’s government is transparent and accountable to Lafayette residents so that we can all build and improve our community
together. What issues would you like to see come before city council? If elected, the issues I would focus on include implementing high-speed, municipal internet, developing sustainability-focused incentive programs that will act to dramatically curb climate change and installing artificial intelligence software at traffic stop lights to mitigate traffic congestion. These issues are in addition to other high-priority issues, including growth, road maintenance and housing attainability. I would enjoy hearing your ideas on how you would like to make Lafayette become an even better place to live. I would appreciate the opportunity to share my vision for our amazing community, and why I believe my experience on the Lafayette Planning Commission best qualifies me for this position.
Lafayette Ballot Question 2C: Initiative and referendum What it asks: “Shall the initiative and referendum procedures in Chapter VII of the Lafayette Home Rule Charter be amended to provide that State laws regarding municipal initiative and referendum procedures shall apply to city initiatives and referenda, while retaining existing Charter provisions regarding the minimum number of signatures required to be submitted with an initiative or referendum petition?” What it means: Lafayette’s rules governing municipal and referendum procedures would be brought into line with state laws, while the number of signatures required to be submitted with an initiative referendum petition would not change. Lafayette’s requirements are that an initiative petition must have signatures from at least 10% of the people who were registered electors at the date the petition was legally noticed. To trigger a referendum, there must be signatures from at least 10% of the number of people who were registered electors as of the date of the final publication of that ordinance. What supporters say: Because Lafayette coordinates its elections with state elections, it makes sense to update its Home Rule Charter as it applies to elections so the city and state are aligned, so the city’s elections run as smoothly as possible. Also, if the state were to change its minimum requirements for initiative and referendum signatures, the city’s requirements would remain in place. What opponents say: There is no known opposition.
Be An Informed Voter ! Controversy resurfaces over Longmont councilwoman’s use of private email
Editorial: Why would Longmont City Councilwoman Joan Peck hide emails?
Longmont Times Call July 6, 2017
Longmont Times Call July 11, 2017
...Later in Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, Santos renewed the objections he’d made last week about Peck’s use of a personal email account to discuss city government business. “Apparently, this was done to circumvent open records,” Santos charged on Wednesday night.... ...Santos said that, as a council member and a resident, he’d unsuccessfully filed an open-records request with the city last week, seeking to get and examine Peck’s private emails, but that the city clerk’s office had responded that the city was unable to provide those emails because Peck’s computer had crashed and the emails were no longer available. The Times-Call also filed a open-records request for emails about city business sent from Peck’s private accounts, and received a similar response. “I will continue to speak out when members of council violate the public trust,” Santos said, adding that he intends to continue to pursue his effort to obtain Peck’s private emails.... ...Napier said last Friday that he’d communicated with Peck via his and her personal email accounts last month because, “I have a text from Joan Peck asking me to use her private email because ‘the Times-Call monitors our city email accounts.’” (The TimesCall is able to review messages sent via city email accounts because they are public records.)... ...Denver media attorney Steve Zansberg, the Colorado Freedom of Information Council’s board president, on Thursday said that by using a private email account to discuss city business, Peck is “arguably depriving the public”of the right to have access to those emails....
...Peck’s correspondence with a constituent, which is considered a public record in Colorado, was lost when her hard drive crashed. She had moved the emails onto a hard drive because, she says, her email provider charges for storage. (Note to council: Even AOL, the internet service of the last century, offers unlimited email storage.) And why was Peck’s email on a private server? Because she wanted to keep it hidden from the Times-Call. At least that’s what the resident told the Times- Call, and Peck hasn’t publicly denied it.... ...Incoming city council members are instructed to use their city email addresses, with the following admonition: “Because elected officials’ email is subject to Colorado Open Records laws, this City email address automatically copies all incoming and outgoing emails to an Open Records Email Box that can be viewed by the public upon request. Using your personal email account for City business and constituent correspondence may make information on your personal computer subject to an Open Records request search.” And yet, Councilwoman Peck sent emails from a private account, deleted them from that account, then saved them on a hard drive that now is inaccessible.... This naturally raises the question: If the emails didn’t matter, why go through the trouble of hiding them? Joan Peck can answer that question, or find those emails.
Brian Bagley: Investigation of Longmont harassment allegations ‘absolutely’ related to heated meeting Longmont Times Call, July 12, 2017 ...Bagley said that, in his opinion, the harassment investigation was “as a result of Council Member (Joan) Peck feeling embarrassed or picked on or upset about having this conversation raised (on June 27), someone, presumably Council Member Peck, made the allegation” of harassment....
Longmont to pay $10K to $15K for investigation of council harassment claim Longmont Times Call, July 18, 2017
Longmont estimates it will spend between $10,000 and $15,000 on an investigation into sexual harassment among City Council members, city officials said. The Times-Call discovered on July 11 that the city hired Denver law firm Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani to investigate “allegations of harassment against female City Council members by male City Council members.” Two City Council members — Bonnie Finley and Brian Bagley — have since said they suspect that the investigation is politically motivated. Bagley added that he thinks the allegations of harassment are related to a set of disagreements that have broken out in open meetings between Bagley and Councilwoman Joan Peck....
Longmont council member’s harassment complaint unfounded, attorney concludes Longmont Times Call, August 9, 2017
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A Longmont City Council member’s allegation that male council members have harassed female members is unfounded, according to an attorney the city hired to conduct an independent investigation of the complaint.... Councilwoman Joan Peck, who apparently made the formal July 1 complaint but hasn’t publicly acknowledged doing so, refused Wednesday to confirm that she was the complainant. Peck also refused comment about whether she’d also met with Rust on Wednesday... BOULDER COUNTY VOTER GUIDE • OCTOBER 13, 2019 • 27
Brian J. Bagley
theater, Sam’s Club, Smuckers and Avexis; renovating decrepit Website: bagleyformayor.com commercial properties such as Big Lots/K-Mart and Good Will/ Age: 47 Albertsons; developing sorely Family: Wife Ivoneeded housing; implementing ne, and children: affordable housing policies withDanielle, 21; Jacob, out impeding development, and 23; Jordan, 15; many other projects that now Augie, 13; and drive Longmont’s economic Mikey, 12. engine. The biggest obstacle is How long have avoiding actions that might stop you lived in Longmont? Since our thriving economy. 1999 Energy: One of my first acts as Professional background: Managing partner of Bagley Law mayor was to issue a mayoral proclamation setting a goal of Firm LLC and its two dozen employees; senior researcher for 100% carbon-free energy for Longmont by 2030. As mayor, I Jim Collins and NYT Bestseller sit on the board of directors for “Good to Great;” senior lecturer our power utility, Platte River at Leeds School of Business and Power Authority, and we estabPresident’s Leadership Class. lished a regional goal of 100% Political/community experirenewable energy by 2030. At the ence: Longmont City Council member since 2011, mayor since same time, Longmont has reached agreements with oil and 2017 gas extractors to move all oil and Education: Juris Doctor and gas extraction outside Longmont. MBA, CU Boulder Now, we must stay the course. What are the one or two Emergent homeless and tranmost pressing issues or probsient epidemic: There is not a lems facing Longmont city simple “one size fits all” solution government? Problems — and opportunities to homelessness. While Long— face Longmont. These include mont has well-intentioned charities, we must make certain we fostering a thriving economy; achieving 100% carbon-free ener- give individuals struggling with homelessness a “hand up” rather gy; protecting neighborhoods than a “hand out.” It is a difficult from heavy industry, e.g. frackbalance to help yet avoid importing; solving Longmont’s homeless and transient epidemic; safe- ing transients and crime. We must discourage transients from guarding our water; stopping coming to Longmont, eliminate RTD from taking our money the crime that accompanies without providing services; responsibly building public ame- homelessness and yet compassionately help those most vulnernities such as recreation center able to homelessness: our chiland parks/trails; encouraging dren and elderly. Unfortunately, sustainable development, and we have much work to do. protecting our water ways and If elected, what experiences, riparian corridors, to name a few. background or qualifications What should city council do would you bring to working on to address those issues or those issues or problems? resolve those problems? I proudly stand by my experiThe local economy: Since being ence and efforts, both during my elected to city council in 2011, Longmont’s economy has contin- tenure as mayor and before. I humbly ask Longmont to allow ued to improve. Success has come in the form of a new movie me to continue serving.
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youth and adults so people can make enough money to stay in the town they grew up in without going to college if they so wish. The updated plan PRPA has curWebsite: rently written involves creating trowbridge4thefuture.com wind power in Wyoming, which is Age: 25 bad for birds and bad for our econFamily: Mom lives omy. I am writing a better plan outside Chicago; dad with an environmental law gradulives in Elk Grove, a ate and a master of environmental Chicago suburb; two science. Let’s keep our power sisters, four nephews local. I am also investigating in Indiana. options for our homeowners How long have regarding a class-action lawsuit for you lived in Longmont? A total drilling under their homes and of almost three years, in all three stealing oil from outside the city wards. limits. Mineral rights are real. Professional background: I have worked in the agriculture and There is more info on environmental policy proposals on my website. cannabis industry for most of my What should city council do adult life. to address those issues or Political/community experience: I volunteer and I am a mem- resolve those problems? We aren’t pursuing low-hanging ber of the League of Women Votfruit like getting our Section 8 proers. Education: Indiana high school gram back up and running. Section 8 has been shut down for over graduate. Attended an Indiana a year because of expired vouchcommunity college; student in international affairs at CU Boulder. ers. Community outreach for LHA What are the one or two most (Longmont Housing Authority) is well overdue. pressing issues or problems If elected, what experiences, facing Longmont city governbackground or qualifications ment? Affordable housing and environ- would you bring to working on those issues or problems? ment are my two most pressing I am a working-class person who issues. Every plan we have introhas felt the stress of our current duced for both issues have very economic system and housing crilittle to zero government enforcement or consequence for failing to sis. I have shed tears with cashiers who never thought the high price meet expected guidelines. This of rent would force them out of the includes our newest plan with PRPA (Platte River Power Authori- town they raised their kids in. I know what demographics are sufty). Without enforcement we canfering and why. I am unafraid to not meet 2030 goals of zero cartalk about those who have been bon. I have a plan to make our municipalities enforce these goals left behind. while creating local jobs for our
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convention and tourist activities. Complete a link around McIntosh Lake to Highway 66, creating a Website: bypass for north-south traffic and rongallegosforcouncil.com removing it from Main Street Age: 65 downtown so as to be able to Family: Married transform the area from Third to attorney, Diane Avenue to Ninth Avenue into a Goldenstein; one pedestrian retail mall with oneson way streets along Kimbark north How long have and Coffman south. Complete you lived in Longparking garages downtown at the mont? Resident three existing surface lots. since 1985 If elected, what experiences, Professional background: background or qualifications Product/project/process/line would you bring to working on manager US West Communicathose issues or problems? tions; owner of Gallegos & ComI bring national, state and local pany Ltd. financial services and experience in municipal governconsulting. ment and management. I have a Political/community experience: City council 1995-2000, liai- significant experience at the local son to Planning and Zoning Com- level serving on the planning/ mission, Transportation Advisory transportation/economic development arenas. I am the only canBoard, library and museum didate for city council in any and boards. Boards of directors of all the races that has vast busiLongmont Economic Development Council, National League of ness experience as a corporate manager in project, product, an Cities, Colorado Municipal process management as a line League. Education: University of Colo- supervisor in a union shop. Additionally, I have owned and operatrado-Boulder, Dartmouth Coled my own businesses in financial lege, University of Phoenix services and business administraWhat are the one or two most pressing issues or prob- tion, as well as a fine arts gallery. I am a man with a vision and plan lems facing Longmont city for completing that vision. My government? A long-range vision of econom- previous service on council allowed/caused to complete ics and planning for the city involving economic development, major projects in the city such as business development, transpor- the broadband fiber optics network, now called NextLight, purtation, affordable housing, jobs, chase of Sandstone Ranch recrebuildout and parks, our recreation area, new recreation center, ation and infrastructure. museum and senior center expanWhat should city council do sion. We also developed a proto address those issues or gram for affordable housing that resolve those problems? Develop a plan to leverage tour- resulted in a net 652 affordable homes in the community before it ism into an economic plan for a was discontinued. convention and performing arts center along the river to service
ment with affordable housing units as part of the development and less mandated parking minimums. Build more on the northeast side of town. Focus on develWebsite: oping downtown with at least one Garrett4Council2019.com multi-level parking garage, on the Age: 55 east side of Main Street, the 300 How long have and 400 blocks. A bridge over the you lived in LongMartin Street rail crossing and mont? Lived in over the Ken Pratt crossing. Make Longmont my whole Highway 66 a four-lane highway life from I-25 to Lyons. Convention/ Professional Performing Arts center and a background: Twenty-eight years at UPS as a full-time western bypass around McIntosh Lake. Develop downtown to be a driver walkable work and leisure experiPolitical/community experience. Develop a practical, usable ence: No political experience. transit system within the city. Twenty-two years as the union If elected, what experiences, steward for Teamsters Local 455, background or qualifications representing UPS drivers at the would you bring to working on Longmont center. Twenty years officiating high school and college those issues or problems? Lifetime resident of Longmont. basketball as a certified official for My job has prepared me for specifInternational Association of ic, real-life understanding of traffic Approved Basketball Officials patterns and the psychology of Education: Graduated high school from Longmont High, class driving. My function as union steward and basketball official has of ’82, and completed three years put me in unique positions to perof college What are the one or two most form under pressure and make tough decisions while managing pressing issues or problems both sides of tense situations. No facing Longmont city governpolitical experience, which I see as ment? Commercial/residential develop- a positive. I always consider and intentionally identify with all points ment and traffic congestion. of view. Having grown up here and What should city council do spent my life here gives me a to address those issues or heart for the city in a very real resolve those problems? way. Having been in many places Redefine zoning regulations to more accurately reflect 21st centu- around the world, I know we have a great hometown. Everyone will ry needs, not the early 1900s. be listened to. Allow for more multiuse develop-
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pressing issues or problems facing Longmont city governWebsite: moore4longmont.com ment? Growth, and its impact on housAge: 63 ing affordability and traffic. Family: Wife, What should city council do Ingrid. Son and his to address those issues or family live in Florida resolve those problems? How long have We need to recognize that we you lived in Longcan’t stop growth without increasmont? 24 years ing the cost of housing. Work with Professional developers to find ways to reduce background: Self-employed concost and time to build. Continue to tractor, scientist, engineer, managsupport subsidies for low-income er, director of operations residents not part of the inclusionPolitical/community experiary housing ordinance. Be more ence: City council 2013-2017; board of directors National League responsible by allowing smaller lot sizes, height bonuses and incenof Cities; TinkerMill president, tives for infill and redevelopment. HOA president Traffic congestion is primarily Education: Bachelor of science, created by commuter traffic from industrial technology, Iowa State growth outside Longmont. RTD is University What are the one or two most not a solution for commuter traffic
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since these areas are outside the district. Besides, RTD will not even serve Longmont without additional taxpayer support from city council. Getting people out of their cars is the real challenge. The only way this will happen is if we work regionally with all of our partners to come up with new solutions that create a reliable an convenient transit experience. A start is to build the Transit Oriented Development I promoted back in 2014 when I told RTD their clock tower proposal “is not going to work for us. We sent $13,129,634 to RTD in 2018. We need a real transit station. It’s obvious our tax dollars are not benefiting us. If elected, what experiences, background or qualifications would you bring to working on
those issues or problems? I bring policy experience with my 2013-2017 council service. NextLight was deployed, we developed the Resilient St. Vrain Plan, Envision Longmont was completed. I was part of the Target Industry Study for economic development that became Advance Longmont. Council directed $1 million to the affordable housing fund, over 550 affordable housing units were built. With my service on the National League of Cities, I was involved in lobbying efforts in DC with Infrastructure Week and brought national attention to NextLight, meeting with the Federal Communications Commission chair and commissioners. I have been a scientist with several patents and publications and worked as a manufacturing engineer.
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Longmont City Council At-Large Joan Peck Website: joanpeckforcitycouncil.com Age: 71 Family: Two married sons and one grandchild How long have you lived in Longmont? 42 years Professional background: Banking: Teller supervisor, commercial loans, recovery. St. Vrain Valley School District high school and elementary librarian. IBM server support. Home day care/pre-school. Political/community experience: Longmont City Council, Library board, Northern Area Transportation Alliance liaison, Denver Regional Council of Governments liaison Education: BA in computer sci-
ence from Northern Arizona University, Microsoft certification from Front Range Community College What are the one or two most pressing issues or problems facing Longmont city government? Transportation, both local and regional, continues to be one of the most important issues. Economic development happens when cities have a good, dependable transportation system. I am part of a working group through Longmont Economic Development Partnership to address the transportation connections within the city. There are people living in their cars and RVs in Longmont, causing issues within the city. Through two public work sessions, council addressed the issue with our police department and services
being offered in the city. We are discussing different solutions to address homelessness. What should city council do to address those issues or resolve those problems? We should and are continuing to work with RTD, Boulder County’s Transportation Department and commissioners, the North Area Transportation Alliance, the Denver Regional Council of Governments, and the local businesses and chambers to find solutions to the ongoing transportation challenges. BNSF is modeling run times for our peak-service rail. We are working with the Boulder County Coordinated Entry program’s “housing first” model to provide housing for our residents. The city and council is going a couple of steps further in this challenge, working to solve the housing problem for our homeless pop-
ulation while our inclusionary zoning ordinance provides the housing we need. If elected, what experiences, background or qualifications would you bring to working on those issues or problems? I will continue to work with the transportation organizations per the city’s membership to partner with Longmont’s city staff and businesses to grow and improve our transportation options. I will continue to be a strong voice for smart growth in our development, reminding staff that our environment in Longmont is one of the reasons we are becoming one of the most desirable places to live in Colorado. The working plan that city council adopted this year has prioritized transportation and development in our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) process.
Longmont Ballot Issue 3B: Bonds, sales and use tax rate increase for pool and ice rink What it asks: “Authorizing $45,500,000 of revenue bonds and a sales and use tax rate increase of 0.18% to fund a competitive pool and ice rink. Shall the City of Longmont debt be increased in an amount not to exceed $45,500,000, with a total repayment cost of not to exceed $72,260,000 and shall city taxes be increased $4,650,000 in the first full fiscal year and by such amounts as are raised annually thereafter by increasing the city sales and use tax rate from 3.53 percent to 3.71 percent, which is an increase of one and eight one hundredth cents on each ten dollar purchase, beginning January 1, 2020, subject to the following: The proceeds of the debt will be used for the construction of a competitive pool and ice rink; The tax revenues will be used for the payment of such debt and for the construction, operation and maintenance of the competitive pool and ice rink; provided that on the earlier of January 1, 2040 or the date the debt is paid,
the tax rate increase authorized by this question will decrease from .18 percent to .03 percent and the tax revenues will be used solely for operation and maintenance of the competitive pool and ice rink; The debt may be paid from such legally available revenues, bear interest, and be sold in one series or more at a price above, below or equal to the principal amount of such bonds and with such terms and conditions, including provisions for redemption prior to maturity with or without payment of premium, all as the city council may determine; and Shall the proceeds from such tax and debt proceeds and any investment income earned from such proceeds be collected and spent as a voter-approved revenue change under Section 20 of Article X of the Colorado Constitution?” What it says: Asks whether Longmont should take on $45 million in debt to pay for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of a 50-meter, 10-lane competitive swimming pool, a leisure pool, a single sheet
of National Hockey League-size ice and a fitness area. The debt would be paid off by increasing Longmont’s sales and use tax from 3.53% to 3.71%, equating to a 1.8-cent increase on every $10 purchase. If approved the tax increase, which would go into effect on Jan. 1, is estimated to pay off the debt , which will not exceed $72,2 million after interest, by Jan. 1, 2040. At that point, a 0.03% sales and use tax will stay in place to fund the operation and maintenance of the facility. What supporters say: The tax increase would hardly be noticeable and as Longmont has grown over the years its public pool and ice rink facilities have grown to be inadequate, limiting access to recreational activities — especially for low-income families who cannot afford to travel or pay private facility fees. What opponents say: Taking on $45 million in debt is excessive, especially for a facility only a portion of the town is likely to use.
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Longmont City Council Ward 1 Tim Waters
versity What are the one or two most pressing issues or problems Website: facing Longmont city governtimwatersforward1.com ment? Age: 71 Like all municipalities on the Family: Wife Janie; planet, Longmont faces both globSon and daughter-inal and local challenges. The most law Travis and Amy, daunting and urgent global chalwho have two daughlenge, to which Longmont must ters respond locally, is shrinking LongHow long have mont’s carbon footprint and reducyou lived in Longing our greenhouse gas emismont? Since August 1994 sions. If, along with leaders in Professional background: Forty-five years in the field of edu- cities, states, and nations around the world, we fail to effectively cation; 23 as a practitioner and 22 respond to our climate crisis, the running an education research, local challenges noted below are development, and service organiinsignificant. zation. At the local level, a combination Political/community experiof interrelated and complex issues: ence: Member of the Longmont Housing Authority Board since Jan. housing affordability, attainability, and insecurity; homelessness; 4, 2018, member of Longmont’s growth; traffic congestion, and City Council since Feb. 28, 2018. quality of life are serious challengEducation: BA – University of es in Longmont. Denver, MA – Arizona State UniAn inventory of affordable and versity, EdD – Arizona State Uni-
attainable housing, which is necessary to reduce housing insecurity and homeless, requires continued construction of housing units, both for purchase and for rent. Constructing the number of units needed in Longmont is, by itself, a huge challenge. Constructing the volume of housing necessary to reduce housing insecurity contributes to a perception of uncontrolled growth. It also adds to a deepening frustration with traffic congestion. Increasing traffic congestion leads to residents opposing new housing developments, which exacerbates our dearth of affordable and attainable housing. These are all factors that residents frequently translate into feelings about quality of life in Longmont. For Longmont residents with few housing options, growing the inventory of houses and/or apartments is a key to improving their quality of life. For Longmont residents who are secure in their
homes, but find themselves spending more time waiting to make a left turn, constructing more housing is a problem, not a solution. What should city council do to address those issues or resolve those problems? The next council will have to agree on the right mix of land codes, zoning, and incentives that result in adequate housing inventory in a walkable, bikeable, pedestrian-friendly city that also provides clean, efficient, convenient, and affordable public transportation. If elected, what experiences, background or qualifications would you bring to working on those issues or problems? As a council member, I’ve been working with other council members on these issues for the last two years. I will be enthusiastic and honored to continue working with members of the council seated in November.
Longmont Ballot Issue 3C: Extension of .75% sales and use tax for streets and transportation projects
Longmont Ballot Question 3D: Amend home rule charter to allow leases of city property for up to 30 years
What it asks: “Without increasing tax rates or imposing any new tax, shall the City of Longmont’s existing 0.75% sales and use tax for streets and transportation projects, currently set to sunset in 2026, be extended indefinitely for the purposed of funding street repair and maintenance, multi-modal improvements, capital construction projects, safety improvement and other infrastructure.” What it says: The 0.75% sales and use tax , which funds street and transportation improvements, is set to expire in 2026. If approved, Ballot Issue 3C would extend the tax indefinitely, providing the city with funds for street repair and maintenance projects like pothole patching, multi-modal transportation improvements like bike paths, and capital construction projects like creating locomotive quiet zones. What supporters say: By making this 0.75% sales and use tax permanent it would provide the city with a more stable funding source the city could use to issue longer-term bonds, allowing it to phase payments for large scale projects over a longer term. What opponents say: Longmont should not be taking on longterm debt and taxes should always be reviewed by the public.
What it asks: “Shall the City of Longmont Home Rule Charter be amended by revising Section 12.4 of the Charter to allow for leases of city property for up to 30 years?” What is says: Currently, the City of Longmont’s Municipal Code only allows it to lease city-owned property for 20 years. If Ballot Question 3D is approved, the city could lease its property for up to 30 years. What supporters say: By empowering the city to execute longer leases it could better negotiate public-private partnerships that might make it possible to develop and operate facilities the city cannot afford on its own — such as a new performing arts center, a cultural center, a convention center or a hotel complex. What opponents say: Shorter leases provide the city with more opportunity to leverage the increasing value of land in Longmont. Additionally, opponents say public-private partnerships often result in subsidies that should be discouraged.
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Longmont City Council Ward 3 Susie HidalgoFahring
local authority in regard to gas and oil extraction in our city limits. City council can work to implement policy in accordance with SB-181 to minimize toxic polWebsite: susieforward3.com lutants in our air and water that Age: 47 affect the health and well-being of Family: Husband, our residents. In addressing susAdam; two daughtainable growth, the council ters, Emily, 28,and should prioritize in getting the Gabriella, 20; son, Sustainability Evaluation System Wayne, 17 tool finalized and implemented in How long have guiding the right type of developyou lived in Longment for our communities. Curmont? 13 years rently, incentives are offered for Professional background: Twenty-five years in education; 15 developers who build in Longyears teaching in St. Vrain Valley mont. Early on this was helpful in School District; vice president of maintaining adequate growth. Since then, Longmont has many the St. Vrain Valley Education enticing qualities that make it a Association. privilege to do business here. We Political/community experineed to ensure that developers ence: I served as legislative liaison for SVVEA/Colorado Educa- we do business with are giving back to the community. We also tion Association; represented need to explore a variety of develLongmont and Boulder County opers that are environmentally on former Gov. Hickenlooper’s community engagement commit- friendly and have the desire to help us increase our stock of tee. Education: BA Visual and Per- affordable housing for our working class, elderly, young early forming Arts/Dance career residents and families. In What are the one or two most pressing issues or prob- addressing traffic associated with growth, the council can work lems facing Longmont city with RTD to increase public government? transportation options and accesEnvironment: Issues concernsibility. ing clean air and maintaining If elected, what experiences, clean water; preserving sensitive background or qualifications riparian areas; and meeting the goal of 100% renewable energy by would you bring to working on those issues or problems? 2030. Sustainable growth, which Over the years I have co-run encompass smart growth/development, the infrastructure need- my husband’s plumbing business, which has provided me an essened to support growth, ensuring tial insight of running a small we have the necessary public transportation to minimize traffic business and understanding what support systems local businesses congestion and reduce the numneed to be successful … My ber of single-occupant vehicles. background in public education What should city council do has strengthened my capacity to to address those issues or build strong partnerships with resolve those problems? organizations and community On the issue of environment, city council needs to utilize scien- stakeholders for a common interest or goal. These qualifications tific data and studies done in the allow me to be a strength to our area to inform decisions surcity council and work collaborarounding carbon emissions, tively to build successful outfracking, and development. comes for Longmont. Recently, the state of Colorado passed SB-181, allowing more
want this city to be like and how it will function in 20 to 40 years from now. We must focus on city issues, Website: regansample.com budget, and infrastructure in order Age: 43 to be able to accommodate our Family: Wife, Beth; growth and be sustainable. It is sons Russell, 12: Dilalso crucial that we have policies lon, 9: William, 7 that support our business commuHow long have nity, that are consistent and steadyou lived in Longfast to ensure that our economic mont? 15 years engine can continue to thrive Professional background: Real estate associate resulting in the monetary means to build and maintain our infrastrucbroker at St. Vrain Realty. ture and provide jobs in order to Political/community experience: This is my first time running sustain our high quality of life. If elected, what experiences, for elected office. I am not a politibackground or qualifications cian and view my city council candidacy as an extension of my public would you bring to working on those issues or problems? service, which is extensive. I have the financial background Education: Bachelor of science necessary to help manage our city agricultural business, Colorado budget, a primary function of city State University What are the one or two most council. I have a proven track record of bringing people together pressing issues or problems and building relationships — findfacing Longmont city governing the common ground that is ment? There are several issues that are needed to make the best decisions. of top concern and they all have to My experience of building a business from scratch gives me the do with growth. Such issues insight to understand the challenginclude affordability, traffic and es and struggles of our small busihomelessness. What should city council do to ness community. This will allow me address those issues or resolve to help Longmont streamline the burdensome red tape that hinders those problems? We cannot stop growth, we need small business growth. A proven ability to identify potential uninto do a better job of planning for it tended consequences, and to view to mitigate the problems it can issues from multiple points of view, bring. The city needs to plan with allows me to be thorough and the future in mind. We must be make sound decisions. thinking with vision as to what we
Longmont Ballot Question 3E: Retain Municipal Judge Robert J. Frick What it asks: “Shall Municipal Judge Robert J. Frick be retained in office for two (2) years?” What it says: Frick was first appointed as Longmont’s presiding municipal judge by Longmont City Council in 2016 after Judge Diana VanDeHey retired. He was then elected to his position in 2017. If reelected he would retain his seat for another two years. What supporters and opponents say: No support or opposition has materialized.
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Louisville Mayor At-Large Don Brown
Website: brownforlouisville.org Age: 57 How long have you lived in town: 25 years Professional Background: Optimal Blue, Mortgage Fintech Company Political Community Experience: Louisville City Council, Business Retention and Development Commission, chair of Home Rule Charter Commissioner and Board of Adjustments, Tree Board, chair of Louisville Senior Foundation, Denver Regional Council of Governments and MetroVision Issues Commission Education: BA, economic history from Northwestern University 1984, JD, University of Colorado School of Law 1989 If elected, how will you work toward a viable economic development plan along the McCaslin corridor and other economic areas of importance in the city, including downtown?: On the McCaslin corridor, council must be able to communicate a vision to the current landowners of the type of vital, walkable and revenue producing uses that will bring underutilized assets to life. Louisville succeeded immensely in the big box era. However, that era is waning. We need to collaborate with the existing landowners to achieve a positive result. We must align our interest with current landowners, so they are motivated to attract and retain tenants and be proactive in attracting viable and complementary retails that will attract shoppers. How can Louisville promote and enact actionable, tangible affordable housing plans?: Affordable housing is a difficult
challenge. My focus will be on addressing Louisville’s housing deficits in a way that re-energizes our empty commercial spaces. Currently, long-time residents who are a vital component of our community character have no alternatives if they want to leave the homes where they raised their families. We need to create alternatives that will enable them to remain in Louisville, jettison the maintenance of a single-family home and perhaps pull some equity to facilitate their retirement. This will free up space for young families to occupy existing single-family homes. We can incorporate appropriate spaces for this community into the empty spaces to create a vital and diverse neighborhood. What issues would you like to see come before city council?: It is critical that we address our dormant commercial areas to create vital and interesting spaces that attract businesses and shoppers keeping our tax base strong. We can work with existing landowners on creative ideas to fill our commercial buildings. We can work proactively to attract business that will energize our community as they grow. Louisville has a clear Sustainability Action Plan. We must empower our accomplished city staff to bring forward initiatives that will ensure that Louisville remains a national leader in sustainable municipal practices and in educating our citizenry about sustainable residential strategies. Our neighboring communities share the similar challenges. We can work together on regional facility and tax sharing strategies that will eliminate redundancy in retail development and municipal amenities. These are difficult issues. We are up to the challenge of creative innovative solutions for a more sustainable and livable future.
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ming community events (e.g., the Farmers Market, downtown patio and flower program, Street Faire, and our many wonderful cultural arts events). For large-scale vacanWebsite: cies, we must partner with properStolzmannForLouisville.com ty owners to encourage more pubAge: 35 lic and green space, and work Family: Husband together to actively recruit retailBrian Stolzmann ers that are a good fit for our city. How long have How can Louisville promote you lived in town: and enact actionable, tangible My family came to affordable housing plans?: Colorado in 1876, I Housing affordability is a Front grew up in EverRange issue that we need to work green and made Louisville my on regionally. I am very supportive home in 2006. of the Regional Housing Strategy, Professional background: a collaborative effort being led by Chemical engineering, product the county, which includes a goal and process engineering to have 12% of housing inventory Political/community experipermanently affordable. There are ence: Louisville City Council member, Louisville Finance Com- several tactics in the plan that are a good fit for Louisville, including mittee chair, Denver Regional preservation of our most affordCouncil of Governments director, able housing. Overall affordability Denver Regional Council of Govis also impacted by transportation ernments executive committee, Regional Transportation Commit- cost, so I will continue to work on improving the value of public trantee member sit services. The actions in the Education: Chemical engineering degree with highest scholastic plan will require additional finanhonors (first in class) from Colora- cial resources. While we work to combat the problem, we must look do School of Mines at the land use mix that is needed If elected, how will you work to provide sufficient revenue to toward a viable economic operate our town and provide development plan along the these additional services. McCaslin corridor and other What issues would you like to economic areas of importance see come before city council?: in the city, including downEnvironmental sustainability is town?: one of the most vital issues facing Total sales in the city are at an Louisville and the world. Locally all-time high. In downtown Louiswe need to expand the amount of ville, sales have almost tripled renewable energy we use, work to since 2009, and while the rate of reduce the total amount of energy growth has fluctuated over that time, between 2017 and 2018 sales we consume, and address our plastics problems. Additionally, there grew by about 10%. On McCaslin are major changes coming for Boulevard, where persistent transportation that we must prevacancies are a problem, sales were up 8% between 2017 and 2018 pare for — e.g., autonomous vehicles. Among other things, this and have grown by almost 30% means we must start adding since 2013 (data from Louisville Revenue Reports). We must build broadband capacity to our right of on the strategies that are working ways so that vehicles will have betin downtown, including promoting ter and faster internet access. historic character and program-
Louisville City Council Ward 1 Barbara Butterworth
Website: facebook.com/ BarbaraForLouisvilleCityCouncil 2019/ Age: Declined to comment Family: Five younger siblings, and a mother How long have you lived in town: 19 years Professional background: Revlon in sales and marketing, owner of the Book Cellar in Louisville for 16 years Political/community experience: Declined to provide Education: San Diego Community College, University of Colorado Denver, Regis University If elected, how will you work toward a viable economic development plan along the McCaslin corridor and other economic areas of importance in the city, including downtown? When elected, focusing my time and efforts toward recruiting new businesses and supporting existing businesses is a primary part of my platform in emphasizing “business retention and economic inclusion.” One of my central ideas is to design a plan that will provide multiple scenarios of incentives that will not increase taxes. With the Kohl’s property owner’s plan to put in three to four boutique stores, and with my retail experience with a Fortune 500 company and a successful small business, I can make experienced suggestions to the city and the economic developer in their exploration to find the right
fit for the Louisville business community on McCaslin Boulevard. I would also like to initiate a regular, in-depth progress report on business development, new business prospects and the health of existing businesses. How can Louisville promote and enact actionable, tangible affordable housing plans? I would suggest that we bring a dialogue to local developers to encourage affordable housing as a part of their ongoing plans. For example, the Phillips Conoco property is now being looked at to include senior care facilities. In this instance, I would recommend to the developer that the plan include affordable housing for the staff. What issues would you like to see come before city council? As communities continue to grow, the focus on safety for our children is key. I would like to see more proposals on how we might protect them. Another issue that I would like to be involved with is anything to do with environmental sustainability. As a city council member, I would like to see more ideas and proposals on how to reuse, reduce and recycle in homes and businesses. Since Colorado is a leader in environmental protection, Louisville could create its own program that provides rebates for sustainable products such as solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, and low-energy heating and air conditioning units. With the growth and changes we continue to face in Louisville, I would like to see the parking issue to be a continuous part of the conversation with our businesses and the community.
we will allow, support and incentivize. If we communicate what we are looking for and ally with local businesses, we can begin a new era of shared prosperity and Website: Caleb4Louisville.org vibrant spaces. Age: 40 How can Louisville promote Family: Spouse and enact actionable, tangible and three kids, ages affordable housing plans?: 11, 8 and 4. Louisville is an amazing place How long have that attracts new residents. This you lived in town: I comes with a consequence as the was born in Boulder values of our homes and land have and grew up in Boulskyrocketed, putting a strain on der, Lafayette and Louisville. After affordable housing. We must work eight years away, we moved back with regional partners to solve it. I to Louisville in 2010. Professional background: Soc- support the Denver Regional Council of Government’s Housing cer coach, school teacher and Preservation Network’s effort. business owner. Working with Boulder County, we Political/community experience: Historic Preservation Com- should work to preserve Louisville’s existing affordable housing mission, Chamber of Commerce Board, Downtown Business Asso- stock, while finding ways to create new affordable housing in new ciation Board. developments. I believe in making Education: Fairview High Louisville a welcoming and incluSchool, bachelor of science from sive community, and continuing to the Leeds School of Business at provide housing options for our CU Boulder. lower-income residents. If elected, how will you work What issues would you like to toward a viable economic see come before city council?: development plan along the The top issue is the same one in McCaslin corridor and other economic areas of importance every city: the environment. While we can’t solve massive problems in the city, including downlike climate change on our own, town?: we can ensure that Louisville is Louisville must be thoughtful heading in the right direction and and intentional in the way we actively contributing to local, develop. There are a lot of competregional, national and international ing visions (for) the future, and a solutions. I applaud council’s resolot of the same arguments get lution in support of the Paris Clirehashed. One of my strengths mate Accord. I would like to see will be helping us find common more bold and forward-thinking ground and crafting a coherent initiatives come before council and vision that balances growth and voters. Transportation is somepreservation. With this vision in place, we can become an ally rath- thing where we can make a difference. We need to focus on moving er than an obstacle to developpeople, not cars. Improving conment. Businesses have a choice nectivity, increasing walkability when they are deciding where to invest. The investors that will sup- and bikeability throughout town, port continued vitality downtown, and supporting better “last mile” reimagine Parcel O and rediscover linkages with regional public transportation are top priorities. the ConocoPhillips site are waiting, trying to figure out what it is
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Louisville City Council Ward 1 Gordon Madonna
Website: None. Age: 65 Family: Two children, also born and raised in Louisville How long have you lived in town: Born and raised in Louisville, lived here all but about seven years Professional background: Municipal government Political/community experience: Louisville Historical Commission Education: Community College of Aurora/Metro State College If elected, how will you work toward a viable economic development plan along the McCaslin corridor and other economic areas of importance
in the city, including downtown?: We need to regenerate our business tax base by returning the McCaslin Corridor back to its economic viability. We need to be working with the Chamber of Commerce. We need to proactively recruit desirable businesses. We have turned down businesses in the past if they didn’t meet our strict guidelines, sometimes even because the paint color of the business. There has to be a commonsense approach with our businesses, not just the blank statement that it does not fit our guidelines. The downtown parking issues need to be addressed once and for all. Business owners are frustrated over parking. We must take a leadership role and bring together a viable parking garage on the east side of the
tracks, not downtown. We must work with our businesses and RTD and Union Pacific to make it a win for everyone. Neither one of these entities are going to step up to the plate unless we pave the way. We also need to redevelop South Boulder Road and 42. How can Louisville promote and enact actionable, tangible affordable housing plans?: Louisville’s founding fathers never envisioned rampant growth. Louisville has always been a planned, well thought-out community. Isn’t that what has brought all our new residents here in the first place? Every additional house creates a deficit on city services. With that being said, I am interested in finding a way of creating homes for “our” children, so that they will be
able to remain in Louisville. Simply building housing for the sake of more housing is counterproductive. Any addition to housing must be geared towards keeping our children and families at home. We have the opportunity to redo the former Storage Tech site. We need to include well-thought-out housing for our children and our senior citizens looking to downsize and encourage them to remain within a treasured part of our community, not simply building more houses for the sake of filling them. What issues would you like to see come before city council?: I’m very much interested in seeing the former Storage Tech site come before the council as well as redevelopment of McCaslin, South Boulder and Highway 42 businesses.
Louisville Ballot Issue 2D: Retail marijuana cultivation and facility excise tax What it asks: “Shall city of Louisville taxes be increased by $200,000 in 2020 (the first full fiscal year of such tax increase) and by whatever additional amounts are raised annually thereafter, by imposing, effective Jan. 1, 2020, a new tax on the first sale or transfer of unprocessed marijuana by a retail marijuana cultivation facility at the rate of 5% of the average market rate, which is the average price of unprocessed retail marijuana that is sold or transferred from a retail marijuana cultivation facility, with the tax revenues being used to pay or reimburse the city for direct and indirect costs incurred or expended by the city for training, enforcement, and administration of all applicable marijuana laws and regulations, to support local drug and alcohol programs and facilities, and for other general purposes of the city; with the rate of the tax being allowed to be increased or decreased without further voter
approval so long as the rate of taxation does not exceed 10%, in accordance with any ordinances hereafter approved by the city council of the city of Louisville; provided that any such tax shall be imposed only if retail marijuana cultivation facilities are permitted within the city; and shall the city be authorized to collect and spend such revenue as a voter approved revenue change under Article X Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution, and shall ordinance number 1776, series 2019, which imposes the tax, be approved? What it says: This measure calls for an excise tax on the first sale or transfer of unprocessed retail marijuana by a retail marijuana cultivation facility in Louisville. The tax rate would be 5% of the average cost of unprocessed retail marijuana. It also gives city council the option to raise the tax up to 10%, without further approval from voters. If it passes, the
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new tax would be effective Jan. 1. The tax revenue is estimated to bring in $200,000 in the first full fiscal year. Those funds would be earmarked for direct and indirect costs for the city to implement training, enforcement and administration of marijuana laws and regulations, as well as local drug and alcohol programs and facilities and other general city purposes. It has been emphasized that this ballot measure is not asking voters whether cultivation facilities should be permitted in the industrial zone districts. This ballot issue works in tandem with ballot initiative 2F, allowing retail marijuana cultivation. If voters approve cultivation but deny taxing it, the city won’t move forward on allowing the industry. What supporters say: The tax would bring in funds that could reimburse the city for incurred costs associated with the administration and regulation of retail
marijuana cultivation sales. If approved it could help offset costs such as licensing and permitting of cultivation facilities. Excise tax funds also have the potential to offset increases in public safety and outreach prevention and would allow funds to be allocated to other critical municipal services. What opponents say: Opponents of the proposal argue recreational marijuana cultivation facilities looking for a place to do business could be deterred by the tax and find somewhere other than Louisville to set up shop. While the city intends to use collected tax revenue to fund public safety and drug outreach initiatives, opponents believe a reallocation of city funds could pay for those efforts. Another argument against the ballot initiative argues that marijuana cultivation should not have a higher tax rate than other products subject to city sales tax.
Louisville City Council Ward 2
benefits we all desire. How can Louisville promote Website: faheyforlouisville.com and enact actionable, tangible affordable housing plans? Age: 66 Affordable housing is a key eleFamily: Husband: ment in any successful communiDavid Fahey: chilty. Louisville has partnered with dren Christine, Stethe county to provide affordable phen, Catherine and residences for seniors and famiCarolyn lies for several years. The latest How long have new construction, Kestrel, proyou lived in town: vides housing for 200 residents. 39 years Affordable and accessible housProfessional background: Activities director at Wellspring/ ing is a challenging issue for many cities in Boulder County. Juniper Village Alzheimer’s Home: 2003-2006. Mealsite coor- Affordable housing will be optimized if new developments are dinator at Louisville Senior Cenencouraged and incentivized to ter: 2006-2009. be innovative in incorporating Political/community experiattractive options to a range of ence: Volunteer at Louisville Senior Center, Louisville History incomes and lifestyles. ContinuMuseum, former member of Lou- ing our relationship with Boulder County and expanding it to isville Recreation/Senior Center Task Force, Boulder County Area include surrounding communiAgency on Aging Advisory Coun- ties would provide benefits for all without placing an undue burden cil, Louisville Senior Advisory on any one area. Board, Louisville Senior, ComWhat issues would you like missioner for Louisville Historic to see come before city counPreservation Commission. cil? Education: BA in psychology, An open forum between counUniversity of Colorado Boulder If elected, how will you work cil, staff, residents and developers would provide valuable input into toward a viable economic the possibilities for affordable development plan along the housing and general developMcCaslin corridor and other economic areas of importance ment. This approach will reduce the impacts and consequences of in the city, including downnew construction such as traffic, town? noise and view corridors while Growth and development in Louisville has brought important supporting the economic vitality of the city. With input from all benefits and improved quality of parties, future scenarios will be life to Louisville citizens. Other identified that will further aspects such as higher housing enhance the livability of Louiscosts, increased road traffic and ville. aircraft noise deserve considerDeveloping a sustainable infraation and new planning to reduce structure is a key component of their impact on residential and our economic resilience in the commercial interests. Louisville face of changes in energy sources businesses bring prestige, cusand climate. Louisville has made tomers, residents and valuable significant progress in reducing income to our city. Main Street, McCaslin Corridor and the Tech its carbon footprint with the city facilities reaching nearly 50% carCenter are prominent business centers with ongoing growth and bon neutrality through partnerdevelopment. Thoughtful leader- ships and investments in green buildings. Thoughtful leadership ship and forward-thinking poliand forward-thinking policies cies from council and staff will from council, staff, business leadsustain a vibrant business comers and residents will increase munity. Continued coordination sustainable development in the between council, city staff, resimost economical and efficient dents and developers will proways. duce the social and economic
Website: SherrySommer.com Age: 56 Family: Husband, Henrik; son, Sam; daughter, Hannah; two Chihuahuas and a cat. How long have you lived in town: Seven years; Boulder County for 27 years. Professional background: While working toward political science Ph.D., I taught political philosophy. BVSD and various organizations volunteer. Co-lead teacher, hospitality at Centaurus High. Louisville Library. Denver Council of Regional Governments Citizen’s Academy. Political/community experience: Boards and commissions. Organizing Louisville and Superior residents concerned about Rocky Mountain Metro Airport’s impact. Education: BA, Colorado College, MA, CU Boulder, MA, CU Denver. If elected, how will you work toward a viable economic development plan along the McCaslin corridor and other economic areas of importance in the city, including downtown? The vast majority of residents I have met at Small Area Plan meetings and on the campaign trail want economic vitality compatible with our small-town character. The former Sam’s Club area could be developed with increasing densification, height and adding housing. This is not what I have heard that residents want. I believe retaining commercial zoning would be fiscally sustainable, encourage repurposing of buildings, and promote organic rather than rapid growth. The city is hiring a new economic vitality director who will help attract and retain businesses. The area has not attained its full poten-
tial for a number of reasons, but we need to stay intentional and responsive to citizens, and focus on development that is compatible with our town character. What issues would you like to see come before city council? The city has done a tremendous job in creating the Transportation Master Plan draft and we have Sustainability Master Plan. Now it is time for implementation. The larger challenge now is to communicate sustainability and transportation goals to residents, expediting public rollout through improved website design and face to face interactions at public events such as the farmers market. Perhaps community volunteers could partner with the city. We need to make information very accessible and give residents clear direction on impactful actions they can take. This is very important because I don’t think that, on the residential side, enough people have are aware of the city’s goals or of existing incentives offered by the city and county. How can Louisville promote and enact actionable, tangible affordable housing plans? We must preserve existing housing that is affordable. An example of affordable housing in Ward 2 that I would like to see preserved is the mobile home park on South Boulder Road. New affordable housing needs to be compatible with and integrated into our small town. Single family homes or townhomes designated as permanently affordable could be bought in neighborhoods. I also would like partner with organizations such as Thrive and Imagine in Lafayette. Finally, regional discussions of housing affordability need to include discussions of wages. The gap between what many people can earn and housing prices is a problem.
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Louisville City Council Ward 3 Dennis Maloney Website: None Age: 63 Family: Dawn, wife of 40 wonderful years How long have you lived in town: 15 years Professional background: Retired from CU as technology director Political/community experience: Elected to city council in 2015 Education: CU: BS, business; MS, engineering If elected, how will you work toward a viable economic development plan along the McCaslin corridor and other economic areas of importance in the city, including downtown? Solutions for economic sustain-
ability in Louisville are heavily dependent upon matching development plans with the dependence upon sales tax revenue. Developments along the McCaslin corridor must first be measured for the potential to attract and generate significant long-term sales tax revenues. Since the primary purpose of the McCaslin corridor is retail, it is imperative that retail be the longterm use. Any other proposed uses need to be secondary, driving the primary purpose. Over the past four years, I have promoted a more active approach to economic development along this corridor. I will continue to seek solutions that work for the property owners as well as serve the interests of the city of Louisville. How can Louisville promote and enact actionable, tangible affordable housing plans? Affordable housing is a term
Barbara Butterworth City Council Ward 1 Champion For Louisville Past. Present. Future.
Fortune 500 Career Former owner of Louisville’s BOOK CELLAR Business Retention Environmental Sustainability Economic Inclusion www.barbara4louisville.com
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often used to describe subsidized housing as well as housing that is affordable for local employees. Both need to be addressed. With regards to subsidized housing, Louisville participates with Boulder County/cities to develop a broad plan that identifies housing issues and proposes plans to address them. Louisville must continue in this partnership role to identify the areas of greatest need, and to develop plans that include a funding mechanism to achieve them. A good example is the Kestrel affordable housing campus where Louisville stepped up financially to support this important initiative. Louisville does have a housingstock gap for middle-income seniors and employees including millennials. Future housing developments should address these gaps with “purposeful” housing that helps close it.
What issues would you like to see come before city council? Economic vitality is the most important topic that must be addressed to ensure long-term financial sustainability. With the growth of internet-based sales, locally generated sales tax revenues have plateaued. It is imperative to make certain internet-based sales are taxed and collected by the city. Basic services such as health and safety, roads, transportation, parks, open space, library, etc., are dependent upon sales tax revenues. Given this, I believe every future development plan must have a positive fiscal impact for Louisville. I also believe we need to more actively engage the business and retail communities to boost the economic viability of the city while respecting our unique small town character.
Louisville Ballot Issue 2E: Retention of rec tax revenues
What it asks: “Without creating any new tax or increasing any current tax rate, may the city of Louisville keep revenues that otherwise would be refunded for exceeding estimates included in the election notice mailed to voters for the 2016 voter-approved 0.15 percent increase in sales and use tax, whether or not such revenues have already been spent, and continue to collect the tax at the previously approved rate, and spend all revenues collected for operating and maintaining the Louisville Recreation/Senior Center and pool facilities at Memory Square Park?” What it means: In 2016, voters approved a sales and use tax increase for the purpose of funding the expansion and remodeling of the Louisville Recreation/Senior Center and the pool facilities at Memory Square Park. If approved, the ballot item would allow the city to continue to put sales and use taxes toward the operation and maintenance of the recreation facilities. It also permits the city to keep first-year revenues collected in 2018, a total of $845,795 in revenue from the tax increase. If approved, voters would continue to pay the rate they approved in 2016. What supporters say: The taxes could help to support recreational facilities that promote a healthy lifestyle for Louisville residents. If it is not approved, a reduction in sales and use tax could result in an increase in membership and user fees or impact the service level and programming offered at the facilities. What opponents say: Residents would continue to a pay tax rate higher than before the 2016 election. If approved, there would be no tax refund for revenues collected from the sales and use tax in the amount of $845,795 — under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights residents would be entitled to a refund from the 2018 tax rate increase. Those opposing the ballot issue also have raised the argument that the city should not be able to retain tax revenues that exceed election notice estimates mailed to voters in 2016.
Louisville Ballot Question 2F: Allowing retail marijuana cultivation facilities What it asks: “If Ballot Issue 2D is passed by the voters, approving an excise tax on the first sale or transfer of unprocessed marijuana by a retail marijuana cultivation facility, shall the city of Louisville Municipal Code be amended to permit retail marijuana cultivation facilities within industrial zone districts of the City, subject to City licensing and regulation, and shall Ordinance No. 1777, Series 2019, which imposes certain requirements and regulations for such facilities, be approved?”
What it means: This ballot proposal, if approved alongside the proposed excise tax in 2D, would allow retail marijuana cultivation facilities to be located within the industrial zone districts of the city. A maximum of 150,000square-foot of building area for licensed cultivation facilities has been approved by the city. Each business would have to adhere to city rules and regulations, including odor emissions requirements. Retail marijuana cultivation facilities are not permitted within 1,250 feet of property zoned for
residential purposes. A special review of the business, per the city’s zoning code, also is required to meet approval criteria. What supporters say: Permitting retail marijuana cultivation industry could benefit the city’s local economy by providing business diversity and increasing tax revenue, making Louisville more competitive with neighboring communities. Rules and regulations are in place to control odor emissions. What opponents say: The
addition of retail marijuana cultivation could incur city costs due to the need for administrative, regulation, medical care and addiction treatment. These costs have the possibility of exceeding additional tax revenue. Some also argue neighbors’ quality of life could be impacted by the industry, raising concerns about odor, venting and waste disposal. Others opposing the ballot measure believe approving it is supporting an industry that sells a potentially harmful drug.
Louisville Fire Protection District Ballot Issue 6A: Tax increase, allowance of keeping taxes collected in excess of estimate What it asks: “Shall Louisville Fire Protection District taxes be increased $2,819,326.00 (first full fiscal year dollar increase) annually, beginning in levy year 2019 (for collection in calendar year 2020) by increasing the district’s existing property tax by 3.90 mills,to enable the district to continue providing critical fire, rescue and other emergency and non-emergency support services for the residents, property owners, and businesses served by the district, including but not limited to: adding a second, full-time
engine crew to improve response times and protect emergency services; scheduled replacement of emergency equipment and apparatus to maintain reliability and protect first responders; staffing for community paramedicine services; recruitment and retention of firefighters and paramedics; with all spending being publicly disclosed and subject to an annual independent audit, and shall all revenue and any earnings on this tax constitute a permanent voterapproved revenue change within the meaning of Article X, Section
20 of the Colorado Constitution and an exception to the limitations set forth in Section 29-1-301 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, and any other law?” What it means: The measure would increase Louisville residents’ property taxes by 3.9 mills, an estimated annual impact of $27.89 per $100,000 of a home’s actual value. What supporters say: This is the first time the department has asked for a funding increase in more than a decade, and in that time the department’s call vol-
ume has increased by about 160%. The added money would pay for a second full-time engine crew, a captain to oversee the EMS division, a community paramedicine program, recruitment and retention of firefighters and paramedics, and the funding for repair and replacement of equipment and vehicles. What opponents say: The measure would increase taxes for residents, costing them money. The tax impact for a $500,000 home would be roughly $139 per year.
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Boulder Valley School Board District A
While the district clearly has the best intentions, I want to ensure that when screens are distributed Website: j4bvsd.com into our schools, they are used Age: 20 effectively and don’t disrupt the Family: Mom, learning experience. Susan; brother, What are your budget prioriAlex; sister-in-law, ties for the next school year Katy; husky pup, and how would you balance all Ralph the needs with limited fundHow long have ing? Issues with overheating you lived in the classrooms have made it clear school district: Three years that many of our schools are in Professional background: need of renovations. Funding Legislative aide, fundraising for buildingwide air conditioning Planned Parenthood must be a priority, and the curPolitical/community experience: Boulder County Democrat- rent board should explore using the general fund to make necesic Party executive committee, sary upgrades in all the district’s Boulder County Young Demoschools instead of prioritizing a crats vice chair, Colorado Young Democrats executive committee, select few. In addition to the existing budget, the school board working with New Era Colorado should be active in encouraging to advocate for youth issues in local and statewide ballot meapolitics, researching pro-democsures to fully fund education. If racy policies at Colorado ComDemocratic attempts at the Legismon Cause. Education: Bachelor’s in politi- lature to repeal TABOR are successful, the next few years will cal science and history from the see BVSD’s budget and capacity University of Colorado Boulder, improve by leaps and bounds in completing master’s in public administration from University of areas where we have been stifled for decades, and that can only Colorado Denver. help our teachers and students. BVSD’s new strategic plan What’s the biggest challenge includes monitoring and assessing academic return on facing the district in the next four years and how would you investment for current and address it? The American Medifuture programs. Are there programs you think the district cal Association has reported spikes in adolescent suicide and should close or add? BVSD’s self-harm rates for several years decision to create a dyslexia now. It’s clear that America’s screening pilot program is an mental health crisis is not sparing excellent decision, and should it our youth. Schools don’t just prove successful we should not develop our children academicalonly expand it to other schools, ly, but provide the setting for but include a variety of neurodiversities that could otherwise go social and emotional development undiagnosed for years. I also sup- as well. BVSD must continue to port expansions of dual-language improve its relationship with Mental Health Partners, provide immersion and bilingual programs. By encouraging both Eng- access to psychological and psychiatric treatment, and lower the lish and Spanish in the classratio of students to counselors. If room, we can close the we as a community are commitachievement gap while helping ted to caring for the whole child, both Latino and Anglo students we need to recognize and support become multilingual. I have resemotional well-being so that stuervations about BVSD’s one-todents have the tools they need to web program. I think we need more stakeholding from teachers. succeed in both school and life.
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and teachers, and more recruitment of teachers and administrators of color are all areas where we can get excellent returns on our investments. Website: lisaforbvsd.com What are your budget prioriAge: 40 ties for the next school year Family: Husand how would you balance all band, three chilthe needs with limited funddren and doodleing? dog We should increase the number How long have of social workers and counselors you lived in the districtwide and make hiring staff school district: of color a priority. We should also 30 years increase bilingual education, both Professional background: to benefit our English language Executive director of a family learners and to give more of our homeless shelter and have a students the opportunities providbackground in law, teaching and ed by fluency in a second lansocial services. guage. These and other additions Political/community experimust be balanced with a thorence: I have volunteered in the ough review of extant programs area for 40 years with organizato adjust investments and tions that include the Boulder resources to ensure that the proLibrary, Planned Parenthood, grams we are investing in are Hospice and Habitat. I sit on the Community Block Grant Commit- responsible and effective. As the executive director of a nonprofit, I tee and, as a teenager, sat on the work hard to stretch every dollar; Youth Opportunities Advisory working with stakeholders to set Board. and then pursue priorities is the Education: BA 2002, JD 2002, key to balancing budget and proMSW in progress gramming. BVSD’s new strategic plan What’s the biggest challenge includes monitoring and assessing academic return on facing the district in the next four years and how would you investment for current and address it? future programs. Are there BVSD has an equity gap that programs you think the district mirrors our community. As we should close or add? are growing increasingly unbalAs a board, one of our central anced in our communitywide duties is to ensure that we implement new programs in a way that wealth gap, we are also seeing that distance between and across meets the district’s needs while practicing fiscal responsibility. As our school income, diversity and we review programs and budget, testing rates. BVSD can close we need to make sure we are tai- these gaps and ensure excellence loring successful programs to the across our schools in two ways. First, by focusing our dollars in right size, sunsetting programs neighborhood schools rather that are having little impact, and than by supporting additional investing in programs that are charters. Second, by incentivizimpactful and responsible. I am ing teachers to work in lower-perstrongly in favor of evidencedbased programs that support the forming schools and to engage in social-emotional well-being of our programming that targets improvement for students on free students, and programs that target improvement in marginalized and reduced lunch, English language learners, black and Latinx students. More social workers, students and students with more programming around antiracist trainings and LGBTQ inclu- IEPs/504s. sion, more bilingual programs
Boulder Valley School Board District C
Boulder Valley School Board District D
vative programs that reflect current needs for our local business community and also provide our students with pathways for meaningful careers. Website: kathygebhardt.org What are your budget prioriAge: 62 ties for the next school year Family: Husband, and how would you balance all Steve Swanson; five the needs with limited fundchildren; two granding? children I support differentiated funding How long have based on student and school you lived in the need. In a era of stable or declinschool district: ing enrollment, potential changes 58 years to school finance by the state, and Professional background: a potential economic slow down, Adjunct professor at Sturm College of Law and University of Col- we may be faced with budget cuts orado Wolf Law School, president in the near future. Thus, it is of Colorado School Boards Asso- important that we listen to all our ciation, public interest/education communities in setting our budget priorities, and make sure that attorney all our diverse community voices Political/community experiare heard. Staff recommendaence: Vice president BVSD tions are also very important in school board, board member Great Education Colorado, fellow setting priorities. We are nearing National Education Policy Center the end of the implementation of our bond, and our needs exceed Education: BA Lewis and our bond dollars. I will rely on the Clark College, JD University of recommendation of our bond Denver oversight committee to help set BVSD’s new strategic priorities. plan includes monitoring and What’s the biggest challenge assessing academic return on facing the district in the next investment for current and four years and how would you future programs. Are there programs you think the district address it? Our biggest challenge is to should close or add? Analyzing the academic return ensure that every student graduon investment is a good idea and ates from high school with the we don’t have enough results yet skills, knowledge and ability to to make programmatic decisions. pursue a meaningful life and career. This challenge begins the Once we have the results in, I support using this information to moment a student enters a BVSD school for the first time. We must review our programming. I also ensure that we are evaluating not support adding additional social only achievement reflected in test workers and counselors in our schools. I would like to see more scores, but also supporting the mental health and social emotionprograms around career and al well being of our students and technical education, internships staff. Fulfilling this for every indiand mentorships, especially for our most at-risk populations. Our vidual student in a time of an uncertain economic future while new graduation guidelines that take effect in 2021 allow for multi- striving to provide our teachers and staff with a living wage is one ple pathways for graduation. I would like to see us develop inno- of our biggest challenges.
While Bunting’s name is on the ballot, he has dropped out of the race and votes for him will not be reported.
trict has been site-based programs and school autonomy. However, Website: staceyzisforbvsd.com this also is a challenge as we try to create equitable experiences for all Age: 53 students. We need to study the Family: Husband, data and take a closer look at the Rick Zis; son, Sam, programs that are working and junior at Boulder those that are not. I believe the High district is starting this work and I How long have support this program review. you lived in the What are your budget priorischool district: ties for the next school year 14 years and how would you balance all Professional background: the needs with limited funding? Higher education policy analysis The district has a new strategic and research. plan and a new organizational Political/community experistructure to support the strategic ence: Volunteer with BVSD; past chair of the district parent council; plan. The budget should align with the strategic plan and the priorities past state board-appointed memidentified within the plan. ber and chair of the State Council What’s the biggest challenge for Parent Involvement. Education: Education specialist facing the district in the next four years and how would you degree in educational leadership address it? and policy studies, a master of The biggest challenge facing education and a certificate of advanced graduate study in coun- BVSD is the achievement/equity seling and student personnel, and gap. Our district is a high-performing district but that does not a bachelor of science in managereflect many of our most vulnerament. ble groups. I believe some ways in BVSD’s new strategic plan which we can move the needle is includes monitoring and by making the achievement/equiassessing academic return on ty gap a top priority and getting investment for current and future programs. Are there pro- buy-in from all stakeholders, fostering stronger family-school partgrams you think the district nerships and identifying schools should close or add? that are making some progress An inventory of all programs is needed to assess the current situa- and sharing their strategies. tion. Part of our strength as a dis-
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Boulder Valley School Board District G
Richard L. Garcia
tee. Helped create Colorado Statewide Advisory Committee for Parent Involvement in Public Education. Education: Nothing provided. Website: None BVSD’s new strategic plan Age: 76 includes monitoring and How long have assessing academic return on you lived in BVSD: investment for current and 50 years future programs. Are there proEducation: Masgrams you think the district ter’s in education, should close or add? CU Boulder The return on investment quesProfessional tion is hard to answer at this point. Experience: Educator, higher The district is at the beginning education teacher, founder and point of doing their own analysis executive director at Colorado on the educational programs. Statewide Parent Coalition, first However, I would like see the disdirector of bilingual education at BVSD (1979), director of Colorado trict invest more on bilingual eduMigrant Education Resource Cen- cation. BVSD has two great bilingual schools, one is a dualter (1980). language immersion school and Political/Community Experithe other has a 90:10 model. I ence: Active on the BVSD Multiethnic Community Action Commit- would like see us to invest in creating a third school in Lafayette.
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What are your budget priorities for the next school year and how would you balance all the needs with limited funding? Closing the achievement/opportunity gap between the Latinx students and the white students. I truly believe that we need to close the gaps first, then we can concentrate
on balancing priorities. What’s the biggest challenge facing the district in the next four years and how would you address it? The biggest challenge that we will have in the coming years is the decline in enrollment. That has the largest budget implications.
Four Mile Fire Protection District Ballot Issue 6B: Gallagher revenue stabilization What it asks: “Without immediately increasing taxes, and only if the residential assessment rate is reduced below the current rate of 7.15% established pursuant to Section 3 of Article X of the Colorado Constitution (commonly known as the Gallagher Amendment) and only if any such residential assessment rate reduction results in a decrease in district tax revenues from the district voter-approved mill levy, shall the Four Mile Fire Protection District (district) be permitted to increase its current and future property tax mill levy to offset any such decrease in revenues that may adversely affect fire, rescue, and emergency services, as determined by the district’s board of directors; and shall all revenues resulting from any increase in its current and future property tax mill levy be collected and spent by the district as voter-approved revenue and spending changes in each year, without regard to any constitutional or statutory spending or revenue restrictions or limitations, including but not limited to those contained in Section 20 of Article X of the Colorado Constitution, Section 29-1-301, Colorado Revised Statutes, or any other law, and without limiting, in any year, the amount of other revenue that may be collected and spent by the district?” What it means: The Gallagher Amendment is a state Constitution measure adopted in 1982 that limits the growth of the overall amount of property taxes on homes collected across the state. If this measure is approved, it would allow the district to raise its mill levy when the residential assessment rate is lowered, and fall back if the rate were to rise. The Left Hand and Rocky Mountain fire protection districts put similar measures on the 2018 ballot. What supporters say: The measure would stabilize the revenue generated for the fire district. The fire district is not seeking a tax increase, but is seeking the authorization to adjust its mill levy to keep the property tax revenue it will otherwise lose as a result of the reduction in the residential assessment rate. What opponents say: The measure will potentially reduce the tax relief of the Gallagher Amendment by increasing the amount of property taxes paid on residential properties. Homeowners will lose the potential benefit of any further reductions in the residential assessment rate that might occur. Non-residential property owners might see a net increase in property taxes, as they will not see a corresponding decrease in the assessment rate for their property.
Dacono City Council Don Clark
Clark has withdrawn his bid for Dacono City Council. While his name will appear on the ballot, any votes cast for him will not be counted.
Danny G. Long
Website: None Age: 72 Family: My wife, Carol, of 45 years. How long have you lived in Dacono? 10 years Professional background: I was a machinist by trade, but I’ve been disabled for the last 31 years. Political/community experience: I do not have any political experience, pretty much all of my political stuff I keep to myself. Education: I have a 12th-grade education. Do you believe Dacono should prioritize attracting businesses and industry into town? What do you believe council should do to accomplish this? I think they should be attracting more businesses. We have the Kum and Go, we have Maverik that’s opening up, it might even be already open … then, you know, we have a Burger King. We have a
couple — I think we have three restaurants in Dacono. They should really consider waiving some fees or something, everybody does it. What would your approach to growth be? Do you believe that Dacono should welcome more housing, or should it take things slow? I think they should … slow down a little bit. We don’t want to get like Frederick. It does nothing for our tax base, but our property taxes go up. There’s no place for these people to spend their money here in Dacono. What considerations do you think should be made when it comes to future or current oil and gas development in the Dacono area? My personal belief is that, you know, it is what it is. They have a lot of oil here, and that has really popped up in the last five or six years. But, you know … I don’t think it belongs in the city. But we’ll see, and if they keep it on the outskirts, I guess that’s OK — far from homes.
Derrick N. Worden
opportunities. What would your approach to growth be? Do you believe that Dacono should welcome more housing, or should it take Website: None things slow? Age: 49 I am a big proponent of smart Family: Married to a beautiful growth in Dacono. We are in a wife, and we have three beautiful prime location to the Denver and girls ages 6, 4 and 2. Also, a dog Boulder metro areas, and people and two cats. are attracted to areas with affordHow long have you lived in able options to live. Commuters, Dacono? Three years telecommuters, stay-at-home Professional background: moms and dads, students and Land professional retirees are all welcome to join and with more than 10 enjoy our community. years of experience What considerations do you developing energy think should be made when it projects in everycomes to future or current oil thing from oil and and gas development in the gas to solar. Dacono area? Political/CommuA balance must be met. Safe nity experience: I have served on locations for continued oil and gas the city of Dacono planning and operations are key to a healthy zoning committee for approximatecommunity. Dacono’s first priority ly two years. when considering new oil and gas Education: BA in speech comdevelopment should be the health munication from Colorado State and safety of its residents, espeUniversity cially the vulnerable populations Do you believe Dacono that don’t have a voice, like kids. should prioritize attracting Keeping drilling pads and producbusinesses and industry into tion facilities as far away from town? What do you believe parks and playgrounds, schools council should do to accomand hospitals, houses and busiplish this? nesses as possible and feasible is Every opportunity for growth essential. Working with operators needs to be evaluated on its own to find locations that will not intermerits. If an opportunity doesn’t fere with planned and future commake sense for Dacono, then council should have the courage to mercial or residential developments is important for the smart say no, but we should never turn growth we desire. away good businesses or good
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Frederick Ballot Issue 2A: Tax increase to fund law enforcement services What it asks: “Shall the town of Frederick taxes be increased by $1,495,000 annually (which amount represents estimated revenues in 2020, the first full fiscal year of collection) and by whatever amount is generated thereafter by a public safety sales and use tax imposed at the rate of 1%, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, for the exclusive support of Frederick law enforcement services, including among other things: adding personnel and equipment to ensure the optimal number of police officers are on duty at all times and to support up-to-date policing needs, improving recruitment and retention of police officers, replacing the outdated records management system to better preserve records and evidence to meet national certification standards, and strengthening proactive policing efforts to enhance public safety. Shall appli-
cable provisions of the town code be amended by ordinance of the board of trustees consistent with this ballot issue and shall such tax revenues and any interest thereon be collected and spent as a voter approved revenue change and notwithstanding any revenue expenditure limit contained within Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution or any other law?” What it means: The ballot issue proposes Frederick increase its sales and use tax for the exclusive support of the Frederick Police Department. Funds collected from this tax, beginning Jan. 1, would help fund equipment for the police department, as well as ensure the “optimal number” of officers are staffed. Funds also could be applied to up-to-date policing needs and improving recruitment and reten-
tion, as well as replacing an outdated records management system and meet national certification standards. If approved, Frederick’s sales tax would be bumped from 2.5% to 3.5%. Frederick’s total sales tax is currently 5.4%, which includes state sales tax. Note: There is no end date to the tax, meaning if approved, it would be a permanent part of the town’s tax rate. If passed, Frederick will continue to subsidize the police department from its general fund. Additionally, if approved, the funds would go into an account separate from the town’s general fund to be used exclusively for the police department. What supporters say: The funding would allow the Frederick Police Department to hire more officers, which is necessary
due to a growing amount of first responder calls. Total call volume for the department surged 67% from 2012 to 2017, with projections for the volume of calls to continue increasing at an 11% rate through 2022. Additionally, supporters have argued that while neighboring Firestone is roughly the same population size, it has more officers on its force. Constraints on the number of Frederick officers has forced the agency to seek support from police in Dacono and Firestone. Similarly, Frederick police also help to provide response to Dacono and Firestone. What opponents say: Those opposing the ballot measure suggest the language does not show how the department will would spend any additional tax revenue garnered from the increase.
Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District Ballot Issue 6A: Fire, rescue and emergency medical services What it asks: “Shall FrederickFirestone Fire Protection District taxes be increased $1,984,744 annually for the purposes of providing fire protection, ambulance, emergency medical response, rescue, and safety (“emergency response”) and other support services for the residents, property owners, visitors, and businesses served by the fire district, including but not limited to: •Addressing substantial community growth by hiring, training, and retaining experienced emergency response •Personnel (firefighters, paramedics, EMTS, and support staff) and bringing their salaries in-line with nearby communities; •Maintaining emergency response times by strategically adding fire stations with associated personnel and equipment to provide emergency response coverage; •Improving, furnishing, equip-
ping and acquiring fire trucks, ambulances, and fire, medical, and rescue equipment; •Providing training and life-saving medical and other emergency response techniques to promote firefighter and citizen safety; •Ensuring financial transparency and accountability by making most current district budget and audit available to every taxpayer on the district website; and •Addressing lost revenue and budget constraints caused by the Gallagher amendment on the fire district’s revenues and because the fire district does not receive any funding from the municipalities in its jurisdiction; As required by law, the amount listed above is the dollar amount that would be generated in the first full fiscal year by the addition of 2.54 mills to the fire district’s existing mill levy beginning in levy year 2019 (for collection in calen-
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dar year 2020); and shall the fire district be permitted to retain and spend any revenues derived from this increase in excess of the spending or other limitations set forth in Article X, section 20 of the Colorado Constitution.” What it means: This ballot initiative proposes raising the fire district’s existing property tax mill levy by an additional 2.54 mills. The current mill levy is 11.360. The increase would go into effect in 2020 and would help provide funding for hiring first responders and providing salaries equivalent to those in nearby communities; equipment; training; financial transparency by making district budget and audit available on the district’s website; and making up for budget constraints caused by the Gallagher Amendment to the Colorado Constitution, which was passed in 1982 and has resulted in residential property tax rate
assessments declining over the years, due to the growth in the state’s population and an increase in real estate values. If approved the increase would cost roughly $70 a year for owners of homes valued at $400,000. What supporters say: The Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District has seen its call for service double in the last 10 years, which has caused growth to outpace revenue. If approved, the ballot measure could help the fire district to help fill staff vacancies for firefighters and paramedics, which the district argues would aid in quick response times and help keep property insurance rates low. What opponents say: Opponents argue current funding could be better allocated so residents don’t have to keep paying more. Combined with other taxes paid, opponents argue it adds up to too much.
Mead Ballot Issue 2E: Sales and use tax increase to fund transportation maintenance and safety devices What it asks: “Shall the town of Mead taxes be increased $1,500,000.00 in 2020 (first full fiscal year dollar increase) and then annually thereafter by whatever additional amounts are raised from the levy of an additional sales and use tax of one percent (1.0%) (which represents a one cent increase on each dollar) for the purposes of: •Repairing and improving town streets; •Acquiring, installing, completing, operating and maintaining traffic and pedestrian safety control devices, together with all necessary and related equipment; And shall revenues generated from such taxes be deposited into
the town street fund and be used exclusively for financing transportation projects; and shall the Town of Mead debt be increased by an amount not to exceed $21,000,000.00, with a maximum repayment cost of $46,600,000.00; such debt to consist of revenue bonds, refunding bonds or similar obligations payable from the town revenue roadway improvement fund, which revenue bonds, refunding bonds or similar obligations shall bear interest at a maximum net effective interest rate not to exceed 6% per annum and mature no later than 30 years from the date of issuance; any such debt to be dated and sold at such time, and at such prices (at,
Mead Ballot Question 2F: Authorize town to provide municipal internet What it asks: “Shall the Town of Mead, without increasing taxes by this measure, and to restore local authority that was denied to local governments by the Colorado General Assembly and foster a more competitive marketplace, be authorized to provide high-speed internet, including improved high bandwidth services based on new technologies, telecommunications services, and/or cable television services to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, non-profit entities and other users of such services either directly or indirectly with public
or private sector partners, as expressly permitted by Article 27, Title 29 of the Colorado Revised Statutes?” What it means: This ballot measure, if approved, would give Mead the ability to create its own municipal internet service. This ballot measure would not create municipal internet if approved, but it is a necessary step in that process. What supporters say: There is no organized support for this measure. What opponents say: There is no organized opposition to this measure.
above or below par) and containing such terms, not inconsistent herewith, as the board of trustees may determine; And shall the sales and use tax rate increase commence January 1, 2020; and shall the proceeds of such debt and taxes and all earnings thereon (regardless of amount) constitute a voter approved revenue change, and an exception to the revenue and spending limits of Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado constitution?” What it means: This ballot measure is asking voters to approve a 1% increase in Mead’s sales and use tax, as well as permission to borrow up to $21 million, with a
maximum repayment of $46.6 million. The increase in taxes will go toward road repairs and improvements, as well as improving and maintaining crosswalks. What supporters say: This sales tax was supported in the findings of Mead’s Revenue Generation and Expense Management Visioning Committee, which recommended it in combination with a repeal of the town’s marijuana ban in order to raise funds. Supporters say it’s a necessary measure to ensure financial stability and pay for improvements to roads and safety devices. What opponents say: Opponents say that new taxes are a burden and are unnecessary.
Mead Ballot Question 2G: Allowing medical and retail marijuana establishments in town limits What it asks: “Shall the operation and licensing of medical marijuana businesses and retail marijuana establishments, in accordance with Colorado law, be permitted in the Town of Mead, Colorado, subject to the adoption of appropriate regulations by the town?” What it means: This would repeal Mead’s current ban on medical and recreational marijuana sales, allowing stores to open within its borders. If this measure were to pass, an immediate moratorium would be placed on the opening of marijuana establishments to allow the administration time to outline regulations, including where the establishments would be allowed to operate. What supporters say: Those
that are in support of this measure say the potential tax revenue generated through marijuana is necessary to ensure financial stability in Mead and fund things like infrastructure improvements. A repeal of the town’s marijuana ban was suggested by the Revenue Generation and Expense Management Visioning Committee in combination with a 1% sales tax. What opponents say: Those that are against this measure say the process of putting this on the ballot moved too fast, and marijuana sales aren’t something that are necessary or wanted in Mead. Concerns about minors using the drug and people driving while high have also been voiced.
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Colorado Proposition CC: May state keep all taxes rather than refund excess as required by TABOR? What it asks: “Without raising taxes and to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit, within a balanced budget, may the state keep and spend all the revenue it annually collects after June 30, 2019, but is not currently allowed to keep and spend under Colorado law, with an annual independent audit to show how the retained revenues are spent?” What it means: Proposition CC would allow the state to retain revenue it refunds under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights for education and transportation purposes. The measure would require the state auditor to hire a private entity to conduct an annual financial audit regarding use of funds as provided under the measure. It will allow state government to
keep the money it collects from existing sources annually instead of refunding some to taxpayers when annual revenue growth, which is tied to inflation and the percentage change in state population, exceeds that. Any money collected above this limit is refunded to taxpayers unless the voters allow the state to spend it. Proposition CC would eliminate that cap, allowing the state to keep and spend all future excess revenue on transportation, K-12 schools and higher education rather than refunding it to taxpayers. What supporters say: It will help take care of some fundamental structural problems, particularly the state’s ability to meet the funding needs of public schools, higher education institutions, and the state transporta-
tion network. Essentially Colorado will be able to fill potholes, fix roads and bridges and improve Colorado schools by hiring and retaining the best teachers. Colorado ranks in the bottom third in per-pupil public spending on both K-12 and higher education while currently ranking in the top third of states in household income. The measure will help improve the state’s economy with investments that help all Coloradans — without raising the tax rate. It will allow elected officials to make better policy decisions while preserving the citizens’ right to vote on any new state taxes and tax rate increases The measure provides transparency, requiring annual, independent audits to show the public
how the money was spent. What opponents say: The permanent elimination of TABOR refunds required by the Colorado Constitution would result in higher taxes. Taxpayers are being asked to sacrifice their refunds to pay for programs that should already be funded within the state budget. Even with the TABOR limit, the state government has already shifted money between funds and raised fees and tolls to increase its revenue faster than inflation and state population growth. The measure’s proposed spending on education and transportation could be changed in the future without voter approval. Proposition CC will cause government to expand at an even faster pace.
Colorado Proposition DD: Increase taxes to fund water projects, commitments; tax and regulate sports betting What it asks: “Shall state taxes be increased by twenty-nine million dollars annually to fund state water projects and commitments and to pay for the regulation of sports betting through licensed casinos by authorizing a tax on sports betting of ten percent of net sports betting proceeds, and to impose the tax on persons licensed to conduct sports betting operations?” What it means: The measure will allow the Legislature to authorize sports betting and cre-
ate a 10% tax on sports betting proceeds to be levied on those who conduct sports betting operations. The new revenues will help take care of the administration and regulation of sports betting in Colorado, and will be used to fund water projects and waterrelated obligations. The measure is on the ballot because the Colorado constitution requires the voters to approve new taxes. What supporters say: It will protect the state’s scarce water resources as the state’s popula-
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tion continues to grow. Legalizing sports betting in Colorado will create consumer protections for people who place sports bets, ensuring that they receive their winnings and do not fall victim to fraud or abuse. What opponents say: Proposition DD may contribute to gambling addiction as people will be able to make bets online or on mobile sports betting platforms operated by Colorado casinos. It puts no limits on the amount a person can bet on sports. Of the millions in potential revenue, only
$130,000 each year is dedicated to gambling addiction services, and this amount does not grow with any increase in sports betting activity. The measure aims to take care of Colorado’s water needs without providing enough detail or money. Specific water projects are not identified, and some may have potential unintended consequences for the environment and some communities. Also, it will pay for only a portion of the Colorado Water Plan.
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What are Boulder folks saying about Bob? These Boulder folks have shared why they think you should re-elect Bob Yates to the Boulder City Council. Visit www.bobyatesboulder.com to see 200 more endorsement quotes. And take a look at Page 5 of this Election Voter Guide for the list of more than 700 people who have endorsed Bob so far.
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If asked to supply a model of good public service, I would point to Bob and say, ‘Do what he does and you will serve your community well.’” — JULES LEVINSON
He has been willing to go on record with his ideas, and defend them publicly and consistently. That type of integrity has earned my support.” — RICHARD RUSSELL
He has an open door and an open mind.”
He looks out for the most vulnerable among us.” — ERIC GORDON
He is an independent thinker.”
— DAVE SHADE
Whether or not I always agree with Bob’s position, I know why he made it and what information he used to help him get there.” — BRIAN COPPOM
Bob is without a doubt the most articulate, nuanced, communicative, responsive, reasonable, thoughtful, and dedicated politician I’ve ever seen.”
He considers not only what is currently needed, but what will have positive impacts on Boulder in the years to come.”
Bob has been the voice of reason on the city council since he was elected. We need more Bobs.”
If you agree that the arts are an essential ingredient of a thriving community, then Bob needs to remain on City Council.” —CHARLOTTE LASASSO
I endorse Bob for his staunch support of the LGBTQ+ community.” —JACK GANSE
Because he is a mentsch!”
—RABBI MARC SOLOWAY
I cherish Bob’s openness, accessibility, and honesty.” —PETER ORNSTEIN
I support Bob Yates because agreeing with him is not a requirement.” I appreciate his willingness to listen to residents and address their concerns.” —JACQUELINE JONES
He is a voice of reason on the council.” — CHARLENE COUTRE
You can tell he cares about the city, the people who live here, and its culture and heritage.”
— MARK VILLARREAL
Thoughtful, analytical, and reasonable representative for the people of Boulder.” — JOHN DRIVER
Common sense guy who does his homework and seeks practical solutions.”
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