CU South; Nicole Speer, Dan Williams and Lauren Folkerts; sales tax extension
Hal Hallstein: CU Sud: precise details are important
I am writing to correct the factual record regarding Better Boulder’s October 21 letter titled “CU South: This is for Housing and Flood Protection.”
The letter claims that CU has donated to the Town of Boulder “… 30 actions of Dry Creek # 2 water rights … and the restoration of over 100 acres of degraded open space.”
The facts are as follows:
CU has agreed to assign the 30.2 shares of Dry Creek # 2 ditch rights to the city on the condition that the city provide 140 acre-feet of irrigable water annually in perpetuity, which is currently valued at ~ $ 125,936 per year, plus the Abandoned Irrigation Plant (“PIF”) capital cost otherwise required to make this water supply possible, valued by UC at $ 4,264,393.
With respect to “restoring over 100 acres of degraded open space,” CU will contribute 80 acres of land in exchange for a $ 3,000,000 waiver of City Capital Facility impact fees. Any other land to be preserved will be purchased by the City at a price of $ 37,500 per acre.
Having low ecological value, these arid lands must be rehabilitated to create a new habitat for the Ute-Ladies’ Tresses orchid and the Preble meadow jumping mouse, two endangered species that will be affected by the construction of flood walls. CU has not committed any financial support to these efforts. These efforts will be paid for by the citizens of Boulder through the Public Works Department.
In this world of ours – with very few real freebies – I encourage people to seek out a glimpse of the Ute-Ladies’ Tresses Orchid next summer by Cherryvale Trailhead. This rare flower is the truest of gifts – it reminds us of the tradeoffs between our anthropocentric ambitions and the natural and spiritual worlds.
Chairman of the Board of Open Space (This letter does not necessarily represent the views of the board and is written as a personal letter to the editor.)
Darren O’Connor: Speer, Williams and Folkerts: Homelessness policy is a perfect goal
The election of Boulder City Council offers an opportunity to have a council that works towards the values of the community. Because I value evidence-based policies and prioritize inclusion and diversity, I am writing to encourage voters to choose Nicole Speer, Dan Williams and Lauren Folkerts. I supported Speer and Williams because I worked directly with them both. Their recent guest review, “Follow the Science to End Homeless Camps” is a good example of their commitment to tackling tough challenges with policies based on the success of the whole community, housed or no.
Meanwhile, candidate and board member Mark Wallach has taken to the Daily Camera to berate the community for daring to denounce candidate Steve Rosenblum who is currently defending his hateful attitude towards homeless people by hiring former DA Stan Garnett to prosecute those who advertised. his rhetoric (as well as those who simply work for the campaigns of other candidates). Wallach was also the first to challenge a recent effort by city staff to recognize policies that contribute to inequality in our city.
The homelessness policy is the perfect goal to assess applicants, as Boulder’s policies have been geared towards minimizing services by believing the magnet theory to be correct: an abundance of accessible services will attract more than homeless in the city. Boulder has chosen for years to rely on placing a few people in housing, while making it difficult for the overwhelming majority who ask for help to access any of the dwindling beds available. For that majority left out, the policy is, as has often been the case, to order law enforcement to issue citations and make staying in Boulder generally undesirable.
The results are obvious: an abject failure. Vote for values. Vote for Speer, Williams and Folkerts.
Tara Winer: Sales tax extension: Vote yes on 2I and 2J
I am a candidate for Boulder City Council, a small business owner, and have served on many city boards and committees over the years.
In 2017, I was appointed to the city’s Capital Improvement Tax Renewal Committee, tasked with making recommendations on extending the 0.3% sales tax to fund capital projects. in all the city. Projects funded by this sales tax extension included the renovation of the Scott Carpenter Pool, improvements to the North Boulder Library, and the relocation of Fire Hall # 3 out of the floodplain.
Again, voters will determine whether this sales tax extension should be passed. By adding the word “resilience” to the ballot metric, the community, culture, resilience and security tax accurately expresses our needs and opportunities for capital improvement. The majority of our unfunded capital projects are about public safety and resilience: maintaining and improving our multimodal roads and trails, improving the Boulder Creek Trail, purchasing emergency vehicles for Boulder Fire and Rescue, and renovating the East Boulder. Rec Center.
Since joining the Parks and Recreation Board in 2020, I have learned a core value of the Parks and Recreation Department: “Take care of what we have”. The East Boulder Recreation Center is just one example where we can make a lasting impact through building renovations and energy efficiency upgrades.
Resilience is a key factor in preparing Boulder for events due to climate change. The new location of fire station # 3 must be completed. Fire Station # 2 needs to be moved and updated.
2-J authorizes the city to issue bonds so that these projects can be accelerated. If we don’t succeed on 2-J, it would take years for the projects funded by 2-I to come to fruition.
Let’s take care of what we have and vote YES on 2-I and 2-J.