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Steve Whitaker, Crystal Gray, Shirley Jin, Lisa Morzel, Brad D. Segal, Alison Burchell, Mary Pettigrew, Susan Osborne: Boulder City Council: Ready to confront climate change

We have been involved in Boulder’s Climate Action initiatives for over 20 years with groups including Renewables YES, Clean Energy Action, Empower Our Future (EOF), or as former members of City Council.

At the EOF Candidate Forum all concurred that we need to take action on the climate crisis, but we were ultimately most impressed by those who bring skills and outlined how they will do so.

David Takahashi converted his Martin Acres tract house into a net-zero carbon showcase, eliminating the use of fossil gas. David will advocate for energy storage, renewable-electrification of new buildings and has been tracking the franchise agreement with Xcel and will keep close watch.

Jacques Decalo was born in Boulder, studied environmental sciences and economics and he worked in the hemp industry and understands the future it will play in affordable carbon reduction.  He works for a solar/battery/electric car company.

Michael Christy will provide an important leadership role on council for energy and climate issues.  Michael has a law practice based on mediation and recognizes the importance of listening to all voices and values government transparency. He is committed to implementing climate programs that are well-conceived, equitable and accessible.

Tara Winer has experience serving on the Parks Board and familiarity with public-infrastructure and sustainability upgrades. She understands the importance of our urban tree canopy as well as all our open-space as critical nature-based solutions for direct cooling and long-term carbon reduction.

Steve Rosenblum has a background in finance and experience in working with cities on affordable housing and costs associated with our energy and transportation footprints. He brings both public accountability and support for climate decisions ahead.

Let’s make this council change one that combats climate change – our/the planet’s biggest threat.

Steve Whitaker, Crystal Gray, Shirley Jin, Lisa Morzel, Brad D. Segal, Alison Burchell, Mary Pettigrew, Susan Osborne

Boulder


Suzy Ageton: CU South (302): Vote ‘no’ for creek neighbors

I have always believed that a primary obligation of any Boulder City Council is to protect the health and safety of the people within the city.

Having served on the council during the 2013 flood, I am well aware of how devastating it was especially for those neighbors seriously impacted by the South Boulder Creek flooding including seniors living at Frasier Meadows.

Concern to mitigate this flooding has been discussed by many councils but with no viable resolution achieved until now.

With the annexation agreement recently signed between the city and CU, we have an opportunity to address this long-festering problem. It is not a perfect agreement, none ever is. However, it will allow for significant flood mitigation, and bring additional benefits such as much needed housing, more open space and also maintain public access to this area for recreational purposes.

I urge voters to support this agreement by voting NO on 302. We need flood protection now! We cannot continue to allow so many of our neighbors to remain vulnerable.

Suzy Ageton

Former member, Boulder City Council


Alan Delamere: CU South (302): Vote ‘yes’ for better protection

Don’t be fooled by our five mayors’ recent guest opinion.

Yes, the city did a detailed study of the South Boulder Creek flooding problem and concluded that protection to the 500-year flood level was necessary. CU administration dug in their heels and demanded we stop work on the 500-year plan and go with a 100-year flood plan. The victims of the 2013 flood pleaded for flood protection and now are only getting protection against a minor flood. The city’s weak-kneed response was that we have to get along with CU so a 100-year flood level is OK.

Yes, CU’s contribution to affordable house is included in the annexation agreement. At the present CU growth rate of about 2.5% per year all the affordable housing will be gone by the time construction is finished. The current annexation agreement does not put a cap on CU’s growth rate.

There was no emergency for the council on Sept. 21 to approve annexation since funding will not be available until after the 2024 water bond issue that includes South Boulder Creek.

Vote “yes” on 302 and restore democracy to Boulder.

Alan Delamere

Boulder


Melody Fuller: Nicole Speer: The right temperament

This year’s Boulder ballot initiatives involve challenging issues upon which reasonable minds can differ. Respected and experienced city leaders, past and present, disagree about the approach and impacts we are likely to see with both the Bedrooms Are for People and the CU South Annexation. The residents of Boulder are fortunate to have so many smart, committed, and thoughtful candidates for the Boulder City Council. It appears that council members work hard to make the best decisions possible for our people and our land and often are harshly criticized for their efforts.

The onslaught of bitter, vituperative comments about the issues and individual candidates is destructive and not useful to the democratic process or constructive decision-making. The “slates” of candidates may not bode well for a council that needs to work together to sift through possible resolutions for complicated problems. I am looking for candidates that will listen to the public and each other, and study, deliberate, and be willing to change their minds as new information and ideas are developed.

Nicole Speer is a candidate who will be able to work with her fellow councilors and the community and consider and then re-consider the options. Nicole’s “boss” Marie Banich at CU notes that Nicole “listens to and incorporates the viewpoints of diverse stakeholders.” I know Nicole to have the integrity and smarts to represent us on the dilemmas we now confront. I may not agree with her on some issues. But I particularly want Nicole on council because she has the courage and temperament to withstand criticism, think broadly, and engage our best selves to work together as we face the hard choices ahead.

Melody Fuller

Boulder

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