Investing In Our Values
Affordability is Boulder's greatest challenge. We are seeing the decline of young working families in Boulder. We need to boost our efforts for affordable housing and especially middle income housing.
Housing is what will end homlessness. We need to start with compassion and empathy in order to find solutions that help our most vulnerable populations.
Boulder is in the midst of reevaluating its Climate Action Plan. I like the general direction city staff is pursuing by focussing on a system based approach and recommending actions the more holistically address our collective actions and their impacts on the climate.
It is imperative that City Council approve the annexation agreement with CU. The nearly 2500 residents along South Boulder Creek are no safer today than they were during the 2013 flood. It's time we give them the protection they deserve.
This is a multigenerational shared legacy of Boulder. Our Open Space is more popular than ever seeing more visitors than Yellowstone National Park. We Need to work harder at being proper stewards of the land while fostering greater equity for those to access it.
Boulder's ability to tackle hard issues is only limited by the effectiveness of our local government. Greater accountability, inclusivity and equity are vital to creating a government of, for and by the people. It long past overdue that we reevaluate how we achieve a truly representative democracy.
As we are coming out of COVID, we should be investing in our local business community so that they can get back to generating the revenues our city needs.
Our Transportation Master Plan provides some great opportunities to be bold and creative. We should empower our staff to maximize the potential of our stated goals in the this master plan. Reducing single occupant trips, vehicle miles traveled and parking minimums are critical to reaching our goals.
It is time for us to let our library system thrive by releasing it from the clutches of city control. A library district will provide much needed budgetary resiliency and consistency for decades to come. It will also save the city $10-14 million annually.
My family and I live just up the street from the South Boulder King Soopers where 10 people were murdered. Sadly gun violence is an all too common occurrence these days. But we can't let the political dysfunction lead to apathy. Change comes from, "Endless pressure, endlessly applied"