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City of Boulder Ballot Question 2F: Initiative Petition Signature Verification

City of Boulder Ballot Question 2F: Initiative Petition Signature Verification

Note: This article is part of a series of 2018 ballot issue analyses written for the Blue Line by author Richard Valenty. You can find coverage of the other 2018 ballot issues here. Ed. Question 2F addresses petition signatures and the [...]

City of Boulder Ballot Question 2E: Initiative, Referendum, and Recall Process

City of Boulder Ballot Question 2E: Initiative, Referendum, and Recall Process

Note: This article is part of a series of 2018 ballot issue analyses written for the Blue Line by author Richard Valenty. You can find coverage of the other 2018 ballot issues here. Ed. Briefly, Question 2E amends a number of City Charter [...]

City of Boulder Ballot Issue 2D: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Revenue

City of Boulder Ballot Issue 2D: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Revenue

Note: This article is part of a series of 2018 ballot issue analyses written for the Blue Line by author Richard Valenty. You can find coverage of the other 2018 ballot issues here. Ed. Issue 2D is only necessary because of Article X, [...]

City of Boulder Ballot Issue 2C: Oil and Gas Pollution Tax

City of Boulder Ballot Issue 2C: Oil and Gas Pollution Tax

Note: This article is the first in a series of 2018 ballot issue analyses written for the Blue Line by author Richard Valenty. You can find coverage of the other 2018 ballot issues here. Ed. Issue 2C, if passed, would target [...]

Legal Foundations of Boulder’s Open Space Program

Legal Foundations of Boulder’s Open Space Program

Note: At the Open Space 50th Anniversary event last October, former Boulder City Attorney Joe de Raismes (1979-2003) gave a brief presentation regarding the Open Space Department and the City Charter. Due to time constraints, he was unable to [...]

Boulder’s Culture of Public Participation Needs to Be Changed

Boulder’s Culture of Public Participation Needs to Be Changed

The Public Participation Working Group was commissioned by the Boulder City Council in 2016 as a result of concerns by members of the public that public processes that led up to many important city actions had just served as facades to legitimate [...]

Rip Van Winkle returns to Boulder: Musings on 2017

Rip Van Winkle returns to Boulder: Musings on 2017

Reprinted with permission. Originally posted at the author's blog. “If you don’t know your past, you don’t know your future” — Ziggy Marley After about a decade of working on political issues and campaigns at the state and [...]

Paradise Lost: Big Changes Are Proposed for CU’s South Campus

Paradise Lost: Big Changes Are Proposed for CU’s South Campus

Two related occurrences—a proposal to build a massive berm to control flood waters and reconsideration of land use designations as part of the current Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan update process likely leading to an annexation [...]

The City’s Current—And Even Proposed—Development Fees Fall Far Short Of Paying for the Impacts of Growth

The City’s Current—And Even Proposed—Development Fees Fall Far Short Of Paying for the Impacts of Growth

Although the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan declares that new development should pay for its impacts on municipal facilities and services, including affordable housing, the City of Boulder currently assesses on new development only a small [...]

Is City of Boulder Ballot Issue 302 Necessary? Would It Cause More Harm Than Good?

Is City of Boulder Ballot Issue 302 Necessary? Would It Cause More Harm Than Good?

At a debate on October 7, 2016 sponsored by PLAN-Boulder County about the merits of Ballot Issue 302—which would limit the number of terms that a Boulder City Council member could serve, proponent Andy Schultheiss contended that it would tend to [...]

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