My Views On Key Issues

Art of Boulder Artist Elizabeth Black

Art of Boulder Artist Elizabeth Black

 

What matters most to me & to our community. . .

I bring a sense of responsibility to all of Boulder and want to see ALL thrive in our city as we partner and collaborate more frequently, and genuinely listen to each other so together we can best address the issues before our city and our residents who love this place, too!

I AM…

  • Passionate about community — community building and place making are a part of my core values.

  • Aware of the big picture, having worked on a variety of metro issues with stakeholders at all levels.

  • Knowledgeable about the workings of our local government by bringing over 30 years of public sector experience to community governance.

  • Paying attention to the economic picture & making sure we are fiscally healthy and secure in all our infrastructure investments across the city.

I PLAN TO…

Bring more COLLABORATION WITH ALL SIDES TO ADDRESSING THE COMPLEX ISSUES BEFORE US.

Consistently address the HUMAN NEEDS & INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES; & BUILD A GREATER SENSE OF SOCIAL EQUITY IN ALL COMMUNITIES.

Focus on maintaining the ECONOMIC HEALTH OF OUR CITY — into the future and being a good steward of public partnerships and investments.

I SUPPORT …

More Diversity in & neighborhood-appropriate affordable housing opportunities. Refresh and renew the tools in the bag that help create opportunities that are not all new and large construction projects. Support the ballot initiative to pilot a down-payment assistance program for middle income buyers. Support the goals of the Council related to new home development. Interested in exploring partnering opportunities for worker’s family housing, for seniors and for down-sizers.

Focus on our Economic Drivers - the fiscal pie is limited but I see some clear steps forward that contribute to financial sustainability.

Three areas of focus -

#1- Open Space & Mountain Parks maintenance funding - I support continuation of the funding for maintenance and the acquisition of Long’s Garden. I support strengthening the philanthropic arm of Open Space Mountain Parks to build an endowment and charitable funding stream for OSMP programs forward. Support a donation box at trail heads and in parking lots to make it easier for users to make a donation to support a treasured experience on Boulder’s legacy trails and paths.

#2 Support of Library District, for benefits of service to users, maintenance of facilities and for future financial sustainability. Shifting funding stream to relieve pressures on the general fund makes prudent financial sense. Our libraries are our community centers, cultural and education hubs. The system is more than just books on shelves. This funding proposal will be on the ballot in 2020.

#3 Retail sales tax base and business districts. I have a particular interest in revitalization of University Hill. I have no vested interest, but since the days of working for the city, it has been the challenging in-law in the family of business districts of Boulder and I’d like the opportunity to continue to make some positive things finally happen here - for the benefit of Boulder’s tax base and the neighborhood. I support a City Council that is truly engaged in leading on these issues and participating in meetings as the City’s representative; and support the hotel concept on the Hill. The economic reasons for doing this, according to recent study is a $1.7 million annual benefit to the city in sales tax from retail spending, fees, etc.

Addressing the Climate Crisis - Continue energy and climate actions on multiple levels and accelerate where we have greatest opportunities. I include Municipalization here as the point is ultimately to address the climate crisis. I would devote focus on public education and transparency, related to where we stand today, leading to 2020 vote, so we can all learn and get something out of the investments made to date; and lead efforts to getting a clear picture for going forward with vote in 2020. I believe Boulderites would gain from more neighborhood focused education and Spanish/English communication with our Latino communities. Our residents and voters need to be better informed of all aspects of this important investment that we all share.

CU South Campus and South Boulder Flood Mitigation. Sharing here below my answer to this question asked by Sierra Club Indian Peaks Chapter survey - “what is your position on (this) issue?”

I see this issue as an environmental justice issue for Boulder residents and I support finding a workable resolution as soon as possible…. Protecting downstream residents (and other life forms) is the priority. A "dam" may not be the best solution -- it could be a flood wall or a berm (for a lesser than 500-year solution)- and thus a dam is not the most sensible solution for a 500-year flood. I wish to support a workable solution which could be for a 100 year, 200 year to 500 year event.

In response to the second question about CUs development plans - Prioritizing housing for CU’s students, faculty and staff; and coupled with a multimodal hub makes this a truly sustainable land use scenario and project. In the spirit of being a good neighbor, public access to the recreational areas of the campus would be another condition of priority. Some of the available land that CU owns designated at OS-O, should be purchased/negotiated by the city as an element of this agreement because it is likely that best price could be achieved in this phase of negotiations.

Additionally, in this survey I was asked how I view issues through an equity lens, and I related my view back to the issue of South Boulder Creek flood mitigation:

I view life through an equity lens every day as a Latina whose familial roots in Colorado extend back to the 1800’s. As several of us heard Mr. Holdren state at the PLAN dinner, when asked to respond to this question, he said “the poorest people are the most at risk.” But in our communities within Boulder, that does not necessarily translate into exclusively being people of color. Nor is it exclusively a measure of economics. A broad brush representation of this can be interpreted as shallow and offensive and I’m sure that is not what this question nor my answer is intending…Considering Sierra Club’s enjoined lawsuit with the Colorado Latino Forum and Globeville/Elyria/Swansea for stopping of the I-70 Central Corridor project as a current example, and one where I have several years of experience in working on this issue for Denver Public Schools, I recognize that when it comes to environmental justice, my/our communities of color are often disproportionately affected, but this is NOT necessarily the only lens to apply here in Boulder. The South Boulder Creek flood mitigation issue is a current example of environmental injustice to a community that is vulnerable to flooding now and has been working for over 5 years towards a thoughtful and actionable resolution. The emotional, economic and community toll this takes to these area residents is significant and should not be dismissed or discounted. They are definitely not "the poorest people" but they, ARE "the most at risk" in Boulder today and deserve better from our governance system. This is how I see it through my equity lens.