The tax on City electric bills that funds the City's municipalization efforts is due to expire the end of 2017. What is your position on renewing the tax in this election year?
Boulder must continue to evolve. We need to crowd source our wisdom, which will require new outreach methods – insisting upon attendance at public hearings will not suffice. Council members should be approachable and they should have well-established relationships with a diverse mix of community members, through extensive and varied types of community service.
It also helps to have relevant experience and expertise. I started in Boulder as an assistant city attorney (municipal prosecutor, zoning, planning, OS/RE), then worked for Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), where I helped develop strategies to more effectively address environmental and resort town challenges like those facing Boulder today.
When I left CSCUSA in 1994, I was appointed by Will Fleissig to be the community representative on the North Boulder Subcommunity Plan Steering Committee, where I was appointed one of three Co-Chairs. In that role, I helped draft the principles of neighborhood primary self-sufficiency that continue to guide NoBo's development.
Council is not just a "planning" body, however. Nor should it be a management team. As an all-volunteer group, Council should be a policy-making board of directors that guides, but does not implement day-to-day delivery of key city services (police, fire, transportation, water, wastewater, libraries, senior centers and parks & rec, etc.)
Fiscal accountability is critical, yet the City budget is full of earmarked funds that may not be spent to achieve other purposes. Over time, we must restore budget discipline, so that we do not need to ask the citizens to pass bi-annual referenda to cover ordinary expenses. We should prioritize and allocate of general fund revenues derived from more dependable revenue streams.
Government needs to know its limitations. As a former city prosecutor, I believe we should not pass an ordinance simply to prohibit every behavior we want to discourage. Education and the use of positive incentives can be even more effective.
Finally, it is time for Boulder to recognize that many of its most demanding challenges (workforce housing, transportation, access to parks and open space, social service delivery, etc.) cannot be met without developing more effective regional solutions in partnership with other communities in our interdependent regional economy.
My three top priorities are:
1. Fiscal Accountability
2. Neighborhood and Regional outreach
3. Fostering more hope and less fear concerning Boulder's future
4. Civil Discourse
Qualifications: Experience & Expertise
I've lived in Boulder for 36 years, raising a family, working, playing and volunteering with residents from all walks of life. My first job was assistant city attorney for Boulder. Then I worked for the ski resort industry (mentioned above). I've served on nearly a dozen community boards and committees, ranging from a school improvement team, to several business groups, a church building committee, chairing many of them. I will bring all that I've learned as a citizen engaged in most of the City's planning initiatives since 1990, and as an attorney representing homeowners with dreams (some realized, some not - all frustrated by the City's processes), to one of the nine seats on Council.