The Talk of Boulder (older items)
Boulder Reporter | Feb 6, 2011
TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2011
Zane Selvans, writing in The Blue Line, envisions a future Boulder that’s a lot less dependent on cars. Great piece.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011
A more-than-routine land use debate affecting southeast Boulder, and wildlife. Article from a neighborhood association, by way of The Blue Line.
TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011
Laura Snider’s Camera hints at the drama going on behind the scenes as Boulder, at least, takes climate change seriously.
THURSDAY NOV 17, 2011
Interesting Bloomberg Business Week article. Out of 16 states with some form of medical marijuana, Colorado’s the only state where dispensaries can be for-profit operations. Despite more than 125,000 paying customers, dispensary operators say it’s hard to make money, the article reports.
My own reportage: It appears that once someone gets The Card, they can shop at multiple dispensaries with nobody keeping score. This tends to make them popular with their friends.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011
Heath Urie’s Camera account depicts a harsher tone to Council’s long-existent ideological split. Question: To what degree is this deepening polarization a local symptom of the freak show we’ve been witnessing in Washington? (See also a euphemized account in The Blue Line.)
WEDNESDAY, NOV 2, 2011
Both pro-municipalization measures win. Progressives Lisa Morzel and Tim Plass outpoll pro-business incumbents Ken Wilson and George Karakehian. New entrant Suzanne Jones, a strong environmentalist, outpolls everyone. Council’s progressive majority maintained. Oh glorious snowy morning!
TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2011
Now up over $600,000, and still outspending the “pro” advocates 10 to 1.
WEDNESDAY, OCT 5, 2011
Camera‘s front pager is a huge boost for proponents. We’re not dumb.
MONDAY, OCT. 3, 2011
Top 10 Lies about Municipalization
Steve Fenberg dissects Xcel’s lies in a New Era News article. I’m worried, worried. Xcel’s spending blitz and lying mean the election could be lost. The Xcel camp’s latest tactic is removing the “pro” yard signs by the dozens. Lotsa profit at stake.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2011
This brief Camera op-ed presents some of the argument for municipalization.
My take on it: Xcel’s spending a bundle to try to hold onto to their Boulder money machine, which I’m told gets them $200 million of revenue a year. I’ve had City Council members tell me privately how absolutely horrible (unenvironmental) Xcel has been to deal with over the years. If Ft. Collins and Longmont can run an electrical grid successfully, I have a feeling that PhD-laden Boulder can. Municipalization yes!
FRIDAY, SEPT 16, 2011
I worry that the alternate message — which I view as the truthful one — is not getting out amid Xcel’s propaganda. Macon Cowles nailed the liars in this Blue Line article.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 7, 2011
Sad story in Camera. It’s alleged he died binge drinking and was also trying to buy Adderal (prescription speed) that sorry night.
Alert folks at The Blue Line found a posting on Craigslist outing Excel’s anti-municipalization campaign hiring door-to-door canvassers. The big spenders offered a princely sum of $10 per hour. The PR people masterminding the campaign are probably paid 15 times that.
MONDAY, AUG 30, 2011
Are business interests intent on ending the City Council’s 5-4 progressive majority? Liz Payton, writing in The Blue Line, was astute to alert people.
Between utility municipalization and the Council’s fragile balance, this election is going to be huge.
POSTSCRIPT: Chamber officials say their decision to endorse is not related to the municipalization vote.
WEDNESDAY, AUG 24, 2011
The Blue Line‘s report on an Aug. 22 public debate bears reading. It said the “pro” side won on the facts. Tidbit:
The author’s glum conclusion:
But: Two pro-municipalization groups are mobilizing. They’re smart, and they can spend money too.
THURSDAY, AUG 18 2011
There went one of the few shaded trails available for hiking with your dog on a hot day. We hiked Boy Scout Trail with our dog just last week. But note an even bigger change:
That seems a mistake. This will affect a lot more people than closing lightly used Boy Scout Trail. In the winter, people park by the closed gate and walk on the wide, flat road with their dogs. Now we’re consigned to the adjacent trails, which have hills and rocks that can be quite hard to navigate in snow.
THURSDAY, AUG 18 2011
This one certainly has everybody’s attention. Scary guy.
WEDNESDAY, AUG 17 2011
Opposition is surprisingly strong, even among Boulder’s liberals, who fret about raising all that bond money. Let’s see … getting 8% interest funded by revenues from electrical utility bills in affluent Boulder? Sounds like a good investment to me.
A pithy brochure on the municipalization issue prepared by the City (PDF file)
A city divided over power
Michael Davidson in August 5 Boulder County Business Report on business community’s mixed feelings on municipalization