Fifteen candidates vying for the six open Boulder City Council seats in November took part in a forum at the Jewish Community Center on Thursday.
Excerpt from Colorado Daily article copied below:
Adam Swetlik: “I think there is an insane lack of funding for homeless people. … (If) we’re not going to be providing basic services around town, like bathrooms for people on the Boulder Creek Path, places to shower and clean yourself, lockers to keep your things safe, right now we’re just shoving homelessness under the rug.”
Bob Yates: “We should double (city funding for human services). When I first got on city council in 2015, our funding for human services was abysmal. It had not adjusted for inflation, it had not increased in years. In 2017, we developed a services strategy, and we wanted to focus on setting future goals and on the metrics. We didn’t want to throw money at the problem, we wanted to know if that money was achieving those goals.”
Gala Orba: “I think of homelessness, and I was really happy to work with Attention Homes, it’s a fantastic solution to a problem. It has a really good retention rate and good success rate as far as how it helps people who are young adults get off the street for life.”
Andy Celani: “I think we need greater collaboration on all levels of socioeconomic levels. You get a great idea here about how many people from different spots are very interested in the nature of our town, and improving it through making it more inclusive. … I think it’s a matter of personal respect for everyone.”
Junie Joseph: “I am running on socioeconomic diversity and political inclusion, and I don’t just talk about it. … For the past two weeks I’ve been on the ballot I’ve walked through neighborhoods and talked to people, they’ve told me about the homelessness issues that are happening.”
Nikki McCord: “I do support raising the minimum wage. But I want to pause and remember our nonprofit human service providers in this conversation, because they provide a lot of the services for the most vulnerable populations, but because of their funding structures, sometimes that money can’t go to operational costs. … I would make sure the city Human Services Fund has money that can go to operational costs.”
And let’s not forget the pressing need for REFORM in how Boulder City Council members and the mayor are chosen:
1) At least one council member should be elected from each of four districts. Four others could be elected at-large.
2) The mayor should be elected directly by the voters.
3) City council elections should occur in even-numbered years, to boost voter turnout.
4) All elected officials should serve a term of four years, limited to two consecutive terms in office.
As it is, every off-year election we have a bunch of people who subscribe to (more or less) the same pseudo-progressive platform that serves only the elites at one end of the economic spectrum and the penniless tramps at the other. The Middle Class is largely ignored, and has gradually been driven to more affordable living in nearby cities.
It’s a broken system that has long since become a parody of itself.