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Even Isabel McDevitt can stand just so much:

— MRW

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What is Boulder’s city staff thinking about the Transient Migration here?

Here’s a BUM with so little respect for authority that he might as well pee and poop right in front of the Municipal Building . . . And the homeless advocates — including Isabel McDevitt at Bridge House — would be fine with it if he did!

The Homeless Philosopher says the only things he’s entitled to receive, on purely humanitarian grounds, are a bus ticket on RTD to Denver and a sack lunch to-go.

— MRW 

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council) 

‘Boulder taps Bridge House to implement summer sheltering program’

See the report in the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

A homeless man, who declined to give his name, takes a nap in his sleeping bag near Boulder Creek in the downtown Civic Area on May 3.

A homeless man, who declined to give his name, takes a nap in his sleeping bag near Boulder Creek in the downtown Civic Area on May 3. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Boulder has accepted Bridge House’s proposal to provide temporary summer homeless sheltering, but the organization is not sure it will have the service up and running by the June 1 date the city originally had targeted.

City officials sent out a call for proposals earlier this month as they sought to partner with a group to implement a homeless sheltering or camping program from June through September.

Two groups submitted letters of intent, and Boulder chose to go with Bridge House’s proposal partly because of the organization’s experience with providing similar homeless programs, and its contacts.

“Bridge House has been offering homeless services in Boulder for 20 years,” said Isabel McDevitt, Bridge House’s executive director. “We have a very deep understanding of the population and a really innovative style in terms of creating programs and employing best practices.”

Boulder officials also said Bridge House’s proposal included plans for building-based sheltering, which was something they’d said the city would prefer over an outdoor camping proposal.

This comes after the city said it would spend more than $300,000 to increase police patrols and up the frequency of homeless encampment sweeps along Boulder Creek and in the downtown area.

“I think the city and many stakeholders are focused on a long-term plan, but that doesn’t change the fact that we have immediate needs,” McDevitt said. “Homeless folks have needs during the summer as well as winter.”

Zach McGee, a spokesman for Boulder, said Bridge House and the city have not yet selected which actual buildings will be used.

“The next step of this process is to investigate these options further with them,” McGee said. “They have had conversations with some of the faith-based communities they have worked with.”

McDevitt said that while Bridge House has not received any commitments yet, she don’t foresee it being an issue.

“The timeline for the (request for information) and the subsequent letters was very tight, but we’re confident we can find a location based on our relationships,” McDevitt said. “We just haven’t gotten anything 100 percent confirmed.”

Because no sites have been selected and this is the first time Boulder has taken on a program like this, McGee said the city is not sure how much it will cost.

“It’s really not something we’ve offered before,” McGee said. “It’s all dependent on what services they are able to provide and what locations they will use. We’re trying to determine the cost and see what the capacity is in the community for supporting this type of program.”

McGee said the city still hopes it will have the temporary sheltering program up and running by June 1. The program would run through Sept. 30.

“Barring any issues, problems or delays that is still what we’re working toward,” McGee said. “Based on that short timeline, they are going to be really aggressive with it.”

But McDevitt was not as optimistic.

“I think Bridge House is well suited to get up and running as soon as humanly possible, but I do think it will take a bit longer,” McDevitt said. “There is still quite a bit to negotiate with the city of Boulder just around the budget and how this fits into the long-term plan.”

And while this is a temporary sheltering program, McDevitt said the city and Bridge House should use it as an opportunity to try to test out new practices with building-based shelters that could help in the long run.

“This is not just a stop-gap for the summer,” McDevitt said. “We envision something consistent with the city’s long-term plan that will pilot a new and different approach toward sheltering.”

McDevitt said that included doing vulnerability assessments on people who come into the shelter and offering services to help them find stable housing.

“This is an opportunity to put forth a model that can address needs year-round,” McDevitt said. “We want to move the needle on some systemic changes around how we address homelessness in Boulder.”

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Seems to me that the “fix” was in from the get-go, to have Bridge House put into a position to coddle the worst-behaved transients from all across America. Folks, we’re SCREWED! I hope I’m wrong, but I trust Isabel McDevitt about as far as I can pick her up and toss her . . .

— MRW

‘Sunshine Fire west of Boulder sparked by campfire at apparent transient camp’

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR — THIS MEANS YOU, BOULDER CITY COUNCIL!

By Max R. Weller

Read the latest report in the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe that the cause of the 74-acre Sunshine Fire west of Boulder was a campfire on Boulder open space.

Investigators say that evidence at the fire’s point of origin near the Centennial Trailhead indicated the blaze was started by a campfire in what appeared to be a transient camp, according to a release.

According to the release, the fire was surrounded by rocks in a “hastily fashioned ad hoc campfire ring of sorts.” Investigators found moisture and kicked up dirt, which led them to believe an attempt was made to extinguish the campfire at one point in time.

A firefighting airplane drops retardant on the Sunshine Fire west of Boulder on Sunday. Both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft were used to battle the

A firefighting airplane drops retardant on the Sunshine Fire west of Boulder on Sunday. Both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft were used to battle the wildfire. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

There are no suspects at this time, and the fire remains under investigation.

The cost of fighting the fire has been estimated at $725,000.

Several neighbors indicated campfires and transient camps had become a frequent sight in the area.

The city of Boulder prohibits camping and campfires on all city open space land, and violations can result in a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail. Boulder County is also currently under a fire ban for areas west of Broadway.

The two [transients from Alabama] accused of starting the Cold Springs Fire in 2016 by not properly extinguishing a campfire were also charged with arson and sentenced to work release.

The fire was first reported at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday by a man who said he saw flames near Sunshine Canyon and Timber Lane.

The fire prompted mandatory evacuations for 426 homes and pre-evacuation notices for another 836 homes before crews were able to reach full containment on the fire Monday afternoon. No structures were damaged.

The cost of fighting the fire has been estimated at $725,000.

Anyone with information in the investigation of the Sunshine Fire should contact Boulder County sheriff’s Detective Jason Shatek at 303-441-3641. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or nococrimestoppers.com/ (Emphasis is mine — MRW)

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Rumors about the identities of possible suspects have been passed around by some homeless people in Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, and we can hope that solid leads will be passed on to investigators.

Let me address the major problem here — Boulder City Council members sitting on their hands as the nonprofits in our local homeless shelter / services industry WELCOME transients to our city, far beyond what resources here can provide for. It’s Boulder County’s own homeless men, women, and children who are getting shortchanged as Travelers grab all of the Free Stuff they can, then repay Boulder, CO’s kindness by burning down the countryside (whether by accident or on purpose doesn’t matter at this point).

How many times has the Homeless Philosopher acted as a voice crying in the wilderness, pleading for the commonsense approach of requiring valid photo ID showing a Boulder County address and proof of at least one year’s residency for anyone seeking shelter / services from any nonprofit in our city?

What can Council members do? Summon Greg Harms of Boulder Shelter, Isabel McDevitt of Bridge House / Community Table, Nancy Brinks of Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow, and all the other players who are negligently endangering the public safety and hurting the quality of life here to a public meeting — then make it clear that the city itself intends to become much more engaged in addressing homelessness, including cutting off all taxpayer funding to those nonprofits who fail to get on board.

In addition, provide bus tickets on RTD bound for Denver and sack lunches to-go for any transient who either requests them or is caught by police committing any petty offense (Smoking in Prohibited Area, Drinking from Open Container, Smoking Marijuana in Public, Illegal Camping, Trespassing, etc.) and would prefer to leave town rather than appear in court.

Boulder City Council no longer has any excuse for NOT taking action — the transients and their apologists / enablers have proven themselves unworthy to retain the public trust!

(This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council.)

This predator came to Boulder, CO because the do-gooders welcome his kind

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!

By Max R. Weller

Read the latest report in the Daily Camera about a rapist migrating to our city to find victims, Transient pleads guilty to sexual assault of Boulder jogger, faces more than 60 years in prison. Copied below in its entirety:

Jonathan Narucki, who pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with the sexual assault of a jogger along Boulder Creek last year, is seen in court in August.

Jonathan Narucki, who pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with the sexual assault of a jogger along Boulder Creek last year, is seen in court in August. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

A transient who grabbed a jogger and sexually assaulted her along the Boulder Creek Path last year pleaded guilty in Boulder District Court this morning in a deal with prosecutors that calls for at least six decades in prison.

Jonathan Narucki, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree kidnapping and one count of sexual assault.

Prosecutors and Narucki’s attorney reached a deal that calls for a 20-year sentence on the kidnapping charge and a 40-year sentence on the sexual assault charge. The two sentences are to run consecutively.

However, the sexual assault conviction falls under Colorado’s indeterminate sentencing law, which means Narucki could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Narucki — a transient from Georgia who had been in Boulder for less than a month at the time of the crime — did not speak at the hearing except to answer questions from Chief District Judge Maria Berkenkotter.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped multiple other charges, including sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, assault and felony menacing.

Boulder police arrested Narucki in June, a few weeks after they say he snatched a woman off of a trail near the 4700 block of Walnut Street, threatened her with a knife and then sexually assaulted her.

The woman told police that she screamed at first, but eventually complied with Narucki’s demands, because she was afraid he would hurt her. She was not able to identify Narucki, because she did not get a good look at him.

Police suspected Narucki had committed the assault — they stopped and spoke with him four times before his arrest, including on the night of the attack — but they were not able to arrest him until obtaining a DNA sample via a warrant, and linking him to the crime scene.

Narucki remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail and is due in court for sentencing on April 19.

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This is the sort of sociopathic scumbag being welcomed with lots of Free Stuff and kind words by self-styled homeless advocates and the clowns running Boulder’s shelter / services industry. Remember who the do-gooders are:

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Darren O’Connor of “Boulder Rights Watch”

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Isabel McDevitt of Bridge House

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Mike Homner of “Facing Homelessness Boulder”

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Joy Eckstine Redstone, involved in many different ways with the issue of homelessness and always as an apologist / enabler for the worst-behaved transients

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Joy with her protégé, Jim Budd — now serving time in Colorado DOC for raping a Carriage House volunteer

Of course, there are scores of other do-gooders who make it possible for the Jonathan Narucki-types of this world to commit crimes here . . . How about we ship all of ’em out along with the worst-behaved transients? Or better yet, require a valid photo ID with a Boulder County address and proof of at least one year’s residency for anyone seeking shelter / services from any Boulder, CO nonprofit.