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Thursday, October 6,2011

Vote 2011: Boulder City Council candidate questionnaire

By Boulder Weekly Staff

This article features Boulder City Council candidates’ answers to six questions taken from the Community Questionnaire, a unified questionnaire spearheaded by The Blue Line that involved the participation of numerous local organizations, including Boulder Weekly. The questionnaire, available at www.boulderweekly.com, includes 57 key questions on local issues, ranging from open space to arts to diversity, and is searchable by topic and candidate. To find out what a candidate has to say on the topics below, simply search for the corresponding number beneath each candidate’s name. Their answers have been edited only for style and typos.

1. How would you encourage property owners to provide more bike parking at places like shopping centers?

2. What can City Council do to facilitate the establishment and growth of more locally owned businesses?

3. What would you do to prevent racial profiling and to improve trust between the police and the Latino community?

4. What are the three most important achievable goals that you would like to accomplish through the City Council over the next two years?

5. What is your vision for long-term solutions to low-income and affordable housing options in Boulder?

6. What can City Council do to encourage growth and consumption of locally grown food, especially in relationship to land use policies?

Mark Gelband

Favors 2A

Opposes 2B, 2C, 2H

1. Go and speak with them directly with data in hand that shows the community value. For new development I would have requirements for bike racks — similar to parking spots.

2. Streamline the process from application to approval. Encourage the development of more large-grade office space so that when homegrown businesses grow, they are not choosing to go down 36.

3. First speak with Latino and Latina leaders in the community to see what they believe would work. My inclination would be to hire more Latinos and Latinas on the police force and engage in greater community policing practices.

4. Move toward inclusionary zoning that encourages more ADUs and OAUs, density in appropriate areas, and streamlines the re-development opportunities and process for young families. Help find Naropa University a centralized, larger home and keep this great place a part of our community. Push a community art use for the civic pad.

5. We cannot have an honest discussion about affordable housing without talking about how we build more housing. We need to address the funding mechanism from development while we simultaneously squash development. This doesn’t make sense. We need to reverse the down-zoning of the Whittier and Goss-Grove neighborhoods and encourage ADUs and OAUs and density.

6. Practice it themselves. Set examples in their own lives. Encourage use of dead medians to plant food, as Scott Hoffenberg has successfully pioneered on University and 7th. Loosen rules around gardening in setbacks and having chicken coops in setbacks.

Fenno Hoffman

Favors 2A, 2B, 2C

Opposes 2H

1. The lack of bicycle facilities is NOT why more people don’t bike to shopping centers. Our suburban land-use patterns are designed for cars. Retailers sell in bulk and most people don’t live near shopping centers. If it made more sense for families to shop on bikes, rather than in mini-vans, they would, and property owners would accommodate their customers with bike parking the way they provide car parking today. The only way to get more people out of cars and onto bikes is to change our land use patterns so bikes make more sense than cars. That means more apartments and townhouses near shopping centers, so people are close enough to bike and walk.

2. Allow markets to provide workforce housing along our transit corridors. Increase the supply of more compact neighborhood centers to lower lifestyle costs for people willing to trade larger suburban houses (and “footprints”) for more compact housing in livelier walkable neighborhoods with better transit service, more shared amenities, better schools and less driving. This can help offset the high land prices that make our housing so expensive compared to neighboring communities. We could also lower the cost of energy for businesses with co-generation that captures lost heat for process heat and refrigeration cycles and with protection from the politicization of their rates, if the voters choose municipalization. We can make the culture here more business-friendly and less anti-corporate with better outreach and education between our business leaders and everyone else. The current polarized climate makes that a challenge.

3. Community policing, foot patrols, school visits, patrol car ride-alongs and lots of engagement between officers and neighborhood activists all help build trust. I have worked in the public safety sector and on the whole, I think our police officers do a good job of policing fairly. I know they treat this issue very seriously. That said, I think it’s human nature to profile — because it’s part of pattern recognition and how we try to anticipate risks and rewards. We profile mountain lions, little old ladies, students, politicians and corporations, even though we’re taught not to judge a book by its cover. We ALL need to manage our tendency to see patterns and work to be fair, rather than prejudiced, towards anyone we perceive as part of any “community.”

4. Make our “Sustainable Streets and Centers” a top priority. Create a street tree plan for our busiest streets. Reduce the polarity in our divided community.

5. Long term: allow apartments, townhouses and walkable neighborhood centers, along transit corridors, to lower lifestyle and service costs, reduce car ownership and VMTs and free up our existing single-family housing supply in neighborhood interiors for the families with young children that thrive in that kind of housing. In a nutshell, we need to better match our housing supply and demand and better optimize the kind of housing choices we allow, to fit the requirements of our population. Gangs of students, immobilized seniors, young adults, empty nesters and many others without young children, welcome alternatives to living in single-family houses and quiet (dull) neighborhoods, if the alternatives are lively, walkable, convenient, less expensive, more energy efficient and don’t require so much driving. One car is worth about $50,000 in housing expense. What are two hours a day of free time (not driving) worth?

6. Grow food on open space. Slaughter animals in backyards. How far do you want to take this? Wheat and other staples are very different than salad fixin’s. Local sounds groovy, but most of what most people eat here isn’t local. Big topic.

Jonathan Hondorf

Favors 2A, 2B, 2C, 2H

1. I would revisit the ratio formula that is used to determine auto spaces that can be offset with bike spaces. We need to be more aggressive in encouraging more bike use and less auto use. I would additionally allow more mixed use of housing within these clusters.

2. The greatest challenge to any startup business is the cost and the timing. The lower the cost you have to invest at startup the reduced risk associated with the break-even point and long-term success. Timing is important in how much time (should be reduced) is demanded through regulation. Regulation is important but needs not be overbearing and daunting as to preclude entrepreneurs from trying. Second part of retention has to do with more options in the commercial/industrial spaces, allowing more flex spaces for expansion. Cost of leases is the final breaking point for any business retention. Many successful businesses have failed or given up simply because they cannot afford the lease and have so few other options.

3. Community leaders need to lead by example. It is not enough to talk about it if you do not practice equality in your speech and actions. This is what I have taught the youth in all the areas that I have been involved: tolerance and acceptance. We need to defend the weak, feed the hungry, speak for the voiceless and tolerate and defend those we disagree with.

4. Three goals will be: address our budget gap along with improvement to our economic vitality, addressing energy issues, and more common-sense leadership that bridges the gaps on divisive issues through better collaborative community engagement. This includes working to address our core values and how the city should be managing our essential services.

5. We need a continued and broader income sourcing to fund affordable housing (AH) by the community as a whole. More support for affordable public rentals verses AH ownership where people can move through and up out of the system should be encouraged. AH welfare where people are trapped in the system without the ability to move up in economic ability needs to be discouraged. More housing variety and intensity in special areas of the city needs to be encouraged. Development is not bad wherein it works to address these AH goals we desire to provide.

6. I think we have laid the groundwork that encourages more local production and consumption. We will need to continue encouraging and be willing to adapt as issues and the economy change.

Kevin Hotaling

Favors 2A

Opposes 2B, 2C, 2H

1-7. Due to the complexity of these issues and limited space/time provided for answers, please visit councilmanh.com to view my answers to all of the questions here and any others that I feel are important.

Suzanne Jones

Favors 2A, 2B, 2C, 2H

1. Typically the city requires bike racks as part of redevelopment or new development, which is a requirement we should continue. As bicycling increases and becomes a more widely practiced form of transportation, we may need to increase this requirement and perhaps reduce the city’s car parking requirement at the same time. The city could also consider subsidizing new bike racks as needed, or exploring having bike shops sponsor additional racks. The city successfully partnered with a community nonprofit in helping to fund and launch Boulder’s B-cycle program, which involved strategically locating bike stations around town (e.g., at the 29th Street Mall), aided by the sponsorship of B-stations by various Boulder businesses; for the next phase of the program, the city should do an analysis of the best locations for additional installations, and continue promoting this public/private nonprofit partnership to pay for more bikes and stations and to facilitate B-cycle use.

2. We should preserve and promote our high quality of life and what is best and most unique about Boulder, including our outstanding physical setting and recreational opportunities, our federal labs and university, and our arts. Council should prioritize funding for the city’s economic development program to attract and retain businesses within our top priority sectors, and foster Boulder’s “brand” as an incubator of innovation that draws new entrepreneurs. Council should work closely with our Congressional delegation to block proposed funding cuts to our federal labs, which are the source of many spin-off start-ups. Council should also encourage further investments by CU in its facilities and faculty — including partnering with CU in building a conference center in a suitable location that meets both city and university goals. Finally, Council should monitor results of the city’s incentive and regulatory programs and actively work to make improvements as needed to help homegrown businesses.

3. Many racial conflicts are deeply rooted in a history of economically and socially unjust policies and practices. That said, there are important leadership roles for civic leaders to play in building cultural understanding and in embracing and demonstrating inclusiveness. Responsibility for increasing inclusion starts with the City Council, and we must do more to solicit the needs and concerns of Latinos and others marginalized in our community — for example, through the Immigrant Advisory Committee for the city manager and the City/CU Subcommittee on Inclusiveness and Diversity. This commitment in action sets the tone for our work in building better understanding among law enforcement about Latino culture. We must also be clear: racial profiling will not be tolerated. Likewise, we can help immigrant communities understand cultural expectations of host communities. Programs like Dialogues on Immigrant Integration help facilitate safe conversations that bring assumptions to light, while building personal relationships between individuals.

4. Three top goals of mine that I believe are achievable with the next two years include the following: 1) in response to the vote of the people on ballot initiatives 2B and 2C, setting up and implementing a framework for moving forward on achieving our energy goals as a city; 2) exploring, and if feasible, establishing a community-wide Eco Pass program for all Boulder residents and commuters into the city — as our next great leap forward in transportation sustainability; and 3) make additional progress on the city’s affordable housing goals by relaxing standards in appropriate neighborhoods to allow for more accessory dwelling units and owner-occupied units. I am also excited to pursue creative redevelopment ideas for the South of Downtown Area and the civic pad, and to explore measures to promote more local food production.

5. I fundamentally support the city’s goal of having 10 percent of housing units be permanently affordable to support a diverse workforce and community. Our nonprofit housing providers, in collaboration with the city, have done a superb job of leveraging funding from many sources to work towards this necessary community asset. The failure of the affordable housing ballot initiative to augment the inclusionary housing ordinance with a reliable revenue stream has hampered progress. Council just received the Affordable Housing Task Force report, which should help guide program improvements and prompt a robust city dialogue about how to better reach our affordable housing goals. Promising solutions could include establishing a broader revenue stream, streamlining the development review process and creating a “fast lane” for project applications which meet a high level (e.g., 30-50 percent) of affordable housing, and relaxing standards for allowing more accessory dwelling units.

6. I enthusiastically support the goal of promoting the growing and consumption of locally grown food, in response to climate concerns and rising energy costs, and in keeping with our localization aspirations. Although most of the agricultural lands in our open space program are used for grazing, I would review city lands to see if there are any appropriate for organic farming. We should partner with the county in exploring ways to promote local food production such as investing in centralized refrigerated distribution and processing facilities for local farmers, providing services such as affordable irrigation for open space organic farmers, and pursuing efforts to establish a year-round farmers’ market. The city should also foster environmentally sustainable gardening and education programs such as Growing Gardens and their Cultiva! youth-operated organic garden, located at Longs Iris Gardens off north Broadway; this is a countywide effort that the city should help nurture and expand.

George Karakehian

Favors 2A

Opposes 2B, 2C, 2H

1. Perhaps the City could make volume purchases of bike parking racks and pass the discount on to property owners. The racks are a relatively inexpensive amenity, and given the number of consuming cyclists in Boulder, it seems like it would be in their own best interest to do it.

2. There’s really no shortage of start-up and entrepreneurial energy in Boulder. The city should always ask of itself and its regulations, “Are we in the way?” Many regulatory mandates are federal- or state-initiated, so anything we can do to reduce or limit additional municipal requirements would be an aid to the formulation of local businesses. Of course, anything we can do to keep current funding (or increase it) of the Economic Vitality Program would be money well spent. Maybe some of the Economic Vitality Funds could be moved to a small business fund …

3. Obviously I am against profiling. I am not aware of any profiling issues that have been brought to Council during my time, but we need to remain vigilant and continually offer training in this regard, to our police officers. I will always support hate-crime enforcement, and hope that all of our citizens feel comfortable reporting any problems.

4. Conference center; clarity and consensus in our affordable housing policies; and a cleaner, safer, less divisive University Hill environment

5. 10 percent of our inventory is OK as a goal, but that will keep changing. I want to increase the stock of affordable rental housing in town. Public/private partnerships will become increasingly important because in this economic climate we can’t depend on either the federal government to provide funds for development, and the cash-in-lieu payments from developers will be infrequent. I will not support any new taxes or fees to increase revenues for the city’s housing program. I will support ADUs, OAUs and corridor density increases in hopes that at least some of those will serve an affordable housing candidate.

6. Investigate sharing city water with farmers that may not have enough. Support the Farmers’ Market. Encourage farm-to-table educational initiatives in the schools. More community gardens.


Favors 2A, 2B, 2C

Opposes 2H

1. I think the shopping center customers should be the primary source of such encouragement. Businesses will respond to the market and to their customers. As consumers we need to recognize that we “vote” every time we make a purchase. Real change happens at a grassroots level. I would encourage all of us to recognize our power and use it to create change by rewarding businesses that are leaders in positive change and avoiding businesses that are not.

2. Richard Florida, who wrote The Rise of the Creative Class and studies why certain cities foster creativity, cites three crucial factors: talented people and a high quality of life that keeps them around, technological expertise and an open-mindedness about new ways of doing things, which often comes from a strong counterculture (NYT 5/2010). Boulder enjoys many of these advantages. Organizations such as the Boulder Independent Business Alliance and Transition Colorado have been vocal advocates for the economic impact of local businesses. Council should support, celebrate and promote these efforts. Ultimately each of us as individuals can support these efforts through use of our purchasing power.

3. I think that our police department does an excellent job, both in general and in regard to respecting our various communities. Profiling of any group can happen subtly and in barely perceptible ways. As a community we need to be diligent and on guard to the occurrence of profiling, not just by our public servants, but within our own daily actions. Education and training are the best tools that we have. The Boulder Police Department has taken a strong stance against racial profiling. I support this stance, and I support the job done by our police.

4. I will propose adding a 10-year forecast to our budget process. In order to address our long-term funding gap, we need to recognize the tradeoffs that we are making by our spending and revenue decisions. Many of these tradeoffs will not be apparent in the current year budget process. I would like us to develop and publish a report in which each city department provides us with measurements of what they have achieved. Some results are hard to measure, but this is not a reason not to try. It will take time to refine these tools, but they can become valuable in helping us manage our government. While the process may not be complete in two years, it will be critical to conduct the ongoing analysis for municipalization in a robust, comprehensive and transparent manner.

5. Boulder’s affordable housing program has been a worthy effort. Ultimately the price of housing is driven by the market. We must look at the ancillary problems created by the lack of affordable housing. Two areas on which the city could focus are allowing a higher level of density in designated areas of town and a continued focus on transportation. More on density in my answer to the next question. The lack of affordable housing creates a lack of access to many of the resources that we enjoy in Boulder. I live in South Boulder. It is unlikely that I will ever be able to afford living within walking distance of downtown Boulder. But excellent multi-modal transportation alternatives give me access to the amenities in this section of town. Similarly excellent regional transportation alternatives can give area residents access to employment opportunities in the city limits.

6. There are some areas of city open space that may be suitable for crop cultivation. Additional analysis in terms of soil conditions and irrigation would be necessary to make this determination. I would support this analysis. Expansion of the farmers’ market, and policies that assist local growers would also be important. My business was instrumental in hosting the first two pre-Thanksgiving farmers’ markets, which have now become an annual event on 13th Street. We have many city programs designed to encourage and support changed behavior on the part of our residents. Encouraging backyard “Victory” gardens would be an appropriate focus of our efforts. Community gardens may also be good uses for city-owned lands in flood zones and in some right of ways. The city should provide the “seed” for these ideas and let community groups like the Growing Gardens and Transition Colorado carry the ball.

Lisa Morzel

Favors 2A, 2B, 2C, 2H

1. I would consider incentives to encourage business owners to provide creative solutions to bicycle access and parking, such as a reduction in required auto parking spaces for increased bicycle spaces. If the city does a commercial energy conservation ordinance, I would advocate allowing bicycle parking to be included as part of the formula. Bicyclists not only need safe access to shopping, but also require adequate and convenient parking for bicycles and trailers, which many cyclists use to transport children, goods and possibly dogs. Sheltered parking in places would be another nice amenity. I will also continue to encourage the expansion and vitality of the B-cycle program throughout Boulder.

2. City Council can continue to support our economic vitality program and make sure it contains a focus on the development and prosperity of innovative start-ups and other locally grown businesses while working to retain the businesses we enjoy currently. As part of this program, Council has directed the city manager to retain a full-time staff position dedicated to this important effort, and this has already reaped many benefits. We also can make sure that new development in areas like Boulder Junction creates space that is appropriate for small, local businesses to thrive in a human-scale attractive streetscape. In recent years, Council has implemented policies that have allowed the development and growth of industries focused on clean energy and associated technologies, zero waste, as well as energy conservation. With the successful passage of ballot initiatives 2B and 2C, the potential for more growth in renewable energy source businesses will only flourish.

3. I have zero tolerance for racial profiling or discrimination against anyone; this should not be tolerated. Statistically, racial profiling in Boulder is low, which may be good, but the fact that it’s reported at all is unacceptable. Some suggest it is underreported, which may reflect fear of reprisal in the community. The Hotline, independent of the city and established in 2005, is one way to ensure reporting of racial profiling occurs. I’m not sure the best way to improve trust but as a community, I think we can improve efforts to be more inclusive in Boulder and ensure smaller communities do not remain or feel isolated. This is one reason I fought for a safe pedestrian crosswalk at 34th and Valmont and for well-developed connectors to Boulder Junction: residents here and elsewhere must have safe and easy access to the rest of Boulder.

4. Keep the municipalization and renewable energy efforts on track and moving forward to the best solution for Boulder, finish acquisition of Section 16 in Jefferson County, see a North Boulder Library built, and establish an exciting addition to our community on the Community Use site at 9th and Canyon.

5. I believe the path forward for affordable housing in Boulder must include: 1) continued support of the IH program because of the substantial income produced and the on-site requirement that distributes affordable properties throughout the city, 2) new, creative land-use policies and regulations that encourage ADUs/OAUs, mobile and manufactured homes, duplexes and small houses, creative sweat-equity development (possibly using recycled and reusable materials), incentive programs for voluntary deed-restrictions when redevelopment is allowed, and requirements for worker housing in mixed used developments, and 3) consideration of a new tax such as a head tax that targets workers and our commercial/industrial sector, with revenue dedicated to more affordable housing.

6. City council should look carefully at this issue because food production in the coming post-oil world will require use of all of our local resources. Council should consider appointing a board to look at this issue and should consider options for additional agricultural operations on Open Space and Open Space purchases that have agricultural potential. We could consider reducing water rates for those producing food. We also might consider partnering with local universities to encourage studies focused on agricultural innovations in an oil-free world. Community shared agricultural programs should also be encouraged. A year-round farmers’ market should be considered in a centralized location such as on the Civic Plaza. This would require construction of a sheltered space as well as consideration of a permanent city-farmers’ market partnership. Other local venues and farmers’ markets might also be supported through fairs, regular events, or otherwise throughout the city.

Tim Plass

FAVORS 2A, 2B, 2C, 2H

1. I fully support making more bike parking available at commercial areas in our community because the more convenient alternate modes of transportation are, the more likely it is that we will get people out of their cars. In new development, with proposals that go through Planning Board review, we have the ability to require developers to add extra bike parking to their project. As a member of Planning Board, I have supported additional bike parking for many projects. For existing shopping centers/commercial areas, we should provide incentives to property owners. One potential incentive is to highlight places that offer a certain level of bike parking on city bike path maps. Another idea is to provide relief from minimum parking requirements if some of the parking spaces are to be used for increased bike parking.

2. Locally owned businesses are a key component of economic vitality in Boulder. One of the exciting programs that the city offers is microloan assistance to help new businesses get off the ground that otherwise might have trouble finding financing. Cafe Aion, the great restaurant on the Hill, took advantage of the program. We can also consider changing our city codes to reflect changing conditions. For example, the city recently amended the code to allow for mobile food trucks. I supported that change on Planning Board. We can also look to better coordinate the resources we have here in town: CU, the federal labs and Boulder’s entrepreneurial spirit, to promote new start-ups. As for homegrown businesses that are growing we need to look for additional opportunities to provide Class A office space.

3. There are multiple things that we can do. First, city policy needs to prohibit racial profiling. Second, we need to have continuing diversity and sensitivity training for our police officers. Third, we need to have members of the police force who speak Spanish and understand the Latino culture. Fourth, we need to get officers out of their vehicles and on foot and interacting with the Latino community to build relationships. And fifth, we need to make sure that the Boulder police don’t act as an extension of ICE.

4. The three goals are: 1) To chart a course for a cleaner energy future with regard to our electric supply; 2) To reevaluate and improve our affordable housing program and 3) to make strides in the University Hill neighborhood both in terms of addressing young people’s behaviors and the revitalization of the commercial district.

5. I support our current affordable housing program and its goal of 10 percent permanently affordable units. I also think that it is appropriate to have a mix of both purchased and rental units to target different percentages of AMI. I would keep the Inclusionary Housing ordinance in place and also look for a broader-based funding mechanism to support our affordable housing program. I look forward to more fully exploring the recommendations of the Affordable Housing Task Force.

6. We can rebuild our local foodshed. We need more backyard — and front yard — gardens, more raising chickens and having beehives. We should convert our publicly owned agricultural land to growing food for local consumption. We should also look at having urban spaces, such as street medians, be potential places for garden plots. We need to rebuild our local food storage and distribution systems and give local growers and ranchers access to markets for their products. We also need more education to train a new generation of young farmers.

Ken Wilson

Favors 2A, 2H

Opposes 2B, 2C

1. I would encourage more bike parking at commercial locations by looking at trading some car parking requirements for bike parking requirements. For example, if the city regulations require 20 parking spaces for cars at a restaurant, we could reduce that to 18 if they provide eight bicycle spaces.

2. Boulder is a hub for the incubation of new businesses. We excel in technology, natural products and outdoor activity businesses sectors. The city needs to continue to work with new and established businesses, venture capital investors and business experts to keep Boulder in its leadership position. Our biggest problem is finding commercial and industrial space for new businesses. We need to be innovative in using our land use to accommodate businesses without changing the look and feel of Boulder as the city we all love.

3. I oppose racial profiling in any situation. The Latino residents of Boulder are an important part of our community, and we need to make sure that Boulder is a welcoming place for them to live and work. Our police department works with Latino community leaders to make sure officers have a good relationship with the community to assure they share the same safety and respect as other groups in the city. We should support the police department in this effort. We can all work to be more welcoming to all immigrant communities, which in itself will help stop racial profiling before it starts. We also need to press our federal legislators to work on immigration reform.

4. 1. Set a carbon footprint reduction goal that we could attain, with hard work, every year 2. Work with CU to align our goals closely and work together better as a team to reach them 3. Partner with Denver, Aurora and other cities to move the state in better directions on energy conservation and renewable energy

5. We need to continue moving forward with our affordable housing program. I would also like to see us work on housing for lower/middle-income people such as teachers, firemen, police and others who can’t afford homes in Boulder.

6. I would like to see us develop many more community gardens. We have ag land in our open space portfolio, east of town, that could be used for community gardens. I would also like to see us help local farmers sell their products locally with an all-year farmers’ market.


Favors 2A, 2B, 2C, 2H

1. I support an additional requirement that any permit application for new construction or significant repair to a car parking facility also include adequate accommodation to bike riders. The city should investigate what business owners consider their barriers to installing bike racks (money, permitting, time, liability, etc.) and work to remove those barriers. I would take photos of full bike racks at places of business (especially those that offer enhanced services such as Ideal Market) and to help show property owners that bicyclists are a significant demographic. Fact: 12 percent of Boulder commuters are on bike. At the Table Mesa shopping center there is bike parking in front of the South Side Walnut Cafe and Caff Sole. These businesses seem perpetually vibrant. There is no bike parking in front of Mickey C’s Bagels. Despite their coffee being just as good and having lovely patio seating, they are usually deserted. Coincidence?

2. 1) Add a preference for local and independent vendors to all city purchases and procurements. When bids are requested, the evaluation process of bids should weight local businesses with a significant advantage. This is in contrast to merely selecting the least cost 2) Stimulate an advertising campaign that promotes local businesses (in the spirit of “Keep Boulder Weird”). We can capitalize on our shared patriotism and pride of place with advertising campaigns and publicity 3) Provide start-ups with access to facilities. For example, sponsor a nonprofit such as Naturally Boulder to purchase/lease a commercial kitchen to then sub-lease to local start-ups on an hourly basis at favorable terms 4) Offer excess city equipment (vehicles, photocopiers, computers, etc) to local businesses for the first right of refusal for purchase.

3. First, I would ask the Latino community what actions would earn their trust. Some of my suggestions might include a bonus pay incentive to all bilingual police officers and recognition of acts of cultural sensitivity in each officer’s performance evaluation. I would also move to make one seat on the city’s Human Relations Commission reserved for Hispanic representation.

4. 1) Dozens of start-up companies launched with support from the city 2) 10 percent fewer single-occupancy vehicles commuting to Boulder 3) On the path towards an affordable and reliable municipal power company

5. I believe that housing assistance should serve as a bridge out of poverty, rather than a sustained government handout. My vision is for recipients of housing assistance to find that within a few years their family circumstances have improved enough so that they no longer qualify for the aid. They can then resell their unit or move to an unsubsidized home. I would work with current beneficiaries of public assistance to ensure that they have the tools necessary to pull themselves out of the grip of poverty.

6. The city could designate more of the neighborhood pocket parks as available land for community gardens. For example, there is an awesome garden at 20th and Grove. The city could offer a letter of support to any gardener who is in dispute with their HOA regarding whether or not growing food is an appropriate use of land. The parks and rec department could offer master gardener classes. The city could require the schools to preferentially purchase locally. The City Council should be briefed on the principles of permaculture.

Tom Johnston and Steve Keenan did not respond to the Community Questionnaire. Ronald Chase withdrew from the race.

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