Alli Fronzaglia: Mayoral poll situation: A typical sense initiative
Boulder’s Poll Situation 2E is one we are able to all get behind. A metropolis of greater than 100,000 folks voting for its mayor shouldn’t be a very daring concept. It’s widespread follow all through Colorado and throughout the nation. To take action through the use of ranked alternative voting, a technique confirmed to lead to higher illustration and fewer polarization, would be certain that Boulder continues to be a frontrunner in elections and good governance.
Having first moved to Boulder in 2005, I’ve been lively in our native elections for years. I’ve seen firsthand how the system works for some and never for others. I’ve been dismayed by more and more polarized elections and an absence of variety in our elected officers. However I consider strongly within the folks of Boulder and I do know we are able to do higher. Poll Situation 2E is a agency step in the suitable path.
After studying about Our Mayor–Our Selection earlier this 12 months, I approached the organizers and requested if I might assist. On this planet of Boulder politics, this was akin to “reaching throughout the aisle” as I had beforehand labored with opposing political organizations, points, and candidates.
However I used to be (and nonetheless am) excited by the thought of a “nonpartisan” initiative that will profit all. Clearly, I’m not alone, as 2E has since been endorsed by a variety of teams and people.
Merely put, I’m voting “sure” on 2E as a result of I consider there’s a greater solution to elect our mayor. In a metropolis of greater than 100,000 folks, everybody’s voices ought to be heard and counted, not simply these of a five-person majority on the Metropolis Council.
Ranked alternative voting, at present on seven poll measures throughout the nation, is essentially the most environment friendly and equitable method to do that. It simply is smart.
Frances Higgins: Environmental safety: Presidential alternative issues
As Coloradans, we might be grateful to our native legislators. This previous 12 months, our legislators have handed legal guidelines which can be constructive for the surroundings. And subsequent 12 months extra legal guidelines are proposed that concern the surroundings. To know extra, search for these new Colorado legal guidelines:
Home Invoice 20-1143: Environmental Justice & Tasks Enhance Environmental Fines; HB20-1155: Larger Effectivity New Development Residence; HB20-1265: Enhance Public Safety Air Toxics Emissions; Senate Invoice 20-055 – Incentivize Improvement Recycling Finish Markets; SB20-204: Extra Assets To Defend Air High quality; SB20-167: Electrical Motor Automobile Producer And Seller; HB20-1119: State Authorities Regulation Of Perfluoroalkyl And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFOA/PFAS); and SB20-218: CDPHE Hazardous Substances Response.
Joe Biden has promised to stay within the Paris local weather settlement on the primary day of workplace and has his personal plan for a clear vitality revolution and environmental justice to assist our surroundings and create new jobs. (Go to JoeBiden.com to see his plan)
The large distinction in President Donald Trump and former Vice President Biden is that Trump believes that local weather change is a hoax and that Biden believes that correcting local weather change creates a possibility for brand new jobs and a cleaner surroundings for all.
Additionally, consider your private plan to cut back your carbon footprint by 2030. We will anticipate our leaders to work in direction of carbon discount targets, however we additionally must ask ourselves “what can I do to really reduce my carbon footprint?”
When the following generations asks us, “what did you do to be part of saving the surroundings,” what’s going to you inform them?
Edwina Salazar: County fee race: Vote for Loachamin
Secure housing is a core determinant of non-public well being and properly being. When housing alternatives are available, it’s much less doubtless households will turn out to be homeless. Decrease-income households usually tend to thrive in employment, well being, and schooling, benefitting the whole group.
Marta Loachamin, candidate for Boulder County commissioner representing District 2, is a frontrunner who has labored for many years to assist households achieve entry to inexpensive housing via monetary schooling and residential possession, altering the course of lives.
The financial downturn brought on by COVID-19 has created in depth housing insecurity for each renters and householders. Marta will use her abilities obtained working as a resiliency specialist on group wants after the 2013 catastrophic flood. These abilities will assist our group get well from the adversity brought on by the pandemic.
Marta’s previous work to doc the expertise of the underserved inhabitants has led to the event of a pilot program of Boulder County to enhance group resilience after an emergency or catastrophe. On this a time of nice challenges, Marta is simply the particular person wanted to assist our group goal efforts to get well from the downturn and create equitable assist for all folks experiencing housing insecurity.
M.P. Donahue: Electrical franchise settlement: Keep freed from Xcel
I assist vitality independence for Boulder by voting “no” on Poll Situation 2C. This can allow Boulder to decide on its personal vitality suppliers. Current public requests from personal renewable vitality suppliers present that we are able to pay significantly much less for renewable vitality than what Xcel costs.
Don’t you marvel why you obtain notices from Xcel Vitality yearly that it’s asking the Public Utilities Fee for increased charges? Why, when renewable vitality prices are taking place yearly?
We will do higher. We will attain our purpose of 100% renewable vitality and pay much less for that electrical energy, provided that we vote “no” on 2C and stay freed from 20 years chained to Xcel.
There’s each monetary cause and environmental cause to hitch your fellow residents, together with a number of Boulder Metropolis Council members, previous and current, and vote “no” on 2C.