PLAN-Boulder County endorses the following ballot issues:
2L Extension and raise for the portion of the existing Utility Occupation Tax that funds Municipalization;
2P Extension of the council’s authority to conduct executive sessions to seek legal advice related to Municipalization;
2O A charter amendment to require a citizen vote prior to incurring debt for separation construction.
Community, Culture and Safety Tax Renewal for Capital Improvements
2M Extension of 0.3 Cents Sales and Use Tax of the Community, Culture and Safety Tax for Capital Improvements
2N Debt Authority for Community, Culture and Safety Tax for Capital Improvements
Why we endorsed these candidates
PLAN (Peoples’ League for Action Now) Boulder County believes that these candidates best represent the balance the community desires for addressing the challenges that Boulder will confront going forward. The candidates all have solid track records of public service, are clear-eyed pragmatists, understand the key issues and are consensus builders who listen to all perspectives.
Cindy Carlisle has a lengthy resume of service in state and local affairs. She served on Boulder City Council and the University of Colorado Board of Regents, during which time she helped to facilitate real change and progress. Cindy’s long time interests are protection of the environment, support of the arts, a strong voice for neighborhoods and good governance. She shares PLAN-Boulder County’s concerns with the imbalance between jobs and housing, the impact of unaffordable housing on income diversity, inadequate linkage and development fees and improved public participation in city decision-making. Cindy will be a strong voice for the City’s 2030 climate goals and supports a renewable energy supply and municipalization of the City’s electric utility. https://www.carlisleforcouncil.com
John Gerstle is an environmental and water engineer who has lived in Boulder for most of his life. He was chair of the Boulder County Planning Commission, where he was a strong voice for restrictions on oil and gas extraction. While chair of the City of Boulder Planning Board he focused on thoughtful planning and managed growth. John’s concerns as a city council member will be requiring community benefit from development; protection of neighborhood character and livability; preserving and increasing affordable housing; open, consistent and responsive city government; and climate action to meet the 2030 climate goals, including municipalization of the City’s electric utility. www.johngerstleforboulder.com
Mirabai represents a fresh perspective as a younger candidate, a businesswoman, and a Boulder native. She brings a life-long passion for politics, public service and the political process to her concerns for the type of growth and ever-increasing traffic that is afflicting Boulder. Mirabai will seek to utilizing the talents, skills and education of people of Boulder to create solutions for everybody rather than continuing the divisions created by settling for winners and losers. Mirabai is a gemologist in her family’s jewelry business and a separate business owner of one of their product lines. She is a certified Emergency First Responder with the Sugar Loaf Fire Protection District, won “Fire Fighter of the Year. http://nagleforcouncil.org
Sam has served on the Boulder City Council for four years, prior to which he served on the City of Boulder Planning Board. He has been a strong voice for climate action, housing affordability, responsible planning and social justice. Among Sam’s many accomplishments as a city council member, Sam has been a leader in the City’s effort to municipalize its electric utility, worked to increase the amount of open space protected at CU South and advocated for adopting fees on commercial construction to support affordable housing. In his next term on council, Sam will focus on supporting a healthy environment for Boulder business, achieving aggressive carbon emissions reductions, and creating a sustainable community that cares for those in need. Sam is President, CEO and founder of Cool Energy, Inc., a Boulder-based power conversion equipment company that is committed to sustainable practices and is a certified B corporation. Sam served as a volunteer firefighter for 15 years including one term as chief. https://sam4council.org
Mary has served on City Council for four years and was Mayor Pro Tem for one of those years. Before her election to the city council, Mary was chair of the City of Boulder Planning Board. As a council member, Mary has been a strong and consistent voice for ALL communities including folks that do not always feel welcome in Boulder, she will continue to lead in this work. Mary will also continue her support for our Climate Commitment goals via the quickest route to meeting them, exploration of a municipal electric utility and its creation if our community votes to do so; responsible growth, including sub-community planning; thoughtful density along transit corridors; potential rezoning of industrial and commercial land to residential to both increase affordable housing and bring into balance new job creation; increasing funding for affordable housing through higher linkage fees on new commercial construction; establishing the ongoing sustainability of Open Space through the Open Space Master Plan; tough annexation negotiations with CU on CU South and the most comprehensive and effective flood mitigation possible, to protect our health and safety; finding a revenue source for ongoing support for the arts; and for the protection of local small businesses. https://youngforcouncil.org/about
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