January 25, 2014
When asked how to find out what in-commuters would buy or rent in order to live in Boulder and avoid their daily commute, I suggested that we should ASK them. Radical notion, but I’m glad the City has finally decided to do it. Continue reading Land Assembly Improves Neighborhoods, May Serve In-Commuters
Hello. My name is Ed Byrne. In 1981, my wife, Anne, and I moved to Boulder because we thought it would be the best place in the world to raise a family. It was. Conor, Erin and Kathleen thrived at Foothill Elementary, Centennial Middle School and Boulder High, and we’re very grateful. Continue reading Why You Should Support Ed Byrne For City Council (from the candidate)
May 4, 2013
There may have been times when big events caused more of a drain on Boulder’s service providers than could be offset by sales tax revenues attributable to visitors attracted by them, but event sponsors and the City have learned from the mistakes and successes in our past. We have also learned how to more effectively protect our natural resources while deriving greater economic benefit from the visitors and residents who enjoy such events.
Continue reading Boulder’s Big Events
March 16, 2013
As we fall into the sequester rabbit hole, don’t be surprised when perception of the size of things becomes distorted. Everything and nothing is relative in this latest iteration of the deficit crisis that simply will not die. Price tags for programs ripped from their budgetary moorings and held up for ridicule or support flicker and flutter like Tinker Bell, struggling to survive while her television audience dwindles, drained of passion by this endlessly repeated Promethean struggle.
Continue reading Sequester Nonsense
February 23, 2013
According to the Labor Department, the purchasing power of the federal minimum wage, after adjusting for inflation, has dropped twenty percent (20%) since 1967.
Continue reading Increasing the Federal Minimum Wage
January 26, 2013
I’m having some difficulty believing that WalMart was not aware of Boulder’s interest in who was rehabilitating the PetSmart/Ross space in the Diagonal Plaza.The inquiries were pretty specific. Playing hide the pea for a while may have been fair game, but even “plausible deniability” has its limits.
Continue reading WalMart Comes to Boulder
July 21, 2012
I support the Eldora Mountain Resort (EMR) improvements. They involve the expenditure of millions of dollars for new high-speed, wind-resistant lifts and on-mountain facilities. Eyeballing the Master Plan, more than 95% of the new trails lie within the existing permit area or on private land. Two small triangular additions on the south side permit the new Jolly Jug express lift to be added, providing additional intermediate trails and a second Challenge summit access option. Extending the northern boundary line about 300 feet to create additional runs and the express Pacer lift will provide accessible runs and a lift operable even in windy conditions on the Corona side.
Continue reading Eldora EIS Project Support
May 19, 2012
Following the October study session, council told staff to focus initially on two waste-related ordinances, disposable bags and styrofoam takeout containers. In typical fashion, the presumptive tool is a hammer (municipal fees or an outright ban). What if the problem is not a nail? Is the cost of enforcement – heck, the cost of analyzing the cost of enforcement – worth the ultimate benefit?
Continue reading Paper or Plastic? Wrong Question
January 14, 2012
It’s time to dramatically extend our planning horizon to anticipate a future where carbon-based energy resources become so expensive that market-based assumptions are irrevocably altered and to protect ourselves and our beloved community from the negative consequences resulting therefrom. This means more renewable energy sources, better energy storage technologies, more robust year-round agricultural productivity, and strategic primary resource planning.
Continue reading Need for a Longer Planning Horizon (2012 City Council Retreat)
January 7, 2012
50.4% – 49.6% (13,353 – 13,141): the margin of “victory” in Boulder’s municipalization referendum (occupation tax extension) on November 1st was 2011’s top Boulder story. We’re a progressive and well-educated town, but consensus on the way forward eluded us, even as more violent weather events occur world-wide and rapidly warming polar regions scream out for aggressive climate change-slowing solutions. I’d wager greater than 85% of Boulder’s voters agree on the City’s climate action goals. Our debate is about means and methods, and how to get the most bang for our bucks, sooner than later.
Continue reading Boulder’s Municipalization of Electric Utility Referendum