Analysis: Boulder’s pandemic petitioning boondoggle
Story and photo by Shay Castle. Originally published in the Boulder Beat on May 15, 2020.
"On the table this time was holding a public hearing to gauge support for council members placing measures on the ballot. Aaron Brockett, Rachel Friend and Adam Swetlick voted in support; Mary Young, Bob Yates, Sam Weaver, Mark Wallach and Mirabai Nagle opposed. Junie Joseph abstained, which counts as an automatic yes, making the final tally 4-5.
The issue — like so many before it in Boulder — has become a political hot potato. Council has received in excess of 150 emails (I stopped counting at 171: Browse them yourself and you’ll see why) and earned ire and praise for its inaction.
And the debate is by no means over. Yates suggested that it be revisited later in the summer when council discusses what ballot measures it wants to bring forward (more on that below), after deadlines for two of the four active campaigns have passed.
It’s all become one giant, swirly mess of rage tweets and all-caps emails. Let’s sort through the action and arguments to see what’s Bullshit and what’s Legit (at least when it comes to council — you’ll have to make up your own mind about how these issues play with your personal beliefs)."