The loud cry of the progressive left on the international scale right down to Longmont is democracy…democracy…democracy!
This may sound admirable, but there is one important caveat: Democracy only works under the Rule of Law. Otherwise, mob rule results (see Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt). The Founders knew this well in crafting the U.S. Constitution.
Great leaders as mayors are highly visible in times of crisis. The classic example was that of Rudy Giuliani with the 9/11 attacks. He served to calm and reassure New York City as well as the entire nation.
By comparison, Longmont mayor Dennis Coombs was not at all visible to the public for 2 1/2 days after the September flood. When he did appear via media, it was a hastily produced web video of little value.
I have no doubt that Dennis Coombs is a terrific restaurant owner, but he is a fish out of water serving in public office as mayor. Challenger Bryan Baum has always carried the presence and wisdom of a mayoral leader and is best suited to lead Longmont both in good times and in times of crisis.
Randal O’Toole of the Independence Institute confirms what we’ve known all along–that forced affordable housing programs don’t work and amount to government engineering of local real estate markets.
Fortunately, Longmont City Council under Mayor Bryan Baum repealed its Inclusionary Zoning ordinance in 2011. But in true far-left fashion, the city of Boulder continues its affordable housing program at an outlandish 20% mandate to builders.
The unsurprising failure of Denver’s ‘affordable housing’ ordinance
By Randal O’Toole
Denver’s urban-growth boundary has made housing expensive. More than a decade ago, the city blamed “failure by the private market to produce enough affordable housing” (see p. 5). To fix this “failure,” the city required developers to build “affordable housing.” Now, the city admits that this ordinance is a failure. Continue reading…
As Fort Collins awaits similar fracking lawsuit, Longmont racks up $69,000 in legal fees
Longmont faces two lawsuits related to its oil and gas restrictions
May 2, 2013
If you’re wondering what it might cost Fort Collins to defend itself in court if it is sued for banning fracking, the answer is a quickly moving target.
The only other city in Colorado to ban fracking and restrict energy development within city limits is Longmont, which has spent nearly $69,000 in legal fees through March 31 defending itself against two lawsuits challenging the city’s oil and gas regulations. Continue reading…
By Vincent Carroll
Denver Post Columnist
“It really started almost immediately when we entered the building,” Wendy Wiedenbeck said of the intimidation she encountered at a meeting of the Boulder County commission Tuesday.
“It was very obvious that it was going to be a tough night … ,” she added. “People were trying to block us as we walked through hallways.” Continue reading…