The Longmont Years: 2009-2011 Breaking the Bloc

In this installment, we pick up in early 2009 after apparent local political burnout – or so I thought.  The previous two years were hectic, to say the least.  Output increased in quantity and quality, both in the written and spoken word.  By the end of ’08 I had gone back to one of my first loves: aviation.  But staying away from local politics was apparently not in the cards. Continue reading…

Longmont Airport’s future more secure with recent developments

With the unanimous approval by Longmont City Council of the new FBO (Fixed Based Operator) at Vance Brand Airport, the future of the airport becomes that much more secure, probably to the chagrin of those that have endlessly tried to undermine the airport for the last 20 years.   Continue reading…

Longmont’s Liberal/Progressive Thugocracy

The following was sent to the Times-Call for publication, they refused to run it for reasons unknown at the time of this posting. I ran the subject matter by a few random people, all were outraged and asked why they hadn’t heard about it. I wasn’t going to write about it as it’s old news to me, but apparently unknown by most. I assume the Times-Call isn’t running it because of the subject matter, but they’ve been running some pretty screwy Open Forum letters lately, so that can’t totally be it. I also assume this is something plenty of people in Longmont, while disturbed by it, would find interesting – dare I say newsworthy. Continue reading…

Longmont fracking ban won’t be free

The following appeared in the October 23, 2012 Times-Call.  It was written by four Longmont City Councilmembers speaking for themselves as private citizens.  They raise some good questions, questions I’d like OHOFOL and Food & Water Watch to answer, publicly.   -CRod

The problem with ballot issues is all too often they are narrowly drafted, poorly researched and leave a boatload of unintended consequences.

The problem is compounded when ballot measures are placed in the city charter, rather than in ordinance, because once the unintended consequences are realized they can only be fixed or repaired through successive elections rather than council action. City Council can amend an ordinance; only voters can change something in the charter.

LP017: Katie Witt on being an RNC delegate

On Episode 17 of Longmont Politics, we concluded our interview with Longmont Ward 2 City  Councilmember Katie Witt where she talked about the process of being elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.  We talked about some of the antics of the Ron Paul supporters, and how Mitt Romney was considered the conservative alternative four years ago, but now is considered a more liberal candidate for the Republican Party comparatively speaking.  I also asked Councilmember Witt about questions of her public support of a national candidate in the presidential election as an elected city representative.

Music for this show was “Always Be” by Aldo Leopardi courtesy of Music Alley

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LP010:Longmont City Councilmember Katie Witt on local current events

On Episode 10 of Longmont Politics, we had Longmont City Councilmember Katie Witt discuss the city council retreat, Mayor Coombs‘ attendance at council meetings, the Left Hand Creek construction project and the 100 year flood plain, the “exceptional benefit” issue, fracking and the public’s involvement, and the FasTracks ballot issue.

Music played in this show was “Free” by Polaradio – courtesy of Music Alley.

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LP001:FasTracks, Longmont City Councilmember Katie Witt, and a City Manager cheap shot

On tonight’s Longmont Politics, Chris Rodriguez talked RTD FasTracks with Dave Larison, and Longmont City Councilmember Katie Witt joins us on the phone.  Outgoing City Manager Gordon Pedrow takes a cheap shot at former Mayor Bryan Baum

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Best example of ignorant editorials

Boulder Weekly’s pick for dirty politics by Katie Witt’s supporters

In the ongoing need for Boulder to assert its unquestionable dominance over its neighbor to the northeast (for you in Boulder, that would be Longmont), the staff of the Boulder Weekly has selected as their Best example of dirty politics” Katie Witt’s supporters.  In a cute, snarky, and mostly factually challenged diatribe, it decried the fact that the person they preferred to win the Longmont City Council race, Karen Benker, got hammered by (now Longmont City Council member) Ms. Witt. Continue reading…

2009: What a year!

2009 was quite an eventful year for the City of Longmont, regardless of where you stand on the issues.  Obviously, it was better for some than others.  Personally, it was pretty busy but overall pretty satisfying, too.

So lets go through it, month by month: Continue reading…