LP019: Lefty libelers, fireworks, forest fires, fracking, and a solar failure

On Episode 19 of Longmont Politics we talked about the June 10th Longmont Citiy Council meeting, the local lefty loons misidentifying and going after an innocent victim, a good piece by Muhammad Ali Hasan about the health of our forests – in light of our recent local forest fires, a piece by Michelle Malkin about what President Obama’s policies have done to the tanker fleet that fights forest fires, Abound Solar goes under costing taxpayers lots of money and workers their jobs, and a North Carolina lawmaker accidentally votes to allow fracking by pushing the wrong button.

Music played in this show was “Even” by Wiser Time – courtesy of Music Alley.

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Anti-fracking ballot issue worse than doing nothing

(A version of this article ran in the July 5th, 2012 Longmont Times-Call)
The anti-fracking petition currently being circulated, and the ballot issue it proposes, is a big waste of time and eventually will be a waste of city and taxpayer money.

According to “Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont” (OHOFOL – or as I like to pronounce it “AWFUL”), their petition is to ban fracking within the city limits of Longmont. If you are in favor of such a concept, it sounds innocent enough on its face. But, as always, there’s more to the story. Continue reading…

Anti-fracking ballot issue worse than doing nothing

(A version of this article ran in the July 5th, 2012 Longmont Times-Call)

The anti-fracking petition currently being circulated, and the ballot issue it proposes, is a big waste of time and eventually will be a waste of city and taxpayer money.

According to “Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont” (OHOFOL – or as I like to pronounce it “AWFUL”), their petition is to ban fracking within the city limits of Longmont.  If you are in favor of such a concept, it sounds innocent enough on its face.  But, as always, there’s more to the story.

The City of Longmont has a map showing basically where drilling could occur by denoting where there are areas that are buffered by 350 feet, OHOFOL uses this map to justify their concern for drilling in Longmont.  One glance at this map makes it pretty obvious that these possible drilling areas are on the periphery of Longmont or are outside the city limits.

The small “islands” within the city limits are mostly parks – as if any oil driller will make the PR disaster of setting up multi-pad sites on a city park.  So, this petition and ballot issue in all reality does nothing.  Actually what it does is worse than nothing.  It will cost the city – and the taxpayers who fund the city – countless tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars on a pointless feel-good endeavor.

Why?  First of all there is cost associated with putting this on the ballot.  When I asked our fine City Clerk the question of how much it would cost, she said it was not a simple question to answer (many variables, including if it fails to make the November election and if a special election is required for this one issue) but said somewhere between $15,000 and $50,000.  Should the cost alone be a reason to deny a citizen-led initiative?  Not entirely, but that’s only a fraction of the costs.

Secondly, if passed by voters, lawsuits are sure to follow.  Big lawsuits, not just from oil operators but probably from the State of Colorado as well.  As much as I’m up for a good fight, this is one – even if Longmont won – that would drain a couple hundred thousand dollars from the city that could be better spent on just about anything else.  But this would probably lose in court and we’d have spent all that money for nothing.

Longmont is on the western edge of the oil and gas that operators are after.  It only gets better (for operators) as you move east.  For every well not in the periphery of Longmont or within city limits – which is small to begin with – there will be at least that many just beyond city limits in Weld County.  This ban will not protect those in unincorporated Weld County with Longmont in their address, yet OHOFOL and Longmont ROAR are playing a cruel game with their emotions having them believe this will benefit them.  It won’t.  If anything it will cause more drilling in their area to occur.

When bringing up these inconvenient truths to these people, the response was an emotional “but we have to do something, what would you have us do?”  To that I say sometimes doing something, like this, is worse than doing nothing.  And with this issue, about 5,000 people are demanding that the other 85,000 people in the city play this pointless game, and fund it, too!  The collateral damage will be those who will see an increase in drilling near their homes, the drained city coffers, the homeless and other programs that will take a hit, and Longmont overall being none the better for this escapade.

Citizens should drive public discourse and city policy, but not misguided and obviously agenda-driven policy with the help of outside political influence and funding.  This isn’t as “grassroots” as you’d be led to believe.  Save your taxpayer money and don’t sign this petition, or if you have already, ask to have your name removed.  If it makes the ballot, vote YES only if you are willing to accept the collateral damage it brings – with none of the promised benefit whatsoever.

Chris Rodriguez
Longmont, Colorado

LP018: Shifty Mayor strikes again, fracking ballot questions answered, and Jared Polis lives by different rules

On Episode 18 of Longmont Politics we talked about yet another example of Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs and Councilmember Sarah Levison‘s late night shenanigans.  We got answers to our questions about the fracking ban petition and ballot question from the City Clerk, and more or less suggested you don’t sign the petition or ask to have your name removed from it.  Lastly, we talked about U.S. Congressman Jared Polis and how he may have violated House rules when he paid a visit to the High Park Fire.

Music played in this show was “Maybe It’s Me” by Dusty Hughes – courtesy of Music Alley.

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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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LP016: Fracking ballot questions, voter ID, the airport, and deranged Tweets

On Episode 16 of Longmont Politics we played some City Council audio of singing anti-frackers and talked about their group (ROAR) limiting dissenting opinions on their Facebook page.  It was then on to voter ID and some questions for our City Clerk.  We then talked about some proof of voter fraud and letters from some people who may have registered illegally.

It was then discussion of the Twin Peaks Mall, Panattoni, Harvest Junction, the Vance Brand Airport.  Finally, we went through the quite revealing and troubling mental sewage in the form of tweets from former Longmont City Councilmember Sean McCoy, as well as those who “think” they are competition for me or any sane thinking person.  I invite you to check out their swill (Longmont Area Democrats & Free Range Longmont).

Music played in this show was “How The World Ends” by Modern Science – courtesy of Music Alley.

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LP015: FasTracks unraveling and fracking on the ballot

On Episode 15 of Longmont Politics we talked about RTD being “stunned” by BNSF’s price tag for the northwest rail line and FasTracks imminent demise in Longmont.  Also, a fracking ban will possibly be on the November ballot, which was read during the show, along with some pieces on Longmont Politics’ blog about fracking and this anti-fracking movement.

Music played in this show was “Oxygen” by Dusty Hughes – courtesy of Music Alley.

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LP014: The public sounds off to council, and voter ID laws

On Episode 14 of Longmont Politics, we condensed 2 hours of public testimony at the May 22nd Longmont City Council meeting about oil/gas regulations down to about 25 minutes.  “Exceptional benefit”, aka the McCoy Annexation Extortion Scheme, was done away with at this meeting as well.  Longmont Area Dems (@longmontdems) goes on the attack of those they disagree with, and fraudulently pretending to hyperlink to this site – Longmont Politics.  Notice how we actually link to them, unlike them we’re not afraid of the competition, as unhinged as it is in this case. Finally I further expanded on my Times-Call letter about voter ID requirements.

Music played in this show was “Whatever You Say” by Modern Science – courtesy of Music Alley.

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Anti-frackers fret early

The anti-frackers exaggerated fears for our cities.

It seems a foolish play for Longmont’s anti-frackers to have a total fracking ban placed on the ballot this November.

First, they are showing their hand too early with this petition drive.  If I were city council and staff, I’d emphasize that a painstaking effort has taken place for months to come up with a compromise that best serves Longmont.  Working issues are still on the table. Continue reading…

LP013: Brian Bagley and the neverending fracking fracus

On Episode 13 of Longmont Politics, we broadcast LIVE and had Longmont Ward 1 City Councilmember Brian Bagley in-studio.  We talked about his director work on his film “El Cartel“, we went over his comments at the recent council meeting about the fracking regulations, took some questions from callers and people in the chat room, and talked about MileHi Skydiving and his position on the airport.  Thanks to Brian and all the people who called, chatted, and listened.  Regardless if you love/hate myself or Brian, this interview has a little bit of something for everyone regardless of your politics and position on fracking.

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

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