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People of #Boulder. The time is now. Only one item* on tonight's city council agenda: A decision on the CU South annexation. Catch yourself up here:…

*There are more, but I'm only tweeting about annexation.
There have been a few last-minute changes. We'll go over those tonight.
Nothing earth-shattering, from what I can tell.
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Well, we've arrived #Boulder. Tonight is the public hearing for the CU South annexation.

Oh, and a quick update on the city attorney search. Stay tuned. Coming to you soon.
A reminder that the vote is not tonight. That's next week.
But we will get some info from staff and CU, as is usual for annexations.

You can catch yourself up here:…
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Coming atcha for a Thursday night city council meeting, #Boulder.

Tonight: Budget stuff, including ARPA funds (which we already talked about)
Lobbying agenda
(Likely) extension of outdoor dining
I have no stories for you because I've been writing nothing but election stuff. Happy to report that will all be DONE next week and translated into Spanish by the time you get your ballots.
Anyway, tonight's meeting not that big of a deal. The real show is Tuesday, with the CU South public hearing.

So if you don't have the capacity for this meeting, I will totally not blame you.
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It is Tuesday, #Boulder, and I am reluctantly tweeting another city council meeting.

It's an important one, tho: How is Boulder gonna spend the $20M it's getting from the feds? Staff has some recommendations.
Oh and another nice little chunk of change coming our way from settlements with pharma companies over the opioid crises. We many *finally* get some decent mental health and addiction treatment.
All in all, a pretty positive meeting. Nice change of pace to be talking about how to spend extra $$.
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Who is ready and excited for #Boulder city council night? Not me (ready but not excited), yet here I am.

Tonight we've got public hearings on all 3 citizen petitions that will be on the fall ballot
- Give Voters a Choice on CU South
- Fur-Free Boulder
- Bedrooms Are For People
More importantly (IMO, since all these petitions are going on so there's really nothing being decided): Our first COVID briefing in a while. And, boy, have things changed.
Exhibit A: This map.
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Hey, #Boulder. Time for another city council meeting on this very hot Tuesday.

It's a study session, and we're talking Plans (Parks & Rec, East Boulder) so it should be pretty chill.
Also an update on the continuing search for a new city attorney.
It's kinda hard to tweet these planning topics, bc it's a lot of visioning and strategery. Not a lot of details.

I'll do my best.
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Hello on this very hot Tuesday, #Boulder. It's city council night, and it's gonna be a long one.

Tonight we've got:
Ballot content (first reading)
Banning tents on public land (public hearing)
Discussion on extending the CCS tax this fall (putting q on ballots)
Also possible call-up of the Celestial Seasonings project / Spine Road (230 homes, library, cafe, etc.)
Update on the city attorney search
Resolution about the Boulder Rez, where neighbors recently shut down a series of nonprofit events
Oh, let's see what else...
A trio of law enforcement type changes. All fairly standard, we'll breeze through them.

I may be forgetting things bc it's A LOT.
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Guess I should get this tweet thread started, eh? It's Tuesday night, so that means #Boulder city council. Our first meeting after summer vacation!

On tap:
Public hearing/council feedback on (partial) redevelopment of Diagonal Plaza
Community Benefit 2.0
Council work check-in
TOTALLY forgot, but this was supposed to be council's triumphant return to chambers, with some staff and public at home. But technical issues scuttled the hybrid meeting so... we're still fully remote. Trying again next week.
Mayor Weaver announcing the public input period for the "reimagining" of Boulder's police dept, going on now through July 31. Link:…
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It's Boulder Planning Board Thursday and we're going to do another round on the Spine Road apartments. No public comment tonight, just deliberations based on last week's applicant presentation and hearing. Still, could require popcorn.
Summary of the 6/17 public hearing, ICYMI:
Planning Board asking for some updates on regional transportation projects in the Gunbarrel area - specifically BRT on Diagonal and a first/last mile project. Lots of things in the design phase.
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Hey, #Boulder. Why is this city council night different from all other city council nights? Because it's the LAST ONE BEFORE SUMMER BREAK! Rejoice.
It's a study session, so no public input. But we're talking:
Crime / police dept strategy
Parking (pricing and neighborhood permits)
Extension of the CCS tax to pay for infrastructure projects
Riveting stuff.
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It's 80 degrees in my house, but I'll still be tweeting #Boulder city council tonight. Heat makes me snarky. You've been warned.
Interesting meeting tonight. A few things on the ol' consent agenda that are interesting, like the appointment of 2 ex-Planning Board members to vote on CU South issues (2 current members are recused bc of conflicts)
And our city attorney finalists will be named, too — that's a last-minute add I missed.

Then a vote for council to call-up (review) the partial redevelopment plans at Diagonal Plaza. That should be fun.
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Another Tuesday, another city council meeting, #Boulder.

Just a study session tonight, but an interesting one. We've got:
COVID update
News from Xcel on its plans and our partnership
Staff pitching a new approach to climate change
You can read about that last one here…
And here. So much material it required two stories.…
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Happy Tuesday and Pride Month, #Boulder!

What better way to celebrate than with a city council meeting???
(I mean, I could think of a few.)
I am back after taking last Tuesday off. The first council meeting I've missed in 3+ years of doing this job.

I suffered a severe panic attack that left me unable to move or speak for several hours.
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Another Tuesday, another #Boulder city council meeting.

Tonight: A second COVID briefing (not sure why, since we had one last week)
Public hearing on forming a library district
Final votes on Marpa House and appropriating $2.7M in new spending to remove encampments.
Those last two are really formalities, since council already voted on the substance of them. Both items are on the consent agenda, which mean they normally wouldn't even be discussed, but a few minutes have been set aside for each.
30 min for Marpa and 10-15 (can't remember) for the budget item. Councilman Aaron Brockett asked for a public hearing on the appropriation of $$; I guess this was the compromise.
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It' a lovely Tuesday evening for a #Boulder city council meeting.

We've had a bit of a change-up in the agenda: No homelessness stuff tonight. It's been moved to next week, a special meeting (which means no open comment).
We DO have open comment tonight, tho, so I would expect to hear from folks about homelessness.
There's one main agenda item tonight: Marpa House. There will be a public hearing and council vote on the reuse of this space from communal living to 16, 3-bedroom units. Neighbors are opposed.
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Hey, #Boulder. About to get started on an important study session. We're talking homelessness and budget today, which coincides nicely, bc council is discussing a potential $2.7M increase in spending on enforcement (removing homeless camps).
You can read more here. LOTS more info to add to what's in this story, which I'll thread for you once we get started.…
I don't have a story for you on the budget stuff, as it wasn't included in the packet. But looking through the presentation, it looks like 2020 revenue was higher than expected, but Boulder will likely still have a deficit in 2021.
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Greetings, #Boulder, on this sunny and snowy Tuesday. We've got a city council meeting tonight, and there's just one (major) thing on the agenda: CU South annexation.…
First, a personal note: I'll be speaking at Take Back the Night this Thursday, an annual event against sexual violence. I'll be telling my story of abuse, assault and healing.

If you've ever wondered what makes me tick, this is a good place to start.…
I know there's been a lot of heavy stuff lately. This will certainly be that. It's also about something else: What it takes to heal. For me as an individual and for our community.

There's much to be learned from survivors of all kinds of violence ♥️
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Another Tuesday, another #Boulder city council meeting. It was supposed to be a study session, but due to scheduling conflicts, it's now a special meeting.
What does that mean? No open comment, but one public hearing on new rules for micromobility devices (scooters, e-bikes, etc.)

Basically, where they can go (sidewalks, paths, streets).
We've also got our monthly COVID briefing and then two study session items: the Rocky Mountain Greenway and East Boulder Subcommunity Plan
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I feel another long thread coming on. 🧵👇 Bear with me. This one's about my fundraiser for @aaja and more generally about the importance of having people of color in the newsroom, and you're going to see me touch on #StopAsianHate and #BoulderStrong. Here we go.
@aaja On March 20, just a few days after the mass shootings in Atlanta that killed six Asian women, I started a fundraiser
for the Asian American Journalists Association on Facebook.…
I was an active @aaja member for many years, and went through its Executive Leadership Program some years ago. With rising incidents of anti-Asian hate, AAJA’s work has been more important than ever.
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🚨Breaking: Reports Of A Bomb Threat Located At Pearl And 16th Street Local PD Are Requesting People Evacuate The Area
#Boulder #Colorado
Boulder Swat Police And Bomb Squad Are Still Sweeping The Area Reports Of Multiple Bomb Threats In Different Locations Still Developing
#Boulder #Colorado
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So apparently #Boulder's tribal consultation is tomorrow. It's not on any calendars and I didn't get a link; I think in the past only part of it was open to the public.
You can learn more about the tribes on whose land Boulder sits in this presentation:…
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Another Tuesday, #Boulder. Coming to you with a city council meeting and a heavy heart. I'm not exactly sure how to get back to work after the shooting. But I'm here.
Full meeting tonight, including some TBD updates on the shooting and a declaration, a couple development call-ups (Hill hotel, Waterview apartments) and a check-in on council priorities and tribal consultation.
Also a public hearing on Boulder's state and federal lobbying agenda. Gun violence prevention will be discussed separately, at the April 20 meeting, but there are some big-ticket items on here. Most notably, SB21-62.
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10 min away from a special #Boulder city council meeting to address the shooting. I will be watching and live tweeting as necessary. State and federal officials will be speaking, as well as local electeds and some community members.
Tbh, I'm not sure how much I will tweet. Though I appreciate their representation of Boulder at this difficult time, politicians aren't really who I want to hear from right now.
So I will be here, but I'll only tweet what I find adds to the conversation, rather than just adding to the noise.
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#Boulder city council has scheduled an emergency city council meeting for 6 p.m. tomorrow night. The agenda includes an invocation by Mary Kate Rejouis and remarks from federal and state elected officials, as well as a time for community members to speak.
You can watch here or on the city's YouTube channel.
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