Public hearings on two potential ballot items.
-Adding 2 members to the Arts Commission (straightforward)
-Giving council the authority to change the city charter during declared emergencies in *very* limited circumstances (slightly less so, but not too controversial)
Which brings us to the biggest and thorniest issue of the night...
Two other agenda items:
Small-ish update on negotiations with Xcel. The substantive update has been moved to next week.
Discussion over renaming the Municipal Building (where council meetings are held) after Penfield Tate
Yates suggests going over some little, non-controversial biz while that's being worked on.
Nothing particularly juicy there.
He likes NEWR and not Bedrooms Are For People. Don't put it (Bedrooms) on the ballot unless they get the required signatures, he asks.
I have a feeling many of these speakers are with/for the campaign.
Haven't we met the spirit of both the city and state guidelines for direct democracy, gathering thousands of signatures? he asks.
"I do not want to live in a community where the right to affordable and legal housing is questioned," she says ... "where apathy and foot-dragging gets in the way of progress."
(Also earlier, I missed bc I was futzing with my work setup - Victoria Harvey, speaking against the Celestial Seasonings development in Gunbarrel)
Not-Sean calls for a 50% reduction in Boulder police budget, like Berkeley just did: sfchronicle.com/crime/article/…
Illegal living situations makes you less likely to vote, interact with neighbors, participate in local gov't, etc.
"The governor's protection expires on Aug. 11. We're going to see a GD tsunami of evictions. ... You have a line to the governor. Do something. Crank on him."
Though I don't think hell should count since it's made up. It's like if Narnia were a curse word.
"The normal process have failed the people," she says.
She mentions Governor Polis' recommendation to waive local occupancy limits. Apparently Denver is considering raising theirs.
(I missed the quote, but it was about what makes a city great.)