Oh, well now she's addressing it.
Making an equity argument about where this campground will go. Prob not where there are million-dollar homes, but where the working-class ppl live which will "lower that area further."
That's a Young talking point that Joseph was persuaded by, she says.
"We don't have the will of council to move forward with this. There's still a lot of things that have not been answered that I would need an answer to." Joseph says.
Meeting is adjourned, but I have one more point to make.

Joseph and other council members mentioned the National League of Cities. That's where I went to get "the other side" of the debate over camping ban enforcement and removals.
Because every. single. expert. on homelessness said that removing camps is unilaterally bad for ppl experiencing homelessness and does nothing to help.
It was Weaver who suggested National League of Cities. So I made my request. I spend an hour listening to them tell me why removing camps is bad, listing what all the best cities were doing: Expanding services.
Buying hotels. Establishing population-specific shelters (LGBTQ, women, domestic violence, veterans, etc.). Safe camping. Safe parking. More shelter beds.

I asked three separate times about camping bans.
Because I get it. What ARE cities supposed to do about trash and feces and needles?

Every time, the answer was: Invest in services. Find out what ppl want/need and then give it to them.
I followed up with an email asking ONE MORE TIME because I'd already heard all this. I needed "balance."

They gave me the same answer: Services are. the. solution.
National League of Cities did NOT support removal of camps during COVID. They promised a specific statement on camping bans later this year.
People want to accuse me of being biased or not balanced on this issue but I have yet to find any expert outside of Boulder who works on this issue tell me anything differently.

This is not Shay Castle's personal opinion. This is what all the experts have said.
I will end with yet more quotes from Steve Berg, who staff apparently respected enough to quote in their memo.
"I would say that when ppl talk about having a housing-first approach it’s an approach, it’s a system that does those things. It’s not inconsistent with doing thighs to keep people safe while you’re" finding them housing.
"You can’t help everyone is not a true statement. Ppl who work on homelessness at the local level, have found cost-effective programs that work for anybody. Anybody who is homeless, we have program models that can help them."
"It’s not like you can’t help everybody. Whoever is making the budgetary decisions is choosing not to help everybody. "
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28 Apr
Alright, the big one: Encampments. Or, as the city is calling it, "Update on Approaches to Safe Space Management of Public Areas and Sanctioned Camping" www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/Update_on…
I see they've dispensed with "maintaining safe and welcoming open spaces," as it was being referred to previously.

Of course, this is an evolution of a conversation we've had at council before.
As Kurt Firnhaber is reminding us now.

You can read the recent story, which has links to past coverage in it. boulderbeat.news/2021/04/24/hom…
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Time for our spring financial update. Presentation here: www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/Financial…
As you may remember, Boulder cut $29M from its 2020 spending plan due to COVID. boulderbeat.news/2020/06/06/29-…
And the 2021 budget had a further $28.6M in reductions, including 70 jobs being cut. boulderbeat.news/2020/09/04/bou…
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Starting with the YOAB stuff. Mayor pro tem Junie Joseph is leading tonight's study session.

Here's the YOAB presentation. It's delightful, ya'll. www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/YOAB_2019…
Lots of color and mismatch-y fonts. Exactly what you'd want in a Youth Opportunities Advisory Board power point.
What's YOAB been up to? Encouraging folks to complete the Census, doing education on social distancing during COVID, and gathering youth input for Parks & Rec and Police master planning.
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27 Apr
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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21 Apr
This is it: The big one. CU South Annexation. Here's staff's presentation: www-static.bouldercolorado.gov/docs/Item_6A_-…
And my story, which is an easier and quicker read (not as comprehensive, but helpful): boulderbeat.news/2021/04/17/cu-…
I'll prob tweet mostly what staff says, and add in extras as I think of it. I have So. Much. Notes. on this — stretching over 3 years — so it's a bit like trying to drink from a firehose.
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A few things on consent that are interesting: The aforementioned gun violence prevention resolution, and the fifth or sixth expansion of the 2015 height limit moratorium, through August, so the community benefit work can be completed.
I believe council will be accepting suggested edits to the gun violence prevention resolution. I'll find a copy for ya'll and include it on boulderbeat.news or my newsletter, if you're interested.
Some council members offering their thoughts now. Joseph feels some of the language is too passive.
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