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.…
There's still info I couldn't fit in there. Interesting stats, mostly. Staff's presentation is *fascinating* so I'd expect a third story this week, including council's receptiveness to the (proposed) plan.
Mark Wallach is leading tonight's study session, so I would expect fewer sighs. Sort of like how Sassy Sam Weaver turned into Straight-laced Sam Weaver when he became mayor.

With great power comes great responsibility.
I miss Sassy Sam.

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More from @shayshinecastle

9 Jun
It's this one: An update on the Climate Action Plan.

Staff presentation:…
LOTS to get into, but the big ones are:
New goals
A new approach…
Basically, Boulder (and a lot of other cities) were taking an approach in which they look at its own emissions that happen within its borders and try to reduce it as much as possible.
Read 118 tweets
9 Jun
NRV teeing this up: We've received a lot of communication about this — the update from Xcel. First presentation here (there's 2).…
"Their success is critical to us as we think to reach our goals," NRV says.
It will take a long time to parse through Xcel's whole plan, which it filed with the PUC recently, NRC says. Some of it we'll like; some of it we won't.
Read 62 tweets
9 Jun
Next, we've got a possibly even shorter presentation on what Boulder might be doing with its federal COVID $$.

Presentation here:…
This is the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Boulder expecting $20.5M, over two payments this year (this month, actually) and next.
What did ARPA $$ go to? Stimulus payments, enhanced unemployment assistance, tax credits, SNAP & WIC expansion, and homeowner and rental assistance;

Testing and vaccines, childcare, education, mental health and other forms of emergency aid, assistance for public health workers
Read 27 tweets
9 Jun
First up is Lexi Nolen from BoCo Public Health.

Things are looking even better than last month. Positive cases continue to decline:…
In fact, new cases in BoCo are almost as low as the very beginning of the pandemic.
That's because of our extremely high vaccination rate: 67% for the 12+ population. Every age group is above 50%.
Read 14 tweets
2 Jun
We're talking scheduling now. Joseph pointed out that the July 13 special meeting is the same day as the MLB All-Star game, so maybe they want to reschedule...?
Weaver said there is no precedent for rescheduling due to sporting events.
Apparently this was a Nagle suggestion. "Normally I would not have brought this up," she says, "but this is a pretty big deal for our state, especially given the reasons the game was moved to Colorado ... due to Georgia's restrictive voting laws."
Read 28 tweets
2 Jun
Next public hearing will be a little longer, but not by much.

A city ordinance passed in 1982 bans lightweight vehicles at the airport. It was in response to safety concerns of them interacting with more powerful aircraft.
"They were not considered to be aircraft back in 1982," says Erika Vandenbrande, the city's transportation head.
But now they are. The FAA has let Boulder know it can’t ban lightweight vehicles (it got a complaint).

Staff recommending repeal of that ordinance.
Read 15 tweets

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