Prob gonna take this time to eat some food, feed my dogs and generally stretch, but I'll let you know of anything interesting/important. I recognize some names so .... it will probably be at least interesting.
Aisling Pigott, a Bedrooms for People organizer (seriously, how many ppl do they have??): This is a presidential election year. More younger ppl will vote. "I suspect high turnout is one reason council is fighting to keep this measure off the ballot.”
Hey, #Boulder. I can already feel you pulsating with rage, so clearly there's no need to tell you that it's city council night.
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)
Reminder: At least two separate ordinances prevent ppl from living in their cars in Boulder. One, you can't live in a car anywhere, even on private property. Two, you can't park overnight more than 48 hours on city streets.
Enforcement is complaint-based, so it's all about if someone calls you in. As suspected, far more likely to be ticketed for parking (100-150 a year) than living in a vehicle (28 issued since 2014)
The next issue is overnight parking rules. Friend is asking that council not vote until after next week's homelessness discussion, since the recommended change makes it harder for ppl living in RVs and campers.
Recent muni court ruling found B.R.C. 7-6-24(b) “unconstitutionally vague” bc it didn’t specify that trailers and/or campers parked on city streets had to be moved every 24 hours. They could still technically stay on the street by moving a few feet or to a different spot.
Boulder first started allowing dockless bike share (commercial fleets) in 2018, but the regs were too strict, staff found. No one applied. (Plus e-bike co. switched to scooters or went out of biz) dailycamera.com/2018/06/13/bou…
Regulations included: lock-to mechanism, which allows bikes to be “locked to” something to prevent them from being left places and blocking streets, sidewalks, biz, etc.