Council Workshop on Reno Park and a Wadsworth Cultural Corridor


by John Kiljan
[updated December 9, 2014]

Dear CLRC members and friends,

Monday night’s workshop should be more interesting than most. Although not a formal business meeting, the Council will be considering a rezoning plan that will prevent future scrape-off projects in the Reno Park historic district just west of Olde Town. Scrape-offs typically occur when an investor buys one or two older homes to pull them down and replace them with multi-story, multi-family apartments. Arvada’s zoning laws currently allow this to happen in Reno Park. Some years ago the Stockey-Walter historic district east of Olde Town was rezoned to prevent scrape-offs and now the residents of Reno Park are asking to do the same.

City of Arvada, City Council Packet, December 8, 2014_5Some public testimony is expected to be allowed. You can read more about Arvada’s historic housing districts and what is at stake in this recently completed consultant survey at

https://static.arvada.org/docs/Arvada_Survey_Report_Draft_reduced-1-201412050915.pdf

– Update on Reno Park: In a correction to the above article, Reno Part resident Kelly Eargle wrote, “We are not able to prevent scrape offs with this rezoning, nor is Stocke-Walter. They rezoned into a PUD, changing some of their building requirements. We are asking to rezone from multi-family zoning (RM) to a single-family zoning (RSL) to prevent condos, apartments, and convenience stores, all of which are allowed under the current zoning.”

At Monday night’s meeting the Council seemed sympathetic to the goals of the Reno Park Historical District petitioners. Many spoke in support of the proposal, but one non-resident spoke against it saying that one day they hoped to be able to scrape the Reno Park lots that they own and put in multi-family housing. They said that they bought their property knowing that the current zoning would allow that if they had the opportunity and met all other current City requirements for multi-family housing.

The Council asked City Staff to draft up a rezoning proposal for a formal review by the Planning Commission and then the Council. If the rezoning were approved, the City would then look at the expense of setting up design guidelines for the neighborhood.

Mayor Williams cautioned the petitioners that the zoning request would be handled impartially and that none of the Council members would take a position on the rezoning before full public hearings. He also said that he would have to be convinced the the neighbors really wanted this change and fully understood the implications of what the rezoning would mean.

There is an audio-only recording of the meeting available if anyone is interested.

City of Arvada, City Council Packet, December 8, 2014_19The cultural corridor is a dream long-held by Arvada’s City Councils. At the same workshop a consultant will be making a presentation of the feasibility setting up of a section of Wadsworth Boulevard from at least the Arvada Center to Olde Town.

You should be able to click on these images to enlarge them.

– Update on the Wadsworth Cultural Corridor: Most of this part of this evening’s workshop was Artspace consultant Roy Close speaking to Artspace’s 24-page evaluation of the feasibility of a cultural corridor for the Wadsworth Boulevard. That report should be available online for the rest of the week at this link.

http://www.arvadarecords.org/councilpacket/current_week/02.B.%20Evaluation%20of%20a%20Possible%20Wadsworth%20Cultural%20Corridor.pdf

Mr Close said there was no real definition of a cultural corridor, but gave several examples of cultural corridors in other cities and what did and didn’t work well about them. All them concentrated on attracting talent to create thriving arts community, and he said it was very important for young artists to actually live in the city they work in. 

He advised against trying to include the Bypass in the corridor because of the traffic load. He said that Olde Wadsworth also had a number of drawbacks in the middle area between Olde Town and the Arvada Center. He suggested instead that the City concentrate on the areas at each end of Olde Wadsworth. 

He said that the northwest corner of 68th and Wadsworth especially had a lot of potential to the City in encouraging a community of artists. He suggested that the City take a lot of care in developing a long-term plan for this part of the Arvada Center campus. Also on his list of potential sites were the areas just adjacent to the north part of Olde Town across from Ralston Road. 

A surprising recommendation was to look at the light industrial area across from Marshal and Lamar Streets where young artists are already setting up studioss. He suggested they were seeking out this area because they were being pushed out of other artist colonies in the metro area because of neighborhood gentrification and rising prices for available work space. 

In the end he strongly suggested that Arvada establish a cultural commission whose first task should be to better define the communities needs and opportunities and to seek certification of Olde Town as a Colorado Creative District. The Council agree to start taking those first two steps. And City Manager Mark Deven said he planned to come back to the Council to do just that as a way of meeting the performance goals the Council has already set for him . That work will also include giving the Council and idea of what City resources would need to be invested to actually create the corridor.

An audio-only recording of the presentation and discussion is available if anyone is interested.

WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
This meeting will not be televised, but you can download the entire City Council packet with much of the presentation material at this link.

http://arvada.org/government/city-council-packets/

–John Kiljan

7 December 2014

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Local Election Results


by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

Here is an update on the latest local election results. These numbers are as of Wednesday night, December 5th, and are still likely to change as military, overseas and “cured” ballots come in. The two Colorado Senate races we covered are still too close to call and it may be another week before we know who won.

VoteminiCured ballots are those that were turned in but the voter either forgot to sign the ballot, or their signature did not did not match the signatures on file closely enough to satisfy the election judges, or they haven’t provided proper identification. Those voters will have a chance to cure their ballots and have their votes counted if they can respond by November 12th to a notification the County will send out.

Unless a recount is needed, the County will then have until November 20th post a final official result. If a recount is needed, then the final result may be delayed until as late as December 4th.

Recounts are not automatic unless the runner up is closer than 1/2 of 1% of the votes received by the highest candidate. That’s a pretty tight standard and the current voting machines are pretty accurate. With the numbers shown below, none of the second-place candidates would currently qualify for an automatic recount.

Jefferson County Election Results

Last updated: 11/5/2014 8:08:43 PM MST

Laura J. Woods (REP) 29,208 47.81%
Rachel Zenzinger (DEM) 28,367 46.44%
Gregg Miller (LIB) 3,512 5.75%
Total 61,087

 

Cheri Jahn (DEM) 32,465 46.69%
Larry Queen (REP) 32,269 46.41%
Chris Heismann (LIB) 4,799 6.90%
Total 69,533

 

Joseph DeMott (REP) 14,882 46.90%
Jessie Danielson (DEM) 16,852 53.10%
Total 31,734

 

Wade Michael Norris (DEM) 15,001 39.73%
Libby Szabo (REP) 20,628 54.63%
Niles Aronson (LIB) 2,132 5.65%
Total 37,761

 

Susan Kochevar (REP) 12,987 44.26%
Tracy Kraft-Tharp (DEM) 14,412 49.12%
Hans Romer (LIB) 1,942 6.62%
Total 29,341

 

All Registered Voters: 422,691

Ballots Cast: 253,697

Voter Turnout: 60.02%

And this election result from Historic Olde Town Arvada:

BID ELECTION RESULTS — Last night, the Spencer Fane law firm informed us that the vote to fund the Olde Town Business Improvement District has passed by 49 to 14. The vote approved an 8.5 mil levy increase on the commercial real properties within the district. This increase will appear on the tax notices you receive in early 2015.

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WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/Jefferson/53336/148102/Web01/en/summary.html

and at

http://jeffco.us/elections/results/

–JK

 

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Capital Improvement Committee Meeting 10/9/2014 – Meeting Summary


All,

I intend to post meeting summary notes from CCIPC meetings. I did not write these but they are the approved summary.

 

T.O.

 

Tour Summary

Note: This document is a summary of the key discussion topics at each tour stop. It is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of the tour. It is organized by tour stop.

Street Reconstruction at Brooks and Garrison (Discussion with Mark Bowman)

  • Garrison has needed resurfacing for at least 12 years. Resurfacing was delayed to allow for multiple other projects in the area to be completed first so that the street would only be under construction once. The street deteriorated during the delay and was just completely reconstructed. The project cost $598,000 and is expected to last for a long time.
  • Brooks Street was improved using mill and overlay as complete reconstruction was not needed.
  • A member of the group requested that staff provide the CCIPC with a summary of traffic counts on major streets over time. This information is forthcoming.

Parks Building (Discussion with Mike McDonnell)

  • The Parks Building houses all of the crews for the east and central districts of Arvada; this includes staff, as well as vehicles, equipment, and maintenance operations.
  • The building is very old. It is not accessible under the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The heating and cooling system is antiquated, inefficient, and ineffective. There are outdoor areas that routinely get covered with ice, and staff falls are fairly common. Office space is insufficient, and the available meeting space will not hold the entire staff. Equipment storage space is insufficient to allow for all equipment to be kept indoors; keeping equipment indoors extends the life of the equipment by approximately 3 years over outdoor storage.
  • The overall location is good, but the property is too small to accommodate the Department’s needs. The City leases an easement from the railroad on the south side to get extra space. There is available land to the north that could be acquired, allowing for the City to quit leasing the easement. It would take 17 years to payoff that purchase.
  • There is no security system. Staff members have to manually check more than 20 doors to ensure security at night. There have been no break-ins. Lighting is minimal, and ceiling tiles have periodically fallen in. There is a chemical room that does not meet current safety codes. Ceilings in the garage are too low to allow for large trucks to be lifted for maintenance; there are also no recessed maintenance areas. This makes repairing and maintaining larger trucks very difficult.
  • It may be possible to build a second story in the office area to increase space and improve efficiency.

Arvada Ridge Transit Stop (Discussion with Bill Honer)

  • The Gold Line starts at Union Station in Denver and enters Arvada at Tennyson. There will be three stations in Arvada: one at Sheridan, one in Olde Town, and this one at Arvada Ridge.
  • The platform and the trains will be level at this station to allow easy roll-on/roll-off for wheelchairs, strollers, and suitcases.
  • There will be an at-grade crossing at Lee Street to get people safely across Ridge Road.
  • There will be 200 parking spaces, with some handicap spaces and some motorcycle spaces. There will be bike parking and a few bike lockers (which can be leased).
  • Trains will not use horns in the area; gates on both sides of the tracks allow for quiet zones.

Traffic Calming Roundabout on W. 52nd Avenue

  • This roundabout was added to calm traffic. This was a priority of the last CIP Committee.
  • The new 4.5-acre Griffith Park is being created at 52nd and Carr. This is part of the City’s vision to have a park within a 10-minute walk from every Arvada home. Park construction should be completed by the summer of 2016.

Olde Town Transit Improvements (Discussion with Phil Hensley)

  • This is area will be home to a new transit center. There will be a bus transfer area on the lower level, Gold Line on the main level, and a festival deck on the top level. There will be 4 different connecting plazas, along with parking for 600 cars (400 for RTD parking and 200 for retail), including spaces for handicap parking and motorcycles. The overall height of the building will not be taller be than the current height of the movie theater.
  • The City has some concerns that people will use the lot for long-term airport parking, so management of the parking will have to adapt to conditions and use as they develop.

Sheridan Station

  • Sheridan Station will have an elevated platform above the railroad grade in the surrounding area. This allows for some energy efficiency, as arriving trains will automatically slow as they go up the hill to the platform and automatically speed up as they go down the hill leaving the platform.
  • There will be 330 parking spaces, including spaces for handicap parking and motorcycles. There will also be bike parking and bike lockers. There is room to expand the parking if needed.

69th and Sheridan

  • The City is building Britton Park here. It is an old apple orchard, and the new park will have an agricultural theme.
  • Neighbors design parks in Arvada, and more than 100 people attended the meetings for Britton Park.
  • The park should be completed by October of 2015.

Median on 88th Street

  • Improving this median was the second-highest priority for the last CIP group. The irrigation system had failed, the trees were dying, and the trees were blocking the retail at 88thand Sheridan, causing Kings Soopers to consider leaving the shopping center.
  • The median was rebuilt and relandscaped, making it more visually pleasing and improving visibility for local business. The new plants are thriving.
  • The cost of improving the median between Sheridan and Wadsworth was $1,037,000.

Moore Brothers Farm

  • This is a 50-acre farm that is now owned and operated by the City. The use of the property will always be agricultural. An employee of the Parks Department lives in the house on the site and manages the property.
  • There was previous discussion about improving Alkire Street in this area, but neighbors had resisted previous proposals. The current alignment has been part of the Comprehensive Plan for at least the last 15 years and is accepted by the neighborhood. The approved plan is to connect Ward Road to 79th Street at Cameo Estates.
  • There is some challenging topography that has not yet been addressed regarding how to connect W. Alkire Street between W. 80th and W. 82nd Avenues.

Intersection of 72ndand Indiana

  • Addressing this intersection was a priority of the last CIP group. The goal is to widen the road.
  • There are two canals and some historic values at the intersection, which make this a challenging project.

Westwoods (Discussion with Mark Bowman)

  • During lunch, Mark shared some handouts (available the on the website) outlining costs of different forms of street improvements and their respective lifetimes.
  • There is a lifecycle to street maintenance, and Arvada’s goal is to improve streets early at a lower cost rather than waiting until the damage is so extensive that more costly reconstruction is needed.
  • The City is currently putting $5 million per year into street maintenance and resurfacing, but a recent assessment indicated that $17.5 million per year is what is needed. Mark Bowman indicated that the construction season in Colorado may be too short to allow for that much money to be effectively spent each year, even if it was allocated.
  • The City is also looking into changing its requirements for how roads are constructed and maintained during the construction of new housing developments, as heavy truck traffic on new and existing roads can degrade roads fairly quickly.

Long Lake Regional Park

  • This property was purchased from Denver Water in 1996. It is home to several multiple-use fields and a 50-acre prairie dog refuge. There is room to build a stadium if that is needed later.
  • The City works with APEX to manage the property: Arvada maintains the park, and Apex does the scheduling of the fields.
  • APEX is doing its own collaborative CIP process to identify their needs in the future.
  • The previous Arvada CIP group observed that the City did not provide a lot of patron amenities at this park, so a new bathroom facility has been added. For similar reasons, lighting, trails, and benches have been added here and at other parks.

Jefferson Parkway (Discussion with Bill Ray in the Bus)

  • The proposed Jefferson Parkway would come through the Leyden Rock area. It would be elevated above Leyden Road. There is an engineering challenge related to whether the Parkway would go over or under the train tracks between Leyden Rock and Highway 72.
  • The estimated cost of the Parkway is $200 million. It is currently awaiting the outcome of federal permitting discussions and is only 2% designed.
  • The City of Arvada strongly supports building the Jefferson Parkway because it will provide a regional road for regional traffic. Currently, regional traffic uses Arvada streets to move through the area, creating traffic and maintenance challenges that should not be the sole burden of Arvada residents. Building the Jefferson Parkway would allow regional traffic to use a regional road, easing traffic and maintenance burdens in Arvada.

Candelas

  • Candelas is new a development on the west side of Arvada. The full property is 2,200 acres.
  • There is a 50-year build-out planned for the area.
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Kraft-Tharp, DeMott, Szabo, Aronson — House Districts 24, 27 & 29 Candidate Survey Responses


Where do our local candidates stand on issues important to central Arvada? Our neighborhood association sent out a candidate survey to 14 candidates whose districts lie in or near the CLRC neighborhood association boundaries. In all, we had ten replies. Here is the third and last set of responses we received. They are for the Colorado State House District races in Districts 24, 27 and 29. These districts represent most of our CLRC readers. Except for formatting, the candidate’s questionnaire responses are unedited.

The CLRC thanks the all candidates who responded to our survey and for taking the time to tell us where they stand on these issues. And we hope this information helps our readers decide who they want to support in the coming election.

T.O. Owens — President, CLRC

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Tracy Kraft-Tharp

Tracy Kraft-Tharp

Name: Tracy Kraft-Tharp (incumbent)
Mailing Address: 12083 W 84th Place
Arvada, CO 80005
Phone: 720-937-1506
Email: TKTH@AOL.COM
Website: TRACYFORSTATEREP.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TracyKraftTharp
District: Colorado House District 29,
which covers Old Wadsworth to Sheridan
Party: Democrat

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

SB14-016 died in the Senate before coming over to the House, therefore I was not able to research and carefully review it. I have approached the staff at the Arvada facility, as well as other locations, and expressed an interest in visiting the facility and learning more should a new bill be introduced. I have also watched the tape of the CLRC community meeting on this issue. My interests surround the provision of quality care, and transparency about the services and fees that any facility provides to our residents. We need to ensure that there is a balance between economic development, consumer protections and the ability to provide healthcare to our residents. I do commit to listen to all sides of this issue if another bill like this comes to the House next session.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

My concern lies with homeowners who invest their life savings and make the biggest investment in their life in their homes and discover that there is a defect in their property. We need our laws to protect them-not the developers or attorneys. This summer, I met with many of the interested parties and have encouraged everyone to sit down and review the problems and potential solutions and attempt to work together. I will review any potential legislation with the focus on the homeowner. Lakewood is currently undergoing a measure to try and use their home-rule status in order to change the current construction defect litigation environment, and they might serve as a model for how to best approach this from a statewide perspective – I’ll be watching closely.

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

Urban renewal dollars are important for both Arvada and Westminster as each city is looking to develop vital areas: the Fastracks area in Olde Town and the Westminster Mall. I have met with representatives from the counties and special districts and have heard that they want a seat at the table when decisions are made. They are concerned because their tax revenues stay at the baseline level prior to redevelopment during the development process. There is a study, to be completed in November this year that looks at the effects of urban renewal dollars on all parties. I will review any legislation to ensure that the cities are protected in their development needs and, as the Governor directed in this veto letter, that other parties’ interests are protected.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

a) I sponsored a bill that reflected the concerns about public-private partnerships on Highway 36 to include a public transparency process and oversight by the legislature. I worked with the Governor, and the Governor’s staff, and requested that he include a veto plan with his veto of the bill. The Governor did that through issuing a veto letter that mandated a public transparency process. This summer, I have worked with the Colorado Department of Transportation to develop a robust public transparency process in public-private partnership ventures. As a result, CDOT is implementing electronic meetings and town meetings to gather public feedback on the current I-70 development. I believe that the ‘public’ in public-private partnerships is sacrosanct and must be conveyed through a robust process.

b) Colorado voters have rejected this in 2008 and 2010, it has wide-ranging unintended consequences from banning all abortions, even in cases of rape, to banning many common forms of birth control like the IUD, and could even cause police to investigate women who suffer miscarriages. This measure is deceptive and it is sponsored by the same people who have brought personhood in the past, and I won’t allow politicians or government to come between a woman, her family, her doctor, and God.

c) through e) Ballot initiatives are an important venue for the voters to research and express their wishes for Colorado’s future, it’s a more ‘direct democracy’ than the ‘representative republican’ form of government that we have in the legislature. As such, I believe that my views should surround providing information about what the initiatives convey-not attempt to sway voters through my views. In the legislature, I listen to my constituents, experts and advocacy groups from all sides on every topic, and make my decision based on my district, my values, and my legal expertise. On the ballot, every voter has a right to make his or her decision, and I am currently listening to all sides of each ballot debate to determine how I will personally vote this November.

[end of responses by Ms Kraft-Tharp]

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Joe DeMott

Joe DeMott

Name: Joe DeMott
Mailing Address: 4800 Wadsworth Blvd, Suite 100
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-929-4608
Email: JDEMOTT4@GMAIL.COM
Website: DEMOTTFORCOLORADO.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-DeMott/451131071684484
District: Colorado House District 24, which is just south of the Arvada City limits
Party: Republican

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

No, I believe there is a need for a choice and readily available healthcare.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

Yes, contractor confidence needs to be restored by implementing mandatory defect repair periods, HOA notification, and election of the majority of tenant response to class action suit, and first time buyer construction and financing restored.

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

No, local knowledge and control take precedence.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

a) I’m in support of TABOR and using elections and bonds to accomplish our infrastructure needs.

I will support the will of the people on issues on this ballot.

[end of responses by Mr Demott]

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Libby Szabo

Libby Szabo

Name: Libby Szabo
Mailing Address: 7267 Beech Street
Arvada, CO 80005
Phone: 720-260-4722
Email: LIBBY@LIBBYSZABO.COM
Website: LIBBYSZABO.ORG
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Libby-Szabo/281879707870
District: Colorado House District 27, which covers central Arvada west of Olde Town
Party: Republican

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

NO! What makes this country great are the choices we have and the free market mentality of our citizens. If First Choice emergency room offers us another choice in our healthcare decisions I am all for it.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

YES. I think every community should have a diverse amount of housing options. The current construction defect laws hinder that process.
3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

 I did not support House Bill 1375 last year. I believe Arvada has proven it has a great process established for urban development and I always say, “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it”.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

In my 23 years living in Arvada I have been blessed with great support from the community.  Thank you so much for all you do to make Arvada great.  Please reach out to me if you have any concerns or issues you would like to discuss, my door is always open. libby@libbyszabo.com  I would be honored if you gave me another opportunity to serve you at the state house for another term.

[end of responses by Ms Szabo]

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Niles Aronson

Niles Aronson

Name: Niles Aronson
Mailing Address: 5379 Estes Street, Apartment 3
Arvada, CO 80002
Phone: 720-251-9268
Email: NILES.ARONSON@GMAIL.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Aronson4CoStateRep
District: Colorado House District 27,
which covers central Arvada west of Olde Town
Party: Libertarian

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

No. I do not believe the government should be deciding the winners and losers in any industry. I hope that more stand-alone emergency rooms, and other health industry businesses open up here in the district providing jobs, and much needed health services.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

I would support legislation that allows the markets to determine the best use of property by the developers/owners.

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

No. I personally believe that any tax money raised by the citizens of Arvada should either be given back to them in the form of a refund, or used to remove blight in Arvada as according to the urban renewal authority.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

  1. I do not support any relationships between the private and public sectors if it is going to cost the taxpayer’s money.
  2. I strongly oppose government getting involved in an individual’s most difficult choice.
  3. I am against the use of government for a specific company to gain at the cost of its competition. If the Amendment was written to allow any company to open a casino at a racetrack I would be more in favor of this legislation, but as it is currently written I am against Amendment 68.
  4. I am in support of transparency in the negotiations between any union and the taxpayers, and this very much includes the negotiations with the teacher’s union.
  5. I strongly oppose Prop 105, and any legislation that allows government to step in and mandate regulations for businesses to compete in the markets. This is nothing more than an attempt to eliminate competition through government force.

[end of responses by Mr Aronson]

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Note: The following four House District candidates did not respond to our survey. Each was solicited by email, by letter post (with an SASE), and by either telephone or voicemail. Here is the contact information we have for them provided by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office and by doing a brief Google online search.

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Susan Kochevar

Susan Kochevar

Name: Susan Kochevar
Mailing Address: 10071 Lee Street
Westminster, CO 80021
Phone: 303-880-3292
Email: DU-PIONEER@COMCAST.NET
Website: SUSANFORCOLORADO.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/susan.kochevar
District: Colorado House District 29, which covers
Ralston Road from Old Wadsworth to Sheridan
Party: Republican

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Wade Norris

Wade Norris

Name: Wade Norris
Mailing Address: PO Box 19521
Denver, CO 80219
Phone: 202-596-5850 (a Washington, DC area code)
Email: SHONI@ANDESBEAT.COM
Website: WADENORRIS.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ArvadaCOWadeNorrisforHD27JeffCo
District: Colorado House District 27, which covers central Arvada west of Olde Town
Party: Democrat
[Editors note:  this post corrects an earlier post that inadvertently misidentified the candidate’s  district]

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Jessie Danielson

Jessie Danielson

Name: Jessie Danielson
Mailing Address: PO Box 93
Wheat Ridge, CO 80034
Phone: 720-491-1510
Email: JESSIE@JESSIEDANIELSON.COM
Website: JESSIEDANIELSON.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jessiedanielsonforcolorado
District: Colorado House District 24, which is just south
of the Arvada City limits
Party: Democrat

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Hans Romer (archive photo)

Hans Romer (archive photo)

Name: Hans Romer
Mailing Address: 6329 W 92nd Place
Westminster, CO 80031
Phone: 303-957-3700
Email: HANSROMER1000@MSN.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HansVRomerLibertarian29ColoradoHouse2012
District: Colorado House District 29, which covers
Ralston Road from Old Wadsworth to Sheridan
Party: Libertarian

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WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
Here’s a link to a CLRC article that tells you why our neighborhood association is doing this survey and what the issues behind it are.

http://ralstoncommunity.org/2014/09/29/clrc-asks-the-candidates-urban-renewal-condos-emergency-care-ballot-measures/

Not sure what House or Senate district you or your neighbors are in? Here’s a click-on link to a handy district locator map for the entire state of Colorado.

http://www.colorado.gov/esri/webmaps/my-hood.html?webmap-id=0bbdbd4450154b1c9a9827d21c862dad

We’ve already covered the candidate responses for Senate District 19 Senate District 20 at these two links. All of six the candidates running for these two seats responded to our survey.

http://ralstoncommunity.org/2014/10/05/woods-zenzinger-miller-senate-district-19-candidate-survey-responses/

and at

http://ralstoncommunity.org/2014/10/11/jahn-queen-heismann-senate-district-20-candidate-survey-responses/

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods near to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

Our main website is at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org, or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community” where you may post comments or ask questions. Or, you may write to us at

CLRC
c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004

12 October 2014

 

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Jahn, Queen, Heismann — Senate District 20 Candidate Survey Responses


Where do our local candidates stand on issues important to central Arvada? Our neighborhood association sent out a candidate survey to 14 candidates whose districts lie in or near the CLRC neighborhood association boundaries. Here is the second set of responses we received. They are for the Colorado State Senate District 20 race. The district lies just south of the Arvada city limits and shares many of the same development issues that Arvada has. Except for formatting, the candidate’s questionnaire responses are unedited.

We thank these candidates for the time they took to respond to the CLRC. We hope this helps you decide whom to support in the upcoming election.

T.O. Owens — President, CLRC

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Cheri Jahn

Cheri Jahn

Name: Cheri Jahn (incumbent)
Mailing Address: 3580 High Court
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-424-0086, 303-667-1186/cell
Email: IRIS3580@COMCAST.NET , INFO@CHERIJAHN.COM
Website: CHERIJAHN.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cheri.jahn
Party: Democrat

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

I fought hard to stop the legislation in 2014 that would have been detrimental to the First Choice emergency facilities. If the legislation is introduced again I would definitely oppose it.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

I would definitely support legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws as I did when the legislation was proposed in the 2014 session. It was very unfortunate that this piece of legislation did not make it through the process. Our developers are definitely being prevented from getting needed financing to build owner-occupied apartments or condos throughout Colorado. I would agree that building only rental apartments is not good for any area and there should be a good mix including owner-occupied condominiums.

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

I opposed HB 14-1375, which would have redirected new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s Urban Renewal Authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

I am a proponent of public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects such as the Highway 36 transportation project. We do not have adequate funding for our transportation systems in Colorado so believe we should explore every avenue including the public-private partnerships.

I am opposed to Amendment 67 as I believe this is another attempt at Personhood and that has been soundly defeated repeatedly by Colorado voters. This is a decision to be made by a woman and her family and doctor not the government.

I am opposed to Amendment 68 for a few reasons. For one, I do not support amending the Colorado State Constitution and I also do not think there will be the amount of funding they are selling the proposal on. A previous amendment pertaining to increased gaming at the current casinos was put into the Constitution and sold on the projection that $40 million of the revenues collected would go to Community Colleges. So far only about $7 million has been received. There are many unanswered questions in this measure.

I am opposed to Proposition 104 as I think negotiations on personnel issues should be done in a private process. I would not expect any negotiations public or private to be done in a public setting.

While I understand what people are trying to get to in the labeling of food, I will have to stand with the Agriculture community on this one and oppose the measure. I think the unintended consequences could be great. I believe this would be detrimental to the great little cottage farms that are opening up around the state. Under this proposal it would be very difficult for these small farms to thrive. There are many products that contain GMO’s that are not included in this proposal. If one wants to buy GMO free foods there is always the option of buying organic. During times when families are still struggling to get back on their feet after such a hard recession it is not helpful to raise the costs of food and this would probably do that.

[end of responses by Ms  Jahn]

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Larry Queen

Larry Queen

Name: Larry Queen
Mailing Address: 3440 Youngfield Street, #236
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303-919-9069
Email: LARRY@LARRYQUEEN.COM
Website: WWW.LARRYQUEEN.COM
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/LarryQueenSenate20
Party: Republican

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

I will oppose any legislation hurting our Arvada Triangle Emergency Room.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

I will support Construction Defect Reform and work hard for passage. If my opponent is elected this will not pass for at least two years because of Senate Leadership.  Last year the Democrat leader, Morgan Carroll, would not let this come to a vote.  Morgan Carroll is a trial lawyer and trial lawyers make millions from our bad construction defect law. For more information, please watch us both speak on this topic at the Arvada Chamber of Commerce State Election Forum online

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

I will not support this bill.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

It is important in Colorado that we work together, and my opponent voted 98% of the time with party leadership.  Even more troubling, she was the author of a bill to give eminent domain rights to oil companies so they could take private land for pipelines.  We need a balance between industry, municipalities, and individuals, and the main reason I’m running is because my opponent seems to have lost track of that balance and only serve special interests.  I look forward to representing you!

[end of responses by Mr Queen]

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Chris Heismann

Chris Heismann

Name: Chris Heismann
Mailing Address: 12711 W 6th Place
Lakewood, CO 80401
Phone: 720-239-2109
Email: LP@HEISMANN.NET
Website: CHRISHEISMANN.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chrisheismannforstatesenate
Party: Libertarian

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

As a legislator, I would be against any legislation that uses government to drive legitimate companies out of business, particularly if those businesses are providing valuable services to their surrounding communities. I also don’t support governmental financial support of private businesses in industries that are capable of being profitable on their own.

SB14-106 clearly benefits larger hospitals financially by attempting to use government to shut down their competition, making me against it on both counts.

Furthermore, as a Libertarian, there would be no worries about me bowing to pressure from my party caucus.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

Colorado’s construction defect laws need some serious overhaul. The only ones winning right now with them are lawyers. Multi-family housing is an essential need in Colorado, and currently those construction defect laws are holding that construction back. I would support any well written legislation that truly revised the laws to make them better.

However, any legislation would have to also very clearly avoid giving any company a government mandated advantage over it’s competitors.

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

I am not familiar enough with this particular piece of legislation to comment on it specifically at this time.

However, in general, I am against special tax districts like urban renewal authorities lasting indefinitely (they should always be limited to a specific task and time frame) and any use of their collected tax funds for anything other than their intended purpose. If a special tax district’s purpose has been fulfilled, the district should be dissolved, and any excess tax revenues refunded to the appropriate tax payers. If the tax district’s purpose has not been fulfilled, then by no means should its revenue be redirected anywhere else.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Amendment 67 bothers me. Not because of it’s intentions, but because like many well intentioned laws, it is more likely to be used by those with an agenda, than it will be used for it’s intended purpose. In this particular case, this well-intentioned law will wind up being used by antiabortion activists to persecute those they disagree with.

As a country, I feel we’ve spent far too much time, money and energy on abortion issues, both pro and con. Quite frankly, the simplest way to reduce the number of abortions in this country is to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies. That requires fostering personal responsibility, combined with availability of sex education and birth control.

The concept of personal responsibility extends far beyond abortion and unwanted pregnancy though. It extends into every facet of life from education to health. Those who take personal responsibility for their lives are typically more beneficial to society than those who don’t.

Therefore, we need to stop creating government programs that punish those who take responsibility for their lives while at the same time rewarding those who don’t. This does not mean we can’t help the unfortunate, we just need to make sure the help we provide encourages them to move forward, and doesn’t provide barriers to becoming self reliant, as many of our existing programs do.

[end of responses by Mr Heismann]

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WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
Coming up next are the responses from our local candidates for the House District races. Look for them on our RalstonCommunity.org website. Here’s a link to a CLRC article that tells you why our neighborhood association is doing this survey and what the issues behind it are.

http://ralstoncommunity.org/2014/09/29/clrc-asks-the-candidates-urban-renewal-condos-emergency-care-ballot-measures/

Not sure what General Assembly district you or your neighbors are in? Here’s a click-on link to a handy district locator map for the entire state for Colorado.

http://www.colorado.gov/esri/webmaps/my-hood.html?webmap-id=0bbdbd4450154b1c9a9827d21c862dad

If you are voting in Senate District 19 instead of Senate District 20, you can read the survey responses for that district by going to this link

http://ralstoncommunity.org/2014/10/05/woods-zenzinger-miller-senate-district-19-candidate-survey-responses/

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods near to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

Our main website is at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community” where you may post comments or questions. Or, you may write to us at

CLRC
c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004

 

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Woods, Zenzinger, Miller — Senate District 19 Candidate Survey Responses


Where do our local candidates stand on issues important to central Arvada? Our neighborhood association sent out a candidate survey to 14 candidates whose districts lie in or near the CLRC neighborhood association boundaries. Here is the first set of responses we received. They are for the Colorado State Senate District 19 race. Except for formatting, the candidate’s questionnaire responses are unedited.

We thank these candidates for the time they took to respond to CLRC. We hop this helps you make a decision as to whom to support in the upcoming election.

T.O. Owens — President CLRC

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Laura Woods

Laura Woods

Name: Laura Woods
Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 740388
Arvada, CO 80006-0388
Phone: 720-588-0522
Email: LAURAWOODSFORSENATE@GMAIL.COM
Website: LAURAWOODSFORSENATE.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laurawoodsforsenate
Party: Republican

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

I will always defend the First Choice ER, just as I did at the community forum in March. I will stand for small businesses and their rights against the big-government agenda of my opponent. I will NOT support re-introduced legislation to take away First Choice’s right to do business.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

I support Construction Defect Litigation reform so that multi-use housing projects can once again be built in Colorado, and particularly here in Arvada. I also support arbitration as a means of resolving these claims, and I support the homeowners’ rights to know what the HOA is getting them involved in or just how the HOA is encumbering their property. The trial lawyers, which support the democrats, have shut down building for so long that first-time home buyers are being impacted, seniors are being impacted, condo dwellers are being forced into apartments, and everyone in the construction trade is suffering.

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

I need to look into this issue and consider both sides’ arguments. At this time, I am not familiar enough with the reasons for redirecting the tax increment. But I would consider it from my district’s perspective, which is the city of Arvada, not Jefferson County. I need to learn more about this.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

I am not in favor of raising taxes for any reason, but I know infrastructure, roads and bridges, utilities, etc., are suffering due to a lack of funding. P3s are a good method of paying for new roads, but certainly P3s need to consider the needs of the community they’re impacting. I would work with other members of the senate to protect Senate District 19’s interests.

Amendment 67: I am a pro life candidate, standing up for the most vulnerable in our society, which includes BOTH the unborn and the elderly. Under the death panels of the Affordable Care Act, the elderly, starting in 2015, can be denied health care and told they simply have to die. I will defend life on both ends of the spectrum.

Amendment 68: I am fundamentally opposed to using gambling proceeds to fund education or any other government program; and this amendment is especially troubling because the proceeds are to benefit people in Rhode Island, not in Colorado.

Proposition 104: Transparency in collective bargaining discussions seems like it would solve a lot of issues. This is something I would support, just as I support transparency in government.

Proposition 105: GMO labeling is something that I am in favor of. Until and unless we determine that no harm flows from genetically engineered foods, people should be told if they’re consuming them.

[end of responses by Ms Woods]

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Rachel Zenzinger

Rachel Zenzinger

Name: Rachel Zenzinger (incumbent)
Mailing Address: 7725 Marshall Street
Arvada, CO 80003
Phone: 303-748-0770
Email: RACHELFORCOLORADO@GMAIL.COM
Web: RACHELFORCOLORADO.COM
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RachelZenzingerInOffice
Party: Democratic

Questionnaire Responses

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

I did not support the legislation that was drafted during last session. It was due, in large part, to my opposition that the bill never made it to the floor for a vote. I supported First Choice ER when I was a member of City Council by approving their application and I would like to see First Choice continue to operate in Arvada.

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

I agree we need to do something about this issue. There is already a draft bill in the works to amend the CRS to address the issue with construction defects and I support the general direction of the draft bill. The main issue will be to move toward alternative dispute resolution rather than very costly class action lawsuits. But ADR alone is not enough to address the issue. We also need to change the CCIOA (Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act) to require a majority vote of homeowners to initiate a lawsuit.

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

I was a staunch opponent of HB14-1375 and was one of two Senators that argued against the bill during debate. The urban renewal tool is extremely important to municipalities and the arguments against urban renewal (and there are some valid arguments) were not addressed in HB14-1375. During debate, I cited the enormous success of urban renewal in Arvada and pointed out how the bill would staunch Westminster’s ability to move forward with renewal of the Westminster Mall Redevelopment. Because the bill had bipartisan sponsors, it was very difficult persuading a majority of legislators to oppose the bill and it passed through both chambers. However, I was one of several that urged the Governor for a veto, which proved successful.

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

The restrictions on PPP for large infrastructure projects as proposed in SB14-197 was a major concern to me and I worked to amend the bill to address the provisions that would have negatively impacted the State’s ability to attract and pursue PPP’s in the future. My four amendments addressed the following:

  1. The language regarding the revenue share back provisions would have hurt the local entities.
  2. The return on investment language that would have made entering into PPP agreements unnecessarily difficult.
  3. Public Highway Authorities that utilized HTPE would not have been exempted from the provisions of the bill, and would have negatively impacted the Jefferson Parkway and other Public Highway Authorities.
  4. The 30 year restriction on PPP agreements was untenable, making any future agreements highly unlikely.

I successfully argued the first three amendments, but the fourth amendment did not pass. I believe the reason the Governor ultimately vetoed the bill was due to the 30 year provision. We have several successful PPP projects in Arvada, namely the Gold Line, and I believe that they are a reasonable approach for funding large infrastructure projects and very supportive of ensuring they continue in Colorado.

[end of responses by Ms Zenzinger]

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NoPhotoAvailableName: Gregg Miller
Mailing Address: 6060 Estes Court
Arvada, CO 80004
Phone: 303-467-3451
Email: PALMIST46@YAHOO.COM
Party: Libertarian

Questionnaire Response

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[end of responses by Mr Miller]

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WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE

Our local candidate survey responses for other seats in and near Arvada are coming up now. Look for them on our RalstonCommunity.org website. Here’s a link to a CLRC article that tells you why our neighborhood association is doing this survey and what the issues behind it are.

http://ralstoncommunity.org/2014/09/29/clrc-asks-the-candidates-urban-renewal-condos-emergency-care-ballot-measures/

Not sure what General Assembly district you or your neighbors are in? Here’s a click-on link to a handy district locator map for the entire state for Colorado.

http://www.colorado.gov/esri/webmaps/my-hood.html?webmap-id=0bbdbd4450154b1c9a9827d21c862dad

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

Our main website is at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community” where you may post comments or questions. Or, you may write to us at

CLRC
c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004

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CLRC Asks the Candidates — Urban Renewal, Condos, Emergency Care, Ballot Measures


by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends,

Find out where our Colorado legislative candidates stand on local issues.

Once again, it is election time. At the end of last week, the CLRC sent out campaign questionnaires to 14 local candidates running for seats in the Colorado General Assembly. We asked about the candidates’ positions on pending legislation that directly affects the neighborhoods in central Arvada. The questions were suggested by the CLRC’s 15-member steering committee during the course of the month and compiled by the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community’s president, T.O. Owens, last week.

Ballot Blue Book 2014

Ballot Blue Book 2014

In the past, the CLRC has put campaign questions to candidates for the Arvada City Council (including the recent District 1 vacancy), the boards of directors for Apex Park and Recreation and the Arvada Fire Protection District. But two years ago the CLRC didn’t ask any questions to those running for seats in the State Legislature. We simply didn’t see a need.

But a lot has changed in two years: A bill was introduced to close down the new emergency room on Ralston road. Developers are now planning to build about a thousand new apartments locally — none of which will be owner-occupied. And a bill was passed (and then vetoed by the Governor) that would limit cities ability to clean up urban blight in areas like the Triangle.

These are all local issues that the legislature will deal with in the coming year. Add to that several statewide issues that our members are interested in, and we thought it was time to ask the candidates a few questions on where they stood on these issues. Plus, we probably won’t get a chance to annoy our representatives in General Assembly with pointed questions like this for another two years.   8^)

The CLRC lies in Senate District 19 and in House Districts 27 and 29. We expanded the list of candidates to include Wheat Ridge’s Senate District 20 and House District 24, both located just south of the Arvada City limits. We did that because two of those candidates will still get to vote on what affects neighboring Arvada. But also because many of our members and friends live outside of the CLRC’s primary area of interest — which is roughly the neighborhoods located within a half a mile of Ralston Road from Kipling to the Wadsworth Bypass.

VoteminiThe response deadline for our candidate surveys is just before the mail-in ballots arrive and we hope to post the results on the week of October 12th. So if you are unsure on how you will vote on any candidate or issue, you may want to wait until we put up the responses. You can drop your ballot off at the post office or save a stamp and use the ballot box at City Hall.

Copied here is the two-page candidate survey and questionnaire we sent out. The CLRC is a non-partisan association and we do not endorse candidates for elected office. However, we do encourage our members and friends to become informed about the candidates’ positions and to actively support any candidate they want to see elected.

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CLRC 2014 Candidate Survey and Questionnaire

Survey Background

1) In 2014, legislation (SB 16) was introduced that would have caused Arvada’s only emergency room, First Choice, located in the Arvada Triangle, to close down. This was the first prominent business to open for years in this run-down shopping center. The bill died in the Senate, after a community forum held in March by the CLRC, but it is likely to come up again next year.

2) One more attempt to fix the Colorado construction defect laws was stopped in the Senate during the last legislative session. The laws currently on the books effectively prevent developers from getting the financing they need to build owner-occupied apartments (condos) in Arvada and throughout Colorado.

Central Arvada has a housing shortage. Because of the laws now on the books, only for-rent apartments will be built in the 150+ unit Park Place Olde Town development, in the 350+ unit Triangle development proposed for 2016, in the 350+ unit Solana development starting on Grandview just east of the Wadsworth Bypass, and in a new 300 to 400 unit development planned for Ridge Road near the community college west of Kipling.

The annual resident turnover rate for rental apartments is expected to be about 60% per year. Many feel that building only rental apartments is not good for the area’s growth with so much construction that could otherwise be built as owner-occupied condominiums.

3) In legislation that passed during the last minutes of the 2014 session (HB 1375), the increased tax increment generated by the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority for eliminating urban blight was instead be redirected to Jefferson County to be used for other purposes. That last-minute legislation was vetoed by the Governor but is certain to be reintroduced during the 2015 session.

4) There are several other non-neighborhood-specific issues that the members of our steering committee are concerned with. Those include increasing the restrictions on public-private partnership for building large infrastructure projects such as new highways or highway lanes. Also included in the members issues list are several items scheduled to be on the November ballot including

Constitutional Amendment 67 — which newly defines “personhood” and “child” in the Colorado criminal code and [in] the Colorado wrongful death act to include unborn human beings.

Constitutional Amendment 68 — which increases taxes at horse racetracks in three counties and uses those revenues to fund K-12 school districts across the state.

Proposition 104 — which is a petition to change State statutes to require collective bargaining discussions in school districts to be open to the public.

Proposition 105 — which is a petition to require certain foods sold in Colorado to be labeled, “Produced With Genetic Engineering”.

Candidate Questionnaire

1) If elected, will you support re-introduced legislation that causes the First Choice emergency room located in the Arvada Triangle at Independence Street and Ralston Road to go out of business as a stand-alone emergency room?

2) If elected, will you propose (or support) legislation to amend the existing construction defect laws to make it advantageous for developers to build owner-occupied condominiums instead of for-rent apartments?

3) If elected, will you support a resurrected House Bill 1375 to redirect new tax revenues generated by Arvada’s urban renewal authority to Jefferson County instead of being used for eliminating urban blight within the City of Arvada?

4) Please use this opportunity to let us know your views on any other issues you want to comment on, including, but not limited to, a) restrictions on public-private partnerships for large infrastructure projects, b) Amendment 67, unborn human beings, c) Amendment 68, using racetracks to fund schools, d) Proposition 104, open labor negotiations in school districts, e) Proposition 105, labeling of genetically engineered foods.

 

Please use additional pages as necessary, and be sure to respond by October 9, 2014

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WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

Our main website is at http://www.RalstonCommunity.org or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”.

CLRC
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004

303-423-9875
jpkiljan@yahoo.com

Monday 29 September 2014

 

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