Council Connects

In an effort to be open and transparent, the City of Golden has created this page for City Councilors to share information with each other and with the community. Though there is not an opportunity for dialog between City Council and the community here, residents are encouraged to reach out to City Council via councilcomments@cityofgolden.net.


In an effort to be open and transparent, the City of Golden has created this page for City Councilors to share information with each other and with the community. Though there is not an opportunity for dialog between City Council and the community here, residents are encouraged to reach out to City Council via councilcomments@cityofgolden.net.


In an effort to be as open and transparent as possible, Council Members will use this tool to share ideas and thoughts, including information they learn from other groups, to city discussions.  

Council members are only sharing ideas on this public forum, not holding conversations with one another or with the community.

Please visit one of our Council meetings where you may sign up to share your ideas with City Council, or contact your Council members directly by email at councilcomments@cityofgolden.net.

You cannot leave comment in this Guest Book unless you are a part of the project panel.
You need to be signed in to comment in this Guest Book. Click here to Sign In or Register to get involved

Just wanted to let you know I've been working on these notes, not just loafing on this snowy day NLC Congressional City Conference, 8-11 March 2020, Washington, DCHere are my NOTES:NLC UNIVERSITYPOLICY PRIORITIEDS TO PRACTICE – Why 73% of the data you use for decision making is misleadingMatt Applebaum, Former Mayor BoulderASK: Is the info/data you have relevant?1. Census Data: student population messes up/skews the data2. Problems with Means and Medians: about the distribution of numbersa. He gave a bunch of examples: temperatures, water flows, stock market, rainfall, incomes, real estate prices, provertyb. Why? Because perception drives anger (Jim says: perception = reality)3. Budgets: bottom line – hard to compare cities because of the variety of Fund areas plus special districts4. Correlation (Association) does not equal Causation5. Reading Charts: Look carefully at the scales used on themSUMMARY1. Bad data is worse than no data2. KEY: does the data answer the question you ask?3. Jim’s take: the Art and Science of Policy makingNLC UNIVERSITYTHE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY – SHARED : CARS, CURBS AND CITIESSubstitute Speaker- ZIP Car Exec- Subrina Sussman (Sort of became an ad for ZIP CAR)Shared Economy: many examples in today’s societyZIP CARS = Car Sharing; cost is about $70/yr plus $8/hr- Why ZIP CAR? Shared, Connected and Flexibleo AAA SAYS “average cost of owning a car is $906/moo Fewer carso Fewer parking spots neededo More green spac- BUT NEED:o Housing Densityo Lower car ownership rates10 Shared Mobility Principals: plan; focus- moving people not cars; encourage efficient use of space and assets; engage stakeholders in decision making; design for equitable access; transition toward zero emissions; seek fair user fees; deliver public benefit via open data; promote i9ntegrated and seamless connectivity; automated vehicles must be sharedNLC UNIVERSITYData Analysis from Operational Issues to Policy – Tyler Inc. Exec ( “a table exercise”)(Jim’s opinion: not so helpful/hit)Keys to operating Smarter not Harder1. Find the Needle in the Haystack by targets – who where2. Prioritizing work for impact – Triage versus FIFO (Fist In First Out)3. Use early warning tools4. Make Better, Quicjer decisions5. Optimize resource Allocation6. Experimenting to find what worksa. Messagingb. Examples – text msgsi. Simple – free give aways workii. Social good motivatediii. Ego motivated – worked best in some instancesFirst General SessionASK:1. Adopt NLC Legislative Positions2. Jim addition – Adopt CMLand or DRCOG Legislative PositisonsU.S. EPA Counsel = advertisement for Administration deregulation effortsPaul Ryan: (Says it’s great being home for high school aged sons)1. Use Opportunity Zones2. Infrastructure Fundinga. Gas increase is a nonstarter with republicansb. He advocates VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled system – says the tech is availableSecond General SessionOvercoming Obstacles to Affordable Housing: Moderator – Opportunity Starts at Home E.D.1. Rental Subsidies: currently a Bill in Congressa. For target populationsb. Voucher programs2. Evictions: usually for smaller amounts – like one month renta. Crisis assistance – (Eviction Crisis Act: Senstor Bennet is a sponsor)b. ACA (Affordable Care Act) reduced evictions3. Metro Atlanta Housing Strategy (see online/website)a. Good Book: The Color of Lawb. Website Has GIS:i. Cost burdened householdsii. Transportation costsiii. Jobs & healthcare infoiv. Housing submarketsv. Costs/square ftvi. A creative place making plans4. Washington DC perspectivea. Have affordability goalsb. Have tax on Real Estate sales that goes for affordable housing (Housing Trust Fund)SMALL CITIES COUNCIL MTGMostly just good networking 1. Did a Survey:a. Highest Interests/ Challenges/PRIORITIES (Will be the topics at this summer’s Small Cities Conference)i. SMALL CITIES IN BIG PLACESii. JULY 15-18, 2020iii. CITY OF LAKE WORTH BEACH, FLiv. SOUND LIKE IT COULD BE A GOOD WORKING/LEARNING CONFERENCEUNIVERSITY COMMUNITIES COUNCIL MTG#**# International Town and Gown Association mtg – June 1-3, 2020, Boulder, CO(Probably will be canceled now with COVID-19 pandemic)ISSUES for thought & action?:1. Cities LEAD AGENDA2. Youth and Families3. Homelessness4. Census5. Voting6. Short Term Rentals: NLC has a Best Practices Document (Brooks Rainwater @ NLC & Center for City Solutionsa. (Jim’s thought – we might want to review it?)b. Boulder’s 12% LodgingTax – DEDICATED TO Affordable HousingLegislative and Federal Transportation Investment Update – Britteny Kohler, NLC Legislative Director1. Surface Transportation Block Grant – due to sunset – needs Congressional action2. Move Safely (Target Zero Deaths) – “ “ “ “ “3. New Transportation Options – Moving First Act – empowers Innovation Fund –pending action4. Get It Done5. Build Act: includes jobs, clean water, financing and housing stability clause/portions

JimDale 17 days ago

ADU Workshop: I recently attended the Metro Mayors ADU workshop with a great panel of experts addressing financing, affordability, construction, policy, and regulations. Golden passed its ADU regulations in 2009, and we currently have 51 ADUs, mostly basement units, in all areas of the city. In the past 5 years, 7-14% of our housing allocations have gone to ADUs. Golden currently has some regulations in place (owner occupancy, off street parking, and size limits) that have hampered ADU adoption elsewhere. We do not have other barriers such as impact fees, additional costs, or additional land use. The West Denver Renaissance Collaborative is doing some exciting work regarding ADUs to specifically address housing affordability. The AARP is supporting ADUs as one in the mix of options to address housing needs and flexibility for aging in place. The state demographer shared great information and challenged us to think if enough housing was created at the right levels to handle all of the state job growth considering new jobs were 36% low, 43% mid, and 21% high wage jobs. A lot of food for thought for our housing conversations this year.

Laura Weinberg about 2 months ago

MDHI(Metro Denver Homeless Initiative) Flex Fund: The Metro Mayors Caucus, along with private foundations and donors, support this fund for households who need one-time financial assistance to exit homelessness. The City of Golden has been a consistent contributor and we will contribute again for 2020. The average cost of assistance per household is $1,143, so Golden's $2,500 contribution will help more than 2 homeless households obtain permanent housing. Homelessness and housing are regional problems and Golden will continue to work with other jurisdictions, nonprofits, and private organizations for regional solutions.

Laura Weinberg about 2 months ago

I mentioned at Thursday's meeting that I'd appreciate feedback on the CML policy statement. Here is a link to the statement: https://www.cml.org/docs/default-source/uploadedfiles/legislative/policy-development/policy-statement.pdf?sfvrsn=26e8b866_32

Rob Reed 2 months ago

CML 2020 Legislative Kickoff: The CML advocacy webinar from the first day of the session is now available for elected officials and city staff. Right around 30 minutes is a slide on ways you can stay informed. https://youtu.be/xceIEY-iIkE

Laura Weinberg 3 months ago

CITY FACT SHEET: I asked the city to put together a one pager of some of the key data for the city. Population numbers do not tell a full picture of the complexity of our city. To really learn from and draw ideas from other cities, knowing these other metrics will be very helpful. The sheet is available under the supporting documents on this page. Thank you city staff.

Laura Weinberg 3 months ago

From the withdrawal notice of JPPHA shortlisted bidder. "Unfortunately, we have found through [our] additional analysis (and alongside our traffic and revenue and financial advisors) that the Project’s anticipated revenue potential does not adequately support the Project’s costs by a sizable gap. This determination, when considered alongside other significant issues including the unavailability of any public funds to help address the funding shortfall and the ongoing environmental challenges, has led us to our view that the Project is not feasible under the current procurement approach." A link to the full letter follows:https://www.jppha.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/JEFFEX-WITHDRAWAL_NOTICE.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0R2bn2SLAlDnhooOrcDiydo2IteC2R4QtL15JjsiINHKlsIu7y5FUE7Cw

Marjorie 3 months ago

Here's the take of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids on the recent legislation increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21:Raising the Tobacco Age to 21 Won’t Stop the Youth E-Cigarette Epidemic and Is Not a Substitute for Eliminating the Flavored Products that Lure Kidshttps://www.tobaccofreekids.org/press-releases/2019_12_16_tobacco21_flavor

CaseyBrown 4 months ago

Interesting Denverite article illustrating the important role a community land trust played in creating new affordable housing in Denver, in part, by receiving state grants. https://denverite.com/2019/12/20/colorado-community-land-trust-gets-80k-to-build-affordable-homes-in-globeville-and-elyria-swansea/

CaseyBrown 4 months ago

https://ourcommunitynow.com/news-national/us-government-raises-the-legal-age-to-buy-tobacco-to-21. The provision was in the spending bill -- to take effect in around 9 months.

Marjorie 4 months ago
JimDale 4 months ago

Disaster Recovery: It has been a while since CC received a briefing on the city's Disaster Recovery plan so I've asked that we schedule an update for a study session in 2020. RouteFifty has just produced an ebook with interesting examples of recovery in cities around the country. You should hopefully be able to download a copy with my link. https://www.routefifty.com/assets/disaster-recovery-and-resilience/portal/?oref=email

Laura Weinberg 4 months ago

Thanks, Jim, for taking the time to visit the shop.

Marjorie 4 months ago

Visit to Vape Shop by Safeway: I visited this shop as I hadn't received an email from this business and wanted to ensure they were aware of the proposed Ordinance. I was told by the manger that the shop/store was part of a chain. The District manager is aware of the proposed Ordinance. The manager noted that they check the ID of anyone who looks under 40, that they have been approached by sting operations at least 3 times, and that they are dedicated to preventing underaged sales. Their vaping devices are fillable and they do not sell Juul products.

JimDale 4 months ago

New article from the New York Times reporting latest survey from C.D.C., indicating nearly 1 in 3 kids used one or more tobacco products; rates of vaping are still rising; and kids are increasingly also turning to flavored cigarillos (now the second most popular tobacco product) and traditional cigarettes.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/health/vaping-teenagers-tobacco.html

CaseyBrown 4 months ago

AN IDEA ON WHICH TO REFLECT: Are Vaping Devices Addiction Devices?How Juul Got a Generation Hooked"Giant Sowed the Seeds of a Public Health Crisis by Targeting Young Nonsmokers"https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/23/health/juul-vaping-crisis.html

JimDale 4 months ago

Here at the National League of Cities Cities Summit in San Antonio, Housing Affordability is a HUGE topic and will continue to be a focus in the coming year. NLC recently published a document that may be of interest titled Homeward Bound: The road to Affordable Housing. Here is a link:https://www.nlc.org/resource/homeward-bound-the-road-to-affordable-housing

SaoirseCharisGraves 4 months ago

CO Water Plan 101 WebinarFYI: I attended this. Worthwhile info update. It will be available online at: waterforcolorado.org , this coming Monday.

JimDale 5 months ago

Rocky Flats Stewardship CouncilA couple things from today’s mtg:1. Department of Energy declined to answer a letter with questions from the Council: DOE declined to answer a letter RFSC sent last April which included a variety of questions including some on Fracking under the Flats. Apparently DOE implied that our questions included advisory type comments and that we are a Stewardship Board, not an Advisory Board????2. CDPHE will monitor all sampling done along the Jeffco Hwy Authority ROW and perform modelling related to potential exposers of the Hwy construction workforce.

JimDale 5 months ago
CaseyBrown 5 months ago