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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. This email will distribute to all City Councilors as well as city staff department leads. If you would like to reach out to individual City Councilors, email addresses and phone numbers are available on the Meet Your Council Members tab below.


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. This email will distribute to all City Councilors as well as city staff department leads. If you would like to reach out to individual City Councilors, email addresses and phone numbers are available on the Meet Your Council Members tab below.


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COVID IN COLORADO &THE METRO REGION - reporting from the Colorado Sun
https://coloradosun.com/2021/11/23/denver-mask-vaccine-mandate-covid/?mc_cid=7e2a061da3&mc_eid=1adde6f3a3

JimDale 8 days ago
JimDale 8 days ago

These Americans Are Just Going Around in Circles. It Helps the Climate.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/20/climate/roundabouts-climate-emissions-driving.html

A wonderful write up from the New York Times about Carmel, IN and their 140 roundabouts. You read that right — 140, with a dozen more on the way. The insane number of roundabouts help increase safety, reduce carbon emissions (with no red lights there is less idling time for cars) and get people where they need to go, faster.

JJ Trout 10 days ago

Thoughts bout parenting and social skills/norms & schools - parenting was the hardest "job" I ever faced (BTW, my kids are doing great):
https://coloradosun.com/2021/11/21/covid-teachers-schools-opinion/?mc_cid=412ac0e43c&mc_eid=1adde6f3a3

JimDale 11 days ago

Green House Gases: Colorado, the Metro region and Golden - Food for thought & possibly some ongoing action/s:
This Colorado Sun article speaks to the challenges that I heard at DRCOG as the Board struggled with gaining agreement on input to the state plan:
https://coloradosun.com/2021/11/21/climate-conscious-cdot/?mc_cid=412ac0e43c&mc_eid=1adde6f3a3

JimDale 11 days ago

MJ retail sale and associate sales and excise tax:
With 99% of the votes counted ,according to our Jeffco County Clerk website, I believe the voters have spoken and I also believe appropriately. This legal product will "soon" be for sale at locations in Golden as directed by Council. Goldenites and visitors will be able to purchase MJ in Golden without going to locations outside of our city. I believe the revenues generated by these sale of MJ can be used to address for outstanding health, safety, and welfare needs of the people of Golden. Good on Golden voters.

JimDale 29 days ago

Good morning and happy day-after-election!

First, a thank you to my fellow Ward Councilors for stepping up to run for office on behalf of Golden. I look forward to working with each of you.

Regarding ballot measure 2C, the Lodging Tax for Golden: I want to share my thanks and pride in my fellow City Councilors and the Mayor and Staff for your actions over the last year to develop and support a clearly-outlined and beneficial lodging tax on behalf of Golden.

At a time when it can be easier to simply vote No, Council unanimously declared Yes for Golden. Thanks to each of you for having the vision to understand we have pressing financial needs in the near future. Passage of 2C will help to protect, preserve, and enhance the character of Golden that brings and keeps us here.

Cheers,

BilFish

BFisher 29 days ago

Much of the rest of the world sees a connection between diet and health. Does this feel like a new concept to those of us in Golden?

Stay healthy!

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/31/covid-deaths-diet-diseases-nutrition-america-517076

BFisher about 1 month ago

COVID AND COLORADO - a scary true story on Halloween.
According to the count kept by the New York Times, Colorado has the fastest growth rate of COVID cases in the country. We’re No. 1? Most states near the top of the list for infections are near the bottom of the list in the percentage of people who have been vaccinated. Colorado is somewhere in the upper middle, but the new leaders in cases and hospitalizations are mostly western states. (Colorado Sun, Mike Litwin article, Oct 31)

JimDale about 1 month ago

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH SHORT TERM RENTALS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN COLRADO AQND PARTICULARLY THE MOUNTAIN TOWNS - CPR REPORT:
https://www.cpr.org/2021/10/29/colorado-elections-2021-affordable-housing-short-term-rentals/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=lookout&utm_campaign=lookout20211029

JimDale about 1 month ago
CaseyBrown about 1 month ago

Interesting study in a journal of the American Heart Association demonstrating that affordable housing policies (in this case, inclusionary zoning) improves health outcomes. It concludes: "Inclusionary zoning policies are poised to address complex health challenges among economically vulnerable populations, particularly if those policies are designed to create equitable, mixed-income communities in metropolitan areas plagued by rising housing costs. In this observational study, we found that these policies, and characteristics associated with those policies, are key factors related to cardiovascular outcomes among the US population. The results suggest that some jurisdictions may have a bent towards creating housing policy that is more focused on low-income residents, but in practice, the health impact of those policies is greater when affordable housing is intentionally constructed for residents of municipalities more generally. Larger implications of this work tie both housing and health policy together—IZ policies are designed to both deconcentrate low-income and moderate-income households as well as deconcentrate affordable housing within the city, but they can also simultaneously provide improved access to health-promoting amenities and opportunities to a population that typically experiences enhanced health and chronic disease risks." https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.120.007807#

CaseyBrown about 1 month ago

Denver is considering a flavored vaping and smoking ban to protect youth from becoming addicted on flavors such as “cotton candy.”

From the article: The U.S. Surgeon General has declared e-cigarettes an epidemic.

On Sept. 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration issued a report that showed an estimated 2 million American middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2021, with eight in 10 of them preferring flavored e-cigarettes — with fruit, sweets and mint being the preferred flavors. More than one in four high school students and one in 12 middle school students use them daily.

E-cigarettes are loaded with highly addictive nicotine, a chemical that harms the developing adolescent brain, the CDC and FDA report said.

https://www.denverpost.com/2021/10/25/denver-flavored-tobacco-vape-ban/

BFisher about 1 month ago

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/permissible-concentrations-air-pollution-mortality-risk/...“We found that among elderly patients enrolled in Medicare, small increases in long-term exposure to both particle and gaseous air pollutants increased the risk of death, even at levels deemed safe by current regulations.” “The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to protect sensitive populations with an adequate margin of safety. It is time for it to do so.”

JJ Trout about 1 month ago

Roundabouts: I get questions and concerns about these. Here is some interesting information:
"The Insurance Institute reported, when stop signs or traffic signals were replaced by roundabouts at intersections, overall crashes dropped by 37%, injury crashes by 75%, and fatalities by 90%."
Source: Denver Post, Saturday, October 23, 2021, " Keeping older drivers protected on the road"

JimDale about 1 month ago
CaseyBrown about 1 month ago

Inadvertent sugary drink email to all of Council: Sorry for the email. I try to make sure I only email one other Councilor but I had fat fingers.

JimDale about 1 month ago

Rimrock JCOS and potent city collaborative projects:
Below is a perspective that we should consider and share with our JCOS colleagues. "Carrying Capacity" relates to the "Tragedy of the Commons". This was included in an email exchange between myself and Suzy Stutzman that she said I could share. As Council knows, Suzy has served on the PC and HPB amongst other contributions to our city and brings a important perspective:

"As for the wildlife and other impacts, indeed, after my 35 years planning parks and designing facilities for the National Park Service I know how hard it is to manage carrying capacity. It is extremely difficult to arrive at a magic number of cars or people that can coexist with wildlife, not lead to trail degradation, etc. There are also visitor experience degradations that occur with too many people. Why not 31 cars instead of 30? Why only 500 people per day when it could be 525? I do know that you can't put the genie back in the bottle once numbers have exploded. Look at our national parks today - totally hammered and overcrowded, but you politically can't turn anyone away. It's a crude tool, but access facilities can go a long way in managing visitor use. That's why I recommend not pushing for a total build out at this time to 45 cars. Build conservatively and see how all this parking and use affect the open space before building more. Don't kill the goose that laid the golden egg."

JimDale about 2 months ago

Tobacco regulation impacting Youth usage of flavored nicotine cigarettes and vaping products.

Interesting perspective from Golden Health Professional and resident:
https://goldentranscript.net/stories/letter-to-the-editor-city-council-should-fight-nicotine-addiction,382461

BFisher 2 months ago
JimDale 2 months ago
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