October 19, 2017

City Council’s Retreat: Setting the Agenda for 2012-2013

The first priority on City Council's list for 2012-2013 is supporting Golden's schools and libraries.

The Golden City Council held its biannual retreat earlier in February, focusing on their work plan for the next two years. They identified nine general areas they want to focus on: (1) supporting Golden’s schools and libraries; (2) improving public space; (3) promoting a healthy community; (4) moving the ball forward on key transportation issues; [...]

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“Coffee with a Councilor” and Other Upcoming Events

FAC's Colorado Watercolor exhibit opens this weekend.

March 1, City Council Business Meeting & Study Session The meeting begins at 7pm at City Hall, and the agenda includes a preview of the Fire Department Recruitment video, appointments to the Sustainability Advisory Board, and interviews for the Blue Ribbon Panel. March 2, Foothills Art Center opening reception, “Colorado Watercolor Society State Exhibition” If [...]

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Jeffco Open Space Survey: Results

Lair o' the Bear (Flickr: bradleygee).

Last fall, Jeffco Open Space conducted a countywide “citizen survey” to assess current attitudes and to gather feedback about the open space system. The results are available online on the Jeffco Open Space website. A few of the findings I thought were interesting: Roughly four out of every five use Jeffco Open Space facilities. Crown [...]

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An Economic History of Golden

This Gapminder visualization shows how Golden's commercial districts have changed in relative economic importance over time.

A little side project: tracking Golden’s economic history. Google has a very cool tool called Gapminder (which they bought from the remarkable Hans Rosling) that’s ideal for displaying complex data over time. Based on a simple dataset (sales and use tax generated by commercial district in Golden, total sales and use tax, and total general [...]

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What’s Next

Congratulations and best of luck to Councilor Miller, Councilor Charis-Graves, and Mayor Sloan.

On the evening of January 12, at Golden City Hall, I participated in one of the most remarkable of ceremonies: the peaceful transfer of power from one group of democratically-elected community members to another. My deepest congratulations to the new mayor and the new city councilors, and my best wishes to the group in their [...]

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Comments Due on Jeffco Bike/Ped Plan: January 31

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Jefferson County is distributing draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan maps, and you’ve got until January 31 to comment. The Denver Post ran an article about the draft maps, and you’ll find some additional information on the Bike Jeffco website.

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Hanging With the Shelton Student Council

Thanks to Justin Sagarsee of the Golden Transcript for letting us use the photo!

The mayor-elect and I visited yesterday with the Student Council at Shelton … they had great questions and Marjorie and I both had a terrific time. It’s extremely cool of these kids to be elected by their peers to serve on their council and to commit their time and energy to it. I look forward [...]

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Jefferson Tollway Negotiations End

Looking west over the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge area where the beltway proponents hope to build the Jefferson Parkway toll highway.

For two decades now, Golden has been fighting proposals to build a beltway through our community. We have been successful so far: there is no beltway plowing through Golden, and a couple of years ago CDOT set aside its own plan to push a six- or eight-lane high-speed superhighway through town. But the proponents – [...]

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Jefferson Tollway Update

Councilor Bob Vermeulen posted an update to his email list. I’ll just repost it here. We’ll have more information next week. All, As you all know by now, the past number of months Golden, Jefferson County, Arvada, Broomfield and CDOT have attempted to negotiate the terms of an agreement to address future traffic impacts on [...]

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Special City Council Meeting on the Beltway, December 15

As we reported at the City Council meeting on Thursday night and widely by email and web on Friday, last Thursday afternoon we reached agreement on general terms with the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority jurisdictions and the Colorado Department of Transportation about the Golden Plan for transportation improvements in town and about the Jefferson [...]

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