November 19, 2017

What’s Happening in Golden

August 9, City Council Business Meeting and Study Session
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda includes appointment to the Golden Urban Renewal Authority, a resolution in support of funding measures for Jeffco schools, amendments to the Rooney Road Sports Complex and recycling center agreements with Jefferson County, a presentation to City Council by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Golden’s Economic Future, GURA’s quarterly report to City Council, and a discussion about the creation of a Downtown Development Task Force. City Council is meeting with Colorado School of Mines representatives for dinner before the official meeting starts. You can review the complete agenda, download the packet, and watch the live screencast, all on the city’s website.

August 10, Movies & Music in the Park
The next Movies & Music in the Park event features Dwight Mark at 7pm followed by The Muppet Movie at about 8:30. If the weather holds, you’ll find Movies & Music in the Park on 17, as well (with Tommy & the Tangerines and the movie Dolphin Tale).

August 11, Golden Farmer’s Market
The Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday from 8am – 1pm through October 6. If you haven’t been down yet this year, you’ll find it’s even bigger and better than last year.

August 18-19, Golden Fine Arts Festival
Golden’s premier art fest – the Golden Fine Arts Festival – runs all weekend long on 11th Street alongside the Clear Creek History Park.

August 23, City Council Business Meeting
City Hall at 7 p.m. You can review the agenda about a week before the meeting, and you can watch the live screencast, all on the city’s website.

August 25, USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Golden is hosting the start of Stage 6 of this year’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Just like last year, Golden is hosting a bunch of great events all weekend, including the “King of the Mountain” Lookout Mountain Hill Climb, the Taste of Golden block party, the movie Breaking Away at the Lions Park ballfields, and more.

August 28, Golden Cruise
The Golden Cruise is always the last Tuesday of the month, which means the next one is August 28. The action starts at Woody’s in downtown Golden at around 5:30pm with beer, free bike tune-ups, and plenty of frivolity. The Cruise starts at around 7pm.

September 1, Coffee With a Councilor
For folks living in the southern half of Golden, this is a chance to hear and ask questions of Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves and other members of the City Council representing your part of town.

September 1, Golden Super Cruise
The Golden Super Cruise is cruising’ this summer, with official festivities running from 5-9pm. This is Golden’s car cruiser classic (not to be confused with the Golden Cruise, our bike cruiser event). There is one more Super Cruise evening scheduled for October 6.

September 7, First Friday Street Fair
Golden’s First Friday Street Fair continues in September. You’ll find inexpensive food, beer, music, kid-friendly entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more in historic downtown Golden from 5 – 10pm.

Two good websites for looking up other events in town are the city’s community calendar and Golden.com.

Radio Golden #7: Councilor Bill Fisher, Keller property development, East Downtown plan, and more

Listen to (or download) Radio Golden Episode #7.
Curious about how City Council is doing so far this year? Want to know how City Council and staff are getting along? Been wondering about renewable energy, creating jobs in Golden, GURA, or downtown development? Council Fisher covered all of this ground and more today on Radio Golden. We also spent some time exploring the implications of the proposed Keller property development and the status of the East Downtown plan.

The June 7 City Council Meeting Agenda and Other Upcoming Events

June 1, First Friday Street Fair
It’s summertime in Golden … from 5 – 10pm in historic downtown Golden you’ll find inexpensive food, beer, music, kid-friendly entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more.

June 2, Coffee With a Councilor
You’ll find City Councilors from District 1 (South Golden), including Saoirse Charis-Graves and other members of the City Council at Read, Write and Brew starting at 9 a.m. It’s a great informal opportunity to chat with your City Council representatives about issues on the City Council agenda or whatever else is on your mind.

June 7, City Council Business Meeting
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda tentatively includes Economic Development Commission and Community Marketing Fund Stakeholder Committee appointments, design of the city’s new official flag, and potential changes to the rules on special permits for animals. You can view the agenda about a week before the meeting and watch the live screencast on the city’s website.

June 14, City Council Business Meeting
City Hall at 7 p.m.

June 22, Golden Schools Foundation First Annual Golf Tournament
This fundraiser for Golden Schools Foundation is up at Fossil Trace with breakfast and registration starting at 6:30am and the shotgun start at 7:30am.

Through June 29, U.S. 6 Closure
U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon is closed now every Sunday night through Friday morning for a fiber optic cable installation and work on rockfall issues. The project is scheduled to run through June 29.

The Bell Middle School iSTEM Open House and Other Upcoming Events

An open house for Bell Middle School's new STEM program is this week.

May 1, Bell Middle School Open House (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Program)
The open house – focused on this very exciting new iSTEM program at Bell Middle School – starts at Bell at 6:30 p.m. It’s especially geared for students starting 7th grade next year, but it’s open to student, parent, or community member that might want to get involved.

May 3, City Council Study Session
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda includes the Planning Commission annual work plan and the city’s long-term financial and budget policies. You can view the agenda and watch the live screencast on the city’s website.

May 5, Coffee With a Councilor
You’ll find City Councilors from District 1 (South Golden), including Saoirse Charis-Graves and other members of the City Council at Read, Write and Brew starting at 9 a.m. It’s a great informal opportunity to chat with your City Council representatives about issues on the City Council agenda or whatever else is on your mind.

May 5-6, Golden Community Pride Days
Community Pride Days runs from 8am-3:30pm both days this weekend up at the City Shops just off of Golden Gate Canyon Road.

The city will accept, free of charge from Golden residents, rubbish, construction materials, scrap metal, up to four tires per household, old electronics (computers, televisions, monitors, cell phones, etc.), untreated lumber and tree limbs, and more. You can’t drop off hazardous materials or appliances, but you can make other arrangements for both. For a complete list and all the details, visit the Community Pride Days web page.

May 10, City Council Business Meeting
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda tentatively includes adopting updated long-term budget and debt management policies, an awards presentation by the American Public Works Association, and a replat request at 2200 Jackson Street (the new senior housing development).

May 17, City Council Business Meeting and Study Session
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda tentatively includes an introduction of a delegation from Kosovo, the awarding of i-Neighborhood matching grants, an update from the Sustainability Advisory Board, the presentation of the Renewable Energy Technical Advisory Committee, interviews for the Economic Development Commission and Community Marketing Stakeholder Committee, and a discussion of the fines for dog off-leash violations.

“Ethics in Business” Luncheon, City Council Agenda, and Other Upcoming Events

April 12, Ethics in Business Luncheon
It’s at the Denver Marriott West from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You’ll find more info about the event on the Rotary Club of Golden website.

April 12, City Council Business Meeting
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda includes awarding the utilities replacement bid, several proclamations, interviews for appointments to the Golden Urban Renewal Authority board, a couple of ordinances dealing with sidewalk seating and liquor licenses, first reading on an ordinance that would require licenses for retailers selling non-cigarette tobacco products, landscaping requirements for commercial and multifamily properties, and awarding this round of i-Neighborhood Matching Grants. Download the agenda and the entire City Council packet.

April 13, “The Two of Us” opens at Miners Alley
The new Miners Alley play runs through May 20.

April 14, Coffee With a Councilor
You’ll find City Councilors from District 1 (South Golden), including Saoirse Charis-Graves and maybe others as well at Read, Write and Brew starting at 9 a.m. It’s a great informal opportunity to chat with your City Council representatives about the pedestrian bridge over U.S. 6, the South Neighborhoods Plan, or whatever else is on your mind.

April 18, One Book One Golden Event
One Book One Golden: An event with Craig Barnes, the author of “Growing Up True.” 7 p.m. at Foss Auditorium (American Mountaineering Center).

April 21, Golden Town Hall Meeting
This town hall meeting (every third Saturday) is hosted by Golden’s state legislators. It runs from 10-11:30 a.m. at Golden City Hall.

May 5-6, Golden Golden Community Pride Days
The city provides a free opportunity for community members to dispose of rubbish, construction materials, scrap metal, tires, electronics, untreated lumber, and brush and tree limbs. The Informer includes a coupon good for one curbside appliance pickup. For hazardous materials you’ll need to make arrangements with the Rooney Road Recycling Center. For details, check out the Golden Community Pride Days website.

A Final Report to the Community: 2008-2011

Last week I finished up my last official city project, a final report to the community on what City Council accomplished over the past four years. If you live in Golden, you should have received it in your mailbox, but you can download it as well.

The Washington, D.C. National League of Cities Meeting: City Council’s Report

Elected officials from Colorado at the White House Executive Office Building during the National League of Cities meeting.

Golden City Council sent a delegation of four to the National League of Cities meeting in Washington, D.C. last week, including Councilors Saoirse Charis-Graves, Marcia Claxton, and Marcie Miller and led by Mayor Marjorie Sloan. I think it’s critical for Golden to be well-represented at these meetings, partly because of the importance of meeting with the D.C. staff of our Congressional delegation (and with the delegation members themselves) and partly because of how much you learn at these meetings about how other cities are tackling the same sorts of challenges we are here in Golden. Mayor Sloan posted a summary of their trip on her blog (“Working and Learning in Washington, D.C.“):

Ward 1 councilor Marcia Claxton, District 1 councilor Saoirse Charis Graves, District 2 councilor Marcie Miller and I are all back from the National League of Cities 2012 Congressional City conference. We joined officials from 20 Colorado cities and 1600 cities across the country to discuss our challenges and share our successes. Not surprisingly, small, medium, and large cities all have the same priorities– investing in our youth and workforce, funding infrastructure such as true multimodal transportation, and protecting hometown revenues.

We attended talks, workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and briefings. Specific to our state issues, the Colorado Municipal League arranged for us to hear from USDA Undersecretary Harris Sherman on the US Forest Services and its importance to Western cities and towns. We also received a briefing from a Colorado perspective on transportation and transit funding issues, had a lunch panel on infrastructure, went to the White House to learn about regulatory reform and new business startups, made trips to FEMA to learn of new grant opportunities and cyber security issues, and to HUD to learn about community sustainability and Community Development Block Grants. A Colorado highlight was a working breakfast with Senators Udall and Bennet.

More generally, we received updates from Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. While some of us were in the Senate gallery, we had the historic experience of watching the Senate work together and pass a bipartisan highway bill. (Though a divided House of Representatives — with 16 days left before the current highway law expires — may continue to stall on this important matter.)

All this and early blooming cherry blossoms, too. And back home, the weather is beautiful and Mike Bestor gave us good news in the state of the community talk he delivered to the chamber of commerce today. Our city is in great shape — with a talented and dedicated staff ready to move forward on council’s 2012- to 2013 priorities. No council meetings until April — National League of Cities meeting, spring break, and a fifth Thursday.

Mayor Sloan’s blog and email newsletter are another great way to keep up on City Council happenings.

“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 you haven’t been to FAC in a while, the evening of March 2 will be a great opportunity with the opening of the annual state watercolor exhibit from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The “Hal Shelton: Vistas, Mountains and Canyon Lands” exhibit is still up, by the way, and runs through March 16.

March 3, “Coffee with a Councilor”
City Councilors Saoirse Charis-Graves and Joe Behm are hosting a monthly “Coffee with a Councilor” meeting at Read, Write, Brew (720 Golden Ridge Road in Golden) at 9am on March 3rd. This is a great opportunity to find out what’s going on in Golden, to share ideas and concerns with your elected representatives, and to ask questions. I think the Mayor Sloan may be dropping by, as well.

March 8, City Council Business Meeting and Study Session
City Hall starting at 7pm.

March 17, Golden Town Hall with your State Representative and State Senator
On March 17 you’ll find Golden’s current state legislators (Senator Cheri Jahn and Representative Max Tyler) and the folks who will become Golden’s legislators after the new districts take effect for next year, Senator Jeanne Nicholson and Representative Sue Schafer. Their town hall is at Golden City Hall from 10am-11:30am.

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 work ahead. We are very fortunate to have a very strong City Council to help guide the city and the community.

I am focusing more on my day job and my tech startup, I plan to remain involved in the community, I’m publishing a book on nonprofits in about a month, and I’m hoping to have more time for running, travel, and play.

I’m giving some thought to how exactly I want to structure my blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and community newsletter … what I can say for sure is that I’ll continue to share information about what’s happening in Golden, I’ll continue encouraging community participation in community decisions, and I’ll continue advocating for issues I care deeply about, like open space protection and Golden’s schools. Until I figure out what changes I want to make, I’ll continue posting info here and all of the other usual places. And I welcome your thoughts about how I can be most effective at all of this: shoot me a note if you’ve got ideas or suggestions.

You’ll find my twitter feed at @jacobzsmith, shoot me a note if you’d like to receive my community newsletter (email), and feel free to visit my community Facebook page as another option for keeping tabs on what’s happening with City Council and in Golden. And yes, I need to change the name of that Facebook page, but it turns out it’s harder than you might think to do that. I’m working on it.

In the meantime, as I told a gathering of friends and neighbors on Friday night, I believe democracy is a verb, not a noun, and I look forward to continuing being part of making democracy work in Golden.

The Rundown on City Council Candidates

City Council election season is in full swing, and this is a good time to start figuring out who you support in your ward.  Here’s the lowdown:

Ward 1: Marcia Claxton is challenging incumbent Mary Weaver.

  • Marcia Claxton is at  303-526-1214 and marciaclax@aol.com.  Marcia has a campaign web site as well.
  • Mary Weaver’s phone is 720-217-5294 and her email is weaverreelection@yahoo.com.  I don’t believe she has a web site.

Ward 2: Joe Behm is running for reelection.  Bob Szulczewski is running as well.

  • Joe is at 303-279-1529 and jbehm@fortunevalleycasino.com.
  • The only contact info I see for Bob is a phone number: 303-525-5467.

Ward 3: A three-way race between incumbent Diane Chesbro, John Spice, and Bob Vermeulen.

  • Diane Chesbro’s phone number is 303-279-7603 and her email is dianechesbro@msn.com.  Diane has a web site as well.
  • John Spice is at 303-216-1688.  His email is spicec@comcast.net.  He also has a web site.
  • Bob Vermeulen’s number is 303-218-0080 and his email is BobVforWard3@gmail.com.  Bob has a campaign web site.

Ward 4: City Councilor Bill Fisher is running for reelection.  He is being challenged by Art Erwin.

  • You’ll find more information about Bill on his website.  His phone is 303-588-3389 and his email is bill@williamfisher.com.
  • Art also has a web site, his email address is ArtErwinForWard4@gmail.com, and his phone is listed as 720-346-1707.