June 24, 2018

2011 Golden Election Results: Marjorie Sloan, Saoirse Charis-Graves, and Marcie Miller

Golden’s 47th mayor will be Marjorie Sloan, and she’ll be joined on the dais by Saoirse Charis-Graves and Marcie Miller. The results in all three races were decisive.

Mayor:
Marjorie Sloan – 69.91%
Wayne Weber – 30.09%

City Council District 1:
Saoirse Charis-Graves – 55.47%
Richard Feltes – 44.53%

City Council District 2:
Marcie Miller – 62.07%
Steven Gallant – 37.93%

Both Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper won their Jefferson County school board elections with impressive margins, as well. Congrats to all the newly elected folks, and hats off to everyone who ran in all of the races this year for being willing to step up.

Please join us at City Hall on the evening of January 12 for the swearing-in of our new mayor and two new City Council members.

The Golden Municipal Election 2011: My Recommendations

It’s that time of year . . .

Ballots for this year’s election are in the mail, and many folks around Golden have already received them. For your ballot and your vote to count, your ballot must be received by 7pm on Tuesday, November 1. I think it’s safe to mail it until October 27, but after that I strongly recommend that you hand deliver it to either Golden City Hall or the Jefferson County Government Complex.

You can drop your ballot off at Golden City Hall (911 10th St.) anytime from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, November 1). You can drop your ballot off at the county building 24 hours a day until 7 p.m. on Election Day (during the day you can drop it off inside, and the ballot box drive-through is accessible 24 hours a day.

If you are registered to vote and don’t receive your ballot within a few days, you can either visit one of Jefferson County’s Service Centers or call them at 303-271-8111.

Golden residents get to vote on five issues: the mayor’s race, one City Council race (which one depends on which part of town you live in), two School Board races, and Proposition 103 (school funding).

My recommendations:

Mayor of Golden: Marjorie Sloan has my unequivocal, energetic, and enthusiastic endorsement. Marjorie has lived in Golden with her husband Dendy for 35 years, she’s found an impressive balance between embracing the new while respecting Golden’s rich historical legacy, and she has an exceptional track record during her time on the City Council. During the four years we’ve served together on the City Council, she has distinguished herself as hard working, thoughtful, and deeply committed to protecting Golden’s quality of life. She will make a great mayor.

City Council, Southern District (District 1): I am supporting Saoirse Charis-Graves in the District 1 City Council race. As everyone who knows Saoirse will tell you, she is passionate about supporting the Golden community. She has established herself with an impressive record of community involvement and volunteerism. Saoirse has also worked hard to become knowledgeable about the myriad issues facing Golden and City Council – you’ll often find her at City Council meetings and community events – so she’ll be able to hit the ground running in January. Finally, she’s been a strong champion on sustainability and on government accountability and transparency, issues that I care a great deal about.

City Council, Northern District (District 2): I recommend voting for Marcie Miller. Marcie has a long family history in Golden, has owned small businesses in Golden for decades (including the Higher Grounds coffee shop before Jeff bought it), and is a long-time supporter of arts and culture in Golden. I know her opponent, Steve Gallant, and believe he’s done a good job on the Historic Preservation Board, but that’s his only real community service that I’m aware of. Marcie, by contrast, has a long list of community volunteer contributions over the years, spanning organizations like Golden Landmarks Association, the Jefferson Symphony, and Foothills Art Center, not to mention her previous service on the City Council.

One issue of particular importance to me is the Golden Sustainability Initiative. We’ve made strong progress in some areas since we adopted the Initiative in 2007, but as I wrote in the Golden Transcript a week ago we have some work still to do.

I’m pleased to say that all three of the candidates I’m supporting – Marjorie Sloan, Saoirse Charis-Graves, and Marcie Miller – unequivocally expressed their support for the Golden Sustainability Initiative crafted by Golden’s residents and formally adopted by the Golden City Council. Steve Gallant emailed me to express support generally for sustainability and reducing energy use by the city, which I appreciate (although it’s not the same as supporting the community initiative). I asked the same question of the other two candidates but haven’t heard back yet. Also, for all the right reasons, the Golden Transcript endorsed the same three candidates: Marjorie Sloan, Saoirse Charis-Graves, and Marcie Miller.

Proposition 103 (school funding): Proposition 103 would result in modest, short-term tax increases directed at improving funding for our K-12 schools. The changes really are modest (state sales tax would go up from 2.9% to 3.0% and state income tax would increase from 4.63% to 5%) and they would expire in five years. I’ve spent a lot of time in Golden’s schools during my four years as mayor, working with our teachers, principals, parents, and students to support their important work and to understand better the challenges and solutions faced by our K-12 system. Although I don’t believe that improving funding for schools is a panacea – the challenges facing our education system are bigger than just funding – it’s still clear that continued school funding declines are making it extremely difficult for even our best teachers and principals to give our kids the education they deserve. My recommendation is to vote yes on Proposition 103.

Jefferson County School Board: Unfortunately, the School Board race in Jefferson County has become an extremely ideological fight, and from my perspective the choice is really clear. I strongly encourage you to vote for Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper. I know them both and can report that they are thoughtful, pragmatic, and committed to educational excellence. Their opponents, on the other hand, seem intent to advancing an ideological agenda modeled on the recent fight in Douglas County. I think if Jill or Lesley don’t win their races, the odds are quite good that we’ll lose Cindy Stevenson as the Jeffco Schools Superintendent (which would be a tremendous loss for Golden’s schools and Golden’s kids) and that Jeffco Schools will end up in a nasty, expensive, and protracted legal fight much like what’s happening in Douglas County. I am a strong supporter of improving our public schools . . . improve accountability, improve governance, improve resources . . . but I also believe in keeping the ideological fights out of our school board, instead focusing on pragmatic solutions to improving education for our kids. I am supporting Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper.

The Official 2011 Golden Election Ballot

The City Clerk’s office released the official candidate list for the 2011 municipal elections in Golden. The order of the names is determined randomly.

Golden City Council Mayor

Marjorie Sloan
1958 Mt Zion Drive, Golden, CO 80401
303-279-0088
marjorie_sloan@comcast.net

Wayne Weber
920 20th Street, Golden, CO 80401
303-279-7739
wayne.weber@comcast.net

Jan B. Laux
91 DeFrance Way, Golden, CO 80401

[UPDATE: Jan B. Laux withdrew from the race.]

Golden City Council District 1

Saoirse Charis-Graves
1013 Cottonwood Circle, Golden, CO 80401
303-709-7529
saoirsecg@gmail.com

Richard K. Feltes
612 Golden Eagle Circle, Golden, CO 80401-0909

Golden City Council District 2

Marcie Miller
120 High Parkway
Golden, CO 80403
303-590-8362
raemiller@aol.com

Steven Gallant
324 Goldco Circle, Golden, CO 80403
720-840-5572
GallantforGolden@aol.com

Campaign for Mayor Launched (and it might not be quite what you expected!)

Until early this year, I was expecting to run for reelection as Golden’s mayor. We have a very strong City Council, an exceptional city staff, and a remarkable community. And over the past four years we’ve accomplished a great deal:

  • Protecting Golden’s economic health during the worst economic crisis in decades.
  • Important bicycle and walking improvements around Golden, including key school safety projects near Golden High School and Shelton Elementary.
  • Three key open space purchases: Bachman, Eagle Ridge Hogback, and the Parfet property on the east side of U.S. 6.
  • Making sure light rail will come to Golden, and that our new community bus will be there to greet it.
  • Keeping the beltway out of Golden.
  • New initiatives like the First Friday Street Fairs, the Golden Community Garden, the mountain bike skills park, the new neighborhood block party grants and neighborhood matching grants programs, the Golden Gallup, and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge coming this August.
  • Recognition for having the best parks and recreation system in the country.
  • Making sure the streets get plowed, fires are put out, and injured climbers are rescued.
  • Strictly enforcing the 1% growth limit, adopting strong height limits in downtown Golden, a new Golden Vision 2030 and Comprehensive Plan, neighborhood plans, and rejecting inappropriate annexation requests.
  • And much, much more.

But in the first part of this year, it became clear that my professional obligations were growing and that the trajectory was likely to keep moving upward for at least the next few years. The nonprofit I work for – helping communities around the country do a better job of engaging their own residents – is launching some new initiatives, and I’m also part of a new software startup that’s aiming to raise investment capital by the end of 2011 and launch (and hopefully create jobs here in Golden) next year.

As much as I love serving as Golden’s mayor, I couldn’t escape the conclusion that I wouldn’t be able to do a great job as mayor during the next four years while also meeting my professional obligations.

In addition, I believe my role as mayor was largely about shepherding a course shift, and I’ve accomplished that. I campaigned for mayor on the promise that we should be guiding change in our community instead of being victims of it. We’ve done that: Golden Vision 2030, the new Comprehensive Plan, neighborhood plans, fixing loopholes in our code to give neighborhoods more control over their own future. Improving the ability of Goldenites to get around town by bike or on foot (and soon by bus as well!) is now deeply embedded in our vision and capital plan. Sustainability is now a top-tier issue. And we set the bar for government transparency, accountability, and responsiveness.

Finally, I made my decision knowing that we have, right now on the City Council, someone else who has been part of every one of these successes, someone who has distinguished herself on the Council as a thoughtful and committed leader, and someone who is exceedingly qualified to serve as Golden’s next mayor.

Marjorie Sloan has lived in Golden with her husband Dendy for 35 years, she’s found an impressive balance between embracing the new while respecting Golden’s rich historical legacy, and she has an exceptional track record during her four years on the City Council.

Marjorie has my unqualified, unequivocal, enthusiastic endorsement. She will make a great mayor in Golden, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting her campaign.

And while I’m excited about my other professional endeavors, my term runs through January of next year, and I will work as hard during the remainder of my term as I have for the past three-and-a-half years.

It is an extraordinary pleasure and honor to serve our community as an elected representative, and I look forward to serving in this role for the next six months and then to post-mayor life in Golden after that.

Jacob's Golden Update: 2010 Election Special Edition

I keep the electoral politics to a minimum on my blog and in my newsletter, but federal and state election outcomes can have a huge impact on Golden, so I’ll share my endorsements and recommendations for this 2010 election.

The ballots are out, by the way: the sooner you mail yours in the sooner it’s out of the way. Mailing your ballot in promptly should also mean that the political phone calls and door knocks drop off, since most campaigns are constantly updating their call and knock lists based on who’s already voted (so they don’t waste time bugging folks who have already sent in their ballot). However much you agree or disagree with my recommendations, be sure to vote!

Max Tyler, State House
Max is the small businessman who succeeded Gwyn Green in the state legislature when she retired a year ago. He has been a great advocate for renewable energy and for green jobs (he was the lead sponsor on a successful bill last year that will dramatically increase renewable energy production in Colorado and create 10,000 new renewable energy jobs), a strong opponent of the beltway, and a stalwart supporter of Golden and the Golden community. In addition to my endorsement, Max has the support of the Denver Post, Ed Perlmutter, Moe Keller, and many more.

Cheri Jahn, State Senate
Cheri is running to fill Moe Keller’s seat in the State Senate (Moe is term limited). She grew up in the Golden area and has been a steadfast Golden supporter on transportation and beltway issues. She’s also got a great track record from her time in the State House on issues that matter to me like jobs and conservation. I’ve seen her here in Golden often – a good sign that she cares enough about the community to show up – and I believe she’ll represent us well.

Ed Perlmutter, U.S. House of Representatives
Ed knows Golden and Jefferson County like no one else, he works harder than everyone else, and he is as focused on practical problem-solving as they get. He’s been a great champion for renewable energy, for NREL, and for financial reform. His position on the beltway is very reasonable: whatever happens needs to be done in a way that protects Golden. He and his staff are here in Golden all the time – at events, at Ed’s Government at the Grocery office hours, and at fundraisers for community organizations – and Ed and his staff have a reputation for being extremely responsive to constituents. I strongly endorse Ed Perlmutter.

Michael Bennet, U.S. Senate
Michael is one of the smartest, hardest-working elected representatives I know. After meeting him or seeing him speak, most people I know walk away impressed with his intelligence and his thoughtfulness. I like him in part because he brings a very different sort of perspective – a mix of both private sector and public sector experiences – to the table: he was very successful at rescuing failing businesses, he knows the challenges that municipalities face after having served as Mayor Hickenlooper’s Chief of Staff, and he has a deep commitment to public education (including his tenure at the helm of Denver Public Schools). His opponent holds what I believe are very extreme views on some threshold issues, including opposing abortion even in the case of incest and rape. Bottom line: I think Michael Bennet is doing a really good job and that he’s got the potential to be a great Senator. I will be voting for him.

John Hickenlooper, Governor
John is an unusual politician: aside from shooting commercials while skydiving and showering with his clothes on, he is both a political moderate and a strong visionary on important issues like renewable energy and sustainability. He gets the critical importance of good jobs and a healthy business community, he’s been a tireless champion of transit and FasTracks, and he’s been an energetic supporter of K-12 and higher education. He has my support. John’s Lieutenant Governor running mate is Joseph Garcia.

Cary Kennedy, State Treasurer
Cary is incredibly intelligent, articulate, and capable. Her management of the state’s investments have resulted in positive gains and a continued strong credit rating despite a recession that hammered many state portfolios. She’s been a champion of government transparency and accountability (I borrowed the idea for Golden’s bi-annual Community Accountability Report last year from her own statewide version), including cutting edge tools for giving taxpayers access to state revenue and spending information. Cary has also been an ardent and successful advocate for K-12 education and higher education, and she is playing a lead role in tackling the state constitution’s fiscal dysfunctions, including a critical role in the passage of Referendum C.

Bob Wilson, RTD Board of Directors
RTD has a tough job ahead: manage the completion of the FasTracks system under challenging circumstances. I’m supporting Bob because of his experience with transit and transportation issues, his extensive engineering background, and his clear commitment to responsible transportation solutions. Bob’s opponent, a former 24-year member of the Arvada City Councilor, has been one of the most vocal supporteres of the beltway.

A few additional thoughts:
Pam Anderson is running for reelection as the Jefferson County Clerk, and seems to be doing a really good job.  Kathy Hartman is running for reelection as a Jefferson County Commissioner, and while I don’t agree with her on a lot of issues I think on the whole she is doing a solid job as well.  Bernie Buescher is currently the Secretary of State and has also done well with a very tough job.

Ballot Initiatives: Vote No on Everything

There are three issues on the ballot with huge implications for Golden and for the state: Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 (often called the Bad Three or the Ugly Three). There is broad agreement among Republicans and Democrats and among the business community, civic leaders, and community groups that these three measures would be lethal to Colorado’s economy. They would kill most state funding sources for repairing crumbling bridges and roads. They would overturn hundreds of local votes across the state to fund school districts, libraries, fire districts, and other local service providers. They would overturn the decision by Golden’s own voters to “de-Bruce” the city budget. They would cause a huge loss of revenue, forcing deep cuts in public safety, road maintenance, and other vital community services. And they basically eliminate every public financing mechanism in the state, making it near-impossible to construct community buildings like schools, fire stations, and water and wasterwater plants.

The other measures on the ballot range, in my view, from terrible to unimportant, and I’ll be voting no on all of them.

Jacob’s Golden Update: 2010 Election Special Edition

I keep the electoral politics to a minimum on my blog and in my newsletter, but federal and state election outcomes can have a huge impact on Golden, so I’ll share my endorsements and recommendations for this 2010 election.

The ballots are out, by the way: the sooner you mail yours in the sooner it’s out of the way. Mailing your ballot in promptly should also mean that the political phone calls and door knocks drop off, since most campaigns are constantly updating their call and knock lists based on who’s already voted (so they don’t waste time bugging folks who have already sent in their ballot). However much you agree or disagree with my recommendations, be sure to vote!

Max Tyler, State House
Max is the small businessman who succeeded Gwyn Green in the state legislature when she retired a year ago. He has been a great advocate for renewable energy and for green jobs (he was the lead sponsor on a successful bill last year that will dramatically increase renewable energy production in Colorado and create 10,000 new renewable energy jobs), a strong opponent of the beltway, and a stalwart supporter of Golden and the Golden community. In addition to my endorsement, Max has the support of the Denver Post, Ed Perlmutter, Moe Keller, and many more.

Cheri Jahn, State Senate
Cheri is running to fill Moe Keller’s seat in the State Senate (Moe is term limited). She grew up in the Golden area and has been a steadfast Golden supporter on transportation and beltway issues. She’s also got a great track record from her time in the State House on issues that matter to me like jobs and conservation. I’ve seen her here in Golden often – a good sign that she cares enough about the community to show up – and I believe she’ll represent us well.

Ed Perlmutter, U.S. House of Representatives
Ed knows Golden and Jefferson County like no one else, he works harder than everyone else, and he is as focused on practical problem-solving as they get. He’s been a great champion for renewable energy, for NREL, and for financial reform. His position on the beltway is very reasonable: whatever happens needs to be done in a way that protects Golden. He and his staff are here in Golden all the time – at events, at Ed’s Government at the Grocery office hours, and at fundraisers for community organizations – and Ed and his staff have a reputation for being extremely responsive to constituents. I strongly endorse Ed Perlmutter.

Michael Bennet, U.S. Senate
Michael is one of the smartest, hardest-working elected representatives I know. After meeting him or seeing him speak, most people I know walk away impressed with his intelligence and his thoughtfulness. I like him in part because he brings a very different sort of perspective – a mix of both private sector and public sector experiences – to the table: he was very successful at rescuing failing businesses, he knows the challenges that municipalities face after having served as Mayor Hickenlooper’s Chief of Staff, and he has a deep commitment to public education (including his tenure at the helm of Denver Public Schools). His opponent holds what I believe are very extreme views on some threshold issues, including opposing abortion even in the case of incest and rape. Bottom line: I think Michael Bennet is doing a really good job and that he’s got the potential to be a great Senator. I will be voting for him.

John Hickenlooper, Governor
John is an unusual politician: aside from shooting commercials while skydiving and showering with his clothes on, he is both a political moderate and a strong visionary on important issues like renewable energy and sustainability. He gets the critical importance of good jobs and a healthy business community, he’s been a tireless champion of transit and FasTracks, and he’s been an energetic supporter of K-12 and higher education. He has my support. John’s Lieutenant Governor running mate is Joseph Garcia.

Cary Kennedy, State Treasurer
Cary is incredibly intelligent, articulate, and capable. Her management of the state’s investments have resulted in positive gains and a continued strong credit rating despite a recession that hammered many state portfolios. She’s been a champion of government transparency and accountability (I borrowed the idea for Golden’s bi-annual Community Accountability Report last year from her own statewide version), including cutting edge tools for giving taxpayers access to state revenue and spending information. Cary has also been an ardent and successful advocate for K-12 education and higher education, and she is playing a lead role in tackling the state constitution’s fiscal dysfunctions, including a critical role in the passage of Referendum C.

Bob Wilson, RTD Board of Directors
RTD has a tough job ahead: manage the completion of the FasTracks system under challenging circumstances. I’m supporting Bob because of his experience with transit and transportation issues, his extensive engineering background, and his clear commitment to responsible transportation solutions. Bob’s opponent, a former 24-year member of the Arvada City Councilor, has been one of the most vocal supporteres of the beltway.

A few additional thoughts:
Pam Anderson is running for reelection as the Jefferson County Clerk, and seems to be doing a really good job.  Kathy Hartman is running for reelection as a Jefferson County Commissioner, and while I don’t agree with her on a lot of issues I think on the whole she is doing a solid job as well.  Bernie Buescher is currently the Secretary of State and has also done well with a very tough job.

Ballot Initiatives: Vote No on Everything

There are three issues on the ballot with huge implications for Golden and for the state: Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 (often called the Bad Three or the Ugly Three). There is broad agreement among Republicans and Democrats and among the business community, civic leaders, and community groups that these three measures would be lethal to Colorado’s economy. They would kill most state funding sources for repairing crumbling bridges and roads. They would overturn hundreds of local votes across the state to fund school districts, libraries, fire districts, and other local service providers. They would overturn the decision by Golden’s own voters to “de-Bruce” the city budget. They would cause a huge loss of revenue, forcing deep cuts in public safety, road maintenance, and other vital community services. And they basically eliminate every public financing mechanism in the state, making it near-impossible to construct community buildings like schools, fire stations, and water and wasterwater plants.

The other measures on the ballot range, in my view, from terrible to unimportant, and I’ll be voting no on all of them.

Golden City Council Elections 2009: Preliminary Results

Golden City Council Elections 2009: Preliminary Results

Ward 1
Marcia Claxton    58%
Mary Weaver            42%

Ward 2
Joe Behm              61%
Bob Szulczewski      39%

Ward 3
Art Erwin                 30%
Bill Fisher            70%

Ward 4
John Spice                30%
Bob Vermeulen   42%
Diane Chesbro          28%

You’ll find these results and all the rest of the Jefferson County results on the county’s “Elections” web page.

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Jacob Smith, Mayor
jsmith@cityofgolden.net
(303) 810-6017
www.SmithforGolden.org

Jacob's Golden Update: Special "Remember to Vote" Edition

Jacob’s Golden Update: October 28, 2009

Special “Remember to Vote” Edition

If you haven’t received your ballot yet, call the Jefferson County Clerk immediately (303-271-8111) to get a replacement ballot.

If you have received your ballot but haven’t turned it in yet, there isn’t much time left.  Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.  I think you’ll be safe if you get your ballot in the mail by Friday, but after Friday I strongly recommend that you drop your ballot off.  There is a 24-hour ballot drop-off at the Jefferson County building – just follow the signs when you get there.  You can also drop your ballot off at Golden City Hall during regular business hours (and until 7 p.m. on Tuesday).

You can still watch one of the reruns of the City Council Candidates Forum on channel 8 or on the web.  It’s a great opportunity to see most of the candidates face to face (one of the exceptions was Councilor Mary Weaver, who showed up about forty minutes late, so she only answered some of the questions).

My endorsements: Marcia Claxton in Ward 1, Joe Behm in Ward 2, and Bill Fisher in Ward 4 (I didn’t weigh in on the Ward 3 race).

I’ve got a rundown on all the candidates and some background on why I’m endorsing each of these folks on my blog.

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A few other items of note:

  • The Golden Gem Cinema group – working to revive Golden’s local movie house at the American Mountaineering Center – had an organizing meeting last week and has another scheduled for tomorrow night (Thursday, October 29).  You’ll find them at the Foss Auditorium of the AMC (710 10th St. in Golden).  If you are interested in the idea, please consider filling out their Golden Cinema online survey.  It took me less than five minutes.  The Golden Urban Renewal Authority has some more information about the effort on their web site.
  • Don’t forget to set back your clock on Saturday night.  It’s also a good time to change the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • I had a bad link in my blog post about Paul Weyrich’s views on transit (“A Conservative Perspective on Transit”).  The link should work now.
  • Remember to vote!!

Other Upcoming Events

  • Halloween Crazy Days, October 30, 3 – 6 p.m.  This is the place to be if you’ve got kids wanting to trick or treat or if you are doing the trick-or-treating yourself.  You’ll find the excitement in Historic Downtown Golden this Friday (October 30) from 3-6pm.
  • Colorado Environmental Film Festival, November 5 – 9.  This terrific event is hosted once again by the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.  You’ll find details on their film festival web site.
  • First Friday, November 6.  Many of the downtown shops, stores, and restaurants stay open late, often with treats and specials.  You’ll also find entertainment and free horse drawn carriage rides (weather permitting).
  • Golden Civic Foundation Auction and Banquet, November 14.  This is the Civic Foundation’s 34th annual event, this year honoring graduates of Golden High School from the 1930s (“Then and Now”).  The silent auction starts at 5 followed by the dinner at 6:30 and the live auction at 8.  For more information call 303-278-9697 or visit the Civic Foundation website.

Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, November 5

Our next city council meeting includes both a regular business meeting and a regular study session on Thursday, November 5.  You can download the agenda and packet for that meeting (after Friday of this week) and review minutes and videos of previous City Council meetings on the city’s web site.  The agenda for the upcoming meeting includes the following issues:

  • Veteran’s Day Proclamation.
  • Updating our fire code and our building code.
  • An update presentation by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
  • An update presentation by the Sustainability Advisory Board.
  • A discussion of the Public Works Building renovation project.
  • A review of the proposed 2010 budget.

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Jacob Smith, Mayor
jsmith@cityofgolden.net
(303) 810-6017
www.SmithforGolden.org

Jacob’s Golden Update: Special “Remember to Vote” Edition

Jacob’s Golden Update: October 28, 2009

Special “Remember to Vote” Edition

If you haven’t received your ballot yet, call the Jefferson County Clerk immediately (303-271-8111) to get a replacement ballot.

If you have received your ballot but haven’t turned it in yet, there isn’t much time left.  Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.  I think you’ll be safe if you get your ballot in the mail by Friday, but after Friday I strongly recommend that you drop your ballot off.  There is a 24-hour ballot drop-off at the Jefferson County building – just follow the signs when you get there.  You can also drop your ballot off at Golden City Hall during regular business hours (and until 7 p.m. on Tuesday).

You can still watch one of the reruns of the City Council Candidates Forum on channel 8 or on the web.  It’s a great opportunity to see most of the candidates face to face (one of the exceptions was Councilor Mary Weaver, who showed up about forty minutes late, so she only answered some of the questions).

My endorsements: Marcia Claxton in Ward 1, Joe Behm in Ward 2, and Bill Fisher in Ward 4 (I didn’t weigh in on the Ward 3 race).

I’ve got a rundown on all the candidates and some background on why I’m endorsing each of these folks on my blog.

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A few other items of note:

  • The Golden Gem Cinema group – working to revive Golden’s local movie house at the American Mountaineering Center – had an organizing meeting last week and has another scheduled for tomorrow night (Thursday, October 29).  You’ll find them at the Foss Auditorium of the AMC (710 10th St. in Golden).  If you are interested in the idea, please consider filling out their Golden Cinema online survey.  It took me less than five minutes.  The Golden Urban Renewal Authority has some more information about the effort on their web site.
  • Don’t forget to set back your clock on Saturday night.  It’s also a good time to change the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • I had a bad link in my blog post about Paul Weyrich’s views on transit (“A Conservative Perspective on Transit”).  The link should work now.
  • Remember to vote!!

Other Upcoming Events

  • Halloween Crazy Days, October 30, 3 – 6 p.m.  This is the place to be if you’ve got kids wanting to trick or treat or if you are doing the trick-or-treating yourself.  You’ll find the excitement in Historic Downtown Golden this Friday (October 30) from 3-6pm.
  • Colorado Environmental Film Festival, November 5 – 9.  This terrific event is hosted once again by the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.  You’ll find details on their film festival web site.
  • First Friday, November 6.  Many of the downtown shops, stores, and restaurants stay open late, often with treats and specials.  You’ll also find entertainment and free horse drawn carriage rides (weather permitting).
  • Golden Civic Foundation Auction and Banquet, November 14.  This is the Civic Foundation’s 34th annual event, this year honoring graduates of Golden High School from the 1930s (“Then and Now”).  The silent auction starts at 5 followed by the dinner at 6:30 and the live auction at 8.  For more information call 303-278-9697 or visit the Civic Foundation website.

Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, November 5

Our next city council meeting includes both a regular business meeting and a regular study session on Thursday, November 5.  You can download the agenda and packet for that meeting (after Friday of this week) and review minutes and videos of previous City Council meetings on the city’s web site.  The agenda for the upcoming meeting includes the following issues:

  • Veteran’s Day Proclamation.
  • Updating our fire code and our building code.
  • An update presentation by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
  • An update presentation by the Sustainability Advisory Board.
  • A discussion of the Public Works Building renovation project.
  • A review of the proposed 2010 budget.

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Jacob Smith, Mayor
jsmith@cityofgolden.net
(303) 810-6017
www.SmithforGolden.org

Jacob's Golden Update: The Home Stretch on City Elections and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: October 19, 2009

1. City Council Elections: The Home Stretch
2. Golden Adopts Temporary Moratorium on New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
3. New Bike/Pedestrian Connector to the Rec Center in the Works
4. Kyffin Elementary Wins Healthy Schools Grant
5. Jefferson County Board of Education Elections
6. Political Campaign Sign Violations
7. Smith for Golden Blog Roundup
8. Other Upcoming Events
9. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, October 22

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