September 17, 2019

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.