Rooney Valley Developer Offers Some Crumbs to Win Approval

  The establishment’s efforts to grow Lakewood by annexing over 300 acres of southern Rooney Valley from neighboring Morrison has taken a radical turn.   After the initial proposal met with a hailstorm of opposition it appeared the developer and his politician allies would wait out the November election in hopes their chances would improve in 2018.   The latest word is the developer now figures he better get the best…

Ward 1 Candidate Faces Carpetbagger Charges

                An issue that often comes up in politics is the “carpetbagger” question.  The qualifications to run for elected office usually include a residency requirement (except for some special districts, like fire and water, where property ownership is sufficient).  This usually requires a potential candidate to live in their district for at least one year (12 consecutive months) prior to the election.  While…

Strategic Growth Initiative Seeks Petition

           Since the current City Council, under Adam Paul, is unable (or unwilling) to control or limit the rash of new residential development (mostly apartments), a citizens group has proposed a Strategic Growth Initiative to place an issue on November’s ballot that would impose a 1% per year growth limit on residential construction.            Pursuant to the City Charter’s initiative rules, Lakewood…

Ward 3’s Shakti Running For State House

The race for Ward 3 took an unexpected turn with the incumbent’s decision to run for state representative.  When Perlmutter declared his intention to run for Governor it set off a round of musical chairs throughout Jefferson County.  State representative Brittany Peterson declared she would be running for Perlmutter’s CD7 congressional seat.  The possibility of State House District 28 being vacated by Peterson was all the incentive Shakti needed to…

Crazy Ludwigson Back in Ward 4 Race

            Here’s Johnny.  He’s Back! Like a Jack Nicholson scene from the Shining, Crazy Jon Ludwigson is back in the race for the Ward 4 seat being vacated by the term-limited David Wiechman.  The son of former Council member Carol Kesselman has long been the favorite of the establishment.  However, always a bridesmaid, Ludwigson has been passed over a couple previous elections.  This time things seemed to be…

Pallozzi Makes the Ward 5 Race Interesting

Ward 5 has always had the reputation of being a sleepy backwater that was a bastion of the establishment.  The current incumbent, Karen Harrison, has been rumored to be the successor to Adam Paul as the next mayor.  In keeping with the establishment tradition of giving the second highest council position, that of mayor pro tem, to the establishment councilor who is most in favor with the mayor, Ms. Harrison…

Housing “Study” Promotes Development

Last fall, City Council voted to spend over $60,000 for a Boulder marketing research firm to conduct a “housing study” in order to justify the Administration’s continuing push for more residential housing development.  The process was faulted from the beginning as the “study” was nothing more than a marketing survey on how to attract housing buyers to our market.  This was the same fault that corrupted the Rooney Valley “master plan”.  …

Lakewood Ward 4 Race Shapes Up

          What’s going on with the establishment in the Ward 4 race?  This is the year they finally get rid of that pain in their side – David Wiechman.  It’s also a chance to restore their dominance on Council.  Currently they have a bare majority of 6 to 5.  If they pick up the Wiechman Ward 4 seat and nothing else changes their majority would be…

Mayor’s Tax & Spend Big Government Values

At the Feb. 27 City Council meeting, there was a very telling exchange between the mayor and one of the independent councilors that confirmed Adam Paul’s thinking on issues of development and population density.  During the public comment period, some citizens complained about the current city administration’s emphasis on more development and more people.  One of the negative consequences of this overdevelopment they mentioned was more traffic congestion.   Adam Paul’s proposed solution…

Potential Candidates Spar Over Rooney Valley Annexation Misinformation

At the February Ward 4 town hall there was an interesting exchange between the presumed candidates to fill the open Ward 4 seat being vacated by the term-limited David Wiechman.  During the spirited discussion about the upcoming City Council vote to annex 300+ acres in the southern half of Rooney Valley from Morrison, the presumed establishment candidate Jon Ludwigson responded to all the disadvantages of a Rooney Valley annexation with…