While I agree that John DeVincentis does seem to be for the students and the staff, he also has a personal agenda toward administrators, and because of this he will never be able to be truly effective with Donna Howell. They really can't work together. I have gone to many board meetings and have seen the rantings before he was even on the board. There are board minutes that go way back, anything that wasn't in executive session could be found in the notes if someone really couldn't believe that he is way out there and that he is prone to insane outbursts and fumes about things way over. If we truly believed he could be responsible and let the past go, there wouldn't have to be a recall drive.
Believe in climate change
For more than 10 years, I've researched, written and spoken all over the world on the issues of sustainability, including climate change. On the issue of climate change, the people whose opinions I've learned to respect have concluded that the reports produced by the IPCC present a sound case that the world climate is changing as never before, and human activity is a strong contributor. These reports have been extensively reviewed by well-respected scientists throughout the world. As such they have become the most intensively peer-reviewed documents in history, precisely because of the seriousness of the issues at hand and the expected controversy.
When I first moved here in 2003, a one-bedroom condo on the mountain cost $100,000 at the most. Now, you're lucky to find a one bedroom or even a studio condo for under $300,000.
Sadly, it's not a matter of saving up money anymore. Lots of you got "lucky" and bought before things got stupidly expensive. It's really hard to compete with the new economy of second-home owners bringing in outside money.
Passed on to the buyer
The extra fees paid up front by the developer will be passed on to the buyer. That's only part of the problem. The higher prices establish new comparable properties in the market. This will push up the prices in the entire market, not just the units directly affected by the new fees. Also, the tax assessor will notice the higher prices and send us all a higher property tax bill. Up, up, up.
The same mentality gave us "Stop the Growth" 10 years ago. Now, Steamboat is nearly built out with very little room to expand. Low supply, high demand, up, up, up.
Say no to linkage
The only thing linkage will do is to boost prices overall, not only for housing but for whatever goods and services are under these new roofs.
Let's take the example cited of the 50,000-square-foot project and the projected 140 employees. So the city will "help" seven of these people by collecting almost $1 million and spend it on what? Probably more studies!
Guess what folks. The solution is one that will benefit all the projected 140 employees. The free market will require that these people be paid more to live and work in the area.
Private business will either directly subsidize employee housing or wages to get the staff needed. Paying the city a fee is the most insane, inefficient, boondoggle that the council could come up with.