Clay Ogden

Clay Ogden 5 days, 8 hours ago on Melanie Sturm: My delegate dilemma — to be conscientious, in good conscience

Ms. Sturm .. Harry Truman said "There is nothing new in the world except the history we don't know" ... an expression that he, of course, borrowed from Ben Franklin who borrowed it from a French diplomat whose name escapes me.

Your statement "Clinton, the most corrupt and deceitful presidential candidate in modern American history" ignores not only history but the present where Mr. Trump ... clearly by any reasonable view ... is the most corrupt and deceitful presidential candidate in modern American history.

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Clay Ogden 1 month ago on Steamboat teacher charged with six felonies

I have to agree. I was a juror for a one day criminal trial last year for someone accused of stealing $95 with no evidence. Wonder how much was, as taxpayers, paid for that.

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Clay Ogden 1 month ago on Our view: Housing proposal worth vetting

Dan ... I tend to agree with you and the editorial. It seems to me the only people that loose (maybe) in this is existing home owners who may not see their homes appreciate at double digit rates (that old elasticity of demand conundrum). With homes selling at $300/sq ft now there is a really large segment of the workforce ... even in skilled jobs ... that will just never qualify to buy. Development for projects like this needs to be a bit less onerous ... my opinion.

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Clay Ogden 3 months, 2 weeks ago on City Council takes flak for not including more average Joes on city manager interview panel

"Anne Small, the city's director of general services, warned the council that seating a vocal and outspoken citizen such as Wedel on the committee could "disrupt" the interview process."

Perfect ... based on the recent failures with the past several city managers I'd say some disruption of the typical process is in order.

Scott Wedel and I disagree on many things ... but disagreements can create great results if everyone involved can learn to listen as well as they speak. I think Scott should be given the chance to participate.

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Clay Ogden 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Legal debate over planning document complicates annexation of subdivision near Old Town

"If the parcel is annexed, the zoning would be determined at a later date."

To me that's the crux of the problem with this process, The developers have stated to me that they would prefer minimal density ... something transitional ... supported by a number of local property owners. The unknown development potential is a huge concern. The city staff and some on council seem to prefer maximum density ... like the transitional mess in cities like Boulder ... open space to maximum density in the blink of an eye.

To me ... the problem with maximum density is the lack of city infrastructure in adjoining streets funneling into Soda Creek Elementary ... narrow streets, no side walks, inconstant snow plowing. Yahmomite and Merritt funnel tons of traffic to SCE already. Someone from city staff needs to watch what happens on Merritt between 8 and 8:30 am and 3 to 3:30 pm to understand the problem.

The developer can't be expected to solve all of these issues on their own ... the city needs to step up, prioritize, and deal with city charter issues like public safety and security (as opposed to notable discretionary items like gravity induced slides at subsidized ski hills) before it expands it's boundaries.

I get the potential need to absorb by expanding through the Urban Growth Boundary .,, but the city (and city staff) also needs to get that it has a responsibility to deal with infrastructure impacts related to that expansion beyond the specific bounds of the UGB.

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Clay Ogden 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Former Steamboat police officer exonerated

"As this judicial district’s chief law enforcement officer, I believe that, for this community to have faith in its criminal justice system, the integrity of every officer must be beyond reproach," Barkey said.

Seems kinda odd to me that the judicial district's chief law enforcement officer seems completely unaware of or uninterested in any of the other integrity issues within the Steamboat Springs Police Department. He seems only interested in the whistle blowers Ms. Bantle and Mr. Klieber. Just seems odd ...

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Clay Ogden 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs City Council opposes school district's $92 million bond proposal

You know Scott ,,, as annoyed as I am with our current council and city management it was the school district's job to to reach out to them ... not the other way around.

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Clay Ogden 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Latest Google poll shows support dropping for Steamboat school bond

And from the same article: "Tax impacts are estimates based upon current assessed values. All impacts are multiplied by 3.64 for commercial properties."

Now in a nanosecond Russell Scott will copy and paste to re-post a million previously posted statements and will talk about the total increase in the tax burden and ignore multiplier for commercial property that everyone will eventually have to absorb.

I agree that we have a big issue to deal with ... I reiterate that I don't understand why the district refuses sell other real estate is has repeatedly stated is not appropriate to use for schools (Whistler) to reduce the size of what we are all being asked to borrow. That's just crazy. I could support this if the district sold other assets it seems clear it will never use.

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