Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 12 hours, 26 minutes ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

I am not saying Overstreet came up with the idea to hold serial meetings, but pretty clearly the whole point of serial meetings is to avoid open meetings laws. Considering the structure of city government, I'd expect that any manager seeking to inform the city council of a situation would talk to the City Manager on when would be a good time and manner to do so.

And yes, it is pretty bad that every city council member didn't object, particularly the city council president.

Why does it seem like only Ford and Macys care about following the laws regarding the administration of city government. They seem to be the only ones that care that the blight report didn't even claim to find specific instances of blight. They seem to be the only ones that care about improper "work product" memos and so on.

Didn't every city council member take an oath to follow the laws? Seems to me that only Ford and Macys took their oaths seriously.

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Scott Wedel 16 hours, 55 minutes ago on Soda Creek Elementary students: Help keep bears wild

I've looked around and I think it is shown that trash proof garbage is only a small part of the solution.

Relocating bears generally does not work with the problem bears returning. The city has become their home and most return and it appears that many that don't return end up dying as they try to return. Durango relocates hundreds of bears and kills dozens of bears every year.

The one thing that appears to work is Yosemite's plan which is to put tracking collars on bears found on the valley floor and intercept them to drive them back into the wild when/if they try to return. They are relocating a handful of bears a years and most years do not have to kill any bears. Though, at the start they did end up killing a few dozen bears that were used to foraging human food. I think the key is that once no bears are being taught to forage human food so the bears easily give up seeking human food when consistently challenged. And intercepting the bears is cheaper than capturing and relocating.

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Scott Wedel 17 hours, 7 minutes ago on Soda Creek Elementary students: Help keep bears wild

The missing part to me seems to be that once mama bears teach baby bears to forage from people's trash, gardens, garages, trailers, etc that becomes those bears preferred food source.

We can cull wild bears to make plenty of room, but the urban bears won't leave. The normal wilderness bear might come into SB to grab some quick food, but it is a scary place and they'll move back to the wilderness.

But our urban bears have nearby dens and this has become their preferred habitat. They are not leaving and they are teaching their young how to do it. We should have a better plan than wishing them away.

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Scott Wedel 17 hours, 26 minutes ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

To adopt it, they need to certify that there are the 4 conditions of blight and pass a resolution. Before passing a TIF they have to come up with a redevelopment plan.

URA is not subject to TABOR and can issue bonds without a public vote.

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Scott Wedel 17 hours, 28 minutes ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

Nope, URA gets created by resolution by the city council. No public vote.

Overstreet in suggesting serial meetings to update city council on Triple Crown negotitions was intentionally trying to inform city council without needing a public meeting. Pretty blatant attempt to work around the open meetings laws. Though, not sure where he got the idea and a competent City Manager should have instantly recognized it as unworkable and put it on a meeting agenda. If it needed ASAP attention by city council then a special meeting should have been called.

The walks through downtown are distressingly similar transparent attempts to "inform" the city council in violation of open meetings laws.

This has been a consistent pattern by Hinsark to circumvent open meetings laws. She has previously sent memos to city council calling them confidential work product and Hinsvark's claims that these memos were confidential so annoyed city council that they told her to stop doing it.

Look elsewhere, they don't have city managers trying to send confidential work product memos to city council, or organizing serial meetings on two different topics.

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Scott Wedel 18 hours, 55 minutes ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

Not quite unanimously positive.

An election this November with two of her biggest supporters term limited and Bart K having to run for reelection.

And Scott Ford and Sonja Macys are not a pair of bitter wingnuts, but both very active in trying to make government be effective and responsive. It was Scott Ford that rode buses during the winter cold, not any of the Hinsvark supporters. Scott and Sonja have different political philosophies, but both think Hinsvark is not doing a good job as well paid city manager.

I think she is likely to be replaced after the fall election.

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Scott Wedel 22 hours, 11 minutes ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

Isn't your proposal admitting that Hinsvark is a problem? That she as city manager cannot be trusted to pass on dept status reports to council and lower level management needs to do it directly?

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Scott Wedel 22 hours, 23 minutes ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

She wrote the memo saying that open meetings are unfortunate.

I think most of city council wouldn't care if public and press joined them on a downtown walking tour. They can just take it in.

It is city staff that don't want the public and press there because then they are making a public presentation for the public to question and the newspaper to report.

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Scott Wedel 1 day, 7 hours ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

The "unfortunate" part from Hinsvark's perspective is that city government is part of a democracy that is supposed to be accountable to the voters. It is so unfortunate that city council members cannot hold secret meetings to be fed one side of the issue.

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Scott Wedel 1 day, 19 hours ago on Paul Stettner: Care to share the letter?

I doubt Washington DC officials have much sympathy for this guy. The incident put some security personnel in the very uncomfortable position of shooting to kill him in flight and possibly harming innocent people vs having to decide that without any apparent bomb that he couldn't do much harm if he did intentionally crash into the Capitol.

Yes, he was not enough of a target for anti-aircraft missiles that are acknowledged to exist within Washington DC. But, there are also armed security that was not told to shoot it down before it gets to the Capitol. If someone else were to try that and had a container big enough to be a dangerous bomb then they would not be allowed to land at the Capitol.

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