Scott Wedel

Scott Wedel 1 day, 22 hours ago on Charges filed against Kristen Johnson

Lawyer apparently not yet willing to accept that someone knifed, shot, strangled and beaten was murdered. Apparently is holding out for evidence that is more convincing.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 5 hours ago on Green teams: Turn out the lights!

You assume that the kids cannot see that an hour of lights off will not make much of a difference.

You assume that the kids don't realize this is an event to make them think about not needlessly wasting electricity at any time.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 5 hours ago on Former Steamboat police detective has strong words for City Council

Seems to me that Joel Rae is already toast. The SB Police Chief cannot have the County Sheriff Wiggins publicly stating his dept has many former SB police officers willing to speak against the SB police chief.

Either Joel Rae has to call Wiggin's bluff or go.

BTW, Joel Rae leaving need not be the end of his career. Steve Jobs was forced out of Apple as a bad manager and he learned enough to arguably be the greatest CEO of any company ever when he returned.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 6 hours ago on Former Steamboat police detective has strong words for City Council

Good find.

She cannot be the investigator. She could not give a credible report clearing Joel Rae. It would read too much like also clearing herself of the similar allegations that forced her out.

If only she was related to an elected official or a high ranking police officer then she would meet the Hinsvark standard for an "independent" consultant.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 6 hours ago on Former Steamboat police detective has strong words for City Council

With all of the government actions in response to the letter, it is clearly newsworthy. Also, the people mentioned are public figures so the standard for libel becomes much harder. Paper would have to be shown knowing the allegations were false. If paper knew that then they could easily state that in the accompanying article.

The reason the paper isn't printing is due to editorial decisions, not legal fears of a libel suit.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 8 hours ago on Laura Case: Environmentalism and hypocrisy


Al Gore appears to make a serious effort to have a zero carbon footprint.

I think it is fair to say that he is living rather extravagantly and using his significant wealth to buy whatever carbon offsets. Thus, it is not a model that could be followed by many others.

Jerry Brown is hardly perfect, but as governor he is not the one responsible for doing the calculations on whether a new LAX would be needed. He does get credit, by many, for planning to keep California's tax increases to deal with their budget as temporary and not agreeing to spending increases.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 19 hours ago on Ty Lockhart: Heritage Christian School site purchase is a win-win

It may be a good deal for the school district, but then again it might not be.

The building is hardly perfect. The front of the building has huge ice build up issues. The gym had a collection of buckets located around the floor to catch water dripping from leaks.

It is unclear whether the building can be used as a public school due to any number of issues.

One would hope that as part of the process that the school district considers if this meets their needs. But I would not want the school district pressured into buying it and then realizing that it doesn't meet their needs and would cost many millions in improvements to be a public school.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 19 hours ago on Laura Case: Environmentalism and hypocrisy

No one is predicting a sea level rise of 185 feet. If people expected such a severe rise in ocean levels then there would be far more dedicated effort to prevent or reduce global warming.

185 feet puts every major city near the ocean under water. That would even reach well up rivers to put cities like Sacramento well under water. 30 feet is the high range of predictions by 2100. Even 30 feet would be hugely costly and claim huge swaths of coastal cities.

And Al Gore spends extra money on electricity so that all of it is from renewable sources. So his carbon footprint for electricity is zero.

Pretty funny that the paper printed this.


Scott Wedel 2 days, 22 hours ago on City Council, School Board discuss downtown urban renewal plan

Scott B,

Might be worth asking about the claimed performance of any others URAs without private investors paying for a major development.

Boulder can certainly claim the revenues from the St Julien Hotel as resulting from their URA. Their URA built the parking garage that included public parking and hotel parking. Likewise, most other URAs can point to the private development that was built in conjunction with the URA improvements.

SB falls into the extremely small group that is proposing an URA in order to make general improvements without any matching private investment. Note that even the minimum revenue BID failed.

Something like a river promenade on publicly dedicated easement paid by an URA might be worthwhile if part of a $50+ million dollar Riverwalk development. But an URA for a list of downtown projects with no private investment is simply atrocious government.


Scott Wedel 3 days, 4 hours ago on City Council, School Board discuss downtown urban renewal plan

If Councilman Kenny is quoting from a consultant's report as part of considering any official action such as a motion then by CORA it must be released to the public. A document can be "work product" and not released now to the public while they work on the final draft. But if an official cites a work product document as part of considering an issue then it is no longer an internal draft, but a document that is ready to also be shared with the public.

I never noticed when Kenny mentioned any such study or if it was prior to any vote.