Stuart Orzach

Stuart Orzach 3 months ago on Steamboat Springs City Council appears ready to move forward with housing recommendations

I share Scott's concern. I have heard this refrain from Dan Pirallo too many times. Is it designed to tap into our emotions and get us to dig into our pockets in order to subsidize his company's less than living wages, and enable it to expand irresponsibly, in Steamboat, on the taxpayers' dime?

Fair Housing laws aside, I would like to know if Dan is renting a secondary unit to some employees and receiving rent. or if he has 12 desperate, homeless employees camped in his living room, or something in between.

I would also like to know what he means when he says that his company has "invested" in employee housing at the Iron Horse. What am I, as a taxpayer, supposed to take away from that statement?

I think that clear language, rather than dog whistle politics, would help move this discussion forward.

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Stuart Orzach 3 months, 1 week ago on Steamboat Springs City Council members weigh in on city’s controversial new PR practice

So, in keeping with the national trend, the Era of Fake News is being ushered in at the local level. And, it's being defended as the industry standard. Furthermore, two public officials couldn't just state, up front, that someone else drafted their message for them. They had to be presented with the evidence. And this is supposed to engender trust?

I support the newspaper's position.

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Stuart Orzach 3 months, 1 week ago on Steamboat Springs City Council president uncomfortable with new PR position manufacturing 'quotes' for city officials

So, in keeping with the national trend, the Era of Fake News is being ushered in at the local level. And, it's being defended as the industry standard. Furthermore, two public officials couldn't just state, up front, that someone else drafted their message for them. They had to be presented with the evidence. And this is supposed to engender trust?

I support the newspaper's position.

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Stuart Orzach 8 months, 1 week ago on City Council discusses potential impact of large housing proposal in west Steamboat Springs

We can't see 5 years ahead much less 40. Long term vesting exacerbates the negative impacts of boom and bust cycles. Such a proposal should be DOA.

As some may recall, Steamboat 700 had no intention of building anything. Their prospectus clearly stated that they planned to sell right after gaining approval. Who do you trust with the long term evolution of your community? There's too much downside risk in this.

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Stuart Orzach 8 months, 1 week ago on City Council bucks developers' Iron Horse spending proposal

I agree with your statements in a very narrow sense. But, why did the City Manager recommend approval of the developers' plan and why did he consider this to be an affordable housing project? Also, why did the City sign a contract so vague that this proposal could even come forward?

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Stuart Orzach 8 months, 1 week ago on City Council bucks developers' Iron Horse spending proposal

Scott,

Thanks for all that information.

I think it's a problem when the City enters into a contract that is so vague.

Also, I find "public benefit to the tourism industry" to be oxymoronic.

But the biggest problem is that it appears staff works for developers. How could they recommend approval of this? They shouldn't be making recommendations at all in my opinion. That way, individual Council members would actually have to use independent judgement and argue their point in front of the whole Council.

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Stuart Orzach 8 months, 1 week ago on City Council bucks developers' Iron Horse spending proposal

Would someone on Council please explain why they approved a contract that would have allowed deferred maintenance to be considered a public benefit and would have allowed the City Manager to approve it without coming to Council? Who is responsible for the language in this contract? Who signs the contract on behalf of the City?

How does the City Manager justify his opinion that subsidizing a private development that is not "affordable" now and not "affordable" in the future somehow benefits the community?

How is an outdoor cafe a public benefit? It sounds like a private business venture.

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Stuart Orzach 8 months, 1 week ago on Developers want to spend Iron Horse public improvement funds on new appliances, decks and roof repair

That this matter even has to come before Council is indicative of a very serious and long standing problem in the way this City is run. It is this problem that needs to be fleshed out once and for all. Why should citizens even pretend that they matter? Let's just cede the whole town to developers.

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Stuart Orzach 8 months, 1 week ago on Developers want to spend Iron Horse public improvement funds on new appliances, decks and roof repair

It obviously won't be affordable this Winter, and there is no assurance of affordability in the future. I'm tired of seeing developers roll out the affordable housing "poster child" to justify anything and everything. It's time for City Council to show what it's made of. Do laws, codes, regulations, plans, even contracts mean anything in this town or do we just bend to the will of developers each and every time?

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