Steve Aigner's presentation introduction (40 seconds)

Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley organizer Steve Aigner introduces himself and talks about the organization at an April 20, 2009, presentation at Iowa State University.

Stories this video appears in:

Local officials discuss Aigner lecture video

Community Alliance organizer: Community Alliance has 'fought growth forever'

The Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley has postponed its petition drive to make future annexations subject to a public vote, backing off from an ultimatum issued by Community Alliance's organizer Steve Aigner to City Council earlier this week. The decision, though unrelated, comes amid increasing attention given to a video of an April sociology presentation by Aigner at Iowa State University.

Comments

steamboatsprings 4 years, 9 months ago

Steve is pretty darn clear on the Community Alliance's purpose of Smart Growth (ie the Community Alliance is smart and the rest of Steamboat is not) or preferably no growth.

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keith giglio 4 years, 9 months ago

Again, the paper has managed to misrepresent an academic lecture on the general subject of the sociology of community with a presentation of the views or policies of CAYV. If you are going to provide insight for the value of the community, please do it accurately. The opening comments do not introduce the subject of Dr. Aigner's lecture. He does not introduce his lecture until well past the section of the video you have chosen to present as the introduction.

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 9 months ago

From an elitist view I seem to be totally ignorant.

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Steve Lewis 4 years, 9 months ago

I agree Keith.

Last Friday, the Pilot chose the headline "Aigner: Group fights growth." Given that Aigner here also states the "PRIMARY REASON CAYV EXISTS" is to seek SMART GROWTH, the Pilot seems to have had a choice of another headline, and it chose to go with the more negative.

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Steve Lewis 4 years, 9 months ago

From another thread, the Pilot editorial trend that I remember:

a) No wet water rights from 700 b) No public vote on 700 c) Push for Oct annexation vote in spite of information increasing fiscal gap (see NEPA study) d) CAYV organizer announces petition for public vote on annexations e) 3 days later Pilot article reaches to event in another state to write article which undermines the organizer and CAYV f) article discrediting organizer is placed the page before Douglas commentary which, first ties organizer to public vote and then, advocates against public vote

Where has the Pilot viewpoint had anything to say about 700 that would represent the better interests of the taxpayers?

To be fair, I tend to agree with a) and b). Could be I'm a moderate.

The Pilot on the other hand, looks like its editorial is being written by Steamboat 700.

The juxtaposition of Douglas and the slam on Aigner is not likely coincidence, given Douglas taunted the Aigner about the Iowa video several days earlier.

Someone please offer an editorial I missed where the Pilot has taken the taxpayer's side of this question. Recent would be more relevant than old, but anything would make me feel better.

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