Letter to the Editor: Vote them out

Posted 5/10/21

Vote them out The stories about Westminster moving away from the ‘next urban center’ concept and the City Clerk’s error in rejecting thousands of valid recall signatures have the same root …

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Letter to the Editor: Vote them out

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Vote them out

The stories about Westminster moving away from the ‘next urban center’ concept and the City Clerk’s error in rejecting thousands of valid recall signatures have the same root cause. The people running Westminster have made big, harmful mistakes. The solution is also the same, the people running Westminster should go.

The ‘next urban center’ story was especially bittersweet for me. Back in December of 2013, after being elected, I implored my fellow councilors to reconsider the plans for the New Downtown. In 2015 I assisted Mike Melvin, Jason Blanckaert and Debbie Bergamo in offering the voters an alternative: end high density/next urban center. In 2017 I focused on how the New Downtown/next urban center had failed and the harm caused from building high-density apartments. In 2019, while emphasizing the damage caused by outrageous water rates, I was still adamant against high density.

I would be thrilled if the City has truly turned away from next urban center/high density, but I do not think the City has actually moved away from their goals. On the same page as the ‘next urban center’ there is a story on ‘sustainability.’ It states the plan is to add 35,000 (33% more) people to Westminster by 2040. In the little vacant land that is left, how can that be without high density? High-ranking city officials are putting two conflicting stories out, and both cannot be true.

When the elections come, Recall or General, vote them out.

Bruce Baker,

Westminster

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