Now that the 2017 election year has to come to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on the current state of our electoral system and our ability as a society to attract the best and brightest to serve in government at all levels — from our local offices to the highest in the land. One clear example of a hindrance for us to attract the very best is evidenced by a wacky summer of Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests.
A Boulder District judge has ruled against a Gunbarrel resident who had alleged in a lawsuit that the Boulder County commissioners and their staff violated the Colorado Open Records Act.
The General Assembly’s workplace harassment policy prevents virtually anyone — except those who file a complaint or are charged with a violation — from talking about what’s going on.
Public interest is running high over details of Colorado’s bid for a second Amazon headquarters — such as which locations the state recommended and how much it offered in taxpayer-funded financial incentives. But officials involved in crafting the proposal, without a hint of irony, say releasing that information is not in the public interest.
The Grand Junction Regional Airport tenants who filed a whistleblower suit against the airport said they’ll go to court again, this time to get the airport’s own investigative file.
Denver economic officials kept some information from the public when they released the official proposal sent Amazon.com Inc. last month outlining why the Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth should build in Colorado.
There was a time when people could file complaints knowing their identity would be confidential. That changed in 2015, when the Colorado Court of Appeals reversed a 2014 decision by a Pitkin County district judge who had ruled Red Mountain resident Elesabeth R. Shook could not inspect government records revealing the identity of someone who complained to the county about a construction project on Shook’s property.
A Pueblo City Schools (D60) special meeting left board member-elects Dennis Maes and Taylor Voss feeling a bit left out. With Maes eventually questioning its legality.
Colorado plans to make public its bid to land Amazon’s second headquarters somewhere in the Denver metro area and — much to the public’s chagrin — portions of the report likely will be kept private. We certainly hope that when the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation releases the proposal, it redacts lightly and strives for transparency.
A Monument clean-air advocate filed suit for defamation in U.S. District Court in Denver, alleging that Colorado Springs city officials and elected leaders subjected her to a smear campaign for exposing concerns about pollution from the city’s controversial coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant.