This rule is being considered during a time when many residents are away on holiday vacations and will not be present to dispute the rule. The rule was proposed on December 19, 2011 and will become rule on January 3, 2012, just 16 days after it was proposed. The city manager and the city council have not provided for any open forum to discuss this rule, but rather have provided just a single email, firstname.lastname@example.org, to which “public comment” can be sent. This rule is not available for a city council vote and will be instituted by a single non-elected official of the city of Boulder, City Manager Jane S. Brautigam.
This rule attempts to address very specific concerns with broad-based implications. If the city manager is concerned about public safety, she should create rules that address public safety and do not limit use of public land. Everything about the process of creating this rule has been done in a way that excludes true public comment, denies any accountability by elected officials, avoids open communication with the public and reduces the public trust in our local government.
Please sign this petition to show your support for open and accessible public lands as well as open and accessible governmental process. Our lands and our laws should stay in our hands, not the hands of a single non-elected individual.
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