How can you urge a NO vote on the Strong Mayor, Initiative #300 and then tout the success of John Hickenlooper as a strong mayor? Sounds a bit contradictory, don't you think?
"If John Hickenlooper replicates statewide what he has done as Denver's mayor, Colorado will continue to evolve as an economically vibrant, environmentally sound, tolerant, creative and wonderful place to live, work and raise our families."
If you like what John Hickenlooper has done for Denver, then vote YES on #300!
I understand some of Jan and Scott’s concerns with #300 but here are a few points in their letter that I feel were improperly communicated or left out.
1. Initiative #300 does not eliminate City Council. City Council will still have the authority to approve measures that are submitted by the mayor’s office. I feel that the letter makes the reader feel that Initiative #300 proposes some type of coup.
2. Having a strong mayor will not solve any specific challenges initially. For me, it’s all about the bigger picture and finally linking the cities strategy with the budget. For the past ten years the city has tried to launch many strategic initiatives, ie. Dream City 2020 and Operation 6035, yet has had very little success. The Mayor Project is about creating a strong and accountable foundation for Colorado Springs to grow on.
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