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Re: “Philip Anschutz's influence knows no bounds

Lee Wolf might want to ask why the city would neglect Strawberry Fields while spending nearly $2 million on the Incline which they do not yet own if this land swap deal wasn't in the works for a long time? Spending city funds on attractions not in their stewardship while leaving ones which are should have anyone with a rational mind to question anyone in support of this swap. In addition Mr. Wolf's private property would enjoy a bump in valuation for it's incidental location.

The most vocal proponents of this swap are the neighbors whose land is adjacent to Strawberry Fields and the politicians who are likely being funded by the Broadmoor.

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Posted by Fubeca12 on 04/29/2016 at 8:43 AM

Re: “The latest on The Broadmoor land swap

The good steward/bad steward argument has limitations and can easily be overridden by all the people against the swap documenting the trash and then the Broadmmor can easily go clean it up and claim that the trash was not there before the talks and must have been placed there by activists.

The best tactic to fight this is to reaffirm this land was designated as a park by city voters and any sale of it no matter the means, swap or otherwise, needs to be through public vote again. That will stall the process for much longer and allow opponents to regroup and seek complete blockage of the swap.

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Posted by Fubeca12 on 03/21/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “The latest on The Broadmoor land swap

As I read the provisions of the proposal I see some pre-programmed means by which the Broadmoor will likely take posession and then blockade all access to the space...until...certain other provisions are completed. Look up the history of David Geffen and Vinod Khosla (Sun Micro) beach access and legal easement agreement violations. Once control is given to a private entity they can start violating those agreements and the only way to undo them in through costly legal channels.

1. They say public access (easement) to the trails will be once they complete the hiking and equestrian trails. Think of how long that could take if they are waiting for environmental impact studies, drainage surveys etc....?

2. If this isn't a foregone done deal and the hearings are to truly assess public attitude then why did the city spend nearly 2 million in refurbishing the Incline when it had no ownership interest in it? How interesting that in this exchange the city will gain ownership of about 80% of the trail. I still claim the public hearings are a perfunctory requirement in the steps to complete an already sealed backroom deal.

3. Purposeful neglect of Strawberry Fields easily explains why it looks so bad in terms of trash and graffiti which makes it easier to justify the land swap.

4. Most of the supporters outside of the Broadmoor and City are direct adjacent neighbors to the property who will get a bump in appraised land value and a built-in potential buyer in the future.

5. They are seeking a special conservancy designation which will give them stronger legal control and "requirement" to maintain it as an open space etc...however, with that designation comes the ease of getting environmental studies which recommend closing the edges of the undeveloped areas to preserve flora and fauna (for example). Again I see this as a no public allowed pre-programmed fail-safe option.

It's public land, voted as such by the voters and simply needs to remain so and not be voted on until the city puts up parking and signage. Then maybe it'll get used like the Stratton Reserve where one can hardly find parking and dozens of people are hiking, biking and such on daily basis and nearly rear round.

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Posted by Fubeca12 on 03/21/2016 at 11:02 AM

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