Oct. 28 events proliferate, residents snub poverty simulation, government mulls occupancy, building standards

U.S. politics made local headlines earlier this week with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Saturday rally at Potts Field and Tuesday’s Democratic debate watch parties. In more local news, protest and other awareness events are growing up around the Oct. 28 Republican debate on campus, the City Council continues to consider housing occupancy limits, Boulder County residents pass on a poverty simulation event and Boulder County looks to expand its Build Smart program requirements.

CU-Boulder campus to host more than Republican debate on Oct. 28

By the time it’s all said and done, the Republican debate might be the smallest production on the CU-Boulder campus on Oct. 28. First, the group Student Voices Count and nonprofit news network BeHeard will be broadcasting live from outside the debate. Over 1,000 people have signed up for the event on Facebook. Second, a demonstration called “Our Future, Our Choice: March for Civic Engagement” hopes to see 10,000 people traipse from Central Park to Business Field that afternoon. Better yet, Latino leaders are planning a “My Country, My Vote” event at Farrand Field that also hopes to draw 10,000 people. If you’re not participating in the activities on Wednesday, you should probably stay as far away from Boulder as possible.

Council member disseminates academic paper equating U.S. occupancy standards with discrimination

Boulder City Council member Mary Young sent a message to the Boulder County Hotline listserv on Wednesday linking to a 2002 paper on occupancy standards by anthropologist Ellen Pader. The paper examines the cultural influences on U.S. housing occupancy regulations, and supports many community housing proponents’ argument that Boulder’s occupancy standards are tantamount to discrimination.

Boulder County residents choose not to participate in poverty simulation

The Boulder County Circles Campaign has cancelled their poverty simulation scheduled for Oct. 17, designed to “create a broader awareness of the realities of life in poverty and to help participants recognize and discuss the potential for change within their local communities.” Fewer than the 30 people reportedly signed up for the event, too few to run the simulation, though exactly how many Boulder County residents volunteered to walk a mile in those shoes was not disclosed.

“Net zero” energy standard may expand to smaller mansions built in unincorporated areas after Jan. 4

Right now, as part of Boulder County’s Build Smart program, any new 6,000-square-foot or larger homes built in unincorporated areas, including the communities of Eldorado Springs, Gunbarrel, Hygiene and Niwot, must produce as much energy as they consume. If the Boulder County commissioners accept Tuesday’s unanimous Board of Review recommendation, 5,000-square-foot new homes would have the same standard. According to an article from earlier this month, the average size of a home in unincorporated Boulder County is…4,000 square feet. Wow.

Featured image courtesy of Juan Escalante and the RALLY IN BOULDER: My Country, My Vote! Facebook page.

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