GOP lineup set for CU Boulder debate, Issue 301 raises questions, and Boulder parks board addresses pot ban proposal

Lineup set for Wednesday GOP presidential candidate debate at CU-Boulder

The first debate, which begins at 4 P.M. on Wednesday, October 28 at the Coors Event Center, will feature Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania; former New York Gov. George Pataki; and Sen. Lindsey Graham.  The second debate, which begins at 6 P.M. and includes candidates who received at least 3 percent support in a recent poll, includes candidates Donald Trump,  Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Vagueness in Issue 301 language may be problematic for residents

Deputy City Attorney David Gehr has raised concern that ballot Issue 301, titled “New Development Shall Pay Its Own Way,” may be interpreted to apply to certain residential improvements as well as new commercial development.  The issue states that residential improvements and additions which cause a “de minimis” impact on city facilities and services would be exempt from paying for offsetting costs, without defining what “de minimis” means.  If the issue passes, the City Council may be required to define what is considered “de minimis” to avoid unintended consequences for residents.

Boulder County Parks board avoids issue of pot ticketing, for now

The advisory committee for Boulder County Parks and Open Space punted a proposal to ban marijuana possession in Boulder county parks to the department’s attorney for further review.  At issue is whether the ban would be in violation of Colorado’s constitution, as well as whether federal funds for county parks may be withheld without a ban on marijuana possession.

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