Election fallout and controversy over anti-racism rally headline week in Boulder politics

Boulder City Councilman-elect Bob Yates, left, shakes hands with Councilman Tim Plass, who lost his re-election bid, on Election Night at the Museum of Boulder. Plass is the first Boulder incumbent to be unseated in 18 years. (Paul Aiken / Daily Camera Staff Photographer)

Boulder election aftermath: Tim Plass becomes first incumbent to lose city council seat in 18 years

After coming in eighth place in the election for city council on November 3, Tim Plass became part of an exclusive club: Boulder City Council incumbents who lost re-election.  The last member of city council to lose her seat was B.J. Miller in 1997 – she was notable for supporting the use of $800,000 in taxpayer funds to build the Dushanbe Teahouse.  The reasons for Plass’ exit are more subtle; according to local politicos it had more to do with anti-incumbent sentiment, and abandoning the anti-growth platform which had propelled him into office in the first place.

CU anti-racism rally canceled after Black Students Alliance object about lack of consultation

The Friday protest was organized by a “Whiteness Studies” class, and was intended to show solidarity with University of Missouri students protesting alleged racism at the school.  However, members of CU’s Black Students Alliance were disturbed over the lack of consultation or coordination with their organization, claiming that was racism in of itself.  The rally was cancelled by organizers shortly after.

Boulder City Council bickering over marijuana advertising

The majority of the council appears to be following City Attorney Tim Carr’s recommendation to cite two marijuana business for illegal advertising at Out Boulder’s Pridefest in September, despite the fact that similar advertising for alcohol-based businesses do not seem to receive the same scrutiny.  Councilwomen Mary Young, Lisa Morzel and Suzanne Jones objected to how the city seems to treat marijuana differently from alcohol, which is inconsistent with the spirit of Amendment 64.

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