11 August 2008

Rocky Mountain News on Referred Question 1A

For those following the conversation about referred question 1A on tomorrow's ballot, the Rocky Mountain News weighed in with an opinion last Friday. They say vote yes on 1A. In other words, change the city charter so that city council pols aren't required to vote in favor of--or enact--initiatives they disagree with.

The idea, we suppose, was to give council the chance to save the city the time and expense of holding an election if some noncontroversial measure were proposed. But Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz told us she's not aware of any time council has actually done that.

So the charter forces council members, in effect, to vote yes on proposed initiatives they may detest - or vote no and essentially violate the law.

I leave it to the reader to make his or her own decision.