Vail Daily’s Hits and Misses
July 14, 2010
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HIT: To the Eagle County commissioners reaching out to the public with their public hearing last week at Battle Mountain High School to understand public sentiment about a plan to build 250,000 square feet worth of space for “health and wellness” businesses as well as 150 housing units just west of the Eagle River Preserve. So far, it looks like we can count on the fans of creating the preserve on the former gravel pit arguing against the development, and a little bit of a poker game over housing on the north side of the Eagle River. The developers suggest they’d erase that part of the development in exchange for getting out of their affordable-housing obligations with the county. Stay tuned.
HIT: To municipalities being able to decide whether they want medical marijuana shops within their borders. Vail, for instance, just said no last week to letting such dispensaries inside town boundaries. The local governments have the ability to let their voting residents settle the matter, too, and maybe that’s the best way to decide.
MISS: To proposed Amendments 60 and 61, along with Proposition 101. These measures would starve already gaunt state and local governments with rather draconian cuts in certain fees and already low property tax rates as well as toss in some absurd hurdles to using short-term debt to cover bills.
MISS: To Scott McInnis, Republican candidate for governor, not checking the actual sentences in papers on water history that he apparently had researched and/or written for him that he turned in to the Hasan Family Foundation as part of an arrangement worth $300,000 to him. That’s pretty sloppy work for even that wink, wink, nudge, nudge deal. Now he’s accused of plagiarism as the primary election approaches. Of course, it’s all “politics.” But how do you let yourself get in such a predicament? The governor of the state has to be just a little more attentive than that.
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HIT: To town parks in general and Eagle’s in particular. The town leaders of the time were just sharp enough to set aside the land in 1910 for generations of happy children and adults, too, to enjoy and foster community. This continues as strong as ever today.