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William Johnson

Commission: both

Zip: 80455

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

The preliminary congressional map proposes taking the western part of Boulder County and lumping it with the western slope congressional district on the other side of the continental divide. This is ridiculous! Boulder County is not connected to the western slope in any literal or figurative way. In case nobody has looked, there is a giant mountain range that divides the two areas--the CONTINENTAL DIVIDE! There are three population centers in the western part of Boulder County: Nederland, Jamestown and Allenspark. We all either work locally or commute to Boulder, Lyons or points east. No one drives across the continental divide to work, shop or do any other kind of commerce. There’s only one road from Boulder County across the divide. It is a jeep trail that is closed all winter. Our approach to issues in western Boulder County is much different than on the western slope of Colorado. For example we support the natural rights of nature, including Boulder Creek and Lefthand Creek, to be healthy and flourish. I view western slope interests to be taking all the water possible out of the Colorado river basin for irrigation. My interests would not be adequately represented by a congressperson from the western slope.

Harry Hempy

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80455

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

The preliminary congressional map proposes taking the western part of Boulder County and lumping it with the western slope congressional district on the other side of the continental divide. This would be a huge mistake. There are three population centers in the western part of Boulder County: Nederland, Jamestown and Allenspark. We all either work locally or commute to Boulder, Lyons or points east. No one drives across the continental divide to work, shop or do any other kind of commerce. There’s only one road from Boulder County across the divide. It is a jeep trail that is closed all winter. Our approach to issues in western Boulder County is much different than on the western slope of Colorado. For example we support the natural rights of nature, including Boulder Creek and Lefthand Creek, to be healthy and flourish. I view western slope interests to be taking all the water possible out of the Colorado river basin for irrigation. My interests would not be adequately represented by a congressperson from the western slope.

Ruth Faye Yoder

Commission: both

Zip: 80129

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

Thanks for your time and work on this redistricting issue. I am a resident of the Wind Crest retirement community in Highlands Ranch. I am requesting that our community be included within only one legislative district and not two separate districts as is currently proposed. In the most recent preliminary legislative district map, it appears our campus would be split between District 22 and District 33. Wind Crest is a community of seniors who live, eat, and participate in activities throughout the campus which straddles the Highline Canal. We are also very active voters. Having our community located in two districts would create confusion among people who are and want to continue to be engaged in political activities. Please consider keeping the Wind Crest community in one district. Thank you.

Beth Melton

Commission: legislative

Zip: 80487

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

Comments on Proposed House District 57 from Commissioner Beth Melton, Routt County Communities of Interest The Redistricting Commission is tasked with creating a map that preserves whole communities of interest. This is an important concept, because any elected representative will be tasked with making decisions that represent the interests of their district. In a district in which communities of interest are not preserved, the a representative has to choose between representing one or the other, which necessarily results in a lack of representation. Resort Rural as a Community of Interest The self-sufficiency standard (see pages 3-4) provides an important example of “resort rural” communities as a community of interest, and demonstrates why it is so critical for resort rural communities to be in-district with one another. To me, a resort rural community is one in which one of the key economic drivers for the county is a ski resort. A resort rural community is unique in that it is rural, but also possesses many of the economic and social characteristics of an urban area. Our interests are often “part-rural, part-urban.” Colorado Self-Sufficiency Standard “This measure describes how much income families of various sizes and compositions need to make ends meet without public or private assistance in each county in Colorado. The Self-Sufficiency Standard is a measure of income adequacy that is based on the costs of basic needs for working families: housing, child care, food, health care, transportation, and miscellaneous items, as well as the cost of taxes and the impact of tax credits. In addition, this report provides for each family type, in each county, the amount of emergency savings required to meet needs during a period of unemployment or other emergency.” http://www.selfsufficiencystandard.org/sites/default/files/selfsuff/docs/CO18_SSS_Web.pdf House District 57 (as proposed) When looking at the self-sufficiency standard for families with children, Routt County requires the 3rd highest income in the state to be self-sufficient, following only Pitkin and Summit Counties (both resort rural). The self-sufficiency standard in Garfield, Moffat, and Rio Blanco Counties is significantly lower than Routt. Routt County’s high cost of living is driven by the resort rural economy, which none of the other three counties in the proposed district have. Fair and Equal Representation Routt County’s concerns, pain points, and issues are generally related to our status as a resort rural community, and we need our state representatives to be able to truly represent us and our needs, as do the other counties in our district. Forcing a representative to choose between counties in taking votes and putting forth legislation does not serve anyone well. Currently, Routt County is in HD26 with Eagle County – another resort rural county. This has served us very well, as the issues and concerns of the counties are very aligned. Our Representative has been able to bring forward and vote on issues that reflect the interests and needs of both counties. For example, early childhood education has long been identified as a priority for both Eagle and Routt Counties, both the county government and the residents at large. Both the cost and availability of care are incredibly challenging to the working families in our resort rural counties, and our Representative has sponsored bills to help address the issue every year that he has been in office. One important example was a bill, SB20-126 that would make it easier for people who live in condos and townhomes managed by an HOA (which dominate much of our housing stock in resort rural areas) to have family childcare homes. This was a priority for our resort rural area and demonstrates the part-urban, part-rural priorities of such an area. A representative of the proposed HD 57 would have been unlikely to be able to make this a priority bill, but in HD 26 (Routt and Eagle) it was. Being the lone resort rural county in a sea of counties with very different economies and needs will not serve anyone in the district well. Routt County will lose the shared interests we currently have in HD 26, and we will not receive adequate and fair representation in the proposed HD 57. Please consider resort rural a critical community of interest and leave Routt County in a district with other resort rural counties to ensure that the voice of Routt County is represented at the state capitol.

Patrick Staib

Commission: both

Zip: 80487

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

Dear Redistricting Commission, I write to comment on the preliminary maps for house and senate representation. I love and work in Routt County and have been here since 2014. I work throughout the Western Slope and have a good sense of the culture, ideology and values of our region. Routt Country should be grouped with similar communities with high influxes of ski and mountain recreation tourism, like Eagle, Summit, Garfield, Pitkin, and Lake counties. Routt County is currently place in house district 57 and senate district 3, along with several, more rural, counties (Grand, Moffat, Rio Blanco). this seems flawed and I urge the commission to reconsider grouping Routt Co along with Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, Garfield and Lake instead. Thank you, Patrick Staib

Emily Katzman

Commission: both

Zip: 80487

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment. I perceive the top shared interest in Routt County to be a love of our public lands and the place we live. I perceive the top public policy concerns in Routt County over the next 10 years to be: -Severe lack of affordable housing. -Lack of childcare options (and affordability) -Climate change, drought, and intensifying wildfire seasons. -Economic shifts and the scheduled closure of Hayden Station. All of these issues are intertwined. My vision for the future of our community is that we can find a way to balance economic development with livability. How do we find a way to replace the good paying jobs that will be lost due to the closure of Hayden Station with an industry that doesn't increase local carbon emissions? And if we continue to promote and develop mainly for tourism, how does that diminish livability? Without simultaneously addressing the housing and childcare crises, the people who love this community and serve it will no longer be able to live here. I understand Eagle County faces similar challenges with the economic balance of natural resource extraction and tourism and would consider Eagle County and Routt County "communities of common interest." We need strong district representation to work for legislative solutions that will address and balance all these issues. To that end, I respectfully request that you consider keeping Routt & Eagle Counties in the same State House District. Thank you.

Abraham Medina

Commission: congressional

Zip: 80134

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

I live in the Stonegate community near Parker, CO. I recently read that the mayor for Parker is arguing for keeping Parker together in one Congressional District instead of being split between District 6 and 7. While I agree with his opinion, I want to point out that Stonegate is unincorporated Douglas County, just like Highlands Ranch, and should not be lumped into Parker. We do not rely on services provided by the town of Parker, and are more akin to our neighbors to the west (Highlands Ranch). There is a small portion of the Stonegate community that lies east of Jordan Road. This area should be kept with the rest of Stonegate in redistricting.

Erika Unger

Commission: both

Zip: 80216

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

I am writing to ask the commission to enforce the legislation banning the use of prison gerrymandering. I have worked as a public defender for 6.5 years and have represented many people who have had the unfortunate result of being caged in the Department of Corrections. These humans leave families and loved ones and a life at home. A place they regard as home. The people sentenced to prison are disproportionately from communities of color, and disproportionately affected by poverty. While I think that prisoners should be allowed to vote, if they cannot, the least this commission could do is to enforce existing legislation with respect to prison gerrymandering. The communities that have been ravaged by mass incarceration deserve more than having their families and loved ones completely erased. It is even more appalling when what this commission is seeking to do is to erase these humans - parents, children, siblings, friends, loved ones - and to "count" them only when it benefits them. To allow their bodies to fund communities they never see because they are surrounded by barbed wire, bars, and concrete, and to rob funding from the communities they live and the places they call home. The history of institutional racism in our country is long and runs deep. It is often expressed in precisely the type of conduct that the commission seeks to do - effectively redlining Black, Brown, and Indigenous families for the gain of the white masses and to further perpetuate the wrongs of white supremacy - enforced through mass incarceration. Do the right thing. Allow those caged to call the communities that love and support them home - not the communities that benefit from them being treated as nothing more than a caged animal. Thank you.

Pamela Chapman

Commission: both

Zip: 81637

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

Thank you to the Redistricting committee for taking the time from your busy schedules to serve on this project. My name is Pamela Chapman. I have lived in Eagle Valley for 13 years. The first two years commuting back and forth from Southeast Aurora. I call myself a NewCaliRodian. I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY relocating to Southern California at a very young age because I did not like what I was beginning to see. Honestly, too young and uniformed to understand. I also wanted to live in a warmer environment. After one year in Los Angeles County, I realized it too wasn’t my community. Again, not understanding why. Just knowing, I wanted to live differently. So, after one year, I was fortunate to move to Huntington Beach, CA; in Orange County. There we were a suburban community. Kids played in the streets until after dark. Parents and civic organizations gathered for sporting events. They were involved in their schools. And once a year, hundreds gathered for the surfing competition of the year. Living in this county, more specifically Huntington Beach, my values changed even more. The concerns in the rest of the State were definitely not the same as ours. And those living in Orange, CA, an inland farming community, were certainly not the same as those living at the beach. Moving to the big city of Colorado, to take care of mom, was an eye opener with me realizing this new community, once again, wasn’t a fit for me. Fortunately, I started dating a mountain man, finally relocating to, and living in Eagle County. Trust me I never thought I’d be living here when passing through. Thinking, "What in the world do these communities do?" Little did I know about how satisfying and fulfilling rural life could be. Now a mountain girl myself and a little more aware, I realize urban communities believe they know what’s best for rural communities. They think it best to introduce wolves into the forest. However, I’m not sure they realize how wolves create a huge problem for farmers who need to keep the free-range chickens safe so food-conscious consumers can have that choice. I’m not sure those outside the rural communities understand the same farmers need water rights to grow the Olathe corn and Palisade peaches they have all grown to love and shop for at Farmers’ markets. I’m not sure larger, city-like communities understand saving those cute and furry bears create a problem for ranchers. Those very large bears need to eat. Not always eating berries but steal, kill, and devour ranchers’ calves. Those grass-fed calves dissipate creating a shortage which translates into increased food costs for wholesome decisions. We are a tourist dependent community dependent upon good snow. We understand hospitality and what it means to serve our other communities. Not to say others don’t. We just specialize in such. I sincerely believe dividing the Western slope will greatly diminish the voices of those who still believe in a way of life that is simple but of major importance to this State and to the Country. The only way to understand is to be a member of said communities. I do not wish to cast my demands and way of life on other communities. I ask the same for mine. Please keep our rural communities, rural. Thank you.

Cindy Carlson

Commission: both

Zip: 80488

Submittted: July 23, 2021

Comment:

Due to work bringing us into this beautiful area in 1990, we have become a stable part of this rural ranching/ farming community. Please leave the map of the community alone. Part of the want to visit Steamboat Springs is that it is a rural community. We would hate to have this ski town area lose all the ranching advertisement with horses running down their ski slopes and across their main roads during holidays. Don't lose our heritage. Please leave the map of our community alone.

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