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Aspen needs new leader

Dear Editor:

While I have my opinions on what should be done in Aspen on a variety of topics, I expect our elected officials to produce results based on the candidate and community’s objectives and beliefs. Regardless of my opinion of the objectives, when I look at the results of the current mayoral administration, I do not see results, and therefore it is time for change.

Affordable housing: Despite being a self-proclaimed housing advocate, Mick’s tenure has not produced a single city-funded affordable housing unit in four years. Instead, the housing fund has been depleted by never-ending planning exercises and ill-conceived land purchases such as the $18 million BMC purchase.

Historic preservation: One of the early acts of the mayor was emergency passage of Ordinance 30 impacting all homes over 30 years old. Three years, hundreds of thousands of tax dollars, and tens of thousands of hours of community volunteer and City Council time (distraction) was spent developing a solution for an issue that was not a community concern.

Entrance to Aspen: Four years ago this was a hot election topic. Today, we have no leadership or direction on if and how to solve this perennial issue.

Lift One: Why did the taxpayers fund planning efforts and ask dozens of community members to contribute their time to develop a community oriented plan? Is the base of lift one better today than four years ago?

Hydro power: Over $4 million spent without first obtaining state and federal approvals? An application based on half truths and a just constructed and unnecessary “emergency conduit”?

Aspen Art Museum: Love it or hate it, the process was pretty strange.

Aspen Area Community Plan: The process has some major failings with the result being that it is not done.

Mick’s election materials tout creation of new events and hosting a stage of the Pro Bike Challenge as major accomplishments. I expect more from any elected officials. It is time for a change. Vote for Ruth Kruger.

Mike Maple


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