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LJ sums up his platform

Dear Editor:

After living in the upper valley for 40 years and volunteering for over 20 organizations, I have gathered a great deal of knowledge and experience in the functions of our wonderful city.

Even though we are one of the premier resorts in the world, much can be done to improve and preserve our mountain character and charm as well as promote our city as the greatest resort destination in the world.

We must try to separate ourselves from the economic rise and fall of the world economies with prudent policies that create a sustainable community.

This can be accomplished with a realistic system of objective codes and guiding documents created through an organized stakeholder process that can meet the majority of the needs of everyone.

With short, medium and long-term goals of reasonable growth that can be sustained by our community resources we will accomplish the Aspen Idea incorporating a broad, multi-dimensional approach to planning and execution.

Engaging in a realistic practical strategic parking and traffic plan, along with interfacing this concept with our great public transportation system, we can overcome most of these challenges facing our diverse community.

The workforce housing system must be revisited for a better approach to avoid the catastrophic failure of wasting funds due to naïve purchases of property and over budget construction costs. This will create more workforce housing for less money.

We must establish a system of transparency in government to maintain the integrity of the responsibility of public office. We must avoid back room deals and use the public process established for this very reason.

All too often our City Council has asked the staff for direction where in realty the staff should give the council their opinions and council needs to give staff direction. Leadership is a necessary quality for any elected position.

With my experience and longevity in the valley as well as established record of achievements I can articulate the needs of our community into action using dignity and respect with bilateral public discourse.

I have a proven track record of serving on the city of Aspen Planning and Zoning Commission with an objective approach judging each application on its own merits. With this experience I can contribute immediately to City Council without having to wait months to understand our system of government.

And don’t forget: This Saturday, April 30, is drug take-back day at the Aspen Police Department. They will be accepting for free and on an anonymous basis tablets, capsules and all other solid medications. Please do not put them in the waste water system or in the trash as this permeates through the soils into our water table. It is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 506 E. Main St., downstairs of the county courthouse.

For a reliable government with solid decision making in the best interest of the broader community elect LJ Erspamer to City Council who believes in solutions not promises.

LJ Erspamer


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