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Schoenberger critical of city’s progress

Aspen Times Staff Report

In an informal meeting with the Aspen City Council Monday, David Schoenberger criticized delays in the investigation of several housing program issues.

Schoenberger has recently been a highly vocal critic of the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority and, until recently, the spokesman for the recall campaign against county Commissioner Mick Ireland.

Yesterday, Schoenberger expressed his “disappointment” with the progress of investigations into the housing lottery process and alleged improprieties in housing purchases at W/J Ranch.

In addition, he accused the City Council with doing its best to “put so many obstacles in the way” of public debate on protective covenants on housing funds, housing at Bass Park and budget overruns at Snyder Park.

“I take offense when you characterize your opinions as facts,” responded Councilman Tom McCabe. “Whether or not things are moving to your timeline, most of these things have already been addressed and are taken very seriously. Maybe we never move fast enough. … But just because you want something doesn’t mean the community wants it or that it’s being ignored.”

Veering away from the issues themselves, Schoenberger also took a few moments to accuse the council, the housing director and the press of vilifying him, dismissing him and in general, fostering a climate hostile to “individuals that are brave enough to bring [concerns] forward.”

Despite Schoenberger’s assertions to the contrary, the issues he brought up Monday are either under investigation, have been discussed at City Council meetings or have been resolved by the Housing Board.


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