Su Lum: Slumming
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado
I just attended Tuesday morning’s clicker vote meeting at the St. Regis, a long mother but vital for collecting opinions from the entire community to establish the new Aspen Area Community Plan. An evening meeting will follow, and there is a third (and last, unless demand exceeds capacity and more are scheduled) meeting on Saturday at Aspen High School from 2 to 5 p.m. ” e-mail http://www.aspencommunityvision.com and make your reservation.
Almost 300 people attended the lunchtime meeting, a nice balance of male/female with a lot more older people than younger ones. Fifty-four percent were Aspen residents, 73 percent had lived in the area for 11 years or more (45 percent lived here 20 years or more!).
No one hates the very idea of sitting through a three-hour meeting more that I do, so I am happy and relieved to report that the clicker questions were clear and concise, the moderator ripped right along, and we were out a half-hour early.
I don’t want to ruin any surprises by discussing specific questions, but the format was as follows:
1) A long time shuffling in and settling down, typical for Aspenites.
2) Each table had a leader who collected names and passed out a packet of papers on which we could write any comments or suggestions; ours was Georgia (the Peach) Hanson.
3) Clicking commenced.
4) Lunch break. Sandwiches delivered to the table, various kinds, chips, water, coffee, cookies. Short and sweet.
5) Clicking re-commenced.
6) Inadvertent break when the clickers didn’t work on one of the questions, fixed before we started pawing our hooves.
7) Small break.
8) Clicking completed. Overwhelming support for the process.
I highly recommend that you go and have your votes counted. Never has a meeting been more important. As the questions continued, the general attitude of the majority became more and more clear (and to me, heartwarming).
Two weeks ago I wrote a column exhorting everyone to attend and in it I said that there had been three past clicker meetings, the last being on the ZG proposal. In fact, the ZG meeting was a thumbs-up/thumbs-down vote while the third clicker meeting (the one people walked out on) was about downtown businesses ” are there too many jewelry stores? Should the government do anything about it? A good subject, but it did drag on.
I apologize for the misinformation but couldn’t help but chuckle when F.A.I.R. picked it up and quoted it in their ad in the Other paper last week.
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