Welcome to Boulder 101, a series meant to help you weed through the city’s sticky issues. Here you’ll find deep-dives into big topics, broken down into digestible bites.
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Every link, phone number and email address you need to email council, request translation, watch live meetings and more.
- What does the city manager do?
- Who hires who?
- Department heads: Where do they fit in?
- Home rule: What does it mean?
- Boards and Commissions
- Working groups
- Initiatives, Recalls and Referendums
- City vs state: Whose rules rule?
- I have a complaint: Where do I go?
- Wait, what’s a neighborhood liaison?
- How do I contact city council?
- Participating in government meetings
Note: This information is a bit out of date, as it was written before voters approved entering back into a A legal agreement between a power provider and customer (in this case, Xcel and Boulder) governing t... agreement with Xcel Energy, a publicly traded utility company based in Minnesota. Energy in November 2020. It still provides useful history on the background of municipalization, and where Boulder will pick back up should it choose to end the aforementioned franchise.
- Where are we now?
- Decision point: What the city of Boulder calls the muni or Xcel?
- How (and why) did we get here
- Pros and cons
- Both sides now
- Where does council stand?
Arguments deep dive
- Highlights over a 10-year history
- Voting record