Brian J. Bagley, J.D., M.B.A. is the chief executive and senior counsel of the Bagley Law Firm, LLC and Tommy Edison, LLC, professional service firms specializing in complex business and legal matters.
For the past two decades, Brian has partnered with hundreds of public and private companies, teaching their executives how to plan and execute competitive strategies for critical start-up, turn-around, and fast-track growth. On a local level, Brian and his legal staff represent clients in a variety of legal situations, including domestic relations/family law, criminal defense, personal injury, estate planning and probate, and general civil litigation. More simply, Brian describes himself as a small business owner who provides legal services.
In addition to his business endeavors, prior to being elected to Longmont City Council in 2011 as Longmont’s Ward 1 representative, Brian was a Senior Lecturer at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. He was also a professor for the university’s prestigious President’s Leadership Class. Brian is a CU alumnus, having earned a Master of Business Administration from the Leeds School of Business and a Juris Doctor from CU’s School of Law. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America, and he speaks and writes fluent Spanish.
Most importantly, Brian loves Longmont. When given the opportunity to choose a hometown for his newly formed family, Brian chose Longmont. This was nearly 20 years ago. Today, Brian lives in northeast Longmont where he is married to Ivone, a first generation immigrant from Mexico. Brian and Ivone adopted three children – Joran, Augie, and Mikey – who join their daughter, Dani, to create one busy family.
I believe that the overall health of a community is based on economic prosperity, and that economic prosperity should be available to everyone by providing a climate where existing businesses thrive, new businesses want to relocate, and jobs that provide a living wage are readily available to those who seek them.
During my service on city council, Longmont has seen substantial economic growth and prosperity. Longmont has created and embraced “Advance Longmont,” an economic strategy. The average wage in Longmont has increased from $48,900 to $51,666 since its implementation. Over the past year, annual employment growth has increased by more than 4%. Specific accomplishments include the creation of the North Metro Enterprise Zone, which has already created 264 jobs, has provided $3.9 million in investment tax credits, and has resulted in $129 million being spent on capital expenditures. Take a drive down Main Street and one can simply “feel” that Longmont is prospering.
Longmont’s utility services are the envy of our neighbors. Our rates are among the lowest in Colorado because previous generations acquired sufficient water for Longmont’s needs. Once again, we must be forward thinking with the Windy Gap Firming Project.
Longmont’s current water supply is approximately 30,000 acre feet of water; However, once Longmont reaches buildout, and vacant commercial and industrial sites are developed, city staff anticipates needing 32,750 total acre feet. The Windy Gap Firming Project will allow us to build a reservoir to hold water that Longmont has already spent $56 million to obtain, and for less than $2 per household per month. Firming up an acre foot in this manner costs approximately $11,750 per acre foot. On the contrary, purchasing an acre foot of water would cost approximately $40,000.
True, the Windy Gap Firming Project will cost money to complete, but it is still the cheapest way to meet Longmont’s future water needs.
I believe that we need to continue to support those organizations that support our Latino community members – El Comité, Intercambio, the Bravo Fund, the YMCA, the Longmont Community Foundation, the Latino Chamber, and others. We also need to persistently reach out to our Latino community members and make them know that they are welcome here in Longmont. They are welcome to speak out, participate in events, participate in local government, and work in our community. As for myself, I am doing my part to create a diverse, welcoming, community by practicing what I preach. My wife, Ivone, is an immigrant from Mexico. We speak Spanish in our home with our four children, three of whom are adopted Mexican immigrants.
I believe the Mayor’s role is to represent the majority of Longmont residents. However, it is usually very difficult to determine what the majority want, unless they have decided an issue by a public ballot (such as the Windy Gap Firming Project) and have all the information available to make an informed decision. As such, I am a strong advocate for being patient, collecting the data, using experts to scrutinize and understand the information that has been collected, examining the possible consequences of our decisions, and acting where action is required. Oftentimes, this means that community members without the same information, might disagree (or disagree for political and/or ideological reasons). Nevertheless, I will continue to do what I think is in the best interests of the residents of Longmont, despite the opposition, whether it be from the far right, the far left, the oil and gas industry, developers, political activists, or whomever.
Executive with US West for 32 years.
Financial Advisor after retirement
I propose establishing tracking benchmarks for growth rate, traffic infrastructure capacity, school capacity, etc. which will highlight problem areas due to the impacts of growth. Armed with the preceding information, we can take the necessary steps to address those benchmarks that need attention. Right now, I don't believe we have a full understanding of how growth is impacting Longmont.
Longmont's natural resources staff stated that we need to acquire 6000 acre feet of water storage for the city's build out. City council decided that was not enough and asked for 10000 acre feet at an additional cost to Longmont rate payers. I am agreeing with the staff, considering we don't need any additional utility rate increases over what are already planned. You might read my OP Ed in the Times Call which ran Oct 2nd (The Cost of Water) for my additional thoughts on this issue.
I think our Police Chief's weekly visits with the Latino neighborhood is a great start to understanding the treatment of the Latino population.
I have been on one of the visits and it was very enlightening. Interfacing with the Latino organizations and city staff members that work with the Latino populations are also a great source in information as far as equitable treatment is concerned. I am encouraged that both Ron Gallegos and Aren Rodriguez are running for City Council this election. We need the Latino voices at the highest level possible in the City of Longmont to accurately address and understand the treatment of the Latino and immigrant population.
I don't think the Mayor's role is to necessarily represent a majority position of Council, but rather be an independent voice on matters that the Mayor feels strongly about. I think the Mayor needs to work with Council in a collaborative manner to reach decisions that will be in the best interest of the general public.
B.A. Franklin and Marshall College
Graduate courses, University of Michigan and
Real Estate license courses,
Sarah has worked in county government and for the Federal Courts. She has experience working in small business.
Sarah Levison has served as Neighborhood Leader for the Historic Eastside Neighborhood Association, the Economic Vitality Task force, the Longmont Museum board, the League of Women Voters of BoCo Board.
While on city council, Sarah was twice elected to the Colorado Municipal League board. At National League of Cities she was appointed and served on several policy committees. She was elected to boards of the Colorado Women in Government and the Women in Municipal Government of NLC.
Sarah is a member of the board of El Comite following 8 years as council liaison.
Sarah and her husband of 36 years raised their two daughters, Rachel and Shaina in Longmont. They have 3 dogs and have lived in a historic home on the eastside for over 20 years.
There have never been as many appeals from Planning and Zoning decisions in the history of Longmont.
This is an indication that there is a disconnect in how property owners, neighbors of the project and the city are communicating. To be fair, it is difficult for the development company to invest in designing a project and then have the design rejected by neighbors. It is also true that the time to make changes in design are not AFTER all the work has been done.
I think the city needs to have neighborhood input earlier, perhaps in the pre application stage. Also, the responsibility for traffic studies should fall on the city, not the developer. After all, the city is responsible for ongoing maintenance and traffic congestion. The wear on roads due to increased vehicular use is a future cost in repair and replacement of roads and streets. Therefore, impact must be assessed by the city.
Longmont was built by farmers and merchants. The fierce independence of our city comes from the philosophy built into policy, the mindset that the city has to rely on its own to insure its supply of water and power. The Windy Gap project is a reservoir storage facility that will store water. The city has been involved as one of 12 partners in this project for decades.
The amount of water the city committed to pay for storing was developed on a usage amount that was not calculated with the level of conservation we practice today. As every city in Colorado moves to secure water for the future, we see conservation has lowered the amount of water needed.
Longmont needs to continue to invest in Windy Gap. A YES vote sets the amount at 10,000 acre feet. If voters vote NO, the issue goes back to the council for discussion and action. Please read more on the issue before you vote.
I have always paid attention to this issue. I have been the only council member in the last 20 years to make it my practice to attend the board meeting for El Comite as the council liaison. I continue to be on the board. Building relationships over time means you gain trust and understanding with the Latino community.
As Mayor, I would support the goal of having representation on our city boards and commissions that reflects the demographic of the city. One action I would take is to meet regularly with any community residents, legal or undocumented. To insure people are treated equitably, I think you need to establish a trusting relationship over time. I have been working on building relationships for over 15 years. I was an ongoing participant in the Tamales and Talk initiative.
The mayor votes just as any other council member. The difference is that the mayor, along side the city manager create the council meeting agenda. The mayor is not a mere figure head as some think. The mayor is both ambassador and evangelist, cheerleader and counselor.
I will be a mayor who celebrates and recognizes the strength and personal attributes of each council member. The mayor and council must work together to serve the city. Many teams, whether it is a corporate board, a non profit board or a family, can all have strong individual personalities and be successful as a group. Our city's elected leadership team must recognize each individual's talent while harmonizing and balancing similarities and differences. This will be my approach.