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Longmont City Council Member At Large

The City Council has the power to enact and provide for the enforcement of all ordinances necessary to protect life, health and property, declare, prevent and abate/remove nuisances, preserve and enforce good government.The term of a City Councilman is 4 years. The salary is $1,000 per month.Qualifications are: qualified elector for 1 year before the election, US citizen, 21 years of age, shall have resided in the city for the past 1 year preceding the election. Councilpersons cannot be a salaried City employee during the term. Municipal elections are non-partisan.

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    Ron Gallegos
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Regarding the proposed hockey rink/aquatic center, specify which populations (e.g., high school, club hockey, swim teams, general public, etc.) and in what proportions, each group should be permitted to use the facilities.

What is your assessment of the extent of current city indebtedness through long-term bond issues?

What is your view of the expansion of Vance Brand Airport?

What measures should the City of Longmont enact to reduce climate change?

Considering the cost of living in Longmont, what actions would you propose to preserve and expand affordable housing, including Accessory Dwelling Units?

What is your long-term vision for economic development in Longmont?

Background Former City Council member 1995-2000. Board of Directors: National League Cities, Hispanic Locally Elected Officials, Colorado Municipal League, Longmont Area Economic Council. Member: Planing and Zoning Commission [Long Range Commission] Liaison Transportation Advisory Broad Library & Museum. Pass President Neighborhood Group Leaders' Association. Project/product/process/line manager for U S West Communications 18 years. Owner/operator Gallegos & Company Financial Services/Consulting Ltd Accomplish Abstract Artist/Owner of Conejos Fine Art Gallery University of Colorado Boulder/Dartmouth College/University of Phoenix Political Science, Finance, & Business Administration Lived in Longmont since 1985 Married to local attorney and have one 31 son and two dogs.
Contact phone 720 472-9951
Oppose the proposed hockey/aquatic Center. Should build a recreation center at Garden Acres Park in northwest Longmont. Over-size the aquatic portion of the rec center. No hockey.
Need to review on what the current indebtedness is; and have a full community discussion of future needs of the community such as a Convention/Perform Arts Center with a river feature with a public-private partnership which would include a five-star hotel. This would help to build a new economic model based on tourism and tourist related activities.
Support expansion and improvement of the Vance Brand Airport.
Focus on new building standards, change in P&Z regulations to allow for more density and a live-and-work downtown model which would drive more efficient land use, traffic, and use of resources. Improve the internal transportation system by building a by-pass at Airport Road with a connection to Highway 66 to better manage the north/south and improve the bus system within the city to further reduce the need of cars.
Propose a 30% affordability set-aside for new apartments/condos coming on line at the time of annexation and project approval. This would be aimed at young-professional and working young adult not section 8. Income index would be used to meet income requirements. Encourage more vertical building of high-rise units-4 stores or more. This allow a better use of resources and improvement use of existing sites within the city.
A shift towards a tourism base economic model based on conventions, travel to and around Longmont involving the near by Rocky Mt. National Park. Make Longmont an end-destination site for vacations, travel, and convention and business activities. Institute a living wage of $17.75 per hour similar to Santa Fe, Seattle, and San Franciso. Focus on long-term strategy of going out and recruiting the types and kinds of businesses we as a community desire to have located within our city rather than trying to get companies to locate to our city by use of incentives and give-backs to new business.
Background Born & raised in Longmont. Attended Longmont High School, class of ‘82. 28 year driver for UPS, 22 of those years on the same route, from Main St., east to County Line Rd. Attended Louisiana State University & Ozark Christian College in the mid 80’s. Played football, basketball & ran track in high school & college. Have climbed 23 of the 14ers in Colorado & do a lot of hiking with my wife if 19 years. We travel extensively overseas; Ukraine, Bahamas, South Africa, Swaziland, Ecuador, Kenya & Israel-multiple trips to most of those places for humanitarian related reasons. Traveling overseas fundamentally changed my worldview. Exposure to other places gives a whole different perspective on just how well off we are as Americans. It has given me a grounded & genuine sense of appreciation & empathy, which in turn completely changes how you approach, interact & treat absolutely everyone you come in to contact with. I am a Christian & strongly believe in a values & morals as taught in scripture. That said, I also believe that “religion”, as we define it & institute it, looks almost nothing like what it was designed to do & has caused more harm from abuse, misuse, intentional misconstruing of principals to advance harmful, selfish agendas that have distorted its original intent of bringing people into loving, understanding, tolerant relationships. My wife & I have adopted three kids from Ukraine, who are all now, adults with positive, productive lives. We recently bought a home in Ecuador & plan to retire there in a few years. I strongly believe information & learning about history, languages & cultures on a continuing basis allows for your mind, thoughts & positions to be a process of growing, development & on-going improvements. I believe strongly in listening to people-people are always telling you their thoughts & how they want to be treated, especially in facial expressions, tones & body language-PAY ATTENTION! Everyone has reasons & history that has led them to where they are & why they are passionate or not in all areas. Although I won’t impress anyone with numbers & data, I understand principals & process on how to make informed, sound, viable, sustainable & reasonable issues that can actually be implemented. To me, this is far more important than being able to spew out numbers, data & statistics. I believe that ideas & answers can come from all over the political & ideological spectrum & ought to be carefully considered.
Contact phone 720-999-0418
General public should have primary usage as they are the ones paying for the majority of it. This includes both the ice & the pool. High school swim teams & club hockey will have their usage percentage determined by the interest & needs, which, in my option is going to be extremely difficult to determine & plan for. As it is presented, I don’t support it because it puts the general public at risk for extended, nearly unending, financial burdens. I believe a private partnership needs to be considered, as private companies have an incentive to make it pay for itself, at a minimum. It also needs to be built somewhere in northwest or northeast Longmont. Building it anywhere else is wholly unacceptable.
When you are indebted, you are enslaved to the debtor & it puts you in a very bad position to make other decisions on other more pressing matters. If the only way you can pay for something is to go in to constant long-term debt, you need to re-evaluate what are needs & what are the wants.
I support expanding & improving the airport. Providing more services locally will keep more cars off the roads to DIA or Jeffco which has numerous, positive affects.
Develop the downtown area in such a way as to make it a walkable area is a good start. Withdraw completely from the RTD debacle & use that money to purchase smaller, cleaner running buses that operate on a trace & schedule that’s actually usable. Running & maintaining a local transportation service that makes sense & actually allows for ridership to growl could reduce a lot the traffic congestion that occurs. I strongly believe that thousands of cars idling at train crossings is unconscionable. I would submit recommendations to build bridges over the Martin Street crossing & Ken Pratt crossing to drastically relieve this issue. Keeping traffic flowing reduces overall emissions. Redevelop Airport Rd. to be a bypass to Hwy 66, around McIntosh Lake. Improve HWY 66 to four lanes from Lyons to I-25 to maintain the fluid flow of traffic. Also, we need to encourage innovation & development of electric vehicles & put in as many recharging stations as needed.
We need to completely overhaul the zoning process to reflect the current, growing environment. Processes, regulations & requirements reflect the 1900’s, not the 21st century. Streamline the approval process to get things moving & incentivize property owners & developers to build smaller units with less parking requirements. This more accurately reflects a growing population that is moving away from the sprawling suburban, large land using, monoliths we describe as single family housing. It’s a changing housing environment & we ought to accept it & get ahead of it! Building up instead of out is crucial to this & quite frankly, allows for a more of a community connected atmosphere.
While I appreciate & understand the need for natural buffers & open spaces, Longmont is in an incredibly difficult spot with all the Boulder County Open Space; what I call, “The Property Wall”! Longmont is nearly 75% landlocked by these properties. Because of this, property values are escalating in unprecedented ways. Longmont needs to be very strategic on how it leverages & develops what’s left. I would strongly support a convention center & performing arts center that draws upon Longmont’s unique geographical location along the front range & also, restrict the development along the St.Vrain Greenway(is it too much to ask that we have access to one, beautiful amenity without being bombarded with someone selling us something???). The former Amgen complex, the old Wal-Mart location & locations such as this need to be areas that are given priority in redevelopment so as to add the most value to add to the cities tax base. Also, revisit how the mall is being used.
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