Communicate with City Council
Engage Boulder city officials on the topics that matter most to you. Learn more about current City Council members. Contact all of them at the same time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org addressing them as "Boulder City Council Members" as a whole or write to an individual council member. Explain why you are writing; start with a direct statement about your reason for communicating followed by why you care about the issue; share a personal story and show your connection to the topic at hand. Reference facts, figures, and articles to build your case. Explain what kind of support or action you are seeking from the council members. Be professional. Remember that all correspondence to City Council is considered public record. Include your name, address, and phone number in your signature.
To send in an op/ed piece to one of the local newspapers, Boulder Daily Camera, email@example.com; Boulder Weekly, firstname.lastname@example.org. Write a maximum: 300 words. Be timely! Consider referencing other (recent) articles published in the paper to show relevancy. Place the most important information first. What do you hope to communicate with your letter? Include personal stories and examples to demonstrate your point. Sign your name, full address, and daytime phone (only name and city are published). No anonymous or open letters; no name-calling or ad hominem attacks. Attachments discouraged. Read the DC Letters to the Editor or the BW Letters for examples and current topics.
Twitter users to follow and tag:
City of Boulder: @bouldercolorado
Daily Camera: @dailycamera
Downtown Boulder: @downtownboulder
?Boulder Chamber: @boulderadvocacy
City of Boulder Facebook:
Attend and Speak at a City Council Meeting
View their monthly meeting calendar here. Agendas are posted at 3:30 pm on the Friday prior to the Tuesday meeting. Sign up to speak during Open Comment or Public Hearing (see descriptions below). Each speaker is given 3 minutes (2 minutes if there are more than 15 speakers). Practice for both! Approach the stand when called and state your name, address, and relevant affiliations. Clearly state your position. Include personal stories and examples that demonstrate how you, your business, and your community are affected. Watch the lights: green = you may speak / flashing green = halfway through / yellow = 30 seconds remaining / red = time's up!
Public Hearings address a particular ordinance or policy decision and are identified on the agenda. Sign up in person with the city clerk (2nd floor) at 5:00 pm on the day of the meeting.
Open Comment. For items not scheduled for a public hearing, speakers may sign up for Open Comment, held at the beginning of a meeting. Sign up online from 6 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the meeting through 2 p.m. the day prior to the meeting. Once the online sign-up is closed, the list will be randomized and the first 15 speakers will be assigned to speak at the council meeting. This list will be posted by 5 p.m. on the day prior to the meeting on the council webpage. In-person sign-ups are available beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the council meeting; sign-up closes promptly at 6 p.m. Speakers will be randomly selected from the in-person sign-up to bring the total to no more than 20 speakers. In the event speakers do not show up for their time slot, no further drawing of speakers will be done after 6 p.m.
For additional information on City Council, tap this link.