Just say no to those federal funds

Just say no to those federal funds

Great societies care about how they treat their neighbors and are concerned about the legacy they pass on to their children.

Recently, Lone Tree City Council voted on three intergovernmental agreements to help fund the Southeast Light Rail Extension. The overriding issue is accepting federal money for regional projects.

Federal tax dollars shouldn’t be used for regional transit

Federal tax dollars shouldn’t be used for regional transit

Great societies care about how they treat their neighbors and are concerned about the legacy they pass on to their children. Recently, Lone Tree City Council voted on three intergovernmental agreements to help fund the Southeast Light Rail Extension. The overriding issue is accepting federal money for regional projects. America was founded on the idea that projects benefitting a certain region be paid for by that region

The Unbearable Heavy Financial Burden of "Light" Rails by Helen Raleigh

The Unbearable Heavy Financial Burden of "Light" Rails by Helen Raleigh

You know our country is in serious financial trouble when lawmakers are considering selling a portion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in order to partially replenish the U.S. highway trust fund. Yet, the apparent financial distress doesn't stop the Department of Transportation from continuing to hand out millions of federal matching funds to entice local governments to either expand or build light rails under its "New Starts" program.

Mayor says, "We're not responsible for how the federal government spends its money at this level."

Mayor says, "We're not responsible for how the federal government spends its money at this level."

(LONE TREE, CO)–The latest showdown between constitutional conservativism and big government Republicanism was visible at last night's Lone Tree City Council meeting.  Commenting on the $92M in federal grant money requested earlier for the Southeast Light Rail Extension, Council Member Kim Monson expressed her conviction that it is high time for elected officials at the local level to start refusing federal dollars.  

Lone Tree moving ahead with leaf plan for pedestrian bridge

Lone Tree moving ahead with leaf plan for pedestrian bridge

As reported in the Lone Tree Voice, I moved to approve funding to secure the property needed for the pedestrian bridge, but to hold off on a vote on all other aspects of the project to allow time for adequate community outreach. My motion died for lack of a second. I will continue to watch out for the interests of Lone Tree taxpayers. Click the link to read the full article. 

Lone Tree to get first Hooters despite resident protests

Lone Tree to get first Hooters despite resident protests

Mark Harden
Denver Business Journal

The Lone Tree City Council has granted a liquor license to a proposed Hooters restaurant in the Douglas County city across the street from a residential neighborhood, despite complaints from nearby homeowners.

Hooters gets Lone Tree's approval on second try

Hooters gets Lone Tree's approval on second try

John Aguilar
The Denver Post

A Hooters restaurant that failed to get city council approval for a liquor license in Lone Tree earlier this month succeeded Tuesday with a unanimous yes vote.

The restaurant, famous for chicken wings and scantily clad waitresses, had run into resistance at the city council's May 5 meeting. Several residents objected to the restaurant chain as less than family-friendly while a council member cited liquor license violations levied against the restaurant as a concern.

Lone Tree sees clash over Hooters, council urged to nix liquor license

Lone Tree sees clash over Hooters, council urged to nix liquor license

Valerie Richardson
The Colorado Statesman

Lone Tree city council member Kim Monson isn’t what you’d call a Hooters regular — in fact, she’s never visited the place — but she also doesn’t think it should be barred from the city because its waitresses wear skimpy outfits.

Response to “Letter to the Editor” published in the May 7, 2015 Lone Tree Voice

Response to “Letter to the Editor” published in the May 7, 2015 Lone Tree Voice

In a recent “Letter to the Editor” in the Lone Tree Voice, the writer states, “Dissent and free speech are welcome when they address city issues and [Councilmember Kim Monson’s] dissents do not.”  

In America, dissent and free speech are welcome at any time.  These important building blocks are the bed rock of our society.  The idea that, because we disagree, we shut down or constrict the parameters of what others say is of great concern.  Fervent debate should be encouraged, not squelched.

Is Proposed Lone Tree Hooters on the Skids with City Council?

Is Proposed Lone Tree Hooters on the Skids with City Council?

(LONE TREE, CO)–Last night Councilwoman, Kim Monson, made the motion to approve a routine request for a Hotel and Restaurant Liquor License by the proposed Lone Tree Hooters Restaurant.  None of her fellow council members seconded the motion, so it died. Despite Hooter’s readiness for approval, some Council members expressed a personal bias against having the establishment and its' waitresses, in their signature uniforms, serving in the City.

Letter: Councilmember Monson not the problem

Letter: Councilmember Monson not the problem

Earlier this week, I read an article in the Lone Tree Voice that gave me pause. It seems our city council is experiencing dissention in their ranks. Most council members offered pointed criticism directed at Kim Monson because she doesn't always agree with them. It appears they are quite intolerant of those who don't share their views.

Colleagues Bully Councilwoman for Dissenting Vote on Light Rail Extension

Colleagues Bully Councilwoman for Dissenting Vote on Light Rail Extension

Mayor and City Council Members in Lone Tree take on Kim Monson

 
(LONE TREE, CO)–In a local newspaper hitting resident's driveways this afternoon, fellow Lone Tree City Council members and the Mayor complain Kim Monson doesn't vote in agreement with them enough. The Lone Tree Voice claims that Councilwoman Monson, "often votes in opposition to her fellow council members." In reality, since becoming a Council member in 2012, Monson has cast a dissenting vote only about 15% of the time.