Good Governance

Given that Susan comes from decades of executive management, she thinks of the City’s governance structure in the context of a corporate structure.  In this analogy, the corporate Board of Directors would be comparable to the City Council, the company management and employees would be like the City Staff, and the Customer would be our Citizens.

Susan will hold accountable those who seek to undermine City goals and programs for their own self-interest.

Decisions would be made based on goals developed in concert with our Customers and be based upon quantifiable market data.  Multiple options for reaching our goals would be proposed, based upon a deep understanding of our Customers unique requirements gathered before, during and after Program Development.

If a group of customers sought to undermine the company by working directly with Management to subvert the Board of Directors goals, and Management did not inform the Board of Directors, there would be a serious price to pay.

As a City Council member, Susan will strive to introduce new business practices that are more streamlined in terms of gathering really significant community (“Customer”) data to inform our decision-making processes.  She will challenge City Staff (our employees) to find unique solutions to meet our unique community needs.  She will hold accountable those who seek to undermine City goals and programs for their own self-interest.  And she will do it all with a smile😊

Susan will challenge City Staff (our employees) to find unique solutions to meet our unique community needs.

Good Governance's Relationship to: 

Managed Growth, Less Traffic:  City Council should insist that City Staff provide service levels that are appropriate specifically for our unique city, not as measured by some national average or by what’s deemed right for more urban places. Service levels can be defined as cross-town transit times, number of traffic light cycles before residents can clear intersections, waiting time for equipment at City recreation centers, crowdedness on Open Space trails, etc.

Climate Action:  Susan applauds the City Council’s decision to declare a Climate Emergency in Boulder, and will work hard to ensure that we take bold action to improve air quality and lessen our carbon footprint.


Housing Diversity: Diversity of housing offers more opportunity for us to protect one of our most valuable assets, our mountain views.  If we simply optimize for small, environmentally efficient living units built several stories up, we may negatively impact the daily access to the beautiful vistas that regenerate us all, vistas that should not be the property of a few people at the top.


Open Space: The new OSMP Master Plan is a great example of a thoughtful community effort to ensure that we protect our community assets.  Susan would advocate for holding fast to height limitations, and even setting them lower to preserve mountain views along corridors and intersections that define our fair City.


Healthy Business:  A healthy business environment, one that respects the priorities set by the citizens and the City Council, is paramount to balance in our community.  When business takes the initiative to go around City Council (as was recently the case with the Boulder Chamber of Commerce driven action to apply for and get an Opportunity Zone grant without the knowledge of Council) our community gets thrown off balance in favor of special interests.  Susan would take steps with City staff and business leaders to ensure that this does not happen again.

Social Justice: Putting policies in place that serve and protect all people equally is one of the primary functions of good governance. 


Arts and Culture:  Especially in Boulder, it is the responsibility of City Council, Planning Board and City Staff to promote the beautification of our fair City with Arts and Culture threaded throughout all public works, and to promote the use of multiple mediums of expression to inform and encourage our citizens to “do the right thing.”