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Cokie Booth
May 23, 2021
In Candidate Forum
As a mother and grandmother activities for the children of our community such as swim meets, swimming lessons, and water aerobic exercise programs are very important to me. Also, having senior, single rates, and family rates for monthly and yearly passes would give all community members of all financial means the opportunity to enjoy the pool. I am voting for both 1 & 2. What Is Important To Me As Your Elected Councilwoman What I would like to see is total operating expenditures of the new facility to ensure we can meet the financial abilities of our seniors for rates. Also, I would like to review the projected completion costs of the projects and have a firmer expectation of what 90% will equate as the deficient burden will have to come from another source for construction and operation. Do you know that less than 35% of construction projects come within 10% of the budget? What is the projection for construction cost including possible cost overruns and how will it change the source of funding, redesign, reduction of amenities, operating expenses, or increased swimming rates? Projects rarely stay on budget as unexpected events can and do occur. We have seen this before. I think that would provide clarity, accuracy, and transparency for informed decision-making. What Does Success Look Like? Success of any public project that brings the best results for the community is not just about asking questions. It's about asking the right questions. That is what experience brings. Specific questions create specific results and they are knowledge based. When you ask the right questions, you get the right answers and you can inform the public and answer questions about the project diligently. That brings transparency to the community. That's why experience matters. Expect more. Cokie Booth
My Response To A Question About The Aquatic Center content media
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Cokie Booth
May 12, 2021
In Candidate Forum
You know what the most beautiful sight is for me? When you are coming off 95 from Henderson into Boulder City and that beautiful majestic valley appears. We are a destination town. That view is part of the what makes Boulder City such a desirable destination in Southern Nevada. The view in the early morning or at sunset? It fills up senses, it is precious, enchanting, and almost heaven. It reminds me I am home. The Boulder City operating budget for 2021 is $40,3665 with $13,4000 (34%) coming from solar lease revenue. The revenue offsets higher taxes and provides for the life we love and enjoy. It would take 2 things for the footprint of solar energy to expand under my watch: 1. The will of the voters. I represent them. I serve them. I would ask for any new development not part of an existing contract and provisions to be at the hands of, and the decision of the voters by inclusion through review of any new solar field project, lease or otherwise, public meetings, and hearings. 2. Any previously approved contracts would need to be expressed to the voters online, in print, and through public meetings, hearings, and a review of the conditions and performance of the contract. Each step with public input. Financially, we do not need the revenue nor more scars upon the land. Cokie Booth
Cokie Booth Responds to the Expansion of the Solar Energy Fields content media
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Cokie Booth
May 10, 2021
In Candidate Forum
When it comes to the Boulder City Community Alliance and the Boulder City Neighborhood Association, why don’t the moderators apply their questioning attitude towards all candidates? It's obvious, they don’t. From the placement of candidate signs, expense filings, and others, they are silent towards their candidate. Even when you post the truth, they just keep reposting false claims. It’s a round-robin, select someone else to post the same thing. Like the moderators don’t know what has been posted already? Recently, a moderator from Boulder City Neighborhood Association posted and replied 65 times on the Boulder City Community Alliance page. Why? And, why not apply his questioning uniformly and equally to all candidates? Hmm. Once again, here I am writing on a topic of campaign expenses that has been responded to numerous times. Maybe this one will not get deleted. The Secretary of State Election Division has accepted and approved my campaign expense reporting documents and canceled checks, yet the moderators seem to think they are above them. I have followed the law. I have listed my in-kind donations, which are required by the Secretary of State Elections Division, for services for the use of a restaurant and for other services supplied that I did not pay for. Do all candidates do that? Do they even care? It’s their candidate and they do not seem to question anything. Has any other candidate disclosed in-kind donations on their campaign expense reporting during this election? Maybe this is why they are confused? Food provided free by a candidate is an example. This Friday, May 14, 2021, I will be passing out cookies at The Nest for a campaign event. If they were donated by the business, the business name is listed on the campaign expense reporting under the business name and the value of the in-kind donation. It's a separate line item right in front of the moderators eyes. If the candidate receives a discount, it’s an in-kind donation. If the candidate provides them by purchasing them, it’s a campaign expense. I am paying for all the cookies and I did not receive a discount. Both are required campaign expenses that I have reported in the past and continue to report as required by law. Has the other candidate engaged in any of those activities? I don’t know what the other candidate does or has done. All I know is the one-sidedness of the moderators. I won’t get into candidate signs or anything else that just seem to apply to one candidate and not theirs. Do all candidates follow the law as due diligently as I have? Do they even care? Will they apply their campaign questions universally to all candidates? Will they review both candidate expense filings for known accuracy? Probably not. They won't address any of the above besides the use of emojis and false attacks. I am done responding to these hateful and false accusations by a handful of disruptive bullies. As a moderator, I would think there’s a moral and ethical responsibility to the voters of Boulder City and their members to apply their questions equally and truthfully among all candidates. That, I could be wrong about. Cokie Booth
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Cokie Booth
May 06, 2021
In Candidate Forum
I think it comes down to the experience of the council members, their knowledge of the correct process, and asking the right questions. I learned that over 21 years of public service. I did not see any reason for the RDA application to be denied. Historic preservation goes hand-in-hand with ADA. The Turner’s fulfilled the requirements of historic preservation and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA is a requirement by both the federal and state government to provide disability access for all. It’s great to see the commitment to historic preservation and the needs of all individuals coming together and being met. The application was also approved by the Historic Preservation Committee. What will I do differently representing you as your elected City Councilwoman? I will do my homework before the city council meeting. It is a requirement for holding office and representing all citizens. If I have a question, I will reach out to all parties to find the answer before the meeting. The question in regards to the $18,000 for the bar was not part of the application nor was it a concern identified by the Historic Preservation Committee or any other sources. I will discuss my findings during open discussion. This was a misstep of due diligence beforehand and not asking the right questions by members of the current City Council and it showed. When a motion is placed before the city council and I feel additional discussions are warranted, I will request further discussion of the matter which is allowed under the Roberts Rule of Order. The City Council did not opt for or express their ability to bring just discussion on the matter. When a motion is seconded by another council member and I still do not feel I have the adequate information to vote for the best interest of the residents of Boulder City, I will ask for clarification from the individual or other council members to understand their position before the vote. This procedure is also provided to me under the Roberts Rule of Order. It was another misstep. When reversing approval from a standing committee like the Historic Preservation Committee, Planning and Zoning, or other, I will state where they erred and recommend further review by the committee. I will provide adequate “facts of finding” citing ordinances, laws, regulations, correct procedures, or missing information and where I received the informational knowledge for the record as the reason of my vote. That method keeps the City Council from being sued and sued repeatedly. My knowledge experience will bring clarity to the City Council by avoiding personal indiscretions, missteps through the application of the correct procedures, the law, ordinances, asking the right questions, and completing due diligence. The experience and expertise provided in my responses above is what I bring as a your elected councilwoman. We do not currently have those skill-sets on the City Council and for those of us with extensive public service, it shows. I earned my expertise during 21 years of combined public service doing the work. There is a value to the voters, the City Council, businesses, and ALL residents including those who fall under the American with Disabilities Act. I will represent ALL members of our great and historic town, our Growth Ordinance, City Charter, and advocate historic preservation in accordance with ADA. Cokie Booth
Cokie Booth Responds to the Actions of the City Council: Turner's RDA Application Denial content media
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Cokie Booth
May 03, 2021
In Candidate Forum
The continuation of false narratives based on lies by the moderators of BCCA is both mean-spirited and shows how low they will go. They have never reached out to me, or anyone else, before publishing false and misleading claims against me or others. Are the continuous attacking and bullying of me, other good standing citizens of Boulder City, and people of religion acceptable to our community? I don't think they are. Engaging them creates an onslaught of attacks with disregard for the truth. There are amazing members of BCCA and I do not include them in my open letter. We have the same passions, vision, conversations, and love for Boulder City. My love of Boulder City is the same love I had when I first moved here 36 years ago. I love the historic charm and traditions. I don’t want that to change. I don’t want the Growth Ordinance or City Charter to change. I believe in preserving our history and envision that one day we can have a historic reenactment festival of what life was really like during the building of the Hoover Dam and the early years of Boulder City. How amazing would that be? I have always been active in the community since moving here 36 years ago. The Boys and Girls Club, raising funds for after-school activities for our children, education of our children, donating to local charities, being a member of civic organizations, are all part of my love for the people of Boulder City and the City of Boulder City. Education is important to me as a mother of a child with autism. Why do they continue to attack me when they know all this? I want to build 1,600 homes from 2016? Will they continue to post and email falsehoods instead of the following undeniable truth of the following: · Our schools here in Boulder City have been forced to eliminate programs such as art due to funding dating prior to 2016. I believe art programs are so important because creativity involves imagination, original ideas and allows the child to think outside of the box. When you are creating something, you are thinking with a different part of your brain. · I feel it teaches you it is OK to step outside of your comfort zone. Building creativity through art in our children creates passion and connection within the community. Our children are our future and we need to invest in their education so that they can live up to their God-given potential. · Our Growth remains well below the Growth Ordinance threshold and has been that way for decades. Even during the 13 years on Planning and Zoning I never advocated for change in the Growth Ordinance of the City Charter. That is why BCCA cannot produce anything other than a faded and outdated piece of mail from 2016 along with their false narrative. Don’t just believe them because they speak the loudest, bully, or pound their fist. · Our Charter requires a vote by the residents of Boulder City Nevada for any land sales over 1 acre. · Any new development has to go before Planning and Zoning and includes a public hearing and input, and recommendations before going to the City Council for a vote. Then, and only then, it goes to the voters of Boulder City for approval. That is how the process works per our Ordinances and the Charter. I know this from my 21 years of combined experience in City and State government. That’s why it’s easy for me to spot the falsehoods. · In 2016, I wanted to let the voters decide a question that would impact our children’s continued funding level of education. The only question I had in 2016, was: Do the citizens of Boulder City want to utilize our growth ordinance when the local property was not available for the sake of funding our children’s education? Sometimes, there is zero property available. Our growth ordinance has been underutilized for decades. Why wouldn’t we want voter input? Why decide for them? Again, that was in 2016, 5 years ago, and was to fund our schools. · I will not advocate or vote for any changes to our Growth Ordinance and City Charter as your City Council member. I have been very clear on that. I request that the leaders of BCCA stop and reach out to me before posting or emailing any false and misleading "IMHO" to the public. It serves no purpose. Transparency, religion, having a questioning attitude, basing decisions on the truth, and not being bullied by others are what founded our country. I feel those words more today than ever! Cokie Booth
Open Letter to BCCA Moderators content media
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