election 2017

Paul Haseman - Golden City Council, Ward 2 candidate

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Paul Haseman has spent 14 years in Colorado, and the last five in Golden. He is a West Point graduate and Vietnam War veteran. A retired Lt. Colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers, he recently retired as an aerospace attorney from a Fortune 500 company.

He served as a trustee for the Capistrano Unified School District for 17 years.

Contact: pvhase@msn.com 303-513-2310

Campaign website: Paul4Golden.com

Why do you want to serve on council?

My focus is to maintain the values and the look and feel of Golden – “Keep Golden Golden.” Over the past few years, my personal investment in Golden has grown with membership on the Parks and Recreation Committee, Vice Chair of the Citizen Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC), Leadership Golden Steering Committee, and Chair of the Rotary Youth Services Committee. With all that and six grandchildren in Golden Schools, I am totally invested in Golden. I am ready to do more for Golden through teamwork on the City Council.

Top three priorities if elected?

My first priority is to work well as a team with fellow Council members. In setting policy, City Council needs to work together in establishing priorities within a reasonable budget.

“Keeping Golden Golden” means not only keeping the cap on growth but also drilling down to avoid increasing density in neighborhoods and reviewing zoning to ensure the growth and development align with Golden values set out in Golden Vision 2030.

Partnering better with Golden Schools should be a Council “focus area” for 2018. The City already supports its schools in many ways and it can do more.

Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families and seniors are not priced out of Golden?

Subsidizing “affordable housing” in Golden is a lightning rod issue. Golden has many “wants” and just as many “needs.” Balancing them is difficult, particularly in a smaller city which enjoys the amenities of a larger city. That said, the focus for council should be on city employees to be able to live and work in Golden. Golden already enjoys a large senior population, including me. The current effort by Council and City Staff to study “housing that’s affordable” should lead to a game play for implementation. When that review is complete, I will join council on implementation.

What can Golden do to manage development and transportation issues on the north end of town, and beyond?

Golden should not encourage further sprawl development north of the City but should work closely with Arvada to “manage” growth north Golden. Referring to the Beltway Corridor, Golden has done its part with CDOT/Jeffco on the 19th Street overpass while getting agreement with CDOT to keep speeds down. Golden should not encourage further development of the “Beltway.” However, seeing daily traffic tie-ups on Hwy. 93 just past Hwy. 58, the city could ease the traffic burden for our north end residents by considering lane additions on 93 to match road width south of Hwy. 58.

Beyond the downtown area, what should council do to encourage economic vitality?

The Council is doing a lot now. It should continue its policy of reviewing carefully new events and supporting those that attract visitors and their purchasing power to Golden. However, consideration should be given to moving some events to further energize South Golden Road and the Interplaza (Kohl’s) business areas. Likewise, the review and revamp of the Colfax corridor west of US. 6 is underway and should continue. Meanwhile, construction continues at Gateway Village near I-70 (e.g., Harley Davidson), which will be a vital shopping area in 2018-2019.

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