Headlines — September 26, 2022

September 26, 2022


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Greeley Starbucks Workers Vote On Unionization

Workers at a Starbucks in Greeley will vote on whether to unionize this Tuesday. The workers expect an easy victory as 90 percent of them signed on to the petition to the National Labor Relations Board to hold the vote. 

The balloting process will take place in two shifts – one in the morning and another in the afternoon – at the 11th Avenue location in Greeley. Officials will tally the votes at 6 pm. 

If approved, the Greeley location will be the 8th Starbucks location in Colorado to unionize. Workers at more than 230 Starbucks locations nationwide have voted in favor of union representation in the last year.


Landmark Oil & Gas Litigation Against City Of Boulder Settles

A lawsuit is forcing the City of Boulder to re-evaluate its ban on oil and gas development within city limits. 

John and Valorie Wells argued that the ban took their property and mineral rights without due compensation. In 2013, the city implemented what was supposed to be a temporary prohibition on gas and oil development in Boulder. However, that ended up lasting eight years. On Friday, the city government settled with the Welles for $35,000 and agreed to lift the ban. 


 Boulder Considers Possible Uses For Potential Savings From The Library District Vote

In November, Boulder voters can agree to forgo the municipal control of the Boulder Public Library for a property tax-funded district.

If it goes through, the library would be fully transferred by 2024, and the city predicts it would save at least $9.75 million. 

According to the Daily Camera, some of the proposals for the money so far include construction, staffing a permanent day service center for people experiencing homelessness, or parks maintenance.

Election Deniers Across The State Burden Colorado County Clerks

 Election Deniers across Colorado are inundating County officials with public records requests while officials gear up for midterm elections. Election deniers across the state are sending Colorado to open records Act requests 

under the guise of mass fraud across the country. The requests are collectively asking for obscure pieces of voter information which are usually negligible to the public. Election denier Tony Rambo, who sent over 60 requests across each county, even mentioned that he has no idea what the requests are actually asking for he is, “just doing the legwork”.

Colorado county officials told CBS colorado that the flood of CORA requests right before the midterm elections is a morale killer. 

According to the executive director of the Colorado county clerks association, smaller Colorado counties are saying the requests are “overwhelming for them and they are hearing reports of similar things happening to county clerks across the country. 

Denver Ranks Fifth In U.S. For A Slowdown In Housing 

After one of the sharpest inclines in the country, Denver’s housing market has begun to slow. Housing prices were down almost 2 percent in August compared to last year and the number of houses on the market has also increased going from about 1000 last year to 1500 this august.

The increased price and supply have translated to more time on the market. Average homes in Redfin’s most recent survey report taking about 11 days to sell compared to last year’s 7.

Denver’s increased housing prices are part of a nationwide trend.  Across the country, housing prices have begun to fall and are at about 2 percent lower than they were last year. 

Many point to a higher interest rate. The federal government increased the interest rate to over 6 percent to slow inflation and in part to discourage wealthy investment firms from buying up houses in areas like Denver. Denver’s housing slowdown ranked fifth in the country along with Sacramento. While researchers say more expensive markets tend to slow most quickly, they warn buyers from oversimplifying the recent market trends. 

“There has been a lot of talk of a ‘new normal,’ but what’s happening in the housing market feels more like a ‘new weird,’ ” Redfin Deputy Chief Economist Taylor Marr said to The Denver Post.