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1. They hope to clear out the homeless by redecorating. And temporarily, as a construction area, it will work. But as you say it hardly fixes homelessness.
2. The City Council and the bureaucracy wants their names on a plaque for big shiny new things.
3. Redecoration is a big distraction from the real problems you cite. The City Council "Chambers" room has been expensively at least 4 times in my 35 yrs in Boulder. Still no improvement in what comes out of it.
The inescapable conclusion is that these sheriffs are very angry that crime and mayhem are decreasing, not to mention court dates, fines, prison populations, etc. Their business is threatened. This could be one reason for the recent apparent increase in violence by police: they have to CAUSE crime, which is their bread and butter.
Waste your money, tin badges. The people have spoken and voted. Ballot initiatives literally rule: unlike laws, the Governor CAN'T veto them! All power to the people and the peaceful.
I agree with you that the DAs are all suppressing justice.
Our money is being used to try to bring back the drug war, to benefit the prison/cop/"justice" complex.
That's why Boulder is so congested and has been in violation of ozone and particulate standards for DECADES.
Helsinki's on-call microbus service is a FAR better idea than Boulder's 43-passenger 32,000 lb. local buses running mostly empty except the SKIP and HOP: http://grist.org/list/in-10-years-no-one-in-helsi...