An Arvada resident since 1960 (Arvada High School Class of 1969), Dave Palm has been a small business owner in the city since 1985. He has worked as an automobile salesman, as well as in management, property management, IT network administration and finance. He currently runs day-to-day operations at Hackberry Hill Communications.
Palm served two terms on the Arvada Historical Society.
Contact: Call or text 720-663-PALM
Campaign website: davepalm.com
Why do you want to serve on council?
I want to be a totally independent “citizens’ voice” on the council. The citizens of Arvada deserve a seat at the table. We need someone to represent the everyday taxpaying citizen. The other four candidates in this race each have their own committee and fundraising efforts to further their agenda. I, on the other hand, am the only candidate not taking (or spending) any money, I’m just and old Arvada Redskin. I offer something completely different: citizen representation without the special interest influences, someone who will act only in the best interest of the citizens.
• Abolish the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (A.U.R.A.). The blight is gone. City Council can do the same thing while being directly accountable to the voters.
• Create a City Ombudsman whose duties are to investigate citizen complaints and attempt to resolve them through binding recommendations or mediation.
• Reduce the requirements making it easier for citizens to get initiatives on the ballot. The requirements are the most restrictive in the metro area.
What should the city’s role be in regards to homelessness?
The city’s role should be limited to the enforcement of all local laws and ordinances. The city cannot solve homelessness. What leads to homelessness is not enough truly affordable housing, low wages and high unemployment. We have record low unemployment. “Affordable Housing” is really code for ‘subsidized housing’ and the jobs being created in Arvada through A.U.R.A. are too low-paying to be able to afford the upscale transit housing they are developing. Having been homeless and on the streets myself, I’ll say one thing: If you subsidize it, you’re going to get more of it.
Arvada’s city road needs are many. How would you approach the problem?
Fund street repair and maintenance through the tax revenue from retail marijuana sales. Nearby communities like Edgewater and MountainView have used the tax revenue to upgrade and repair their city infrastructure with no increase in crime. Edgewater repaved all 12 miles of their streets with the tax revenue in one year. Like alcohol, the usage of marijuana does not correlate to purchase location. The city can regulate the location, hours of business, number of locations and days of operation. Marijuana is a legal product and the revenue is free money (nearby cities lose the revenue).
Do you approve or disapprove of how the city and partners like AURA have handled city redevelopment of late?
I take issue with the question itself. A.U.R.A. is not a “partner.” A.U.R.A. Executive Director Maureen Phair (a city employee) calls it the “Development arm of the City.” The citizens are the ‘partner,’ Boss Marc says it’s “our skin in the game.” A.U.R.A. is violating state statutes regarding blight and has turned into an out-of-control ‘design and development authority.’ The city doesn’t belong in the re-development business. The city, through A.U.R.A., has given away hundreds of millions of dollars in property deals and future tax revenue rebates to “induce” developers to build in Arvada. I disapprove!