Why I am running for Boulder City Council
Terri Brncic (pronounced Burn-Chich)
Action Over Ideology
I moved to Boulder nine years ago from San Francisco. My background is in accounting and finance, so I never expected to be running for city government. But my boys are students at Boulder High School and over the past year, I became increasingly alarmed by the reports I was getting from them about the areas around their school. So I joined several other BHS parents in successfully putting the Safe Zones 4 Kids initiative on the ballot.
Through my work on Safe Zones, I had the opportunity to really “get under the hood” of our city government and assess what’s going on. What I found was pretty troubling. The city is facing serious challenges - particularly around public safety and homelessness - and yet we seem to be more focused on ideological arguments rather than meaningful solutions.
In order to tackle these hard problems, we need disciplined leaders who will foster an environment of responsible decision-making. Pragmatic leaders that can define a problem, craft a solution based on concrete data, stay relentlessly focused on outcomes and be willing to change course when things aren't working. I decided to run because I believe that with my background as a CFO, I can bring a data-driven and solutions-oriented perspective to the council with a commitment to compassionate and accountable leadership.
What I can offer as a council member:
a balanced perspective that prioritizes spending on effective outcomes over generic ideologies
a pragmatic, data-driven approach to the intersecting issues of public safety, homelessness and affordable housing
an emphasis on improving services and well-being for all Boulder residents
Boulder is lucky to have Terri running for Council. Terri’s passion for community shines through in her frank assessment of existing challenges, her dogged pursuit of reliable information, and her pragmatic solutions that work to lift all boats. Vote for Terri - I’m sure going to!
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2023 Election News
OCTOBER 27, 2023 / ELECTION NEWS
"The only important questions you have to ask as you ponder the various choices for Mayor and City Council are the following: Are you content with your City government and City Council, and are you happy with the decisions they have made in your name? If you are, read no further; this voting guide is not for you. But if you believe that the Council has too often operated on an ideological basis, and has enacted programs that will transform our community, but not for the better, you might find some of my endorsements useful. "
"This election feels different. With violent crimes on the rise, with the Pearl Street Mall becoming a problematic place to visit even during the daytime, and with bikers, runners and walkers often harassed when they use the Boulder Creek path, I believe there is a general feeling that public safety in Boulder is at an all-time low, accompanied by a rising frustration at government’s inability or unwillingness to address the problem."
WHERE THE CANDIDATES STAND ON HOMELESSNESS SOLUTIONS?
Terri Brncic : "With an estimated 75% of the unsheltered population suffering from substance abuse disorders, untreated mental illness, or both, we can’t continue to insist that housing alone will solve the problem...If the city is going to insist that “housing first” is the answer, it needs to be supported with facts so that we can optimize what’s working and course correct on what’s not."
OCTOBER 4, 2023 / ELECTION NEWS
"Another priority is to improve rental affordability through incentive zoning. I think the majority council missed a big opportunity to drive affordability through the recent change in occupancy limits. Rather than allowing all of the financial benefits of increased occupancy to accrue to property owners, rent reductions should have been a condition for receiving occupancy variances. I will push to amend this ordinance to require rent reductions in exchange for increased occupancy, similar to the way we currently handle ADU variances."
Brncic said it was “irresponsible” to suggest “there are different definitions of safety... It divides us as a community... I would like to see our leaders take more responsibility for uniting us and coming together, letting go of their political ideologies and really serving the people of this community.”