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Youth Opportunities Advisory Board applications now available
Applications are now available for the City of Boulder 2013-2014 Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB). Current City of Boulder residents in grades 8 through 11 are eligible to apply. No previous leadership experience is required.
YOAB members learn valuable skills as they make funding decisions on grant proposals for youth programs, advise city government and local agencies on youth-related issues, and work on projects to address youth needs.
Applications are due Friday, April 12, 2013. YOAB is part of the Youth Opportunities Program in the city’s Department of Human Services, Division of Children, Youth and Families. For more information contact Alice Swett at 303-441-4349, or go to www.yoab.org.
Orientation to Family Child Care Workshop offered
The City of Boulder’s Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) is offering a workshop on how to become a licensed family child care provider. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the CYF building, 2160 Spruce St.
Participants will learn the costs and benefits of licensing, Colorado’s rules and regulations and the steps required to become licensed.
Now is the time to begin the licensing process for summer or fall enrollment. The workshop is free to City of Boulder residents; there is a nominal fee for non-residents.
For more information about becoming a licensed family child care provider or to register for this program contact Annette Crawford at 303-441-4411 or visit www.bouldercolorado.gov/cyfhhs/rt. CYF is a division of the Department of Human Services.
Boulder Municipal Court closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12
Boulder Municipal Court will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12, for a staff meeting.
CITY OF BOULDER PRESS RELEASE (AS USUAL)
City announces new hours and appointment scheduling at the Planning & Development Services Center
In response to customer feedback, the City of Boulder’s Planning & Development Services Center will be testing extended business hours and advance appointment scheduling in 2013. The services center, which is currently closed for lunch from 12 to 1 p.m. daily, will be open during the lunch hour beginning Monday, Jan. 7. The services center will be continuously open and available to customers from:
· 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and
· 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Anyone who enters the services center before 4 p.m. will be served. The new operating hours are based on the schedules of the industries served and are consistent with those of neighboring communities. City staff will be evaluating the success of the changes on an ongoing basis and will announce any proposed revisions as necessary.
In addition to the new hours, customers that are working through the Land Use Review (LUR) and Technical Document (TEC) processes will be able to schedule an appointment with a Project Specialist ahead of time by contacting Karlin Goggin at 303-441-4053 or email@example.com.
“The services center is committed to providing excellent customer service and continuous improvements,” said Administrative Services Manager Aimee Kane. “We are excited to offer our customers expanded business hours and services to better accommodate their needs and schedules.”
Planning & Development Services coordinates all of the development-related functions across the city’s Community Planning & Sustainability and Public Works departments. The customer services provided include building applications and permits, comprehensive planning, development review, GIS mapping services, historic preservation, inspections, licensing, and zoning information.
All customers are encouraged to use www.boulderplandevelop.net before visiting the services center to take advantage of the many services that are available online.
In October 2012, city staff will be recommending a number of revisions to City Council regarding Boulder’s Medical Marijuana Code (BRC 6-14). As part of the process, the city is soliciting public feedback on the proposed code changes prior to presenting them to council.
To collect public input, city staff have prepared a survey to get feedback on key code revisions. Take the public survey now! Feedback will be collected until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.
In addition to the survey, the city will host an informational meeting for medical marijuana businesses and representatives of the industry at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 in City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway.
Written comments may also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of the code changes are to:
- Make the code more clear and concise so it is more user-friendly;
- Increase fees to cover the costs of licensing medical marijuana businesses;
- Consider limiting advertising similar to the limitations recently adopted in Denver; and
- Increase the distance from medical marijuana businesses to schools from 500 ft to 1,000 ft, consistent with federal law.
For more information, including a complete overview of the proposed code changes visit the Medical Marijuana Businesses website.
Ultracold matter technology from CU and SRI
International licensed to Boulder’s ColdQuanta
ColdQuanta Inc. of Boulder and the University of Colorado have finalized an agreement allowing ColdQuanta to commercialize cutting-edge physics research developed by CU-Boulder and SRI International. The licensed technology centers on Bose-Einstein Condensate, or BEC, a new form of matter created just above absolute zero.
Ultracold matter such as BEC can be used to dramatically increase the performance of devices such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, gravimeters and magnetometers because of its strong interaction with gravity and magnetic fields as compared with laser-based devices. BEC also has potential applications in a wide range of research and commercial settings, ranging from atomic clocks to improved navigation of submarines and spacecraft, and even quantum computing.
“We are delighted that this license agreement has been finalized,” said ColdQuanta CEO Rainer Kunz. “It’s a great example of the university’s strong support for commercializing BEC and cold atom technology born out of CU and SRI International, and will ultimately boost advances in the ultracold applications field.”
“Cold atom research has great potential for fields such as instrumentation and cryptography,” added Chris Lantman, senior director of business development at SRI International of Menlo Park, Calif. “We are pleased that ColdQuanta will commercialize this important technology and look forward to new applications of our physics R&D.”
Initially theorized by Satyendra Bose and Albert Einstein in the 1920s, BEC was achieved for the first time at JILA — a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology — by Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman, who received a Nobel Prize in 2001 for their work. ColdQuanta was founded in 2007 to commercialize work by CU-Boulder physics professor and JILA Fellow Dana Anderson to develop streamlined devices for BEC experiments.
“Startup companies like ColdQuanta play a pivotal part in the transition of an entirely new scientific domain into the realm of practical applications,” said Anderson. “By now we have come full circle, so that they contribute to our scientific progress here at CU as much as our academic research advances their R&D progress.”
“We’re glad to see this forward-looking technology achieve commercial penetration, in addition to the strong academic interest,” added Ted Weverka, a licensing manager at CU. “ColdQuanta is just the adventurous company to make this happen.”
After optioning the technology in 2007, ColdQuanta received a $100,000 Proof of Concept investment from the CU Technology Transfer Office to help bring it to market. Since then, the company has been awarded contracts from the Army, Navy, NASA and the National Science Foundation, which have helped expand its array of products and core competencies beyond ultra-high vacuum, or UHV, design and opto-mechanical and atom chip design, to include UHV processing, systems controls, and diverse glass and silicon bonding expertise. The company sells to research labs and industry nationally and overseas. The company also has partnered with CU-Boulder and SRI International to provide critical UHV components for a major quantum computing project led by the University of Wisconsin.
The CU Technology Transfer Office, or TTO, pursues, protects, packages, and licenses to business the intellectual property generated from research at CU. The TTO provides assistance to faculty, staff and students, as well as to businesses looking to license or invest in CU technology. For more information about technology transfer at CU visit http://www.cu.edu/techtransfer.
ColdQuanta focuses on the development of BEC and cold atom generating devices and systems, allowing them to be accessible to a wide range of research, educational, and industrial institutions. Its products are intended for use in scientific and industrial applications requiring high performance and reliability. ColdQuanta’s products now include the miniMOT range developed for educational institutes and researchers working on cold atoms as well as the RuBECi designed for BEC and ultracold atom labs. The company also provides custom engineering solutions to the cold atom and ultracold atom community. For more information visit http://www.coldquanta.com.
Silicon Valley-based SRI International, a nonprofit research and development organization, performs sponsored R&D for governments, businesses and foundations. SRI brings its innovations to the marketplace through technology licensing, new products, and spinoff ventures. SRI is known for world-changing innovations in computing, health and pharmaceuticals, chemistry and materials, sensing, energy, education, national defense and more. For more information visit http://www.sri.com/.
SUVICA INC. OF BOULDER TO COMMERCIALIZE
CU-BOULDER CANCER SCREENING TECHNOLOGY
SuviCa Inc. of Boulder and the University of Colorado recently completed an exclusive license agreement for a CU drug screening technology to identify novel therapies for cancer.
The patented drug discovery tool, developed by CU-Boulder Associate Professor Tin Tin Su of the molecular, cellular and developmental biology department, uses a genetically modified Drosophila fruit fly model to screen for compounds effective against various types of cancer, either alone or in combination with existing therapies.
The screening technique will be used to identify new clinical candidates using a methodology that is both time efficient and cost-effective. Because it uses a whole-animal screening model, the technique can more easily eliminate drug candidates with undesired toxicity.
“SuviCa looks forward to advancing Dr. Su’s technology in order to find better ways to treat cancer patients and to build a world-class business in the Front Range region,” said Judy Hemberger, SuviCa’s chairman and CEO.
“We are excited about the commercial possibilities for the drug screening technology developed by Dr. Su, which has already been used at CU to identify promising therapeutic candidates,” said Tom Smerdon, director of licensing and new business development at the CU Technology Transfer Office, or TTO.
SuviCa recently received funding from Colorado’s Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program, an initiative launched in 2007 by the state of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade to provide early-stage, matching seed grants to enable the development and commercial validation of promising technologies that are licensed from Colorado research institutions.
SuviCa also has received a grant from the Internal Revenue Service through the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program aimed at small businesses. Current and future efforts will focus on identifying and optimizing additional lead compounds to enter into formal clinical testing.
SuviCa Inc. is an early-stage cancer drug discovery and development company co-founded by Su, who now serves as its chief science officer. Judith Hemberger, a former co-founder and COO of Boulder-based Pharmion, has joined the senior management team as chairman and CEO.
Working in close collaboration with scientists at CU-Boulder, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Colorado State University, SuviCa is pursuing a promising discovery process based on several small molecules initially identified using its proprietary screening technology and targeted to a distinct cellular process. SuviCa researchers hope to discover and develop novel drugs used as standalone therapies or to prevent tumor recurrence following treatment with a variety of approved anti-cancer therapies.
CU’s TTO pursues, protects, packages and licenses to business the intellectual property generated from research at CU. The office provides assistance to faculty, staff and students, as well as to businesses looking to license or invest in CU technology.
Firstly, a true “shitnami” is worse than a shit-a-cane, and several times as bad as a shit-nado. Depending on your status as a dispensary/center or medical marijuana grower, starting today you’ll have to brace yourself against the onslaught of demands coming at you from state revenue agents (who carry guns), not to mention Alisa Lewis (who carries gum.) Alisa will be accepting your cash bundle starting today at the municipal building in downtown Boulder, whilst the revenue agents will just irritate the hell out of you like a swarm of mosquitoes until you ask to be summarily executed.
An article appearing in the press, indicated that the new laws have – surprise, surprise – helped to create an invigorated black market. And why not? Instead of focusing on the areas where the state could have succeeded within the parameters of helping medical marijuana patients while collecting revenue—the obvious route—the new laws cover every stinking detail ever invented and then some, with a stack of licensing requirements for anyone involved in the business even slightly. (For instance, in Boulder, to be a legal “caregiver”, even with only two patients, the city expects you to turn over $5,000 to them, today if possible. (Ha, ha.))
Several MMJ attorneys in interviews with the press have pointed out just how difficult some of the legal aspects will be to parse and decipher. For instance, the law requires that 70 percent of a dispensary’s product be produced by the dispensary – but with marijuana plants being notorious in their ability to create anywhere from two ounces to two pounds of product per individual plant, how is anyone going to monitor and then regulate the percentage of home-grown sold out of a given dispensary? For instance, if they sell two ounces from a plant, and that fits the 70 percent rule, what about the remainder from that plant? Must they destroy it? Or do they pack it up and ship to Nebraska?
Federal law enforcement agents have expressed their belief that the “extra” pot people are growing is winding up sold illegally across state lines. And why not? Meanwhile, if the law had been simplified from the outset, with a tax or fee system based strictly on the amount sold (3 cents on the dollar, perhaps?) it would have allowed the mid-level and low-level entrepreneurs to stay in the game and given less incentive to any of the hyper-aggressive types who simply want to grow and sell it any which way they can.
As an MMJ cardholder, I can certify that the black market isn’t restricted to product flowing out of state. I’ve indeed been offered not-too-awful MMJ at a price well below $200 an ounce, a price that would have been nearly astounding only two years ago.
What happened? The new laws – convoluted and complex as they are – served to drive out most of the people who were willing and quite able to stay legal, given a legal structure only slightly less burdensome and imposing. In separate news, the state has confirmed that an unusually high percentage of the grow/dispensers staying in the game have criminal backgrounds or connections – the opposite of what communities were hoping to see when the legislature decided to come up with its regulatory scheme.
Yes, there’s a lot of marijuana hitting Colorado and neighboring states, but for the marijuana mini-moguls and sincere caregivers alike, the legal shitnami may have only just begun.
Rob Smoke, a former Commissioner of Human Relations for the City of Boulder, supports freedom of choice when it comes to adults and marijuana.
UPDATE: 8:00 am Monday August 3 Cops and DA work weekednds to get the gangs out of MMJ stores. Look for busts.
UPDATE: 7:00PM Saturday July 31 More than half the MJ drug stores will be force out of business because of fees, felonies or under age operators.
UPDATE: 6:12AM Thursday July 29 2010
When our news department “falls” on a medical marijuana operation run by “get this” Illegal immigrant Russians, connected to the Russian Mob, carrying guns without permits, right in the city of boulder, it tells me two things and begs a host of questions.
We presume the illegal immigrants are left alone because Boulder is a sanctuary city ordered by the city council; ie the police refuse to uphold immigration laws.
The whole notion that upholding immigration laws is racist: ie targeting Brown Mexicans is shot fill of holes (pun) because these a re nice white Russians (pun)
Why are we coming across this information and the police are not? why are these people here? WHY ARE THEY RUNNING med marijuana operations in our city? why are they packing heat.?? who let the Russian Mob in? Ok the boulder city council did. well thats just great!
Special note to Stan Garnett:
I think you should enforce federal statutes regarding sales of class 2 narcotics including Marianna. You should also enforce federal immigration laws. Your email to me yesterday was incorrect. You and boulder Police department do have the authority to uphold federal laws. there are provisions made to you to make arrests, prosecute and present cases to the feds. You have the power to do this on their behalf.So what the hell is going on here.?? Is the Boulder city council calling all of the shots?? Law enforcement answers to them?? Are you going to wait til someone is shot and killed over MJ before you move??…………………… don’t wait. we all know it’s going to happen.You can’t take the lead from the boulder city council. They are really stupid and have put a lot of lives in peril , from causing enormous rise in drug addiction to Mexican and Russian gangs running the drug trade here.are you going to wait for cops to be shot over this. I’ll tell you my reporters are scared to death of these Russians and refuse to put their names to stories about them. Screw them …………do your Job………..enforce the laws.. Get these mobsters out of boulder. Get the Russians out and the Mexican gangsters out.
UPDATE: 6:00pm Wednesday July 28 2010
There is a problem with MMJ licensing. City officials have revealed that criminal element have moved into larger operations including Russian Mafia gangsters. Mexican Mafia have already been identified in other Boulder operations. City and state tax revenue agents have been hounding operators to check for legalities. State revenue agents are police trained and carry guns. MORE TO COME:
BY RON BAIRD NEWS EDITOR
NOON: The City of Boulder will begin processing licenses for medical marijuana businesses starting on Monday, Aug. 2. Under Chapter 6-14 of the Boulder Revised Code, any medical marijuana business that is not operating by that date will have to obtain a license before it will be allowed to open.
Boulder Revised Code also requires pre-existing medical marijuana businesses to apply for a license, under the following deadlines and conditions:
· Medical marijuana businesses that are operational before Aug. 2 but were not operating in compliance with Chapter 6-14 of the Boulder Code on June 17, have until Aug. 31 to submit a completed application for a license.
· Medical marijuana businesses that were operating on June 17 and were in compliance with all laws and regulations at that time have until Oct. 31 to submit a completed application for a license.
Under the Code, medical marijuana business licenses are required for any business that involves medical marijuana, not just retail dispensaries.
The fee for a license is $5,000. The application fee portion is $3,000 and is non-refundable. The remaining $2,000 is refundable if the license is not issued.
Application forms will be available for download at the following website, www.bouldercolorado.gov/medicalmarijuana, starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 2. The same website includes detailed instructions, checklists and frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you have questions, please e-mail them to email@example.com. Answers will be posted to the FAQ section of the website for you and other members of the public. Interested persons are welcome to sign up to receive updates by going to the website or visiting the website’s RSS feed sign-up page directly.
Completed applications will be accepted for processing by appointment starting on Monday, Aug. 2. Complete instructions for submittal of applications are available on the website. No applications will be accepted before Aug. 2.