Yes on 2J

Support for Aurora ballot issue 2J
Denver Post. 10/19/15, Sally Mounier, letter to the Editor
     Aurora voters should vote yes on ballot issue 2J and stand together for Aurora s future. Our City Council has unanimously endorsed this measure, which would end the city s ban on providing economic incentives to motor sports facilities, and I ask you to do the same.
      Aurora would benefit greatly from a regional entertainment district and destination that would attract hundreds of thousands of visitors who could contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to the city s economy each year.
      We understand that a regional tourism district in Aurora won t happen overnight. Initiatives like these always take time, careful planning and close consultation between businesses, residents and government. But Aurora must begin the conversation — planning for a brighter future needs to begin today.
      Without 2J, these opportunities will not happen in Aurora but will instead go to another city or another state. Aurora voters should vote yes on 2J and stand together for Aurora s future.
      Sally Mounier, Aurora
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Aurora Revs Up Its Tourism Engines With An Old Racetrack Idea
Westword 9/15/15 , Melanie Asmar
      Aurora City Councilwoman Sally Mounier is a car person. The 77-year-old came of age in a time when drag racing was the pinnacle of cool and owning a car meant freedom. These days, the grandmother of twelve drives a twenty-year-old Cadillac, which she describes as “a big boat.” But it’s not her dream car.
“If I had my way,” she says, “I’d be driving a 1957 fuel-injected Chevy.”
So perhaps it’s no surprise that Mounier is one of the forces behind a campaign to repeal a section of the city charter that bars Aurora from subsidizing any motorized-sports facility, such as a racetrack. The section, added by voters in 1999, was meant to thwart a proposal by the International Speedway Corporation to build a track near the intersection of E-470 and I-70. That plan was backed by brewing tycoon Pete Coors and some of the owners of the Colorado Rockies, including Charlie and Dick Monfort. . . .
     The way Mounier sees it, such a specific prohibition doesn’t belong in Aurora’s charter, a document that describes how the city of nearly 350,000 residents should be governed. “Is the city charter a place to discriminate against an industry?” she says. “I don’t think so.”
To get rid of the ban, a majority of voters must agree to repeal it. In November, they’ll have that opportunity. Ballot measure 2J asks voters to restore the city council’s ability to provide “appropriate and reasonable economic incentives” to motor-sports facilities.
“With it on the charter, we were never able to recruit anything like that,” says Wendy Mitchell, president of the Aurora Economic Development Council. “This is the first step.” . . .
     At a small “Yes on 2J” kickoff event at Aurora’s city hall last week, local politicians and economic-development boosters emphasized the benefits of a racetrack, including the potential to bring jobs and tourism dollars to the sprawling suburb. For years, Aurora has been trying to position itself as a destination spot — and a racetrack would be a boon.
“Great cities are not born; they’re built,” Mayor Steve Hogan said at the kickoff. “We have an opportunity to continue to build the great city of Aurora.” . . .
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