• Municipalities Matter

  • Municipalities Matter - Especially Initiatives
    While political pundits have their focus on candidates for office now, of equal importance are proposed statewide ballot initiatives with municipal impacts. Following are personal opinions on a few of these, reflecting my views based on extensive experience with ballot initiatives. And let the record reflect: I do not - do not - favor the initiative process. Never have, and never will. I believe in representative democracy; the initiative process is its antithesis.
    Municipalities Matter: The State of Our Cities & Towns

    Each year about this time, CML releases our State of Our Cities & Towns report, and this year we focus on public safety. Key takeaways include:  


    • Police and fire agencies are providing services with even greater efficiencies, most notably through numerous cost-sharing arrangements. 
    • Fire departments are focused more than ever on wildfire threats and mitigation. 
    • Fire mergers are becoming more evident. 
    • New technology, especially body cameras, continues to change policing. 
    Municipalities Matter: A New Vision for CML
    In his book Start With Why, condensed into a TED Talk available, Simon Sinek challenges leaders and organizations to “think, act, and communicate from the inside out.”

  • Municipalities Matter is a regular blog by Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League. Sam is responsible to CML's 21-member executive board for executing the policies and programs of the League. 

    What would you like to see discussed in Municipalities Matter? Contact Sam with your thoughts! (Email address is smamet @, without the spaces.)