Representative Joe Salazar
Invites You to His
April Town Hall Meeting for HD 31
April 26 , 2014
10:00 to 11:00 am
Thornton Community Center
2211 Eppinger Blvd.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Please feel free to contact me about the issues most important to you and your family!
My phone number is (303) 866-2918 and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Representative Joe Salazar
Colorado House District 31
Joe's "Baa Na'Godi" "Noticias" "News" - April 3, 2014
As many of you know, I have been a staunch opponent of SB93 - a bill that would allow oil and petroleum pipeline companies to condemn private land through the power of eminent domain. I have diligently worked to oppose this bill.
This morning on the House floor, the bill was laid over until May 9, 2014, which means that the bill is effectively killed.
While I know that some members of my own Democratic Caucus are upset with me for my efforts to oppose the bill, many members of both parties have thanked me for taking the strong lead in opposing the bill.
Bottom line, I do not believe that a for-profit company should have the awesome power of eminent domain to condemn a person's private property. Certainly, they have the right to negotiate leasing land from private property owners, but it must be done on as equal footing as possible with the landowner.
During testimony, many landowners discussed how oil and petroleum companies would use the threat of eminent domain to force landowners to accept lowball offers. We heard testimony about oil and petroleum companies placing pipelines within feet of houses and areas where children play; these companies refused to negotiate placement with landowners.
This type of irresponsible and heavy-handed behavior demonstrates to me that for-profit oil and petroleum pipeline companies are not mature enough to use the power of eminent domain in a cautious, humane, or responsible manner. Land equals wealth and, for many people, their land may be the only wealth they have.
I am happy I succeeded in my fight against SB93. I fought this battle for landowners in rural Colorado and in the Metro area. I thank many of you for your words of encouragement and support during this fight.
Joe Salazar - State Representative House District 31
When I was growing up, I would dream about what it would be like to be raised on the farm in Colorado’s San Luis Valley or on the ranch in northern New Mexico. My family has been farmers and ranchers there for numerous generations. But, my parents made the decision to raise my brother and me in Thornton because they wanted us to have every opportunity life could offer.
I was four-years-old when we moved to Thornton. At that time, there was hardly anything north of 120th Avenue, except for farmland. I am proud to say that I have grown up alongside the City of Thornton, attending Woodglenn Elementary, Northeast Junior High School , and graduating from Thornton High School in 1989.
Growing up in Thornton was the best thing my parents could have done for me. I went on to graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I then became a civil rights and criminal investigator for the State of Colorado. In 2003, I graduated from the University of Denver with a law degree and started up my own firm where I fight for the unemployed and disadvantaged individuals against bad government. In sum, I have spent my whole adult life making sure that the rights of hard working Coloradans are protected.
Being raised in Thornton means knowing the virtues and values of a hard working community - where grinding out a living for our children is not only a necessity, but defines who we are as Coloradans. We care about our children’s future. We care about education. We care about our jobs.