Residents Rights Statement After Ruling in Favor of Broomfield’s Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit

You can read Judge Anderson’s ruling in favor of Broomfield’s Motion to Dismiss the case of Residents Rights and WildEarth Guardians v. City and County of Broomfield and Broomfield City Manager Charles Ozaki here.

Here is the statement from Residents Rights in response to the ruling:

“After nearly 6 months, District Chief Judge Anderson ruled in favor of Broomfield’s Motion to Dismiss citing lack of standing by WildEarth Guardians and Residents Rights.”

“Judge Anderson’s order stating citizens don’t have the standing to enforce their own charter is illogical and has ominous implications for local democracy. If citizens can’t enforce our own charter, there is no way to challenge our government over decisions they make on our behalf. This would give absolute power to our government and eliminate our ability to take our grievances to the judicial branch. Broomfield voters amended the charter in 2017, using their constitutional right of initiative, to provide greater protections for public health and safety against oil and gas operations because our City Council would not. That is the reason why the right of initiative exists in Colorado. Citizens have to have the right to enforce their own Charter amendments or the constitutional right of initiative is meaningless.”

“Residents Rights and WildEarth Guardians are currently evaluating next steps. One thing we can say for certain, this decision strengthens our resolve and commitment to continue to empower communities to defend their constitutional rights.”

“Please reach out to Broomfield City council and let them know what you think about this. You can also show your support by joining both organizations at www.residentsrights.org, and www.wildearthguardians.org