I am amused at the optimism that the City of Boulder may one day be able to manage a municipal electricity service. Advocates are pointing to the City’s record of management of its water service. Left out of the equation is its abysmal management of its Parks and Recreation program, its constant legal battles over discriminatory staff firings, which it loses, and its penchant for paying middle managers six-figure salaries. Why vote to increase the City’s mandate, when it can’t manage the mandate that it already has? I’d rather put the additional $1.9 million per year of property taxes to the school system, where it will do some good.