City committee a good idea, but …

If you’re inclined to keep score, I’ll help you out: There will be five uses of “but” in this column, which means that almost every time I am making a point, I’ll be contradicting something I previously wrote.

In an open letter that ran in the CSBJ’s Jan. 29 edition, Steve Bartolin, the CEO of The Broadmoor, announced the formation of the City Committee. Members will be local business people who will, in Bartolin’s words, “research, analyze and hopefully offer up some recommendations to (the Colorado Springs) city council for their deliberation and possible action.”

The city is lucky to have such dedicated supporters, and here’s No. 1 …

… But the Sustainable Funding Committee spent 13 months compiling a 227-page (without the executive summary) document that covers a lot of what I think the City Committee will be working on. It appears the Springs has the beginnings of another silo problem. There are often groups working on similar projects but they don’t always connect.

I love seeing residents step forward to look for solutions, but (No. 2) shouldn’t City Council members be the ones finding ways to keep Colorado Springs out of the national and international media spotlight for such absurdities as turning off streetlights, removing garbage containers at the parks, selling the police helicopters and otherwise cutting budgets to reduce the Springs’ service levels to that of some Third World city?

But (No. 3) there is a difference between the Sustainable Funding Committee and the new City Committee. The City Council created the SFC to come up with advice on fiscal sustainability polices. The City Committee is a private group that will offer guidance on how private-sector strategies and tactics may work in the public sector.

The distinction may prove beneficial, but (No. 4) thus far, nothing has seemed to help.

City Council members are working their way through the SFC report line-item by line-item, Councilwoman Jan Martin said. I trust the new City Committee will do the same.

This is a city filled with good intentions that are colliding with problems both massive and, as yet, unyielding. But (No. 5) all such problems are manmade, so whatever mess one group created, another should be able to untangle.

Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Class of 2010

The CSLI is a diverse group of more than 180 proven leaders with a passion for the Springs. It encourages leadership, dialogue and interaction about the future of the community. These 16 will add their energy to the CSLI effort:

Clarrisa Arrelano, Pikes Peak Association of Realtors

Brian Binn,  Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs

Richard Blair, Southern Colorado AIDS Project

Scott Bryan, Bryan Construction, Inc.

Dan Dandapani, UCCS School of Engineering

Mike EschJean Sebben Associates

Jeff Greene, El Paso County Administrator

George Guerrero, El Pomar Foundation

HayDen KaneKane Law Firm, P.C.

Katie Lally, Center for Creative Leadership

Judith Mackey, Benefit Services Group

Jes Raintree, Community Activist

Paul Martinez, Dynamic Solutions, LLC

Scott McGuire, Colorado Technical University

Steve Self, BBVA Compass Bank

Bettina Swigger, COPPeR

Good luck class of 2010, study hard during your week in April 19 to 23 at the Center for Creative Leadership. The test at the end is a doozy.

More information is available at

Lon Matejczyk is the publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

One Response to City committee a good idea, but …

  1. Awesome, and thank you for your help to our city.

    Brad Foster
    February 15, 2010 at 11:39 am