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New political year looks similar, but it’s not

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose — or, the more things change, the more they stay the same. As we entered 2013, the Denver Broncos were 13-3 and hopefully bound for the Super Bowl. The Pikes Peak region was recovering from a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes, the local economy was enjoying… Continue Reading New political year looks similar, but it’s not

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You don’t have to worry about that,” said former University of Colorado Regent Jerry Rutledge, referring to the proposed UCCS Sports Medicine Center, one of the key components of the City for Champions proposal. “If I know Pam Shockley-Zalabak — and I do! — she’s already got that deal put together, and she’s moving on… Continue Reading Here’s how to make those downtown projects work

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Bridges don’t parallel the city’s evolution

In 2007, Colorado Springs made an interesting trade with the Colorado Department of Transportation. CDOT took over control of Powers Boulevard, and the city assumed responsibility for Nevada Avenue, once the principal state-supervised highway through the city. While the trade had many advantages, giving the city control over a key route through the community’s historic… Continue Reading Bridges don’t parallel the city’s evolution

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2013: From Council to disasters and C4C

January: Predictions (not endorsements) about City Council “Here’s a possible lineup: District 1, Tim Leigh. District 2, Angela Dougan. District 3, Keith King. District 4, Deborah Hendrix. District 5, Al Loma. District 6, David Moore. It’s a conservative group, which would likely look to Keith King for leadership. The canny King may have no experience… Continue Reading 2013: From Council to disasters and C4C

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Yes, there will be life beyond the Olive Branch

When did the breakfast meeting establish itself so firmly in business culture? You can’t imagine the characters in “Mad Men” going to breakfast meetings — they were too hung over in the morning, barely able to dictate to their secretaries and fend off their mistresses. Such stressful lives required three-martini lunches, not breakfast meetings. The… Continue Reading Yes, there will be life beyond the Olive Branch

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Twelve Days of Christmas, Colorado Springs style

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At the mischievous suggestion of a certain elected official, who must remain anonymous, here’s a new version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. It’s a joint effort, meant to summarize a year of Council/Mayor interactions…don’t take it too seriously! Just for comparison, here’s the original (as written in 1780): On the twelfth day of Christmas,… Continue Reading Twelve Days of Christmas, Colorado Springs style

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CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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“It’s been a great week!” said Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price, reacting to City Council’s decision to sustain Mayor Steve Bach’s veto of a proposed $1.3 million cut in the organization’s budget, following on the heels of the state Economic Development Commission’s support of the City for Champions proposal. Mayor Bach’s… Continue Reading CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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October 21, 1982. It was opening night at the brand-new Pikes Peak Center, our city’s just-finished, sparkling 2,000-seat theater-auditorium. I was there; in fact, my then-spouse and I walked into the auditorium arm-in-arm with the legendary Bee Vradenburg. Bee, Charles Ansbacher, Phil Kendall, Kathleen Collins and scores of other dedicated community leaders/activists had conceived the… Continue Reading Once again, Springs faces a huge opportunity

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At a special media briefing this morning, Mayor Steve Bach praised council’s decision to restore funding to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Regional Business Alliance and the Police Department–but expressed dissatisfaction over Council’s apparent decision to fund park watering costs by taking $1.1 million from the city’s emergency reserve fund, and firmly rejected Council’s… Continue Reading Bach instructs staff to ‘disregard’ council’s action

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“It’s been a great week!” said Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price, reacting to City Council’s decision Wednesday morning to sustain Mayor Steve Bach’s veto of a proposed $1.3 million cut in the organization’s budget, following on the heels of the state Economic Development Commission’s support of the City for Champions proposal.… Continue Reading CVB, RBA win full funding amid Council’s overrides

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