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Say what you want about Mayor Steve Bach, but he can sure fill a room! More than 600 members of the Colorado Springs business/government/nonprofit community gathered Thursday at the Broadmoor International Center for the Mayor’s “State of the City” speech. As befits one of the region’s most notable power lunches, it was a networkers’ dream… Continue Reading Bach talks about challenges, need for action in State of the City

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Here’s a recent email to longtime environmental activist Lee Milner from George Luke, Colorado Springs Utilities’ interim chief energy services officer: “This is in response to your recent question in regard to the ability to use insurance proceeds from the Drake 5 fire to fund DSM or renewables in lieu of repairing or replacing Drake… Continue Reading Drake damage apparently not as bad as feared

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CSBJ shares in sponsoring Lamborn-Rayburn debate

In an unprecedented media alliance, the Colorado Springs Business Journal, The Gazette and the Colorado Springs Independent are combining to host the first in a series of political debates during this election year, with incumbent U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn debating Republican challenger Ret. Gen. Bentley Rayburn at 6 p.m. Monday, June 16 at Centennial Hall,… Continue Reading CSBJ shares in sponsoring Lamborn-Rayburn debate

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If you’re like most people in Colorado Springs, you’re thinking the city is a year away from a pivotal moment — the 2015 mayoral election. We’ll have the first round of voting next April, likely narrowing the field to a runoff. Unless the landscape changes dramatically, Mayor Steve Bach will be seeking a second four-year… Continue Reading Stormwater may turn into early city election

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Council watches as powers erode

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Since 1991, Colorado Springs residents have often voted to limit the powers of City Council. In that year, city voters instituted the local Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) charter amendment that forbade Council from raising taxes without voter approval and limited annual city revenue growth. A companion measure phased out a half-cent capital improvements tax… Continue Reading Council watches as powers erode

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Colorado Springs, the home of the United States Olympic Committee, this week became a Sister City to Ancient Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Ancient Olympia, a city of 14,000 people, sees 2 million visitors annually, people who are drawn to Olympic history. It is also the home of the International Olympic Academy,… Continue Reading Sister City arranged with Ancient Olympia, Greece

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City, task force take separate stormwater paths

  Larry Small, the articulate former Colorado Springs vice mayor, defines as well as anyone the problem of asking voters to pass judgment on paying for stormwater projects. “Stormwater funding is always a hard thing to sell,” Small said. “And if it fails, it’s not the kind of thing that you can bring right back… Continue Reading City, task force take separate stormwater paths

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It should have been a routine matter on City Council’s agenda at Tuesday’s meeting. Mayor Steve Bach had nominated three Colorado Springs residents to serve on the Urban Renewal Authority. Under the charter, the mayor appoints qualified community members to the authority, subject to Council confirmation. As volunteer city boards go, it’s a powerful body.… Continue Reading Council finds new low for embarrassment

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Tension grows over C4C among local leaders

At a hastily called press conference Monday afternoon, Council President Keith King and Board of County Commissioners Chair Dennis Hisey voiced their displeasure with Mayor Steve Bach and with the City for Champions proposal. The two officials presented letters addressed to Bach, which he had yet to see, enumerating their concerns. The first missive, signed… Continue Reading Tension grows over C4C among local leaders

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Mayor Steve Bach offered City Council  an unexpected olive branch Wednesday when he appointed Wynetta Massey as city attorney and named Dan Gallagher aviation director for the Colorado Springs Airport. Both Gallagher and Massey had been serving as interim appointees. Mayor Bach has frequently declined to forward the names of interim appointees to Council to… Continue Reading Mayor’s appointments might ease city tension

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