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In a sweeping series of vetoes Wednesday morning, Mayor Steve Bach challenged most of City Council’s proposed changes to his 2014 city budget. Bach vetoed Council’s $1.3 million cut to the budget of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the elimination of funding for the Regional Business Alliance. He also vetoed Council’s decision… Continue Reading Bach’s vetoes set up battle with Council

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It’s always fun when the buzzing of media mosquitos so annoys the powerful that they react inappropriately – especially when you, as the mosquito in question, manage to avoid getting slapped. But it’s not so much fun when the official’s action may not be merely inappropriate, but possibly unethical. Last weekend I got wind of… Continue Reading King maneuvers to find authorship of Council emails

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It’s hard to resist having fun at the expense of Keith King and City Council. That said, here’s the latest product of Council president King’s fertile mind: a “Marketing Plan” for City Council, apparently combined with a decision timeline for 2014. In writing it, King was clearly affected by the blowback from the latest adventures… Continue Reading ‘Council’s Your Neighbor’ to be City Council motto

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City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: A majority of the Colorado Springs City Council members are aggressively anti-business. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from Tuesday’s council meeting. Thanks to the Feckless Five (Council President Keith King and Councilors Helen Collins, Don Knight, Joel Miller and Andy Pico), Council stripped away funding… Continue Reading City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

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City body-slams EPS in response to Regional Tourism Act analysis

Attorneys representing clients in the courtroom are guided by a simple set of rules: If the facts are with you, pound the facts; If the law is with you, pound the law; If neither the facts nor the law support your client, pound the table! The city’s response to the third-party analysis of the administration’s… Continue Reading City body-slams EPS in response to Regional Tourism Act analysis

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Apparently, at least for now, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox won’t be moving to a new downtown stadium after all. City leaders are revising their application to the Colorado Economic Development Commission for funding through the Regional Tourism Act, and the state EDC has given Colorado Springs an extra two days to respond to the… Continue Reading City for Champions stadium plans moving away from baseball

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As odd-year elections go, the 2013 vote in El Paso County certainly won’t stand out as earthshaking. Or, for that matter, even mildly surprising. Everybody who has been paying the slightest attention had to know the only issue of real interest to the Colorado Springs business community. That was Amendment 66, a sweeping measure that… Continue Reading Don’t look for election’s messages, but …

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Mayor Steve Bach’s City for Champions proposal didn’t impress Economic and Planning Systems, the third-party analyst hired by the Colorado Economic Development Commission to evaluate the city’s request for state tax increment funding. EPS found that visitor estimates by the city were overly optimistic; financial data was skimpy, insufficient and/or inaccurate; and cost and revenue… Continue Reading Third-party analysis forces City for Champions revisions

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Colorado Springs city government and Colorado Springs Utilities signed a five-year contract last week with an international company that will provide fleet maintenance services for both entities beginning next year. City officials said outsourcing fleet maintenance of more than 3,500 vehicles and equipment is estimated to save the city and Utilities more than $4 million… Continue Reading City and CSU sign 5-year fleet maintenance contract

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Public wants regional approach to stormwater

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The 50 people attending a city-sponsored stormwater gathering on Oct. 24 unequivocally endorsed a regional approach to the county’s stormwater problem. Mayor Steve Bach did not attend. City Council President Keith King said the mayor and City Council are philosophically “starting to come together. I think he’ll come around,” King said of the mayor’s perspective.… Continue Reading Public wants regional approach to stormwater

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