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On Valentine’s Day, newly seated Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace wrote a letter to Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, expressing concerns over the increased danger of catastrophic flooding along Fountain Creek. That danger, Pace pointed out, is a direct consequence of Colorado Springs’ inability and/or unwillingness to fund its backlog of stormwater infrastructure maintenance and… Continue Reading Pace picks up on Pueblo’s stormwater, SDS concerns

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Let’s put candidates under business microscope

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What do business people want? They want a business-friendly City Council, one with members who understand the myriad problems that businesses encounter in their dealings with local government. They want elected officials who are smart, accountable, adaptable and quick to respond to changing realities. They want decision-makers, not ditherers. They want far-sighted yet practical folks… Continue Reading Let’s put candidates under business microscope

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The mid-February campaign finance reports are in and given that ballots for the April 2 election will be mailed out in three weeks, they’re pretty illuminating. Reports cover a two-week period, typically between Jan. 31 and Feb. 15. We’ll lead off with District 3, where former council member Tom Gallagher is opposing incumbent at-large councilor… Continue Reading Council campaigns – where there’s smoke, there’s smoke!

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Two interesting and apparently unrelated news items surfaced on Tuesday. Susan Edmonson will become the CEO of the Downtown Partnership. After 141 years, The Gazette no longer will be printed in Colorado Springs. The latter comes as no surprise. It has been clear for years that The Gazette’s 32-year-old presses needed to be scrapped. As… Continue Reading Downtown news could lead to solutions, and a ballpark

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All cities face challenges at some point in their history. Fire destroyed much of San Francisco, Katrina drowned New Orleans and a 1900 hurricane leveled Galveston. War ravaged Beirut, Dresden and St Petersburg. The Black Plague decimated London, and more than a thousand famines have swept through Chinese cities. We dread the four horsemen of… Continue Reading City must work to ignore those donkeys of delusion

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Go to The Gazette’s website. Click the local news link on the top left of the home page. Scroll down to Colorado Government News, and this is what you get. I added the datelines – all four stories came from the Associated Press. Colorado Government News • In D.C., a call for rebirth amid claims… Continue Reading Zen and the Art of Website Maintenance

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Too bad, Angela Dougan! My condolences, Tim Leigh! Life is cruel, Bernie Herpin and Brandy Williams! You may all have hoped for the unalloyed happiness that comes with an uncontested City Council race. But the fates have decreed otherwise, and it looks as if voters in all six districts will be able to choose among… Continue Reading Candidates, formidable or not, get a jump on incumbents

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Tim Leigh’s pithy, well-written weekly market reports always make interesting reading. This week’s was even more interesting than usual, because of two glaring howlers. Here’s an excerpt, with the howlers in bold. “The CSU leadership, including the previous board, has made several questionable policy decisions:   1. The disastrous Neumann Scrubber policy where CSU became… Continue Reading The arithmetically challenged Tim Leigh

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On Tuesday afternoon, our quarrelsome and divided City Council took the stage once more. It’s been a short and strange trip, one which will end in April when as many as six current members may be replaced in the biennial city elections. That there will be changes is a certainty — and that the changes… Continue Reading Council: Diary of a day filled with angst, not actions

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If I were Mayor Steve Bach, I’d be mad, mad, mad! And here’s who I’d be mad at: I’m mad at the media! I have a contentious meeting with a few community leaders who volunteered their time to work on a stormwater task force. After the meeting, all hell breaks loose. It appears that I’ve… Continue Reading What jerks Bach’s chain? Let’s count the ways

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