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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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Times were a lot simpler in the 19th Century. If you were a European explorer wandering through the Colorado mountains, you gave names to rivers and mountains, lakes and creeks, and whatever else caught your fancy. A mountain long known as Tava became James Peak, then Pike’s Peak, and later lost its apostrophe to become… Continue Reading Fountain River – change the name and the image

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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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Here’s the solution to all — well, almost all — of our economic problems. Let’s get on the phone, call Boeing and stay on the line until we can talk to the CEO. And let’s ask him to build his new jet manufacturing facility here in Colorado Springs. Despite an $8 billion, 20-year retention package… Continue Reading Boeing could be our answer, except that it’s not

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Let’s single out the top power brokers

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Let’s single out the top power brokers

Who are the city’s 10 principal power brokers near the end of 2013? Let’s begin by elimination. Position counts, but not as much as you might think. It doesn’t much matter who runs the local office of Wells Fargo or any other national company. Such folks rotate in and out, rarely leaving a lasting legacy.… Continue Reading Let’s single out the top power brokers

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Suppose it’s 1975, and you love your ’70 Plymouth Superbird and its fire-breathing 440 6-pack. It’s cool, it’s paid for, it’s sleek and it’s fast. Gas is cheap … but wait a minute! The damn government bureaucrats at something called the EPA are changing the rules — some nonsense about smog and lead pollution. You… Continue Reading City faces tough options, and consequences, for Drake

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Here’s some shocking news: Of the three credible Republicans (Ken Buck, Owen Hill and Amy Stephens) that have announced their candidacy for Mark Udall’s U.S. Senate seat, every one is vehemently opposed to Obamacare. Hill and Stephens are both sitting area legislators, so it’s perfectly possible that the Pikes Peak region could finally be represented… Continue Reading Pikes Peak region might finally have a U.S. senator – or maybe not

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