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City Councilor Joel Miller’s attempt to rewrite Colorado Springs eminent domain ordinances may seem well-intentioned. But laws, like elected officials, are not always what they seem to be. Miller had unveiled his ordinance at the group’s work session on Monday, and he insisted upon bringing it up for a vote on Tuesday. City Attorney Wynetta… Continue Reading Eminent domain brings out the best and worst

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Those of us who know Nolan Schriner understand four things about him. • He knows what he’s talking about. • He’s honest. • He doesn’t suffer fools gladly. • He’s diplomatic … but only to a point. It was apparent that Colorado Springs Council President Keith King and his Council colleagues Joel Miller and Don… Continue Reading Nominee fights back against Council’s ‘chilling effect’

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Hazlehurst to leave Business Journal, join Bach Administration

Effective immediately, Senior Reporter John Hazlehurst will be taking an extended leave of absence from the Business Journal to join Mayor Steve Bach’s Administration. Bach created a new position for Hazlehurst, titled “Keeper of the Dogs of War.” No new appropriation will be necessary to fund the position, which will be folded into the City’s… Continue Reading Hazlehurst to leave Business Journal, join Bach Administration

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PPRTA sides with Council in Pothole Fight with Mayor – Who’s right?

As anyone who follows local government knows, certain members of City Council really, really don’t like Mayor Steve Bach. So when Bach came to them on Tuesday with a request for an emergency appropriation of $2 million from city reserves to fund additional street maintenance, they were immediately suspicious. Councilor Joel Miller, who serves as… Continue Reading PPRTA sides with Council in Pothole Fight with Mayor – Who’s right?

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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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You’ll be glad to know that the ever-vigilant folks at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) have taken upon themselves the task of telling us about marijuana. Here’s an excerpt from a recent press release: “DENVER—The State of Colorado today lauched (sic) a new website to answer common questions about the legalization of… Continue Reading What is this state agency smoking, at $3.7 million a year?

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It’s hard to know what to make of the latest flare-up between Mayor Steve Bach and five of the nine members of City Council. In a letter to Bach signed by Council President Keith King, Joel Miller, Andy Pico, Helen Collins and Don Knight, the five declared their opposition to any “local public funding” for… Continue Reading Fractious Council quintet oversteps boundaries

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Leaders’ C4C divide grows

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At a hastily called press conference Monday afternoon, City 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, which could be endangered as a result. The two officials presented letters addressed to Mayor Bach, which he had yet… Continue Reading Leaders’ C4C divide grows

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If you ever spent much time with UCCS economics professor Daphne Greenwood, one point should’ve been abundantly clear. She’s usually the smartest person in the room. That’s why we should pay attention to her newly released study of the business of local government, “The Decision to Contract Out: Understanding the Full Economic and Social Impacts.”… Continue Reading Greenwood’s study sheds new light on outsourcing

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You might be forgiven for supposing that Councilmember Don Knight has been solely focused on efforts to expand Council’s powers (or reclaim them from Mayor Bach!), while valiantly fighting against any local public funding for the “City for Champions” proposal. Not so! The Knight of Sorrowful Mien has been busy at work behind the scenes,… Continue Reading Knight makes case for Pickleball at Monument Valley

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