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Four bills under consideration by the state Senate are somewhat misleadingly called the “telecommunications modernization legislative package.” According to the folks pushing HB 1328-133, they will “protect consumers, deliver the benefits of competition, protect 911, create a broadband fund and establish a streamlined process for private investment.” The state House already passed the package by… Continue Reading Beware of four bills sailing through Capitol

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What does Mark Ferrandino most desire as he finishes up his final session as speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives? There are lots of potential answers, but one comes to mind: Ferrandino, a Denver Democrat, would like to figure out how to snatch back the $120 million in tax increment funding that the state… Continue Reading Legislative action brings out rest of C4C story

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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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