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Election brings new torrent of themes, extremes

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It’s too bad that we can’t give politicians a mandatory timeout. We could brighten the dreary stretch of time between November and April by forbidding campaign activity of all kind — no speeches, no fundraising, no self-serving press releases, no “town hall” meetings, no partisan attacks. Alas, such is not the case. While most of… Continue Reading Election brings new torrent of themes, extremes

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Before a packed house at the Regional Business Development Center Tuesday afternoon, Stephannie Finley skillfully led the first in a series of monthly meetings to “review and update” the City for Champions proposal. The first hour of the meeting was predictably dull, as backers of each of the four projects took their turns at the… Continue Reading First C4C update draws ire, applause

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As this version of the Colorado Springs City Council approaches its one-year anniversary, it may be time for a quick performance assessment. It should be simple enough. At the mischievous suggestion of a prominent local businessman, we’ll use metrics generally accepted in the corporate world — those that the Council majority cited as they quizzed… Continue Reading Council – time for an early ROI assessment

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Judge Harlan Bockman’s decision regarding the city’s dispute with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) couldn’t be worse news for the city. The facts of the case are simple. When the city leased Memorial Health Systems to the University of Colorado Health in 2012, it received a payment of $259 million to cover potential… Continue Reading City’s dice roll on PERA comes up snake eyes

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Will we ever build anything in southwest downtown? Or will we just let the blight age like a fine single-malt whiskey? Surely the deserted area would be more picturesque with more cracks in the few sidewalks that remain, more broken windows, more potholes in streets that go nowhere, more parking lots where no one parks,… Continue Reading Are we destined to repeat our 1989 mistake?

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Council President Keith King is at it again. At a specially called Council meeting Monday afternoon, King came prepared to present Council with a proposed resolution “concerning the proposed City for Champions.” He also plans to name a “code review committee.” The proposed resolution seems to be an attempt by King to wrest control of… Continue Reading King’s latest forays delve into C4C, City Charter review

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You can say one thing for City Council president Keith King: he can sure write a memo! At this week’s Council “Retreat” King presented a five-page action memo, laying out the course that he believes Council should follow as it turns its baleful eye upon the City for Champions proposal. For connoisseurs of this neglected… Continue Reading King unloads gargantuan plan for Council to evaluate C4C

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When President Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for a fourth term in 1944, his campaign seized on an old country aphorism to use as his re-election theme: “Don’t change horses in midstream!” But as every businessperson knows, different tasks require different skill sets. A company’s charismatic founder may not be the person to take the mundane,… Continue Reading Bach’s challenge – assemble folks to sell C4C

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State Rep. Bob Gardner, himself a veteran of many political wars, doesn’t mind sharing his view of the battle going on now inside the Colorado Springs city government. “The mayor has fought with two successive Councils,” Gardner said of Steve Bach, “so the responsibility for fighting is the mayor’s.” The four-term state legislator was an… Continue Reading Regardless of blame, city needs peace treaty now

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The long-awaited HDR Inc. “Study of Alternatives Related to the Potential Decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant” was released earlier this week. As I ploughed through most of its 160 pages, I felt for our hapless city councilors. They’ll have to read it, understand it, and base important decisions on the report’s content. Actually,… Continue Reading Close Drake to save financial, environmental costs

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