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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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City Council’s Feb. 24 work session, scheduled for 1 p.m., didn’t get underway until 2:22. Councilors weren’t shirking their duty — they were meeting behind closed doors in executive session, considering an undisclosed legal matter. It seemed obvious that they were discussing the city’s strategy regarding the Public Employees’ Retirement Association lawsuit, but no one… Continue Reading City’s PERA appeal shows no transparency

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Mayor Steve Bach offered City Council  an unexpected olive branch Wednesday when he appointed Wynetta Massey as city attorney and named Dan Gallagher aviation director for the Colorado Springs Airport. Both Gallagher and Massey had been serving as interim appointees. Mayor Bach has frequently declined to forward the names of interim appointees to Council to… Continue Reading Mayor’s appointments might ease city tension

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Monday’s City Council work session, scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, didn’t get underway until 2:22. It wasn’t because Councilors were shirking their duty – they were there, meeting behind closed doors in “executive session,” considering an undisclosed legal matter. It seemed obvious that they were discussing the city’s strategy regarding the Public Employees’ Retirement… Continue Reading Nobody will talk about city’s PERA appeal

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It’s never easy for elected officials in Colorado Springs to give employees a raise, especially when the employees in question are senior executives. That’s particularly true in today’s local economic environment, where unemployment remains high, underemployment is common, and many residents find themselves with depleted savings and diminished paychecks. City Council refused by a 5-4… Continue Reading Council says no to raise for Utilities’ Forte

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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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