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Your tax money at work

26. May 2009

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Press releases. They come. We delete. Life goes on. But every once in a while, we get one that piques our interest, like this one from the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments: Colorado Springs, CO-The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) has released the 2008 Annual Report to the Citizens. The report highlights how […]

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City terminates LandCo deal

21. May 2009

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The withdrawal notice from the city to its erstwhile partners in the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters deal, LandCo and the USOC itself, gives a preview of the defense that Colorado Springs will offer to the lawsuit LandCo filed against it and the USOC. The USOC withdrew from the Economic Development Agreement last month. The city seems to be following a […]

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California dreaming

21. May 2009

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Back in the 50s, my first job consisted of cleaning up messes, human and animal, at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. It paid $50 a week-not bad for a summer job, and wealth beyond compare for a 15 year old. I caught a ride every morning with a colorful old guy (who was probably considerably younger […]

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City budget cuts weakening community, pride of place

20. May 2009

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We’d kind of gotten used to our government-financed fireworks display, hadn’t we?  The symphony, then the philharmonic.  The 1812 Overture.  Tens of thousands of folks coming together in the only celebratory, city-wide event of the year.  The event that, for the last thirty years, has defined and celebrated our community and our nation. Absent a […]

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Bennet’s commencement speech

18. May 2009

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No, I didn’t actually suffer through Sen. Michael Bennet’s commencement speech at Colorado College – I tend to subscribe to a corollary of Noel Coward’s famous axiom “television is not to watch, but to appear on.”  Similarly speeches are not to listen to, but to deliver. But Bennet’s office released the text after he’d given […]

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Mayoral ethics

18. May 2009

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Absent supporting data, the city “Ethics Commission” acted correctly in refusing to consider, at least for the time being, the complaint filed against Mayor Lionel Rivera.  The complaint alleged that the Mayor had, and may still have, an undisclosed business relationship with LandCo CEO Ray Marshall.  The complaint further alleges that Rivera profited thereby, creating […]

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USOC marketing reorganization

13. May 2009

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  Every day brings a new USOC rumor – and yesterday was no exception.   According to the usual unreliable source (I could tell you who she is, but I’d have to lie) USOC Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Baird will be hiring as many as six employees to staff the USOC’s marketing program, which may […]

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Come clean, Mr. Mayor

8. May 2009

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The ethics complaint filed May 4 against Mayor Lionel Rivera by the Ron Johnson, CEO of Central Bancorp,  makes serious allegations against the mayor, to which he ought to respond swiftly, openly and honestly. Johnson complaint alleges, among other things, that “The Mayor has and continues to negotiate on behalf of the City with parties […]

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FreshInk – day two

7. May 2009

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A vast improvement!  Local news highlighted, a great cover photo and an interesting, local and relevant center spread.  Looks as if the editorial department at The Gazette is starting to take the new pub seriously – one of the photo credits, a shot of John Shroka at his Harbour Hot Dogs stand on Manitou Avenue, […]

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Sheriff publishes puff piece

6. May 2009

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We all know that local government is in crisis, right? Thanks to the recession, not to mention the unavoidable constraints imposed by TABOR, our elected officials are finding it difficult to fund even the basic needs of government, right?  No money for frills-it’s just meat and potatoes at the city and the county, right? So how, […]

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