Today’s “election,” thanks to mail-in ballots, is already over.
The voters have spoken, and we’ll know their verdict shortly after the “polls” close tonight.
From my parochial perspective, the only votes that matter are those cast for or against 2C and 300. My guess is that the voters will trounce 2C, and narrowly disapprove 300.
Such an outcome would simply leave us where we are right now and oblige Council to figure out how and where to make drastic, ongoing cuts to the city budget.
As a longtime resident of Colorado Springs, I’ll be deeply disappointed if 2C is defeated and dismayed if 300 passes. Disappointed and dismayed-but not surprised. City residents are understandably angry at city council and the mayor, and seem ready to send ‘em a devastating nastygram.
Far from exerting leadership during this crisis, Mayor Rivera has been the city’s invisible man. His penchant for evasion, secrecy and unaccountability has never been so evident. As one prominent local power player told me a couple of weeks ago, “the mayor’s out of the game.”
So what’s going to happen? What will be the margins of victory/defeat? My guesses:
2C:37 for, 63 against.
300: 48 for, 52 against.
Your guess? Send them via the comment section below.
Winner gets an autographed copy of the USOC deal, signed and inscribed by the Mayor, Ray Marshall, Stephanie Streeter and six councilmembers (we expect that both Sean Paige and Darryl Glenn will refuse to sign). Do we have such a prize? Not yet, but I’ll get it! As a former elected official, you can trust my word … right?