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High Art, Art on the Streets and planters on Tejon Street

24. June 2010

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Thirty-five years ago, Tom Wolfe wrote “The Painted Word,” an exuberant dissection of “serious” modern art, in theory and practice. Wolfe saw the art world as a cult, complete with acolytes, shamans, and cult leaders – all dedicated to elaborate flim – flammery, to scamming the ignorant and gullible into believing that High Art must […]

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The return of streetlights and watered parks?

17. June 2010

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City Council is scheduled to receive an updated sales tax revenue forecast Monday. Given trends so far, we can expect that the forecast will be far rosier than the doomsday scenarios put forth last fall by former city manager Penny Culbreth-Graft, which prompted the city to turn off streetlights, take trash cans out of parks […]

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How to run for office in one easy lesson

16. June 2010

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Dave Munger kicked off his campaign for Mayor this morning before a large and enthusiastic crowd at Phantom Canyon. As one might expect, there were press releases, speeches, donation envelopes and the usual campaign paraphernalia. It all seemed very familiar. That’s because candidates for local elected office are obliged to follow a soothing, time-tested script, […]

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Council members plan to ditch Mayor’s speech

16. June 2010

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As Eddie Cochran once sang “There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.” The blues may be affecting at least two council members, who plan to skip Mayor Rivera’s June 30 “State of the City” address. In an e-mail to chamber president Dave Csintyan, vice Mayor Larry Small not-so-regretfully said he wouldn’t attend. “It has […]

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Munger to run for mayor

14. June 2010

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So now there are three. Come Wednesday, according to the usual unreliable sources, Council of Neighborhood Organizations President Dave Munger will join Buddy Gilmore and Tim Leigh in the quest for the mayor’s gavel. Here’s his bio, taken from CONO’s web page. “Dave Munger is president of the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, having been […]

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Commissioners get the job done

11. June 2010

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For connoisseurs of political posturing, there was no better place to be than the June 8 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners. Item 6 on the agenda, titled “Comments by Elected Officials” drew a crowd of eager elected officials. One by one they took their turn at the mike, ready to bloviate, pontificate and listen […]

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Streetcars, Academy Boulevard and Uncle Sammy

10. June 2010

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Suppose you were completely broke.  Suppose that your house needed a new roof and a coat of paint.  Suppose that, instead of buying you a bucket of paint, a ladder, and a few square of shingles, your rich Uncle Sammy offered to fund a study that would determine the best color to paint your moldering old dump, […]

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Education as an export/import business

3. June 2010

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Conventional wisdom: Tax-averse states that fail to adequately fund public elementary, secondary, and higher education will fall behind their peers. Superb public education creates the educated workforce so necessary to economic success. Statistics 101: Colorado is a little better at funding education than southern backwaters such as Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi, but we’re still down there […]

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