RSS

Tag Archive | "City Council"

Candidates, formidable or not, get a jump on incumbents

Thursday, January 31, 2013

3 Comments

Too bad, Angela Dougan! My condolences, Tim Leigh! Life is cruel, Bernie Herpin and Brandy Williams! You may all have hoped for the unalloyed happiness that comes with an uncontested City Council race. But the fates have decreed otherwise, and it looks as if voters in all six districts will be able to choose among […]

Continue reading...

Council: Diary of a day filled with angst, not actions

Thursday, January 24, 2013

3 Comments

On Tuesday afternoon, our quarrelsome and divided City Council took the stage once more. It’s been a short and strange trip, one which will end in April when as many as six current members may be replaced in the biennial city elections. That there will be changes is a certainty — and that the changes […]

Continue reading...

No fresh start — city has seen more of the same

Friday, September 28, 2012

1 Comment

What’s happening to City Council? Have they gone nuts? Council’s actions, particularly when acting at the Utilities Board, suggest something more than ordinary daffiness, if something less than demonic possession. Few of us are naïve enough to hold local elected officials to particularly high standards. We don’t expect the friendly efficiency of Starbucks, or even […]

Continue reading...

Utilities 101: Here’s how Council can solve its problems

Monday, September 10, 2012

6 Comments

A recent formal City Council agenda included these items: “A resolution to transfer funds in the amount of $40,000 from the demolition of the Old Terminal Building project to the West Aviation Lavatory Triturator project at the Colorado Springs Airport. (Airport — Mark Earle)” “CPC ZC 12-00047: (Quasi-Judicial Matter) Ordinance No. 12-55 amending the zoning […]

Continue reading...

Lisa Czeladtko makes a canny move … maybe

Friday, January 7, 2011

3 Comments

There’s nothing quite as fun as watching the transparent maneuvering of our local would-be politicos. Consider Lisa Czeladtko’s apparently bizarre decision to abandon her at-large bid for city council, and run instead for the District 3 seat. At first glance, it makes no sense. Czeladtko is a hard-working woman who has worked diligently to engage […]

Continue reading...

And now for the negative campaigning

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Comments Off

As of 11:10 a.m. this morning, there were 11 declared candidates for City Council and 10 mayoral aspirants. For Council at Large: Merv Bennett, Tony Carpenter, Wade Exum, Tim Leigh, Dan Reifschneider and Brandy Williams. For Council District 2: Larry Bagley, Angela Dougan, and Michael Terry. For Council District 3: Lisa Czeladtko, Michael Merrifield. For […]

Continue reading...

High-profile job openings but few applicants

Monday, January 3, 2011

4 Comments

There are a few job openings in town. We’re talking about positions that include your very own private office with an actual window and the opportunity to sit in meetings and make decisions that effect every one of your fellow residents – or at least those with minor land-use issues. C’mon, step right up, don’t […]

Continue reading...

Paige vs. Merrifield?

Friday, December 17, 2010

4 Comments

Sean Paige vs. Mike Merrifield for the District 3 city council seat? Now that’s a race that might eclipse the mayoral contest, except for one insignificant detail. It’s a race about nothing. In its post-strong mayor incarnation, city council will have little power, and will find it difficult to exert that power in any effective […]

Continue reading...

Council goes for the (Columbian?) gold with pot shops

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1 Comment

Far be it from me to take a potshot at city council for approving appropriately mellow regulations for marijuana dispensaries; to the contrary, I’m glad that our friendly local medical marijuana dealers won’t have to take a hit. As a Westside resident, I’ve watched the once-darkened storefronts along Colorado Avenue light up as players in […]

Continue reading...

City Council: Nighttime is the right time?

Monday, December 13, 2010

6 Comments

Councilmember Sean Paige would like to see city council meetings moved to the evening, when more citizens could conveniently attend them. That’s an idea that gets floated every few years, and abandoned after council members actually try evening meetings. Here’s what happened back in the 90s, when I was a proudly idealistic member of that […]

Continue reading...