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At last, a new downtown hotel!

Friday, October 29, 2010

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One swallow may not make a Spring, but a new downtown hotel is reason for celebration. Perry Sanders and Rafi Sassower accomplished the seemingly impossible, by securing $11 million in permanent financing for their Mining Exchange Hotel project. That pretty much guantees that the hotel will be open for business by mid-2011. Given the unrelenting […]

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A modest proposal: Variable rate sales taxes

Friday, October 22, 2010

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Here’s the dilemma of Colorado local governments: When they really need money, the voters won’t give it to them. Consider the failed property tax increases that city council referred to the electorate during the past year.  Both were turned down, and neither should have been presented, had council members considered one of the fundamental principles of […]

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The return of streetlights and watered parks?

Thursday, June 17, 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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City Council, just shut up

Monday, May 17, 2010

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Our poor city! Here we are in the regional/national spotlight as a city without streetlights, a city that can’t water its parks, a city that doesn’t fill its potholes and a city governed by a quaint mix of religious fanatics and anti – tax zealots. This is a time for keeping our heads down, for […]

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An alpha dog for the city?

Friday, March 19, 2010

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On February 10, our 15 year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, Bucky, left this mortal plane. I was heartbroken. Bucky had been with me since he was a puppy. He was constant, loving, irascible and untrainable. Our friends learned to put up with Bucky, the quintessential Alpha dog. Somehow, he never quite understood that I was the […]

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Culbreth-Graft and the Wall Street Journal

Monday, March 15, 2010

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This afternoon at 3 p.m. city council will meet for a closed-door personnel session to evaluate the performance of city manager Penny Culbreth-Graft. There’s nothing extraordinary about the session. It’s one of series of such meetings, held annually to assess the performance of the five council appointees: the city manager, the city attorney, the city […]

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City Council, Fellini, and Spinal Tap

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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“It’s like a Fellini movie!” said a delighted caller yesterday evening. I knew what he was talking about  – like me, he was taking a break from the Olympics to watch our intrepid city council members, as they wrestled feebly with issues so bizarre, so unseemly and so surreal that they seemed not just Fellini-esque, […]

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City Council vs. city budget

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Interminable? Infuriating? Representative democracy at its best/worst? Yes. Yesterday’s budget markup session, during which councilmembers wrangled over proposed cuts in the city budget and finally came to reluctant consensus, was the penultimate act in the ongoing drama of our city. What was once comedy, as the city blundered through the USOC deal, has become tragedy […]

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Welcome to council, sucker!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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There’s something inherently distasteful about a common governmental process that allows elected officials to appoint other should-be elected officials. Consider Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter’s out-of-the-blue appointment of Michael Bennet to the Senate seat vacated by Ken Salazar’s resignation or New York Gov. Basil Paterson’s (who only ascended to that office after Eliot Spitzer’s dalliance with […]

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Goodbye, Jerry

Thursday, September 10, 2009

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The “great recession,” as pundits now refer to our ongoing economic woes, has had predictable consequences in our city.  We’ve seen businesses downsize or close, government revenues contract and neighbors pack up and move away. But it was nevertheless surprising to hear Councilman Jerry Heimlicher announce that, five months after having been elected to a […]

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