Tag Archive | "ethics commission"

Commission votes, mayor gloats

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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As predicted by many, the two-member Independent Ethics Commission cleared Mayor Lionel Rivera of any violation of the city Code of Ethics, as alleged in the complaint filed by Ron Johnson. The report is carefully crafted, fair, judicious and as complete and accurate as it could be, given the limited scope of the inquiry. As […]

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Mason, Berlin not interviewed by ethics commission

Thursday, August 6, 2009

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As of early this morning, the Independent Ethics Commission had yet to release the results of their investigation into alleged conflicts of interest involving Mayor Lionel Rivera. We don’t know who the ethics commission interviewed during their investigation, or whether they made use of their notably weak powers of subpoena. As we pointed out when […]

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No ‘poena’ in subpoena

Thursday, June 25, 2009

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Last Friday, the Colorado Springs Independent Ethics Commission asked Central Bancorp CEO Ron Johnson to provide a list of all individuals whom he believes possess relevant information about the conflict of interest allegations that Johnson has made concerning Mayor Lionel Rivera. In a reply dated June 19, consisting of 15 rambling pages of often-turgid prose, […]

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What the city charter has to say about initiatives, ethics and recall elections

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


The city charter is not exactly a pleasure to read. Unlike the United States Constitution, its words were not composed by highly literate, profoundly intelligent men who were deeply conscious of the weight of history and who together deliberated at length over each phrase, each word and each article. The Constitution was written by our […]

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