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The mayoral candidates and their homes

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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How much is your house worth? According to the County Assessor, my rickety 1898 Westside Victorian is worth $341,000 which, given its many problems, may be wildly optimistic. Most of us have skin in the local real estate game – so how about our leading mayoral candidates? Where do they live? And how much are […]

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Rivera’s opposition to 300 part of awkward dance with Jenkins and Co.

Monday, October 18, 2010

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Mayor Lionel Rivera and the proponents of Issue 300 have been engaging in an awkward little dance ever since David Jenkins decided to put real money behind the “Mayor Project.” Rivera has long supported changing the form of government, but his particular model is substantially different from the one that voters will either approve or […]

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Council members plan to ditch Mayor’s speech

Wednesday, June 16, 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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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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USOC moves in

Monday, May 3, 2010

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In a low – key ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 this morning, the United States Olympic Committee officially moved into its city – funded headquarters building at 27 South Tejon. There were no bands, no banners, no Olympic athletes, no children’s choir singing the Olympic Anthem – just Mayor Rivera, El Pomar CEO Bill Hybl, […]

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Meet our city’s new mayor

Monday, March 8, 2010

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Judging from recent election results, a majority of Colorado Springs voters will support any reasonable measure to cure the city’s ills, as long as the measure doesn’t involve the dreaded “T” word. That may be why a proposal to change the city’s form of government to the so-called “strong mayor” system has gotten so much […]

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TABOR, the Constitution and the Kingdom of Colorado Springs

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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Colleen O’Connor reported this morning in the Denver Post that Herb Fenster, a prominent Boulder attorney, plans to sue the state over TABOR, claiming that the 1992 Douglas Bruce initiative, which extensively amended the Colorado Constitution is itself unconstitutional. “His lawsuit,” O’Connor wrote,“ will argue that TABOR deprives the state legislature of its power to tax […]

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Repent, O Mayor, of your ruinous misadventures

Thursday, November 5, 2009

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Scampered over to City Hall yesterday afternoon to attend the Mayor’s hastily announced press conference. Like everyone else in the room, I was curious to hear what he had to say. Would he surprise us? Would he depart from his usual script? Nope. He was as confident, as knowledgeable, as well prepared, and as smooth […]

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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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