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Licensing fees: Look deeper

On the surface, what the Colorado Springs City Council decided Tuesday afternoon might sound wonderful for the local business community. In fact, if Council went into its formal meeting with the subconscious idea of trying to upstage the primary election, it briefly succeeded. The action, by a 5-4 vote, would remove licensing fees for many… Continue Reading Licensing fees: Look deeper

Hazlehurst: EPA the wrong target in city’s Drake saga

Those of us unfortunate enough to report on politics are used to hysteria. If, for example, it became publicly known that your boss was foolin’ around with his female subordinates, it would be unfortunate for those involved and their families, but hardly a matter of countywide concern. But Sheriff Terry Maketa? Given the indignantly expressed… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: EPA the wrong target in city’s Drake saga

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If you’re like most people in Colorado Springs, you’re thinking the city is a year away from a pivotal moment — the 2015 mayoral election. We’ll have the first round of voting next April, likely narrowing the field to a runoff. Unless the landscape changes dramatically, Mayor Steve Bach will be seeking a second four-year… Continue Reading Stormwater may turn into early city election

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SDS: There is no Plan B

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SDS: There is no Plan B

Our water and SDS: Last of a three-part series Few companies have long-term horizons. Managers and shareholders alike understand that they live in a world of creative destruction, described 72 years ago by Joseph Schumpeter as the “process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating… Continue Reading SDS: There is no Plan B

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Inside a beautiful building called the Alta Club, which has been around 131 years as Salt Lake City’s version of our El Paso Club, three of the Utah capital’s most prominent leaders took turns talking about how they work so well together. Ralph Becker, the mayor of Salt Lake City, described working to keep smaller… Continue Reading Utah shows how Springs comes up short

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Council watches as powers erode

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Since 1991, Colorado Springs residents have often voted to limit the powers of City Council. In that year, city voters instituted the local Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) charter amendment that forbade Council from raising taxes without voter approval and limited annual city revenue growth. A companion measure phased out a half-cent capital improvements tax… Continue Reading Council watches as powers erode

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City, task force take separate stormwater paths

  Larry Small, the articulate former Colorado Springs vice mayor, defines as well as anyone the problem of asking voters to pass judgment on paying for stormwater projects. “Stormwater funding is always a hard thing to sell,” Small said. “And if it fails, it’s not the kind of thing that you can bring right back… Continue Reading City, task force take separate stormwater paths

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City Councilor Joel Miller’s attempt to rewrite Colorado Springs eminent domain ordinances may seem well-intentioned. But laws, like elected officials, are not always what they seem to be. Miller had unveiled his ordinance at the group’s work session on Monday, and he insisted upon bringing it up for a vote on Tuesday. City Attorney Wynetta… Continue Reading Eminent domain brings out the best and worst

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It should have been a routine matter on City Council’s agenda at Tuesday’s meeting. Mayor Steve Bach had nominated three Colorado Springs residents to serve on the Urban Renewal Authority. Under the charter, the mayor appoints qualified community members to the authority, subject to Council confirmation. As volunteer city boards go, it’s a powerful body.… Continue Reading Council finds new low for embarrassment

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Opinion: Time to battle C4C opponents

From the start, even the most ardent supporters of City for Champions have known that the package deal of projects for Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy wasn’t absolutely perfect and beyond reproach. Yes, some of the forecasts for likely usage and attendance, particularly for the Colorado Sports and Events Center downtown, might not… Continue Reading Opinion: Time to battle C4C opponents

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