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 Here we are, 15 months from the 2011 City Council elections, and the maneuvering has already begun. According to the usual unreliable sources, some of our self-appointed leaders are trying to construct a slate of “appropriate” candidates who, fueled with money and credentials, will sweep into office and replace our present demoralized, delegitimized, and disrespected… Continue Reading Aging lions might be best City Council candidates we have

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At a joint meeting this morning, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners presented the Colorado Springs City Council with a preliminary “partnership proposal” aimed at keeping the Pioneers Museum open during 2010. The proposal contains three “initiatives.” – The city would continue to manage the museum. – The city would return ownership of the… Continue Reading County, city discuss future of Pioneers Museum

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During Monday’s “budget markup session,” City Council members couldn’t stop using three apparently interchangeable phrases. They promised to concentrate upon providing “essential city services,” “vital city functions” and “core city services.” In the view of every one of our nine elected officials, public safety comes first. And after public safety comes yet more public safety,… Continue Reading Now’s the time to hunker down and join in the fight

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 During a lengthy and sometimes contentious budget markup session yesterday, City Council gave tentative approval to multiple cost-cutting and revenue generating proposals aimed at balancing next year’s budget. The measures included: Turning off thousands of streetlights, and letting others go dark for estimated savings of $1.3 million. Eliminating the vendor fee that compensates merchants for… Continue Reading City budget: The party’s over – turn out the lights

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Vice Mayor Larry Small and Councilman Darryl Glenn are often on the opposite side of issues that come before City Council, but they’ve found some common ground.
Continue Reading Small, Glenn already eyeing tough budget decisions

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It’s taken four years and three different ownership groups, but the Mining Exchange building and its neighbors, the Freedom Telegraph, Independence and Municipal Utilities buildings, are ready to be transformed into a 150-room “boutique” hotel and conference center.
That is, as long as the city leaders approve key sales tax-sharing provisions. Continue Reading Mining Exchange hotel developer ready to transform downtown

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In the event that Colorado Springs voters fail to approve a proposed mill levy increase during the Nov. 3 election, the city will have to make many painful choices. Will council implement furloughs and layoffs, close the Pioneers Museum and city recreation centers, and put the city park system on “life support”? We don’t know.… Continue Reading Postponing inevitable is what got us to where we are now

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City Council this afternoon chose Sean Paige, former editorial page editor of The Gazette, to replace District 3 Councilman Jerry Heimlicher.

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Paige chosen for city council

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City Council chose former Colorado Springs Gazette opinion editor Sean Paige to fill the vacant District 3 Council seat. The council voted 5-3 for Paige, who bested another finalist Phil Lane, a former Pepsi distributor. Paige will replace Jerry Heimlicher, who was re-elected in April and resigned last month.

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Heimlicher resigning

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Colorado Springs City Councilman Jerry Heimlicher announced today that he will resign Sept. 30. Heimlicher has served on council since 2003, representing District 3, the southwest quadrant of the city. Heimlicher, a retired Ford credit executive of 38 years, said he has concerns about whether his executive pension will remain intact, given the auto industry’s… Continue Reading Heimlicher resigning

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