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City Council’s Feb. 24 work session, scheduled for 1 p.m., didn’t get underway until 2:22. Councilors weren’t shirking their duty — they were meeting behind closed doors in executive session, considering an undisclosed legal matter. It seemed obvious that they were discussing the city’s strategy regarding the Public Employees’ Retirement Association lawsuit, but no one… Continue Reading City’s PERA appeal shows no transparency

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Analysis: City may pay for not paying Forte

It’s never easy for elected officials in Colorado Springs to give employees a raise, especially when the employees in question are senior executives. That’s particularly true in today’s local economic environment, where unemployment remains high, underemployment is common, and many residents find themselves with depleted savings and diminished paychecks. City Council refused by a 5-4… Continue Reading Analysis: City may pay for not paying Forte

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One example of cooperation: Why not more?

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One example of cooperation: Why not more?

Sometimes it’s smart to watch a City Council meeting on TV until the very end, even after most of the spectators have left. Such was the case Monday afternoon at the close of Council’s usual informal meeting, now known as “work sessions” before the regular formal gathering on Tuesday. The group had spent nearly four… Continue Reading One example of cooperation: Why not more?

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As this version of the Colorado Springs City Council approaches its one-year anniversary, it may be time for a quick performance assessment. It should be simple enough. At the mischievous suggestion of a prominent local businessman, we’ll use metrics generally accepted in the corporate world — those that the Council majority cited as they quizzed… Continue Reading Council – time for an early ROI assessment

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You can say one thing for City Council president Keith King: he can sure write a memo! At this week’s Council “Retreat” King presented a five-page action memo, laying out the course that he believes Council should follow as it turns its baleful eye upon the City for Champions proposal. For connoisseurs of this neglected… Continue Reading King unloads gargantuan plan for Council to evaluate C4C

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Neumann’s departure could have lasting impact

The news of city Chief of Staff Laura Neumann’s resignation earlier this week stunned community leaders and elected officials alike. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding her March 1 departure, it’s not good news for the city no matter how it’s spun. Tellingly, City Councilors Jan Martin and Jill Gaebler used the same phrase in separate… Continue Reading Neumann’s departure could have lasting impact

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When President Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for a fourth term in 1944, his campaign seized on an old country aphorism to use as his re-election theme: “Don’t change horses in midstream!” But as every businessperson knows, different tasks require different skill sets. A company’s charismatic founder may not be the person to take the mundane,… Continue Reading Bach’s challenge – assemble folks to sell C4C

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State Rep. Bob Gardner, himself a veteran of many political wars, doesn’t mind sharing his view of the battle going on now inside the Colorado Springs city government. “The mayor has fought with two successive Councils,” Gardner said of Steve Bach, “so the responsibility for fighting is the mayor’s.” The four-term state legislator was an… Continue Reading Regardless of blame, city needs peace treaty now

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As Colorado Springs watches, county’s first retail shops could open by April. On Jan. 21, the Manitou Springs City Council voted on a second reading of an ordinance to allow two retail marijuana stores to operate within a narrowly defined commercial area of the city. Since the Council passed the ordinance on first presentation by… Continue Reading Manitou set to own pot market

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The long-awaited HDR Inc. “Study of Alternatives Related to the Potential Decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant” was released earlier this week. As I ploughed through most of its 160 pages, I felt for our hapless city councilors. They’ll have to read it, understand it, and base important decisions on the report’s content. Actually,… Continue Reading Close Drake to save financial, environmental costs

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