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Leaders’ C4C divide grows

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At a hastily called press conference Monday afternoon, City Council President Keith King and Board of County Commissioners Chair Dennis Hisey voiced their displeasure with Mayor Steve Bach and with the City for Champions proposal, which could be endangered as a result. The two officials presented letters addressed to Mayor Bach, which he had yet… Continue Reading Leaders’ C4C divide grows

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Clouds loom over Drake’s future

When Colorado Springs Utilities first constructed a coal-fired power plant on the Drake site 80 years ago, it was a reasonable decision. Electricity demand was growing, and generating plants had to be situated near customers, as well as close to a rail line. If the working-class neighbors near the plant didn’t like the soot falling… Continue Reading Clouds loom over Drake’s future

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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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