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Can new leaders handle the load?

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For those who think the Colorado Springs city government and business community are on the verge of becoming more unified and coordinated, just look at the events of Tuesday. That morning, in a long-anticipated gathering at City Hall, six new members of the City Council were sworn in, with Mayor Steve Bach welcoming them to… Continue Reading Can new leaders handle the load?

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It’s not surprising that North Korea’s ditzy young dictator couldn’t find Colorado Springs on the map, even while threatening nuclear attack. His uncertain physical geography may simply parallel our city’s murky psychic geography. We live here, but do we understand our place of residence? It’s as comfortable and unknowable as the Chelsea Hotel in the… Continue Reading City leaders – King and his court still old, white, male

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Council elections have come and gone with results that baffled even the least savvy prognosticator (that would be me). I called two of six, doing a little better than the Housing and Building Association (1-5), but a little worse than the Independent and the Gazette (3-6). Yet my record’s a lot worse than theirs, since… Continue Reading Thoughts about what to expect from new City Council

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City Council approves solar garden expansion

Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to expand the solar gardens program at Colorado Springs Utilities. CSU will pay a performance-based incentive of 16 cents per kilowatt hour generated by up to 3 megawatts of solar panels installed in gardens during the first year of the expanded program. The pilot program allowed for 2 megawatts… Continue Reading City Council approves solar garden expansion

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(Published 2:40 p.m., April 4) Colorado Springs voters — don’t we love ’em??!! They’re as dazzlingly unpredictable as Lady Gaga, as infuriating as a dog that won’t stop barking, and as exciting as a Tim Tebow touchdown run with three seconds left in the fourth quarter. So, in the immediate assessment of the 2013 city… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Analyzing the city election’s winners and losers

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New Council’s first priority

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As the city sharpens its focus now on the final few days of this municipal election, which wraps up on Tuesday, the suspense begins to grow. How will the six district races reshape the structure and personality of City Council? Will incumbents continue to have control, or will newcomers change the chemistry enough to create… Continue Reading New Council’s first priority

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Go to the Humane Society and adopt six dogs. Don’t pay any attention to the Golden Retrievers and Labradors — we want tough, assertive, dominant dogs. How about two Pit Bulls, a Doberman, a Rottweiler and a pair of German Shepherds? Now load ’em in the back of your pickup, drive down to their new… Continue Reading Bracing for dogfights during transition to new Council

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Our poor city — kicked in the teeth once again! When Ultra Petroleum stepped up in 2011 and bought the Banning Lewis Ranch at a bankruptcy auction, visions of sugarplums danced in many an establishment head. Our problems were solved! Oil and gas boom, here we come! No more pinched city budgets, no more 10… Continue Reading Tough times — no oil, not enough at-large councilors

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Forums provide insight on Council races

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Forums provide insight on Council races

Was there anything to learn by sitting through two City Council candidate forums? On Monday, more than 100 civic-minded voters braved icy streets to watch candidates strut their stuff in an environmental forum at Stargazers. Twenty-four hours later, a slightly different crowd gathered at the Mining Exchange Hotel for the Business Journal-KOAA forum. The formats… Continue Reading Forums provide insight on Council races

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At a recent City Committee presentation to City Council candidates, one of the presenters stressed the importance of being a lightly regulated, aggressively business-friendly city. Candidates were reminded that we compete with scores of cities better able to offer generous incentives to relocating companies, so we’d better make sure that city policies (including low electric… Continue Reading Broken record for business – when will we ever learn?

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