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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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Emails shed light on dismissed Council employee

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Thanks to a CORA request filed by Colorado Springs media, the city has released all emails to, from, or regarding George Culpepper, the recently hired and abruptly terminated Council legislative assistant. Most of them are routine workplace communications (e.g., “George, your IPhone and IPad are ready for you to pick up.”), but some may give… Continue Reading Emails shed light on dismissed Council employee

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At a special media briefing this morning, Mayor Steve Bach praised council’s decision to restore funding to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Regional Business Alliance and the Police Department–but expressed dissatisfaction over Council’s apparent decision to fund park watering costs by taking $1.1 million from the city’s emergency reserve fund, and firmly rejected Council’s… Continue Reading Bach instructs staff to ‘disregard’ council’s action

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It’s hard to resist having fun at the expense of Keith King and City Council. That said, here’s the latest product of Council president King’s fertile mind: a “Marketing Plan” for City Council, apparently combined with a decision timeline for 2014. In writing it, King was clearly affected by the blowback from the latest adventures… Continue Reading ‘Council’s Your Neighbor’ to be City Council motto

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Item 18 of Tuesday’s City Council agenda seemed routine. “An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 12-108 (2013 Appropriation Ordinance) for $2,000,000 and the Grants Fund in the amount of $10,000,000 for the response and repairs required after the September 2013 flooding. (Finance – Kara Skinner).” Skinner, the city’s chief finance officer, gave a crisp summary. Explaining… Continue Reading Council ventures into realm of dysfunction

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Budget provides path for Council to battle Bach

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The battles have become a war. A divided City Council moved to escalate the Council vs. Mayor Steve Bach differences at Tuesday’s “budget markup” session. In keeping with Council’s recently installed committee structure, Councilor Don Knight, who heads the budget committee, presented proposed changes to Mayor Bach’s preliminary budget. Some seemed petty, such as the… Continue Reading Budget provides path for Council to battle Bach

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Public wants regional approach to stormwater

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The 50 people attending a city-sponsored stormwater gathering on Oct. 24 unequivocally endorsed a regional approach to the county’s stormwater problem. Mayor Steve Bach did not attend. City Council President Keith King said the mayor and City Council are philosophically “starting to come together. I think he’ll come around,” King said of the mayor’s perspective.… Continue Reading Public wants regional approach to stormwater

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The 50 people who attended a public stormwater meeting Thursday unequivocally endorsed a regional–not city-wide–approach to the stormwater problem in El Paso County. The Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force, the Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso County Board of Commissioners hosted the meeting to gather citizen feedback on stormwater solutions. Mayor Steve… Continue Reading Public wants regional stormwater solution

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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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