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Hickenlooper addresses Colorado Springs

During his first speech as governor-elect, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper discussed his plans for state wide economic growth at the Downtown Partnership’s 13th Annual Mayor’s Breakfast in Colorado Springs. More than 300 people heard the mayor speak inside the SaGaJi Theatre at the Fine Arts Center. Hickenlooper received three standing ovations from the council members, businessmen, police officers and Army… Continue Reading Hickenlooper addresses Colorado Springs

Mayor: Memorial decision should be made publicly

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Much of the discussion at yesterday’s Memorial Citizens’ Commission meeting was based on a misunderstanding. Chairman Bob Lally and Commission member Martha Barton believed that Mayor Rivera wanted the group to make its final decision in closed session, and keep that decision under wraps until the Nov. 22 city council meeting. That perception is incorrect,… Continue Reading Mayor: Memorial decision should be made publicly

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Mayor Lionel Rivera was one of the first to publicly support the idea of adopting a strong-mayor form of government for the city, but yesterday he spelled out his strong opposition to Issue 300, the strong-mayor November ballot question, because he said it leaves out key provisions he suggested. Strong-mayor proponents didn’t like that. The… Continue Reading What do you think about the mayor’s opposition to 300?

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Mayor Rivera opposed to Issue 300

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Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera wants voters to be clear about something: He does not support Issue 300, the “strong mayor” proposal that would change the city’s government structure. Rivera sent an e-mail and a clarification letter to the media today saying he wanted to reiterate his opposition to Issue 300 after a newspaper headline… Continue Reading Mayor Rivera opposed to Issue 300

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In his recent State of the City address, Mayor Lionel Rivera suggested placing a measure on the November ballot that would ask voters to allow the city to retain TABOR surpluses for the next three years. It’s a good idea. The request should be placed on the ballot, and voters should approve it. Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Best idea ever from the mayor: A TABOR timeout

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Just look at them. They are men of principle, to be sure. They are strong-willed, strong-minded and have spines of steel. They are not to be messed with. Unfortunately for us, they’re also easily blinded by ideology and appear to lack much common sense. That’s right: I’m talking about our very own Colorado Springs City… Continue Reading Mayor, council send the wrong message ­— again

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Mayor Lionel Rivera touted the city’s economic development victories, warned of tough economic decisions ahead and downplayed problems with the U.S. Olympic Committee development agreement during his State of the City speech today. He said keeping the USOC in Colorado Springs would bring new shops, restaurants and tens of thousands of sporting fans to the city.… Continue Reading Mayor: Don’t worry about USOC, worry about city budget

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Mayor Lionel Rivera was pounding the pavement last week, soliciting support for a 1 percent public improvement fee that would be collected by the Downtown Metro District on downtown restaurant and bar sales. Revenue generated by the fee would be used to secure a $1 million loan from the Colorado Office of Economic Development to… Continue Reading Mayor peddling new fee to salvage USOC deal

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The El Paso County District Attorney’s office is investigating certain transactions allegedly made by Ray Marshall and/or entities under his control. Marshall and his company LandCo are the primary developers of the three-way project involving the city and the U.S. Olympic Committee to build a downtown headquarters for the USOC, among other things. The investigation… Continue Reading DA investigating Marshall

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Mayor panhandling for USOC cash

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Since the end of January, Mayor Lionel Rivera has been attempting to raise $1.5 million from wealthy, civic-minded individuals to prop up the troubled deal between the U.S. Olympic Committee, LandCo Equity Partners and the City of Colorado Springs. As the Business Journal reported today, the USOC deal is stalled because of LandCo’s apparent inability… Continue Reading Mayor panhandling for USOC cash

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