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City attorney resigns

City Attorney Christopher J. Melcher has resigned  his position. His last day will be January 31. Two years ago, Mayor Steve Bach appointed him to the position. At that time, Melcher agreed to remain for two years. Now he’s ready to return to the private sector. “It has been a privilege and an honor to… Continue Reading City attorney resigns

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The Oct. 14 letter from City Council President Keith King to Mayor Steve Bach, distributed Tuesday to media at the end of Council’s regular meeting, began innocuously enough. “The members of the Colorado Springs City Council,” King wrote, “wish to communicate our thoughts concerning the budget process and how we see our responsibilities under the… Continue Reading Council fights Bach for powers in charter

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Before a packed room in the city administration building Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Steve Bach fired the first salvo as the simmering disagreements over stormwater funding between mayor, City Council, the Board of County Commissioners and the Regional Stormwater Task Force erupted into open warfare. It began with a somewhat muddled “Stormwater Needs Assessment” by CH2M… Continue Reading Mayor unveils ‘October Surprise’

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“To the glory that was Greece And the grandeur that was Rome.” – Edgar Allan Poe, “To Helen” The ruins of ancient Rome have fascinated historians, poets and melancholy romantics for centuries. Since Edward Gibbons’ monumental “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” historians have focused upon the politics of decay and collapse. But before… Continue Reading Colorado Springs: A modern-day ancient Rome?

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Two generations ago, Jane Jacobs published “Cities and the Wealth of Nations,” amplifying and refining ideas that she had suggested a few years earlier in “The Death and Life of Great American Cities.” Jacobs was an urbanist in an era when middle-class Americans shunned cities in favor of the suburbs — the land of low… Continue Reading Perhaps it’s our city’s turn to break down some barriers

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Which Colorado Springs mayor should history hold responsible for the tradition of annual “State of the City” speeches? “De mortuis nihil nisi bonum” — of the dead speak only good, so let’s leave it alone. Suffice it to say that our dreary ritual, pretentiously borrowed from the president’s constitutionally mandated State of the Union speech,… Continue Reading What Bach will say, and what he’ll be thinking

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To start Colorado Springs City Council’s debate this week about whether to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana, Mayor Steve Bach took advantage of his position to go first. Everyone knew which side the mayor would take, and he soon confirmed his opt-out feelings, bluntly calling the idea of allowing retail (not medical) marijuana sales… Continue Reading Yes, mayor, we must cooperate

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Bach announces new airport task force

Speaking from a makeshift media facility on the second level of the Colorado Springs Airport terminal, Mayor Steve Bach announced the creation Tuesday morning of the Airport Air Service Task Force. Given that the city and its enterprises already benefit from the advice of scores of such citizen advisory panels, such an announcement wouldn’t ordinarily… Continue Reading Bach announces new airport task force

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Fire chief to retire April 30

Colorado Springs Fire Chief Richard Brown will retire April 30 after 32 years with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Brown was appointed chief by Mayor Steve Bach, after Steve Cox left the position to become chief of staff under the mayor’s administration. And even though Bach says he’ll name an interim fire chief by April… Continue Reading Fire chief to retire April 30

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Utilities board ends sales study contract

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Colorado Springs Utilities board members decided yesterday to nix a contract to study selling or leasing its electric power generation. The board unanimously decided not to move forward with a $500,000 study, suggested in 2012 by Mayor Steve Bach in a letter to the board. Board chairman Keith King signaled the direction the board was… Continue Reading Utilities board ends sales study contract

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