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Dreaming of a downtown five-plex

Small developers find different obstacles every step of the way What’s the key to downtown development? Is it City for Champions, tearing down the Martin Drake Power Plant, or is it something else? We don’t know. But regardless of your position on C4C or Drake, you likely agree with downtown boosters that more residential development… Continue Reading Dreaming of a downtown five-plex

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In small groups, meetings and conversations across Colorado Springs, deep discussions have been ongoing about what ballot issue (or issues) should go before local voters in the November election. The suspense won’t last much longer. By the end of July, El Paso County’s commissioners must decide as required by state law what countywide questions to… Continue Reading Hard to justify more than stormwater on November ballot

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Bach vetoes city ordinances on licensing fees

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach vetoed ordinances the city council approved earlier this week. The ordinances would have ended most business licensing fees within the city. “I would very much like to support reducing or eliminating business licensing fees as well as City business personal property taxes,” said Mayor Bach. “Our goal is to be the… Continue Reading Bach vetoes city ordinances on licensing fees

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Stormwater effort takes hold

The Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority (PPRDA), aka the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Authority, aka the Pikes Peak Regional Flood Control Authority is, like the summer floods that it seeks to mitigate, building momentum. At Monday’s City Council work session, Councilors considered and commented on a proposed intergovernmental agreement establishing the PPRDA. The draft agreement… Continue Reading Stormwater effort takes hold

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Say what you want about Mayor Steve Bach, but he can sure fill a room! More than 600 members of the Colorado Springs business/government/nonprofit community gathered Thursday at the Broadmoor International Center for the Mayor’s “State of the City” speech. As befits one of the region’s most notable power lunches, it was a networkers’ dream… Continue Reading Bach talks about challenges, need for action in State of the City

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Editorial: Crucial moment for Mayor Bach

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One question we hear at times from readers goes something like this: You’re a business paper. Why do you pay so much attention to local politics? That’s a fair reaction. Our answer is to make two points. First, between senior reporter/columnist John Hazlehurst and executive editor Ralph Routon, we believe our historical perspective from decades… Continue Reading Editorial: Crucial moment for Mayor Bach

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If you’re like most people in Colorado Springs, you’re thinking the city is a year away from a pivotal moment — the 2015 mayoral election. We’ll have the first round of voting next April, likely narrowing the field to a runoff. Unless the landscape changes dramatically, Mayor Steve Bach will be seeking a second four-year… Continue Reading Stormwater may turn into early city election

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City, task force take separate stormwater paths

  Larry Small, the articulate former Colorado Springs vice mayor, defines as well as anyone the problem of asking voters to pass judgment on paying for stormwater projects. “Stormwater funding is always a hard thing to sell,” Small said. “And if it fails, it’s not the kind of thing that you can bring right back… Continue Reading City, task force take separate stormwater paths

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It’s hard to know what to make of the latest flare-up between Mayor Steve Bach and five of the nine members of City Council. In a letter to Bach signed by Council President Keith King, Joel Miller, Andy Pico, Helen Collins and Don Knight, the five declared their opposition to any “local public funding” for… Continue Reading Fractious Council quintet oversteps boundaries

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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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