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City Councilman Tim Leigh has a lot of ideas. Some are wild — like getting Colorado Springs Utilities to build kayaking rapids in Fountain Creek. Some are big — like building a downtown, Olympic-themed sports arena. And some are just plain unconventional — like using money from the lease for Memorial hospital’s assets to pay… Continue Reading Tim Leigh: A visionary or just eccentric?

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Doug Price, CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, calls tourism the “invisible industry,” and based on his policy for sharing how the CVB spends public money, he intends to keep it that way. Despite the fact that taxpayers provide the CVB its money, Price has declined to release information about his own… Continue Reading CVB offers few details about how it spends tax money

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Two concerned residents are teaming up in an attempt to save a historic Colorado Springs building from the wrecking ball. The former Union Ice and Coal Building, located at the corner of Sawatch and Vermijo downtown, was scheduled for demolition until John Hazlehurst and Tim Leigh stepped in. The two won a reprieve for a… Continue Reading Community leaders start push to save historic building

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An unexpected exit from the mayor’s race

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Politics, with its always-present potential to entertain and horrify at the same instant, delivered big-time this month with the Scott McInnis plagiarism implosion. Why McInnis, a Republican gubernatorial hopeful, hasn’t yet pulled out of the race is beyond most of us, though it sure revealed much about his character. On the flip side, it was… Continue Reading An unexpected exit from the mayor’s race

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Another member of the Memorial Commission has resigned because of a possible conflict of interest. B.J. Scott, president and CEO of Peak Vista Community Health Centers, resigned earlier today, citing a “perception of a conflict of interest.” Tim Leigh resigned Monday, after being asked to leave the committee by Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera. “Peak Vista understands the… Continue Reading Scott resigns from Memorial Commission

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Tim Leigh, co-founder of local real estate firm Hoff & Leigh, said he filed paperwork this afternoon to become a candidate for mayor of Colorado Springs. He described his platform as focused on positive efforts to “move the city forward.” While Leigh did not identify a specific plan to solve the city’s financial crisis, he… Continue Reading Leigh wants to be Springs mayor

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Tim Leigh for mayor?

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A term limit is forcing Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera out, so by sometime next year, probably sooner rather than later, his seat will become the most sought-after, woefully under-minimum-wage job in the city. Already, there is one candidate: Tim Leigh. For the measly $6,250 Colorado Springs pays its top elected official, candidates have to… Continue Reading Tim Leigh for mayor?

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Commercial real estate vacancy rates are at an all-time high, according to a Hoff and Leigh real estate market report that tracks local properties for sale. The report says Class B office building vacancy rates are hovering around 38 percent. Class A vacancy rates are at about 25 percent. The historical norm for Class A vacancy is… Continue Reading Commercial real estate vacancies at all-time high

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