Two bits of news:
• 2010 ended on a down note for medical-marijuana-related sales tax, as Colorado Springs city government took in $52,052 for the month of December. The city had collected $56,782 in November, making December a decrease of $4,730 — the largest month-to-month decrease seen during all of last year.
Total for the year, Colorado Springs collected $488,382, which is some 474 percent more than its 2009 total of $85,040. The sales tax revenue had worked up to a peak through September at $56,992, then ended the year with some ups and downs.
See sales tax info here.
• Medical marijuana has found its mayoral candidate, and his name is Tom Gallagher.
In a mass e-mail, president of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council Tanya Garduno said the at-large City Councilor "has spent hundreds of volunteer hours working on the medical marijuana task force and has continuously defended the industry and patients against numerous attacks from industry opponents including citizens and city officials."
His campaign will kick off with a press conference today at 1 p.m. on the third floor of The Famous building, 31 N. Tejon St., and your presence is requested.