After today's EDC meeting I am convinced I need some political TLI mentoring. Although I am supportive of the City of Champions project in Colorado Springs, I was stunned that I was the only commission member that questioned the funding amount, and voted against funding 100% of the project.Fourteen minutes later, White responded: "Ken was so grateful to you. You have no idea (well maybe you do) ... We were stunned with Monfort and JJ...."
For the Commission to totally ignore Ken Lund's recommendation and that of the consultant WE hired leaves me speechless. What the Commission did today was wrong in my opinion, and did not serve the people of Colorado.
My question to you is simple, what should I do differently to better fulfill my role on the Commission and prevent this type of thing from happening in the future? Or am I just looking at this in the wrong way?
Let me know what you think.
I was fairly clear in the e-mail. Frankly, I could not believe that after staff suggested consistent with what the expert we hired to validate the numbers that the board would totally ignore to the extent they did that information was very surprising to me, and frankly, as a new commissioner that I didn't speak up loud enough to voice my concerns, though I did speak up in the hearing. Next time I will kick up more of a fuss.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's the right thing for Colorado and Colorado Springs, but the commission has a responsibility to the people of Colorado. I felt I didn't do my job well enough to question loud enough why we would go against what was recommended to us by our own expert and our staff, whom I highly respect.
People can get behind emotionally a project, which they think makes sense, and this one does. Sometimes we don't look at the details, and the details don't warrant the level of subsidy we approved. I would have expected let's split the baby. I felt I didn't do my job because I should have been louder.
I think there are some hurdles the city has to get through to make it happen, and I hope they do, because I, for one, hope to visit the [tourist] projects.
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