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Re: “After fleet, city will turn to the Fire Department for more savings

revelations in last year.
budget had gone up for fleet services.
local parts suppliers are being supplanted by suppliers from other states or city's.
(supporting jobs in those areas with our tax dollars) .
council had Serco employee on it.
Serco tried to run fleet of fire trucks in California nd was given the boot shortly afte.
Serco ran Dallas fleet and was booted after a short while
memorial health is exploding costs due to pera silly ness.

more than I can say here many many things have proven to be not as they seemed.

Posted by bean counter on 02/26/2015 at 10:37 PM

Re: “More pension tension

so will we get third lawsuit for the city fleet Pera staff that were kicked to the curb? or did the memorial deal teach them the way to skirt any obligation. glad to see the myopic mayor moving along with stunningly brilliant decisions. so even if c4c could work the origin of it and the people pushing it seem to be inept. can we just push pause and look at every single decision he has made before implementing policy that will cost far more than it saves, at every turn he looses money to lawsuits or offshoring!! see you tube "Serco the biggest company you have never heard of " they run our fleet, and an aspect of Obama care.... wonder if Bach even looked at the company before accepting bids.

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Posted by bean counter on 02/26/2015 at 9:28 PM

Re: “UPDATE: PERA lawsuit? Don't blame me, mayor says

When outsourcing the fleet Bach and Laura stated savings on Pera as the main driver . the calculations were made with great care and the very smart staff tallied the savings on paper. Ignoring the jobs effect of millions of local dollars going to British company rather than support local jobs. previously city fleet dollars strived to be all locally spent dollars supporting jobs and building local business which pays taxes.
looking at c4c they calculate local business revenue and local tax revenue to justify it. It's means to an end math every time with this guy. they throw out the 8th best fleet in the country to save 2 million dollars . While paying 8 million dollars to settle a lawsuit relating to the out sourced transit department. the city obligation to a Pera employee ends when they retire they are then Pera's problem. The difference between social security payments and Pera payment is a few percent. out sourcing and then getting sued and loosing millions in settlement dollars is a foolhardy way to save 6% on payroll costs.........
soon he will be out of office and begin building city for champions stuff with a developer friend then we will see why he plays chess so poorly its to setup up the board for when he is on the other side.

Posted by bean counter on 02/26/2015 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Bent out of shape

Sounds like just one more example of the more powerful moneyed interests trying to use government to drive out the little guy so they can seize (financial) control. Same thing's happened in medical marijuana with home-based caregivers. Same thing has happened with lawyers trying to control mediators. Same thing has happened with the psychological community trying to ban unlicensed therapists. Fortunately the little guy in the yoga community has an ace to play ... Link your training to religion. They can't touch you.

Posted by Zen on 02/26/2015 at 4:32 PM

Re: “The undecided factor

LOL. Joel Miller 2%. What an obstructionist douche.

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Posted by Zen on 02/26/2015 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars hits Hollywood where it hurts

Thought you might like to know that our Kimball's Peak Theatre is showing 'Maps to the Stars' starting February 27th.

Posted by Peggy Gardner on 02/26/2015 at 2:47 PM

Re: “The city didn't kill these. Now they're flourishing.

J Adrian - On behalf of all of us at the city community centers, including staff, volunteers, participants, community partners and funders, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your continuous advocacy of these facilities. While there is still so much to do and equally as much need to address, large strides have been made over these last five years to where what felt like a slippery slope now feels more like terra firma. E pluribus unum (out of many, one) is our country's motto and is a very appropriate descriptor for the efforts taking place at Deerfield Hills, Hillside and Meadows Park community centers. You and all CS Indy readers are welcomed and encouraged to visit us anytime. We certainly hope that you will. - Brian Kates, Facility Director, Meadows Park Community Center

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Posted by Liberal4ThisPlace on 02/26/2015 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Election Edition 2/24/15

Beware of Colorado Springs Government Watch who lack transparency in their attacking people. They are covering up their cronyism by not being forthright.

Posted by TruB on 02/26/2015 at 2:04 PM

Re: “More birth control = Fewer unintended pregnancies. Simple math until the leg gets involved.

repubicans think that the pill is an "abortifacient". they are out to remove all contraception from America and remove all reproductive decisions from the woman.

this is why religious freaks have no place in government!!!

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Posted by happyfew on 02/26/2015 at 11:07 AM

Re: “More birth control = Fewer unintended pregnancies. Simple math until the leg gets involved.

It's always find it interesting when the Conservative Republicans want to tell us how we need less government in our personal lives but are always sticking their government policy noses up our asses!!! And especially about a civil program that is working to curb unwanted teen pregnancies and abortions. Can't have it both ways boys!

Women should make medical decisions for themselves with their partners and doctors input. Medical decisions are none of the other people's business!!!

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Posted by guruD on 02/26/2015 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Hey chef, this computer is smarter than you

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Re: “Hey chef, this computer is smarter than you

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Posted by ramish on 02/25/2015 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Bent out of shape

You've probably heard, but this bill passed the Senate Education Committee today, unanimously. No angry yogis. Just passionate and intelligent. The committee was welcoming and polite and respectful. More details and photos (including Sen Owen Hill performing an arm balance on the platform) on Facebook.

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Posted by Lenora McAndrews Degen on 02/25/2015 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Lamborn's campaign, Indy Give!, global warming, and more

So... I have a machine called a "guitar". If you load an artillery shell, lock the breach, turn the crank and pull the trigger.... It is a machine, like any other gun, except maybe a zip gun. To the hate mail coward, don't get caught up in what constitutes a machine, the survival of four babies is what surprised me. The next time you send a cowardly letter to my home, without a signature, you will meet my machine.

Posted by vitreol on 02/25/2015 at 6:54 PM

Re: “The undecided factor

I am sure amy would have preferred to have the poll contain misleading wording that confused the hell out of everyone on purpose as she has done before. she might have a chance that way.

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Posted by happyfew on 02/25/2015 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Eye in the sky?

Here something to STRONGLY consider. Small drones with electric motors, with landing pads placed in various locations within the city, they could be anywhere within a couple minutes if they were strategically placed. Also, with the military using them, get them involved to train and evolve their troops. Electric motors have zero maintenance compared to gas powered vehicles, and could be made very quiet. To me there is NO comparison. I ran vehicle repair shops for almost two decades, maintenance and the insurance and upkeep will kill ya.

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Posted by Ivywild on 02/25/2015 at 2:40 PM

Re: “The face of revenge porn

"Brittain clearly enjoys the attention. And the way he sees things going, he'll always be able to get it."

Clearly he doesn't. Brittain has applied to have HIS pictures removed from the internet. Baby can dish it but not take it.

Posted by Sandra Goodick on 02/25/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “The undecided factor

What an interesting person this seems to be. Every poll points to how well she is doing holding up 3rd place in the race -- trailing far behind Ms. Makepeace, yet convinced she is winning. 7.75% is a point at which one would seemingly see the writing on the wall and get out of the race. Braggng on FB about a poll you are 'leading' because you are really stroking social media to get your supporters to log on and vote for you is kind of like a flea thinking it is an elephant.

Amy Lathen for Mayor of Colorado Springs
Yesterday at 10:06am ·

Amy is currently leading in the Gazette's latest Mayoral candidate poll! Please go vote if you haven't already and stay tuned for the final numbers.

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Posted by Staci6 on 02/25/2015 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Pale, male and stale

As a former "old guy" who served on Council, I have a little bit of perspective on this. I completely agree with John's comments here but it is very hard to recruit women, or minorities, or young adults to serve in elected office when the demands are so great and the rewards are so little.

And it's not just elected office - the City sometimes has a hard time achieving a diverse mix on many of its Boards and Commissions. Several years ago, we on Council were called out (almost to the point of being labeled racist) for not appointing any minorities to one high-profile Board. But not one minority member of the Community had even applied for the Board position.

Over the ten years I spent on Council, I spoke to many individuals with a widely divergent mix of ages, ethnicity, and gender and encouraged them to run for Council. More times than not, I was told, "I can't afford the time away from my real job". And since Council only pays a very minor stipend, it is a sacrifice that most people can't make.

We do need a more diverse group of elected officials. But until we can adequately compensate them for the time they will have to invest in the job, we will be stuck where we are now.

Scott Hente

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Posted by Scott Hente on 02/25/2015 at 11:08 AM

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