Hats off to the 3 councilors Gaebler, Collins and Murray. The others on council as well as the mayor have sealed their legacy's forever. They do not represent the citizens.
Great work by Pam and the Indy! Thank You!
The question of racial disparity among the CSPD (the city and county as well) is one worthy of more critique. I have, over the past decades, as a resident of Colorado Springs, never felt discriminated against by a police officer. But then, being a person of fair complexion, how can I be sure fellow residents of dark complexion have not? It may be difficult to tell, in a moving vehicle, that many Hispanic drivers are not white. Just a thought...
I attended the community forum, "Conversation on Race" and was pleased that the Mayor and law enforcement officials, other than CSPD, were in attendance to make commitments of fair play and to answer questions from the audience.
Sometimes people forget that unless you're the very top dog, everyone has a boss, and there is usually a complaint process that can be followed. If you believe you have been treated unfairly, find out what the process is, the chain of command, and utilize it. I must admit, however, that sometimes, depending upon the situation, whether I believe the low guys on the totem pole can help me, and my sphere of influence, I go straight to the top.
Thank you Pam Zebeck, and the Independent, for once again operating in the rarified atmosphere of principled journalism. Mr. Strand made a declarative statement which is worthy of scrutiny on two fronts. First, to the best of my knowledge, there is not so much as a shred of evidence to support the statement. And second, there is ample published evidence to support the exact contrary.
Furthermore, Councilman Knight went to some lengths to decry the process by which the land swap arrived before council, going so far as to use the word "shoddy." He then voted for the proposal. By rewarding the Parks Department for behavior he had just roundly criticized, he has assured the citizens of Colorado Springs more of the same.
Guru do you honestly think they will be convicted? In this County its highly unlikely they couldnt even get that pervert recalled. His bail for kidnapping is as low or lower then someone with an infraction that hurts no one. If you or I were do the things he has done our bail would have been so high even Trump couldnt afford it. Im surprised a grand jury even got to hear the case. If the State takes over the case maybe but in this County very unlikely. Look at the millions he has already cost the taxpayers he will walk and so will his buddies.
WHEN CONVICTED... these folks are sure going to enjoy a stay in the pokey on our tax payer dollars, so I sure hope they can play friendly with the others there- LMAO!!!
Worst Kept Secret...
Not sure where to post this question, so I am randomly placing it here.
Do we know whether funds for park maintenance have gone un-used? If so, then we need to hold our city accountable before the next open-space giveaway. Is there an article about this that someone can point me to?
Thanks for the update. several of the land parcels without homes need to be added to Corral Bluffs Open Space.
Don't you just love paying your CSU bill? CSU loves telling us how much under budget SDS is! CSU must have some very accurate cost forecasters!
Slowly but surely Colorado law enforcement is being pulled kicking & screaming into the 21st century. A comparison: CSPD & El Paso County Sheriff are where LAPD was in the Rodney King era. Three or four more chiefs/sheriffs from now, several hundred thousand more in excessive force lawsuits, as well as employee workplace harassment cases and possibly a Justice Dept. oversight ruling and civic leaders will realize its cheaper to pay a little more in salaries, and training. Then attract & recruit the best and eliminate the problem officers/deputies.
The Christopher Commission found that the same 5-7% of officers in the LAPD generated 80+% of the complaints. Hire quality personnel, supervise them effectively, and save money. With the further benefit being, those same quality personnel you have hired will advance through the ranks and become the next generation of supervisors, watch commanders, division captains, Chiefs & Sheriffs. Statements of support and platitudes from elected officials has never worked and will never be enough. Does this mean more taxes, for the salaries & improved retirement benefits? Of course. You can have it like it is - marginal or you can have it good & accountable - you decide.
Basic investigation 101: When an officer is a victim, they should never/ever be the investigating/reporting/booking/transporting officer. They should be interviewed like any other victim and give a statement.
MAY ALL OF THE BIGOT LIARS BITE THE DUST IN POLITICS- Texan Who Posted Extreme Views Loses Runoff for State Education Post
The East Texas woman who claimed President Obama was a drug-addicted gay prostitute in his youth was defeated in a Republican primary runoff election Tuesday, losing her bid to become one of the top education officials in Texas.
Or how about CSU allowh the lot to be used for Incline users and give the money back to the rate payers . Rate payers own CSU which is a community owned utility! Not everything related to Americas Mountain belongs to Manitou.
I do not know much about all this but "land swap" seems a strange title as I am unclear what land is being traded and how does a mayor decide on his own what to do with public property? Why is it a trade with Broadmoor and not with the owner of the Broadmoor? Broadmoor is not an incorporated city is it? When one person in city government decides to deal with a billionaire and uses taxpayer holdings as the main item to deal I would have expected an immediate recall vote to commence. Especially since the same person insisted on a vote to raise tax for road repair without asking where the revenue that should have been used had gone to. This "land swap" has "kick back" written all over it, at least the ear marks and missing tax money should get Mister Law and Order's attention immediately. But I don't know anything except I do not care if the whole city were traded for some baseball cards. (Hint to the baseball fan city government that talks "ball park downtown" plans a lot, make sure that they are at least rookie cards of well known players)
For those like myself who want to learn about government but found it complicated here is the best way: Listening to politicians say all of what they are going to do for you and your city does not educate you. However if you watch and see what they do not do then that is precisely what they are actually required and supposed to be doing! End of lesson.
Have they indicated anything about the upcoming road work? Are they straight up about it and saying what a massive project it will be? They cannot just fill holes. miles and miles of roads must be torn up and repaved almost 6000 miles. And done right with proper drainage and banking. What company will do it? They will need 100 companies and a decade to do it. Hopefully employees will all be local but I doubt it...
What a huge mess and the citizens are not up in arms! Amazing......I really hope code enforcement writes no more warnings or tickets for about 20 years, it just would not be right.
Lee Milner makes a great argument on this issue, which has virtually been overlooked. And Jim Bensberg, I hear that Manitou took a stand in favor of the swap (according to Corrine Toll tonight).
Pam Zubeck, if all the council members read your articles, this land swap would be off the table. Thank you for your persistent, dedicated work in wringing the details out of this deal.
Since when, tragically, has common sense had anything whatsoever to do with governmental decisions?
I'm so disillusioned with the way the land swap proposal has unfolded .... it's not acceptable for a city government to be this unresponsive to what the public is telling them.
I know, vote the bums out. But that won't save Strawberry.
So, where was Manitou Mayor Nicoletta last night? She should have been representing her constituents on Ruxton Ave.
Why not generate money from parking fees to help support the massive continuing costs of the incline?
YES!!! Start working toward making the 2-3 million back the city put into the Incline, remember the BroAdmoor has put NOTHING in for repair, preservation or maintain.....on parking that makes sense!!!! My first out cry with the land proposal in January had to do with what the BroAdmoor receives....the two parcels are all to make $$$$$ and the BroAdmoor is only giving land in the swap that the public would have to spend money on (a money pit/s).....City Council wake up!!!!!!
old fart repubicans around here are only against it because it is a progressive idea. lower carbon footprint and healthier food is good for everyone... even grumpy old farts.
To supplement this article, I'd like to refer another article. http://modernliberals.com/organic-food-ind…
Some college students get a free year or so to live on an acre of land in the city, going into (poor peoples?) homes and teaching them how to cook, all the while growing food in a "5,000 square foot", year round structure-
Dirt and water grow seeds. I'm awful glad this sort of thing is happening but it does sort of seem like the "Pinnacle of White Privilege".
To be productive rather than just cynical- I'd encourage these grant writer's and what not to embrace the existing markets. I know this area is a supposed 'food-desert', but I believe that if the full power of white-privilege (or even just market demand) came down on some of the local mini-grocery owners to carry such and such organic food product, they would respond to the customer base.
I used to live near this area and I asked the convenient store on Platte and Prospect to carry more onions and potatoes, as I was always running down to pick them up. They did so with a smile. These are the folks that also run the liquor store in the same lot.
Sometimes the answer is more simple than we want it to be. I love that we dedicated an acre to gardening a great slice of land in town, and we will use it to teach people about food. I'd like to see the honest working grocers in town given an opportunity to respond to such a need.
Food rots, cooling systems are needed to keep produce fresh. Local grocers have such systems. Let's try to incorporate them as well, instead of trying to totally reinvent the wheel.
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