mayor Bach should be more worried about what kind of pollution is wandering around in the area he wants to make into something. Benzene and such are far more dangerous to health (and memory) that a little Colorado Sinsemilla.
Thank you Indy for looking into this.
People in the private sector are given sick days to say we understand you might get sick, so don't freak out when you can't come to work because you have the flu, and as a matter of fact don't come in and infect the rest of us.
If they don't need to use their sick days, they don't get a bonus, they are simply lucky not to have been sick...and it certainly doesn't roll over into a $50,000 windfall by accumulating year after year.
This is the worst case of government disregard for the struggle of tax payers, and the worst use of our money of which our government claims never to have enough I have ever seen.
I am offended and have lost all respect for local government and its employees...they are stealing us blind. Nothing but a bunch of thieves from top to bottom. They have shamed themselves and their work.
As top republican leaders in town are saying, it didn't take long for reformer Bach to get sucked into the system and become offender Bach.
Next up in the "Refer Madness" hysteria:
BS Kirk,. it represented the truth. The hypocrisy and duplicity of the loony left never ceases to amaze. Perhaps you should censor all of the "personal attack" articles written about Mayor Bach (or anyone conservative) since you are now into censorship.
Thanks for commenting. It would have been nice to have a response from the city in the actual story, but this will have to do.
Those other quotes you cited include qualifiers about side effects from use over time. Our mayor said all teens who partake "are at risk of losing their memory for life." It's unknown whether or not he meant instantly, upon first puff, but either way: No, they're not.
As mentioned in my email to you earlier today, I removed your comment because it constituted a personal attack, which is against our comments policy. (You can read that policy here: http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/User…)
Pam, I don't see my post written just a shade after 9:00 this a.m. Are you that insecure?
Bryce, leading experts, such as Ruben Baler of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, have also voiced concerns about marijuana-related memory loss in young people. According to Mr. Baler, in a recent interview with USA Today, “THC hijacks and corrupts the natural process of endocannabinoids, a key family of chemicals that help guide the brain in proper maturation. These chemicals play key roles in memory formation, learning, and decision-making. One of the main contributors to worse outcomes (of marijuana use) is the age at which you start. So we are particularly worried about young people who are using the drug."
Mayor Bach’s comments are also in line with comments made by other elected officials, including Governor Hickenlooper. The Governor mentioned this concern during a speech in January to the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. Below are some additional quotes from the Governor:
The Denver Post 9/23/12
"Repeated pot smoking does affect [adolescents'] ability to hold on to information. If that's true — and that seems to be a pretty factual basis — what kind of leaders are we if we tell them that that's okay?"
The Calgary Sun 3/28/13 (during speech while in Canada to discuss the Keystone XL Pipeline)
“When it comes to modern, ‘high octane’ pot, some scientists believe it impairs long term memory when consumed exclusively by younger teens. Your memory’s such a huge part of your existence, so we have to make sure we regulate it very tightly and keep it out of the hands of kids.”
I knew Sam. I first heard his voice on the radio in my home state. I remember moving to Colorado and hearing him on the radio there. It was like hearing a piece of home again. I called the station and asked if he was Sam Stock from Indiana, we spoke for a bit and later became good friends. He was one of my first friends in CO.
We went out once your twice years later. He was very sweet and kind but something was definitely not right. Years later he called me to applogize as part of his 12 step program. He admitted that he had drug and alcohol problems and that he needed to reach out to people and confess as part of his recovery. He was messed up, but was always kind to me and very apologetic when he called. I told him not to worry about it, that I never felt anything but friendship for him, even with his strange behavior. I told him good luck with his sobriety and wished him well. I left the state about a year later. I went to look him up on FB and found this all these years later. Its so sad. He had great potential. I cant believe he died almost a year to the day he called me. R.I.P. Sam. No matter what these women said here, you were a decent person - just a little lost. You are missed.
Let's not forget Councilwoman Martin that you were part of these decisions with the previous City Manager form of government, for it was the City Manager that did the hiring and offered the pension packages that we see today! It also was you and your former Council members that AGREED with the City Managers and approved their policies, SO WHO IS TO BLAME when these packages come to light and these people leave??
America the corporation, not so beautiful... and we have developers running the city now, greaaaaat!
Yo! Bach! Grow a set. If you were really concerned, have the entire city stop selling them. Count the tax revenue you will no longer have, and deduct it from your salary. As it has NEVER been about peoples health of any kind. It is about the God Almight Dollar, as you well know. So stop play games. Ca Ca or get off the Pot.
For Yahweh's sake, Bach, smoke a bowl already and chill.
I've known Terry Rector for five years. He has represented my friends and a family member in legal matters, all that ended well. I would not ignore Terry's direction. I've never known him to plot against Parkside. If anything, he is willing to risk his personal comfort to make sure that the officers and directors don't repeat the mistakes of the past. Why would you not file a D & O claim against the Board to receive the funds necessary to offset the previous officers decision to fail to comply with Parkside covenants? If the officers truly can prove that they shopped for a master policy, then that would be encouraging. But their decision to disregard the covenants and then fail to change the by-laws eliminating the master policy insurance requirement is not appropriate. They were out of line on both counts. You individual owners and members of Parkside deserved to know BEFORE the fire that you didn't carry a master policy and that you needed to increase your coverage and protection through other means. If the D & O claim was shepherded properly, there might not be ANY special assessments for infrastructure repair. If the officers were not so unwilling to admit that they failed to carry out their obligations under the marching orders of the covenants, this piece would possibly be finished now. Terry says, it's not about digging up the past. It's about correcting a problem by utilizing the insurance in place to satisfy any and all special assessments and MOVING FORWARD. How many more special assessments will surface in the near future as these homes are brought toward completion? The moving target is going to be the Drainage piece in the reconstruction. It's a moving target and NO ONE can get their arms around those numbers right now. If a D & O claim is filed, will a board member here and there be sad about the discussion? Sure. But that comes with the territory of volunteerism and the price you pay to be the leader. People in authority make the best decision that they can under the circumstances and we go on. But we need to remedy the outcome of the decisions made. Insurance agent, Mr. Cobb's comments at the last meeting stated that this master policy of insurance was not practical, wouldn't cover the items that failed and is not affordable. What's sad is that he has made this determination public without backing it up with proof. A lot of people drank the friendly kool aid. Don't be misled. While the availability of the insurance is important to this discussion, the resistance from the board toward filing a D & O claim is not for the benefit of you lot owners in Parkside. It's to avoid the confrontation and the sadness. You don't have time for this. The one-year statute of limitations deadline for a claim against the D & O Coverage is 26 June. Don't waste time. Urge your HOA to file that D & O claim immediately or you will regret every dollar you pay toward the special assessments in the years to come. Thank you to the author of this article for not laying down on searching out the details. The public needs to know and you are a good steward.
A bill of $1700 sounds like a lot but really is not exorbitant at all.
When the 2006 monsoon exposed the poor drainage aspects in our area of new homes, I paid twice that to remediate drainage issues to my property left behind by a cheap-ass developer.
I also made sure that the developer fixed the community wide (Common Area) drain issues at no cost to me or our HOA and residents.
It's money well spent and I urge the residents to accept the reality of their circumstances and fix it. Our developer left us with lousy common area landscaping and sprinklers; we ended up with a special assessment of $200 per home, which the residents approved and paid. We've been doing fine since and have a growing reserve fund to cover the unexpected unknowns.
Our HOA gets by on dues of $435/year, and it's a struggle to keep our common areas looking great on such low dues.
While it is essential to focus on the future rather than missteps of the past; without hindsight there is no progress or learning. This is an important article and subject. In order to rebuild and move forward, financial recovery is needed! There are many folks who lost homes and were under-insured due to no fault of their own - most insurance policy face values are designed for partial damage and do not take into account the increased cost to rebuild in a total loss/catastrophic event! Not everyone can afford additional assessments which are, again, due to no fault of their own. The HOA did have a liability insurance policy as I understand it. WHY NOT FILE A CLAIM??? This is EXACTLY the type of scenario which the policy would be purchased for. Filing an insurance claim is a business transaction based upon facts, IT IS NOT PUNISHMENT FOR THE BOARD, THE AGENT, OR ANYONE ELSE. If, in fact, there was a gap in property insurance for common areas due to the judgement or decisions of the HOA Board and there was a requirement in the bylaws to have it - it is reasonable to look to them through their liability policy for recovery. Rather than attacking the messenger, consider the message and it's value to the community as a whole! AT THE VERY LEAST, THE BOARD OWES ITS MEMBERS AN EXPLANATION AS TO WHY THEY DO NOT WANT TO FILE A CLAIM!
Your example of neighbor-like behavior is heart warming. After reading your post, it is obvious that Parksiders cant wait to return to their homes, to live next to such a kind spirit.
Have a wonderful day.
It defies logic to leave such valuable property uninsured. If you own a home, you know that appropriate insurance is a necessity...in the event of a rare catastrophe. Why should property that an HOA owns be any different? The board of this HOA should have used prudent judgement and insured the common areas, in the best interests of the homeowners that it represents. Now, the D and O policy should be claimed to cover the mistakes of the board. An insurance agent that represents the HOA cannot be objectively heard, because his/her interests lie in protecting the policy against claims. The comments by the board stating the curbs and drives were "fine" after the fire carries no weight. Residents' private driveways and foundations were exposed to 1600 degrees, and so were the drives and curbs, so how can they be "fine". Also, there lacks data from an engineering crew to certify the damage. Thats alot of heat...meaning at the very least the drives were significantly stressed, and therefore more likely to crumble easier, enter damages from construction equipment.
The board provides no basis for their numbers at the two meetings to justify the assessment amount, only numbers that may work. Thus, there is likely more assessments to come. This is frowned upon by mortgage lenders, and will make resale difficult. Also, lets not forget about the 1500 refundable fee that builders (passed down to owners) need to pay, and the driveways that are shared...pay another special fee.
Parkside owners should hold board members accountable for their actions. We all want to return to the beautiful neighborhood we had, that is for sure. This scenario needs to be intelligently handled, therefore HOA board decisions should be critically examined, by the community as a whole.
We are so proud to be part of this new school and are grateful our family has a different choice for our children's education. We are also extremely grateful that we have found a community of like minded individuals. Well done Neah!
As a parent of a child who will be entering kindergarten next year, I've done my fair share of homework on Waldorf education methods, as well and the Anthroposophical approach that some of the private Waldorf Schools use. I found that Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the first Waldorf school, was also a philosopher. Some PRIVATE Waldorf schools very much incorporate his philosophical viewpoints into their curriculum. As a public Waldorf school, this will absolutely not happen. There was actually a case in California where a parent was convinced separation of church and state was not being upheld at his local Waldorf Charter school, and he filed a lawsuit and created a group called PLANS. He lost his suit. This man argued that witchcraft was being taught to his child, and Christian literature was being passed around the school. More on that here: http://www.waldorfanswers.com/Lawsuit.html
It is true that many Waldorf schools use stories from the Old Testament, the Koran, and Buddhist teachings in some of their History lessons, but do not present the stories as fact, rather as a point of understanding people from different times. The courts recognized this.
If you are looking for a school where gardening and wellness are a main focus, your child's teacher will genuinely care about their emotional well-being, and that music, storytelling, art, movement, and cooking are integrated into Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic to give a richer and more full understanding of subjects, this is the school for you. Subjects are presented in a way that anyone can get excited about, and are presented in a variety of ways so children with different learning styles are all given a chance to learn in their own way. I, for one, will be sending both of my children to Mountain Song. I think a Waldorf School in Colorado Springs has been a long time coming, and I cannot wait to get my children started on this new adventure in learning!
For more info on what Waldorf is REALLY all about, check this out: http://youtu.be/tZmAX5adCl0
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