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Re: “Network nightmare

UPDATE: Now that an editor at the Indy has updated the article to correct errors in the Independent's original reporting, (related to total city IT expenditures since 2011), The Ombudsman will adjust its comments accordingly... So instead of being $85 Million over 3 1/2 years, or $24.3 million annually (as originally reported) IT spending by the City of Colorado Springs is now $38 Million for 3 1/2 years, or $10.8 million annually. Really ? So everything is "OK Now" ? NOT. Blowing $10.8 million dollars a year on IT with no results is still reckless, and doing it with a revolving door HR management style, (The department has had four CIOs since 2011) seems like a "shoot from the hip" approach to city government.

And when you do the research on Hogan Lovells (The "Law Firm" that the mayor uses to run the city apparently), their local Colorado Springs office has 6 people... 3 Partners, 2 Associates and 1 Council. When you look at their background and experience... their Partners have experience in contract disputes, construction, business torts, real estate, and banking, civil litigation and litigation avoidance experience in construction/surety, real estate, health care, environmental/toxic tort, and general business and commercial matters, with specific expertise in restrictive and protective real property covenant matters, transactional aspects of bankruptcy law and environmental regulations related to real property. Their 2 Associates do nothing but commercial and construction litigation, and their sole "Council" staffer or "tech guy" is an ex IP patent counsel at Ramtron International Corporation... TRANSLATION: NO IT EXPERIENCE AT ALL. And according to the Indy report above as of July 7, the city had paid the firm $2,735,234 since 2011, including $751,298 so far this year, records show.

And now the Mayor wanted $2M more for IT ? Seems like we should have Hogan Lovells pay back the $2M they were paid for "services" from 2011-2013 as it seems we are not getting a very good ROI on our IT money spent. Where is the "work product" from Hogan Lovells ? What is their assessment of our IT department ? What recommendations have they made ? Or is the mayor hiding behind Attorney Client Privilage ? Looks like the Ombusman is going to have to file a FOIA request to get to the bottom of this emerging scandal and absolute misuse of funds.

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Posted by Technolgy Ombudsman on 07/18/2014 at 6:46 AM

Re: “Network nightmare

This is an absolute EPIC FAIL in terms of the amount of money ($85 Million) that has been spent on IT and technology over the course of the last 3 1/2 years. That is $24.2M dollars a year ! Are you kidding me !!! We need to have a complete audit done on what this money was spent on... hardware, software, consultants, lawyers, temporary workers, the full monty. And when this report is published you fire every consultant, and lawyer that every touched this cities IT department and sweep it all out and put an EMERGENCY OMBUDSMAN TROUBLESHOOTER into place that can clean house, who does not report to the Mayor's office, (but only to the Citizens of Colorado Springs) and can put in place a short, medium, and long terms strategy. This is an absolute JOKE !!!

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Posted by Technolgy Ombudsman on 07/16/2014 at 8:35 PM

Re: “A place in the sun

So great that Mayor Bach is encouraging new companies and young talent in the Springs - NOT!!

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Posted by MargRita Williams on 07/16/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

as full spectrum LEDs become affordable ballast will disappear. problem solved..

Posted by Paul T on 07/14/2014 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Woodland Park's embrace of outdoor education could point the way for others

I think that this way of study is just what our young generation need. They spend all their time at home, in front of TV-sets and computer screens. It has become possible to do nearly everything online, from chatting with friends to getting ready papers (for example here http://myessayservice.org/ ) But we do need to take students out of their rooms as it is not possible feel the smell and touch alive nature. I believe that it gives us ability to restore our energetic resource and gives new vision.

Posted by Chris Long on 07/13/2014 at 4:15 AM

Re: “Oh no, 'GMO'

Well Taylor, I'm not sure who employs Mr. Wagner--nor do I care--but at least he cites credible, means-tested research and peer-reviewed studies in making his arguments, and if you can find better informational sources regarding the supposed inherent dangers of such foods than that provided by the AAAS, the WHO, the AMA and the others he's noted/quoted, I'd be happy to peruse their findings.

And you do have a choice in this matter--always have, always will--if you find a corporation and/or their products or services abhorrent, then simply avoid them; problem truly, easily solved, and much easier and sensible that railing about corporate robber-barons and net profits you don't approve of.

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Posted by Jeff Faltz on 07/12/2014 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Oh no, 'GMO'

If they are afraid of the label there must be something to hide - simple as that.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 07/12/2014 at 2:59 PM

Re: “More support, less government

Ironhorse,

The system is broken regardless of what side you are on. I was down there at CSF once and a guy about ripped the door off the hinges. I initially thought the guy was nuts, but the more stories I hear the more I have changed my mind on my initial judgement. I know plenty of men who get their taxes held and bank accounts garnished because CSF is behind on updating their system to show paid in full. It is jut a mess for either party!!

Have a wonderful weekend though!!

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Posted by Coach80 on 07/11/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Oh no, 'GMO'

"What this is really about is freedom," = YES!

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Posted by Alessandra Desiderio on 07/11/2014 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Oh no, 'GMO'

Hmm.. Robert Wager sure does devote a lot of time to Anti-Labeling advocacy. Check out his twitter page lol, its full of exclusively PRO-GMO bullshit (https://mobile.twitter.com/RobertWager1). I suspect he is employed by a company with financial stakes in continuing the lies. For example they claim "GMOs are no different then traditional selective crossbreading", "GMOs have been proven safe", or "GMOs are feeding the poor". Yeah more like feeding Monsanto's annual net income of billions in profit. Either way people should have a choice, even if that means Monsanto's bottom line is hit. Its sad that in our world corporate profits are put over the publics well being.

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Posted by Taylor Black on 07/11/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “More support, less government

Coach80,

I agree that they are a joke.... I have heard your story from several people needing assistance with same results! I'm on the other end of the statistical end of your story being that I've always paid in full and on-time until the agency opened a case against me and created one mess after another. Preventing me from just following the support order provided by the court. Once they bullied their way into the situation I've been forced to be in arrears by one cent each month. That is until they decided to resolve that problem, by reaching deeper into my pocket and assessing a cool new formula they have to correct the arrears issue. They do this by taking an additional $74.00 to cover the penny difference.

Thankfully I have found resources that have helped me correct the issues at least for now as I'm certain there are many others whom have had the unfortunate experience of trying to deal with these people with little or no success.

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Posted by Ironhorse on 07/10/2014 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Oh no, 'GMO'

"isn't any research" Wow such ignorance (lack of knowledge not an insult) of the real science. Here is a statement from the American Association for the Advancement of Science:

"Moreover, the AAAS Board said, the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and “every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion: consuming foods containing ingredients derived from GM crops is no riskier than consuming the same foods containing ingredients from crop plants modified by conventional plant improvement techniques.” (2012)

From the World Health Organization:

“GM foods currently available on the international market have passed risk assessments and are not likely to present risks for human health. In addition, no effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved.

Or from Europe:

A Decade of EU-Funded GMO Research 2001-2010

Food Safety:
“The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding technologies.”

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Posted by Robert Wager on 07/10/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “More support, less government

Well I wish they would get ahold of my case! My ex owes over 500k. Never seen one penny. Child support enforcement is a joke. I know where my ex is and they still cannot collect. Last time I was down there which was over a year ago they had the nerve to tell me my case is a disaster for their statistics! You would think that would motivate them to collect. Thankfully I did not wait for them to solve my problems. I went back to school, got a good career, and make my own living without any government support. If the day comes I ever see any of this money it will be like I hit the lottery. The pot keeps growing at over 5k a month and my youngest are 7. I will have many more year of messing up their precious "statistics"!

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Posted by Coach80 on 07/09/2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Degrees of difficulty

The proper thing to do would have been for the "university" to stop enrolling for the local campus, and keep it running until the last local student graduates or drops out. When a student enrolls there is an unwritten understanding that the school will be there for as long as it reasonably takes to get a degree. I don't think the school can just drop the campus and still expect payment for classes taken, particularly when many of those credits will not transfer to other schools. The students should see if they can sue.

In the meantime, I advise all who seek a higher education to be sure to check if the institution is accredited and if its credits will transfer to other schools. If not, then the "education" you receive and the "diploma" you earn will be worthless.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/08/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Degrees of difficulty

Taking into consideration the cost of education and the amounts people have to cover in students loans, such state of things is behind my comprehension. The young people burdened with amount of around 40000 should get more money to finish the education or all the previous money was spent in vain.
Jull from http://personalmoneyservice.com/

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Posted by Jull on 07/08/2014 at 6:18 AM

Re: “We've got your beach

A lot of kids play in the creek on the other side of the bridge leading into the park - heck, we played in creeks and drainage ditches as children, and we survived!

Posted by MargRita Williams on 07/07/2014 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

Mr. K--,

You are correct. Hams interfering with TVs was more common before the advent of cable TV, but it can still happen. By law, we are not supposed to interfere with certain bands or devices, just as other bands and devices are not supposed to interfere with us. Therefore, any decent ham who finds out that their station is causing interference is ethically and even legally required to help find and fix the problem. Many of us tell our neighbors that is they notice anything weird, to let us know. Some people have reported ham radio causing motion/occupancy sensor lights to turn on, smoke/CO alarms to beep, hash lines in their TV screens, sounds coming from computer speakers, etc. Usually it is a pretty easy fix.

What most non-hams don't realize is that technically they have a similar responsibility. They may install an LED lightbulb that wreaks havoc on certain frequencies. It may just be a lemon or it may be that particular design or lot has a defect. If it is causing problems, then technically it has to be changed. And that is all that the article is really about -- being a good neighbor.

Posted by JBloodgood on 07/02/2014 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

Stacy,

Again, the lights and ballasts you speak of are correctly tested and certified, and installed by trained professionals who have to adhere to standards, and occasionally they do still cause problems. And when they do cause problems, hams track down the source and call the appropriate department(s) to get them fixed.

The issues mentioned in the article include a ballast that was not properly tested or certified and incorrectly claimed that it was, and a do-it-yourself installation where the person installed their lights incorrectly.

Posted by JBloodgood on 07/02/2014 at 3:19 PM

Re: “We've got your beach

Sounds good to me!

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Posted by Mia715 on 07/02/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “We've got your beach

I have never seen a fish nor minnow in that creek. "Safe to play in" ( the water ) ; I would *not* let my child touch the water; then children put their hands and fingers in their mouths, or wipe then on their faces, .... "safe to play in" . No.

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Posted by MoFo on 07/02/2014 at 6:30 AM

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