I wonder why the mayor doesn't just wait until the Memorial Hospital PERA situation is settled before jumping into more long-term loans with US Bank?
I'll bet he's saving that PERA money for his dream of a downtown ballpark.
Colorado Springs has a downtown? I'll be most of our current residents have never seen it.
Perhaps it is time to stop pumping more money into a poorly designed area that can never be more than a 1950's style concrete wasteland.
Well I just read in the other paper that those officers down town are spending there time cleaning up dog poop and trash in front of 7-11. Thats a positive way for police to spend there time instead of citations. Yep clean up down town.
"More cops downtown"
What good does it do to have more cops downtown (or anywhere else for that matter) in order to provide “a visible presence in the area” to deter crime if all they do is patrol, but don’t pull anyone over. If the police department is making a connection between motor vehicle activity and crime (and I support that thinking), then they should be writing tickets/citations to individuals for the following types of illegal vehicle activity: loud boom boxes; illegal exhaust systems (i.e., straight pipes, “cut” mufflers, “high performance” mufflers; no muffler at all); black window tint; black tail-lights and dark tint over the license plate, and worse then that - black HEADLIGHTS!! How on earth can a police officer not stop someone who is driving around with a vehicle that has the tail-lights & headlights blacked out is beyond me, this is a huge safety issue, if nothing else. "Drawing on the deterrent value of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce crime, crashes and traffic violations." Well then, pull vehicles over and write tickets; make a statement. The city/police have allowed the above mentioned illegal activity to go on far too long. Also, the whole city needs attention on this issue, not just the downtown area! I haven’t seen a police cruiser on Academy Blvd or Flintridge Dr on a Friday or Saturday night, in like - FOREVER!! The street racing and noise from illegal exhaust systems at night is deafening. This city made a feeble attempt at doing something about street noise/noise pollution back in 2005, but has done nothing since; now it is totally out of control. Why don’t we try to improve the quality of life in this town for the taxpayers; a side benefit might be that businesses would consider relocating here.
"More cops downtown" wouldn't it make more sense to have two cops patrol downtown during the daylight hours and have more patrols downtown from, say 10:00 PM to 4:00 a.m.?
John Lott proved nothing, Helen. Nice try.
John Lott has proven that MORE GUNS equal less crime so why not encourage citizens to get trained and be armed in response to crime?
Gender awareness is when guys who like to watch girls realize they are actually lesbians...
"Gender awareness" - liberals gone absolutely bat-shit crazy.
Typical Air Force...needs gender awareness training...how absolutely brilliant are these people if they need help with discovering what gender they are...it is really pretty basic.
Seriously...what did they expect when they opened such a closed environment up to both sexes. A secular college has more separation between the sexes, and appropriate venues to interact...the military is not geared for that, especially in the fox hole.
That is where the problem started...and the amazing thing is that people are now surprised...maybe they are the one who need a gender awareness class.
That is what you get for having a sheriff who's motto is"
Let it Burn, Let it Burn, Let it Burn.
And people keep voting for him!?!
Waller? Lmfao! He's the most ignorant of them all, besides Dan May. God help us...
Whew...it is really like a new king instead of a public servant within an existing system has arrived.
I find the sweeping reforms to be dismissive of the past elected officials and rather unnerving for citizens wondering what sort of totalitarianism has taken over our city.
The hubris is stunning.
Not allowing "negative" comments and making citizens wait in the foyer while they have their closed door sessions are just typical stunts of Koch Bros puppets who have nothing but contempt for citizens. It's a way of stifling democracy, which fascists like the Kochs and their puppets despise.
Seems to me someone ought to go into council and disparage every one of them, dare to be arrested (or whatever the penalty might be), then sue the pants off of CS for 1st Amendment violations.
No guns, pan handling is encouraged, and pot heads. Not a recipe for progress.
Good post! Though there are still murders upon installing setting up home alarms, i think at least one's life could be saved. See this http://www.myalarmcare.com/ where you can find a wide variety of alarm systems.
Keith King and Jim Bensberg really are the old failed school of thinking in Colorado Springs...they are both past their expiration date and need to step aside. We need fresh ideas and a youthful face, rather than a clown's face for our city.
City Council Members,
We are proposing that at your next Formal Meeting that the ballot proposal for City Council Compensation (voted on and approved by a 5-4 vote January 22, 2013) be brought forth for reconsideration for the following reasons.
1.) The presenters of this ballot proposal (young professionals) made strong statements that they could not participate in running for City Council unless the compensation was increased to $48,000.00+ per year. This number appears to be a very arbitrary number as it cannot be a single source of income for a young family with a mortgage. Their after tax take home pay would be approximately $36,000.00 per year. Aside from that there have been over the years thousands of free hours given by this City's Citizens on committee's and commissions paying for their own fuel, parking and supplies, adjusting their employment schedules in order to serve when asked by Council and others. Yes, it can be very costly to serve, but we all new and accepted the terms and conditions when we accepted the invitation to serve, whether it be Council or a committee for this City.
2.) A full review of City charter was ask for in order to bring it into the 21st Century, This review could have a dramatic change on the responsibilities (adding to or deleting from) of the City Council and it's expected duties.
3.) After the City Charter review, City Council may not longer be the Utility Board and if that happens how will that new Utility Board be paid and how much? Should both the City Council and the new Utility Board be paid the same while they serve or will the pay differ and if so for what reason?
4.) This ballot proposal is being perceived that it is from the City Council asking for a raise and not the Young Professional group that asked for it. They did not have to collect, verify and submit the 25,000 signatures from the citizens of Colorado Springs to the City Clerk in order to place it on the ballot as a citizen sponsored initiative. Their position and desire for higher pay for City Council was not well explained to the public while while they did so (re; the Strong Mayor Ballot issue).
5.) Ralph Braden said it very well, that he felt that this would be in jeopardy of failure (increase in Council pay) if placed on the ballot at this time in this manner. We agree with him fully after listening to the radio today (KVOR Richard Randall) there are many citizens who are already against this proposal for the reasons mentioned above and more.
We are supportive of a reasonable raise in the pay (stipend) for City Council, but only after a City Charter review has been completed and the recommendations have come forth from those chosen to review it, supported by facts and presented to the Citizens with honesty and transparency in the media and town hall meetings. Please consider that if this measure fails in April in may be very hard to resurrect it again in the very near future. President Hente, you said before your swing vote, "if not now, then when" The not now is before a complete charter review for the 21st century has been submitted and the when is after the new City Council has approved those changes and it has been presented to the voters properly.
Once again, we encourage you to call up this Ballot Proposal in the next formal meeting and call for a vote for reconsideration, we pray for a short postponement to bring this forth in a manner that the citizens will vote for in a positive way.
Serving on the city council is not a job. It is a public service. You should be compensated for your expenses, not your time.
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