The city has a $534M backlog of flood control projects. Flood control projects must be done because protecting life and property from floods is an essential duty of govt. This is why we pay taxes. Then there is wildfire mitigation - the cost of which is many millions of dollars more.
The mayor thinks the city can afford to pay $543M for flood control work without a tax increase. The mayor also thinks the city can afford to pay $350M to build C4C. Flood and wildfire control are vital needs. A stadium/museum complex is a frivolity. COS may not have the financial resources to pay for essential needs. But COS definitely does not have the financial resources to build frivolities. Why is C4C a priority for the mayor? Why build a stadium to enrich the property owners, developers, and politicians?
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Not if you are spending Christmas with family or friends who do have a tree up.
So, anyone who takes down his tree on or before January 5th is not a Christian, but a pagan? Is it a sin in Christianity not to have a tree at all?
Of course the 12 days of Christmas are not over so trees for Christians remain up through the Epiphany...only the pagans who put up their winter soltice trees up at Thanksgiving have a need for early recycling.
Can we know the terms of Rosebush's employment? Does he have a contract, and what are the conditions of renewal?
I hope USAFA does not extend this man's contract. Renewing it would be a sign that they do not take climate issues seriously.
I used to build underground structures, including homes.
Shifting to fireproof materials in residential construction is quite an expensive proposition.
And you lose all of the gingerbread-house curb appeal.
concerning the Rosebush story:
who puts negative stuff in their resume ?
I applied for that diversity officer position.
In my application I went into some detail on how I would use the office to affect the Academy's product, graduates.
Apparently the direction I proposed was not where the Superintendent wanted to go.
I thought Dr. Vila was an excellent choice.
I assume there's a very interesting story behind her leaving,
and the Independent or some of her readers know that story.
I'd like to read it.
That sounds reasonable. I still want to know when his contract is up for renewal and if anything stands in the way of not renewing it.
Regarding the Rosebush reviews, I believe the Academy can review its limited hiring procedures all it wants but hiring procedures are established by the Air Force Personnel and OPM. The Academy, like all other AF bases, requests then gets (after the job is advertised) a list of qualified candidates and either hires from, or rejects the list. The job requirements are, to a degree, established by the Academy and approved by personnel to begin the process of hiring. Maybe, the Academy needs to review who hired Rosebush, why he was hired, and the list of candidates provided to see if he truly was the most qualified.
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"Ken Lewis called it quits"- makes it sound like he was totally exhausted, fed up and frustrated working with junk and weeds. Perhaps more appropriate wording would be that he retired to his "ranch" after his years of employment with city government.
Salary and benefits paid out to civil servants is generally quite generous and he will be quite happy as a "gentleman rancher". He performed his job in a professional manner and when I met him about a year ago he seemed relaxed, was casually dressed and had no indications of being a put-upon, underpaid burnout as the paragraph above might insinuate!
As to UCanSeeClearlyNow's prior posting, I'd like to expand on his words: "....improving the downtown area is something private developers should be doing on their own initiative. The fact that nothing of substance has been built in decades tells you all you need to know about their commitment....." my question is WHY?
Why don't private developers commit private capital to re-vitalize downtown? There are probably many reasons; here are some as I see them, in no particular order:
- Start with the old Chief theater? I'm told it was a grand building but was torn down in the 1970s for something new and wonderful but the lot is still vacant? True? This may be a key incident to study why private investment failed then, why it continues to fail, and why the city doesn't have much respect for old gems (like city auditorium) that we should be milking for all they're worth to create uniqueness for our city. We've enough schlock in our suburbs, if they build schlock downtown it will not draw anyone to live, work or visit.
- Mayors and city councils got owned by James Dobson and Ted Haggard, who made this city a national laughing stock and created a reputation that our city is full of whack job evango-fascists bent on implementing evangelical sharia law on all of us. THAT is a deadly reputation to overcome and it will take another decade to live it down while people forget. Recent religious and sexual scandals at the USAFA pour salt on these wounds.
- TABOR, both the state and local versions of this insanity prohibit infrastructure spending that underpins corporate investment and development. Business people need a stable public-private partnership for long-term investment; these folks will NOT invest hundreds of millions of dollars in a city if their fate is left to a bunch of fickle citizens who pull the rug out from under them at the next election. Turning off street lights made us a national joke; our taxes are extremely low compared to other COLO cities and we could have raised taxes a tiny amount but TABOR prevented it. Recent disastrous fires and floods help cement our reputation for sorry-assed infrastructure and government. When investors look for places to spend their money with an eye on future returns we must be at the bottom of the list for most of them.
- We have a tiny underused airport with way too few flights. Denver airport RULES.
- We have no mass transit and only a skeletal bus system. Denver has great service.
- We have only a way too-narrow I-25 for travel to/from Denver; we stay a backwater.
- We have the worst member of Congress (Lamborn) who is a national disgrace.
- We have a new national reputation as an area with a lynch mob of gun-toting crazies.
Until these issues work themselves out, this city remains in a death spiral.
Meanwhile, the county has chimed in with a meaningless and worthless "me-too" of the Mayor's proposal for the downtown. What's THEIR plan? Crickets.
I'm not nuts over the Mayor's proposal, but finally there is something to discuss on improving the downtown.
Has anyone asked the Sky Sox yet if they want to move downtown yet.
Turn the whole government over to the younger generation and get rid of these relics from an unsuccessful era.
"El Paso County commissioners have voted unanimously to support the City for Champions proposal for Regional Tourism Act funds."
Surprise, surprise - a government entity supports getting more money.
As when it was initially created, improving the downtown area is something private developers should and could be doing on their own initiative. The fact that nothing of substance has been built in decades tells you all you need to know about their commitment.
The water goal was attained because God provided the water...now as rate payers we provide the money...so was the extra revenue goal for additional bonuses attained?
Did they reach far enough into our pockets with their penalties to make enough to reward the new head of narcism, I mean head of utilities.
Any Drake study that does not include an option to leave the plant as-is must be judged as biased.
If they are planning to renovate the space, then perhaps the city should SELL all of those unused Jetways now in place at the east terminal - which cost the city tens of millions of dollars to purchase. I'm sure that some growing airport somewhere could use them.
They need to patrol Acacia Park...I walked through there today, and some poor women near buy was cat called and verbally abused by the bums hanging around.
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.
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