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.
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?
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"Gender awareness" - liberals gone absolutely bat-shit crazy.
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