I'm one of several who warned, loudly, against both the "strong mayor" form of mayor and candidate Bach. Skorman was/is a far better human being and a successful man whose businesses ARE helping to keep the downtown alive and well without resorting to running bars where soldiers piss away what pay they do get. Skorman exemplifies what the Repubs say they idolize, a guy who runs successful businesses in a tough environment without resorting to slopping at the taxpayers trough.
The majority of voters here are just plain fucking idiots.
I'm glad to see our friend has been victorious!
Justice has been served!
I voted for Skorman. Bach actually lost the first election but the HBA and Bach's other puppeteers included a sneaky little caveat requiring that the winner of the election needed to win by a required margin which then prompted another election and we are now stuck with this unethical cranky old man who needs to retire. Great job Colorado Springs conservatives!
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Really enjoyed the article, thanks!
I always have mixed feelings, when reading the stories like Joan Hoyt's, who is 61, and still studies. On the one hand it's difficult for me to understand their aims and motivation, on the other I really respect and adore people so active late in life.
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Bach is gonna cost CS more money, more money and more money. Now don't you wish you had voted for Richard Skorsman, who was a previous counsel member and vise mayor??? When is this town going to learn not to vote for someone just cause they are a Republican candidate or not to vote for against someone who is a Democrat? The better man should have been elected, then we wouldn't be going thru this crap with Bach!
Now that COS has the state's $120M, which will pay less than 20% of the cost of building C4C, city promoters are off to the races. They see prosperity just around the corner. They see a chicken in every pot. But are they counting their chickens before the eggs have hatched? There are numerous examples of cities tying their future prosperity to the dubious prospects of building stadiums. In the decision making process, it is advisable to look at the results obtained by other cities who built stadiums. if-you-build-it-they-might-not-come-the-risky-economics-of-sports-stadiums This article contains a host of ominous portents for COS to consider, including: "It's not generating new revenue..." While there are dissimilarities between 'them' and 'us', the similarities need to be closely examined and heeded. "Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them" (Santayana).
The sooner this man is no longer Mayor the better. His visions of Colorado Springs do not match the personality of Colorado Springs.
What happened to the old FREX buses? I know they sold some of them when they scaled back the service - but...
4 round trips a day... does that mean weekends too? Because they could get soo many riders on sat and sun..
There will be no tax increase. We will simply take some of the money out of the huge budget for street maintenance. The upside is a shiny new stadium. The downside is you have to have a tractor to get there through the potholes and weeds.
To be clear, Mayor Bach has specifically said he does not support a tax increase to fund City for Champions. He also has said the Springs Capital Improvement Program bonds are to be paid off in a few years. These are being paid off without a tax increase, and new bonds could be issued and repaid from general fund revenues that already exist without a tax increase. Just FYI.
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Thanks for the long rambling note. I hope I am indeed alive and well in four years. ONE year would be nice. Anyway, thanks for your insight. You should have gotten involved in local politics.
"From an actual letter to the state economic commission:" Really? You have seen actual letters and/or emails sent to the EDC? Regardless, agree that Bruce Jenner doesn't have the appeal of Garbo, Dietrich, Keaton, etal, to whom no shrines have been built.
During the blitzkrieg campaign unfolding to sell the wobbly benefits of building a stadium/museum complex, benefits that include putting COS on the road to duplicate the success of Oklahoma City, a city that just like COS had the empowering vision to build a stadium. Or was the success of OKC due to the obvious - that city's embrace of energy - not wind farms but OIL - and the revenue and prosperity for all that followed hard upon.
Our mayor says he wants the approval of the people, the very people who will be paying $350M and then some to build and maintain C4C for the next 30 years. City council is an important player in the decision making process. Let your opinion regarding C4C be heard. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
That really was an epic speech. Let's do this and do this right.
Jill Gaybler is a flip flopper. She's really a liberal and proved no friend of Mayor Steve Bach's. She got the job on Council being Susie Bach's friend (who you know had the City Clerk fix the election results). What a joke.
"into something different. Frankly, anything different." Words that can be applied to why COS local government changed to a Mayor-Council form of government. Residents wanted any type of change for the City and approved a ballot measure despite the charter having numerous errors and being unclear on responsibilities between the executive and legislative branches. I think if you read the report and really listen to their comments, EDC gave COS the money in order for our City to recover. Despite having both a 3rd party economic analyst and EDC staff recommending lower amounts, as well as some of the official application criteria not being met, they approved the full amount. Why? Fire, flooding, and being the only City to apply got Colorado Springs that money. It wasnt who wrote letters, or traveled on a bus thru a wintery storm, or who even sang for some dollars. COS has a chance to make some monumental changes for the City and Im excited to see a fire lit in this City to improve it's situation. It's reminds me the deal my hubby and I made with our teenager. "If you get all A's and B's, only then you can have a phone." The offer and opportunity are there for COS but action still needs to be taken. Rich, if you are still alive nor senile in 5 years, hopefully you will be writing on the completion and successes of the 4 projects. The real work of planning, funding, and community conversations begin now.
Sally, it's too bad your view that "our world seems to become more frightening and dangerous" is having a detrimental affect on your enjoyment of the Holidays, but if you'd choose to conduct some research, you'd find that firearms violence is actually decreasing, except in some large, urban areas (Chicago, Detroit, D.C.) that have enacted massive regulatory measures (simply Google "is gun violence up or down" for overwhelming evidence of this).
Please make a resolution next year to get the facts and tangible data about matters that concern you before succumbing to such distress, and in the meanwhile, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I don't think we should be using city bonds or local tax funds to build facilities for the state university or federal government.
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