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Re: “Much ado about a C4C stadium vote

"Massey said it failed the legislative test because it would bar the city from spending money through the Urban Renewal Authority or public facilities corporations, as well as "funds provided by any other government." Massey and Johnson argued that because those groups aren't under city authority, voters can't direct them in spending money."
No problem, then the city should not provide those groups (Urban Renewal Authority or public facilities corporations) any money to start with. The city should have a say over the citizens money it gives out.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 09/24/2014 at 4:34 PM

Re: “UPDATE: City agrees to pay PERA $190 million

"We've asked... Mayor Steve Bach for a comment on the settlement. Bach in the past has said the lawsuit was the Council's issue, not his."

Bach hired Melcher, Melcher served at the pleasure of Bach - not City Council. Bach paid Melcher $100k severance, not Council. Was Hogan Lovells, who was paid $1.5M to lose the PERA suit, hired by Council or Bach [Hint: it wasn't Council]. Is anyone keeping a running tally on what Bach has cost this city since he duped "fiscal conservatives" into voting for him??

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Posted by goldsabbath on 09/24/2014 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Voters denied chance to vote on downtown stadium funding

Today's Gazette editorial states: "From their inception as mere ideas, C4C projects . . . " and "the mere planning of a stadium and event center as a possible C4C project . . ." What?! The stadium is not a "mere idea" nor is it a "possible" project. It is far down the road to becoming an unstoppable reality.

Councilman Miller wants the people to vote on the spending of PUBLIC MONEY on a stadium. The Gazette, the mayor, and City Leaders want to use OUR sales tax revenue to fund the building of the stadium without our approval. If Anschutz, owner of the Gazette, wants to build a stadium downtown using HIS money and NONE of ours, that's OK with me.

BTW, the event center is actually a convention center under another name. If it were called a convention center, building it using public money would mandate a vote of the people. City Leaders and their govt enablers continue to prove to us that THEY don't give a hoot about what WE want.

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Posted by curious on 09/24/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “'The stars have aligned'

Makepeace would be an excellent alternative candidate for those who are reluctant to elect yet another "conservative." Perhaps voters will see that simply labeling one's self as a conservative or "right of center" is no longer enough to move this city forward.

Conservatives keep asking [on a national level] "Are you better off now than you were 5-10 years ago" in reference to their assumption that left-of-center politicians have ruined the country with their policies. Well, locals should ask themselves the same question. If they're coherent and breathing their answer would resoundingly be "No!!" Our local economy, welfare, quality of life, and national image has deteriorated to the point where COS is viewed as a joke or is considered irrelevant. That's a direct result of a decade of staunch right-of-center leadership. Don't believe it? Check it out yourself. "Centrist" or left-of-center leadership couldn't make things worse.

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Posted by goldsabbath on 09/24/2014 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Inside Manitou's hot market

I guess the retail cannabis shop didn't destroy Manitou.

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Posted by Lalahartma on 09/24/2014 at 9:28 AM

Re: “'The stars have aligned'

Mary Lou Makepeace makes for an exceptional candidate. I believe that Purvis' comment completely disregards the fact that there are over 600'000 people in Colorado Springs now and they are quite tired of the same old, same old. If you have any hope of cleaning up Colorado Springs and making it an attractive place to live you have to move in a more progressive direction. Can't the people of the Springs recognize that you keep running down the same old rabbit hole and nothing changes. Respecting the voice of the entire community and not just the same old money lords can significantly improve the quality of life here. I can't express how exciting it is to have Ms. Makepeace run. She is the Colorado Springs community.

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Posted by COSmom on 09/24/2014 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Selling public lands, minorities and the Park Service, and more

Jill while I am not opposed to the death penalty I will ask you where you get your information. First off the prisoner on death row dont have "free" TV AC and all that nonsense. They sit in a cell 23 hours a day if they want any extras they have to buy them with canteen funds just like all the other prisoners. Then it has to be approved by the Warden. Now as far as legal a death penalty trial takes years because they go through the mountain of legal maneuvers like there doing with Holmes right now. You know the ones like if hes sane or if cameras or if his mommy done him right or what color tie his lawyer wears and on and on. Then theres the years of his right to appeal. Four more court rooms and Judges before a Governor even sees his appeal hit the desk. These things take time and big legal money, big money. Yes there are some places and legal outfits that go to bat for the convected and a lot of times they find that there not guilty of the crime and that justifies the time and money spent. This is our system it does work 90% of the time and its a lot better then the system that your pushing for like the one in the Middle East where they just lop off there heads after just being accused. We are a civilized society and Hick has his right to oppose killing anyone regardless of there crime. I respect the man for not bowing to pressure from others for doing what he feels is wrong. Thats his right as a human and an American. Yes I agree the ones that Dunlap killed didnt have the chance he has but we cant change the past but we sure shouldnt change the system just because a bunch of people have there panties in a wad over not killing him. And killing him wont change the fact he killed them. Personally I think Prison should be a lot harder then it is. Making little rocks from big rocks or chain gangs is a lot better deterrent to crime then the death penalty. But Ive seen the inside of Prisons and am well aware of what truly goes on. Some can be rehabilitated some can not and those that cant should be worked and worked hard but again thats my opinion and as an American I have that right just as Hickenlooper has a right to his.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/24/2014 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Selling public lands, minorities and the Park Service, and more

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Posted by Staci6 on 09/24/2014 at 4:25 AM

Re: “UPDATE: City agrees to pay PERA $190 million

look back - I said the city would lose, the city wasted tax dollars, and YOU
yes YOU voted for these idiots?

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Posted by apathetic on 09/23/2014 at 11:41 PM

Re: “The Springs' political game has changed

What kind of fucking idiot are you? Douglas Bruce was a "powerful agent" for change?? We can't expect "an individual of change like that to come around again?" Let's hope now. Yeah, Bruce sure continued his activism to reduce government expenditures and taxes in Colorado and in Colorado Springs in particular UNTIL being indicted for a decades-worth of criminal activity for "cheating" Colorado out of millions under the guise of charity and anti-tax activism. In 2011, Douglas Bruce was convicted of all counts in the indictment, including four counts of felony criminal activity including money laundering, attempted improper influence of a public official, and tax fraud after he was discovered to be using a small-government charity he founded to hide millions of dollars from the state department of revenue. He was USING A CHARITY to hide money he stole from hard-working Americans!!! Sure....he was against taxes, until those taxes conveniently lined his fat pockets. He was OKAY with stealing money from his fellow Americans. He's a sociopath. And before you cry conspiracy of some other junk nonsense, get yourself help for being an enabler of sociopathic politicians. For everything else, there is NO cure for stupid.

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Posted by Bill Boggs on 09/23/2014 at 10:18 PM

Re: “UPDATE: City agrees to pay PERA $190 million

With attorney fees and interest accrued in the escrow account, what was the total additional cost to Colorado Springs because its leaders denied to pay monies what were rightfully PERA's? Was it $6.0M: 1.5 in fees, $5.0M in interest? Priceless.

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Posted by Quid pro quo on 09/23/2014 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Ranch Foods Direct to anchor Public Market

Much better use of that building, I must say! A big step in moving towards a resilient, local-food system. We're also working on a comprehensive plan... http://the4thwave.net/2014/07/06/food-futu…

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Posted by Steven Saint-Thomas on 09/23/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Attack of the 'strodes'

Straight out of the Colorado Springs Traffic Criteria Manual:

1. Boulevard or Parkway – Shall be reserved for roadways designated on the Intermodal Transportation Plan having a median divider of sufficient size to allow for landscaping. (Example: Research Parkway)

2. Avenue or Road – Shall be reserved for streets of substantial continuity such as primary or secondary links of the Intermodal Transportation Plan.

3. Street or Drive – Shall be reserved for streets of less continuity such as local or collector streets.

4. Court, Place, Circle, Way, Terrace or Lane – Shall be reserved for streets with no continuity whatsoever, and contain small numbers of lots; usually cul-de-sacs

5. Grove, Heights, Point, or View – shall be used for private streets. Private streets shall be signed by the developer per City specifications with brown background/white letters.

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Posted by Mark thewonder Fischer on 09/23/2014 at 12:09 AM

Re: “Ranch Foods Direct to anchor Public Market

I would prefer the Public Market to be located downtown, as originally intended, but if Mike Callicrate believes the former Gazette site is a good location, then it's a good location. Ranch Foods Direct will be a success wherever it hangs its hat. Anderson says "We need to do something to change people's understanding of what economic development is all about." Economic development . . . Callicrate's business is growing because it is supplying a demand, and doing it without govt funding. COS is the beneficiary of this man's entrepreneurial zeal. Can't say that about City Leaders blind determination to build a useless $200M taxpayer funded downtown stadium.

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Posted by curious on 09/22/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “UPDATE: CS Public Market to occupy old Gazette building, board member says

It's a great location for me! I am very excited! It will be a destination and guess what --- parking. :)

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Posted by Lalahartma on 09/22/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “UPDATE: CS Public Market to occupy old Gazette building, board member says

For those who think the former Gazette building is a good location, have you actually visited the site? It's more than 1/2 mile east of Nevada and then one block up a small hill. It is NOT a destination that is easily walkable. Will the target demographic - young professionals - walk or get in their cars and drive up? What is it that City Leaders plan to do with the downtown URA after they build the stadium on the doorstep of ATB park and get rid of Drake? THEY know and THEY aren't saying.

I want a Public Market in COS. I want a Market downtown. And I donated a few dollars to help bring this VISION to fruition. The original property choice for the market was downtown, but City Leaders squelched this, saying the property is to be used for C4C development. It's a certainty that a market will be built downtown. Do City Leaders plan that the market be a King Soopers? A Safeway? Or what? THEY know and THEY aren't saying.

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Posted by curious on 09/22/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Scotland the Brave!

A brave move on Scotland's part for sure. They would also have to reapply to join the EU which would most certainly have been blocked by - at the very least Spain, Portugal & France, since those countries also have provinces who seek independence. Scotland would not meet the strict financial criteria to join the European single currency. They would likely have had to stick with Sterling - but with no monetary policy input. It took Ireland 50 years after independence to achieve currency independence. Then there is the question of the UK nuclear deterrent, based in Scotland. Big businesses locating their HQ from Scotland to London (RBS for example).

The outcome, as you rightly say Mark, was to raise at least some awareness of the strength of feeling and opinion towards independence. For that they been rewarded, as have England and Wales, with additional constitutional powers.

I like Mark (I'm a friend and former colleague) am a proud Brit, living in Toronto, Canada. I saw in Scotland great parallels with Quebec's quest for independence. After the war of 1812 of which the spoils for Britain and Canada was Quebec, I'm starting to think that you Americans knew all along they'd want for their independence, eh? Clever!

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Posted by Navy Wharf Court on 09/21/2014 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Grand Crew

According to their website, Bestway's Material Recovery Facility is currently open only to commercial customers. It is not open for public drop off.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/21/2014 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Marijuana community mourns teen, Council delays action and more

Regulated OPC holding growers might find space at http://www.healersfarm.com

Posted by Pueblo Potter on 09/21/2014 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Police dog's death a mystery

a dog that doesnt heel? great training!

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Posted by apathetic on 09/21/2014 at 9:00 AM

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