The strong mayor form of government is a complete disaster. Horrible deal for the citizens. Great deal for Jenkins and Anschutz, the owners of Colorado Springs.
I only try to clear up the misconceptions created by your assertions. I am proud of that change and my part in it. I believe it has and will reap benefits for the City.
Not that "overwhelming" given the nearly $1 million spent by the prime beneficiary (benefit-reaping continues every day) of the change convincing the public in not so honest terms. That's almost $3 per registered voter spent to get a 59-41 vote with 54% turnout. For that amount of money along with frustration that streetlights got turned off and park grass died, it should have been a landslide. Jill Stein could be the next president if she had $3 per registered voter to spend.
Discussion of the Strong Mayor issue always seems to strike a nerve with you, Kevin. Look, I know you're very interested in clearing your culpability for being the facilitator, if not the architect, of a change that has ushered a heretofore unseen level of cronyism in Colorado Springs, but in the end, it doesn't matter. This is what we have until somebody has as much money to: 1) pay a guy like you to facilitate its undoing as you were paid and 2) spend a million more to expose the reality of what has happened to the electorate. Probably not going to happen, especially considering the direct impact to the bottom line of the beneficiary of the current system. I suspect every dollar spent to undo it would be matched 3 to one. Even with that massive expenditure, keeping the current system would still be a good investment for those who pushed the change.
Regarding the Title Board...the hierarchy was MUCH different in 2010. It would have taken a City Manager firing the members of the Title Board and HIS job was under the scrutiny of nine elected officials--not all of whom were elected with hundreds of thousands by the same proponent and beneficiary of the change.
Also--I'm sure you remember, Kevin--the City manager had resigned in March of 2010 and was replaced by interim, Steve Cox. The Strong Mayor issue was submitted to the Title Board in May and two of the three members (not like the three out of three in the current system) were under Cox. This is the same Cox who would later serve in a large city-paid salary position, in addition to drawing his full retirement salary and severance, as one of the first strong mayor's Chiefs of Staff. It sounds like the twisted tales of the Clinton Foundation.
The case now, under the change you orchestrated, is that there are absolutely no checks and balances whatsoever. One mayor--elected with half a million of the same sources of money--who need only say the word and all three members of the Title Board could be terminated. The only additional setup required--also deliberately orchestrated--was to intentionally spend the additional cash to get a hothead in as the first strong mayor. He then clearly illustrated to anyone who doubted how it would work--that firings of anyone except the auditor and the Utilities CEO can take place without any oversight or scrutiny whatsoever. [Your boss from back then is still trying to change the utilities part.]
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