More taxpayer money, down the toilet. If El Paso County offices harrassed its constituents this way, with costly and needless "security," the commissioners would be recalled.
Definitely heard you around Garden of the Gods in the middle of the night... Couldn't sleep thanks to that... Might want to think about other people occasionally... Scared my dog to death
To MirandaMiller345....aka Cynthia Burbach
LMAO....Your narcissistic views have you confused. Full support for you is only in your disturbed mind especially when it comes to your "former" co-workers!!!
Although I doubt Mr. Pico intended to violate the city's Code of Ethics, the Ordinance is succinct. Language includes "perceived," "appearance of a conflict," "remote," and "indirect." It's pretty comprehensive, and council made it that way purposely when it was first adopted in 1994 and amended in 2009.
Mr. Pico will have to recuse himself from hearing or voting on all future annual budgets that include anything related to Fleet Management. Additionally, he will have to recuse himself from any discussions where employees of Fleet Management are involved, including salary considerations, benefits, labor disputes, etc.
The city has been down this road before, as have I as a former council member with a very similar circumstance. Bottom line: elected and city officials do not contract work with the city. The city has already opined that "recusal" and "disclosure" does NOT remove this matter from conflict. The city chose to adopt a Code of Ethics that is stricter than what the state requires. As such, the city (including the city attorney) is obligated to abide by the provisions spelled out in the Code of Ethics.
I never thought I would agree with the Dougster on anything, but he and Collins are right this time. The Mayor thinks of himself as the second coming of JFK. Along with Queen Suzi, he struts his stuff with a coterie of cops surrounding him. Another brain dead Council sheepishly does whatever His Royal Highness wants. The more things change, the more they get worse in C-Springs.
I haven't heard anybody talk about how the fire started. Anybody know?
Hey, Little Stevie, you're not helping!
This is great work. It provides local insights into a national story, tells us about Myers the man, Sanford FL, the former police chief there and the complexities of the African-American issue in that area. In the process, it also shows the folly of the CS mayor in refusing to work with Myers.
Terry Maketa is doing his typical good job...clearly correcting in his capacity all the mistakes of last summer made by the city.
Remember what' a small percentage of what was donated last dummer was actually given to fire victims, a huge percentage going to administration with primarily bottled water going to the victims was about it.
To SexyGirl26 - Do you know Ms Burbach? Do you have inside info? I would guess not. Read CO District Attorney's Council's statement (wonderful and accurate). Are you aware that there are defense attorneys in full support of her, judges, too, highly respected and revered toxicologists and even co-workers? Stay tuned. You're missing parts of this story.
Who cares what Doug, the convicted felon, Bruce has to say? What he says or does has no relevance. Please stop giving him any newspaper coverage. People do not care what he has to say. He thrives on attention which is very apparent when he comes into city offices or CSU. He struts around demanding attention and being rude and disrespectful to employees, customers, police officers, and anyone else that he can gain attention from. I am amazed that he thinks he still has the ability to influence people. He needs to crawl back into one of his dilapidated houses and move on with his life.
"... he really got agitated when Council President Keith King called for a motion and second on the security measures vote before inviting the public to comment on the matter...."
YOU in the GOP voted for the "strong mayor" and the wife beater. Shut up, bend over and try not to vote for these jerks next time.
Goldsabbath, here is an excerpt from a KRDO interview with CM Pico:
"Both Pico and the mayor's chief of staff maintain that Pico has recused himself from all conversations regarding fleet changes...Once I was elected, I made sure Colorado Springs city administration was also aware," said Pico. "Talked to the city attorney, made sure everything was fire-walled and that I was isolated from anything to do with the contract...Chief of Staff Laura Neumann said Pico had nothing to do with the city's decision.
"The process started long before Andy Pico ran for council or certainly was elected for council," said Neumann. "So the process was well underway, the short list was well underway. And he had no influence whatsoever in our decision."
Full interview: http://www.krdo.com/news/springs-councilman-works-for-firm-that-could-take-over-city-fleet/-/417220/20482444/-/s6a8ll/-/index.html
Just don't let the mayor near the Black Forest fire...fortunately the sheriff is in charge of that one. Oh that's right...the sheriff was supposed be in charge of Waldo Canyon, it is just that mayor wouldn't let him.
Thank goodness Mr. Bach is a fiscal conservative.
What the heck - how in the world can he call himself that. And if the republicans re-elect him or anyone like him they are just as pathetic locally as they are nationally.
Staci6: IMO Facebook made a mistake going to Omaha.
FEDEX and WalMart have moved their data centers here for a reason. Not just our low electric utility rates, but our cool and dry climate requires far less cooling effort for warehouses full of servers. Omaha is neither cool nor low in humidity.
FEDEX has moved about 2/3 of its data center ops (not "call" center ops) from Memphis to here and in the near future will complete the move of all data center ops to their campus at Voyager and NorthGate. These are GOOD jobs.
If Mayor Botch commits the crime of selling CSU to for-profit utility greedsters, our electric rates will skyrocket and this city will lose a key reason for data centers to come here.
I wonder what if anything the RBA, CofC, et al, are doing to get data centers to come here.
Sheila, "Success has a thousand father."
You can be sure that Lamebrain's next mailer (at taxpayer expense) will trumpet the jobs from this; he'll find a way to spin it for his own glory.
Meanwhile, the irony is richer than any fiction, the worst idiot in Congress (and given the TEA party types there that's saying a lot) who tried 37 times (and counting) to kill the ACA ends up getting some of the jobs in his district.
The bitter taste in his mouth is the DEMs making him look like a fool - again - it's so easy.
SSDD for Mayor Botch.
Next step ... an easy guess for those who've been following along ... Botch's developer buddy retries the "planning" process and, magically, gets approval for that questionable development. Bet on it.
The new name for our "planning process" should be "The Steve Stamp of Approval"
Botch, Melcher and the cronies need to get booted out asap.
I would encourage everyone to read the internal, independent report compiled by Mountain States Employers Council, Inc. on Ms. Burbach's misdeeds (released 6/7). There is overwhelming evidence of procedural misconduct and personal antagonism of those who didn't happen to agree with her. The report concludes (and these are their words, not mine) that her denials only further damaged her credibility. Don't feel sorry for her. This should have happened a long time ago. The State of Colorado and the Toxicology Lab will be a much better place without this underqualified bully.
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