For storm water, which option best 'floats your boat': a regional unified approach or the separate entity approach? And how do you feel each might influence public willingness to fund this critical need? Please consider taking our 'quick-poll' below. The option to respond and comment in an entirely anonymous manner is possible. Thank you.
Do you think maybe an entity calling itself a newspaper might be able to get an accounting of what is supposed to be PUBLIC knowledge and how the PUBLIC'S money is being spent? Laying off PUBLIC employees and outsourcing their jobs after promises of job creation is not a red flag to anyone? Eliminating positions then recreating them with different titles and hiring associates to fill the new "positions" has a definition, (guess what it is?) "Well we asked and they said no so we will review a restaurant instead"
Tackling problems that plague this city such as smoking in the park and training employees what to do when a crazed gunman enters the city administration building have been top priority since... when?? How much was spent on new security systems for that building? Special clearance needed to go from one floor to another? A big screen TV for what purpose? A PUBLIC employee acting as personal bodyguard because... why??
Not to worry though as any allegations of government misconduct will be investigated and found to be without merit by the government so move along, nothing to see here.
Has anyone seen the checkbook lately??
Sorry happyfew, but Amendment 64 was passed in this state for recreational marijuana to be sold and regulated "like alcohol"! Meaning just that. A 25% tax is definitely not what was intended or voted for, and at that rate they will just drive recreational pot back to the street market where there is no exorbitant tax or regulation!
if it was passed on the concept of the tax money helping the economy, you can't really complain about it when the tax part comes around.
While I said Jim Reid is a stand-up guy, Todd Evans (associated with Mr. Elder in previous posts) is also a stand-up guy - i.e. a man of integrity and competence. I would be skeptical of anyone throwing stones at either man. I have worked with both, and have great respect for both. Just because someone has a plan to achieve a goal, doesn't make them a scoundrel. One doesn't get to these positions without goals and plans.
Please, vote for anyone but Paula Presley. She is more of the same, with documented incompetence - punishing deputies for actions they were trained to do in the EPSO academy, and supported by law, policy, and court decisions, yet refusing to acquiesce when informed of her mistakes. Her close affiliation with Makita is surrounded by rumors of ... well, you know. Jim Reid was always a stand-up guy. I hope, if elected, he would not continue the last twelve years of cloak-and-dagger shenanigans Makita likes to play with his employees.
Interesting. I own a business in Manitou that was heavily damaged in the August flooding. I applied for an SBA disaster loan. I had ALL of my paperwork in within 48 hours. Eventually I was denied because . . . I don't have flood insurance. I explained that if I had flood insurance I wouldn't be applying for a disaster loan. My flood premium quote before the flood in Manitou was 48,500.00. It is expected to double now due to the catastrophe. Last week I heard that FEMA was in town ( I have yet to be notified in any way) so I called to see if they could assist my business. No. They are only assisting individuals but they said they would be happy to refer me to the SBA who has a terrific program for assisting businesses . . .
Based on this article, it is very apparent that Bach is the developer's puppet. Steve Schuck and Chris Jenkins are only interested in padding their pockets and maintaining their influence and control over the developers and Bach. Bach said he wanted to create 6000 jobs yet he continues to significantly reduce jobs in the government. How can you create all those jobs while eliminating jobs? Like usual, Bach is speaking out of both sides of his face and still seems to have trouble with the truth and transparency. They are not concerned about benefitting the citizens of Colorado Springs. They are most concerned with their buddies who live in the more affluent areas in the 80906 and 80919 zip codes. Pam, thank you again for researching these issues and providing us with the entire story, not the watered down version.
How is it that "there's also the expectation of receiving $31.7 million in "surplus revenue" from city-owned Colorado Springs Utilities" while the same utility is asking for a $51 million rate increase in order to meet the newest set of EPA regulations?
How about we let CSU keep their "surplus revenue" and SKIP the rate increase?
City government that is more "efficient, sustainable and business-friendly"--minus a high-performing sustainability function that created more efficiency in government, and supported local businesses...
The laws are definitely tilted toward the employer in this community and state....I worked as a nurse at Penrose Hospital a few years ago. I became crippled as a result of botched surgery there (like a month in a coma!) and then was TERMINATED "because I could no longer do the work"!. My family and I lost the benefits, including health insurance, one month later? About the same time, a fellow RN came down with breast cancer and received the same charitable heave ho as well. We both consulted labor attorneys and got the same answer "Yup, they can do that". My big mistake was expecting my employer to adhere to a higher standard of ethics - (You know, those nice Catholic "values"....)
There is $200,000 in requested funding for City for Champions in the Mayor's budget. It is funding that was requested by Council, from the Lodgers & Automobile Rental Tax (LART), to the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Apparently, according to Mr. Brown, if one is a supporter of Jim Reid a hidden agenda is required AND you must have a permit. I'm sure I have neither. Nevertheless...
Regarding "not even remotely qualified", the statutory qualifications for office of the sheriff are found in C.R.S. 30-10-501.5. I would guess that almost all of us participating in this thread are "remotely qualified".
Mr. Reid is uniquely qualified to be the next sheriff of El Paso County. I'll leave the reading of his professional qualifications up to you. They can be found at http://www.jimreidforsheriff.com/.
Those qualifications only give indicators of a leader. Only when one experiences leadership in action, in real life situations, does one begin to realize they are in the company of a true leader. I have had the pleasure of observing Mr. Reid in a number of these situations over the years.
Mr. Reid is professional, intelligent, personable, experienced, humble and more than qualified.
As a native of Colorado Springs, who has dedicated over two decades of my life to public service, I don't want the sheriff to just have indicators on paper of leadership. The sheriff needs to BE a leader. Jim Reid has been, and will continue to be, a demonstrated leader - the right choice.
I don't think the photo is Pam Zubeck, if it is, she needs to shave!
The Office of Sheriff is a multi-disciplinary one; unique to our law enforcement community. Typically, as in El Paso County, they are responsible for a jail/detention center in which both innocent men and women awaiting disposition, along with convicted criminals are housed. It involves an understanding health, security, legal rights, nutrition, housing, transportation -- the management skills to necessary to house, secure and protect 1500+ are staggering. Tied to that is court security. Then there is a need to understand community policing. Rural law enforcement is vastly different from policing in a city or town. That lone sheriff on the eastern plains is at once a police officer, counseler, first medical/fire responder, game warden, animal control, chaplain -- such a diverse job requires management at the top that approaches the office holistically. But, its not over yet, don't forget that the Sheriff is also our emergency manager; responsible for the protection of life and property in the face of natural and man-made threats; the search and rescue of recreationists; and, the intregration of homeland security. And, finally, the Sheriff must be an authentic leader, not just within his department but with other politicians, boards, community groups and the electorate. Finding such a renaissance man and authentic leader, with a broad and diverse background is daunting -- except in this County. I have watched Jim Reid in a variety of roles -- he is an authentic leader with all the requisite skills and the humility to do the job. I may be a long-time, dedicated democrat, but I will cross that party line - Reid will be my choice for Sheriff and I would urge my fellow democrats to support him as well. Its time to elect the best for the job, regardless of party affiliation.
It is inconceivable that a city the size of Colorado Springs doesn't have some sort of mechanism or office that can investigate and mediate or arbitrate employer - employee disputes. With over 23 years in government, on both sides of the 'aisle', so to speak, I can say for certain the city need not spend this kind of money, whether it's for the utilities dept. or any of the agencies under the Mayor's office. I think the 'mismanagement' comment isn't too far off the mark.
Add to this that the Mayor is outsourcing city jobs to low paid contractors...putting people OUT of work instead of creating the jobs he promised when he took office. Don't try to bring this up on Facebook page though because he'll delete it and then ban you from posting. He did it to me...apparently, he doesn't like negative criticism, in which case, he shouldn't be in politics.
"wont" is a word, but I don't think it's the word the headline writer meant.
and Huffman didn't mean "myself" either, he meant "my wife and me." He seems fond of cliches, too.
Beedy meant "than" rather than "then." She also meant "tongue IN cheek," not tongue AND cheek (she might have been thinking of "tongue in groove"). Or maybe those were errors of the writer/copy editor.
I also asked my friends in the ‘Know’ about Mr. Reid as sheriff candidate, it turns out Mr. Reid is quite highly respected as leader and professional in emergency operations and services. I found he is very highly regarded as an honest straight shooter. I have signed up as a supporter on Mr. Reid’s website. Mr. Reid please email me and let me know how I can be of service to you in your campaign for Sheriff.
Mr. Bensberg, THANK YOU for your service to our community, and enduring some voters wrath especially when they use fake names.
I also became aware that Miss Sarah Jack a respected, highly regarded long time successful republican Campaign Manager is the Evans/Elder’s Campaign Manager. Miss Jack, is rumored to be an item with highly respected, regarded and effective State Representative Mr. Bob Gardner (District 20).
I would hope with the position and status Mr. Gardner and Miss Jack hold in the community, they would not be willingly associated with the Evans/Elder grand deception.
The striking irony is the Evans/Elder Duo are running for the position of Sheriff. A position of high integrity and honesty. These two do not fit there, and please look into this further (Indy).
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