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Re: “Cyclists say their lives are at risk from road-raging motorists

I was riding downtown in a 25mph zone in the right lane of a 3 lane, one way rd. - bijou. Passing the YMCA doing bout 15mph - fast 4 a bike, approaching Nevada & a lady in a car behind me blew her horn hard enough 4 me 2 get so pisses off I slammed my brakes on stopping dead in the middle of the rd making her slam her brakes. She screamed -get the f out of the rd it belongs to cars. I said f u this whole lane is mine kiss my a. She says not if your not going 25mph. I said its my lane at 5mph or 25mph & u can go around me. I spit on her car & she tried running me over & I smashed my bike in her window as she flew by. Car drivers its legally our lane b4 urs. Leave earlier if bikes r making u late or learn a lesson when I smash my $2k bike thru ur ignorant 2 the law window

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Posted by zumascoot on 09/18/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Case file paints picture of a "neighborhood watchman" killing in self-defense

My last name is Garcia. NO MATTER what happened b4 he walked up 2 the window & whether r not they knew each other, if he's got a permit 2 carry & some1s tailgating him he has a right 2 defend himself. Period. If lunged at thru ur window by any1 -ur mom or the Pres of usa- & u "say" u felt threatened 2 the cops afterwards it is the law that u r protected under. Period. The prob is punk kids -& adults who think its their right 2 punch some that says words 2 u u dont like. Racist r not. 1st amendment covers speech, not punches 4 words. Ppl might think they're gonna teach a racist old man a lesson with their fist. Better learn - ur gonna get a bullet in ur head legally

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by zumascoot on 09/18/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “D-11 says it needs more money to make schools safe, educate students

Lost my job in D11 because I have a Masters degree and the other teacher did not. Spent many years teaching in some capacity in the district and it came down to money. I am not badmouthing the district, just trying to bring to light that funding does impact more than you think. They can't retain highly qualified teachers without funding.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tracy Borst on 09/17/2016 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

The G addressed the stormwater fee question yesterday. At least one council member is ready to move on this issue...now.

http://gazette.com/renewed-stormwater-ente…

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Posted by Owen on 09/17/2016 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Ex-gay like me

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Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Kevin-Rick

After the election, what will be the public response to a likely re-introduction of the stormwater enterprise fee and finding $12-$15 added each month to their utility bill?

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Posted by Staci6 on 09/17/2016 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

"Doesn't seem likely though with elections around the corner."

Reference by local elected officials to the fact that an "issue will not be dealt with until after the election" - - or "Some council members may not want to act on this as elections are coming up" related to different issues.

What is the primary goal:

A) Being in office, or
B) Taking care of the public business while IN office, every year?

Critical needs and decisions need to be made four years out of four. Not three.

IE: the matter of addressing how stormwater will be funded.

Water does not run downhill on election years?

Or funding for adequate numbers of police officers:

"But, Suthers said, "I would be shocked if the City Council had the appetite to do it before the election, and I wouldn't blame 'em."

- - - John, maybe you should!

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Posted by Rick Wehner on 09/16/2016 at 10:51 PM

Re: “D-11 says it needs more money to make schools safe, educate students

Wrong. That is not why they are short on funds. Look at the facts before you spout your pseudo libertarian gibberish. Administration funding does not come from the same pot as capital improvements. As far as labor overhead look at the comparison of D11 with similar size districts and you will find a model of fiscal responsibility. It's time the D11 teachers end their $ 500,000 a year subsidy to the residents of D11. Subsidies of the 1000 plus employees using an average of $500 a year of their own hard earned money to adequately educate the children of this district.

15 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Robert Duensing on 09/16/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Rick, a 5 year moratorium can be a 5 minute moratorium if they want it to be. Doesn't seem likely though with elections around the corner. Thankfully Joel, all of these take a vote and while I know you are cynical about the election process, it is still the law of the land. My guess is that an initiated referendum is not likely.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/16/2016 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Citizens have responded often their preference would be an 'Independent Board" But would not the voters turn down a measure creating an 'Independent Board' if the appointments were to be made by the mayor and or a combination of the mayor and council?

If I am not mistaken, the 'five year moratorium' on further council discussion on the matter can be shelved by the next council - - driving special interest group desire to 'stack council' in the next election.

Working to totally block Colorado Springs Forward candidates from getting elected might be the most effective means to hopefully gains four years with a stable council focused on overall community needs.

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Posted by Rick Wehner on 09/16/2016 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Council can't stop the effort. Having a referred measure may have been stopped, but initiated measure effort is still available and will likely be used. The investment in getting a governance change will likely reap great benefits for whoever purchases the change.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/16/2016 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Make it beer. I'm coming! Not a 'Banana Meeting' - chili pepper meeting.

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Posted by Rick Wehner on 09/16/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Mr. Miller, Council has, as I understand it, stopped efforts on governance changes at CSU. I do not and have not ever worked for CSF and am not working on any changes at CSU. Out of that business, though still a concerned citizen like you. If you want to get a cup of coffee and catch up, happy to sit down some time.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/16/2016 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

The buck stops...absolutely right, Kevin. No accountability. Contracting solely at the strong mayor's discretion with no oversight, city attorney completely as an instrument of the strong mayor, a powerless and impotent City Council only acting at the request of the Mayor's staff and the Mayor's financiers. The buck does definitely stop. The only thing you didn't get in 2011 was Utilities, but I'm sure you and CSF are working that one hard right now....even as Utilities will fund the philanthropic and altruistic projects of your clients. At that point we ought to just put a name change for the City on the ballot as well.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/16/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Everyone sees these things through their own lens and filters. I did get paid, a lot less than my regular job paid. So take that as you may. The money spent for PR is a fraction of what I have personally seen that company give to more easily identified local philanthropic efforts. But I understand why some see less than altruistic motivations; I did not then nor do I see them now. And now we have a Mayor where the "buck stops" and we will be better off for it. That's why I invested my time and energy.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/16/2016 at 1:11 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Regional Building takes second look at questionable deal

Cockroaches scurrying...

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/16/2016 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Kevin Walker...I'm sure that $800K spent on PR (and your consulting services)had nothing to do with those 75K votes. Who spent that money and who is benefiting manyfold?

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/16/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Joel, I know what my motivation was. So straight face it is. There were 75,000 yes votes so I can't vouch for all of them.

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/16/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Why City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Gary, Sign me up for your . As you apparently don't know or want to forget, there is a single purpose rule for most elections, certainly for citizen initiatives. That means changes to the Charter that involved more than just the Manager to Mayor, such as adjusting Council duties and changing Utility Governance, etc., were not allowed. We made this well known and said that more changes are needed so bring them on!

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 09/16/2016 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Jenkins wants more from Utilities

The city does not have the power advantage. The land in question is being used for a pipeline that will deliver the water that Mr. Jenkins needs to develop Lewis Banning ranch, it mainly benefits him, though we all paid for it, tax payers paid 825 million for a pipeline to serve Mr. Jenkins property, and somehow he feels wronged! Lewis Banning Ranch is in a flood plain and will require around a billion dollars in infrastructure to make it safe for development, this is why it has not been developed yet. The Colorado courts recently ruled that Mr. Jenkins is responsible for paying those costs, unless city council changes its incorporation status, in which case the tax payers will pay the billion dollars instead. Any guess how that's going to go down? The developer cartels own the mayor and city council; so,its not the city with the power advantage. The land was likely not worth 2 million, but,
$320,000 in attorneys goes along way to getting your way.

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Posted by hippyhelper on 09/16/2016 at 9:05 AM

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