I am very disappointed if Jill Gaebler really said this Councilor Jill Gaebler, speaking after several opponents, said detractors shouldn't be "blinded by black-and-white ideology," adding, "They are but a fraction of our citizens and represent a voice of continued mediocrity." I am a detractor BECAUSE I'm tired of mediocrity. There are some really great ideas out there but this package isn't one of them and was never even brought to us to discuss until the proposal was already made. The olympic museum I see as a potential, but it should be at the training center (where I have been told they already have a small museum.) Why not build a children's museum? We are the only city our size which doesn't have one. Why not a museum dedicated to energy that features Tesla? Why not connect all the trails and rent bikes and segways? There are so many creative things we could do with the RTA money but rebuliding things that haven't worked in the past in different locations isn't one of them. I'm very disappointed that one of my councilors would call me 'mediocre' just for wanting something better and more creative for this town I love.
Thanks, Edie, for another thoughtful analysis of the Fine Arts Center.
I've been in town for nearly 25 years, and I've never seen the FAC poised for greater things than it is at this moment. Seriously. From the talent of our directors at the school, theater, box office and galleries to the board and community buy-in, we have tons of reasons to be optimistic.
Our "Wizard of Oz" musical, which opens tonight, should serve as tangible evidence of what we can be at our best. Expect magic, wonder and flying monkeys. Winter classes at Bemis show us at our most immersive and experiential, with an amazing team of instructors, including a Sundance Film Festival winner. Upcoming art shows in our galleries featuring American Folk Art, Dale Chihuly, John James Audubon and other national and regional greats will knock your socks off. And, starting in January, we'll be reviving a number of popular special events, such as First Thursday Wine Tastings, and creating new ones.
We've also expanded our concert season, with upcoming shows that include Haunted Windchimes, Blue Sky Riders and Colin Quinn.
The opportunities to engage with the community on ever more fun and deeper levels certainly spark my imagination, and we hope to do a better job of making everybody feel that not only are they welcome here, but we want their input on how we can best reinvent the FAC.
All that said, we face some significant challenges, many of them financial. As our new Acting Director Dr. Jim Raughton pointed out, donations and membership levels certainly can be described as robust. At the same time, we are just bouncing back from shortfalls that required belt-tightening measures. Even as we reach a more sustainable, balanced budget, our ambitions for ever-more dynamic programming and engagement are dependent upon support from friends of the FAC. That’s why we remain so thankful for our donors and members, and must work hard to earn the support of even more of them by being the most vibrant and significant arts depot in the region.
We are now entering a new transitional phase. The search for a CEO can be an enormous task, and one we take very seriously. But we are not slowing down, and our fingers have never been further from the pause button.
Lastly, about the balloon thing: It was merely a little Wizard of Oz children's festival, which featured cider and cookies, chalk art and a unique way to introduce our Oz characters to kids. Most of the kids and families enjoyed themselves, stayed to have photos taken with the characters and left completely unaware of the small mishap that left minor damage to the balloon and major damage to my arm. The show, however, will be something theatergoers won't forget. Wait till you see the glow of the Yellow Brick Road.
Notice how the Broadmoor has come out in support of LART dollars but has mentioned nothing of City for Champions? How long and how many dollars were put into a plan developing a disabled athlete arena at UCCS. Years of committee work, blue plans, etc and then nothing happens. This community is notorious for not following thru.
Callie, I've lived here for over 12 years now. Every time we have people come up to visit they want to go to Pikes Peak (why wasn't a new summit house included?), to Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls (devastated area due to floods), and hike on our now much destroyed trails. Not one--I repeat--not one has wanted to go to a museum or take in a sporting event. You know what would be fun and truly unique like the RTA request states, and that both citizens and visitors alike would benefit from--connecting all the trails throughout downtown and the city, putting in a bike/segway rental next to hotels downtown and creating an active experiential experience for everyone? That is just one idea. There are even better great ideas out there--I've read many that have been expressed in forums from people in our community. And yet, not once was the public brought in to voice our opinion on how our tax dollars should be spent. Surveys have been created and these projects didn't even make the top ten list. Just because there are those that don't agree with the projects does not mean they aren't Champions for COS. Let's stick to the issues. And as always, Thank you Pam Zubeck, a great journalist for presenting the facts.
The World Arena sits empty more than it's full. Why? Bottom line - cost. Not a soccer fan, eh? A pro soccer team isn't going to hold their games at the World Arena.
I too want good things for COS, but this 4-pronged proposal is not the answer to spurring our local economy, providing tech and professional jobs, or attracting tourists. This hasty and secretively conceived proposal is not worth doing. Apx 80% of the $250M cost will be borne by private donations (no objection to individuals squandering their wealth this way) and by We The Taxpayers. The free state money, assuming we receive $53M, provides only 20% of the cost, receivable over 30 years, is not enough of a carrot to indenture ourselves. The city has substantial borrowing capacity, for which We The Taxpayers are liable, but it's foolish to waste it on building a stadium.
COS already has the World Arena for sports and other events. It opened in 1998. It was built to put COS on the sport's world map, attract tourists, and boost the local economy. How has that played out? Ragain's pro-soccer team, IF it becomes a reality, can make the World Arena their home.
We need to involve the public and with the people's input devise a new plan which can then be submitted to Denver next year. Email Ken Lund firstname.lastname@example.org requesting he JUST SAY NO to the mayor.
Seriously doubt you are a true champion of Colorado Springs. It's interesting the media, for the most part, has only focused on those individuals who oppose this project. There are a lot more who are in favor of the project than you think. Of course, every project has detractors - those folks who have no vision, don't take risks, and have no understanding on what it takes to put everything on the line standing up for what you believe in. It's so much easier to jump on the negative bandwagon than it is to be a standout. If you're such a stellar business person than you also know projects of this magnitude begin with the vision and going after the piece you think you can secure -than you start making plans on how to bring the project to fruition. But without knowing what that first piece of the pie will be, it's difficult to gauge what those next steps are going to entail.
Which piece isn't a tourism draw?
The stadium? Now that it's been modified to be a flexible stadium that can accommodate everything from soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football to archery competitions, dog shows and agility events, festivals, sporting camps and clinics. It's the perfect venue for the athlete march prior to the Rocky Mountain State Games and it will be a great asset to encourage new events to consider Colorado Springs.
The USOC Hall of Fame & Museum? Maybe that's not your "thing" but don't be surprised if this becomes a centerpiece of the tourism draw. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville isn't my "thing" but it brings in over 500,000 visitors annually.
The USAFA Visitors Center? Since 9/11 visitor numbers have steadily dropped and if there is imminent threat to the our country, the Air Force Academy goes into lock down. Having a visitors center that is easily accessible to visitors is definitely a bonus.
The UCCS Sports Medicine and Performance Center? Not only is Sports Tourism becoming a very popular new trend, but this piece will increase the student population of UCCS, become a training facility for elite Olympic, Paralympic, and possibly professional athletes as well as encourage sports related businesses to relocate here.
You beat me to your last line. Dieting is not "for 18 or 24 months". When it's a serious diet, it is forever. I think about how little time (one year after high school) it took to gain 15 pounds and about 3 years after that to hit my highest weight. And now, some 45 years after I have pretty much maintained my current and too-much weight, I realize getting back somewhere in the galaxy of my lower weight is going to take the rest of my life. You are an inspiration to me, but I probably am not going to get as low as I'd like. However, I can nip off a pound or so every now and then and hope that near-stability will be a sign of progress.
These figures are skewed. China only released test scores for students living in Shanghai. Their numbers do not reflect the entire country.
The dog and pony show was a complete farce. Cronyism and the good ol' boys were out in force yesterday. All the ethical issues of this proposal aside, the facts speak for themselves. Public funding is NOT secured, private funding is merely a promise, the economics are inaccurate and fallacious, the sustainable business model is "best case scenario" with a low ROI, there was NO geographic economic analysis, the projects are not wholly unique and some aren't tourism draws.
Every single proponent I spoke with to include retired General Gould of the AFA, an Olympic NGB young professional and a fellow young professional friend stated the details weren't ironed out, they didn't know the details, or hadn't read all the details but they supported "something" for Colorado Springs. That is NOT a good business practice or how I formulate my investment decisions; if that is how we plan to invest in our community it equates to a gamble. Financial and City development decisions must be based upon research, facts, risk analysis, urban modeling, and strategic planning. Every successful city we've visited and toured for ideas has done the work and research to do just that. We take components we like and try to cram them into a community and culture that doesn't match and try to generate justification by providing skewed and inaccurate statistics, assumptions and poor economic analysis.
The biggest message I have is not that we are against doing great things for the City but that they need to be done the right way which includes community buy-in, in-depth research, community analysis, real projections and better project planning. If anyone operated this way at work or ran their business this way they'd be fired or bankrupt.
I am a Champion for Colorado Springs and I don't support the City for Champions.
She had it coming she's a heartless person. I got my utilities cut off because of her not paying me 3 weeks. I had it really rough with my kids thanks to her, she still owes me ove $600. I'm just glad her game is finally over.
shhesh, somebody got up on the grumpy side of the bed.
So Elder claimed this in 2012, but AFTER 1A passed by a large margin. He knew the citizens supported it, but now he claims a different story? Wonder why? Maybe he realized all the employees support it and he's just one of THOSE candidates who flip flops whichever way suits him best. And how about he offer some explanation as to what made him change his mind. Beware of a candidate that speaks out of both sides of his mouth.
M R, the dog must have eaten you homework too. You have a low IQ problem.
Want me to explain IQ to you?
Really Mountain Man, a "PILE" You obviously, have little to no experience with the accuracy of Indy reporters. Go back to 5th grade.
Elder, sounds like the dog ate your homework. What a PILE.....
I have to take a minute to clarify, the Indy called for a comment however due to issues with the phone system I did not get message. Therefore they used comments I gave to them in November 2012. My comments were not made this year. Bill
is mayor botch going to count these jobs as new? they will be the same jobs with less pay and benefits... how many of botch's friends made out on this one? he will be re-elected, because he is old, white and will put an R by his name... this village is getting worse every day!
I was not aware that I had been called by the Indy to comment on this article but I will take the opportunity to respond.
In November of 2012, as the tax was being voted on, I told the Indy that I wouldn't commit to future support for the tax measure without seeing how it was ultimately being spent, that I felt I could find efficiencies within the budget.
I can say today that I have been impressed with how the tax has been applied by Sheriff Maketa and his staff. Personnel and equipment needs, which have gone unfunded for years, are now being addressed as quickly as possible. It takes considerable time to recruit, hire, train and equip sworn law enforcement personnel. This career field isn't for everyone and not everyone hired makes it through the entire process.
The effects of 1A will take additional time to fully measure but should continue to prove to be an enormous benefit to our community for many years. 1A has and will continue to provide much needed budgetary relief to more than the Sheriff's Office as Commissioner Glenn says. The far reaching effects on the Pikes Peak region may not be fully realized for some years. 1A can provide some relief.
Provided this tax has a continued regional application in future years and continues to have the desired effect of reducing crime and response times, I fully support its extension beyond the 2020 sunset and as is the case now, I will continue to seek public input into its future use. I can't afford to wait to plan for the sunset, I have a plan that I am developing to address the matter. I have committed to conservatively manage the budget and will look for ways to create efficiencies everywhere possible throughout the organization. As I have in private business, I will look for maximum service for every dollar spent.
The 1A tax is being applied to everyone in the region and I am committed to a regional approach to public safety. I am already working with the regions public safety leaders, private entity partners and community leaders. We are identifying needs and creating opportunities where we as a community can improve the delivery of public safety services, enhance our disaster preparedness response and improve the overall quality of life throughout all of El Paso County. Together we will build a safe and vibrant community.
To learn more about me and my vision for the Sheriff's Office go to my website at www.elder4sheriff.com and see why trusted law enforcement officials and community leaders from around the region endorse me. There is no substitute for law enforcement experienced leadership!
Candidate for El Paso County Sheriff
China #1 & USA ranked greater than 25th in the world in Educational test given to 15 year olds. I think we can do much better than this if we want to compete in the global market in jobs and such.
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