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Re: “City looks to build a subterranean parking garage to sprout growth in southwest downtown

Private meetings between the mayor, the chief of staff, and any member of the city administration with any member of the development community should be subject to the same 'Open Meetings' act that city council meetings must adhere too with the added provision that these city-developer meetings should pertain to 'two or more present' as opposed to the 'three or more' for council.

With that, there could conceivably be some degree of 'open and transparent' government.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 07/06/2016 at 8:04 AM

Re: “City looks to build a subterranean parking garage to sprout growth in southwest downtown

And it continues...what Jenkins wants with public funds, he will get. The parking enterprise can incur debt under TABOR with simply a vote of City Council. According to what the City liars proposed to the State for "City for Champions"(Jenkins headed up that proposal), local public funds would pay for this structure to support the museum and the Stadium (90% of which would be funded by City and El Paso County sales taxes). The cost: over $70 million, with interest costs on the debt. Whether it's funded by increased parking rates or increased hours of parking or by siphoning City tax revenues that would otherwise be used for roads and parks through the Urban Renewal way or another it will be citizens paying the bills to benefit Nor'wood once again.

Like other great deals for developers, there will be a coordinated "public education campaign" with the City's PR machine that will sell it as a win-win for citizens.

When people like Jenkins use the term "a public, nonprofit and private partnership..." citizens should translate that to "public cost and risk and private profit." The existing "public/ private partnership" with Nor'wood has the development company running and managing the City's parking garage with no competitive bids for years running.

Prediction: council approves public funding and debt through parking enterprise and City tax increment financing through the Urban Renewal Authority by a vote of 8-1, even though "fiscal conservatives," Knight, Pico and King pledged not to do so without a vote. Even if the councilors hold to that promise, Jenkins and others who will profit from public subsidies will spend an enormous amount of money on the next City Council elections to get them ousted.

This is all going down exactly as predicted. Precisely why Jenkins and development interests have invested so much in City elections--the return on investment for getting guaranteed Council votes is probably better than 1000-to-one.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 07/06/2016 at 3:23 AM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

Spydra, I ain't sleeping on the ground to gain your perspective. If you are unaware of your immortal nature, of course you get scared. Your life condition in this plane is what you earned. Jocelyn was on her way home, maybe drunk, when she almost hit a hothead homeless guy named "Charles" aka "David". He threw a rock at her vehicle and she stopped and got out to confront him. Neither possessed impulse control. He stabbed her and she collapsed on the lawn. The sprinklers came on later and she died of hypothermia. Her dogs bolted out of the house and ran all the way to CC to her...hmmm. Security talked to Charles when they followed the blood tracks of his bike. Now, when I went to her funeral, her mother said "We have a tendency to deify the dead, Jocelyn was always trouble". Wtf you got to say knowitall?

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Posted by knownothingboutbs on 07/04/2016 at 1:27 AM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

One needn’t strap on a backpack or bed down with bugs to empathize with the homeless. Nor does a compassionate public need to bemoan a lack of services, for there’s an abundance of help available in our community. A March 2016 handout of Community Resources (called Helping Hands) lists the following categories and providers: Child Care (3), Clothing and Infant Supplies (14), Crisis Centers (5), Emergency Services (13), Employment and Training (11), Financial Assistance (7), Food (41), Legal Advice (16), Medical (33), Counseling (24), Senior Services (10), Shelter (18), Transportation (7), Veterans (2), Weatherization & Utilities (19).

As the largess expands – and it will - so the number of people accessing the largess will expand. A planned 150-bed shelter and a day center will be at full capacity as soon as the doors open for business. And then what? Build another shelter? Enlarge the day center and laundry facilities? Put satellite Marian Houses in every neighborhood? This way lies madness.

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Posted by curious on 07/03/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

'curious': My comment was primarily directed at 'youth'.

Once again: it's impossible to know what homelessness is really like unless you experience it. I did experience it...and it was like a year-long nightmare from which I could not awaken. Bandaids did not come to my rescue -- indeed, it took a miracle to lift me out of the situation into which I had fallen. I was very lucky...and my life story is richer now having survived the experience.

I had no idea what it was like until I found myself living it. And unless you have lived it, you don't know either. Reading stories about it, talking to homeless people about it -- it gives you an idea, but you just don't know.

Not everyone who is homeless is an unskilled, alcoholic drug addicted head-case. This article mentions needles a lot but nary a word about bedbugs -- both of them, bloodsuckers. They proliferate motels and homeless shelters. How do you think you would find a place to stay or a job if you were a walking home for bedbugs? And that's just one example.

I suggest that anyone who really wants to know what it's like, anyone who really wants a earthquake of a paradigm shift: strap on a backpack and be homeless for one whole week.

THEN come back with your ideas for solutions to the problem. I already know you'd be at a loss for words.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Wish We Were Here killed as KRCC adapts to survive

What a shame. I am unfamiliar with the personalities, politics and backstory on WWWH. I am (was) a new listener. But I can tell you that from someone who knows the Strawberry Fields story inside out, upside down and backwards, the segment on the Broadmoor Land Swap was among the best reporting offered on the issue since the story first became public. I doubt very much that the land swap segment is the only broadcast of WWWH which was that good.
It's always about the money.

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Posted by doonya on 07/03/2016 at 4:21 PM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

I don't have to experience homelessness to understand what it's like to be homeless. I just need to listen to and learn from those in the trenches who know what works in raising the poor up and out of poverty. SERVING the poor - soup kitchens, clothes closets, day centers, mission trips - are bandaids - not solutions. Instead of providing ever more services, the helping industry needs to shift their focus to empowering the poor to help themselves. Recommended reading: "Toxic Charity" or "Charity Detox" by Robert Lupton.

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Posted by curious on 07/03/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “A teachable moment

If you ever want to watch the evolution of trouble, just follow Pete Lee...bedmates with the leftist embezzler and hypocrite Jan Tanner. Don't believe the hype.

Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “City tries to curtail use of Jesus in ads on bus benches

Yeah, that Mexican pendejo would surely know the right way to handle the homeless ARRIBA

Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 12:05 PM

Re: “City tries to curtail use of Jesus in ads on bus benches

Shouldn't this be under "ASK A MEXICAN" ???

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Posted by KitKat on 07/03/2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

To truly understand the problem is to experience it. Homelessness is an exhausting, hopeless, frightening abyss, and until you know what it's like, you really have no idea wtf you're even talking about.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Wish We Were Here killed as KRCC adapts to survive

Here's an idea, KRCC: do a "wish you were here" segment on the unsolved cold blooded murder of your former employee Jocelyn Sandberg -- or is she already out of sight, out of mind? How quickly some of you people forget.

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Posted by Spydra 1 on 07/03/2016 at 7:04 AM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

This town is truly a "great place to be homeless".... All the handouts do help a majority of the homeless in their efforts to get off our streets. Unfortunately, those freebies also enable a sizeable minority of the homeless who are jerks, bums, and derelicts to hang out in our community. We have lots of folks like this in our city but we do not actively support them in this way of life - why should we do so with homeless folks? Some agencies (not in our town) get to know their clientele and if they are not interested in changing their lifestyle, are OK with saying "Sorry, no more for now". This can be done with love and respect on both sides. I believe part of this problem is that "helping the homeless" has become an established industry here. We have a growing number of CEOs, vice-presidents, supervisors, and directors who have an interest in the status quo. The local industry has evolved into a grant-funded, slow moving Leviathan. Homelessness has a number of causes, and most of those causes have been place since the 1970s. It'll become interesting when sufficient citizens start saying "enough". I've been involved with several of the major providers since 1972 (helped start several of then, actually). I'd like to think we have learned a few tricks since those days. One thing I have learned is that endless handouts do not help everyone. I would hope we would examine other community's successes and try them here. Again, we are dealing with a Leviathan......

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Posted by OneMoreVoter on 07/02/2016 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Wish We Were Here killed as KRCC adapts to survive

As the pub media landscape changes and is increasingly threatened by online / on demand content, unique locally produced material is what will keep stations viable. Many of the most successful affiliates (critically and financially) have been leaders in this way.

As to the commentary re: value of WWWH with a $10,000 budget... That's tiny! Expect a show like this American life to be well into the six figures. In my opinion it WWWH show (or similar creative local content) deserves more. If we don't support folks with 'New York kind of money' just be ready to be listening and watching and reading content produced in New York and LA.

News like this makes it hard to justify my regular support of local media.

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Posted by 1665 on 07/01/2016 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Wish We Were Here killed as KRCC adapts to survive

So you drive around with a microphone and mix it down with "Audition", Jake's fave, ... How's that ten grand? This should be a wake up call to kids that want to tell a story for five hundred bux! Every KRCC listener has preferences. I turn off Keillor. Dance revo has no taste and is from elsewhere. Youth is right, give it back to the kids! These board members and directors are just local socialites that are so "artsy"(puke!) KEPC seems more real(if they had the BBC...OH MY ...HEAVENLY!)
Noel just droned anyway...sounded too indistinguishable from Jake, now there's a kid with some sense! Don't let the big city kill ya, Noel...oh yeah, that's why you came crawling back.

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Posted by mountedmama on 06/30/2016 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields in Cheyenne Cañon is on the table for a swap with The Broadmoor

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Posted by James Robinson on 06/30/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Air Force Academy cadets may have broken rules by killing bunnies with rocks

Realistic training saves lives.

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Posted by UCanSeeClearlyNow on 06/30/2016 at 5:36 PM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

Those hooligans in manitou paralyzed a kid with a severe beating on the bandstand. Then, they set up a pink Floyd cover band on the bloodstains. Hey manitards, put down the bong and go to the spa building, encircle them, hold hands and sing "We shall overcome" until they leave.

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Posted by youth on 06/30/2016 at 3:48 PM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

Tell the bishop to move the soup kitchen to the CENTER of town, Austin bluffs and academy.

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Posted by youth on 06/30/2016 at 3:39 PM

Re: “This summer, homelessness is everyone's problem

I keep feeding them downtown, but they won't leave! This is on the Catholics. Move the soup kitchen. Require every recipient to register with a photo id. Mark every breadbag "MH" or "ESM". So what if it's fascist, the id REQUIRED to eat will scare most of them off. Cox is overunderthinking. It's hot, I ain't walking far to eat or poop. It's just food acquisition, get a bottle, poop and pass out.

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Posted by youth on 06/30/2016 at 3:18 PM

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