Typical myopic EPA action. They could instead be offering matching grants to incentivize action, but they'd rather flush a few million down the drain on lawyers than have cleaner water.
While this particular administration, and council, has solved no local issue - but has handled most issues in a manner to generate legal action and lawsuits - they ARE NOT responsible for the stormwater mess - it has been years and many past administrations in coming! This is an inherited fiasco dumped in the lap of the current administration who are now faced with dealing with the public on how best to pay for 30 years of failed policy.
The $23M (or $33M with the Fed Suit) has been pledged- now, how will we best accept a manner of generating the revenue stream to honor that pledge and not pull the funds out of the General Fund?
So when an individual ignores the Fed, it's a felony, but when a city council does it, we should just let it slide. Screw that. The city shouldn't pay, the Council should pay for their decision themselves.
Rms--"everyone who lives in this community should have the opportunity to speak their ideas and concerns and in so doing help make this area successful." 100% agree!
Joel - you missed the major point of my comment - I did not call Springs Forward a political group only said they were the "funders" of the party in charge of all things El Paso County. I have lived here over 40 years and in all that time the democrats have never been in control of anything - however if they had been the ones in control I would make the same statement - the argument is not about which party is in charge - it is about giving those who disagree with your views a voice at the table and the opportunity to make suggestions for solutions which if given a chance might improve things for the entire community and not some powerful action group paying to have their best interests put first above community needs. The partisan politics of Washington has trickled down and taken over all levels of government to the great detriment of our nation. In truth I believe we would be much better served by non-patrician local governance. Everyone who lives in this community should have the opportunity to speak their ideas and concerns and in so doing help make this area successful.
"It's a diversity stroll!"
And the more the trolls strolled, diverse it got...
Colorado Springs Forward is nothing more than a new front group for the old Iron Triangle, and is still business as usual in the good old boy network of Colorado Springs and El Paso County:
Yes, they got elected a drug-warrior clueless career politician mayor. Still no cannabis revenue in the city, either.
Yes, they got changed the city manager system in the city to the strong mayor form of government--which has been a disaster.
Yes, they got raised taxes for roads because they can't manage a budget properly.
Yes, they want to screw up the downtown with City for Champions, which nobody outside the Iron Triangle developers want or need.
Yes, they hide in the background, because if the Iron Triangle were exposed, and there would be a political revolution in the city and county to toss out those people who are most responsible for the decline in the local infrastructure and the forced economic dependency on federal defense and tourism dollars instead of diversifying the economy into more manufacturing.
Yes, they were behind Amendment 2, and the area still hasn't shaken that, two decades later.
Yes, they've let development go amok in every direction, which is why east of Academy the streets run in every direction and we still don't have an east-west expressway.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...
"Are the county's Democrats doomed to stagnation in perpetuity?"
Until they get off the socialist bandwagon and embrace freedom, yes.
Until they quit the lip service to minorities, yes.
Until they learn what actual economics is all about, yes.
Until they ditch the Clinton Machine, yes.
Until they re-embrace classical liberalism instead of the racism and theft policies of Jackson, Johnson, FDR, and Wilson, yes.
Until they stand for rule of law and blue-collar/white-collar street reality instead of ivory tower philosophy that has no success in reality, yes.
Don't hold your breath.
Marijuana taxes contribute $0 to school operational funds, the money that pays for teachers, books and technology. The marijuana tax law stipulates a maximum of $40 million goes into school construction. D11 has no need to build a new school at this time, and because of our assessed valuation as a major consideration in applying for these funds, D11 is likely to never see a dime of this money.
CSaction video of the march and rally: https://youtu.be/XSm71YOnQJg
If -- it it true, as the gentlemen in the article states is true that Colorado Springs has a negative image around the nation - how does sending someone like Amy Lathen to represent Coloado Springs in Washington, D.C. improve that image? Can you imagine her in a meeting with Michael Bennet?
The district might not think that an extra $100-$200 a year in property taxes is a big deal, but to many people it is, especially considering that insurance, utility bills, phone bills, cable rates, etc., are also on the rise. It was also a bad idea to think that people would swallow the whole $235 million pill all at once, especially since it was possible to look at the districts spending plan for it and see items that simply didn't seem that critical. A separate school maintenance bond would likely have passed since people can clearly see how the district has let the schools crumble in order to move money to other areas.
You're wrong about CSF's political affiliation. Chuck Murphy is a D and others. If CSF was trying to get the money of a mostly Democrat majority, that would be their flavor-- it is purely a demographic analysis for them about what's needed to get their agenda met. Members have excorciated conservative voices for opposing their agendas more than they have done so for others. They are principle-less except in the principle of enriching themselves and providing the best opportunity to get taxpayer corporate welfare for themselves. That's all fine--it's a free country, but short of time-intensive personal research there is no way for the average citizen to know anything about "who's behind the curtain." Besides Pam and her informative approach, all the public sees is CSFs PR facade of wanting to "end divisiveness" and rainbow ponies, because that's what the Gazette puts out and shows up on billboards.
It just proves why our government was intended to be at least a two party system - so that all citizens had some chance of having their voices heard. If one party controls all the elected positions and appointed offices that is not a democratic approach to governing. So it is no surprise the "funders" of the party in charge of all things El Paso County are the real ones running the City and County. And yes it is difficult to live here - discouraging when everyone complains about how bad the roads are and no one wants a downtown stadium yet they just refuse to give anyone not hand picked by the powers that be a chance of trying to make a difference. But if you and others with a different point of view leave then who will be left to be a thorn in their side? Someone has to at least try to keep them honest.
The school capital construction only applies to building a new building as I have understood it. this does nothing for the needs of d11 that already has too many schools. most school districts get nothing from the pot fund as it currently stands.
How comforting it is to know that a handful of wealthy patrons are looking after me and the city in which I live - even going so far as to provide me with a ready-made palette of candidates for office. Not.
One can only hope that, being fully accustomed to getting their own way, the members of CSF and like-minded other organizations will find at least one issue upon which there is hearty disagreement. One further hopes that each puts itself out-of-commission while doing battle to gain the upper hand.
The more I learn about the inner-workings of Colorado Springs, the less I want to live here.
Why do you need this money? Remember this?
Use and Regulation of M arijuana
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution
concerning marijuana, and, in connection therewith, providing for the regulation
of marijuana; permitting a person twenty-one years of age or older to consume or
possess limited amounts of marijuana; providing for the licensing of cultivation
facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores;
permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities; requiring the
general assembly to enact an excise tax to be levied upon wholesale sales of
marijuana; requiring that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by such
tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund; and
requiring the general assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation,
processing, and sale of industrial hemp?
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So sad to see how big money and politicians that are in their back pocket operate. We vote our mayor in but he won't allow the people to vote on a ridicules land swap that the majority of Colorado Springs doesn't want to go through! Ugg so frustrating! It's just the start of Anshutz land grab, wait till he gets rosemont reservoir and all it easements for the pipeline that goes right down Cheyenne Canyon. I'm sure it will be a great new horse trail from his new horse stables through seven fall up Cheyenne Canyon, to his new reservoir over to Emerald Fields and over to cloud camp! It will be epic ( for his guests) (all of which were once owned by Colorado Springs) He will be the proud owner of ALOT of land in c/s! I guess we can't do anything about it with a strong mayor and a very very rich man. "Cheyenne Canyon Master Plan".
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