I noticed on the (no) are some pretty nicely insured union labels there.
Slowly but surely Colorado law enforcement is being pulled kicking & screaming into the 21st century. A comparison: CSPD & El Paso County Sheriff are where LAPD was in the Rodney King era. Three or four more chiefs/sheriffs from now, several hundred thousand more in excessive force lawsuits, as well as employee workplace harassment cases and possibly a Justice Dept. oversight ruling and civic leaders will realize its cheaper to pay a little more in salaries, and training. Then attract & recruit the best and eliminate the problem officers/deputies.
The Christopher Commission found that the same 5-7% of officers in the LAPD generated 80+% of the complaints. Hire quality personnel, supervise them effectively, and save money. With the further benefit being, those same quality personnel you have hired will advance through the ranks and become the next generation of supervisors, watch commanders, division captains, Chiefs & Sheriffs. Statements of support and platitudes from elected officials has never worked and will never be enough. Does this mean more taxes, for the salaries & improved retirement benefits? Of course. You can have it like it is - marginal or you can have it good & accountable - you decide.
Basic investigation 101: When an officer is a victim, they should never/ever be the investigating/reporting/booking/transporting officer. They should be interviewed like any other victim and give a statement.
MAY ALL OF THE BIGOT LIARS BITE THE DUST IN POLITICS- Texan Who Posted Extreme Views Loses Runoff for State Education Post
The East Texas woman who claimed President Obama was a drug-addicted gay prostitute in his youth was defeated in a Republican primary runoff election Tuesday, losing her bid to become one of the top education officials in Texas.
Yes next question?
NO. Next question?
Or how about CSU allowh the lot to be used for Incline users and give the money back to the rate payers . Rate payers own CSU which is a community owned utility! Not everything related to Americas Mountain belongs to Manitou.
I do not know much about all this but "land swap" seems a strange title as I am unclear what land is being traded and how does a mayor decide on his own what to do with public property? Why is it a trade with Broadmoor and not with the owner of the Broadmoor? Broadmoor is not an incorporated city is it? When one person in city government decides to deal with a billionaire and uses taxpayer holdings as the main item to deal I would have expected an immediate recall vote to commence. Especially since the same person insisted on a vote to raise tax for road repair without asking where the revenue that should have been used had gone to. This "land swap" has "kick back" written all over it, at least the ear marks and missing tax money should get Mister Law and Order's attention immediately. But I don't know anything except I do not care if the whole city were traded for some baseball cards. (Hint to the baseball fan city government that talks "ball park downtown" plans a lot, make sure that they are at least rookie cards of well known players)
For those like myself who want to learn about government but found it complicated here is the best way: Listening to politicians say all of what they are going to do for you and your city does not educate you. However if you watch and see what they do not do then that is precisely what they are actually required and supposed to be doing! End of lesson.
Have they indicated anything about the upcoming road work? Are they straight up about it and saying what a massive project it will be? They cannot just fill holes. miles and miles of roads must be torn up and repaved almost 6000 miles. And done right with proper drainage and banking. What company will do it? They will need 100 companies and a decade to do it. Hopefully employees will all be local but I doubt it...
What a huge mess and the citizens are not up in arms! Amazing......I really hope code enforcement writes no more warnings or tickets for about 20 years, it just would not be right.
Lee Milner makes a great argument on this issue, which has virtually been overlooked. And Jim Bensberg, I hear that Manitou took a stand in favor of the swap (according to Corrine Toll tonight).
Pam Zubeck, if all the council members read your articles, this land swap would be off the table. Thank you for your persistent, dedicated work in wringing the details out of this deal.
Since when, tragically, has common sense had anything whatsoever to do with governmental decisions?
I'm so disillusioned with the way the land swap proposal has unfolded .... it's not acceptable for a city government to be this unresponsive to what the public is telling them.
I know, vote the bums out. But that won't save Strawberry.
So, where was Manitou Mayor Nicoletta last night? She should have been representing her constituents on Ruxton Ave.
Why not generate money from parking fees to help support the massive continuing costs of the incline?
YES!!! Start working toward making the 2-3 million back the city put into the Incline, remember the BroAdmoor has put NOTHING in for repair, preservation or maintain.....on parking that makes sense!!!! My first out cry with the land proposal in January had to do with what the BroAdmoor receives....the two parcels are all to make $$$$$ and the BroAdmoor is only giving land in the swap that the public would have to spend money on (a money pit/s).....City Council wake up!!!!!!
old fart repubicans around here are only against it because it is a progressive idea. lower carbon footprint and healthier food is good for everyone... even grumpy old farts.
To supplement this article, I'd like to refer another article. http://modernliberals.com/organic-food-ind…
Some college students get a free year or so to live on an acre of land in the city, going into (poor peoples?) homes and teaching them how to cook, all the while growing food in a "5,000 square foot", year round structure-
Dirt and water grow seeds. I'm awful glad this sort of thing is happening but it does sort of seem like the "Pinnacle of White Privilege".
To be productive rather than just cynical- I'd encourage these grant writer's and what not to embrace the existing markets. I know this area is a supposed 'food-desert', but I believe that if the full power of white-privilege (or even just market demand) came down on some of the local mini-grocery owners to carry such and such organic food product, they would respond to the customer base.
I used to live near this area and I asked the convenient store on Platte and Prospect to carry more onions and potatoes, as I was always running down to pick them up. They did so with a smile. These are the folks that also run the liquor store in the same lot.
Sometimes the answer is more simple than we want it to be. I love that we dedicated an acre to gardening a great slice of land in town, and we will use it to teach people about food. I'd like to see the honest working grocers in town given an opportunity to respond to such a need.
Food rots, cooling systems are needed to keep produce fresh. Local grocers have such systems. Let's try to incorporate them as well, instead of trying to totally reinvent the wheel.
Andrew Womack is a good man with a loving and giving heart for people.
. I find it funny how "so called" liberals want everyone to be tolerant of others when in reality theyre the most intolerant of anyone who doesn't agree their point of view. Ie: If a conservative doesn't like something, they find an alternative. When a liberal doesn't like something they want attempt to force everyone to comply with them or they resort to belittling slandering using half truths or outright lying. Never ever attempt to confuse a liberal with the facts.
At a time when traffic and parking is a huge issue for Ruxton Canyon, it is highly unlikely that Manitou would approve a Conditional Use permit to Colorado Springs for paid parking. That lot is also accessed through the Cog parking lot, so there is a logistical access problem.
Please pick up a paper copy of the Indy for a great sidebar on the Colo Spgs Utilities Ruxton hydro Plant parking lot that the City is "selling" to the COG Broadmoor.
Great story! As a former board member of the Palmer Land Trust, I was under the impression that the Shamrock Ranch was secured by a conservation easement. I even attended the owner's book signing. He produced a large glossy coffee table book on the subject and was lauded for taking care of this beautiful and historic ranch. Here is proof again that nothing can truly protect the land except keeping it in public hands. I am sorry to see Palmer playing along to the extent they are.
As for the swap it hasn't gone through! But conservation easements don't sound as ironclad as the proponents have touted. What can be believed about what supporters have said? All I've seen is "public process" in name only. Diversions, untruths and vague statements are what we have heard. Anything that is promised or planned should be legally signed with EVERY detail spelled out BEFORE moving forward with any considerations, not after. Otherwise it's a blank slate. Better yet, Dear Councilmembers, please just vote NO on this preposterous proposal and protect the public interest and protect ALL of North Cheyenne Canon Park (Strawberry) and ALL of our public parks---which will be at risk if you set a precedent by voting yes.
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