I would advise anyone in district 6 to definitely reconsider re-electing Pico.
First, it seems like he enjoys ignoring the largest issue that is happening in the district currently; the storm water runoff. The constant procrastination of putting this issue off to accommodate developers has resulted in several lawsuits and damages to the environment. Do we really need someone who is more focused on the needs of developers than the needs of the people who helped him gain this local leadership position? By cutting deals for developers; Pico is forcing the reparations of this calamity on the tax payers. He's had plenty of time to resolve this issue, and yet nothing has been done about it with the assumption that tax payers will take the brunt of this fiscal hit.
Secondly, Pico is extremely difficult to get a hold of. What good is a local leader if they don't give you the time of day to speak with them? He's almost never seen out in his district speaking with the good citizens who he is supposed to represent. So far, it seems like Pico is the only one Pico would like to show up to bat at the plate for.
What's the alternative you might ask?
Melanie Bernhardt. She is the best option district 6 has currently. She doesn't stand for developers taking advantage of our local offices for their own personal gain with no thought of the reprocussions on its citizens. Her platform is simple. Keeping the large powers that be in check, keeping in touch with the citizens of Colorado Springs and addressing their needs; all while helping our great city reach a new level of environmental conservationism. Keeping Colorado Springs beautiful for both our residence and tourists is an extremely important quality that makes us unique and appealing to Americans all across the nation. Melanie has a plan to do this, while still supprting a economic growth based around small businesses.
If this has intrigued you at all, I recommend visiting her website melaniebernhardt.com to gain more information about her, and why she is the best representative for you. You may also contact her there and ask questions yourself!
I would differ on your assertion that Pico is the only choice for District 6, Melanie Bernhardt is a progressive candidate and her message is catching on, https://melaniebernhardt.com/platform/bann… The people don't want development running roughshod over the BLR check out her views on this and other matters at https://melaniebernhardt.com
Has there been anyone step up and willing to continue the Echo newspaper?... I am if not.
Please please I would like the lady from ACLU that Raven dealt with to please pm me.I WOULD LIKE TO DISTRIBUTE "GET A WARRANT" STICKERS AGAIN AS COLORADO SPRINGS OFFICIALS NEED CONSTANT REMINDERS... Thank you
Zubek should apply to the CSPD and make a difference!! Now that would be newsworthy! But it's much easier to cast stones and always complain instead of suggesting solutions.
One, don't toot your own horn...nobody cares. Two, they're inmates...don't like the food, don't get arrested.
This election is easy: If Colorado Springs Forward, The Gazette and Anschutz support a candidate, that candidate will not represent the best interests of the City.
In your circle, what are you hearing as to voter intent? They know leadership of the highest order is required or will they vote for the glitz of the high dollar billboards and glossy flyers of the slate candidates?
Colorado Springs Forward and Anschutz are trying to buy the City Council lock-stock-and-barrel.
To avoid becoming a "company town," I urge voters to support Skorman, Gaebler, and Avila.
Fowler, Crow-Iverson and Hendrix are owned by Anschutz and Colorado Springs Forward. They will represent their big donors, not the average citizen.
"motivation for Comcast and Centurylink to provide better service."
"Comcast" and "service" are mutually exclusive.
"Vote no on issue two. Stormwater problems are a developer-caused issue and should be paid for by a tax/fee on new development."
Even assuming that the developers are at fault, why would you tax NEW developers? They did not cause the problem. If you want to eliminate any and all new development, a tax/fee for past stormwater issues will certainly work to make sure no developers bother building in Colorado Springs.
Stormwater issues are a legitimate infrastructure responsibility of the entire community. That's why we have a city/county government. If you'd rather that you and your neighbors keep bailing out their basements, vote against #2. But don't complain when your property value sinks into oblivion because it floods in heavy rain.
Vote no on issue two. Stormwater problems are a developer-caused issue and should be paid for by a tax/fee on new development.
Did they indicate how many failed the physical fitness test? I have seen them out running in the neighborhood around Murray/Galley and a large percentage don't look fit enough to be considered for a police job.
Skorman has my vote. Time to vote out those that oppose our constitution and bring in people that show respect for the will of the people. Our current council has shown that they clearly do not respect the people. Vote them out!
I agree with the comments made in regards to supporting Richard Skorman. The Gazette & their cronie approved city council make our own elections "rigged"! (For some reason - the like button is not functioning on my ipad!? Am I being hacked? C.S. Wow, what a city! Nice to be on the other side of the wall here in Guatemala, and stick my head in the sand.
The 2C road tax was a 'city' tax measure.
The referenced jail expansion (and new courthouse) was a 'county' tax measure with the two being separate entities - the jail issue actually dated back to 2002 and resulted in what was very close to a successful recall against then sitting El Paso County Commissioners Tom Huffman and Chuck Brown because of reasons you stated.
The county did in fact ignore two separate NO votes from the public in two separate elections and went through the use of Certificates of Participation to fund the jail and courthouse - a legal but questionable practice that uses a private entity to incur the actual debt then lease the buildings back to the county. Long term debt not approved by the voters is not allowed - however, a 'lease' is not considered 'long term' debt but rather as a short term liability and thereby can be used to skirt laws put in place to control continuing debt without voter approval. So yes, you are correct, it was a 'screw you' scenario but one that was considered necessary at the time to meet the rising jail population - the need for a massive new courthouse was then questionable and still is!
But the issue may now be moot as there are now county politicians at the top two positions in city hall! Terry Harris was a 'master' manipulator and trained his protege well.
"Just say yes to all three"
Um no thanks. Apparently the people running the Independant must be in the back pocket of the governing powers of Colorado Springs.
Vote No on issue #2. Colorado springs just gained approval for $253 million ($273?) over 5 years via a tax increase for road improvements now suddenly they want permission to spend a $6 million surplus? Where did this surplus come from? I will remind everybody that our road maint, parks and rec and public transpo programs were fleeced back in 2008 to add a addition to the jail after the voters shot down the construction project. After they didn't get voter approval they basically gave us the bird and built the addition anyways. Of course our roads didn't fall into disrepair overnight, it took over 6 years.
Vote No on issue #3. Do you want the city of Colorado Springs sticking their nose in your internet? Any "advanced high speed internet" will be made available to us without the help of Colorado Springs so they don't need to get richer via "Kick backs" or other ways of "skimming" from Xfinity or Century link or some other entity.
What about the coming stormwater fee?
Looks like the Independent has no issue spending people's money. TABOR should be refunded if not used for the purposes it was raised to do.
You whine about a "small" tax for city parks. Really? No such thing as a small tax. Independent should support government staying out of our pockets. Any idea how much the lottery already provides the city for parks? Might want to look into it before you start whining about the Mayor not wanting to add additional taxes.
Item 3 needs to go away. This is another tax hidden as a fee. Don't buy the hype that it will help make our city better by creating motivation for Comcast and Centurylink to provide better service. They both make the claim regularly that they have already run the fiber that isn't here and have no plans to run it anytime soon. Should they decide to, who do you think would pay for it? There was already a large increase in Franchise Tax this year and another one coming next year. Enough is enough.
Yes on 1. No on 2 and 3.
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