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Re: “City spends big on separation; new form of government brings new costs

For the I-had-to-laugh file: "Meanwhile, Council more than doubled its staff and operational budget from 2010 to 2014, due to its need for staff when it can't turn to the mayor's for support." Oh, please! Pam, don't buy into Keith King's poppycock about how he had to grow government because he can't rely on the mayor's staff. Even if we accept that former City Atty. Chris Melcher was biased toward the mayor and an unreliable source of legal advice for the council, the reality is that most of the time the council's need for support staff involves non-controversial issues. In truth, Council "President" Keith King is just trying to build his own empire! He wants to match the mayor's minions with more of his own! Ironically, when he does get to juice in his own appointees, they're incompetent leftover hacks from King's days at the Capitol. (See: George Culpepper.)

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Posted by Stan Sloothe on 03/19/2014 at 11:58 PM

Re: “City spends big on separation; new form of government brings new costs

Good story by Pam, and good point by former Councilman Bill Guman. Let's also not forget, though, that severance and golden parachutes aside, we do seem to have a mayor who is cleaning house. Critics might contend he's just feathering his nest with his own ilk, but even in that least charitable light, hey—it's still turnover. And that should please some of the constant carpers on City Council who claim to be conservatives. Don't they want to see career bureaucrats shown the door? Of course, I won't hold my breath for the likes of Joel Miller to pat Steve Bach on the back.

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Posted by Ion Cscityhall on 03/19/2014 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Vander Veen won't be punished

So, let's see.... A law gets passed which basically allows someone vote in a district if they who simply say that they intend to move into a district.

People (Republicans) point out the huge potential for abuse, especially given the rumors of some parties (Democrats) flooding key districts with voters from other places to tip elections. Dems dismiss this as being the deranged imagination of troglodytes.

So, a voter does exactly this as an symbolic act (doesn't actually vote for anyone, he files a blank ballot), and the Dems, instead of admitting the law is flawed, want him hung from the nearest oak tree.

Then, it comes to light that other voters actually did vote outside the district where they live and the courts can't touch them because of this law. And now the Dem leadership Christy Le Lait, who has repeatedly been shown not be able to find North if given a map and compass left and dropped in front of a billboard with an arrow saying "North Is That Way", protests that "If that's [legal], you could vote in any state you've lived in".

Wow! That bright light must be the bulb going on in Christy's head. Of course Christy will blame the voters in question and the courts, not the actual law, because that would mean admitting she/the Dems were wwwrrrrr. Wwwrrrr. Wwwwrrr. Nope she can't say the "w" word -- they might not be right, but they can't be wwwrrrr.

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Posted by Dave H on 03/19/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Army looks for other options as Forest Service scales back helicopter zones

I have to ask, which is more likely to cause a forest fire: An Army helicopter crashing or some dumbass hiker/camper lighting a fire or throwing away a burning cigarette? Maybe the BLM are looking at banning the wrong people from the forests.

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Posted by flatlander_andy on 03/19/2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Vander Veen won't be punished

"Christy Le Lait, executive director of the El Paso County Democratic Party, called out issues of voter fraud in the Morse recall, and says she's appalled the Vander Veens haven't faced penalties.

"If that's [legal], you could vote in any state you've lived in," she says, adding, "That sounds like political favor to me.""

Duh! THAT IS WHY JON CALDERA DID WHAT HE DID -- TO POINT OUT THE STUPIDITY OF THE NEW LAW! Pull your head out, Christy!

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Posted by Dave H on 03/19/2014 at 2:47 PM

Re: “City spends big on separation; new form of government brings new costs

All of this proves the so called strong mayor initiative was a huge scam pushed through on the fast track in an off-year election in order to get it past the unsuspecting citizens of Colorado Springs. City government now gets even less done in terms of addressing real community needs. City Council is even more dysfunctional and cut off at every term by the mayor claiming everything is under his control. A few benefit and the community as a whole continues to suffer.

Voters must become better informed and more aware of consequences and stop allowing the special interest fringe groups to take over this City and ultimately this State and the Country. When outside groups and billionaires are spending millions of dollars to get you to vote their way - think about what they are really buying with their money - I doubt if it will be in the best interests of the average working person.

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Posted by rms on 03/19/2014 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Army looks for other options as Forest Service scales back helicopter zones

This is a classic case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. There are plans in the works to cut the number of Army Combat Aviation Brigades (CABs) by 3. Meanwhile money is pouring into a new CAB at Fort Carson with all the buildings, helicopters, drone aircraft and ground vehicles that add up to a $3 billion package. That is what pork barrel lobbying by the likes of Lamborn, Udall and Bennet will get for you. All claim to be budget deficit hawks. Guess you can take that phrase a couple of different ways.

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Posted by Gopher on 03/19/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “City spends big on separation; new form of government brings new costs

Good article, Pam.

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Posted by Bianca on 03/19/2014 at 1:14 PM

Re: “City spends big on separation; new form of government brings new costs

"Denver's Mayor does appoint his own cabinet," Rowena Alegría, chief communications and neighborhood outreach officer, says in an email. "Those appointees serve at the will of the Mayor and do not receive severance pay at the end of an administration" — as per Denver's charter."

I suggest that our own Charter Review committee seriously consider amending our own charter to mirror that of Denver’s, with regard to cabinet appointments and severance pay. This city simply cannot afford to keep paying out the kind of money it has when someone leaves... and especially when that someone is rehired after they've already been paid severance, unused vacation pay, etc.

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Posted by bill.guman on 03/19/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Chief of staff Cox returns, with scissors

EXACTLY! Mayor Bach has NOT created the jobs he promised to the citizens and instead of creating a greater tax base for the city, he depends on downsizing instead. This is the opposite to what we need. I suggested growing the Hemp market here out East, bringing in RMJ and other associated industries, but nooooooo, that would make us look bad. Now we don't have tax revenue coming in like we need? What a Joke! LMAO!

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Posted by gurudori on 03/18/2014 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Whoever plans to challenge Pete Lee is being awfully quiet

Whoever plans to lose to Pete Lee. Amiright?

Too bad about Jennifer George. She was a good candidate, but Lee is indestructable.

She should have waited until Lee was term-limited out of the office, and challenged a newcomer.

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Posted by el producto on 03/13/2014 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Chief of staff Cox returns, with scissors

So does he get his more than $100,000 a year city pension on top of this $200,000 a year salary?

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Posted by TejonTech on 03/13/2014 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Two water districts lose $1 million in alleged embezzlement; ex-con is suspect

Nice job Pam good report, these idiots are the gifts that just keep giving.

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Posted by Timothy O'Hara Casey on 03/12/2014 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Pride Fest organizer faces financial struggle, major changes

WTF??? Far-Right Minister: Gays Responsible for Ukraine Crisis

Scott Lively attributes the invasion of Ukraine somehow to Russia's conflicts with the U.S. and European Union over LGBT rights.

http://www.advocate.com/politics/religion/…

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Posted by gurudori on 03/12/2014 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Two water districts lose $1 million in alleged embezzlement; ex-con is suspect

A back ground check would have uncovered this guy's past. It would seem to me that P.J. Anderson put everyone at risk by not spending the money to have one done. If convicted maybe Anderson and Malcom should share a cell for a few years.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 03/12/2014 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Pride Fest organizer faces financial struggle, major changes

Gay Pride From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements throughout the world. Pride has lent its name to LGBT-themed organizations, institutes, foundations, book titles, periodicals and even a cable TV station and the Pride Library.

Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during LGBT Pride Month or some other period that commemorates a turning point in a country’s LGBT history, for example Moscow Pride in May for the anniversary of Russia's 1993 decriminalization of homosexuality. Some pride events include LGBT pride parades and marches, rallies, commemorations, community days, dance parties, and large festivals, such as Sydney Mardi Gras, which spans several weeks.

Common symbols of pride are the rainbow or pride flag, the lowercase Greek letter lambda (λ), the pink triangle and the black triangle, these latter two reclaimed from use as badges of shame in Nazi concentration camps.[1]

Posted by gurudori on 03/11/2014 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Pride Fest organizer faces financial struggle, major changes

Gay Pride From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Gay pride or LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements throughout the world. Pride has lent its name to LGBT-themed organizations, institutes, foundations, book titles, periodicals and even a cable TV station and the Pride Library.

Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during LGBT Pride Month or some other period that commemorates a turning point in a country’s LGBT history, for example Moscow Pride in May for the anniversary of Russia's 1993 decriminalization of homosexuality. Some pride events include LGBT pride parades and marches, rallies, commemorations, community days, dance parties, and large festivals, such as Sydney Mardi Gras, which spans several weeks.

Common symbols of pride are the rainbow or pride flag, the lowercase Greek letter lambda (λ), the pink triangle and the black triangle, these latter two reclaimed from use as badges of shame in Nazi concentration camps.[1]

Posted by gurudori on 03/11/2014 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Pride Fest organizer faces financial struggle, major changes

Really? Cause I was comparing one group's civic pride with another's group civic pride and right to display their pride. Pride comes to many people for various reasons. I am very proud that I am DAR- Daughter of the American Revolution, which means that my ancestors came off the boat and have been living in America since 1650, and we can prove two possibly four adult males fought in the American Revolutionary War. Pretty Cool and something I am proud of, which is also why I have an American flag flying off the front of my home.

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Posted by gurudori on 03/11/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Pride Fest organizer faces financial struggle, major changes

So guru...can't you see you are comparing apples and oranges here. Oh, that's right, you only like apples and apples.

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Posted by TejonTech on 03/11/2014 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Pride Fest organizer faces financial struggle, major changes

So, TT, we no longer need a Pioneer Day Parade, St Patty's Parade, Columbus Day Parade, Christmas or Thanksgiving Day Parades too? We're Here, We're Queer, and you aren't going to get us to stop any time soon! LOL!

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Posted by gurudori on 03/10/2014 at 1:09 PM

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