FYI Pam...a small correction to your research:
"Fashionably Efficient and Saddleback both give the address of their principal offices as 1060 Clear Creek Road, Evergreen. We couldn't find such an address on the Jefferson County Assessor's Office website."
That would be because that address is not located in Jefferson County. A quick look on Google Maps shows its in Clear Creek County. Assessor records for the county indicate it is a real address with a residential home on it (parcel #1963-032-03-008). The registered owners of the property are Nicholas and Jessie Ragain per county records.
It doesn't change your overall point though, but accuracy is always a plus.
This last minute announcement by Ragain to bring pro soccer to COS - IF we build and give his non-existing team a stadium - should be obvious for what it is - a part of Bach's scam. The state's sales tax rebate receivable over 30 years will pay for only 20% of the cost of building the stadium. The remaining 80%, plus maintenance and shortfalls, will be paid by local taxpayers. Does this sound like a good deal? Bach etal are salivating over the free dollars, but the bulk of financing will be borne by COS citizens. As for Ragain, the World Arena is available and he can use that facility. Also, USSC is planning to build its own stadium for sports, concerts, and community events. It's obvious that building a stadium downtown is not needed, nor is it the answer to "revitalization". Ivywild has shown what local entrepreneurs can do to revitalize a neglected area. Let's copy their example and build a public market, open every day of the year, that tourists and locals will patronize.
I was saddened to hear the employees of the Curry Leaf restaurant were not getting paid, because of this we chose not to eat there.
Had high hopes for Coquette's gave them 2 chances. The first time service was bad, gave them another shot thinking maybe they were just having a bad day, but the service was bad the second time as well. The owner/employees had a pretentiousness about them, treated us like we were tourists & they didn't have time to mess with tourists. Just kinda snobby & reluctant to attend to customers. Maybe they had "checked out" because they were moving but we were really disappointed & despite having celiac don't think I'll be back.
Only posting in hopes of if read some changes would be made.
Waiting breathlessly for the announcement of an NFL expansion team before Wed with a secret deal made in the library to grant naming rights of the enlarged stadium to Papa Johns.
Thank you Pam for following the trail, hopefully the information I provided helped. ;)
It has become just sad at how pathetic the proposal and the proponents have become in their endeavor to have tax dollars pay for private ventures. This was something that could have helped our community (IF done properly) and unite us behind quality, real leadership and a vision yet we've been saddled with this scam and scheme. The proposal itself is inaccurate, incomplete, filled with dreams and hopes, lies and false assumptions…I guess that is the kind of work product we should expect from "leaders" whose intentions are not to serve or help the community but themselves.
All those proponents who've staked their reputation along with this proposal, who've backed it because they were asked to without asking questions or knowing details get to enjoy the albatross that is City for Champions. Hopefully they aren't too brainwashed too see that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Maybe if we're lucky, our publicly funded organizations who've spent ample time promoting and working on this private endeavor will be held accountable for this de-Bach-le and sent packing. Any and ALL organizations that use public funding should be looked into for how time was spent on this proposal as opposed to their real JOBS!
The whole proposal and those whom didn't/don't look into the details yet support it blindly are countenance of the defunct culture we've allowed to permeate our town. If this isn't evidence enough I implore those who still support this ludicrous proposal to educate themselves on economics, strategic development and more; then dig into what is being proposed. There is NO way anyone with this education or background can look at the proposal and place their professional reputation or integrity on the line to back it.
I have not had the opportunity to speak with either the owner or the former employees of the Curry Leaf. The only thing that I want to say is that I went there somewhat recently after spending several weeks in Sri Lanka and having Sri Lankan food withdrawals and needing a fix. I had heard about the reported mis-deeds concerning this establishment and still chose to throw morals aside for a chance at the tasty smack. I approached the current waitstaff with what I had heard and they mentioned that they enjoyed working there and hadn't had any issues. The food (authentically awesome) and the service were outstanding, I didn't get sick, and I will go back every time I am in town. Truth
Hmmm...I wonder if Ms. Hillstrom is moving because she's being evicted? Not too long ago an article ran in the Independent about how she wasn't paying her servers...so it is not a stretch to think that could be an issue. I wish Coquette's well. I cannot say the same, sadly, for Curry Leaf as one of the people she owes MANY hundreds of dollars to is someone I love dearly.
" - - - rents office space by the hour?"
This is our local government doing what corp america has been doing for years... shameful.
Anybody who has been following this de-BACH-le knows that this "organization" was only created to write a letter of support in favor of this "City for Champions" scam. Since that's the case and there's no benefit to having this public display if the RTA doesn't approve the state sales tax, does this mean that the State Regional Tourism Act Board has already given the nod of approval for this boondoggle? Is the "public" hearing in Denver this Wednesday merely a ruse?
fix your article! That would be Agents of Oblivion not Age
The sad thing is this is all true about our local newspaper.
The staff is mostly made up of interns from Palmer High School who simply sit around listening to the police scanner, and write paragraphs ending with "updates to follow"...which they never do because the paper can't afford any reporters to do the follow up.
Most of the staff is involved in sitting at King Soopers trying to give away copies of the paper which most people refuse, except occasionally those will use them to sleep on around the corner later that night.
Their inaccuracies in stories and the failure of anyone on whom they report to recognize themselves or the events in the articles is legendary...the names are made public but the stories are changed to assure the arrest of the innocent.
By the way, Colorado Rancher, I commend your egalitarian attitude toward the farm bill. Far too many people who advocate cutting food stamps, including members of Congress, nevertheless want to continue receiving benefits from the subsidies and direct payments to farmers.
But I must reiterate, IMHO it will mean an end to family farming in the USA. Notice I do not mourn for the food stamp program under those conditions, because food prices will drop low enough to make up for the loss and then some.
You write, "We have the best farmers and ranchers in the world..." We also have the best factory workers in the world, but that did not prevent the off-shoring of manufacturing to China, where slave labor produces shoddy and often dangerous products for sale to America. We can look forward to a future where farmers who are not the best in the world will produce our food in countries where public health codes are not the best in the world and enforcement is either haphazard or totally non-existent.
I hope, Colorado Rancher, you are addressing the author of this article, Jim Hightower, when you ask, "What billionaires are you talking about with access to these services?" and, "Where do you get your information from?" because I never made the allegation, defended it, or commented upon it.
Since Mr. Hightower does not participate in this blog, I thought I'd take a moment or two to check it out for you. As it happens, the article very clearly recommends to readers, "...contact the Environmental Working Group: ewg.org." About two or three clicks from the EWG homepage I discovered the answer to your question. See:
Spoke to an employee of the federal government, here at our local farm service agency. He like I feel you are mis informing people, as far as who has access to farm programs. Again Where do you get your information from?
Exactly do away with the programs. Let people keep more of their money. The government should not be an answer all for everything. Again there are strict income limits to be eligible for farm programs. What billionaires are you talking about with access to these services?
Farm subsidies "are tax money taken from some to give to others." The money farmers pay in taxes and fees does not begin to cover all the pay outs to crop "insurance" beneficiaries. Otherwise private enterprise would be offering this insurance product instead of the federal government.
Yes, I agree with the person above. I've never seen a minister GIVE away their materials but if you look at his website you will find it ALL, and I do mean ALL for free. Also if you own a ROKU you can get everything on his channel that is also ALL FOR FREE. This is one of the most upstanding ministers I have ever seen and he speaks the truth. He has ministered to me in the area of healing for a life threatening issue and I am so much better after just 3 weeks of applying his principles to my life. You shouldn't post stuff like this about people like him. He speaks the truth and cares for others. He's human so he's not perfect, but God has blessed his life and if you don't like that part, you'll have to take it up with GOD.
Pam, "Those who supported the Community Focus Fund" is a different subject. I don't think those funds were touched.
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