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Re: “Evergreen Cemetery Guided Lantern Tour

I went on the tour last month and thought that it was worth every bit of the $10 to attend. The guide was very knowledgable and very informative and I learned so much more about Colorado Springs in that 2 hours than I had known in the last ten years. The Evergreen Society did a great job putting this tour together!

Posted by Ron West on 08/10/2015 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Bambino's moving downtown, modernizing

I think this sucks, I really do, I have been going there over 30 years, and mainly loved the salad bar and the minnestrone soup.. Shame, shame on you for once again ruining yet another CS tradition.. I will never step foot in there again.. You have lost a customer for good, and all my friends as well

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Posted by Cindee Sue Crombie on 08/10/2015 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Changes in leadership at Indy, CSBJ

Jen, you are a Honcho now it's official! Congrats, you ROCK! All the best to you.

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Posted by Kestrem on 08/10/2015 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Clear Spring Ranch is a go

Good new, but sadly, roof top solar installations don't seem to be going anywhere in town.

Posted by leloupe on 08/10/2015 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Moths, caterpillars and weeds! Oh my!

Charlie: Looks like a knapweed based on this authoritative source: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/natres/0…
Also, I do note in the article that "yanking" them is NOT recommended or suggested.

Posted by Hiking Bob on 08/10/2015 at 2:38 AM

Re: “What about a bikers' tour of Colorado Springs?

Biking and walking infrastructure and events; Low cost, high ROI.

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Posted by rt on 08/09/2015 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Credit union sues feds, new cannabis hotel opens and more

Next time we visit Manitou, we will probably try to get reservations..

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Posted by Leprechaun1962 on 08/09/2015 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Canna Caregivers

I love this dispensary. Mindy is top notch Budtender/Manager and is always willing to take the time to answer questions. My wife and I have been going there since Feb when we got our cards. Their Canna Creations edibles are awesome. I love the brownies, Canabombs, Nibs, and The peanut clusters. Our favorite strains are Roadkill Unicorn(sat), Tranquil Elephantizer(hyb), Romulan Diesel(ind), and ACE of Spades(ind).

Posted by SkuhDoosH on 08/09/2015 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Changes in leadership at Indy, CSBJ

Aren't Simison and Furda the two mental giants that wanted to give snacks and happy stickers to drive ignorant millennials to the polls? I said at the time that stunt was more self-promotion than community service. Looks like I was right.

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Posted by PacksA9 on 08/09/2015 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Shall taxes be increased?

As long as C4C is still in play, I'm voting NO.

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Posted by PacksA9 on 08/09/2015 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Moths, caterpillars and weeds! Oh my!

photo of a knapweed?--no way. My guess it's a monarda and would be sorry to see it getting yanked

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Posted by Charlie Paterson on 08/08/2015 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Nan & Pop's Superhero Sandwich Shop

Amazing sandwich's and great people.

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Posted by Damen Eller on 08/08/2015 at 3:45 PM

Re: “GOP wants to run local school boards

hey, don't forget Al Loma...fired from every board he served on...just too extreme.

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Posted by carolyncathey on 08/08/2015 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Shall taxes be increased?

The Resolution passed by City Council some weeks ago, which affirmed that citizens will be allowed to vote on any City funds used to finance the stadium, sounds reassuring, but the Resolution's purpose is to deceive, to lull the public into complacency while City Leaders bustle about, like rats in the cellar, formulating their stadium plans. There will be no vote of the citizens because of TIF - it's devious mechanism explained by Liberty. It is this method of tax diversion that makes it possible for the mayor to say, as he said in the Gazette's City Chat, reported in a front page article Thursday, "Before there's any city financial commitment to this, the voters would have a chance to weigh in."

This same Gazette article said, "But the sponsor, now the City, must obtain state approval for the project, develop a business plan, furnish required documents to the URA, and ensure that the project is fully completed and placed in service by deadline. The sponsor also must provide written consent before the URA can issue bonds for the project." It is clear to even those not paying close attention that City Leaders are aggressively moving forward.

Gazette articles during the past 2 years make it appear that the stadium is being paid for mostly by the State, with little cost to the City. And just how much is the State going to pay? Less than 10%. 90% of the cost - $200M - will be paid by the citizens of COS. Do the citizens even want a downtown stadium? City Leaders don't care what the citizens want. To City Leaders, the citizenry is just a source of funding and any trickery required to get the recalcitrant citizens to squander $200M is OK with them.

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Posted by curious on 08/08/2015 at 11:39 AM
Posted by Liberty for COS on 08/08/2015 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Shall taxes be increased?

The more details that come out about this tax proposal the more it is starting to sound like a shady deal. Instead of being a sustainable funding method for municipal road maintenance it is just another diversion of public funds to private profits.

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Posted by rms on 08/08/2015 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Shall taxes be increased?

The mayor was very careful in his "denial" interview with the Gazette to choose the right words: "If there will be any financial commitment of the City on a stadium, citizens will get a vote." He is a lawyer by trade and he knows that TIF (tax increment financing) revenues diverted from City sales and property tax collections and used to issue debt through the Urban Renewal Authority is not legally a "City financial commitment." Legalese aside...those dollars come from City taxes that would have otherwise gone to the general fund to pay for things like roads and stormwater. Neither Mayor Suthers nor Council intend to go to voters for these funds. It would take only a majority vote of City Council.

When asked whether the City should pay for the millions in infrastructure to support a stadium, Suthers responded that if a private entity paid for the stadium and all we had to do is build some infrastructure--that would be great deal for the City. We can all see where this is headed. The C4C application to the state had the City paying $129 million for infrastructure to support C4C.

He also said that a "private" entity such as the Colorado Springs Sports Corp would fund the "studies" that will likely tell citizens they'd be crazy not to build a stadium. The only problem is that the Sports Corp is funded in part by the Colorado Springs Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB). The CVB gets about $3 million per year in locally collected lodgers and rental car taxes (LART). The agreement between Sports Corp and the CVB allows the mayor to unilaterally alter how much of those CVB funds go to the Sports Corp. All the words like "private entities" sound good on their face, but with knowledge of the back story...show that public dollars will continue to be dumped into C4C.

The Sports Corp is also the entity through which City for Champions funds from the City, County and the Anschutz Corporation and El Pomar got all mingled up and untrackable and paid for things like the luxury buses that brought hundreds of proponents to the hearing in Denver and paid for the $23,000 C4C video produced using City firefighters and police stating "I'm a champion" and has been used as a propaganda tool.

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 08/07/2015 at 9:07 PM

Re: “Shall taxes be increased?

Agree with Liberty. The mayor is promoting raising the sales tax to appease citizen outrage over potholes. But at the same time he and other City Leaders intend to build a downtown stadium using $200M of future sales tax revenue. This is $200M that won't be available for any of the other urgent needs of the city. And the County, also a heavy promoter of the stadium proposal, has more calls on its available funds than there are funds available. The Gazette, yet another stadium promoter, reported in a front page article 2 days ago that the State will no longer guarantee giving the county disaster recovery funds. There are presently a swarm of legitimate govt uses for taxpayer dollars, but building a no purpose $200M stadium downtown is not one of them.

It is outrageous that the mayor and City Leaders snicker at the taxpayers while they forge ahead with their stadium plans. Until the mayor announces that the stadium will NOT be built, or that the citizens will vote on approving (or not approving) the diversion of sales tax via the odious TIF scheme, then I'm voting NO on raising the sales tax rate.

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Posted by curious on 08/07/2015 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Shall taxes be increased?

Being that the City is unable to spend what is currently budgeted for roads through the City Public Works roads budget and the PPRTA maintenance budget every year, how will this new money fix the problem? According to both the 2013 and the 2014 "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report," the City underspent the road budget by over $1 million per year. More than $5 million of PPRTA maintenance budget available per year to the City was not spent in those same years. Was the City making a concerted effort to allow the condition of roads to reach a point that they would serve as a great advertisement for a 31% City sales tax increase? Or...was there just incompetence withing the government to get contracts out the door?

The City's existing tax rate for the general fund (that doesn't go to PPRTA, TOPS and PSST) would be raised .62 cents or 31% above the current levels. That's a BIG increase. Where are the accountability provisions? More promises, but no accountability is written into the measure. This is free money into the hands of the politicians with no real-time oversight. How much will be used to build new roads supporting C4C and other developer boondoggles? The answer is: as much as the mayor wants--the mayor who was elected with ~$500 k of developer donations. You decide.

These are the same politicians who just last week were absolutely fine having the City take on the role as the "sponsor" of a new downtown stadium we don't need or have money for and the same politicians and bureaucrats who are unable to spend the dollars they already receive from taxpayers on roads.

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Posted by Liberty for COS on 08/07/2015 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Seven Falls to reopen, debut new restaurant

Who designed the restaurant?

Posted by MLF on 08/07/2015 at 6:46 PM

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