You're right Jason, I spoke without knowing who you are. I believe you do have the best interest in what you think is right for our region and you're service during the fires. I too am very involved with several community business alliances and task forces. Do I think this is the perfect package? So close and much better than anything we've had come along in a very long time.
Curious - yes, UCCS is building a soccer stadium. I can tell you that with any college their priority is students, faculty and alumni in that order and scheduling community events are at the bottom of the list. I do think a downtown stadium is ideal - not a downtown Sky Sox stadium, but something that is flexible and enables our city to hold a lot more sports and special events - local, regional and national. When it was being pitched as the new home of Sky Sox, there are limitations on what could have been held in the stadium just like there is now at their existing home. And that's nothing against Sky Sox - it's just the way it is. It's their home turf and the team gets priority.
Sandy, I hate to tell you this. But there are a lot more people for this than against this. And they are not developers. They are business owners and see a potential to increase their bottom line especially after two years of horrible fires and devastating floods.
Tvert's right about one thing - marijuana is a FAR safer alternative to alcohol and we could prevent a lot of the harm that alcohol causes by giving people the right to choose marijuana instead of alcohol. It's frankly absurd for us to sit quietly by while the government arrests 700,000 people/year for wanting to choose an option that keeps them safe!
Elaine, cities with extreme firearms restrictions (Chicago, Detroit, D.C.) also have lopsided incidences of gun violence, proving that making an item essentially illegal to possess doesn't have any tangible benefit and that "feel good/do nothing" legislation will never make a positive impact toward reducing the figures.
Sounds like $17 million annually was a bit too generous. They should return the unused funds so that it can go towards some other unmet need.
Bottom line.....................................the people of Colorado Springs.....DO NOT want this!!!!!
What about the use of weed for addiction issues with opiates and alcohol?
Mr K...those jobs that pay minimum wage were never intended to be jobs that would support a family...that is why good parents and teachers tell you to get an education so you will have skills for which companies are willing to pay top dollar. If you have a minimum wage job it is probably because you diffed off instead of doing homework, did drugs instead of reading good books...and now want everyone to cover the cost of your misbehavior...sorry, survival of the fitness has kicked in...
Raising the minimum wage would be a much more practical solution for working families struggling with poverty.
Thanks, Callie, for eliciting this response from Jason Hann. It's exciting for me to know that somebody as qualified to judge the demerits of C4C, as Mr. Hann is, has spoken against it.
UCCS is planning to build a SOCCER STADIUM, to be located along N. Nevada across from University Village. UCCS says: “Our current priority in the north is a high altitude track and soccer stadium,” Wood said. “In addition to our own athletic teams using this facility, it would have disabled access that would allow wounded warriors and Paralympians to use the facility for training and would also provide valuable research information.”
According to Wood, such a partnership would allow the faculty from the sports medicine and sports science facility to research the training methods and nutrition of the athletes.
The north parcel will also include an indoor sports field house, and a 3,000-5,000-seat arena that will hosts public events including UCCS athletics, community events and concerts." From http://communique.uccs.edu/?p=9196
Does downtown COS need a stadium? I think not. But our mayor, unable to differentiate needs from wants, thinks the public can be fooled by "free" dollars. If the state grants COS "free" dollars, a lot more city taxpayer dollars will be wasted by the mayor on advertising, mailings etc trying to convince us that a sow's ear is a silk purse.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The FAC rivals any museum I've seen in my native L.A., San Francisco, Long Beach, Denver, you name it. We have such an amazing cultural treasure here, and i hope the art community truly recognizes and appreciates that. With exhibits like Floyd Tunson's, the Sideshow of the Absurd, and their exquisite permanent collection, they've set themselves up as a world class art institution- not to mention the work Bemis does in the community, with students and with at-risk youth. I have no doubt the FAC will continue to thrive and be a beacon here in COS. I love the little art community we have here- there's some fun art/artists and i usually attend first fridays, take a piece home here and there- but when i want to be Nourished, I go to the Fine Art Center.
This is an AMAZING project -- very excited to have such a wonderful, kindhearted place in Manitou!
Rock on there, Ralph! And I really admire your being so public about it as I know that adds a sense of accountability! Best wishes to you!
do they imagine using locally produced cannabis sans FDA go-ahead for investigation? if so, that's cool--I just wish it were explicit. BTW CA put up 8.7 mill for cannabis research, so it isn't a first
The only thing that will fix our schools is to transfer the high salaries from administration to teachers...
Then to close our borders so we are teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic instead of English.
Then to educate parents how to parent, how to offer a stable and healthy family system...and require they get an education themselves instead of complaining that they can't raise their families on the wage they make as unskilled and uneducated people.
Callie, you're welcome to look up anything about me…it will show I am. Everything from working both fires on the front lines providing critical support and being part of the Storm Water business task force to volunteer work and owning a community outreach group, odd…we've never met if you are engaged in the community. Actions speak louder than words; you're welcome to come get involved and learn if you'd like.
I am well aware of how vision and business operates, it's what I teach and do for a living. I've reviewed all the plans, the financials, the analysis and much more. My opinion was not made lightly. Chris Jenkins (President of Nor'Wood and one of the major authors) even asked to meet with me and we discussed this for nearly 3 hours. Now I don't expect you to know what frame of reference, context or who you're addressing when posting but please know you're barking up the wrong tree when trying to "educate" me on what a COS Champion is or business/project planning.
As for the details themselves…have YOU read it all? Show me the agreements and hard metrics. If you are willing to support and invest in such a proposal without having a good understanding of those details I invite you to invest in this start up fund I have going too. Don't question what it's about, the product or our financials just get on board! Oh wait, there is a risk evaluation with that vision and support process? That is all I've asked of all the proponents…plan it more, research the details and SHOW US! I am friends with one of the partners of the economic firm that did the study, served under Gen. Gould and have connections at all the levels of planning yet NONE can do so. It's all based on hopes and dreams…so like I said, you may write that investment check out to me directly and I'll keep you posted on your dividends. ;)
Besides sophistic reasoning, another common way opponents of equal-rights argue against equal-rights is through the use of the non-sequitur - a seemingly logical statement that equates two things that have absolutely no connection.
The cab driver certainly can refuse rides...but the couple would not be asking him to participate in a religious ceremony that directly violated his own religious belief.
If they asked him to witness their marriage, that would be another story.
By your logic, if the photographer asked them not to get married because he didn't believe in same sex marriage, they should honor his request and not get married at all...the cake slices a couple of ways sweet heart.
I am very disappointed if Jill Gaebler really said this Councilor Jill Gaebler, speaking after several opponents, said detractors shouldn't be "blinded by black-and-white ideology," adding, "They are but a fraction of our citizens and represent a voice of continued mediocrity." I am a detractor BECAUSE I'm tired of mediocrity. There are some really great ideas out there but this package isn't one of them and was never even brought to us to discuss until the proposal was already made. The olympic museum I see as a potential, but it should be at the training center (where I have been told they already have a small museum.) Why not build a children's museum? We are the only city our size which doesn't have one. Why not a museum dedicated to energy that features Tesla? Why not connect all the trails and rent bikes and segways? There are so many creative things we could do with the RTA money but rebuliding things that haven't worked in the past in different locations isn't one of them. I'm very disappointed that one of my councilors would call me 'mediocre' just for wanting something better and more creative for this town I love.
Thanks, Edie, for another thoughtful analysis of the Fine Arts Center.
I've been in town for nearly 25 years, and I've never seen the FAC poised for greater things than it is at this moment. Seriously. From the talent of our directors at the school, theater, box office and galleries to the board and community buy-in, we have tons of reasons to be optimistic.
Our "Wizard of Oz" musical, which opens tonight, should serve as tangible evidence of what we can be at our best. Expect magic, wonder and flying monkeys. Winter classes at Bemis show us at our most immersive and experiential, with an amazing team of instructors, including a Sundance Film Festival winner. Upcoming art shows in our galleries featuring American Folk Art, Dale Chihuly, John James Audubon and other national and regional greats will knock your socks off. And, starting in January, we'll be reviving a number of popular special events, such as First Thursday Wine Tastings, and creating new ones.
We've also expanded our concert season, with upcoming shows that include Haunted Windchimes, Blue Sky Riders and Colin Quinn.
The opportunities to engage with the community on ever more fun and deeper levels certainly spark my imagination, and we hope to do a better job of making everybody feel that not only are they welcome here, but we want their input on how we can best reinvent the FAC.
All that said, we face some significant challenges, many of them financial. As our new Acting Director Dr. Jim Raughton pointed out, donations and membership levels certainly can be described as robust. At the same time, we are just bouncing back from shortfalls that required belt-tightening measures. Even as we reach a more sustainable, balanced budget, our ambitions for ever-more dynamic programming and engagement are dependent upon support from friends of the FAC. That’s why we remain so thankful for our donors and members, and must work hard to earn the support of even more of them by being the most vibrant and significant arts depot in the region.
We are now entering a new transitional phase. The search for a CEO can be an enormous task, and one we take very seriously. But we are not slowing down, and our fingers have never been further from the pause button.
Lastly, about the balloon thing: It was merely a little Wizard of Oz children's festival, which featured cider and cookies, chalk art and a unique way to introduce our Oz characters to kids. Most of the kids and families enjoyed themselves, stayed to have photos taken with the characters and left completely unaware of the small mishap that left minor damage to the balloon and major damage to my arm. The show, however, will be something theatergoers won't forget. Wait till you see the glow of the Yellow Brick Road.
Notice how the Broadmoor has come out in support of LART dollars but has mentioned nothing of City for Champions? How long and how many dollars were put into a plan developing a disabled athlete arena at UCCS. Years of committee work, blue plans, etc and then nothing happens. This community is notorious for not following thru.
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