I'm on board with most of this EXCEPT for 2 things:
Having the mayor (especially this clown, but in reality ANY single politician) in charge of utilities. It must be overseen by a committee that will represent ALL parts of the community.
The "City and County of Colorado Springs" is unworkable for a number of reasons. Would the "County of Colorado Springs" be limited to only the current boundaries of the city, with El Paso County being the rest of the current county? If so, you limit growth (not necessarily a bad thing) since one county cannot simply annex part of another county.
If the "County of Colorado Springs" were to be all of what is currently El Paso County, it wouldn't be hard to foresee that the more rural parts of the county would be short-changed and neglected due to more attention being paid to the bigger city (much like how Bach has screwed over the county by pulling out of the ESA).
Like our mayor, Hazlehurst is long on "ideas" but short on how to carry them out.
It's simple... have the mayor actually respect the decisions made by council and not thumb his nose at them.
OldCrank: What I like about your vision is that instead of moving a profitable biz (Sky Sox) across town, and not bringing in anything NEW, you envision something that the city doesn't already have. I would be more likely to support a project like you envision than just re-treading what we already have. Too bad the mayor doesn't get it...
Big red: Actually, a new stadium downtown will drive UP the costs of game tickets, concessions and parking, all of which will drive DOWN attendance. The current ballpark is fully paid for, sets attendance records almost every year, has reasonably priced tickets (including season tickets), all while being one of the most profitable park in the minors. ALL of that will disappear with a new, multi-million dollar ball park.
City hall likes to show stats that show how a new downtown ballpark in other cities had huge increases in attendance. What they don't tell you is that that only lasts a few years (a honeymoon period, if you will...) and after that, attendance is driven by how well the team does.
I commend councilman Miller on being transparent with his poll... But if Mayor Bach would just release the results of the TAXPAYER FUNDED poll, it wouldn't be necessary for Miller to re-invent the wheel.
Common wisdom on the street is that the poll results are being withheld not because of any ethically questionable "privilege" but because the poll results are 180 degrees from the Bachs vision.
Rumors, rumors, rumors, but no proof. I thought the Indy was a notch above the Gazette, but when they hired Zu-bat, that was proven false.
My issue with Zu-bat is that when she worked for the OTHER rag in town, she participated in the same yellow journalism displayed here. The last thing she wrote there before going away was an article about police and fire pensions in Colorado Springs (I don't work there, either) that was full of half-truths, misstatements, and just plain lies, that it was roundly criticized by many people...and the Gazette never defended her (and she was gone shortly thereafter).
If Zu-bats name is on the story, I instantly say "bullshit".
I forgot to ask...how do you come to the conclusion that the comptrollers pay is "ridiculous"? Have you made ANY comparisons to what other people in similar positions in organizations of similar size make? Or is it ridiculous only because it's probably more than you make? Sour grapes, maybe?
If a deputy (for example) is doing the job of another deputy, then it's the same job, just more work. If the deputy is doing the work of (for example) a lieutenant or sergeant on a regular basis, then I think they should be compensated.
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