Believe it or not this bad-code Indy comment space won't hold a long URL
So add the second part to the end of the first, and it will work.
Woops the URL got truncated. Here it is complete
Old Crank asked me 4 weeks ago to explain the 'how to' of how I turned the Westside's sow's ear into a silk purse. While it is not everything that was behind my vision, the PDF file I wrote in 2007 for the Old Colorado City Historical Society's 'West Word' newsletter covers the core things I did.
Pretty interesting coincidence that the Independent runs this front page article today about Steve Shuck - which includes his long campaign to radically improve our schools - resisted by the Teacher's Union while Indy's political nemesis the Gazette Telegraph runs, today, a very long front page article featuring radical improvements in School District 2 being made by Harrison School District Superintendent - fellow West Point grad Mike Miles. Who is being resisted by the same Teachers Union.
The GT article is worth reading even online. It also has raving blog comments.
Now did I actually say, with ladies present "..Bullxxxx?" Hmm, in my old age I better curb my tongue better.
But I really am perturbed about the Catch 22 that the city is in with its self-inflicted Contracting rules.
Seems that if the city puts out an RPF - requesting bids for various services - that not only must the bidder's NOT talk to anyone about their proposed plans until THE CONTRACT IS SIGNED by the winning bidder - even if there are NO other bidders. Which was the case with the Woodman Chapel. It could NOT even talk to the Westsiders, much less CITY COUNCILPERSONS!
In other words, Contracting bureaucrats in the city 'negotiate' and 'decide' then sign the contract if the bidder agrees to terms. Only THEN, after the fact' can even the Council learn what is planned? And according to the City Attorney it can't even go into Legal Session, and find out behind closed doors, what each 'bidder' proposes!
So in such a touchy subject as a religious organization taking over a 'community center' not only can the NEIGHBORHOOD (where the center is) NOT talk to the bidder, neither can the Elected Councilmembers - who presumably represent the people, and in this case Sean Paige is the Councilman who actually represents the precise neighborhood where the Community Center is in, AND a religious organization has offered to fund it and take it over.
Something is wrong with that PROCESS for many 'private entity' offers - both for profit (the swimming pools) or charitable (the Church).
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