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Re: “City spends big on separation; new form of government brings new costs

All of this proves the so called strong mayor initiative was a huge scam pushed through on the fast track in an off-year election in order to get it past the unsuspecting citizens of Colorado Springs. City government now gets even less done in terms of addressing real community needs. City Council is even more dysfunctional and cut off at every term by the mayor claiming everything is under his control. A few benefit and the community as a whole continues to suffer.

Voters must become better informed and more aware of consequences and stop allowing the special interest fringe groups to take over this City and ultimately this State and the Country. When outside groups and billionaires are spending millions of dollars to get you to vote their way - think about what they are really buying with their money - I doubt if it will be in the best interests of the average working person.

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Posted by rms on 03/19/2014 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Council gets an earful on City for Champions

All this talk about a multi use stadium but my question is just what kind of events are going to be hosted at this venue? Colorado Springs will never get the big name events of any kind because of the close proximity to Denver. So will it host gun shows and flee markets to fill in for when the associated sports team is not playing there? I just have a difficult time figuring out how it is going to be a huge money maker. You have to host events that people actually want to pay to go to if you expect to turn a profit. Just because you build it does not mean anyone is going to come.

24 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rms on 02/28/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Proposed raise for Utilities CEO

A 49 % pay raise for the CEO does not send a very good message to the regular Colorado Springs Utilities workforce who are also underpaid and limited by HR compensation policies from ever being given anything close to this enormous of a raise. If Council is willing to commit to a raise of this magnitude for the CEO how much are the rest of the executive team members going to be given? And front line workers will be left with higher insurance premiums and no salary adjustments. Is this just a way to get Mr. Forte to stay on another 2 years? If that is the real reason for this proposal let him go and negotiate with his replacement. I am willing to bet that a qualified candidate can be found for a more reasonable salary increase.

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Posted by rms on 02/25/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “UPDATE: PERA lawsuit? Don't blame me, mayor says

I am amazed at the mayor's memory lapse on this issue. Does he have a long term memory problem or does he just think the voters are so gullible he can say whatever he thinks will make him look good at the time? Did he not praise Mr. Melcher and if memory serves me correctly gave his City Attorney a bonus for the excellent job he did in his handling of the entire Memorial Hospital lease project? Ironic that Melcher left before the full impact of his advise became known to the general public.

23 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rms on 02/19/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Judge sides with PERA against the city

The City needs to admit they accepted questionable legal advice by not following the established procedure for withdrawing from PERA. Move on already - pay the fees and then concentrate on making this UHC deal a win for the community.

21 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by rms on 02/12/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “UPDATE: King says it's time to define Council powers

At what point does Mr. King envision citizen input to the committee selection process along with active involvement in the charter review process? I hope this committee would also focus on a non-partisan review process that is neither Republican or Democrat but in the best interests of the entire Colorado Springs community and not just the same group of people who appear to have nothing better to do than sit around behind closed doors deciding the future of this region for their own special interests.

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Posted by rms on 02/03/2014 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Veto overrides: Win some, lose some

As a Utilities rate payer I strongly object to subsidized watering for City Parks. I had to get rid of my lawn because I cannot afford to pay the price it costs to water it. The City needs to find a reasonable solution and not expect money from specific Utilities services to be taken and used for the municipal parks. It is hard to come to grips with this issue but in the end we live in a semi-arid biome and have suffered incredible drought in recent years. Find a way to fund watering parks without robbing Peter to pay Paul.

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Posted by rms on 12/18/2013 at 1:55 PM

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