What part of "private funding" don't they understand? This request however is no surprise. The "private" funders only want the money to flow in one direction - from the citizens and into their pockets. We have to hold them accountable for promises they made that this was NOT going to use public funds without a vote of that said public.
It is dangerous to leave public park lands to the whims of politicians who make decisions based on how it will make them look. "The People" acted in good faith when they decided on open space for future generations in an honest attempt to preserve the legacy of this region's natural treasures.
I would also note that all changes to Garden of the Gods may not be viewed with such high praise - the development of residential property which is very visible in some areas of the park is not what I would consider and improvement or enhancement.
Joel - you missed the major point of my comment - I did not call Springs Forward a political group only said they were the "funders" of the party in charge of all things El Paso County. I have lived here over 40 years and in all that time the democrats have never been in control of anything - however if they had been the ones in control I would make the same statement - the argument is not about which party is in charge - it is about giving those who disagree with your views a voice at the table and the opportunity to make suggestions for solutions which if given a chance might improve things for the entire community and not some powerful action group paying to have their best interests put first above community needs. The partisan politics of Washington has trickled down and taken over all levels of government to the great detriment of our nation. In truth I believe we would be much better served by non-patrician local governance. Everyone who lives in this community should have the opportunity to speak their ideas and concerns and in so doing help make this area successful.
It just proves why our government was intended to be at least a two party system - so that all citizens had some chance of having their voices heard. If one party controls all the elected positions and appointed offices that is not a democratic approach to governing. So it is no surprise the "funders" of the party in charge of all things El Paso County are the real ones running the City and County. And yes it is difficult to live here - discouraging when everyone complains about how bad the roads are and no one wants a downtown stadium yet they just refuse to give anyone not hand picked by the powers that be a chance of trying to make a difference. But if you and others with a different point of view leave then who will be left to be a thorn in their side? Someone has to at least try to keep them honest.
Where is the money coming for all these bike lane improvements? I wish they would fix the roads so they were in a decent and safe condition to begin with before they start adding perks for bicycles. There is just too much traffic and too many unmaintained roadways to expect there to be warm and fuzzy feelings for drivers towards cyclists. It is difficult enough navigating the roadways without having to watch for people weaving around on bikes on major roads.
One thing our mayor has not been is "transparent" in any of his wheeling and dealing. He has managed to get Council and the political activists he agrees with to quietly and behind closed doors make deals that are not in the best interests of this community. I am waiting for his eventual run for governor which is when he will proclaim how he single handedly "reformed Colorado Springs government." I hope the voting public is shrewd enough to see through his one-sided agenda.
I can agree with part of Joel's arguments but I do not agree TABOR benefited the State and certainly is a double whammy for COS. Colorado Springs in under not just the State Tabor Law but this community also liked the idea so much they voted in a local Tabor law besides.
There is nothing in Tabor to adjust for unplanned environmental catastrophe like the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires. Then it is comical for me to watch our highly conservative right wing no tax pledge officials break their necks trying to be the first in line for Federal funds to help them respond and recover.
There is mismanagement at all levels of Colorado Springs Municipal and El Paso County funds - the spoils going to the faithful. The stormwater enterprise was determined by the courts to be a legal and appropriate fee which did not need the vote of the so called "people" to be collected. The week willed Council decided to repeal it to make their "people" happy. Unless we decide to bring in some sustainable form of revenue the continued deterioration of our region is a foregone conclusion.
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