The 'make-up' or composition of the incoming city council will impact not only positions on the marijuana issue, but a number of issues to come up on their watch - which candidates to you feel will win each district seat? How important do you feel 'endorsements' are from political, civic, business, and trade groups to a candidate? Please consider two minutes to weigh in and give your thoughts and comments. Thank you.
Valid points! However, methinks we have too high a set of expectations.
The wishy-washy moderators, simple generic questions, and acceptance of canned 'sound-byte' answers are all that can be expected!
Looking at the candidates choosing to challenge the incumbents in the city election, not sure one would want to ask very deep questions! Those 'deer in the headlight' stares would be frequent.
Rob Quirk from KOAA used to ask hard questions and not let candidates 'skate' by with non-answers. Is he still in town? If I remember from last time in the area during an election, the Citizen Project had a good moderator. Might be worth submitting questions to them?
This could be an interesting - and remotely possible successful three ring circus - that could lead to changes for the betterment of the community:
How do you take the inept, arrogant management style of a Lane or Stimple - temper it with the skilled finesse of a Johnson and Stuart - tossed in with the extreme right wing views of a Lathen - - and combine them with the socially liberal, inclusive views of a Weiss, and come out with a meeting of the minds and combined team who can find a way clear to address serious community needs.
Community needs exist. Do these two teams have the skill to be effective addressing those needs?
The lead economic analyst who produced the 2009 Project 6035 Report walked away stating: "The community is far to divisive to accomplish any of the goals set forth."
Lane took the ball and ran with it. Never made it past the 20 yard line!
The town appears to have become even more divisive.
A coalition of these two groups - pretty much spans the ideological and political spectrum, and if combined with a true economic development organization brought in from outside the area - Colorado Springs might become an economic powerhouse for Southern Colorado rather than lagging behind Fort Collins and Boulder!
A decade long process. It could happen. Let's hope. Now, who has Brady's jersey?
Fox has been lurking in the hen house for years.
Agree that the new litter of pups sired by CSF need to be blocked at the door:
Geislinger (gets a free ride)
Mayor takes off - Bennett is Mayor unless new council selects a new President.
One thing that could be a real boost to the future of the region is to have a professional team that would have the ability to bring that kind of 'sound mind' thinking to corral all the potential projects - the range of options to fund them - and generate regional cooperation to make them happen - much as what was done by the business community for Austin when it was deep into decline. Rather, COS has too many competing entities and no real leadership - there is the 'new' chamber/edc with no one on board with deep economic development experience - and the Colorado Springs Forward group which appears to be on the path of becoming yet another 'factor of divisiveness' for the community.
Perhaps when the current crop of aged leaders really age out and disappear, younger more realistic and collaborative leaders can set the tone to make all the great things happen that lies with grasp for the city yet so often just out of reach. Then if not, being a cute tourist/retirement town on life support from defense dollars is not all that bad.
Seems there is a plethora of penetrating questions needing to be asked of city council challengers during the rash of 'candidate forums' that will be scheduled.
I fully agree with Mr. Bensberg. Mr.Skorman would bring to council the much needed real life experience in the competitive business environment! Almost daily, there are articles in the local press linking one to sites where Colorado Springs as touted as being one of the most top rated cities because of its parks, open space and outdoor experience!
Continuing to support candidates who will work hard to maintain and improve parks and promote 'the economic viability' of the city that provides funding for acquiring and maintaining parks is essential.
The 04 April Election is one experiencing a well-funded take-over attempt by Colorado Springs Forward to stack the city council (and the Board of Directors for Colorado Springs Utilities) with a majority of council members they support and who will endorse policies favoring their limited agenda.
Please consider carefully the impact of voting for those candidates supported by CSF by asking: What have they really done for the community and can the community be well served by having a Broadmoor/Builder/Developer dominated city council?
The current incumbents, Don Knight, Andy Pico, Helen Collins and Jill Gaebler have done a yeoman job on council - - bringing engineering and analytical thinking to the process of local governance to offset the rather bumbling, mayor/developer roll-over votes of Bagley and Bennett.
Mr. Bagley and Mr. King will not be running. Therefore exists the chance for voters to install a very well-balanced council by electing a seasoned businessman to council with a vote for Richard Skorman and re-electing Jill Gaebler, Don Knight, Helen Collins and Andy Pico.
Please consider scrolling town to the bottom of the Colorado Springs Forward website to review the candidates they support and ask: What has Colorado Springs Forward actually accomplished in their four years of existence and what do their candidates really bring of value to city council?
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