Everyone wanting to see the purposed lease agreement developed by the committee (I would bet the RFL did it) should look at this link: http://www.springsgov.com/units/communicat…
The board on 2 September 2011 was talking about developing a lease and on 7 September 2011 I got a copy of the lease sent to me by the city dated 9 September 2011. Seems really interesting they were talking about how detailed and depth the lease needed to be and the 5 days later it is released. Those that trust the process would assume they burned the midnight oil, others would say there is something rotten here and everything sure looks preplanned and a fraud. Come on Colorado Springs we can do better than this
All of you need to read the minutes of the meeting from 9/2/11 on the following website. http://www.springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=… It is interesting that NONE of the questions asked by citizens who attended the meeting or the answers provided by the committee were included in the minutes. It seems because of the high level of concern about how the Mayor and the RLF having free reign to have secretive meetings and backroom deals without the requirements of transparency under the Open Meetings act and the Sunshine law the board didn’t choose to make that part of the official record. Sure looks like records tampering to me. They didn’t even record the Mayors childish statement that he would remove himself from the committee if he had to obey the law.
So let me get this right….The Mayor, an elected official inserted himself into the process and then says if he has to be held accountable for what he says he is out of the deal. Isn’t he an elected official 24 hours and day and is accountable to the citizens of this city in everything he does and says? What happened to his own promise to be open and transparent? Oh sorry….I forgot…that was only campaign promise. MR Mayor…. YOU LIED!
What the people should know is that for profits CAN “lease” the hospital under this concept. The entire deal is to “lease not sell” MHS. There is NO requirement for it to be leased to a non-profit or to keep local control or monies. So if you think Heath One isn’t going to lease it and run it as they see fit, your foolish.
I was there and while I am not a lover of Pam's writing she is spot on. The Mayor acted like a child. So much for openness and transparency. He even browbeat a citizen who asked and question and the Mayor’s immediate and confrontational come back was “are you a reporter?’ The guy wasn’t. I guess in the Mayors world reporters are not citizens and can’t ask questions in an open meeting
Looking at who he put on the panel, two developers and a guy who sold his family business to make a back putting 150 out of work, I think the Mayor is doing exactly what those who didn’t want him elected said he would do. Sell the city out to special interests and developers.
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