The LART 2015 application deadline was June 30th. When did the LART committee add economic impact to application? The organizer must have known for months now that they wouldnt be seeking City of Cos financial assistance. The Classic was either told 2015 City funding most likely would not be awarded or another City is offering better financial commitment. LART funds are distributed from an appointed committee.
There are no limits in the private sector and people are constantly talking about the importance of experience in leadership. So.... why have term limits when people have the power to exercise their vote? Have a capable, respectable representative doing a good job. Why should they lose their position because of term limits? Elected officials who don't appreciate their responsibility and abuse the trust of their position should and can be voted out. Only concerning factor could be the increasing numbers of people not voting and the ever increasing apathy towards all levels of government.
PERA will fight, in court, years insisting City of COS pay. The City settles millions of dollars per year on various law suits to keep inevitable payouts to a minimum. I'm curious to know the legal arguments substantiating no payout as the large amount of interest accrues. It would be wonderful for Indy readers to read an interview with former City Attorney, Patricia Kelly, on her incredible knowledge of PERA law and what this means for the City. Should be encouraging to those wanting to see a boost in local business to know that local law firm has been paid million(s) by the current City executive branch for various legal consultations and representation. If only all struggling local COS businesses had such luck.
Knowing you had the privilege to have served on City Council for Colorado Springs makes it even more disgusting how you use your columns to erode the Indy's and CSBJ readers confidence in their elected City legislators and the future of the Colorado Springs community. The media in this town recognizes it is losing its reporting power. Do you seriously need to keep producing crap stories that shock, insult, misinform, and desperately try to persuade just to keep readers following along? What happened to accuracy in delivering information? Congratulations on your legacy.
My former colleague, Tim Leigh, approved the 2011 CSU budget allocating millions of dollars in ordering and purchasing of Scrubber equipment for he Drake power plant. He also sent a letter seeking reimbursement for travel expenses stating the experts he met with respected Neumann and the Scrubber technology. Public record.
Yes, Drake is ugly and maybe this community known for its aversion to taxes wont mind paying more to get the clouds out of COS skies. Maybe the leadership of Colorado Springs Utilities will change direction, take responsibility for the loss of over 100 million dollars spent at Drake, close the thing down in the next decade, clean it up, and make it an art museum. Whatever happens, rate payers need to know that CSU staff and CSU boards didnt decide to just sink millions of ratepayers dollars into a project because they wanted to foolishly spend other people's money. Ratepayers need to know that 2 previous CSU boards, CSU experts, advisory groups, AND a whole lot of public participation went into putting CSU on the path that it is now on. Representatives from the military, business, non profits, neighborhood, education, government, previous EIRP members, economic development and building and development were all part of this community directing project . Social media was used, ads in local papers were purchased, emails were sent. Over 52 meetings were held to get a long term strategic plan and approval of resources portfolios for CSU, including Drake power plant. The list of leaders involved with this project are very impressive and ironically, many who are wanting Drake now closed. CSU, print the names of the EIRP participants and let them explain why they have now changed their minds.
As someone who has a Masters degree in School Counseling, Im glad to see this profession becoming more valued.
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