Stormwater repairs are typically not visible - the only time you notice the damage is AFTER the storm water destroys something. Fixing stormwater infrastructure is akin to not wanting to fix the hole in your roof because it's not raining. On the other hand, the 3rd World bombed-out roads in this city are visible to everyone - motorists, cyclists... and the damage they cause is a daily occurrence. I predict voters will easily pass 2C.
As for Mayor Isaac's style of leadership, it was effective. And the only time he was rude to some folks was only when they were rude to him first... or if he'd just returned from "lunch" at the El Paso Club!
"If the population is used to driving and parking in front of businesses that will be along the mall, it will fail."
I recall Old Town Ft. Collins when the population was used to driving and parking on both sides of the street and in the middle of College Avenue. I also recall the Aspen Mall project when storefront parking was also the norm (same for Vail Valley, Grand Junction, and Durango). Safe to say, none of these have yet failed. Why would downtown Colorado Springs be any different?
But it's so much easier to write a one-sided piece. No pesky rebuttals or new information to worry about!
Like many others, I used to be a big Armstrong fan... and like many others not so much anymore for all the reasons Ramsey wrote about. But the column may have been a little more substantive with a quote or two from Armstrong. Trying & not getting a response is one thing, but not to try at all is just lazy, IMO.
I wonder if Mary T. Barra can actually build an automobile from the ground up? I somehow doubt it. But her acumen of running a multi-billion automotive industry giant was obviously a factor in naming her CEO of General Motors.
David Dahlin’s expertise in helping build Compassion International into the successful and well-respected organization it has become are highly regarded globally. My hunch is the FAC recognized Dahlin’s proven community outreach and fund raising skills, and that being an FAC member or ‘lifelong patron of the arts’ likely were not considered priorities. Sometimes it takes an “outsider” to bring a needed different perspective on how things might be done better.
I have known David for years, and I suspect he will do just fine in his new capacity. Imagine! We had a successful, seasoned, and internationally known exec right here in Colorado Springs who could reinvigorate the FAC and take it to a higher level.
" 'I saw myself as a reasonable, rational voice,' Martin says."
And this could very well be the problem with local politics in general. Is there room for reason and rationale? I once thought there might be, too. But local politics has simply become a microcosm of big politics. It was only a matter of time before the spirit of cooperation and wanting to place the local community ahead of personal and political agendas would wane before wearing off altogether. I'm glad I got to see it up close and personal and experience it in the 90's, the last of an era for local politics indeed.
Do "reasonable and rational voices" have a place in city/county government anymore? My guess is that a campaign based upon reasonable and rational logic and leadership would not fare well. That's unfortunate, because we will certainly lose leaders like Jan Martin and others who actually know what we need to move forward, but who will find little support within a "system" we have created that tends to devour public servants who possess these qualities.
"...nobody in the Colorado Springs media has made more people laugh, more people angry and more people offended."
Amen to that. A true sign of someone who had mastered his craft.
I will miss his columns here in the Indy (once every few weeks in the Denver Post isn't enough).
"Denver's Mayor does appoint his own cabinet," Rowena Alegría, chief communications and neighborhood outreach officer, says in an email. "Those appointees serve at the will of the Mayor and do not receive severance pay at the end of an administration" — as per Denver's charter."
I suggest that our own Charter Review committee seriously consider amending our own charter to mirror that of Denver’s, with regard to cabinet appointments and severance pay. This city simply cannot afford to keep paying out the kind of money it has when someone leaves... and especially when that someone is rehired after they've already been paid severance, unused vacation pay, etc.
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