Did you actually expect that the changes to the city charter that enabled a "strong mayor" would be perfect from the get go?
If you remember, the strong mayor concept was hastily born from the necessity of creating a "check" to the power of an out-of-touch city council. Unfortunately the opportunity was seized by the old boy power brokers in this city to place one of their own in the position.
That does not mean this will continue in perpetuity, as his support of million dollar taxpayer-funded initiatives that pay back his benefactors are sure to be used against him in the next election - if he decides to run again.
As for me - I will likely vote for the taxi driver.
While I applaud the effort to get this city out of it's decade-long malaise, several of these projects are ill-conceived. The vast creative potential of this city was also left untapped by the mayor's closed door approach to the project.
Better ideas for the downtown area are a walking mall, like 16th street in Denver or Pearl Street in Boulder. The city could also use a true convention center - which might also indirectly bring better airline service.
And hey, how about wrapping some of these items around a spectacular centralized water feature to reinforce the identity of the city as Colorado SPRINGS? Imagine a huge piazza-type environment where you could listen to open air concerts or watch artists painting our scenic vistas.
Any proposal developed in a closed forum cannot be considered to be in the public interest. Glad to see the city council understands this. Too bad our mayor does not.
Any Drake study that does not include an option to leave the plant as-is must be judged as biased.
Seems short-sighted to use "Carbon Monoxide" as the State catch phrase.
Wonder when they are going to stop telling us this city has a budget problem?
Looks more like a spending problem to me.
I think it is important that the city abide by past promises, however it is clear that such promises should no longer be made to NEW employees - thus 401Ks and other such devices should replace clearly unaffordable public pension plans.
In order to make the most efficient use of tax dollars the city should make every effort possible to privatize every public service that is a "should have" or a "nice to have", keeping only the essential "must haves" as city employees.
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