Could this be the end of Sarah Jack's political career? Colorado Springs Forward shoveled money at her and got nothing for it. Maybe she should try for a more conservative city? How about a comparable like Oklahoma City?
Not You, I hear there are meetings in Cave of the Winds, but you have to go on one of the spelunking tours. About half way through, get to the back of your group, hide behind a corner, wait til they leave without you, then turn off your light and crawl on your belly through the smallest cave on the left. Even when it gets smaller, don't be scared, just keep going, and you will find the meeting place in an open cavern, full of like minded anti-progressives. You will know you are on the right place when you hear them talking - it sounds like "h-ollum" or "k-ollum" Trust me on this one!
Old Crank, I find the retired military community to be diverse in viewpoints and outlooks, not a monolith. However, Knight and Pico seem to represent one part of the culture, that is, a mindset that actively discourages experimentation and trying new ideas. This mindset might be useful in a military context, but it makes our city less competitive, and damages the 'brand'. Those people who are willing to take risks with business, art, etc. see that mindset and look to places that are more dynamic.
I do agree that our elite evangelicals damaged the 'brand', but I see that slowly starting to fade, partly because recreational marijuana has stolen the headlines. Yet, our bizarrely stubborn and pointless official viewpoint on this does nothing but reinforce perceptions that our community is run by well meaning, but smugly dated fathers (and mothers). I do find it common to run into cloyingly sincere bible studies in coffee shops north of Woodmen, but overall, our evangelical elites seem to have moderated somewhat.
Maybe I missed it, but I have not heard any of our leaders or political elite reflect on why Google and Amazon have offices in Broomfield, why Boulder is a leader in entrepreneurship, or why construction in downtown Denver is still on a tear (and it poached the BP headquarters from Houston!). Look at the comments on recent election results here and the Anschutz daily - sadly provincial comments about the new council making C. Springs like Boulder, as if that were remotely possible. Our power elite don't seem to look and ask "What are those cities doing right?" and seeing if we can adapt those successes to our community. Their biggest concern is gaming the federal budget for more military spending and building single family homes on the backs of current rate/tax payers. Meanwhile, our poor business writers have to gin up excitement about call centers.
Pico is a problem. Too bad he's still on Council. While he may have good intentions, he gives off the impression of being dull, boring and unimaginative. More specifically, he's the greatest single obstacle to modernizing our locally owned utility. We should be moving forward with decentralizing and democratizing power generation with incentivizing rooftop solar. Right now, CSU and Pico are blocking this, and it will cost us dearly. In the future, utilities will primarily be energy brokers and distribution managers, not generators. We can get on board now or later.
While our retired military community finds some needed representation in Pico and Knight, they are ultimately liabilities in managing the 'brand' of Colorado Springs. Their plodding brand of bah-humbug conservatism will cause many of those talented workers we need to look to the north instead, and the businesses to follow.
Only Sarah Jack could claim to 'lighten the mood' and be bitter about it. Who knew she was so bad at concealing her contempt? She was so eager to land one on John, she completely missed his feint. Maybe she occasionally lashes out at random people to expunge the bad feelings she has left from her encounter with the IRS.
Amazing, 301 Cimino Dr. went from $270,000 to $904,000 in less than 4 months? Meanwhile, 25 and 125 Cimino dropped by almost $1,000,000? And these parcels were donated to the city by David Jenkins in December are now being traded back to him? What am I missing here? What's going on?
Does Jenkins get two tax deductions, one for donating the parcels to the city and another for trading a 'lesser' value properties back to the city? Real estate folks, what don't I understand? This smells to me, and it seems some of the stink is coming from the appraisers office.
We ought to have our economic development people look at the costs to our local economy incurred by the extremist politicians we elect, people like Lamborn and Klingenschmitt for example. They do terrible damage to the brand of Colorado Springs. I would venture that we have less economic diversity and lower property values because of them. Suthers seems to be at least a reasonable person, so he is an asset, for the time being. He seems to understand that aspiring to be Fort Hood on the Rockies is not consistent with our citizens vision for the future.
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