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Re: “Besides Nor'wood, one other 'entity' submitted an undocumented bid for downtown land

Underhanded to hide opportunities from others in the community.

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Posted by TruB on 04/13/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Besides Nor'wood, one other 'entity' submitted an undocumented bid for downtown land

Norwood will get it's million dollar investment in buying a new form of government back on the Olympic Museum deal.

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Posted by Jim Mullen on 04/13/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “'Would you please look at this?'

I'm the man in this article my name is Joseph Martinez a few things on here was incorrect they drop charges on me because I took a lie detector test and passed it and when told that I was going to get a fair lineup all they did was have sit outside of the courtroom and as the undercover cop got off the elevator the DEA pointed me out with their eyes after that the undercover cop came up to me and tried to accuse me knowing that he got the wrong guy just to save his own butt when I tried suing the city the judge handling my case told my attorney I wasn't getting nothing and that they had a right to do what they did kind of sucks because a lot of them in the judicial system will never know what it feels like to wake up day after day having to look over your shoulder being paranoid

Posted by Martinez GoGetta Joseph on 04/09/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “'Would you please look at this?'

I'm the man in this case that they were accusing hi my name is Joseph Martinez a few of these things in his article

Posted by Martinez GoGetta Joseph on 04/09/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs faces lawsuit over out-sourced fleet maintenance contract

The cost savings the city was looking for was not in current operations, but in shedding "costly pension obligations" that will come due in the future.

1 like, 12 dislikes
Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/05/2017 at 11:05 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs faces lawsuit over out-sourced fleet maintenance contract

It is illegal for Colorado Springs municipal employees to form a union. Also Colorado State employees are not allowed to form a union.

However, I agree that it was a huge mistake to dismantle Fleet and downsize many other municipal departments claiming it would save money. That just hasn't happened. Quality of and response times also suffer.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rms on 04/05/2017 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs faces lawsuit over out-sourced fleet maintenance contract

Outsourcing of unionized city jobs to the vaunted private sector was NOT done for cost savings. It was Mayor Botch's payback for the financial support from the Koch Bros' political organization. The Kochs utterly hate any and all unions, but especially unions for public employees. The work needs to be brought back in-house for true cost savings. FYI: Andy Pico was working for that firm at the time of the contract but claims he had nothing to do with it - believe what you want.

12 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 04/05/2017 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Bancroft Park band shell to be repaired after councilor 'horse trading'

Keith King took a bribe!
He voted for something this City doesn't want or need in exchange for money to fix a park. Not to mention that council wasn't told about the insurance money until after this vote.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by TruB on 04/03/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Bancroft Park band shell to be repaired after councilor 'horse trading'

As always, THANK you Pam Zubeck for keeping an eye on things. A "little horse trading"?!? Is that a euphemism for "greasing the palms"? Keith, you are, and always have been, repugnant!

Posted by John C. Spengler on 04/03/2017 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Nor'wood negotiates to buy government land southwest of downtown

From today's front-page Gazette article: "We dont have to trade, said Councilman Bill Murray. We dont have to have that (Norwood) land. It should be put out to competitive bid. That property is going to be extremely valuable once the Olympic Museum is built. This is a sweetheart deal."

City Leaders are determined to "revitalize" downtown, and particularly the area SW of downtown in which Jenkins owns numerous properties. The vote on the land swap has been postponed until after the April 4 election, when it is likely - if money and propaganda can buy votes - that new faces that support the schemes of developers will be elected to the council.

The Gazette makes this deal appear to be complicated, what with the owner obligated to clean up the City's contaminated property. But it's really not so complicated. Jenkins sees the trade as being advantageous to HIM and that - not the Common Good - is the reason for the trade.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by curious on 03/31/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “State budget includes cuts to hospitals, transportation and education

I find it interesting that all the millions that are now being made due to legal sales of Marijuana and still they are cutting funding to education. Where is the money going. It is time for a reckoning and transparency in the funds for education where they are actually being spent!

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Posted by Julie Davis on 03/31/2017 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs city election heads for the finish after sparring matches

As a politician who is "supported by conservatives," Ms. Crow-Iverson needs to assure voters that she is not colluding with Vladimir Putin to smear her opposition.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/30/2017 at 4:20 PM

Re: “The disabled community has been freaked out by the health-care debate

For health care funding ask the State of Colorado since it receives a share of funds awarded in the Master Settlement Agreement from the lawsuit against tobacco companies. 1999 through 2016 Colorado received $1,599,012,220.77 total. This was to cover tobacco-related illness costs and education. Guess how much it actually is spent on tobacco related healthcare and education for those years? 23 million dollars and they are cutting that amount yearly. The total amount would cover just about everyone every year for health coverage would it not? But state governments are spending it elsewhere or selling their awards to security traders. This settlement will continue into perpetuity or until tobacco is no longer grown and sold.
Correct my figures if I read them wrong, that kind of money I cannot fathom, I live below poverty level. It is in the interest of the big spenders in every state's capitol to keep cigarettes sales going. They sure are not spending that money on healthcare but it is being spent. (They even charged the tobacco companies under RICO!)
When we hear the phrase "government funded" or "government backed" or "paid to the government" it is actually tax payers dollars. Government does not earn a dime but they can spend them and deny you and I anything they wish. They cannot "create jobs" either but they can eliminate them. It may be a blessing to not have a professional politician in The White House- after all, the Democrats and Republicans have been running the show for years and handpicking who gets to run... Guess what? They have screwed it up beyond belief. This president may have more in common with the common people than you know. (Obama went on and on about "it is time for common-sense laws". If he had a brain he would have realized that he was implying the laws they have been making were then nonsense. Or if his followers had a brain...) (nobody would pass a background check if our metal stability were to be measured as they have in essence driven all of us crazy)
God knows that since FDR the country has been in stranglehold that tightens more and more. Government created agencies that have done nothing but help tighten the noose need to be abolished. Meanwhile the propaganda machine has been fine-tuned and is so well oiled that many would be completely stupefied should they wake up and see the light. Nobody would or could run their own household the way government runs this country.
We live in the land of milk and honey they used to tell us, where we can be anything we desire. But something is terribly wrong in a society that uses "community service" as a punishment and punishes homeless people for begging- all in the name of "public safety". Standing on a median between opposing traffic lanes with painted sign asking for donations (milk and honey) is dangerous (you can't be that) yet standing in the street between two painted on white lines (a cross-walk) is totally safe?!
Land of the Free...

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 03/29/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Nor'wood negotiates to buy government land southwest of downtown

Jenkins and Anschutz own COS - what they want, they get. And the City has Jenkin's back. The article says: "RBD is in a situation where it can benefit the entire community by selling this property to Master Developer." Explain to me how the University Village Colorado shopping center on N. Nevada, across from UCCS property, benefitted the "entire community" and taxpayers when ALL the sales tax collected for 30 years goes to paying down the City's debt incurred to build UVC and NONE of the sales tax goes into the General Fund? The City's involvement in this enterprise was a great deal for the developer, but not for the City. And virtually all of the UVC tenants are national chains, a practice that is not supportive of Colorado businesses, and we can expect a "Master Developer" to bring in more chain restaurants and retail.

But Jenkins/Anschutz also want the appearance of legitimacy, and hence they buy and place their development supporters on the City council. Naysayers to developer's schemes to transfer the risk and costs of development to the taxpayers can expect to be tarred and feathered by editorials in the Anschutz owned Gazette, whose editorial board includes Anschutz's son.

Re the current election, I'm surprised that Gaebler is persona non grata with developers, particularly Nor'Wood/Jenkins, since she is on record saying that the BLR annexation agreement should be revised and taxpayers should bear millions of dollars of the infrastructure costs of Jenkin's BLR development, which is contradictory to the Judge's recent ruling that ALL infrastructure and other development costs were SOLELY the responsibility of the developer. It would be helpful for voters to hear from Gaebler as to how she as a Council member would vote on this issue.

9 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by curious on 03/29/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Nor'wood negotiates to buy government land southwest of downtown

It would save us all a lot of time if we disband City government altogether and just build Jenkins an office to direct his plans for the use City assets and revenue to benefit him and his company. Why participate in the charade that we have people representing us?

27 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 03/29/2017 at 9:34 AM

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