Whew...it is really like a new king instead of a public servant within an existing system has arrived.
I find the sweeping reforms to be dismissive of the past elected officials and rather unnerving for citizens wondering what sort of totalitarianism has taken over our city.
The hubris is stunning.
Not allowing "negative" comments and making citizens wait in the foyer while they have their closed door sessions are just typical stunts of Koch Bros puppets who have nothing but contempt for citizens. It's a way of stifling democracy, which fascists like the Kochs and their puppets despise.
Seems to me someone ought to go into council and disparage every one of them, dare to be arrested (or whatever the penalty might be), then sue the pants off of CS for 1st Amendment violations.
No guns, pan handling is encouraged, and pot heads. Not a recipe for progress.
Good post! Though there are still murders upon installing setting up home alarms, i think at least one's life could be saved. See this http://www.myalarmcare.com/ where you can find a wide variety of alarm systems.
Keith King and Jim Bensberg really are the old failed school of thinking in Colorado Springs...they are both past their expiration date and need to step aside. We need fresh ideas and a youthful face, rather than a clown's face for our city.
City Council Members,
We are proposing that at your next Formal Meeting that the ballot proposal for City Council Compensation (voted on and approved by a 5-4 vote January 22, 2013) be brought forth for reconsideration for the following reasons.
1.) The presenters of this ballot proposal (young professionals) made strong statements that they could not participate in running for City Council unless the compensation was increased to $48,000.00+ per year. This number appears to be a very arbitrary number as it cannot be a single source of income for a young family with a mortgage. Their after tax take home pay would be approximately $36,000.00 per year. Aside from that there have been over the years thousands of free hours given by this City's Citizens on committee's and commissions paying for their own fuel, parking and supplies, adjusting their employment schedules in order to serve when asked by Council and others. Yes, it can be very costly to serve, but we all new and accepted the terms and conditions when we accepted the invitation to serve, whether it be Council or a committee for this City.
2.) A full review of City charter was ask for in order to bring it into the 21st Century, This review could have a dramatic change on the responsibilities (adding to or deleting from) of the City Council and it's expected duties.
3.) After the City Charter review, City Council may not longer be the Utility Board and if that happens how will that new Utility Board be paid and how much? Should both the City Council and the new Utility Board be paid the same while they serve or will the pay differ and if so for what reason?
4.) This ballot proposal is being perceived that it is from the City Council asking for a raise and not the Young Professional group that asked for it. They did not have to collect, verify and submit the 25,000 signatures from the citizens of Colorado Springs to the City Clerk in order to place it on the ballot as a citizen sponsored initiative. Their position and desire for higher pay for City Council was not well explained to the public while while they did so (re; the Strong Mayor Ballot issue).
5.) Ralph Braden said it very well, that he felt that this would be in jeopardy of failure (increase in Council pay) if placed on the ballot at this time in this manner. We agree with him fully after listening to the radio today (KVOR Richard Randall) there are many citizens who are already against this proposal for the reasons mentioned above and more.
We are supportive of a reasonable raise in the pay (stipend) for City Council, but only after a City Charter review has been completed and the recommendations have come forth from those chosen to review it, supported by facts and presented to the Citizens with honesty and transparency in the media and town hall meetings. Please consider that if this measure fails in April in may be very hard to resurrect it again in the very near future. President Hente, you said before your swing vote, "if not now, then when" The not now is before a complete charter review for the 21st century has been submitted and the when is after the new City Council has approved those changes and it has been presented to the voters properly.
Once again, we encourage you to call up this Ballot Proposal in the next formal meeting and call for a vote for reconsideration, we pray for a short postponement to bring this forth in a manner that the citizens will vote for in a positive way.
Serving on the city council is not a job. It is a public service. You should be compensated for your expenses, not your time.
Now that we know the HBA endorsements we know who to vote against. Leigh being investigated shows the type of unethical and puppet individuals the HBA endorses. Dougan should be investigated as well.
Good to know Nuemann has a heart...I thought he was cold bloodied money grabber.
The city's argument about owing people their pensions, however inflated they are, is a bogus position given they forced the employees into "leaving".
Although all these para-government employees ought to have to wait until they are 65 like the rest of us, and not double dip by getting a PERA pension while still doing the same job they were doing before.
Lameborn is an embarassment.
I'd like to read what Lamborn has to say about gun control, NRA and the Newtown shooting.
RE: Klingenschmitt v Weinstein, it would appear the erstwhile chaplain (I keep wanting to type 'charlatan') has lost faith in his god's justice and is looking for help in the secular world... or maybe he's just looking for a juicy settlement.
Hope he's not holding he breath! What he's likely to get from Mikey will probably be aimed toward his back pocket but it won't fit into his wallet...
The cops can't return the mj because they already smoked it all...
I guess the city doesn't know the rest of us don't get raises because government makes doing business too expensive...this is an insult,mso insult a government employee the next time you see one to event he score.
Are there any taxpayer's funds involved in the secular religion center at AFA? It seems there ought to be some separation here of indoctrination and state.
$150,000 to hear we ought to change the name of the America the Beautiful Park?
Bad idea...that is far more related to our history and identity than the Olympics. And a wall for names of Olympian? When they get accused of doping will they have to be scraped off?
I think we need to ask for our money back.
I'm curious, who were the outsiders in the story headline?
"Better block" was a waste of time and money; a bunch of hay bales and horse troughs put in parking spaces with some shrubs in their pots blocking side walks; stupid to the max, nothing actually proved or disproved.
The fact is that the street is far to wide, and there are only shops on one side of the street, so nothing to which to connect.
And then without study, citizen input, or for any particular or obvious reason, Nevada is being torn up to put in dividers and plantings, when last year all the grass and trees died because the city couldn't afford to water them..and now in the middle of a drought, economic and moisture, this project.
All of which has to do with people spending our money out of their own unemployed boredom.
In case you missed Better Block Pikes Peak, find the story in images here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.…
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