City of Champions proposal was a trial balloon, i.e., lots of hot air, no engine.
Do you have thoughts, pro or con, on the City for Champions project - - and comments on why you support or oppose - - and perhaps even how this project might be re-worked to become a boost to the downtown environment? Thank you !
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First off, Helen Collins actually SPOKE and I wasn't there to witness it? Second, how is it they think that cutting police is any sort of option? Does anyone remember the story about how the downtown cameras (maybe we should take THEM down and use the money to water that park) caught a drug deal and no cops were available to answer the call? I'm not a great fan of the police, but I will be when I need them and I'll be mad as heck if they aren't there to help me. (As would any of you). Also, Council HAS a solution to this budget shortfall. It's called weed. Our city voted YES on 64 and it appears as of the latest numbers that our county has overwhelmingly approved the tax on recreational marijuana. Council can decide on where our city taxes collected on these sales would go. Taxes on green to provide more green? Sounds good to me. Maybe they need to revisit their vote to ban it. And soon.
They will appeal.
Sounds like the people at Sun Bird operate the same way as the Owners of CWIS. Don't understand how Carolyn Ramagos can sue another company for performing work the same way her company does. They are the biggest bait and switch company I have ever worked for. Funny to read this after being called into a meeting and being told that they were not making any money because HUD was not honest with the solicitation. Imagine that a taste of your own medicine. This is proof that Karma is out there, imagine what else is coming their way!
Laugesen will not stand aside while an influencial person, Councilman Miller, is not on board the City of Champions scheme to fleece the taxpayers of COS, and so he AGAIN attacks Miller in a Gazette editorial. I say Bravo to the Councilman, as well as the other council members, who refused to endorse this assinine effort to obtain $82 million of "free" tax dollars from the state. The state's consultant this week says 3 of the 4 projects (not enough data on the UCCS sports medicine facility - which, BTW, should be paid for 100% by the state) are unlikely to attract tourists in the numbers needed to make these projects self-supporting, let alone profitable.
Yesterday in a front page Gazette article we learn that a state consultant has reduced the amount of sales tax rebate that will be generated from $82M to $31M (receivable over 30 years). This means that COS taxpayers will have to foot $187M to get these projects built. And as we can expect, the building cost will exceed $187M PLUS there will be ongoing taxpayer subsidies needed to fund the stadium shortfalls. And, in the last sentence of Laden's article, I was further stunned to read that all 4 projects - which includes the stadium - are not-for-profit venues. This City of Champions scheme is a disaster for the citizens and taxpayers of COS. Councilman Miller sees this is the reality and so is opposed to squandering scarce public dollars, and so should we be.
Although, I am still pissed at Miller for voted against retail sales of cannabis.
This place needs an intervention. Great locale, but bad service and bad food have sent it into a death spiral.
Perhaps the Independent should give Daniel Chacón a position.
On 2/12/2012 My husband I went for Brunch, afterwards I sent a 5 page letter to the manager explaining what needed to be improved.
His response was the owner really doesn't care to about the restaurant ( lives in California) and will not authorize any improvements or money for repairs (They were not able to make omelettes that day because had buckets on the floors catching the rain). The staff was not trained properly nor the manager, sad.
The only way anybody will read this is if they continue to move forward with the logo. Sadly, it’s not dead yet. If they do roll it out anyway, these “surveys” need to be scrutinized with the Colorado State Ethics Board because taxpayers dollars were used. They wasted tons of money trying to create a logo that the marijuana industry could not use. That was the goal and they didn’t anticipate this backlash. They have no answer for it.
Gov. Hickenlooper’s Presidential aspirations got the best of him. I’m actually a Hickenlooper supporter but it’s going to be impossible to defend this during his re-election campaign for Governor if he goes forward.
Notice the surveys are gone from the website. They are well aware they have a problem.
I must say that I loved the location and have been there when the place was much better. Last year my family decided to do the Christmas day dinner buffet. I only have been there for the brunch buffet before and knew what to expect as far as early day food but had no idea what a dinner buffet would look like. Now keep in mind this is a special holiday and one would expect something different. Nope...same old stuff. Nothing special. At $25+ a head and we had over 12 people at dinner I felt I did not get what should have been a unforgetable meal as it was in the past. I do not suggest anyone spend money at this establishment until reviews get better. Try the Cheyenne Mountain Country for a far better menu for special events.I would also like to point out that the person working the carving station would poorly slice the (Ham, Lamb, and Turkey) and then tosses the cut meat on your plate because he could not reach the plate from his side of the counter. YUK
The Gazette seems to feel that anyone who questions Mayor Bach's ideas for downtown Colorado Springs is either a fool living in the past or doesn't care about the future of our city. At least that is the way they and the Mayor try to reframe any arguments about his plans.
Looks like another place for Restaurant Impossible to come to the rescue. It would be a shame to lose it permanently because the idea of it is so cool. But I'm thinking the Pinery will be the competition that blows their doors off as the place to go for weddings, service and good food from now on.
It's too bad that The Sunbird, once THE place to go in Colorado Springs with it's fabulous views and great continental dining experience has declined so much! It is one of the few resturants that was already established here in 1969 when I moved here, that is still in business.
I am so sorry that this bride had such a bad experience on one of the most imprtant days of her life.
Sounds about right. A friend of mine had his wedding reception there about 4 years ago. The only way in and out of the room that held the small reception was THROUGH another wedding reception. I felt awful for the other bride every time I had to go through there.
I went to the Sunbird a few months ago before I knew about the change with some friends for a birthday dinner. We left before we even ordered because we could tell that the dining experience would leave us very, very, sad. Glad we didn't stay.
And yet the G actually has a vibrant and dynamic on-line forum, with submissions from all over the political spectrum, while you hang out here--alone and anonymous--reduced to name-calling and speculation.
Actually this just in from the Untied States Postal Service " as good government employees we find it necessary to inform the public that if they are a registered Republican, Libertarian or an Independent, you must physically take your ballot to the boxes. However, if you are a Socialist, Progressive or other form of Democrat you may just place it in the mailbox as it will be next day shuttled to the ballot boxe(s) of your choice".
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