"City of Champions"??? The only champions will be Bach and his rich friends. None of this will bring in more tourists. Some that come to this town may visit one of these projects but who will go out of there way to see a stadium with no team, a new welcome center for the Air Force, a museum full of athletes you likely never heard of that play sports you do not follow and a sports medical center. I really enjoy watching the Olympics but if you doubt what I say, can you name the gold medal winners, in the last summer Olympics, for Archery, Fencing, Handball or Water Polo? The Olympics have 56 categories of sports. Each category have multiples of sub categories. If the Olympic committee thought they could ever make a dollar on a museum, they would have done it long ago. They have the money and could make it happen with little trouble. The Olympic training center gives tours. It is not like they have a line out the gate to see the center. If they want a plan that would work, try an amusement park or a world class museum of natural history or science and industry. If this plan goes through we will become a "City of Tax Payer Losers".
One of the best flowers in the farm garden has been the food stamp program? Food Stamps should not even be in the farm bill. We are promised life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not bread from our neighbors table. Families take care of each other. It is not the governments responsibility. Why not drug test food stamp recipients? Im sure most taxpayers dont want the hard earned money going to drug users. Most people have to be drug tested for a job. Why not for food stamps?
Farm programs are not accesible to the well off. There are income limits. There are many programs for minorities, socially disadvantaged farmers, and women. What billionaires are you talking about? Many years it doesnt pay to raise a crop, due to weather or price. That is what the programs and insurance are for. The programs are a government ploy to keep food prices low. Without the programs food prices would raise to the level that they need to be at in order for a farmer to make a living. Sure there would be good years and not so good years but it would all level out. At the same time get rid of the food stamps.
These guys were all bought by the first people who appealed to their egos convincing them to run and funding their campaigns...the perks are just why the continue in office, that and power, not to mention where else would any of them find gainful employment.
Far heftier enforcement of carefully crafted regulations - our only hope to end buyout and buyoff of politicians at local, state and federal levels. Does not take a genius to recognize that something is dreadfully wrong, when in flows a close to million dollar contribution from the Koch Bros. Prosperity for America, to now Mayor Bach's mayoral campaign, approx. a week before the mayoral election.
And then there were the unaccounted hefty 'contributions' made by the same 'fossil foolers' to a number of our newest city council members, followed by a rep. from local Prosperity for Amer., standing up at an open council meeting and giving direct orders re. how council members were to vote re. quashing of solar gardens. Follow his orders said council members did.
So thankful we should be, for the 'not for sale', true people and Mother Earth serving pols., like city council member Jan Martin at the local level, and Sen. Bernie Sanders at the national level.
awesome eats and drinks to be had at this event in addition to fabulous art and gifts www.keepitkangen.com
"According to Serco's information, Pico works for the Space and C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) business unit of Serco based out of Colorado Springs supporting the US military. The fleet management business unit is completely different and is based out of Reston, Virginia. So it would be unlikely that Pico had anything to do with getting Serco this contract. "
Correct. I have had no involvement at all with this contract in any way and have consistently recused myself from any and all discussions or actions involving Serco and the city.
Contracting for services is entirely within the Mayor's responsibility. The Council has nothing to do with contracting.
Colorado is leading the nation and most all the World when it comes to medicinal hash oil making. It is pure, natural medicine and all of its’ healing powers should be put to use immediately throughout all the World!
It would be interesting to know what KIND of contract this is - for example is it a fixed cost or cost plus?
Since Mayor Bach has failed to create the jobs that he promised this city, I think he should have to take a pay cut of half his pay rate and see what it's like to have to live on less but work harder for the money!
According to Serco's information, Pico works for the Space and C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) business unit of Serco based out of Colorado Springs supporting the US military. The fleet management business unit is completely different and is based out of Reston, Virginia. So it would be unlikely that Pico had anything to do with getting Serco this contract.
Also, Serco would not be driving vehicles all the way back to Virginia for maintenance, they would hire locals and sub-contract with local businesses to perform maintenance, so any local job loss would be one or two people at most. IOW most of the money Serco gets from this contract will stay in the Colorado Springs area.
It is turning into a heated battle - one the region is quite well known for. With the need to bring in employers - create primary jobs - and boost revenues so we can all buy toilet paper and toothpaste in the same week seems to be made the paramount need with de-emphasis on personalities and focus on the process. Create more 'Franklins' !
Beyond oil: 10 common but ignored fuels: HEMP
Hemp isn't just for smoking while you listen to side three of the Allman Brothers' "Eat a Peach" album. Strains with low to nonexistent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content are already used in food, wax, rope, paper and a vast array of everyday products too numerous to count.
According to the automotive website Edmunds.com, it can also be used in the creation of biodiesel. It follows the same principle as corn and soybeans, and its seeds and stalks can be fermented to produce ethanol.
Another idea for RMJ industry development for CS: a factory that makes vaporizers for smoking MJ. http://news.yahoo.com/can-a-tech-start-up-…
For the RMJ tour package, they could take them out to Dragonman's shooting range to blast their asses off at shitz or go skiing or 4 wheeling and such things that stoners would enjoy. Just make sure they sign a waiver! LMAO!L
Yes, and Atlanta has a population of 443,775 and CS has 431,834, yet they have professional Football, Basketball & Baseball teams and we don't. Our citizens go to Denver for these activities, and those that go to Sky Sock games say they don't want to have to go downtown to the new stadium location.
So why not develop industry that is in demand for Colorado Springs since Economics is based on Supply & Demand? How about that Glass Recycling Plant that I spoke about in the Plastic Recycling article? That would create many jobs and revenue for CS.
How about bringing the Recreation Marijuana industry here like Pueblo is going to do? We have plenty of empty buildings out by the airport that could be converted into a grow facility and development in MMJ oil to treat kids and cancer patients? How about adapting this into a Tourism business and generate more demand for people to fly directly to CS instead of out of Denver? Get some of the Bread & Breakfast establishments to support MMJ & RMJ within their facility and start a tour package that includes flight, lodging and activities like taking them to area places they might enjoy?
How about bringing back things like a Summer time Car Drive-In movie theatre like us older folks had when we were kids? You could convert a city owned parking lot like the new Social Security/ State Welfare facility out on Garden of the Gods that isn't open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights? Get it? There is a lot of options beside building a new stadium that won't generate the income and taxes they are projecting and using our tax payer dollars to fund it.
That sounds reasonable. I still want to know when his contract is up for renewal and if anything stands in the way of not renewing it.
Bravo Joel Miller, his quote is right on---"I have issues with forcing ratepayers to be involved in paying for things that are not utility related. The Business Alliance is a political organization and for ratepayers to be endorsing somebody or something they don’t agree with is a fundamental problem."
The best reason for utilities not be involved in economic development (donating ratepayer money to pet non-profits) is that it is ratepayer money. I don't understand why Ms. Martin can't understand that.
Correction: That donation site is the Goodwill, not Salvation Army. My apologies.
Just yesterday the wonderful new Pope issued a serious paper speaking to the issues of greed, income inequality, trickle down economics (a BIG lie if ever was) and consumerism, the latter topic being the one that hits home with this article.
We won't go to a mall after Labor Day, as at least one retail whore has something Christmas on display that early. Holiday catalogs appeared in our mailbox in late August when school began. They didn't even wait for Fall, they actually started bombing us with catalogs in late SUMMER. We now get 2-4 per day.... places we've never heard of... straight to the recycle bin.
Christmas shopping season has now expanded to 5+ months; by 2020 it'll start on the 4th of July; by 2025 it'll start on Memorial Day; by 2030 it'll be year-round with holiday clearance sales from New Year's Day to IRS day on 15 April when a new Holiday selling season kicks in.
Back to the new Pope. I hope he opens people's eyes. We all have too much stuff. Think not? Go see the drive-thru donation line at the Salvation Army store on Kelly Johnson Blvd just off of N. Academy and watch as mini-van after mini-van lifts its tailgate and disgorges mounds of items excess to family after family. We're buried in stuff. Our homes are stuffed.
We never shop Black Friday, it's a commercial gimmick; they jack up prices then offer a big discount. Right. We won't fight all the crazed idiots in the parking lots and stores.
I hate how the media panders to retailers, constantly brainwashing the public with crap about how critical it is for us to spend so retailers can show a profit for the year. Boo-freaking-hoo. We have too many stores selling too much cheap foreign junk. Let's all stop buying.
Note the article below from the Woester Telegraph from a state with limited restrictions on the expenditures of campaign contributions. It opens the barn door on abuse.
Massachusetts doesn't have term limits either,
which it needs.
November 26. 2013 5:12PM
Campaign contributions pay for more than many think
Donating to a political campaign is a way of expressing personal approval. But donors should know that contributions may be spent, legally, on things they might have thought would come from personal or expense accounts.
Campaign coffers in Massachusetts go to more than hiring helpers and buying ads and lawn signs.
A lot of donated dollars get eaten up at dinners. Meals with leaders and constituents are one of the legitimate, but often pricey, perks of a campaign account.
As described in a Sunday Telegram story Nov. 24, some Central Massachusetts legislators have used campaign funds to pay for conferences, gifts for volunteers, legal bills, and hotel rooms in Boston after late-night sessions at the Statehouse.
The state's decades-old campaign finance law requires only that expenditures provide for "the enhancement of the political future of the candidate" and not be primarily for personal benefit.
Tighter regulations over campaign spending would lessen at least the perception that campaign contributions can in some cases serve essentially as salary boosts, or a way for a lawmaker to live high on the hog once in a while without burning a hole in their own pocket.
What we hope for most from our representatives is a sense of duty to contributors, and wisdom over the value of others' hard-earned dollars.
It's disheartening to hear, as we so often do, about time and money lavished on less-than-serious outings and purposes. We expect more from our elected leaders.
State legislators make a base salary of more than $61,000 a year, and many receive leadership stipends and per diem travel allowances. They work hard, and some meetings over meals to get work done is to be expected.
But smart voters admire frugality and pragmatism, and — though they don't always know where their campaign contributions are going — they know those qualities when they see them.
All content © Copyright 2013, The Colorado Springs Independent
Website powered by Foundation