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Re: “City fire department won't get ambulance contract

i like how the comment above speaks of these "facts" without any proof

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Posted by Hunter Rowe Von Stauffenberg on 08/18/2019 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Flying W Ranch fencing draws protests

What about the nearby road? Was the City road's department involved at all? Was there an environmental impact statement at any phase of Flying W's return? The Independent has done an incomplete job of reporting. The real story to me is how the City time and again approves fences and other construction that force deer onto the roadways then say we need an expensive ($700 per deer) cull for "public safety" and preventing deer/vehicle collisions. The City Council is like somebody starting fires while yelling for more money for fire fighting. Also, what about the animals that will pass through or under this fence (coyotes? bear?)? Is Flying W going to trap? Once again, City Council has shown they just don't care about the environment. Once again, quality of life on the west side takes a hit.

Posted by Dot1 on 08/18/2019 at 4:20 PM
Posted by PGirl on 08/18/2019 at 1:05 PM
Posted by PGirl on 08/18/2019 at 12:56 PM

Re: “De’Von Bailey shooting raises questions

The blindspots, and the sheer lack of compassion on some of these comments is so glaringly disturbing.

#JusticeforDevon

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Posted by Zac Chapman on 08/18/2019 at 10:15 AM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

For those of us - - as members of the public - - who are not really smart enough to be trusted to vote on critical or important matters, might be smart enough to understand the discussion at the worksession on the proposed ordinance designed to allow council to become the final voice on sale, transfer, conveyance or disposal of park lands.

http://coloradosprings.granicus.com/player…

Posted by R Wehner on 08/18/2019 at 10:03 AM

Re: “City fire department won't get ambulance contract

Fire department shouldnt run EMS, and the firefighters doing all the work and running the EMS calls dont want the job. IAFF and IAFC push for EMS contracts in an effort to validate exorbitant budgets, create relevancy, increase union dues, and add boots on the ground. The problem that they face is that EMS isnt a profitable endeavor nor is it a profession that firefighters are typically interested in. FD run EMS systems are expensive to operate, they decrease department morale, they inflate department spending, and they drastically increase department turnover. I want to ride the box today, said no fireman EVER! Funds captured from EMS billing are negligible compared to the costs associated with frequent department turnover and the training to school new Fire-Paramedics. Fire based EMS sounds good in theory but it isnt practical and it always ends up costing money instead of saving money. The IAFC and IAFF need to STOP pushing their departments into EMS. Its a good thing that City FD was eliminated from the RFP process.

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Posted by Kevin123 on 08/18/2019 at 8:57 AM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

WE KNOW where Wayne Williams is coming from and what he is capable of because we have just seen it happen right in front of our eyes in council chambers. Whether or not it comports with his past behavior is irrelevant. Furthermore, within the span of 15 minutes Councilman Williams COMPLETELY REVERSED himself on the subject of whether or not the public is to be trusted with the fate of their own public land. I've been told that the whole atmosphere on the City Council dias has changed dramatically since Williams took his place there - and not in a good way. I don't like politicians in general, but THIS KIND of politician is intolerable.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 08/18/2019 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Border Burger Bar Eastside not fully dialed in

Colorado green chile? Colorado has a lot going for it- not green chile. Sell your overpriced home, move back to New Jersey, or Texas, or Portland, or wherever you came from if you want to preserve Colorado culture (it's nominally the chile). If you do want green chile, take a vacation in NM

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Posted by KyleJS on 08/18/2019 at 1:43 AM

Re: “Airbnbs are commercial properties, assessor says. The fallout could be huge.

I'd also like to add that Assessor Steve Schleiker looks like the shark from finding nemo when he smiles.........

Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 08/17/2019 at 10:11 PM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

We need a western-themed water park and hotel at Garden of the Gods Park. With a Ferris Wheel. And incentives to make it happen. That should grease right through the approval process!

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Posted by R Wehner on 08/17/2019 at 8:17 PM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

Hey at least we can put a face to the unintelligent people that are on our city council. Many of them have been there for years because they get no challenger at election time.

Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 08/17/2019 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Council debates adding new short-term rental requirements

With all the crazy stuff happening in our city / county and THIS is what the morons on the city council want to do......typical B.S.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 08/17/2019 at 7:50 PM

Re: “De’Von Bailey shooting raises questions

He was involved in a Sexual Assault of a child case? And he allegedly mugged someone? Now he's dead? Zero F's given.

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Posted by CC W. on 08/17/2019 at 5:39 PM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

Jim:

You are correct in that the matter of selling off park lands never reached the point of being placed on a county agenda! But it damn sure has been discussed !

WILLIAMS PROPOSES SELLING PARK LANDS TO SOLVE BUDGET CRISIS

NOTE: $600,000 profit from sale of Fox Run Regional Park and letting go of Bear Creek Park for $14M

FURTHER NOTE: New park lands of this magnitude are not currently being manufactured! They gone-they gone!

"Likewise, in 2008, Williams, while serving as a county commissioner, proposed selling some of the countys parkland to close a nearly $10 million budget gap. The county went so far as to estimate the county could capture $600,000 by selling part of Fox Run Regional Park and $14 million by selling all of Bear Creek Regional Park"

https://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/vot…

With this level of financial planning and sophistication - does one even remotely think of letting electeds have control over the future of parks and open spaces?

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Posted by R Wehner on 08/17/2019 at 3:24 PM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

County Considers Big Cuts
County Parks, Pikes Peak Center, Penrose Equestrian Center top the potential chop list

"Sell off county parks."

https://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/cou…

Jim - - the point I am making is that until traditionally recognized hard core county political hacks entered the race to get into elected city positions, discussions related to selling parks was never heard. Those discussions came from the county side. Therefore, sale,transfer, repurposing, disposing of parks should be only by a vote of the public who own them.

Particularly with a mayor who states he wants the public to vote on only those items legally requiring a public vote - - to be voted on! This should be a real red flag with a recession coming due - auto sales (9%) of city sales tax revenue expected to begin declining 3% a year - and an economy based on volatile tourism and retirement spending - - - - parks may well again become 'low hanging fruit' to solve a one time budget crisis!

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Posted by R Wehner on 08/17/2019 at 2:42 PM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

Jim

Not looking to argue with you for the sake of an argument - but to establish the fact that parks in the region are too important to leave in the hands of elected officials!

And it may well have only been Dennis Hisey who tendered this idea but - - even with my age diminished memory, I seem to recall both Wayne Williams (commissioner at time) and Jeff Greene (cnty administrator at time) mentioned that selling parklands was 'not off the table'. I will go back and research what published data is available. And quite sure Sallie Clark was strong in whipping up panic on the matter!

The Perry Swanson article below references this matter. If I am wrong on this matter, I will sure sign back on and apologize. Did that once in 1969.

https://gazette.com/news/county-considers-…

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Posted by R Wehner on 08/17/2019 at 1:57 PM

Re: “In a strange turn-about, two Colorado Springs parkland measures appear doomed

Rick, we have plowed this ground before. The Board of Commissioners NEVER considered the sale or swap of Bear Creek Park or Fox Run during the recession. Please stop repeating this lie. Just because one Commissioner had the audacity to threaten the taxpaying public by trotting out an ill-conceived idea, it did not make it to the agenda. Ever.

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 08/17/2019 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Officer-involved shooting update: Police release body cam footage

Armed Robbery is not Sport. It is Crime.
Now there is one less gun on the streets.

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Posted by R Wehner on 08/17/2019 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Officer-involved shooting update: Police release body cam footage

Sporting Chance? Now that's interesting...

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Posted by Broz Tito on 08/17/2019 at 7:16 AM

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