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Re: “City officials want to limit how many plants you can grow at home

I'm fighting city laws now, on my fence. But I'm goin by state laws...city court on the 20th. Bunch of bullshit, if u ask me.

Posted by tequila on 08/08/2018 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Springs group crafting vacation rental law

As RMS points out, right now in Colorado Springs, anyone can operate a lodging business in any house in almost any neighborhood by using an investment property exclusively as a short term rental. City Council will be voting in August on code regarding Short Term Rentals (STRs). To date, most of the feedback about the proposed ordinance has been coming from the owners/investors of short term rentals. However, the City Planning office wants to hear from neighborhood residents too. What kind of neighborhood do you want to live in? What impact do/could investment properties solely used as short term rentals have on your neighborhood?
As an example, the house across the street from us in Holland Park has become one of the these businesses, and we have lost the opportunity to have a long-term neighbor. If left unchecked, it could happen to you as well! Investors see this as a lucritive way to maximize their profits (vs. renting long term to actual residents of our city) and it has the potential to choke out real residents who need to have a place to live their lives. Please contact Meggan Herington from the City Planning office before its too late to have your voice heard:
(719) 385-5083
mherington@springsgov.com.
Do so no matter how you feel, knowing that this is a real opportunity for your voice to have a lot of influence on city policy.

Posted by Michael Applegate on 07/12/2018 at 2:08 PM

Re: “The Exodus Road wants to help the anti-trafficking effort in Colorado

Using an information from an NGO source to make the arrest by a local law enforcement?
It sounds creating red tape over "protocol of using the information source ", especially if some of the information was not so accurate or even justified.
Are local LE ready to put up with a headache in this matters while the feds or an international organization may not have a proper guidance either?

Posted by LIMA-CHARLIE on 05/13/2018 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Sex workers get caught in the crossfire of human trafficking intervention and religion

Exodus road says they wont endorse decriminalization. By not doing so Exodus road IS endorsing the conflation of erotic services as a profession with sex trafficking due to how the whole system works. They are apparently ok with the damage that is being perpetrated upon sex workers via criminalization and the conflation enables this damage. That was just politics on their part. Talking out of both sides of ones mouth like a politician does.

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Posted by Domina Elle on 05/09/2018 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Springs group crafting vacation rental law

If you happen to live next to one of these vacation rental properties you may have a different set of concerns and it is a legitimate revenue opportunity that should be looked into.

Some of these properties have no "on-site" owners and really there is no one for even the neighbors to contact if there happens to be issues with the "guests" this is not the same thing as renting out a room in your home in which you also live. I would also hope the committee will include some of the vacation rental businesses so they can bring out their concerns for consideration as well.

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Posted by rms on 04/29/2018 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Springs group crafting vacation rental law

The public really needs an arrogant busybody on council telling people how to be 'good neighbors'? Maybe need to form a committee of busybodies.

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Posted by R Wehner on 04/29/2018 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Springs group crafting vacation rental law

Hmm..."Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, the bed and breakfast industry and Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau." These are all businesses and dollar recipients from businesses who are now having competition introduced in the free market by vacation rentals. What to do? Go to City government who has always protected their cronies by offering new regulations or laws to raise the bar for participation and hinder free market competition. Works every time. Where is the participation invitation in this committee from those who do are wish to offer their homes on AirBnB or VRBO? Seems like a very lopsided committee...as usual.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 04/26/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

He should. He is actually quite rude!

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Posted by R Wehner on 04/01/2018 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

It is my understanding that Rick Wehner will be running for City Council in April 2019. Rather than running for an at large seat, he will be running for a large Gadfly seat!

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Posted by What's the Word? on 04/01/2018 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

Interesting how many times, in how many parts of the country, and from so many in differing businesses I hear the same thing you referenced as reasons why companies with sophisticated management do not want to move to the region nor expose their employees to the prevailing attitudes.

If, in fact, all that will happen is more homes with people strapped to a mortgage and in fact just plain married to it leaving little so spend on retail items to support city government, do you think that every effort needs to be made that looking at the potential for reduced revenues needs to be examined rather than just opposing the development?

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Posted by R Wehner on 03/29/2018 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

developers can build as many homes as they want. just pay for the infrastructure that goes along with them. they have been getting a sweet deal for way to long... so they keep buying the city councils (until this current one) to keep their gravy train running. if the current council gives away the banning lewis to the developers... we are doomed for decades to come.

this city is plagued by the uptight argumentative teabaggers that run this village and ruin its reputation for any business that may want to relocate here. also don't forget the religious freaks that are so intolerable. these two things are the last thing any young person wants to start a family around. the sooner we rid ourselves of these two obstacles the better the city will have a chance to become a real city that people will want to move to.

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Posted by happyfew on 03/29/2018 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

Happyfew,

For the sake of an interesting and different discussion:

Are 10,000K to 12,000K people moving to Colorado Springs each year just because 'evil' developers are developing land so those people will have homes to live in?

Or

Are developers responding to a need to provide developed land so that builders can provide homes for the annual yearly increase in population? It is, after all, a legitimate business.

I think the real issue is that land is developed with honest planning that not only will there be homes on that land, but industrial and commercial and manufacturing firms that will generate jobs, produce 'export revenue products' and property taxes that will allow the revenues appropriate to the need to fund annual operating expensed PLUS a little gravy money to start whacking away at the past due infrastructure needs?

And - for any number of reasons - those industrial and manufacturing firms are not attracted to Colorado Springs and are locating new plants in other cities they feel more comfortable with. I think maybe we need to set down the large glass of Kool-Aid, grab some real strong coffee and figure out why companies do not want to be in Cspgs!

Do we need to be looking not at the mess but what we can do and who we can elect and what kind of EDC needs to exist to bring revenue as well as bodies to the region? Other cities are kicking but - why are we sitting on ours?

Posted by R Wehner on 03/29/2018 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

infrastructure was left to ruin under mayor botch, not the current council.

we elected a developer and we should have expected infrastructure to crumble... it is the last thing a developer cares about.

Posted by happyfew on 03/29/2018 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

Ms. Davis,

To 'pick your brain a little further' - many of the issues have been decades in developing - Is the real question whether or not the current administration and council have the horsepower and planning ability to begin whacking away at these problems or do we need to begin now at looking for serious candidates for mayor and council who have backgrounds that might have stronger business and planning vision who will work harder on issues and less on politics? The core solution to many of the 'problems' is one thing: MONEY and I do not see sufficient effort being dedicated to increasing revenues in all the wasted talk about 'Economic Development' from those who have absolutely no background or experience in that area - no place on a deposit slip for 'talk' - only places for the currency that comes from results!

Posted by R Wehner on 03/29/2018 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

@RWehner,

Their failure to maintain the city's infrastructure has the city looking like a dump. Their failure to fund and properly run the police department has seen in increase in violent crime. There are quite a number of other blunders that have left the city looking less desirable than it could look.

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 03/29/2018 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

Other than some people on Tejon street no one in this country even knows that the USOC is based here. The museum might ultimately change that, but it is not today's reality.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 03/28/2018 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

Ms. Davis,

Not that I would argue with you as to the level of performance of the current city administration and weak council but what specifically drives your concerns as to how city council is damaging the image of the city if you feel comfortable in elaborating?

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Posted by R Wehner on 03/28/2018 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

"Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?"

No, the City Council is damaging the city's image, with their piss-poor management.

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 03/28/2018 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Greatness: A poem by Idris Goodwin in the time of Trump

Might Help if America can stay out of Debt ?

Love the Poem.

Posted by frank1946 on 03/28/2018 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Fentanyl starting to show up in Colorado Springs

Keep in mind that any information about drugs of any sort as told by your government is incorrect. Medical professionals are wise to keep to the script otherwise they may be unemployed. Drugs started as racist tool until Nixon revamped the law and declared war on drugs (an incorrect use of language). Nixon, by his aides own words wanted to target youth (non-Nixon voters) thus creating political prisoners. The CDC is the main propagandist for govt evidenced by secondhand smoke "dangers" which have been all discounted as false by non-biased studies. Secondhand smoke has never hurt anyone.
Heroin overdose as reported for decades in the news have never revealed what other drugs were in the body and that is important as heroin alone does not kill but using it with contraindicates is deadly and that includes alcohol.
Legalization or decriminalization would save us all from these "crisis" and "epidemics" and the backward journey into thee Dark Ages. Beware of "law and order" candidates. Cure for addiction is prison or gunshot by police which is about right since we also have community service as a punishment. Let's see how far we can devolve...

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 02/08/2018 at 5:58 PM

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