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Re: “The mass eviction at Emerald Towers Apartments is just the tip of the iceberg

Don't we have another problem in that middle class housing areas will NOT allow affordable housing in their back-yards? So if you have the money and permits, you still get solid opposition.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by TominColorado on 11/30/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

A theme "trimmed out of my letter" involves the fact that "helping the homeless" has become a thriving industry in our community. When you are a volunteer who supports him/herself by painting houses or doing nursing night shifts to be part of the community effort, your viewpoint is different than when homeless dollars feed the family, pay the mortgage and send the kid to college. You tend to be fonder of the status quo. Unfortunately, the process parallels that of our defence industry. "It really doesn't matter that the airplane barely stays in the air, as long as the factory building the landing gear remains open in our town"..... Our "status quo" of not knowing all of our recipients of support results in enabling of homelessness, the trashing of neighbourhoods around some of the agencies and that "brick wall" separating potentially involved citizens from those who run the show. Wasn't always this way. I personally was responsible for finding and promoting the concept that resulted in the creation of Homeward Pikes Peak. I helped found the clinic at the Soup Kitchen. Could I do this sort of thing now, as the effort becomes more and more "professional"? I doubt it very much. I keep harking back to Eric Hoffer's quote regarding movements: "All ideas start out as causes. They then evolve into businesses. Some go on to become rackets." Where is your favourite non-profit on this continuum?

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by OneMoreVoter on 11/30/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “The mass eviction at Emerald Towers Apartments is just the tip of the iceberg

Fact .... the largest real estate developer in Denver, the Denver Housing Authority. They have built literally thousands of new, affordable units in the past decade.

Sorry Mr Wright you just don't get it ..... and the Springs suffers

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by actionjackson on 11/30/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “A cyclist's appeal to drivers

Mostly a good article, but he can't resist adding the propaganda that most cyclists are law-abiding. Yeah right! Easily 95+% of cyclists that I've ever seen evidently think that stop signs and red lights don't apply to them.

9 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by Daniel Tapio on 11/29/2017 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

The purchase of the property was made with a vote of the people in 1885 (I believe). The decision last year should have been made with a vote of the people. Hopefully, that is what the Court of Appeals will decide. Simple!

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Posted by What's the Word? on 11/29/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “A cyclist's appeal to drivers

Very well written! It really is true that some people behave as though cycling is the chosen mode of transportation of Satan himself

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rob Lucas on 11/29/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Stir Coffee & Cocktails’ strengths lie in its coffee shop roots

Just want to say, the books are real.

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Posted by Danielle Lavina on 11/29/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “A cyclist's appeal to drivers

Great article and I fully agree with your points. Well done.

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Posted by Gary Nesbit on 11/29/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Drake power plant shutdown costs estimated

Shut it down early!

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Posted by TruB on 11/29/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

perhaps you should apologize for just not getting it... you are clueless in your cluelessness!!!

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Posted by happyfew on 11/29/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Also, thank you Pam Zubeck for your excellent journalism! Your thoroughness and objectivity are rare and truly appreciated! Keep up the outstanding work!

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 11/29/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

"I think some of the public probably will lose some trust in us," Knight says, "and they have the right to lose some trust in us. I hope they realize we as Council were putting our trust in other people, ourselves assuming all the data we were looking at was accurate data."

No, Mr. Knight, it is "YOU" we no longer trust (along with Tom Strand, Merv Bennett, Andy Pico, Keith King and Larry Bagley), not "Us". Fortunately, Mr. King and Mr. Bagley are now gone. No, Mr. Knight, you and those who voted "yes" on the Strawberry Fields "land grab" had the same facts we had, and we smelled a rat from the very beginning! These new revelations only bolster our position.

We do, however, trust Jill Gaebler and Bill Murray (and Helen Collins, now gone) who saw this travesty for what it was and voted "no"! They are to be commended! You, on the other hand, should be ashamed of yourselves...

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 11/29/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

This is progress, a step in the right direction, but what about the appraisal of the land taken from the Cog Railway? I still want to know if the cost of the needed repairs on that section of the Barr Trail were figured into that appraisal. The drainage work, the repair of the erosion damage, the study's needed for those tasks, the removal of rocks in the trail and, the replacement of the fence. I will again allege that this land's value is exaggerated by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Would you pay full price for a car that needed a new engine?

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Posted by Carl Strow on 11/29/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Reader: Move toward compassion

You miss the point. There are are people vilifying and demanding apologies from people for being White. There are people vilifying people for being straight. There are people vilifying people for being Christian. Etc. Even though the vast majority of these groups have done absolutely nothing to be vilified for. If you are gay, you can have a parade to celebrate it, but if you are straight, you cannot -- at least not without being labeled a homophobe and a gay hater. There are Hispanic, Black, Asian etc heritage months, but you can't celebrate White heritage without being labelled a NAZI, KKK member, and white supremacist . There is a very clear set of dual standards and entire swaths of the country are being marginalized, shamed, and discriminated against for being the majority.

No one is saying that minority groups have not been discriminated against, vilified, persecuted, and so on or trying to downplay that they have. What is being said is that in an effort to address that discrimination and persecution, people have adopted a policy of discrimination, vilification, etc.. And THAT is every bit as wrong headed as the original discrimination, vilification, and persecution.

People should be able to proud to be Black, or White, or Hispanic, ....

People should be able to proud to be an Atheist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, ....

People should be able to be proud to be Gay, or Straight, ....

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Posted by Odin on 11/29/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Every council person that voted YES did so knowing that the appraisal was inaccurate.
Even before knowing the appraiser was crooked. We all knew the valuation was BS. They voted yes anyway!
Now vote them out!!

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Posted by TruB on 11/29/2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

In this article Councilman Don Knight is quoted as follows:

Knight now says that action, while it might call into question the open space's true value, isn't enough to scotch the deal. "Council does not have the right to go back in and reopen this," he says.

I wonder if Mr. Knight knows that in addition to revelations of misconduct coming directly from the Broadmoor which are revealed in this article, the following is also true:

One of the written requirements of the resolution which was approved by city council on May 24th of 2016 (The Broadmoor Land Exchange) was completely trashed by both the Broadmoor and the Palmer Land Trust in the course of executing the (also required) conservation easement on Strawberry Fields. The resolution clearly states that the building envelope (that is the area to be commercialized by the hotel and barred to the public) as defined in the resolution itself NOT BE CHANGED. In fact, not only was the building envelope changed, but in the last few weeks markers and surveyors' ground pins have newly appeared which clearly define the boundaries of that altered building envelope. This is in direct defiance of the resolution voted upon and passed by city council.

The stranglehold which the Broadmoor Hotel and Philip Anschutz have upon the leadership of Colorado Springs is intolerable. Regardless of the outcome of the Strawberry Fields court case, I believe that it is time for City Council and the citizens of Colorado Springs to come together in a concerted effort to disentangle our city from what has become an unhealthy and wholly detrimental relationship. While once it may have been so, the Broadmoor is no longer a good neighbor.

I urge each and every one of you to contact your city council person today. Tell him/her that in light of the now proven corruption which underlies the Broadmoor Land Swap, you wish them to take all firm and decisive actions available to them as soon as possible. This is imperative if council hopes to regain the trust of the betrayed citizenry of Colorado Springs.

24 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Donna Strom on 11/29/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Drake power plant shutdown costs estimated

About time for the regular calls for the city to sell off Utilities - from the usual suspects: Colorado Springs Forward or one of the large utility users - Chamber-EDC getting a new Chairman of the Board.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 11/29/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Given this latest news, this "public-private partnership" is arguably the biggest heist in Colorado Springs' history which has national ramifications for parkland across the United States. Ms. Gaebler, once again, illustrates her astute leadership by honing in on one of the most salient problems with this deal when she voices concerns about the will of the people being thwarted. Though she, Councilman Murray and Councilwoman Collins voted correctly and opposed the deal, Don Knight, Tom Strand, Merv Bennett, Andy Pico and Larry Bagley were not moved by the facts that, in 4 different surveys, one hosted by the Anschutz' owned Gazette itself, 70-85% of the public, CITY WIDE, opposed this deal. These new revelations add insult to injury. When leaders make mistakes, they should seek to correct them. In addition to the will of the people being ignored, what example does it set for our children and the future leaders of the world if we do not hold ourselves to the highest standards and right wrongs when we see them? The council should correct this if in name only. Write city council, allcouncil@springsgov.com, and ask them to pass a resolution stating they would now not pass this deal. Ask them to sue Mayor John Suthers and his Parks Department which he controls for ordering a Restricted Appraisal (cannot even get bank financing with those) and refusing to ask and provide details of the work files, that both Councilman Murray and Knight asked for and were denied, which would have corroborated the facts the public already knew and repeatedly communicated to council - that Strawberry Fields was grossly under valued -- coming in UNDER tax assessor values which is highly unusual, and, more importantly, that our historic parklands are not for sale. Donate to the legal defense and tell your friends across the country to as this case matters to everyone: www.savecheyenne.org If there is any dignity left in politics and big business, what should happen here is that the Broadmoor and the City voluntarily undoes this deal. Now, that would be truly heroic and speak volumes to the character of these powerful organizations and their commitment to honoring the will of the people and respecting their ownership rights of such historic public land.

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 11/29/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Drake power plant shutdown costs estimated

This city is sitting poised for a very prosperous tomorrow if we could only stop thinking so small. This eyesore of a plant needs to stop blighting the downtown area ASAP.

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Posted by Larry Burke on 11/29/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Banning Lewis Ranch: $49 million in tax revenue over 30 years

How does this the BLR annexation agreement compare to other agreements developers have in place with the City? Fire Station 22 at Northgate was paid for by the developer. Is BLR completely off the hook from building fire stations now?

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Posted by Bob S on 11/29/2017 at 9:43 AM

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