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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/26/2018 at 3:06 AM

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Posted by rogergoff on 09/26/2018 at 2:53 AM

Re: “Council President Richard Skorman accused of citing his position at accident scene

"Mykut had produced registration and proof of insurance but admitted not having a drivers license. Mykut was cited for careless driving and driving without a license, but the citations were later dropped, records show."

"Mykut has had more than a dozen traffic citations and about 11 recovery-of-money cases filed against her in the last 20 years."

He said, she said aside, I want to know why this Mykut person is still allowed to drive considering her clear inability behind the wheel, and importantly, why the citations were dropped. Driving without a license is not hard to prove, so just why were the citations dropped?

I suppose that privilege extends to those who merely know those deemed political important.

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Posted by John Foster on 09/25/2018 at 9:41 PM

Re: “City Council President Richard Skorman's ethics complaint dismissed

Uh, wow, talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill

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Posted by Matt 2 on 09/25/2018 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Knobhill Urban Arts District efforts bring local artists together to beautify their neighborhood

I love the change I have seen!!! Its Awsome what they are doing to the area!!Matthew dean fillmore is by far the best artist from my generation ive seen in a long time!!! He's definitely deserving of artist of the year!!

Posted by Megan Woody on 09/25/2018 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Pam Shockley-Zalabak inks agreement with Colorado Springs Forward

I'd still like to know what the list is. Last time I looked, I was a member of the "community." Surely it's newsworthy, all the moreso a year after the story. Unless all the goals have been met.

Posted by Clara McKenna on 09/25/2018 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Pam Shockley-Zalabak inks agreement with Colorado Springs Forward

Check the DATE on this article - the story is over a year old. As of 1100 hours on Tuesday, 25 Sept 2018 a.d. - they still have Amy Lathen as head of their 'leadership team'.…

Posted by R Wehner on 09/25/2018 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Pam Shockley-Zalabak inks agreement with Colorado Springs Forward

What are the key community priorities that Ms. Shockley is helping to address? I'd really like a list.

Posted by Clara McKenna on 09/25/2018 at 10:57 AM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

The following is the letter I sent to City Councilman David Geislinger:

Dear Counselman Geislinger,

Recently I read "The Airbnb Next Door" in the Colorado Springs Independent, September 19, 2018. This article and the issue it describes correctly brings up some concerns. As a board member of the Stonewater Homeowners Association, a neighborhood on Voyager between Compassion International and Progressive Insurance, I am totally against allowing STRs (Short Term Rentals or Boarding Houses) in neighborhoods zoned for Single Family Residential. I am against this for the following reasons:

Our HOA has had issues caused by STRs; mostly parking and noise issues. Our covenants can address some parking and nuisance issues through fines but not the core cause of these issues when it comes to STRs. The real issue of allowing and regulating STRs must be addressed by the city.
These STRs are nothing more than boarding house businesses that should not be allowed in neighborhoods zoned for single family residential use. The city has not zoned this area for STR businesses or any public business.
These short term rental businesses devalue our neighborhood. They cause noise, parking problems, possible drug issues, nuisance, appearance and security issues. Because HOAs are not notified of STRs by the city we don't know who temporarily lives there or whether or not they pose a safety hazard to our children or families. There are no background checks of STRs renters that I know of.
Since this is a relatively new issue our HOA covenants only cover parking and nuisance issues, not health and safety issues caused by STRs. Health and safety issues should be addressed by the city and state. Our streets are city streets, and as such also have limitations on excessive parking blocking traffic, etc. but the city normally has to enforce those.
If the city approves them these STRs need (as a minimum) to be owner occupied, licensed and taxed, to not serve food not inspected by the city, and HOAs (or their property management) need to be notified of any STRs in our neighborhood so we can better monitor them.
Bottom line, our city needs to address this and allow only in areas properly zoned for their use. Long term rentals are one thing and acceptable to most, STRs are quite another issue as they are no more or less than Boarding houses. We do not allow property owners unlimited use of their property, especially when that use harms the health and safety of neighbors. This is no different.


Neil L. Talbott
Stonewater HOA Board of Directors
(address deleted from this post)

Posted by Neil Talbott on 09/25/2018 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Pam Shockley-Zalabak inks agreement with Colorado Springs Forward

With the addition of Dan Stuart to the Board of CSF, I see some positive direction in support of trail development!

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Posted by What's the Word? on 09/24/2018 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Green Mountain Falls homes hit with mudslides, little help available

"Not only that, but its also almost impossible to find insurance that covers mudslides even if the affected residents had flood insurance, that only covers water damage, not debris."

That didn't sound accurate, so I did some searching on-line:

"Q. Can I get home and business insurance coverage for mudflow?
A. Yes. Mudflow is covered by flood insurance, which is available from FEMAs National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and some private insurance companies. Like flood, however, mudflow is excluded from standard homeowners and business insurance policiesyou must buy the coverage separately."

"Federal flood insurance is available for homeowners, renters and business owners; policies cover overflow of inland or tidal waters and unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source. NFIP flood policies can be purchased directly from the federal government or through FEMA-authorized insurance companies and agents."

It only took a couple of minutes to find the right insurance to cover this. The same few minutes it would have taken these homeowners to find. But they didn't. And they lost. And now they are mad that the rest of us taxpayers aren't being made to bail them out. I'm glad we are not. I pay a lot of money for insurance. Including flood insurance.

Sorry your house got messed up. Not sorry you are going to have to pay for it yourself after not bothering to take the time to find the right kind of insurance.

Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 09/24/2018 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Monument rehab project stirs debate

"...because the county must follow its own development rules."

LOL..... The BOCC ignores it's own development rules all the time.

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 09/24/2018 at 12:27 PM

Re: “El Paso County Retirement Plan mulls request for extra retiree payment

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Posted by KeiraKilgour on 09/24/2018 at 4:54 AM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

By the way I have already written to my City Council Representative, David Geislinger regarding this issue. If you are in his district his email is

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 09/23/2018 at 3:20 PM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

Anyone who feels like Neil and John do: please check out the Neighborhood Preservation Alliance's FB page

and consider joining us in writing City Council

to ask for:
a Primary Residency requirement
caps on STR permits so that the City has control of the growth (growth in COS is over 4,400% since 2013)
requirements for the 60+ online STR Platforms to provide transparent data to the city and hold the Platforms accountable
close the loop on the Platform reporting with 3rd-party software (like Harmari) to scrub the web for STR istings that are not compliant

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Posted by Michael Applegate on 09/23/2018 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Mayor John Suthers: Let us become the good ancestors to future generations

well 850 people out of 465,101 so that is his supporters....... we need to get this dirtbag liar out of office.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 09/23/2018 at 12:22 PM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

See the following Colorado Code of Regulations, Paragraph 2.1 --…

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 09/23/2018 at 11:53 AM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

^What Neil said! STRs are popping up all over our neighborhood. Parking and partying are becoming significant issues. And the owners? They dont give a rip as long as the money flows in...

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Posted by John Spengler on 09/23/2018 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs Utilities chooses new CEO

Engineers have a better understanding of the system which can save the rate payers money up front and long term, better then someone who is just a number cruncher and wants to cut everything to make a name for them self at the expense of employees and rate payers. In the long run it would cost more money!!!

Posted by Ben Gregory on 09/23/2018 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Monument rehab project stirs debate

"The property at issue is owned by a limited liability company, which gives an address in San Juan Capistrano, California, which purchased the property on Aug. 9 for $4 million, assessor records show."

The address for FHAM, the LLC who purchased the property, is:
30950 Rancho Viejo Rd, #225
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Guess what the address for Sunshine Behavioral Health is?

0950 Rancho Viejo Road
30950 Ranch Viejo Rd, #225
San Juan Capistrano, California

What? Is this saying that the LLC of the new property owner is the same as the company that's opening services there?

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Posted by John Foster on 09/22/2018 at 4:38 PM

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