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Re: “City Councilor: It's not honest to say Air Force Academy area is "blighted"

Mr. Casimir:

Looks like restaurant, hotel and service sector jobs need to be fought for tooth and nail as that appears to be all the local EDC and leadership can produce! And some jobs are maybe better than no jobs depending upon whether or not they actually produce sufficient sales tax revenue to cover the cost of the city to provide services.

Take a gander below at the shift in employment since 2010 - - and 2012 when members from the Twinkie Society fired the professional Director of the EDC at the time and turned Economic Development over to the amateur and politcal Chamber of Commerce.

Looks as if hotel and restaurant jobs have increased by over 7,300 jobs while the higher dollar manufacturing jobs have declined by about 5,400! Compare that with the 6,400 manufacturing jobs generated in Reno, Nevada.


http://projectoneunity.homestead.com/Cpgs-…

Posted by R Wehner on 06/26/2019 at 5:09 AM

Re: “City Councilor: It's not honest to say Air Force Academy area is "blighted"

If the numbers for Scheels are off by 2/3rds, we can assume the numbers for the AFA are off by the same amount and the same goes for BLR. Thats a serious hunk of change since the numbers are coming from the same source.
As for new employment, I can say its not going to happen. Yes, the construction jobs will be created (if the construction commences) but they are only temporary jobs.
Over the next 10-20 years 47% of the existing jobs will be replaced by AI and robotics. For Colorado Springs and El Paso county thats 71,000 jobs. This means that the 35,000 jobs at BLR wont be created. The thousands at the AFA ditto. This will mean a shrinking of the work force which will lead to out migration and the economic consequences.
As for revenue, the city keeps up front financing of these projects which means a reduction in other areas. So the price the citizens pay is a reduction in services, infrastructure will continue to deteriorate, the shortage of police and fire along with needed equipment will continue. Lets not forget the tax abatements of 25 years (that seems to be a magic number along with the words Billions, Millions, and Job Creation).
Until council starts confronting these projects and doing deep analysis of their numbers, this smoke and mirrors economy will continue.

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Posted by Gary Casimir on 06/25/2019 at 7:47 PM

Re: “City plows ahead with detention pond at Garden of the Gods

"In short, Gaskill calls the project a complete waste of taxpayer money . I bet the people that live along 31st Street don't think it's a waste of money. When heavy rains send a flood of water through the canal and the residents have to sandbag their houses, that's a problem. When the elementary school has to close because the street is impassable, that' s a problem. The detention pond is about slowing the flow of water, not catching debris. That is what the catchment nets upstream are for. Not to mention the fact that the drainage ditch down the middle of the street has been shamefully neglected for decades. The city being reactive instead of proactive just costs us taxpayers more money in the long run.

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Posted by Gayle Nielsen on 06/25/2019 at 3:38 PM

Re: “City Councilor: It's not honest to say Air Force Academy area is "blighted"

Jackie, on this one, you're dead wrong. When I was involved in rebranding the Stratton Home some years ago, I had the rare opportunity to work through the archives and send the material on early days to various museums. I've written and published on everything from corporate structure in the city to education systems. I have a long history with special events, including managing national trade and marketing promotions, and I know what I know. Go back and look at some of the old Gazette Telegraph Progress editions and get a real picture of how this town ebbs and flows.

I repeat: tourism is a fallback position in the community and always has been. That's OK but it's not a rabbit out of the hat. The city is spending far too much money on tax incentives and "iffy" business proposals in the name of growth. Look at the sporting goods deal that was not closely examined and had to be withdrawn.

The "if you build it, they will come" stuff worked briefly in the post-Civil War period of expansionism. There are a lot of ghost towns between the 1860s and now that bought into that idea and failed.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 06/25/2019 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Nor'wood business district withdraws Scheels request

"We've left a message for Chris Jenkins, president of Nor'wood, seeking a comment and will update if and when we hear back." Yeah, good luck with that.

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Posted by Gayle Nielsen on 06/25/2019 at 3:22 PM

Re: “City Councilor: It's not honest to say Air Force Academy area is "blighted"

Clara, there is not one single industry that has sustained Colorado Springs but tourism is a large contributor to our economy. In 2017, over 23 million people visited our region and contributed over $2 billion to the local economy. That's pretty dang significant and puts tourism as one of the top three industries contributing to our local economy.

Now I agree that the area outside the USAFA is not what I would define as blighted. I do think moving the Visitor Center to outside the gate will provide easier access and less threat to security.

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Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 06/25/2019 at 12:32 PM

Re: “City Councilor: It's not honest to say Air Force Academy area is "blighted"

Yes, Donnya. All growth is not good growth.
"We're talking about trying to make this the space capital of the United States." A visitor center at the Air Force Academy and a couple of hotels is not the path to making the Springs the space capital of the United States, an absurd claim on its face. Attracting industry which serves the space industry is where one starts....like Huntsville, Alabama. Those high wage jobs as opposed to the Minimum Wage Mecca currently being created. Unless the new Scheels will have rocket launchers in addition to the tacky ferris wheel, there's nothing about these recent development approvals which comes close to making the Springs a bit player in the Space industry much less the space capital of the United States. Also, isn't Bob Cope the guy who keeps Suthers' jobs numbers which were overstated and called out by the state? I'd double check that math on the grandiose economic claims. Hey Richard, Trump will probs build a golf course around the Air Force Academy if you ask him. You two seem to be of kindred souls development-wise. I bet your buddies at the Broadmoor would love that! Maybe it can be Tiger Woods' first signature course with little rocket ships at various holes? And add some rocket launchers at Bears Ear Escalante Grand Staircase for some cross-promotional co-branding and slap the Olympic City logo on them for good measure? Elon Musk might sponsor those? The Olympic City in outer space...Isn't Norwood the one wanting to build these hotels and needs city services which is a key reason for the annexation? Parents of cadets may stay there for graduation, but I betcha Elon Musk nor any space industry execs will ever step foot in the hotel or visitors center which makes it hard to be the space capital of the United States. This sounds like just a standard development expansion plan - no more than adding a Hampton Inn or two near a university to service visitors to the school.

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 06/25/2019 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Polis acts on immunization

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. "

Like the way Mr. [C]rudeQuacking keeps posting absolute nonsense expecting to influence public opinion.

"Stupid people dont know their own stupidity..."

And Mr. [C]rudeQuacking is a prime example.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 06/25/2019 at 11:29 AM

Re: “City Councilor: It's not honest to say Air Force Academy area is "blighted"

"The city needs all the revenue it can generate" ....

This attitude is dangerous. Because it implies ...."no matter what we have to do to get it."

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Posted by doonya on 06/25/2019 at 10:42 AM

Re: “City Councilor: It's not honest to say Air Force Academy area is "blighted"

All this proves is that a city never leaves its founding reasons, no matter how inane. Colorado Springs was founded as a resort town and every time it lacks direction and is in the hands of a growth lobby, it reverts to those roots.

In reality, tourism has never sustained the town. Gold ore processing and shipping and the Mining Exchange kept it going during the early years. When the mines closed, the town was almost shuttered until the push came in WWII to make Camp Carson into the permanent Fort Carson. IT jobs here are based primarily on government contracts. Military retirees will be here as long as services are available. The use of the blighted statute on the north end of town became popular when previous Councils were attempting to protect a Powers connection to the interstate.

Maybe it's time to recognize the need for a measured step forward, rather than running hither and yon. "Blessed are those giants who go in circles, for they shall be called Big Wheels."

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 06/25/2019 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Polis acts on immunization

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

Like advocating for policies that have 100 years of historical examples of democide, economic ignorance, and 100% failure.

Stupid people dont know their own stupidity, and often remove all doubt by reflex action.

Brainwashed people in a cult dont question the cognitive dissonance and logical fallacies they display either, and therefore have total confidence and pride in never having to establish an original, critical thought or actual argument, let alone apologize for the misery and decline they promise their children and grandchildren by their failed ideology. ...

Like the ideology of aborting your children to save them from lifes worries and doing a favor for the global corporations by ridding the world of your family tree in the name of sustainability. (Thats some serious Progressivism! no ovens and gas chambers necessary.)

The house of cards that is leftist ideology falls immediately upon the shallowest scrutiny and objective analysis; upon returning to logic and reason rather than emotion, solipsism, ignorance and ad hominem.

The Democide Party has today convinced their entire constituency to advocate for, and endorse with gleeful pleasure the de facto repeal of the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 10th Amendments, the outsourcing of all U.S. industry to unregulated mass polluters like China and India under the guise of being green, raising taxes across the board to ensure those companies leave for good including taxing what plants breathe and therefore all life to ensure the extinction of upward mobility, while welcoming the third world to overwhelm and collapse the borders while pretending that a welfare state and open borders is not an oxymoron....

Post-birth executions of your first born as womens health and total victim disarmament and the abolishment of your most sovereign birthright of self defense for the children.

Finally, the coordinated deplatforming, censoring, threatening, violating, and harassing of all those with eyes to see, and bullying half the country as fascists and bigots.

And I remember when liberals at least pretended to be against the giant global corporations....

Now youre entire fascist plan is in lockstep.
According to plan.

This platform is not new.

It is an instruction manual for subjugation, sabotage, and the destruction of a nation that demands its own destruction and enslavement.

Truth is always revealed by the result.
Future Proves Past.

Thank you, HAPPYFEW(braincells?) for once again contributing another brilliant and concise public demonstration and supporting argument for my point exactly, and highlighting the subconscious, oblivious insanity of the modern neoliberal fascist pawn individually, the hysteria and mass derangement it breeds collectively for the corporate masters you knowingly or unknowingly serve, and why the DNC (everyday) calls you useful idiots.

Still havent figured out why the Democrats have 30 people running for President?

(Political optics only works well on the gullible and poorly informed.)

None of them will ever be
President Of The United States Of America.

Trump wins, Democratic Party collapses.
Dems win, USA collapses.
Hindsight is 2020.
(True Story.)

Wait till you find out what really happened to G.H.W.B., Harry Reid, NO_NAME, (and others) why Lindsey Graham changed his stripes overnight, and why Donald Trump gave up everything to go through Hell, for YOU, for FREE.

(Sealed.)

Survive Til 25.

G

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Posted by [RUDE]AWAKE[NING] on 06/25/2019 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Red light cameras start operating in Colorado Springs on April 9

Does anybody know, did they shorten the yellow light when they installed the cameras?

Posted by Jo Root on 06/24/2019 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Polis acts on immunization

this reasoning is the same as the old old verteran marching in the veterans day parade and wondering why everyone else is marching out of step....

insane people do not see their own insanity...

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Posted by happyfew on 06/24/2019 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Business district now admits Scheels sales figure "was wrong"

In interesting discussion on how council really works - worth the 20 minutes to listen to! Bill Murray and Bob Cutter are the participants in this conversation.

http://studio809radio.com/council-matters-…

Posted by R Wehner on 06/24/2019 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Independence Center trains deaf and hard of hearing students to be CNAs

I have (2) cardionics e-scopes that I am selling. One is never used, the other gently used about 7 times. The brand new I am asking $299 obo. The used, $275 obo. If anyone is interested, please contact me at saszcate@gmail.com.

Posted by Evelyn Moody on 06/24/2019 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Business district now admits Scheels sales figure "was wrong"

Not sure one ever heard the word 'corruption' used in reference to city politics until 2015.

Posted by R Wehner on 06/24/2019 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Business district now admits Scheels sales figure "was wrong"

Thank goodness for Councilor Murray. Seems all the others are sitting on one hand and have the other in Norwoods pocket. Corruption abounds once again.

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Posted by Tax_Payer on 06/24/2019 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Manitou exhibit raises questions about artists’ freedom of expression

Would the MAC be okay with a piece of work that had an immediate visceral affect on women, homosexuals, or people of color? I sincerely doubt the same lines of defense would be utilized: freedom of expression and anti-censorship. Do they really believe anything goes? Displaying symbols of vile hatred is a slippery slope and I'm not sure how the artist or those who approved his swastikas, etc. (I won't call it artwork because it's not deserving of that title) thought this would fly and merely be considered a "good conversation starter."

We've never stopped taking about anti-Semitism and we don't need this kind of prompting, as it's always at the tops of our minds, especially, for example, with the constant barrage of giant billboards, over-the-top cartoons, and anti-Jewish/anti-Israel articles published by the New York Times, not to mention very vocal anti-Semitic members of Congress, the Women's March, etc. Always in our midst.

I'm not convinced that Kledzik has anything of substance to add to the conversation and no, we're not afraid to talk about the obvious...in fact, we talk about it every day and hardly anyone listens. We are, however, afraid of the motives of anyone willing to display swastikas, YES. There are other obvious, productive ways to discuss the topic - we don't need to be provoked into it...and again, I don't guess this is the real agenda because plain ol' swastikas only convey one thing - death to Jews (as well as blacks, homosexuals, gypsies, and the handicapped & mentally ill).

As a Jew, NO, I don't need to see superfluous signs of anti-Semitism rearing its ugly head, as it's resurfacing at a cheetah's pace, worldwide. (And yes, all that symbol means to us is "Grave danger lies here, watch out.") In my dear old Manitou of all places, the peaceful village where I grew up...for shame!

What Klezdik did best was to take it down. Not I, nor anyone I know, wants to catch a glimpse of that kind of poison through the MAC's windows. Not ever again! This taints its reputation, to be honest. How sad for Manitou. Not the kind of publicity we need and hopefully the MAC will think twice about the real, emotional, and very serious message this kind of thing broadcasts. Not all "art" should be art simply because the one who made it called it that. Some may even considered this act a hate crime.

Posted by Rebel on 06/23/2019 at 10:42 PM

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

Does it mean that Colorado Springs is trying to rid of low income senior and disabled people?

Posted by Wendy Seirer on 06/23/2019 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Fort Carson to Muslim soldier: Seek the report through the Freedom of Information Act

Where did it say she was in barracks with men?

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Posted by Sandi Barbie on 06/22/2019 at 6:05 PM

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