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Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

So, did this revenue shortfall occur in 2016 or 2017? If 2017, why did they not simply reduce how much money the TABOR retention would be for the city (6-3.4 = $2.6 million eligible to keep from TABOR excess that the residents approved for stormwater and NO need to take from the reserves)? Or am I confusing different things?

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Longinos Gonzalez Jr on 06/01/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Hogan Lovells racked up $3.5 million in fees during Mayor Bach's four-year term

if only we could have told the rest of the country how bad it is to elect a developer with no political experience. old botch and p***y grabber gump are much alike in that they care more for making their buddies rich than doing anything for the regular citizens.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by happyfew on 06/01/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

So, how much did we pay which consultant to calculate future population growth?

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by rangesaf on 06/01/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

"When the mayor [John Suthers] recognized this back in the fall [of 2016], he told the department heads to cut spending and save money..."

The question then becomes why didn't the City tell citizens this tiny little $3.4 million prediction error occurred and that the fund source of what they asked citizens for was not excess, but would instead partially come from reserves? If they knew enough to tell departments and didn't tell citizens, that's an integrity problem (a lie by omission) when you're pushing the TABOR retention ballot initiative.

13 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 06/01/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Local anti-war activists persist through decades of intimidation and repression

peace on earth...

how dare them promote such a thing...

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by happyfew on 05/31/2017 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Stratton Open Space isn't like it used to be

No one gets to have that "alone in the forest" hiking experience in Waldo Canyon anymore. What hiker's ego trip is more important than protecting an open space from fire?

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Posted by daisy on 05/29/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “New female AFA commandant moving here soon, with her wife

I wonder when the big party with Chelsea Manning will occur..... this crap is getting way beyond 'normality' ! ! ! America needs 'SOLDIERS' not sweethearts. Sorry but that's my humble opinion.....! ! !

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Posted by Rich Wynn on 05/28/2017 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Stratton Open Space isn't like it used to be

You know what else ruins that 'alone in the woods' sense? A fire destroying the forest

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Posted by Matt 2 on 05/26/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Monument woman accuses Springs Utilities of defamation

Here's a letter from her saying this happened.

Here's a letter from Utilities saying this happened.

How about instead of just copy and paste you do some actual reporting and tell us what actually happened?

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Dan 2 on 05/26/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “City to spray for moths in North Cheyenne Cañon area

Just to clarify:
During the spraying operation, we do NOT divert water from Cheyenne Creek or other source waters potentially impacted by the spraying into our drinking water supply. And prior to bringing those sources of water back into supplying our drinking water system, we test them to assure there are no water quality problems that have been caused by the spraying project.
~Colorado Springs Utilities

Posted by Colo Springs Utilities on 05/26/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Survey: Marijuana not a driving factor for rising homeless population

The homeless population is exploding all across the US, not just in MJ states.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 05/25/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Survey: Marijuana not a driving factor for rising homeless population

I do not agree with John Place's assessment of Down Town.
I believe there are some who to go great lengths to claim the city is in ruin. I've walked alone at all hours around downtown and other than having to ignore some panhandlers I've never seen these 'filthy streets' he speaks of. Sounds more to me like a lengthy attempt to 'rage against the government'. Many locals will say anything to keep out transplants.

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Posted by TruB on 05/25/2017 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Concerns remain over new Penrose-St. Francis hospital project

Thank you for covering this!

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Posted by TruB on 05/24/2017 at 7:44 PM

Re: “"Quackfest" lands in Colorado Springs

Interesting that they moved the quackfest from Chicago to Colorado Springs. I wonder if it has anything to do with the Illinois Attorney General's laudable confrontation of one of AutismOne's most egregious (repeat) presenters.

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Posted by Brenda Hill on 05/24/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Survey: Marijuana not a driving factor for rising homeless population

HUD can say what they want and maybe they are right on paper. What matters to the local population and tourist is perception. Lets look at where Colorado Springs families and tourist go. (1) Downtown used to be a very clean and nice place to go walking and maybe get a bite to eat or a drink with friends. Now the sidewalks are filthy, homeless gather on corners and do what ever they do when they are hanging out. I have traveled around the world to cities like Berlin, Frankfurt, Panama City Panama, Seoul S Korea, and allot of major cities throughout the U.S.. When city streets are filthy and they look unsafe to families, it hurts businesses and the tourism trade in our city. (2) Manitou Springs is another family and tourist destination. I can say their sidewalks are definitely cleaner than downtown and the crowds of homeless are smaller. If people don't feel somewhere is safe to take their kids, they won't go. Tourist look at our city and see the dirty and unkempt areas of our city they won't come back or recommend it to their friends. Again HUD can make it all look good on paper but when you've lived here forever and have seen the changes, its perception that matters, not what HUD tells us.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by John Place on 05/24/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Stratton Open Space fire mitigation delayed after residents object to extreme treatment

I omitted the all important reference .... my post is meant to address that made by SteveJohnson1.

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Posted by Mur on 05/24/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Stratton Open Space fire mitigation delayed after residents object to extreme treatment

Your comment, like the mitigation, goes too far. When the person in charge admits that the crews "went a little crazy" you are hardly on solid legal ground when you defend their actions.

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Posted by Mur on 05/24/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Stratton Open Space fire mitigation delayed after residents object to extreme treatment

I live adjacent to the Stratton Open Space and fully support the fire mitigation that is taking place. I've seen first hand the devastation that has occurred in Black Forest, Waldo Canyon, etc. over the past years.

If the fire mitigation is not finished, I will legally respond to Kent Obee and others, in a court of law, and hold them personally responsible for any damages to property and loss of life due to potential wildfires that could have been prevented. Kent Obee and others need to think twice when they are more concerned about their afternoon hike versus the risk of life to other who live in the area.

7 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by SteveJohnson1 on 05/24/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Stratton Open Space fire mitigation delayed after residents object to extreme treatment

Mitigation through selective thinning is an important tool in managing our public lands. The problem I see is that these public agencies that handle the process sometimes cut too deep. Rather than giving the forest a nice selective "trim," and perhaps thinking they might not get a chance (or the dollars) to thin again for another 25-50 years, they sometimes end up giving the forest more of a "buzz cut."

What I see in the slideshow pics looks fairly good. However, I cannot imagine what they were thinking in planning to thin such a lush riparian spring area (in that last 8 acres or so). Thinning across the landscape should not be universal. North slopes, for example, are expected to be more naturally lush. And while montane pine forests often saw natural underbrush clearing ground fires and are better candidates for manual selective thinning today, the subalpine spruce / fir forest instead experiences "stand replacing" fire events every 200-400 years, and thinning in the subalpine should be limited. Unfortunately sometimes this ends up not being the case.

In this case, kudos to the city for pulling back on thinning the Stratton Springs border. That appears to be the right call. There is balance to be found. We can both care for and protect the beauty of our public lands.

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Posted by Zen on 05/24/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “More than three years after Waldo, our overgrown forests still threaten the city

This is all BS. If they are stupid enough to remove trees from hill and mountain sides, they deserve the mudslides that are going to come. People are going to die. A lot of those trees need fire to propagate too. Don't be idiots. Leave the trees alone. On a side note. If you move to an area that is prone to fires, you're stupid and deserve to die. Just like the morons who move on to a flood plain. Try using some common sense. Nature works in the correct way, and human involvement usually ends in screwing things up. Leave it all alone.

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Posted by Mike Meadow on 05/23/2017 at 11:54 PM

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