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Re: “Mike Angley challenges Elder in sheriff's office race

"...professionalize the force..."

The force, of the rank Lieutenant and down, is already pretty professional. It is the ranks of Commander and up where the problems lie (with the exception of Lt. Huffor, he's a different story). It's the command staff that has to go.

As for 1A, the money is very much needed. It's the management of the money that has gone wrong. Like mentioned, public transparency (which was a requirement) went away when Elder took over. Like they say, if you have nothing to hide, hide nothing. Elder has plenty to hide. We all know of the Maketa problems, but insiders will tell you that Elder is proving to be far worse. His political favoritism is unmatched. He hires people to positions they are not qualified for as payment for campaign support, he protects his friends for the shocking things they do, he promotes his supporters, and ignores the common dedicated working folks. The Office employs 17 Lieutenants, which is the highest you can go in the Office through normal promotional processes. Commander and above is a political appointment. Over the past year and a half, over half of those Lieutenants have left. Why? Their careers were "dead-ended" by Elder because they were not campaign supporters.

Glad to see someone else willing to run and replace the current circus that his running the show down there.

Oh, and Lt. Huffor? One of Elders buddies. Incompetent and keeps getting into trouble. But Elder keeps protecting him. His latest? Grabbed a shotgun and fired "warning shots" at a dog. Since that is outside of policy, they just called it and "accidental discharge" and let him off. Disgusting.

Check out DirtyElder(dot)com for more on this circus.

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Posted by Mike Randall on 09/15/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Douglas Bruce announces "anti" campaigns on four ballot measures

so we can expect to see 4 billion of his always deceptive "bait and switch" yard signs that will linger for months and months after the election... yeah

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Posted by happyfew on 09/15/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Springs to make bid for Amazon second headquarters

What a joke ...with no mass transit it ain'gonna happen

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Posted by actionjackson on 09/15/2017 at 4:16 AM

Re: “Douglas Bruce announces "anti" campaigns on four ballot measures

Hey kids get of my lawn! The felon Bruce needs a more constructive hobby.

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Posted by Zen on 09/15/2017 at 3:07 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Springs to make bid for Amazon second headquarters

Except the Springs matches pretty much none of Amazon's actual requested requirements. In other words what a waste of time.

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Posted by Zen on 09/15/2017 at 3:04 AM

Re: “Strawberry Fields planning continues, so does lawsuit

If this piece of land was so exceptional why was it not developed into a better open space? I have hiked and mountain biked in that area and frankly the trails were terrible. I look forward to the improvements the Broadmoor will make to the property. Adding trails to the area will hopefully make it more accessible and inviting to the general public rather than its current state. I feel like a lot of the opposition are nearby property owners who like their semi-secluded dog park and don't want additional user of the space.

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Posted by Tim D on 09/15/2017 at 12:04 AM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

"Most of the money to be raised by Invest in COS, the vote yes committee, will come from business people and construction contractors, says Rachel Beck, government affairs manager with the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. They understand the link between reliable infrastructure and their ability to do business and economic health,..."

Really?

Here's why this group is eager for CS citizens to bail them out again. You see the lawsuit specifically calls the City out for allowing developers to cut the corners in building drainage. Specifically in Nor'wood and Classic developments--two of the most favored developers and campaign financiers. These developers saved millions in the City-sanctioned shortcuts. Why not let the taxpayers pay for those sins? Notice the deafening silence on how the City will specifically tighten the rules and oversight to prevent these sweet deals to developers in the future. Better to keep giving their friends waivers and then demanding the cash from citizens to pay fines and fix the problems.

The ballot language allows Council to increase the fee for "intergovernmental agreements of the City entered into before June 1, 2016." There is no language limiting the size of any subsequent increase in the fee. None. Even though an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) was "entered into" before 2016, the same IGA can be modified subsequently. For example, Pueblo demands and the City of Colorado Springs acquiesces and agrees to doubling their illegal annual "debt" for stormwater in the future. Council is the sole entity for revising the IGA that was "entered into prior to June 1 2106" and can do so with a a resolution requiring a single vote of Council. Council can then, at the same meeting in which they approved the revised IGA, move on to the next agenda item and with a single majority vote of 9 members, double the fee. In very short order with little or no public process, your individual fee goes from $60 per year to $120 per year.

From the CS Indy article on the EPA lawsuit:

"Specifically, the lawsuit notes the city backed off of requiring detention ponds and other flood-control measures in Cottonwood Creek that would have cost $11.4 million, and instead reduced developers' fees. But that violates the city's discharge permit, the lawsuit states. It also notes drainage violations at First & Main adjacent to Powers Boulevard [Nor'wood] and Flying Horse [Classic Homes] Pond Filing 26 on the city's far north side. In addition, the city allowed seven residential developments to be built without requiring stormwater controls, in violation of its discharge permit and its own requirements, the lawsuit says. Moreover, the city didn't enforce its rules when developers violated the city's stormwater requirements, according to the suit."

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 09/14/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Springs to make bid for Amazon second headquarters

It'd be nice to get tech companies back in the Springs

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Posted by Matt 2 on 09/14/2017 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Douglas Bruce announces "anti" campaigns on four ballot measures

Sure hope Dougie plans on working the precincts door-to-door. Walk off a little of that humongous belly he's sporting these days, per the photo.

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Posted by JayJay on 09/14/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Wommack's pathway to prominence

You don't need to listen to this wolf to know what God has to say, OPEN YOUR BIBLE!

Posted by Paula J Stahlberg on 09/14/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Utilities needs land for Williams Creek Reservoir

This article is frustrating because y'all don't know half of the truth. As an owner of most of that acreage, I can tell you that this is barely a glance at the truth of the situation.

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Posted by Emily Green on 09/14/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Wommack's pathway to prominence

I don't care who wrote the article.... And I don't care if it's a bit one sided...
Everyone is missing the bigger picture here - AW's theology and beliefs are bred in the WoF and Prosperity Gospel...and of course his own "private revelation"... There is your grounds for asking questions! There is your reasons for holding him to a Biblical standard! It makes no difference how many "good works" the ministry does, none! When you teach and preach from the WoF playbook, your not preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ so everything else is in vain, period!

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Posted by Dustin Walker on 09/14/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Ponds near wells were used as disposal sites for heavy metals from solar manufacturing

DWT knew this was happening and kept the man responsible on staff. I never heard of him getting into one bit if trouble during this incident. He sure kept his job. He was an employee trying to.do this in the side. Diamond Wire dug into the ground removing the foundation of the building on Murray Blvd and built baths in the ground where chemicals seed into the ground. They cemented hem shut and left the building with no clean up. They had employees drive the chemicals on I-25 in uhaul trucks with barrels full of chemicals. They did not have any permit to transport these chemicals. This could of caused great contamination or an explosion. They do not care about people nor the environment. They are out for themselves. Letting everyone breath poison and provide no protection. I suggest any employee having a complete health check because they probably have damage from he chemicals. There is no doubt nepatism played a part in the pond pollution. Any other person would of been given a prison sentance. I bet I can connect these dots. Diamond Wire is toxic. Physically and mentally!!!

Posted by DiamondWireSucks on 09/13/2017 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields planning continues, so does lawsuit

"Only 8.5 acres", as if it were trivial. That's like saying that the filet mignon is a trivial part of the cow.
How many times must it be said? That 8.5 acres is the only level acreage in the entire parcel, and exceptional in it's views and atmosphere. Of course Mr. Anschutz wants that piece for the exclusionary use of his guests! The rest - by comparison steep and not particularly inviting - he'll generously bestow upon the public (which already owned it). And he'll gladly accept kudos and kowtowing for giving us back our own land. It boggles the mind.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 09/13/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Mike Angley challenges Elder in sheriff's office race

My thanks to the CS Independent for covering me with this article. I need to clarify my position on 1A. In fairness to Ms. Zubeck, I gave her a long reply to her question and I think my intent got lost in my wordiness.

I am a Reagan Conservative and believe in small government and lower taxes. Long before we ever ask the citizens of El Paso County to vote for yet another tax increase, three things must happen first.

One, we must have a full accounting of every penny spent in 1A funds by the EPSO from beginning to present. The Sheriff is required to provide this transparency but hasnt. If the money has been mismanaged, then the public has a right to reject any new tax proposals and demand accountability.

Second, EPSO must look at how 1A funding has been structured within the office and determine if its being used efficiently. If cost savings are possible by restructuring the current budget, then that must happen. Additional cost savings must be sought by looking at reducing waste and unnecessary overhead.

Third, if after the above takes place a detailed manpower and services study determines public safety and security are at risk unless additional funding is obtained, the EPSO must appeal to the BoCC for funding and urge the BoCC to cut lower priority funding from other county services.

The last thing would be a new tax proposal if compelling public safety issues are still unsatisfied. I would never want to get to that point because I am always of the belief that with proper discipline, government can shrink and still provide essential services.

Mike Angley

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Posted by Michael Angley on 09/13/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

The proposal is more fair than this article portrays it: natural groundcover is absorbent, pavement is non-absorbent, therefore it is reasonable that owners of lots of pavement should pay more to cover the costs of stormwater. The flat per-property fee is necessary because the biggest owner of paved spaces is us, the people of Colorado Springs - we own more than 5,600 miles of paved roads!

If you want to find something truly unfair in this bill, then you should protest the fact that it does nothing to incentivize smaller parking lots, fewer lane miles, and limits on development to the east. As it stands, this bill addresses current problems, but doesn't stop the issue from recurring in future decades.

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Posted by David E on 09/13/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs’ neglect of its stormwater system leaves huge caverns citywide

This is a good article and an important point that many people miss: Colorado Springs needs to spend more on stormwater because we failed to in the past. If anyone wants to see another dramatic example of a deep canyon studded with protruding pipes, try hiking the drainage along the northern side of Pulpit Rock Open Space.

Regardless of how you feel about the current proposed stormwater measure (it has issues), we should all be able to agree on the undeniable fact that we have a major stormwater problem that needs to be addressed.

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Posted by David E on 09/13/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

This shows that council did not think through this TAX increase and it is badly worded and should be voted against. Just saying Doug Bruce doesn't believe in it should not be enough to get this TAX INCREASE correct.

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Posted by TruB on 09/13/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “All Souls Church takes in first sanctuary seekers

Pope Francis Makes Everything That Donald Trump and Steve Bannon Say Sound Stupid

The pontiff has positioned himself as the voice of reasonand of scienceto confront Trumps erratic and destructive instincts. BARBIE LATZA NADEAU 09.13.17 1:00 AM ET

Lately, Pope Francis has been bluntly anti-Trump, essentially shooting down almost everything the American president says with, well, logic. Francis then went on to say that the worlds leaders can decide how they deal with the planet, but history will judge those decisions.

Climate wasnt the only issue dear to Trumps heart that Francis frowned upon. The pope has been throughout his papacy a loyal advocate of migrants and refugees, and also a servant of the poor, offering facilities on Vatican grounds for the less fortunate and speaking out in support of open migration whenever possible. When asked about Trumps suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA, Francis simply said he wished the president hadnt done that.

I think they should reconsider, Francis said, according to transcripts of the in-flight press conference. I hope they rethink it a bit Because I heard the U.S. president speak: he presents himself as a person who is pro-life. Francis went on to say that splitting up families is in direct conflict with anyone who truly sees himself as pro-life.

If he is a good pro-life believer he must understand that family is the cradle of life and one must defend its unity, Francis said, leaving little open to interpretation about what he thinks of the American president.

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Posted by guruD on 09/13/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “One class of landowner would get special treatment under city’s stormwater fees

Do you think voters will approve the stormwater fee in November? A one question, anonymous 'QuikPoll'.

Thank you.

https://goo.gl/forms/2qVlFBHK2xYZkDhp2

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 09/13/2017 at 1:51 AM

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