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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.

6 likes, 12 dislikes
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?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bob S on 11/29/2017 at 9:43 AM

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

There's a reason why then-Mayor Robert Isaac got this set-up that way, and now folk want to tear that down for $$ (greed/control). Someday Colorado Springs will get out from under the Masonic/Real Estate control and have true states-people managing the municipal corporation that masquerades as governance here.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by gregaj7 on 11/28/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Sheriff Bill Elder calls Indy story "crap"

^^^This guy sounds an awful lot like Bill Huffor. Youve been unable to refute anything given by the previous commenters, it takes only common sense to see the issues with the whole notary debacle. I guess I shouldnt assign common sense as a quality everyone has as Holmes clearly shows. Either way, youre out with the rest next year anyway and you know it. Sleep on that internet warrior.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Just Looking on 11/28/2017 at 5:27 PM

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

There are better, far more natural and proven more effective ways to achieve fire mitigation. This job was heavy handed, excessive, and by Dennis Wills' own words ....."went a little too far".
The arguments made against controlled burns which I have personally been handed by parks personnel - forgive me please - don't hold water.

Posted by Donna Strom on 11/28/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Regional Building donations program takes some heat from City Council

I am disgusted with the way Richard Skorman has turned into a whore for developer interests. I wont be voting for him or going anywhere near Poor Richards again.

11 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by ggalin on 11/27/2017 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Poor people keep going to jail on non-jailable offenses. How do we break the cycle?

https://www.coloradosprings.gov/payticket

The number one fine homeless get is 9.6.110 Now I am fine with taking a small nap in the park but I don't want them to live there or set up camp. I want to go have a picnic with my family without being asked for change.. I don't like feeding the bears. Community Service is not slavery it is paying back your debt... and FYI they can do Community service at a soup kitchen which if your homeless you just might be at anyway. Talk about two birds one stone. I have seen first hand the judges waving everything for homeless. Did anyone see what we the tax payers pay for the homeless just about $1,000 per case. I Hope she at least took advantage of a hot shower and liked the three free meals a day while she was locked up.

Posted by Rob Griggs on 11/27/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Springs Police consider reviving photo enforcement against red light runners

The last time this program was in place, all of the news articles about it always discussed how much revenue was being generated, and none of them talked about any changes to public safety. Yeah, we know what's going on here. The recent "stormwater" ballot initiative will result in an increase in public safety spending. Here is just another avenue to get the rest of the money they wanted.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mike Randall on 11/27/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Springs Police consider reviving photo enforcement against red light runners

"There being no 1st-hand party to the actual infraction, there is no debt collectable. Check 15 USC 1692 et-seq and the FDCPA. The "red-light" camera cannot be "cross-examined" and cannot testify. " - gregaj7

Great, another barroom lawyer thinks he is qualified to give legal advice.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Odin on 11/27/2017 at 12:12 PM

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

There is zero accountability with City Planning under Peter Wysocki - our family learned that when he approved an illegally-sized, illegally-setback building next door to our home in the historic Old Colorado City neighborhood this May. AND THEN DENIED THERE WERE PROBLEMS FOR MONTHS. We have been fighting it ever since. He is unethical - he avoids putting anything in writing, ever, and his office shows no respect to the historic character of an area, or to decreased property values with homeowners, or to future problems of any kind. All he cares about is contractors - not the people of Colorado Springs. When we exposed the illegal size of this building, after months of trying to get him to admit the numbers on the submitted plans were false, his office actually broke the building rules (going against ANSI building standards) and in order to "fix it" they "re-calculated" these plans to make them fit code - deducting an interior staircase and the WIDTH OF EXTERIOR WALLS. Read our story at http://www.protectourwestside.com.

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Posted by Sandra Knauf on 11/26/2017 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Poor people keep going to jail on non-jailable offenses. How do we break the cycle?

It is peculiar to me that "community service" is a punishment. It says a lot about where we are in how we see the world and each other. We are going backward.
Considering the insanity and cruelty of The War on Drugs (which really is a war on the poor) staged by an out-of-control agency called the DEA and the money spent (over 20 trillion dollars since Nixon) we clearly do not want to help our fellow man. That money could buy houses and pay medical bills instead of imprisoning people and torturing doctors with laws and insurance costs. Subsidies paid to insurance companies and monthly premiums mandated by law sicken people with stress not to mention ticketing homeless folks added to the equation is just a pile-on, kick them when their down end-zone grandstanding by bullies. Public safety? Who is "public". There, but for the grace of God go I...
We have to stop abusing drug users and stop abusing the homeless and the disable. Stop penalizing everyone who must suffer through the bullshit our governments create and the very thought of ticketing someone who has nowhere to go for the crime of having nowhere to go is something only a sick sociopath could do.
FYI, all the things you have been told by government and the media about drugs and drug use does not contain one scintilla of fact. Before you attack my statement do some real fact checking and that excludes the CDC first of all. Plus it is a fact that not one person has been harmed by "second hand smoke". Find out how much money tobacco companies pays to the state of Colorado every year as awarded by the lawsuit 18 years ago. It is more than enough to buy houses for the homeless. Trust me though, Hickenlooper pisses it away.

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/24/2017 at 7:36 PM

Re: “El Paso County takes steps on bail after ACLU suit

What the BLEEP is "pretrial services fund"?!? To me, yet another revenue effort for the municipal corporation known as COUNTY OF EL PASO. Time for all of us to quit contracting with all municipal corporations (muni-corps) on this land of The United States of America (the style of the Confederacy as listed in that document of 1777-1781).

Posted by gregaj7 on 11/24/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Poor people keep going to jail on non-jailable offenses. How do we break the cycle?

Does the municipal corporations CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS and COUNTY OF EL PASO enjoy the pillaging and economic raping of those who can least pay it? The wealthy of this area want the poor gone by whatever means necessary, and have put their agents to the effort in place to accomplish this mission. These actions clearly show the system of housing "inmates" to be a debtor's prison. It also shows slavery. This is done by the "rule of contract", not the rule of law, because there is no law. There's only statutes/codes/ordinances as corporate policy, with agents of those corporations enforcing those policies regardless of authority. Please check the term "person" in a law dictionary, and see if you qualify. I know I don't.

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Posted by gregaj7 on 11/24/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Springs Police consider reviving photo enforcement against red light runners

There being no 1st-hand party to the actual infraction, there is no debt collectable. Check 15 USC 1692 et-seq and the FDCPA. The "red-light" camera cannot be "cross-examined" and cannot testify. This effort, again, will cost more than it will gain. This is all for revenue, not safety.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by gregaj7 on 11/24/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Springs Police consider reviving photo enforcement against red light runners

You can **mail** anything you want, that does "not" mean I will get it.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by None of the Above on 11/23/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Springs Police consider reviving photo enforcement against red light runners

Wait - so it was a failure before, but now we think it will succeed?

The chief throws a lot of stats around but he is just a policemen, not a traffic safety engineer. How do those numbers compare with traffic volumes? What are the statistical averages? What is the standard deviation? Unfortunately the chief is not qualified to evaluate traffic safety, and he is judged in some part by how many tickets he issues. So to him naturally more tickets = more safety - a correlation that has been studied extensively and never proven to be true. Not to mention the 'empire' building that comes with a program like that... the extra revenue, the extra staff. Police love this stuff whether it improves safety or not (and as determined before, it doesn't).

And let's not confuse mailing a ticket to a car owner (not the driver) weeks after they've done something with enforcement.

Let's be clear, there have been NO comprehensive studies by traffic engineers for any of these supposed "dangerous" intersections. Most likely, all they need to do is lengthen the yellow light time above the minimum specification that they are probably set to. This costs nothing and can be done immediately. Any interest from the council on trying this? Of course not, and that's all we need to know.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by PhotoRadarScam on 11/23/2017 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Springs Police consider reviving photo enforcement against red light runners

Do it!

Why are lights or signs at intersections?

It is where vehicles COULD collide. More dangerous than a straight stretch of road.

Lets weed out those who think a yellow light means beat it like hell through the intersection.

Behavior is modified by positive reinforcement.

Start mailing those tickets!

Dave :-)

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by William David Beadles on 11/22/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Help Nate Feola get a service dog named Chunk

$14,000 for a dog? "Oxygen tanks" that weigh 10-15 pounds? Is there something I don't understand?

Portable oxygen concentrators weigh less than 5 pounds. The Airsep Focus weighs 1.75 pounds. (It can cost less than $1K.) That leaves enough money to get the boy a dog from the pound.

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Posted by Linda Rosa on 11/22/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Dab Lounge closed after police execute search warrants

Can we say witchunt? Police and local authorities have a bad case of reefer-madness, they will never give up on their attempts to suppress the evil weed..... too bad because these clubs are important venues for cannabis users to congregate with other like minded folks. There is no harm caused by them.

2 likes, 1 dislike
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