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Re: “Protest songs from alt weeklies around the country, (dis)honoring a year of Trump's presidency

Without a doubt The Independent has hit new lows in every department. I am compelled to pick up a copy every week and cringe while doing so but one needs to know what crap is being fabricated and reported as "news".

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/30/2017 at 2:41 PM

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

"employment is finally taking off in Colorado Springs"- another comment by the Indy that defies definition in the real world.
Not mentioned is zillow.com and its family of websites that are indiscriminately "valuing" rentals and houses across the country, sight unseen.
The neighborhoods off of S Nevada in decline or stagnating featuring numerous homeless persons standing around, riding bicycles accosting anyone that happens by is somehow sporting a new eatery with $45 rib-eye steak. This just a quick walk from homeless shelters which in itself is a business, do not kid yourselves. E. Cheyenne Road is still a rough road but cross Nevada Ave and you have smooth driving surfaces on W Cheyenne.
My landlord of many years suddenly wanted to double rent and our employer decides we are too old to be employed so our option is pay rent or eat, heat and light is optional.
zillow.com has uprooted 100s of Denver residents, so many that Denver is looking at rent control. Lifelong residents are forced to move and in-state is not an option. "Upscale" is the buzzword and assessor searches reveal investment companies are buying and over-paying for houses all around me. One house sold for $65k and one year later a Denver investment company buys it for $155k. Just one example...

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/30/2017 at 12:37 PM

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

Don't we have another problem in that middle class housing areas will NOT allow affordable housing in their back-yards? So if you have the money and permits, you still get solid opposition.

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Posted by TominColorado on 11/30/2017 at 8:49 AM

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

Fact .... the largest real estate developer in Denver, the Denver Housing Authority. They have built literally thousands of new, affordable units in the past decade.

Sorry Mr Wright you just don't get it ..... and the Springs suffers

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Posted by actionjackson on 11/30/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

The purchase of the property was made with a vote of the people in 1885 (I believe). The decision last year should have been made with a vote of the people. Hopefully, that is what the Court of Appeals will decide. Simple!

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Posted by What's the Word? on 11/29/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Drake power plant shutdown costs estimated

Shut it down early!

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Posted by TruB on 11/29/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Also, thank you Pam Zubeck for your excellent journalism! Your thoroughness and objectivity are rare and truly appreciated! Keep up the outstanding work!

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 11/29/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

"I think some of the public probably will lose some trust in us," Knight says, "and they have the right to lose some trust in us. I hope they realize we as Council were putting our trust in other people, ourselves assuming all the data we were looking at was accurate data."

No, Mr. Knight, it is "YOU" we no longer trust (along with Tom Strand, Merv Bennett, Andy Pico, Keith King and Larry Bagley), not "Us". Fortunately, Mr. King and Mr. Bagley are now gone. No, Mr. Knight, you and those who voted "yes" on the Strawberry Fields "land grab" had the same facts we had, and we smelled a rat from the very beginning! These new revelations only bolster our position.

We do, however, trust Jill Gaebler and Bill Murray (and Helen Collins, now gone) who saw this travesty for what it was and voted "no"! They are to be commended! You, on the other hand, should be ashamed of yourselves...

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Posted by John C. Spengler on 11/29/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

This is progress, a step in the right direction, but what about the appraisal of the land taken from the Cog Railway? I still want to know if the cost of the needed repairs on that section of the Barr Trail were figured into that appraisal. The drainage work, the repair of the erosion damage, the study's needed for those tasks, the removal of rocks in the trail and, the replacement of the fence. I will again allege that this land's value is exaggerated by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Would you pay full price for a car that needed a new engine?

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Posted by Carl Strow on 11/29/2017 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Every council person that voted YES did so knowing that the appraisal was inaccurate.
Even before knowing the appraiser was crooked. We all knew the valuation was BS. They voted yes anyway!
Now vote them out!!

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Posted by TruB on 11/29/2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

In this article Councilman Don Knight is quoted as follows:

Knight now says that action, while it might call into question the open space's true value, isn't enough to scotch the deal. "Council does not have the right to go back in and reopen this," he says.

I wonder if Mr. Knight knows that in addition to revelations of misconduct coming directly from the Broadmoor which are revealed in this article, the following is also true:

One of the written requirements of the resolution which was approved by city council on May 24th of 2016 (The Broadmoor Land Exchange) was completely trashed by both the Broadmoor and the Palmer Land Trust in the course of executing the (also required) conservation easement on Strawberry Fields. The resolution clearly states that the building envelope (that is the area to be commercialized by the hotel and barred to the public) as defined in the resolution itself NOT BE CHANGED. In fact, not only was the building envelope changed, but in the last few weeks markers and surveyors' ground pins have newly appeared which clearly define the boundaries of that altered building envelope. This is in direct defiance of the resolution voted upon and passed by city council.

The stranglehold which the Broadmoor Hotel and Philip Anschutz have upon the leadership of Colorado Springs is intolerable. Regardless of the outcome of the Strawberry Fields court case, I believe that it is time for City Council and the citizens of Colorado Springs to come together in a concerted effort to disentangle our city from what has become an unhealthy and wholly detrimental relationship. While once it may have been so, the Broadmoor is no longer a good neighbor.

I urge each and every one of you to contact your city council person today. Tell him/her that in light of the now proven corruption which underlies the Broadmoor Land Swap, you wish them to take all firm and decisive actions available to them as soon as possible. This is imperative if council hopes to regain the trust of the betrayed citizenry of Colorado Springs.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 11/29/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Drake power plant shutdown costs estimated

About time for the regular calls for the city to sell off Utilities - from the usual suspects: Colorado Springs Forward or one of the large utility users - Chamber-EDC getting a new Chairman of the Board.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 11/29/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Strawberry Fields' appraiser faces penalties for his work on the city's land exchange

Given this latest news, this "public-private partnership" is arguably the biggest heist in Colorado Springs' history which has national ramifications for parkland across the United States. Ms. Gaebler, once again, illustrates her astute leadership by honing in on one of the most salient problems with this deal when she voices concerns about the will of the people being thwarted. Though she, Councilman Murray and Councilwoman Collins voted correctly and opposed the deal, Don Knight, Tom Strand, Merv Bennett, Andy Pico and Larry Bagley were not moved by the facts that, in 4 different surveys, one hosted by the Anschutz' owned Gazette itself, 70-85% of the public, CITY WIDE, opposed this deal. These new revelations add insult to injury. When leaders make mistakes, they should seek to correct them. In addition to the will of the people being ignored, what example does it set for our children and the future leaders of the world if we do not hold ourselves to the highest standards and right wrongs when we see them? The council should correct this if in name only. Write city council, allcouncil@springsgov.com, and ask them to pass a resolution stating they would now not pass this deal. Ask them to sue Mayor John Suthers and his Parks Department which he controls for ordering a Restricted Appraisal (cannot even get bank financing with those) and refusing to ask and provide details of the work files, that both Councilman Murray and Knight asked for and were denied, which would have corroborated the facts the public already knew and repeatedly communicated to council - that Strawberry Fields was grossly under valued -- coming in UNDER tax assessor values which is highly unusual, and, more importantly, that our historic parklands are not for sale. Donate to the legal defense and tell your friends across the country to as this case matters to everyone: www.savecheyenne.org If there is any dignity left in politics and big business, what should happen here is that the Broadmoor and the City voluntarily undoes this deal. Now, that would be truly heroic and speak volumes to the character of these powerful organizations and their commitment to honoring the will of the people and respecting their ownership rights of such historic public land.

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 11/29/2017 at 10:37 AM

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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