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Re: “Mayor John Suthers: Let us become the good ancestors to future generations

LET'S BREAK THIS DOWN: WHAT SUTHERS IS TAKING CREDIT FOR.

THE HOMELESS: He gets a win on this one as he has done damn little.

The community, the public, the churches, the social services agencies - - for years - - have been doing an incredible job of caring for - and trying to assist the homeless.

Suthers cannot take credit for that.

Suthers can take credit for hiring a 'homeless services coordinator' who refuses to accept that the hardcore, aggressive behavior, panhandling, creek camping vagrants are a problem!

Affordable housing is a definite long term need and development plans to begin addressing the shortage were in place prior to Suthers being elected. He gets no credit.

He CAN take credit for doing nothing about the subset of the homeless population: the vagrants.

Posted by R Wehner on 09/21/2018 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Mayor John Suthers: Let us become the good ancestors to future generations

LET'S BREAK THIS DOWN: WHAT SUTHERS IS TAKING CREDIT FOR.

Recognizing CHUCK MURPHY.

Suthers CAN take credit for recognizing Chuck Murphy and presenting him with the Life Time Achievement Award for being a man who, over the past 60 years, has very quietly and behind the scenes, done an an incredible amount for the community!

Posted by R Wehner on 09/21/2018 at 10:21 PM

Re: “Mayor John Suthers: Let us become the good ancestors to future generations

LET'S BREAK THIS DOWN: WHAT SUTHERS IS TAKING CREDIT FOR.

THE ROAD TAX: For years, the resident public and tourists have complained about the state of the roads in Colorado Springs and how bad they were.

The public got tired of buying tires more frequently than they should - and getting alignments twice as often as they did years ago - - - particularly now that so many cars, with four wheel independent suspension must have all FOUR wheels aligned rather than just a 'front end alignment'.

Suthers cannot take credit for the public realizing they were going to have to quit whining and start paying if they want better roads!

Suthers CAN take credit for being in office when that occurred and seizing the moment to approach the pubic with a small tax increase to pay for what they had already indicated they were really willing to pay for! Hell, Bernie Madoff could have won that one!

The people can take credit for this one! Not Suthers. Suthers gets credit for realizing he could get a win.

What Suthers can take credit for is convincing the public, along with the CSF Folks - and the Chamber twinkees and the Associated General Contractors that the standard warranty for roads was 2 years!

One might want to do a little research on the accuracy of that statement beginning with:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/warranty…

Suthers can take credit for misleading the public or just re-arranging the truth?

The Road Tax had become a real need and something that was necessary and the public gets the credit for this.

Posted by R Wehner on 09/21/2018 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Mayor John Suthers: Let us become the good ancestors to future generations

LET'S BREAK THIS DOWN: WHAT SUTHERS IS TAKING CREDIT FOR.

STORMWATER: The EPA, The Pueblo County Commissioners, The Arkansas Valley Downwater folks get the credit for this win and the Springs public.

The public began to realize that they were better off paying $5 a house for stormwater than what ever amount might come forth once the Federal Government forced a payment amount! This was not Suthers.

Suthers happened to be in office when the public finally decided they need to step up and watch out for their own interests and begin paying for stormwater!

Suthers did grab the bull by the horn and went down to lunch with and to schmooze the Pueblo folks who seemed pleased but did not back out of their joining the legal action cause they enjoyed the lunch but did not seem to trust Suthers.

Suthers told us the chances were good that the EPA would BACK OFF iF the city passed a stormwater measure and that he had some 'pull' with the Republican administration and Pruitt and that would help stop the EPA suit.

EPA did not drop the suit! Trial phase just ended! Now waiting for decision from the judge on the case.

Now, if Suthers tells you the sun will rise in the East - you can believe that. Even he may not take credit for that.

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Posted by R Wehner on 09/21/2018 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Mayor John Suthers: Let us become the good ancestors to future generations

LET'S BREAK THIS DOWN: WHAT SUTHERS IS TAKING CREDIT FOR.

THE ECONOMY: He had nothing to do with gains in the local economy, other than he happened to be in office when things got good!

Growth in the local economy began way before he was elected as a result of an abnormally long recovery from the 38th recession this country has has since 1836, The average drop in GDP for a recession is 11.75% - the 2007 recession was 6.65% - The average recession lasts 438 days - the 2007 recession lasted 545 days officially ending in June of 2009. The average time between recessions has been 3.47 years - for the last recession and the current recovery - it is now going into it's 8th year of growth with average Y over Y local growth in retail sales tax revenues averaging about 5.6% (Check city website for actual, up to date percent)

This growth has absolutely nothing to do with Suthers or the local lack of leadership group producing results - what the hell have they done? The strong growth is all about the strength of the National and State economy spilling over into Colorado Springs with many, many Denver home buyers being forced to Mayberry to buy a home and do retail spending on things like furniture-draperies- lawn mowers - - it has to do with recovery spending from natural disasters like forest fires, It has to do with about $260M a year in spending for flood, stormwater, wind and hail damage to homes and cars.

Suthers has nothing to do with the weather. Neither Suthers, Turnip Truck Bob and his Gomer Pyle city EDC dept have done anything other than to continue to pimp the C4C project which Suthers also had nothing to do with! That was Bach. It was not the ChamberEDC group which, I think, has brought about 5 companies to the region since 2017 and maybe 400 employees while towns like Reno have brought in 42 companies and 1600 new high paying jobs.

Suthers CAN take credit for getting elected, promoting golf tournaments and bike riding plus boosting attendance at State of the City meetings to record levels of gains he happened to watch as he was in office. And maybe taking down the blue sign.

Grab a legal pad. Make your own list of what this mayor has actually accomplished. Grab a mini-ruler and measure the list. Compare it to Ms. Daniel's description of Trump's equipment: "Slightly less than normal?".

Posted by R Wehner on 09/21/2018 at 9:48 PM

Re: “County's Dave Rose retires after 40+ years in the information business

In case anyone is wondering - the above all relates to the time when Dave Rose was hired at the county following the dismissal under curious circumstances of the previous El Paso County Information officer - and the number of good, honest employees that were all cut loose at the same time! The stories they could tell if they were not tied to non-disclosure agreements would make a great novel and short TV series in the best sleazy soap opera vein!

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Posted by R Wehner on 09/14/2018 at 7:24 PM

Re: “County's Dave Rose retires after 40+ years in the information business

But Pam is right. Dave did a good job, was straight with the press - prompt and responsive responding to a huge number of requests and I think generally admired.

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Posted by R Wehner on 09/14/2018 at 7:08 PM

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