Dana Duggan 
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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: “Spotlight on dark money in Colorado Springs city election

Let's see....so, CSF backed Suthers vigorously promoted the Broadmoor Land Exchange, and CSF backed Bagley, Bennett and Strand also backed the Broadmoor Land Exchange which the Gazette Editorial Board also vehemently supported. Pico voted yes after Broadmoor exec Jack Damioli said, "If this land exchange goes through, you have my word going on record that we will live up to each and every one of the obligations we have set forth in this proposal and ensure that a positive vote is recognized accordingly." Now, Pico is getting support. Jill Gaebler voted no, and she is getting lambasted by the Gazette with no money from CSF, and Skorman opposed the land exchange, and he is also getting lambasted by the Gazette and, it appears from this reporting, by relatives of the Gazette leadership. Additionally, the Gazette ran an editorial from Phil Lane of CSF but refused to run an editorial from Greg Walta, co-founder of Together for Colorado Springs? In the words of my favorite Republican, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power" - Abraham Lincoln

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 03/16/2017 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs parks report shows good value

Hahaha. Good question @Joel. Should have added "in theory" ....

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 01/13/2017 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs parks report shows good value

@SANDMARC, the invitations were sent by the Parks Department. The meeting itself was also controlled by the Parks Department. It was their meeting, and per a letter signed by Suthers and Bennett, it was their study. Also, there are rules which prohibit gifts to public officials. If they did not pay for the catered event, then that is a gift. These rules exist so that the powerful cannot exert undue influence on public officials, and one entity does not control a city. That is good public policy.

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 01/13/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs parks report shows good value

Comical and a big, "Duh!"... is the Broadmoor the new headquarters for the taxpayer funded Parks and Recreation Department? Planning the next chunk of historic parkland they intend to give away while assuming a behemoth liability?

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 01/12/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Save Cheyenne loses bid for ballot measure on Strawberry Fields

You hit the nail on the head regarding the Incline. The people, especially the Incline Friends, are in for a rude awakening. They will have to charge to have a hope to fund the ongoing liabilities and maintenance. The Incline Friends members have been played like a fiddle. So much for unfettered access. Donate to the legal case. www.savecheyenne.org It is our only chance of stopping this nationally precedent setting case to commercilialize our precious parklands. Keep the Incline free and stop Anschutz from buying our historic parkland.

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 12/05/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

Jim Davies, think you started it: "How can Pam Zubeck still get the details of the exchange wrong? Incredible...", and then proceeded to make a case. The Incline is not mentioned on the petition as the opponents are opposed to commercializing historic parkland. If the City wants to take on that behemoth of a liability, they are free to do so. Clearly, the Bmoor is willing to unload it. Who wouldn't be, from a business cost/benefit analysis? It is undevelopable land which brings great liability risk with it and generates no income....actually, all the animals featured in the change.org petition are, in fact, in Strawberry Fields. Just saw a bear munching on tree ivy a few days ago. It is teeming with wildlife -- it is a corridor which abuts National forest and nearby water sources. Don't recall hearing Muscoco being covered in trash, but Strawberry is NOT as was asserted. The appraisals, which I think is what you call assessments, required 4 open records requests to get, and even the Mayor ended up publicly suggesting the Council focus on total acreage as opposed to value. What? Or, how about the fact that one cannot get a bank loan on Restricted Appraisals -- so much for soundness of that methodology. Let's move on and let the people decide. It is our land.

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 11/04/2016 at 9:43 AM

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