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Re: “UPDATE: Colorado Springs turns to reserve fund for $3.4 million bailout of forecast error

I thought the reserves were for emergencies and unplanned disasters not a way to fund day to day operations because they used unrealistic growth projections. Then why did they wait a year to tell the public conveniently when it is time to begin planning the 2018 budget. Oops we made a mistake. Where is their accountability? Do they not have to report budget indicators on a monthly or at least quarterly summary and report it to the auditors? Who is getting dinged on their performance review for this? This is not transparency.

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Posted by rms on 06/01/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Reader: Mr. Lamborn, this downright cruel and unjust

I also remember President Obama's visit to our community after the Waldo Canyon Fire and the hypocrisy of our "Tar Baby" Representative Lamborn who never missed a photo op or refused Federal Grant money. Our conservative representative was first in line to greet President Obama when he got off Air Force One - with his hand out and a huge smile on his face. I laughed out loud at the incongruity of that optic. Lamborn standing next to President Obama with a huge smile on his face.

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Posted by rms on 05/12/2017 at 9:14 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Neighbor structure steals privacy, Colorado Springs residents allege

There is no planning involved with new builds in older neighborhoods - the only thing required is someone willing to build. We have the same thing farther West on Pikes Peak and a giant four story structure was approved and built on top of a hill no less (on subsiding soil) and neighbors concerns were ignored. It now towers over everyone who has owned homes here for decades - it doesn't fit the style of the neighborhood and can be seen for blocks. It sticks out like a sore thumb. But as long as developers can sell it there are no objections from Regional Building and our City Planning Department. What happened to the historical guidelines for Old Colorado City - oh yeah - collecting dust in some cabinet at City Hall.

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Posted by rms on 05/04/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Colorado Springs faces lawsuit over out-sourced fleet maintenance contract

It is illegal for Colorado Springs municipal employees to form a union. Also Colorado State employees are not allowed to form a union.

However, I agree that it was a huge mistake to dismantle Fleet and downsize many other municipal departments claiming it would save money. That just hasn't happened. Quality of and response times also suffer.

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Posted by rms on 04/05/2017 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Check out plans for Colorado Springs police southeast substation

How is this new police substation going to be paid for or staffed? Our PD is already at critical shortages with understaffing and response is non-existent to any non threatening crime or possible criminal behavior. Being told to fill out a report on line or to take probable stolen property abandoned in your neighborhood to the nearest substation is not public service. Unless you are being attacked or actually already dead - don't bother to call for help because CSPD won't come.

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Posted by rms on 02/28/2017 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Coloradans conflicted on Trump's Supreme Court pick

Joke? And it was allowed to be printed in the official school yearbook? Where was the faculty or administrative review? This is another attempt to hide the truth and make light of questionable behavior by chalking it up to youthful pranks. If it was a prank than Mr. Gorsuch should make a public apology for his actions - just to clear the air....

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/2/1…

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Posted by rms on 02/03/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “U.S. Olympic Museum wants money from Colorado Springs

What part of "private funding" don't they understand? This request however is no surprise. The "private" funders only want the money to flow in one direction - from the citizens and into their pockets. We have to hold them accountable for promises they made that this was NOT going to use public funds without a vote of that said public.

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Posted by rms on 01/14/2017 at 10:34 AM

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