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Re: “Election: All about the party

Not to sure about buying offices as some here have "suggested" but I am sure that when the blue bloods convinced us to change the Charter in 2010 we were sold a bill of goods that's getting expensive. Now, I know Mr. Bach still thinks we're broke, and while I doubt his assertion (especially when he seems to find money for his interests) this runoff election at a reported $300,000+ really is a huge waste of so-called limited tax dollars. Take a look at Art. II, Section 2-10(a)(1) of the Charter and you can see the sentence that has sentenced us to this further waste of our tax money. "..[S]hall be elected by a majority, and not a plurality of votes cast..." May have been cut & pasted from Denver's Charter by some high dollar lawyer and then conveniently ignored by everyone...until now when we take a hit in our wallets. But, my guess is the brain trust on City Council and the blue bloods in the community won't do a thing to change it to a plurality election so we can all get on with our lives with just a few more tax dollars in our pockets.

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Posted by Shamrock on 04/09/2015 at 12:41 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bach won't run

In our "modern times" Mayor Bach was indeed the "first strong mayor." But COS has been down this road before. Back in 1909 we (well not me, but I'm sure my ancestors) adopted the Mayor-Council form of government. Each Councilman (called "commissioner") was head of one of the four major city departments, and the Mayor was considered the CEO with the ability to hire and fire employees of the city. Sound familiar? After several years of haggling, our form of government changed again in April, 1921 to the Manager-Council form of government. The reason was to remove partisan politics and individual shenanigans that seem to get a lot of goodhearted folks in a lot of hot water. Sound familiar? So, here we are over a hundred years later still trying to figure out what is best. Folks back in the early 1900's realized a "strong mayor" wasn't really that great of an idea. Perhaps it's time folks here in 2014 realize the same.

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Posted by Shamrock on 12/16/2014 at 9:34 AM

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