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Currently, for a citizen-initiated amendment to be placed on the ballot to change Colorado’s constitution, an individual or group must collect about 98,492 voter signatures and receive more than 50 percent of the vote. Some people want to change that. One of the major issues examined during 2015 bipartisan discussions...
The proposed 2017 city budget makes interesting reading — all 639 pages of it. Most of it is dry and predictable, but some sections stand out because they illustrate budget tendencies or anomalies that deserve examination. Here are five takeaways from this year’s proposed budget for Colorado Springs. CITY DEBT In an...
During his second State of the City address as mayor of Colorado Springs, John Suthers spoke at The Broadmoor hotel on Sept. 8 about the city’s progress and potential — painting an optimistic picture of health and prosperity. “A year ago, in my first State of the City address, I...
It’s been a difficult month for Amendment 69 supporters. The November ballot issue would create the nation’s first taxpayer-financed health care system, and Colorado would act as guinea pig for the rest of the United States. But even progressive groups expected by many to support such a system have recently...
To counter complaints in the business community about the city’s growing transient population, Manitou Springs has contracted with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department to provide patrol officers to start this week and continue through Labor Day Weekend. The tourist town has seen its...
Knowledge is power — or so the saying goes. But lately, it seems some public entities are acting as if releasing information is disempowering. What happens when residents want information from their government? How do citizens who are deeply and personally concerned about governmental actions — or inaction — fare...
Monday, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado, and retired Lt. Gen. Ed Anderson will join leaders of the Pikes Peak region for a forum on national security and economic prosperity in Colorado Springs and the state. The forum will take place Monday at noon at The Broadmoor hotel. The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition,...
  (Editor's Note: This article originally identified Friends of Cheyenne Cañon as the group pursing legal action to block the land exchange. It's now been corrected.) By Amy Gillentine Sweet and John Hazlehurst Some groups opposing the land swap with The Broadmoor aren’t waiting for Colorado Springs City Council to decide the fate of...
Woodland Park voters will face a record number of ballot questions in the city’s April 5 election, nine of which are proposed charter amendments that would streamline governmental processes and create incentives for new business. Recommendations to streamline operations, which include term-limit modifications for council and mayoral appointments, as well...
Amy Lathen was elected to serve as chairwoman of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners, while Dennis Hisey will serve as its vice-chairman. The group reorganized today with a new leadership slate. Darryl Glenn will serve as third commissioner, and will act as the chairman in the event that...
By Jan Martin After eight years of spending every day worrying about the details of running a city, I’m enjoying taking some time to get reacquainted with the Colorado Springs I love. Although I’ve attended countless events, been on the inside circle of local politics and know all the movers...
Tuesday’s City Council meeting began amicably enough. Wearing western shirts, cowboy hats and blue jeans, Council’s seven male members thereby saluted the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. A few minutes after the meeting began, Council President Merv Bennett read a resolution honoring former Mayor Steve Bach for his four years...