Hundreds of local employees commute to work by bicycle, whether they ride downtown or to other locations. Vicki McCann, marketing supervisor for the city of Colorado Springs Transit Services Division, hopes that number will swell to thousands on June 27, the 25th annual Colorado Bike to Work Day. “An event like this can be fun […]
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Most landlords and property managers don’t have anything to worry about when it comes to the city of Colorado Springs’ proposed housing code changes. “If a property manager is doing what they are supposed to be doing, they shouldn’t have any issues with them,” said Laura Nelson, executive director for the Apartment Association of Southern […]
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Charles Marohn recalls, as a child, taking walks with his grandfather, who had lived through the Great Depression. During their time together, Marohn would watch as he collected cans along the roadside to sell for scrap. “He’d take a truckload in for $5,” Marohn said. “Nobody does that today. That seems crazy and beneath us. […]
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In common with public employee pension plans in almost every state, the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association is less than fully funded. In other words, its assets are less than its liabilities. As of PERA’s comprehensive annual financial report of Dec. 31, 2016, the fund held assets valued at $43.15 billion, against liabilities estimated at […]
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Motorists and cyclists appear to have gotten used to the new parking-protected bike lanes on Weber Street, says the senior bike planner for Colorado Springs. “They seem to be working safely for all users,” said Kate Brady, who joined the city in 2016. Along with bike lanes that have been added to Cascade Avenue between […]
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A bipartisan marijuana tracking bill that was postponed indefinitely in a Feb. 7 Senate committee meeting is delayed, not dead. There’ll be a refined version of SB18-029 “Development of Marijuana Tracking Technology,” this legislative session, co-sponsor Sen. Kent Lambert said, that will better explain how marijuana tracking will protect Colorado’s legal businesses, tax revenue, marijuana […]
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Pikes Peak Regional Building Department’s 2018 budget was approved by Colorado Springs City Council on Tuesday, but not before a lengthy discussion about RBD’s policy of giving extra revenue back to several projects and nonprofits that spent money on building permits in 2016-17. Councilor Don Knight even proposed an amendment to the budget resolution, that […]
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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers wants more police officers and firefighters. City council agrees, but also wants to add more bus service and watering in city parks. All will likely be approved when the 2018 city budget is finalized Dec. 12. Suthers submitted his proposed 2018 budget to city council on Oct. 3, as required, […]
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Pay raises, replacing the city fleet and parks maintenance were the big winners when Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers presented his 2018 balanced budget to City Council Oct. 3. The $288.9 million budget is $16.3 million — or 6 percent — higher than the 2017 version. The 640-page proposal likely will be tweaked by city […]
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El Paso County recently joined a growing number of municipalities throughout the world to create what are being called “smart cities,” in which data is used to make cities operate more efficiently. A recent story in the Wall Street Journal (“The Rise of the Smart City” by Michael Totty) described the trend thusly: “In just […]
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Judging by campaign contributions, the business community is highly interested in the April 4 city election. Led by Colorado Springs Forward and the Housing and Building Association, business interests have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to five city council candidates. There might have been six recipients, but one contest drew a single candidate. Five […]
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A bill currently moving through the Colorado Legislature aims to relax the regulatory burden for the more than 500,000 small business owners throughout the state. Since it was introduced to the Colorado General Assembly on Jan. 11, the first day of regular session, Senate Bill 1 has already garnered support from many Colorado Springs business […]
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