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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Colorado’s already-strained infrastructure could be further tested, as some experts expect the state’s population to grow from 5.4 million to 8 million in the next 20 years. Most of the influx will likely be along the Front Range, and growth projections mean transportation and stormwater entities have started addressing shortcomings today to meet tomorrow’s demands. […]
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Financial planners at odds over implications for the retirement services industry Earlier this month, President Donald Trump ordered the review (and subsequent delay) of a Department of Labor investment-advice rule that would require financial advisers to act in the best interests of clients seeking retirement services, requiring them to disclose any conflicts of interest or fees […]
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After six years and more than $600,000 spent in a public-private partnership, the coalition that hired El Paso County’s first lobbyist is pleased with its investment. The group of 13 (10 members started the program in 2010 and paid $10,000 each to hire the lobbyist; the number is now 13 members) private businesses, nonprofits and […]
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Colorado Springs-based political group, Liberty First, will host a community forum Jan. 17 at 6:45 p.m. in the meeting room at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The hour-and-a-half open discussion will allow citizens and media the opportunity to ask city councilors questions pertaining to city-related topics and issues. In light of upcoming city elections, the […]
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