Citizens for Accountable Government, the group calling for a switch to a strong mayor form of government in Colorado Springs, may find that an obscure 1992 city ordinance could derail its efforts. The measure restricts any initiative to a single subject. Created in response to multi-subject initiatives such as the Douglas Bruce-authored 1991 “mini-TABOR” amendment, […]
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A few declined to comment on the ballot issues because they were not well informed about those issues, but those who were knowledgeable had a lot to say. Here’s what they said about these issues. Rocky Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Corporation Amendment 28 “This amendment makes it convenient for people to vote, and […]
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You’ve got a dozen or more old computers, keyboards and monitors in the storage room, and you can’t just toss them in the dumpster because it’s against the law – they’re full of dangerous chemicals and metals. So who are you going to call? Try Better Environment Through Technology Recycling. BETTR, as it calls itself, […]
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As the drought afflicting Colorado Springs and much of the rest of the state continues, tempers are hot over a deal in which the city utility sold an additional three million gallons of water to irrigate a golf course. The Broadmoor Hotel was sold city drinking water to irrigate its golf course while the rest […]
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The Small Business Administration says its new SBAExpress loan program will make loan applications easier to complete and faster to implement. The pilot loan program will also significantly expand the number of lenders participating in the program and increase access to capital for small businesses. In particular, the SBA has implemented program modifications to allow […]
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Public health represents a challenge most people wish someone else would handle. After all, the business of indigent or uninsured health care is tricky – lots of need with not enough service providers willing to accept and treat a growing and underserved population. The El Paso County Board of Health and the Environment has been […]
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Redistricting discussions are building this week to a crescendo at the State Legislature. EDC, The Chamber of Commerce and the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors are all watching developments closely as the final determination could have major impact on El Paso County’s military installations and legislative bargaining in the future. Stay tuned for details on […]
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Members of the Urban Renewal Authority patted one another on the back last week after finally resolving the relocation policy associated with urban renewal. However, some business owners and concerned citizens who attended the URA¡¦s board meeting were less enthused, crossing their arms and shaking their heads. ¡§They may have a great vision for what […]
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Eminent domain is not just a policy; it¡¦s the law for local and state governments. The law allows the Urban Renewal Authority of El Paso County to usurp businesses in areas where urban renewal will occur. Furthermore, the law states that the URA is not legally bound to compensate business owners for any costs concerning […]
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Rep. David Schultheis is brand new to the Colorado Legislature, but that doesn’t deter him from sponsoring a controversial bill that is also supported by Gov. Owens. In conjunction with the governor’s office, on Feb. 13, Schultheis, a Republican from District 22 in El Paso County, introduced to the Legislature a bill that would require […]
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