In a recent email, Broadmoor CEO Steve Bartolin commented on a blog which suggested that a revived downtown would benefit mightily from a convention center. Bartolin sponsored a successful initiative some years ago that forbids the city from funding plans for such a facility. He still thinks it’s a...
Judging from the number of people who attended Tuesday’s city council candidate information session at the City Administration Building, all six district council seats will be strongly contested. Not counting city employees and members of the media, there were about 50 attendees, none of whom left during the two- hour...
The city and its enterprises employ thousands of people. Every day some of them quit, get promoted or migrate from one department to another — and it’s not news. Unless you’re a department head, a member of Council or spectacularly fired, the jackals of the media don’t much care. But if...
On Sept. 9, 2013, Zeezo’s owners Mark and Jessica Modeer bought the building that formerly housed Bryant & Scott Jewelers for $1.263 million. It seemed like a pretty hefty price for the 113-year-old 8,350-square-foot single-story building, but Mark and Jessica had a deserved reputation as canny business owners. Skeptics...
It’s hard to know what to make of the latest flare-up between Mayor Steve Bach and five of the nine members of City Council. In a letter to Bach signed by Council President Keith King, Joel Miller, Andy Pico, Helen Collins and Don Knight, the five declared their opposition to...
It’s always fun when the buzzing of media mosquitos so annoys the powerful that they react inappropriately – especially when you, as the mosquito in question, manage to avoid getting slapped. But it’s not so much fun when the official’s action may not be merely inappropriate, but possibly unethical. Last...
When Richard Milhous Nixon, arguably one of our most liberal recent presidents, signed the legislation creating the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, skies over many American cities were nearly as polluted as those over today’s Beijing. Ozone, nitrogen oxides and particulates combined to create opaque, soupy air that endangered public...
In 1992, Colorado voters approved the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights amendment to the state constitution, a Doug Bruce-authored tax and revenue limitation measure. Sloppily written, disingenuously promoted and irrational in practice, it has been at worst a disaster, at best an irritant. In some jurisdictions, its provisions have hollowed out...
Wednesday’s “special called meeting” of the Colorado Springs City Council took place immediately before the regularly scheduled meeting of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors. On the agenda: approval of the complex intergovernmental stormwater agreement between Pueblo County and Colorado Springs Utilities. The meeting venue: The Blue River Room,...
The ongoing debate over the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant has been almost exclusively locally focused. Proponents and opponents alike have examined local costs, local health impacts and Drake’s impact on the local economy. But Colorado Springs isn’t an island, and it may be that a newly unfolding national energy...
In early January I came across a story buried deep in the print edition of The New York Times about a new disease that had appeared in Wuhan, a then-obscure Chinese metropolis. For some reason it seemed threatening, and I told my spouse that we should stock up on canned food...
The outcome was set in stone, supporters believed. But opponents never gave up. And the opposition prevailed. “I was counting votes,” said a member of the Highway 115 Citizens Advisory Committee. “Sometimes I thought they heard us, sometimes I thought not. It was up and down, then they went into closed...