If ever you wanted an example of multi-generational governmental dysfunction, here it is. In a report recently presented to City Council, which included cost estimates for renovating City Auditorium, this little gem stood out: “In 1922, the City Auditorium was completed for city ownership and operation…. From records available, it does not appear that any major repair or renovation has been performed since its opening.”
When FDR’s slacker son, Elliott Roosevelt, was mayor of Miami Beach during the 1960s, he was asked whether the mob ran the town. His often-quoted reply: “The mob doesn’t run Miami Beach — they just own it.” You might say the same about the U.S. Congress, as well as the present administration. They have proven to be notably inept in actually running the country, but they’ve been remarkably successful in grabbing their own piece of the American dream.
It’s hard to resist having fun at the expense of Keith King and City Council. That said, here’s the latest product of Council president King’s fertile mind: a “Marketing Plan” for City Council, apparently combined with a decision timeline for 2014. In writing it, King was clearly affected by the blowback from the latest adventures […]
Coal-fired power plant, sewage treatment facility, concrete batch plant, rock quarry, gravel pit, slaughterhouse, airport, wind turbine farm or oil field — which one do you want as your next-door neighbor? Most of us would say “none of the above.” Yet all are essential to our advanced industrial society, and...
Last week’s media brouhaha over a nonexistent Steve Bach meltdown concerning Memorial Health System was mercifully short-lived. It endures only in the embarrassment of the perpetrators (a certain daily newspaper, unnamed to protect the guilty) and the greater embarrassment of those who were gulled by the scam (that would...
Terry Maketa hits the spot Three girlfriends, that’s a lot Naked selfie and a tax hike too Terry Maketa is the sheriff for you! As County Commissioner Darryl Glenn accurately noted, Sheriff Terry Maketa’s multiple improprieties in office were “the worst-kept secrets in town.” Four years ago, Pam Zubeck of the Colorado Springs Independent detailed […]
Remember the old Roadrunner cartoons that entertained generations of kids before video games and the Internet? Remember when the Coyote would suddenly arrive at the edge of a precipice? He wouldn’t stop. He’d just keep going, running in thin air — and suddenly, he’d look down, realize his plight, and plummet to the ground, to the audience’s shrieking delight.
Ever since the city budget quietly allocated $1.5 million for “planning and design work” on a proposed new Pikes Peak Summit House, nothing much has happened — or so it seemed. In fact, it appears that the ice on the summit is beginning to melt (literally and figuratively!) and that the long-dreamed-of replacement to the […]
Some years ago, I listened to Terry Gross interview a successful Las Vegas businessman on National Public Radio. Terry asked what it was like to be a resident of Vegas, working and living as one would in any American city. Was it strange, difficult or disorienting? “Well,” the businessman replied “Las Vegas is the best place in the world to start a business, not really work very hard, be successful, and live the good life” — he paused for a moment — “if you have no weaknesses. But if you do, this town will find them, and destroy you.”
Those of us unfortunate enough to report on politics are used to hysteria. If, for example, it became publicly known that your boss was foolin’ around with his female subordinates, it would be unfortunate for those involved and their families, but hardly a matter of countywide concern. But Sheriff Terry Maketa? Given the indignantly expressed […]
In January 2016, the CSBJ reported highly fluorinated toxic industrial chemicals called PFCs contaminated drinking water provided to more than 80,000 residents of Fountain, Security and Widefield. First synthesized in the 1950s by 3M, these perfluorinated substances have been used by manufacturers worldwide in products that include firefighting foam, nonstick...
The race for mayor of Colorado Springs definitely is heating up, far ahead of the April 2015 municipal election. El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen formally announced on Labor Day, sending a statement to the media that may presage a major campaign theme. “It is time to unlock the doors of the Mayor’s Office,” Lathen […]