On Tuesday afternoon, our quarrelsome and divided City Council took the stage once more. It’s been a short and strange trip, one which will end in April when as many as six current members may be replaced in the biennial city elections. That there will be changes is a certainty — and that the changes […]
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OK, what kind of city are we? Our goal, according to several iterations of our city&rsquo;s nonsensical and ever-changing mission statement, is to be a &ldquo;world-class city.&rdquo;<br> But, as University of Colorado at Colorado Springs economics professor Tom Zwirlein pointed out the other day, that might not be a realistic goal.<br>
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Early spring, 2003. Newly elected Congressman Bob Beauprez was the guest of honor at a business-sponsored event in Aurora. Another familiar figure was present, a sandy-haired political newcomer who soon would become mayor of Denver. “I’m here to talk to Congressman Beauprez,” said John Hickenlooper. “If I’m elected, he’ll be one of the folks I’ll […]
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At a special media briefing this morning, Mayor Steve Bach praised council’s decision to restore funding to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Regional Business Alliance and the Police Department–but expressed dissatisfaction over Council’s apparent decision to fund park watering costs by taking $1.1 million from the city’s emergency reserve fund, and firmly rejected Council’s […]
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Since an opaque press release earlier in the year, there haven’t been any official updates concerning the proposed merger between the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Colorado College. Yet it’s clear that negotiations are moving forward, since the FAC is now officially in play. And as anyone who...
In an indignant editorial in the Journal of the American medical Association published a couple of days ago, Drs. Deepak Cyril D’Souza and Mohini Ranganathan railed about medical marijuana. “For most qualifying conditions,” they wrote, “approval has relied on low-quality scientific evidence, anecdotal reports, individual testimonials, legislative initiatives and public...
As anyone who follows local government knows, certain members of City Council really, really don’t like Mayor Steve Bach. So when Bach came to them on Tuesday with a request for an emergency appropriation of $2 million from city reserves to fund additional street maintenance, they were immediately suspicious. Councilor Joel Miller, who serves as […]
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Many years ago, in a moment of youthful weakness, I decided to run for city council. I asked my friend Tom Fischer for help. Fischer, a conservative Republican stalwart who had once run for Congress, was brief and to the point. “John,” he said “you come across as a Saks Fifth...
Preserving historic buildings, neighborhoods, land uses and landscapes is often difficult in Colorado Springs. Most of us grew up somewhere else, maybe in the stifling heat of the South or the sunless winters of the Midwest. Whether we came here for the weather, for the mountains or for economic...
When do you know that a potential downtown development really is moving from the planning stage to breaking ground? The answer is simple: when the developers start reeling in serious tax breaks. After discussing the percentages available to the project's developers, the Downtown Development Authority's board allowed them to keep 100 percent...
Sometimes, as we all know, style is more important than substance, emotion trumps reason and logic takes a back seat — even if we’re making vitally important decisions. We get married for the first time to people who are utterly unsuitable (but gorgeous), we go to college and major in subjects so obscure that no employer will hire us, we start businesses that offer products for which there is no demand, we buy houses in dangerous neighborhoods in decaying cities … well, enough of my biography.
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Presidential campaigns are fun, aren’t they? I’ve witnessed quite a few, especially if you include the 1940 contest between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie. As some may recall, FDR crushed Willkie on Nov. 5 of that year, an event that was naturally overshadowed by my birth on the same...