The city’s Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax fund has been on the books since 1980, supported by a 2-percent tax on hotel rooms and a 1-percent levy on automobile rentals in Colorado Springs. The purpose of the LART tax, according to the city’s 2013 budget, is “to attract visitors and enhance the economy of the […]
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 weekend I got wind of […]
A visit to the homepage of healthcare.gov, the official site of Affordable Care Act, makes no mention of its possible unraveling thanks to the American Health Care Act. The Republican counterproposal to the Affordable Care Act survived a House vote yesterday. The bill must now face a vote of the Senate, with many believing the AHCA won’t […]
Now that the municipal election is history, it’s time to pay attention to 2008. We could, I suppose, do the usual — write columns, pontificate, complain, praise, blame and generally do the impotent journalist thing … but it’s time for a change! What about really mixing it up — being part of the process, participating fully in our precious American democracy? Elected office? Been there, done that. But how about trying to become a delegate to the national convention and help choose the woman or man who will lead our country for the next four years?
Wandering through downtown the other day, I was struck by the strange disconnect between what our businessmen, politicians and downtown promoters say as opposed to what they actually do. What they say: we want a vibrant, vital, robust (see how well I’ve absorbed their buzzwords) downtown, with a stimulating mix of retail, restaurants and bars, residences, offices, art galleries, theaters, restored historic buildings … a festive mix of everything that anyone might want. And what do we have?
Under the aegis of the Gazette’s “Dream City” promotion, a fearsome foursome of local media titans took part in a “meet the press” event yesterday morning from 7:30 to 9 at the Gazette’s architecturally challenged headquarters on Prospect Street. The members of the panel (which included, in the interests of full disclosure, CSBJ Publisher Lon Matejczyk) intended to “share their thoughts on the future of our community and their prospective industries.” Prospective attendees were asked to ante up $10 at the door.
Debt, whether it’s connected to a small business or personal finances, can create stress in our lives. Some people deal with that better than others; some don’t feel the stress at all, comfortable in what may have been a conscious decision to create that debt, and confident in the ability to erase it in a […]
Before a packed house at the Regional Business Development Center Tuesday afternoon, Stephannie Finley skillfully led the first in a series of monthly meetings to “review and update” the City for Champions proposal. The first hour of the meeting was predictably dull, as backers of each of the four projects took their turns at the […]
<em>Many years ago, there was a man in Bathsheba who went to market. Among the throng he saw Death, dressed in black and as pale as the moon that grows thin. Death made a gesture, and the man fled, and rode his horse to Samarra. Another man approached Death, whose dress was dark as the sea at night and his face was as pale as a grave on a frosty night.</em>
It looks as if Colorado Springs City Council won’t refer any charter amendments to city voters this fall. Here’s the text of an email from Council President Keith King to his colleagues (in italics). Council Members: We just finished the agenda planning session for Monday and Tuesday. There are two issues that I want to […]
City Council? Utility Board? What an absurd concept! So let’s get ourselves an entirely new board structure, right? We can have a separate elected board or we can have the mayor appoint an “expert” board, chock full of “well-qualified” folks who can best direct policy for our billion-dollar municipal colossus. By doing so, we’ll relieve […]