Here are the general fund highlights of the mayor’s proposed 2017 budget, taken from a city press release: Nearly $600,000 in increased funding to Mountain Metro Transit — boosting its bankroll from $5.1 million to $5.7 million, which for the first time since the Great Recession brings the city to the $5.7 million Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority […]
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Every four years, the Colorado Springs city clerk is required by law to redraw the six city council district boundaries. Here’s how it works, according to a city press release. Only complete El Paso County voting precincts will be moved from one district to another. The preliminary district report will be released on Sept. 28. […]
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Mayor John Suthers announced yesterday that Colorado Springs Airport Aviation Director Dan Gallagher will leave the position in early October. Gallagher has taken a job as director of aviation business and finance with the Massachusetts Port Authority. Current Assistant Aviation Director Troy Stover will serve as interim director while a national search is conducted for Gallagher’s […]
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As Tolstoy might have written, “Functional political parties are alike, but dysfunctional parties are dysfunctional in their own way.” Democrats have problems with economic reality, while Republicans are strangely devoted to junk science. Say “free medical care” or “free college tuition” to a Democratic elected official, and he/she will salivate like on of Pavlov’s dogs. […]
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Opponents of the Colorado Springs City Council-approved land swap between the city and the Broadmoor Hotel haven’t given up. Thanks to a large cash infusion from an anonymous donor, they’re pursuing a multi-pronged strategy that may delay execution of the swap for years — or even reverse it. The land swap proposal: The city transfers 189 […]
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Thirty miles into a long weekday ride on my road bike in (I think) 2004, I stopped at a downtown coffee shop for a quick break. I thought I looked pretty cool, even in a splashy spandex U.S. Postal jersey — and there was my friend Shannon, sitting a slender dark-haired woman who looked vaguely […]
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Here’s a business model for you, one guaranteed to rake in the bucks. Organize a really fancy, week-long track meet. Invite countries large and small to send teams. Add other sports — swimming, baseball, cycling, soccer, sport climbing, tennis, badminton, sailing … whatever! Persuade cities worldwide to compete for the privilege of hosting the meet, […]
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The Colorado Springs City Council has a long history of use (and sometimes misuse) of so-called executive sessions. Such meetings within meetings can be held only during regular or special meetings. According to the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, Colorado open records laws require that “the topic must be announced to the public with as […]
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When I lived in New York City in the early 1970s, the city was deeply and visibly dysfunctional. The business climate was lousy; the middle class was shrinking; the streets were potholed; the parks were unkempt; the politicians were crooked or incompetent and the city was broke. The Mayor begged for a bailout from the […]
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In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, the Air Force announced that it would provide $4.3 million to water systems serving Security, Widefield and Fountain. The money will be used to fund the installation of granular activated carbon  filtration systems to remove perfluorinated substances from potable water. The filtration systems were described as an “interim […]
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Subscribing to the print edition of the New York Times takes nearly $1,000 annually out of your pocket at full rate. With careful account management, you can cut down that figure substantially, but it’s still a big number. It’s also worth it. One cold February morning, a long article in the Times Magazine caught my […]
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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 […]
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