June 9, 2023

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Picking Transportation Winners and Losers, TABOR Held Hostage, Denver Homeless Industrial Complex, and More!

Here are some of the stories we are following this week. Connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for up-to-the-minute news. 


  • Throughout the past few years, we’ve watched as local government uses taxpayer money, and abuses their power, to limit our transportation options to ones that they choose for us. PikeRide is one example of this. We dug into the financials of PikeRide and other scooter share programs to show you how your government is choosing transportation winners and losers.


  • Leftist radicals in the Colorado Legislature have worked for decades to eliminate your Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Under Proposition HH, which will be on the November ballot, taxpayers will lose $5 billion of their TABOR refunds by year 5 of this plan. You will have $10 billion stolen by year 10. All to fund more state government. Do you need this much government in your life? If the answer to that question is “no”, feel free to take action, and also spread the news to your neighbors: Vote no on Proposition HH.


  • Councilman Dave Donelson held a townhall for his district. Speeding motorcycles, unsafe streets, and crime were hot topics. We recorded it for you!


  • Colorado Springs Mayor Yemi Mobolade has been sworn into office. We wish him all the luck in the world, and hope he fixes the potholes all over the city.


  • The Colorado Springs Senior Center building will be replaced this year. The American Rescue Plan Act, otherwise known as taxpayers not born yet, is funding the $8 million project.


  • Victims of the Club Q shooting are joining together to sue El Paso County. They claim the El Paso County Sheriff’s office should have disarmed the shooter after his arrest the previous June.


  • A fourth medical insurance company is leaving the Colorado Market. This will impact around 30,000 enrollees in the state.


  • On the previous note, does anybody know why taxpayers are paying Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera an additional $66,640 per year as the Director of the Office of Saving People Money on Health Care?


  • This week in Homeless Industrial Complex updates, Denver has voted to make tent camping safe and permanent in certain parts of the city. No word on whether taxpayers get permanent safety.


  • Not to worry, though. Denver has elected a new mayor, Mike Johnston, plans to build tiny homes and use hotels to house the homeless. At taxpayer expense, of course, because there’s never a “taxpayers are running out of money” crisis. Expect the Homeless Industrial Complex to grow exponentially during his term.



  • This week in found unicorns, one local faith group raised enough money to re-open a homeless shelter and bridge the financial gap left by the City of Colorado Springs.


  • Governor Jared Polis has signed a first-of-its-kind law that allows elected officials to block you on their personal social media accounts. Because they really don’t want to hear from you anyway. Why does it seem that many laws of late protect those who serve taxpayers from any criticism from those very taxpayers?


  • Some studies show that Colorado Springs is bucking a state trend on crime rate increases. Colorado Springs crime rates appear to be trending downward, while much of the state is trending in the opposite direction.


  • Speaking of crime, one recent report indicates that not prosecuting criminals for committing offenses emboldens them, and they commit more crimes. It almost seems like common sense, no? One has to ask if this is the exact result the radical Colorado legislature wanted when they passed “justice reform.”


  • This week in dark intrigue, one former investigator for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office knows the cause of the Black Forest fire in 2013. Officially, no cause has been cited.


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Here are some upcoming meetings in the area. We hope you can attend one or more!

If there are other public meetings you’d like to see announced here, please drop us a line. We are happy to include them in an upcoming newsletter. These might be government-related, candidate, or elected official meetings. Thanks!

 

Colorado Springs City Council Meetings


Monday, June 12, 10:00 a.m.

Colorado Springs City Council Work Session

107 N. Nevada, 3rd floor

Live stream link here

Agenda


Tuesday, June 13, 10:00 a.m.

Colorado Springs City Council

107 N. Nevada, 3rd floor

Live stream link here

Agenda


El Paso County Board of County Commissioner Meetings


Tuesday, June 13, 9:00 a.m. 

El Paso County Board of County Commissioners

Centennial Hall

200 S. Cascade

Live stream link here

Agenda not yet posted


Tuesday, June 20, 9:00 a.m. 

El Paso County Board of County Commissioners

Centennial Hall

200 S. Cascade

Live stream link here

Agenda not yet posted


Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors


Wednesday, June 21, 1:00 p.m.

Utilities Board of Directors

Blue River Board Room

Plaza of the Rockies, South Tower, 5th Floor 

Live stream link here

Agenda not yet posted


Miscellaneous Meetings of Interest


Wednesday, June 14

Living With Wildfire Townhall Cedar Heights, Garden of the Gods/Pleasant Valley, Holland Park, Kissing Camels, Mesa, Mesa Springs, Mountain Shadows, Peregrine, Pinecliff

Colorado Springs Masonic Center

1150 Panorama Drive

Agenda



View the full Colorado Springs City Council meeting schedule here to see upcoming meetings.

 

View the full Board of El Paso County Commissioners meeting schedule here to see upcoming meetings.

 

View the full Colorado Springs Utilities Board meeting schedule here to see upcoming meetings. Please also follow CSU on social media at their Facebook Page and on Twitter


Don't forget to subscribe to our You Tube Channel. Since most of the City and County board and commission meetings are not televised or recorded, we are trying to remedy that. We now have a camera and tri-pod for volunteers to check out for future meetings. 


If you have a tip about a story in the Pikes Peak region that you aren’t seeing reported, let us know. We will see what we can find out.


How to Contact City and County Officials:


City Hall

107 N. Nevada Avenue

Colorado Springs CO 80903

(719) 385-5986

Contact City Council

 

Mayor's Office

30 S Nevada Avenue, Suite 601

Colorado Springs, CO 80901

(719) 385-5900

Contact Mayors Office


County Commissioners

200 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 100 

Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2202

Phone: (719) 520-7276

https://www.elpasoco.com/contact-us/


Thank you!

Laura and Rebecca

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