March 17, 2023

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Revised Council Candidate Survey, The Million-Dollar Mayoral Candidate, Governor Polis Has a Plan for Energy Costs, 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. 


  • Responses to our Colorado Springs Mayoral and City Council Candidate surveys are coming in. This week, we’ve received a revised response from city council candidate Michelle Talarico. You can learn details behind the revision below. Mayoral candidate Christopher Mitchell has also returned our survey. We will be posting survey responses for mayoral candidates here, and city council candidate responses here, so that you can access them anytime.


  • Our friends at Integrity Matters pointed out that candidate Michelle Talarico copied and pasted information from other websites in her survey response to us. That’s the reason for her revision above. You can read all about it in our article on the subject. 


  • For you, our dedicated subscribers, we have included additional links at the bottom of both the mayoral candidate survey response page, and the city council candidate survey response page. These links to news articles and videos will serve as a collection of all the candidate information you need. We added many, many more links this week!


  • Our friends at the Maverick Observer also conducted surveys for mayoral candidates. 


  • “Affordable housing” and housing in general is a front-and-center issue in the upcoming mayoral and city council elections. Developers are lavishing money onto their favored candidates. What will Colorado Springs look like if the big-money developers get their way?


  • Colorado Springs City Councilman Dave Donelson has some comments after the Mayor John Suthers criticized him and three other council members for opposing a rushed vote on a water ordinance. That ordinance heavily favors one particular area developer. Read what he has to say.


  • Your 2023 municipal ballot should arrive in your mailbox soon. We’ll endeavor to keep you informed on any breaking news running up to the election.


  • Political haggling continues regarding the possible move of United States Space Force. Will it remain in Colorado or move to Alabama?


  • One high-profile developer, who supports Wayne Williams for Colorado Springs Mayor, expects the mayoral race to cost $1 million. Clearly, there is a lot at stake for citizens, and developers.


  • Wayne Williams has been cleared of potential city code violations that were levied against him.


  • Mayoral candidate Sallie Clark is being scrutinized for potentially receiving large campaign donations by wealthy “land speculators.”


  • Remember when you (maybe) received $1,200 in COVID bailout money? Well, hospitals fared much, much better, and wealthier hospitals received far more in relief money than rural hospitals. Interesting, but not surprising.


  • Renovation of South Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs will last for years. The work is scheduled out until 2025.


  • Look out for increased energy costs. Why? Because Governor Polis recently announced a plan to save you money on energy costs, that’s why. How is the Office of Saving You Money on Healthcare working out, or any other “money saving” program from Polis, Inc?


  • Mayor John Suthers is looking back on his term, and celebrating what he considers to be his greatest achievement: stormwater improvements. As a refresher, those improvements were a response to an EPA lawsuit.


  • A bill that would allow cities to establish “safe” drug injection sites has passed the Colorado House. Why are we pretending it’s ever safe to inject deadly narcotics supplied by drug cartels?


  • The consequences from the poorly thought-out plastic bag tax are getting even more ridiculous. Now, folks are stealing plastic baskets from grocery stores. But, the Colorado government, as well as grocery stores, are raking in the cash, so that’s what counts.


  • The City of Colorado Springs is being sued for the death of a homeless person. This person was sleeping on a pathway and was, unfortunately, run over by a fire truck responding to a fire.


  • An act, passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2022, will levy heavy fines on people who are driving with expired license plates. From what we’ve seen in our travels, there’s millions to be made here, assuming you can get people, who already disregard laws, to pay.


  • Over 1,000 acres of land east of Colorado Springs has been approved for purchase by Colorado Springs City Council. This land, which cost taxpayers $7.5 million, was purchased with TOPS funds, and will be used for open space.


  • American Medical Response (AMR) is the ambulance company contracted to the City of Colorado Springs. Since 2020, they’ve paid over $5 million in fines for breach of contract. This seems like bad business. 


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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, March 27, 10:00 a.m.

Colorado Springs City Council Work Session

107 N. Nevada, 3rd floor

Live stream link here

Agenda not yet posted


Tuesday, March 28, 10:00 a.m.

Colorado Springs City Council

107 N. Nevada, 3rd floor

Live stream link here

Agenda not yet posted

 

El Paso County Board of County Commissioner Meetings


Tuesday, March 21, 9:00 a.m. 

El Paso County Board of County Commissioners

Centennial Hall

200 S. Cascade

Live stream link here

Agenda


Tuesday, March 28, 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, March 22, 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


Miscellaneous Meetings of Interest

 

Thursday, April 20, 6:00 p.m.

Independence Institute Local Govt. Project Training Workshop

Online via Zoom

Agenda and Registration Information



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/



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Laura and Rebecca

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