More Monica Mendoza Articles

  • Cost of funding city election a sticking point

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    There is $600,000 budgeted for 2015 city elections. - Some council members question whether that is enough. What if there is a mayoral runoff, as there was in 2011, some council members asked City Clerk Sarah Johnson. - Johnson said at the council's budget meeting Tuesday that if there...

  • City Council members expected to put up a fight over reduced time from City Attorney

    Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Colorado Springs City Council members will get less time dedicated to them from the City Attorney's Office in 2015, under the mayor's proposed budget. Mayor Steve Bach's 2015 budget reduces by half the time the city attorney will spend working with the City Council. It is among the...

  • The city's IT department can be fixed for $1.7 million, chief of staff says

    Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Colorado Springs has a new plan for its information technology department, and it's going to need $1.7 million more in the 2015 budget, the city's chief of staff said. - The increase is for hardware and a redesign of the system, including close attention to network security, said Steve...

  • Stormwater measure picks up broad support as opponents point out flaws

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    The campaign on stormwater has become a David vs. Goliath match in terms of spending and visible support. Proponents of El Paso County Measure 1B, which would spend $40 million a year to plan, build and maintain drainage and flood control projects in four cities and portions of the...

  • Children have a blast launching rockets and building things at the PPLD Mini Maker Faire

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Nine-year-old Noah Schneiderman had a plan when he stepped up to the compressed air machine Saturday and prepared to launch his paper rocket. Of the hundreds of children who had gone before him, only a couple of dozen pumped the compressor hard enough to get their rocket to stick in...

  • Library 21c debuts video production studio in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Library 21c debuted its Center for Public Media on Saturday in hopes of helping future filmmakers, video producers, musicians and more produce their own high-quality videos. Staffers at Library 21c unveiled a studio with video cameras, lights and editing programs. They will offer...

  • One person taken to hospital after shooting in south-central Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    A male was taken to Memorial Hospital late Saturday after a shooting at a home in the Stratton Meadows neighborhood, Colorado Springs police said. No information on the victim's condition was available, but homicide detectives were called to the scene of the shooting in the 1000 block...

  • Blog: Council president asks Mayor for quarterly reports on severance packages

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Colorado Springs City Council president Keith King wants the City Council to be informed quarterly when the mayor spends money on severance packages for his senior managers. After all, that is what the council-approved Civilian Policy and Procedure Manual requires. Policy No. 66 in...

  • Colorado Springs council member wants to take up issue of severance packages

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    A Colorado Springs council member is floating a city ordinance that would make it illegal to give severance packages to city employees without City Council consent. Council member Helen Collins said such payouts are equal to stealing from the taxpayers, mainly because the payouts are...

  • Colorado Springs business leaders say success stories should be shared

    Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    The key to unlocking the entrepreneurial and innovation door in Colorado Springs is strong infrastructure, talent and capital. But it's also about telling Colorado Springs' success stories, business leaders said Friday at the 18th annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum, hosted by the...