More Monica Mendoza Articles

  • Ready for higher taxes? Mayor Bach floats plan to pay for Colorado Springs infrastructure

    Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has been hoping for three years that the local economy would bounce back. That hasn't happened, he said Thursday in his State of the City address at The Broadmoor's International Center. And now the city faces $1.3 billion in infrastructure needs...

  • Council member Miller may be deciding vote on a November recreational marijuana ballot question

    Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    It appears that it will come down to council member Joel Miller whether Colorado Springs voters will get a chance to vote on recreational marijuana sales in November. Council members Val Snider, Don Knight, Merv Bennett and Andy Pico said they are not interested in putting the question...

  • Colorado Springs council to consider ballot question on recreational marijuana sales

    Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Voters in Colorado Springs could be asked in November if they want recreational marijuana sales in the city. At a council work session this week, council member Jill Gaebler asked the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would ask voters if the city should regulate marijuana...

  • Proposed charter amendment opens wound over firing

    Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    When former Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera appeared this week before City Council to talk about a charter change that would give council the ability to hire and fire its own staff, it opened a not-so old wound. Rivera told the council that he was proposing a charter change...

  • Former Colorado Springs mayor: It's time to change city's charter

    Updated: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Former Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera told City Council members Tuesday it's time for them to change the city's charter. Rivera said the City Council needs to have power to hire and fire its own staff, and he presented the council with a draft ordinance that could be placed on...

  • Colorado Springs council signs $2M stadium deal with pro soccer team despite objections

    Updated: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Colorado Springs City Council signed a $2 million deal Tuesday with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks men's pro soccer team to play at its Sand Creek stadium despite objections from the neighboring Sky Sox baseball franchise. The council approved, in a 5-4 vote, a 10-year lease...

  • Colorado Springs Utilities gives funds to economic development organizations

    Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Three Colorado Springs organizations that specialize in economic development will get money from Colorado Springs Utilities this year. The City Council voted 5-4 Tuesday to give $250,000 to the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator and...

  • Colorado Springs chief of staff raises alternatives to stormwater fee

    Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Colorado Springs Chief of Staff Steve Cox raised the idea of boosting sales taxes Monday to pay for $1.3 billion in capital improvement projects, including stormwater and drainage issues, in hopes of avoiding a November ballot issue asking voters for a stormwater fee. Cox told the...

  • Colorado Springs development funding debated

    Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Six months after the Colorado Springs Utilities 2014 budget was approved, the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator is waiting to find out if it will get the $50,000 budgeted for the organization. The City Council, which doubles as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board, wrestled for...

  • More scrutiny for Colorado Springs tourism dollars

    Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Each year, organizers of the Rocky Mountain State Games know exactly how many athletes participate in the events and have a pretty good estimate of the number of spectators. But the event organizers couldn't tell you how much money those athletes and their families spend while...

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