More Monica Mendoza Articles

  • Mayor Bach ends 'privileged' Colorado Springs Utilities emails

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Mayor Steve Bach directed the city attorney to stop labeling Colorado Springs Utilities emails, memos and documents as "attorney/client privileged" - an apparent effort by Utilities to dodge releasing information about a fire at the Martin Drake Power Plant. Bach said Tuesday that he...

  • Regional stormwater task force hits a snag

    Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Members of a regional stormwater task force have been hopeful that the towns of Monument, Palmer Lake, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls and Fountain would join El Paso County and Colorado Springs to form a regional stormwater authority that would collect fees and plan for...

  • City may have violated Colorado Open Records Act

    Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The City of Colorado Springs may have violated the Colorado Open Records Act law when it did not provide all of the email correspondence The Gazette requested related to the city council’s fired legislative assistant. In January, Mayor Steve Bach fired the City Council’s newly hired...

  • 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 because...

  • 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...

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