• Priority for Gazette readers: Fewer words, more action from elected Colorado Springs leaders

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Colorado Springs voters will elect a new mayor and as many as five new City Council members in April and Gazette readers, thinking about the dozen candidates who will make promises over the six weeks, say they want fewer words and more action from their future elected officials. They...

  • Blog: Profess your love on a city bus bench this Valentine's Day

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Forget the flowers and candy this Valentine's Day.   Colorado Springs city officials are giving folks a chance to profess their love on a city bus bench.   Mountain Metropolitan Transit is offering a chance to win a personalized message on one bus benches.

  • Blog: Colorado Springs City Council will discuss Utilities governance change

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Maybe it’s time for a Colorado Springs Utilities board of directors that can devote all of its time to Utilities instead of splitting time with City Council, a local political group says. It’s something the City Council, which doubles as the Utilities board, will investigate over the...

  • Colorado Springs council says no to ballot measure, yes to stormwater promise

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    There will be no Colorado Springs bond election in April for capital improvement projects. Instead, the City Council made a promise to residents that it will spend $19 million a year from the city's general fund and Colorado Springs Utilities on stormwater projects. It was the City...

  • Colorado Springs recall question goes to ballot despite disagreement

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    The Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to put the Helen Collins recall question on the April ballot despite concerns from District 4 citizens that the city has not allowed 
the proper protest period. Robert Blancken, who lives in District 4, said the city's charter gives...

  • Blog: Collins recall funded by secret group could be protested

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Colorado Springs Councilwoman Helen Collins said a recall effort could happen at any time against any council member when some secret group hires people to run it. Collins, speaking at the City Council work session Monday, said she regards the recall effort a joke because it was not...

  • Councilman Snider won't seek re-election, guaranteeing three new council members in April

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Colorado Springs City Councilman Val Snider will not seek re-election, and that means at least three new faces on the council in April. Snider broke the news Friday morning on Facebook. "After much thought and personal reflection I have decided I'd like to take my life in a new...

  • Ballot Countdown: District 4 candidates can pick up packets Thursday

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    District 4 candidates 
can pick up packets Candidates interested in running for the Colorado Springs District 4 council seat against Councilwoman Helen Collins can begin circulating petitions Thursday. A group of citizens was successful in getting a Collins recall question on the...

  • Blog: Makepeace says more citizen input needed on proposed capital program

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    In recalling how the Springs Community Improvement Program began in 1998 and 1999, former Colorado Springs mayor Mary Lou Makepeace said one the biggest achievements of that bond program was the input from about 300 citizens. At the time, she was the mayor. Makepeace is once again...

  • In surprise move, Colorado Springs council to put City for Champions plan to public vote

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Voters in Colorado Springs will not be asked to change the city's charter to require a public vote on a City for Champions sports and events center. In a surprise move this week, Councilwoman Jan Martin asked her fellow council members to instead make a public promise, by way of a...

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