More Monica Mendoza Articles

  • Colorado Springs City Council gives green light to private marijuana club

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    City Hall chambers erupted with cheers and about 30 supporters hugged and congratulated each other Tuesday when the Colorado Springs City Council allowed a private downtown club for marijuana smokers to remain open. The city administration had sought to close the club - Studio A64 at...

  • City Council eyeing charter change to allow it to have its own staff, attorney

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    The Colorado Springs City Council needs its own attorney and needs to be able to hire and fire its own staff, council President Keith King says. He says the city's charter, which is the city's constitution, needs to be changed to give the City Council those powers. He proposed the...

  • Council told to abandon Colorado Springs' master plan, instead focus on short-term fixes

    Yesterday

    Colorado Springs' city staff asked the City Council to abandon a three-year plan to update the city's master plan and instead spend the money on some short-term fixes. Peter Wysocki, the city's planning and development director, told the council Monday that there might not be enough...

  • Uncertainty about environmental policy changes leaves Drake decision on hold

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Colorado Springs City Council should not make a hasty decision based on federal regulations when it comes to closing Martin Drake Power Plant, an energy regulations expert said Wednesday. It could be several years before additional federal regulations related to greenhouse gases and...

  • City Council's Merv Bennett becomes Utilities Board chairman

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Colorado Springs Utilities Board will now be headed by Council member Merv Bennett. The board, which is the City Council, voted Wednesday to make the change to the board's by-laws that says the City Council president does not automatically become the board chairman. Council...

  • City for Champions organizers plan to visit other downtown stadiums

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Organizers of the City for Champions plan to visit at least 11 cities that have built downtown sports and event centers in search of the secrets to their success. The travel itinerary includes stops in Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Florida to name a few, said Laura Neumann, former...

  • Packed Colorado Springs City Council agenda might be streamlined

    Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The clock struck midnight on April 8, and Colorado Springs City Council was still in session. The council convened at 11:30 a.m. in City Hall for a planning session and went into its regular meeting at 1 p.m. There was a short dinner break and then the council hunkered down for a...

  • Indoor shooting range approved after 5-hour appeal hearing

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The owners of Whistling Pines Gun Club can move forward with plans for a second indoor shooting range off Garden of the Gods Road. The Colorado Springs City Council gave club owners Joyce and Bob Holmes the go-ahead at the tail end of a five-hour public hearing Tuesday night that...

  • Colorado Springs City Council gives Utilities CEO $100,000 pay boost

    Updated: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte was awarded a $100,000 pay raise Tuesday that will be phased in over the next three years. The City Council split in a 5-4 vote to increase Forte's base salary by $30,600 in 2014, $34,900 in 2015 and $34,900 in 2016. In 2013, Forte's total...

  • Colorado Springs council vote paves the way for pothole fixes

    Updated: Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Potholes in Colorado Springs will get more than a simple patch after the Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to take $2 million from the city's reserve fund to pay for the road repairs. Maintenance crews will begin work citywide this summer, digging dreaded potholes down to...

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