REPORT CARD: Grading Colorado Springs officials

By: The Gazette
March 9, 2014 Updated: March 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm
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On Feb. 16, The Gazette's editorial board issued report cards on the Colorado Springs City Council and Mayor Steve Bach.

At that time, we also asked our readers to fill out a report card on city officials and comment by mail.


The results

  40% gave Mayor Bach a passing grade and the City Council a failing grade.

 38% gave the City Council a passing grade and the mayor a failing grade.

 21% failed both the mayor and the council

 1% passed both the mayor and the council

Some of the comments were very similar. Readers wanted results. They listed jobs, the infrastructure, increasing utility rates and public safety as the issues that the city should address, regardless of how they graded city officials. The poor condition of the city's streets was the top complaint.

Here's some of the comments readers made:

On City Council:

 Worst council I've seen of nine communities in which I've lived.

 Too much controversy and not enough progress.

 I feel for them, they are trying but meeting a brick wall.

 Too involved with personality feuds.

 I have been disappointed on numerous occasions with what seems to be their personal agendas instead of considering what is best for Colorado Springs.

- Gridlocked, nothing gets done.

 Sober outlook on the issues.

On Mayor Bach:

 I believe the mayor is doing exactly what we voted on - we wanted a strong mayor who will energize and push things through.

 Needs class on a little mouth, big ears practices.

 Has vision and is trying to move us ahead.

 Strong mayor concept has gone to his head.

 Does not play well with others.

 Best job of leading Colorado Springs since Mayor Bob Isaac.

On both:

Get the public and volunteer groups involved and informed, as they do care and will act if asked.

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