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Sunday Afternoon sur Lac du Prospect

I don't know if this scene strikes me because it's George Seurat's idyllic park, or because I'm nostalgic for Colorado circa prosperity. Circa 2011, the privatization cronies are after our city's public gem, Prospect Lake. Colorado Springs local John Moore made a video, which features this and other vintage memories. (See video below) Moore's video show a webpage on which City Councilman Tim Leigh outlines his proposal for Prospect Lake, a recurring theme among his "fresh ideas" for Colorado Springs, in which he targets now public resources for lease or sale to private for-profit enterprises. Leigh's text below: RE-IMAGINE NEIGHBORHOODS AND REESTABLISH A SENSE OF COMMUNITY Imagine that, instead of continuously developing the open prairie to Kansas, we took a 2nd look at existing neighborhoods, utilized existing utilities & roadway infrastructure and created a culture where existing, stable neighborhoods were prized and could be reasonably redeveloped and modernized. RE-IMAGINE PROSPECT LAKE Imagine that Prospect Lake is fully utilized as the prized asset that it is; where a private entrepreneur promoted the water venue with exciting events throughout the summer.  Imagine the boat house being re-deployed as a high-end restaurant or some similar use all acting as a catalyst for redevelopment of the entire neighborhood.  Imagine immediate benefits to the city – funding the operation of Memorial park, not from general collections, but from leasing fees and new found sales and property tax generated specifically from that venue.  Imagine playing to our vision as recreational Mecca and imagine a public/private partnership creating a community asset where we all win.

Brand New Rope Syndrome.

The simple part of this is that before being elected, one of our New Royal Court in City Hall, one Councilman Leigh, had an accident in a parking lot where he hit two people, one of them an INFANT And then in court was given a ticket, which initially had two insurance points (higher rate) and a fine of $85. The mom and baby weren't seriously hurt, but that's not the point. The point is that Councilman Leigh, darling of the local Real Estate associations and the Chamber of Commerce, meaning, he's only going to represent the Wealthy in our town, and the rest of us can go fish... bitched, whined and sniveled about how unfair it was that he would get a ticket for what could have killed two people including a BABY. Let's see, how would that work? The Chamber of Commerce were among the Royalist Pukes who insist that Insurance Companies have every right to deny service if it's too expensive and to charge whatever rates they want, unlike Organized Labor who are supposed to take what's offered and shut our cake-holes about it. Mr Leigh was never an objector to those policies, when it only affected the working class who feed his rich-bitch ass Another point is that, contrary to the beliefs of aggressive drivers, Pedestrians DO own every bit as much of the road as drivers, and so do bicyclists. In any case in any state where a car strikes a pedestrian, the Pedestrian had the right of way. Bitch about all you want, but possession of a motor vehicle does NOT give you the privilege of striking anybody with that vehicle. According to Mr Leigh, though, that doesn't apply to rich folks like him. So he threatened to punish the court for "wronging" him. SAY WHAT? I once was arrested for carrying a three-inch fishing knife on my belt, had to pay the bondsman a hundred dollars, a fine and community service, and didn't actually harm ANYBODY. Plus had to spend time handcuffed. And this Rich Bitch Prick is whining that he had to pay a fine that was less money, and spent exactly zero time in handcuffs? For almost killing two people. Then, of course, vowing to, once his Wealthy Friends got him selected for Shitty Council, cut the court down to size, for DARING to give him a ticket? And he got elected, that's amazing, and stupid. He compared himself to Richard Cheney as a "great leader" well, maybe so. Richard Cheney got drunk and shot a human being (ok, a corrupt Texas Republican Lawyer, but it did have two legs, two arms and a face) and is complicit in the deaths of thousands of American soldiers in wars he started for his own profit. Maybe Mr Leigh IS like Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney also got away with almost killing the lawyer. For the same reason Mr Leigh got away with a tap on the wrist (imagine how much he would snivel if he'd gotten a SLAP on the wrist! OMG

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