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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.

Senior Democrats eat their young

Help the Dems out, just this once. The County Assembly last Saturday was overrun with excited delegates and alternates. Palmer High could hardly support the numbers, or more notably, the DP was unaccustomed to such a turn out. I'd like to insinuate that the DP did not know how to keep the usual lid on everyone's enthusiasm. But they tried. A line formed around the block while volunteers at the door held newcomers at bay. Some were told they couldn't enter, many were kept waiting until beyond the posted 10:30am time limit to have submitted their ballots. I know who was at the door. Do you? Democratic organizer Bob Nemanich wrote this in a 2/26 email to his Fellow Obama Supporters!: Jay Ferguson, the vice chair of the El Paso County Democratic Party and I have been receiving numerous reports of curious and even worse descriptions of attempts, by some party volunteers managing the entrance doors last Saturday morning, attempting to turn rightfully elected delegates away from the convention. This is serious stuff. If any of you witnessed or experienced an attempt by someone telling delegates who were in line Saturday morning and told to go home because; of "the crowds were too big", "no more room inside", "they had enough delegates", "the fire marshal was going to close us down" or were told "their name was not on their lists" or other intimidations. You need to contact us immediately! We will need the description of the person who was at the door making these or other statements or intimidating anyone, which line you were in, the time, and other circumstances which might further identify this person and activity of attempting to suppress the vote. Blow the whistle on the unscrupulous gatekeeper and whoever he got his instructions from. Write Bob at rwnemanich at gmail.com

Stephen Johnson auto industry minion

There it is, the Neocon ensemble: black suit, red tie and US flag lapel pin, the mark of graft, greed, and audacious insincerity.   EPA Chief Stephen Johnson defended his decision today to deny California a waiver to set its own automobile emissions standards. (The progressive CAFE standards and the pending LCFS regulations.) His rationale? Climate change threatens no significant adverse effect on the state.

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