Mayor Lionel Rivera said yesterday he gives issue 2C, a property tax increase on the Nov. 3 ballot, a 50/50 chance of winning.
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As a native of Colorado Springs I have contributed my share of time volunteering and being an active quiet member of my community. The only reason I support 2c is for the sake of saving a safe place for my friends, grandchildren/their friends, and others to connect and work together in. This measure is not the final solution if the council members would get off of their duffs and forget the city manager who is about to run off once the measure fails. The solution is getting down to the details I have watched you all miss for the past ten years. Take a darn good look at child care provisions in centers which are over staffed and wouldn’t be if state regulations were being followed instead of the ladies who oversee the classes and don’t spend enough time doing some of the in class work themselves. Next, look at some of the arrogant flashy dressing and suck up directors of the centers who should also be contributing more time to us seniors and paying customers with their time at least pretending we are more important than teeing off at the golf coarse and talking trash about the little mexican and black kids who need them more than ever. Pay attention to the ones at the bottom who make the least and multi-task in and outside of their job descriptions who make the centers work well for us neighborhood folks and who are willing to do more if you give them a chance to hit that ground running. I can’t tell you how many times I try to make time to speak with those directors and class leaders only to find they are at another meeting. Or, the ones who fake that they give a damn about my grand babies when all I see them doing is running around with orders for their teachers with excuses that they are too busy to sit in a room of eight children to give their employees restroom breaks. Peek in on the bigger site where you find some girls just sitting in a class room for hours when she should be fixing things and keeping up that building. With as few officers we have, they have no business just pulling up to each other in the middle of streets to jaw jack while they could be influencing the kids that are walking by. What ever happened to the pride of those men and women getting out of that car and getting to know residents, forming bonds? I suppose it starts at the top where you council members won’t get out of your seats and call meetings in the centers that make communities stronger. Do you know how many down to earth people there are out here who don’t know a damn thing about this catastrophe you all are about to create? You all need to get in those centers, parks, and neighborhoods to educate the citizens with more than saying public record is on line or available at locations working people, single mothers, and other financially struggling families can barely afford to spend on gas to get there, let alone even be lucky enough to have the internet. Do your darn jobs and hold up to your words about caring. It makes sense that there will be lay offs no matter what happens with 2c but it makes absolutely no sense for you to board up windows, close centers, cut off the disabled from transportation, or anything else. If you need to let anyone go it should be those stuffy lazy long time you have got to go so called employees. Get to know the center (all centers) people personally and you’ll see what I do. It will become clear that the city manager couldn’t care less and either way she is about to run scared anyway leaving you guys to handle the fall out this city is about to face. Wake up lady and gentlemen! This is your wake up call before you start the black whole that we will all be sucked into. I’m too old to do what I know needs to be done and if I was the age of any of you I’d be ashamed that I took the easy way out on the back of some fraudulent Californian. In the end the fingers will all point at you and all that will be left is the dust from your scape goats left behind for you to choke on. Bad one coming up on this one. I’ve been here longer than the rest of you to know that this is a defining moment. You can fix it. I think either you all had better make some better choices before the people make them for you. Brace yourselves for a tough ride and when you lay breathing in your last moments make sure it is not with regret at the cost of good decent people who would have helped you had you looked in the right places.