“It is an entertaining way to tell the story of the budget cuts from my perspective and from the perspective of others like myself who ride the bus,” Ed Billings, 39, said in an e-mail.
“Of course not everyone is going to agree with what I am doing,” he said. “These YouTube videos will remain until such time that transit and other such lost services are restored.”
To watch some of Billings’ videos, some of which are animated, click on the links in blue.
Warning: some of the videos include adult language.
Billings, a Maryland native who has lived in Colorado Springs since 1987, takes specific aim at Rivera in several of the videos.
But Billings also sets his sights on several council members, including Councilmen Bernie Herpin, Sean Paige and Scott Hente, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, and downtown nightclubs.
(Billings has created a lot of other videos on other subjects, including one featuring county Commissioner Sallie Clark. But I could probably get in a lot of trouble with my boss if I posted a link to that video on my blog. Let’s just say the video contains crude humor.)
Billings declined to be interviewed, saying he was busy.
But in e-mails, Billings said he is a “firm believer in fairness for all people” but that the city of Colorado Springs doesn’t treat everyone equally.
“I am really focused on this issue because I believe that Colorado Springs has a lot of room for improvement,” he said. “I know that I will not have to ride the bus forever, and when I am mobile, I will not forget this experience.”
Billings accused a council majority of caring only about the wealthy.
“Mayor Lionel Rivera, Vice Mayor Larry Small and those on City Council who voted in favor of these cuts refuse to be accountable,” he said.
“I am at a loss as to why local taxpayer dollars were given to the U.S. Olympic Training Center without a … vote,” he said.
Billings said Colorado Springs needs more elected officials like council members Tom Gallagher, Darryl Glenn, Jan Martin and Randy Purvis, who he called “fair-minded.”
“God bless them,” he said.