by Pam Zubeck
Our organization has long history of involvement with politics at a local, state and federal level. However, despite several requests, I can't think of a time in my 11 years on the eBoard where membership chose to get involved in an issue not directly involving firefighters or any issue outside of our jurisdiction. We believe it a sound practice to gather information and make informed recommendations to our members, and consideration regarding City for Champions fits within that practice. In short, weighing an issue getting this much attention is business as usual, with the outcome being equally consistent with our normal practice.City for Champions is a venture that proposes to build four tourist venues with $120.5 million in state sales tax rebates, donations, program revenue and local tax money. The venues are a downtown sports stadium, downtown Olympic museum and hall of fame, sports medicine center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a new visitors center at the Air Force Academy.