UPDATE: Mayor Bach's new book: Talk about a vanity project ...


After several readers asked about the book's cost, we asked the city about that and got this email message:
The book, "Building a Better Tomorrow," was published in-house to keep costs at a minimum. The City is promoting the online version of the book for the public to and it is posted at www.coloradosprings.gov. 380 copies were printed by the City's Office Services department. Staff time was not separately calculated for this project.

The total price:
$450.00 copy editing services
$2,154.60 printing of 380 copies
Total: $2,604.60

The mayor personally purchased an additional 50 copies.
We'll update when we hear how much is being charged per copy. The actual cost of production was $6.85 per copy.

—————————————ORIGINAL POST TUES., MARCH 17, 2015, 11 A.M.————-

Mayor Steve Bach supposedly has written a book — Building a Better Tomorrow — about how great his four years as Colorado Springs' first strong mayor have been.


The 143-page "book" is a sunny report that casts everything in the best possible light, and ignores reality. A few of examples:

Waldo Canyon Fire
Bach's version: "Led the city through three natural disasters in two years (the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, the 2013 Black Forest Fire and 500-year rains), in an historic partnership between local, state and federal agencies, including area military."

Reality: "Hundreds of documents reviewed by the Independent, and first-hand accounts from those involved, paint a picture of a city that was ill-prepared on that Tuesday afternoon [June 26, 2012], despite years of warnings, three days of fire nearby, and conspicuous signals of impending disaster...." ("Misfire," Dec. 12, 2012.)

Though Bach claimed officials "did everything humanly possible to save what they could," that concept is undermined by the men and women on the front lines, as documented in hundreds of pages of on-the-ground fire reports.

Stormwater needs
Bach's version:
He saved the day by allocating millions of dollars to certain stormwater projects.

Reality: Those projects, while worthwhile, are but a few of a major drainage problem the city has. When a regional collaborative effort mounted a ballot measure to pay for stormwater needs for the next 30 years, Bach opposed it.

Memorial Hospital
Bach's version: "Convinced City Council to reconsider its plan to sell Memorial Health System (MHS), the city’s second largest asset, to MHS management for $15 million. Then worked with City Council through a qualified provider Request For Proposal process, resulting in a lease of MHS to University of Colorado Health (UCH) approved by the voters for $1.9 billion over 40 years, a guaranteed new UCH branch medical campus at UCCS, a potential new children’s hospital and a new health care foundation led by citizens to manage the lease proceeds for the community’s benefit."

Reality: The sale triggered a lawsuit with the Public Employees Retirement Association that ate up some $3 million in attorney fees and resulted in the city paying PERA $190 million to cover Memorial's workers' pension benefits. Another lawsuit brought by the employees also is pending that could cost the city more millions. Also, there's virtually no local control of how Memorial is managed. ("Let's have a look at that," Aug. 8, 2012)

City for Champions
Bach's version:
"... approved the city’s application to the State for Regional Tourism Act funding for “City For Champions,” resulting in a full award of the requested $120.5 million."

Reality: Introduced the most divisive issue in Colorado Springs in at least a decade by failing to bring City Council into the mix in the beginning, which has fostered turmoil between the mayor and Council as well as the community.

City workers
Bach's version:
"... retaining and attracting the best city employees by empowering them to unleash their ingenuity and recognizing them when they do great things."

Reality: Bach authorized nearly $1.7 million in severance pay to get rid of employees, including paying Steve Cox about $90,000 in severance pay in summer 2012 only to have him return 19 months later as chief of staff at a salary in excess of $186,945.

Anyway, you get the idea. In case you want to read it, here ya go:

See related PDF mayor_book_web_1page.pdf

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