LOCAL FOOD: Did you know that the city’s newly updated emergency management plan does not consider how disasters like drought in other states (i.e. California) will affect our food supply? We are forming a Village Food Council in Old Colorado City and scouting for Local Food Ambassadors all over the region to promote food self-reliance. The next meeting of the Local Food Working Group will be 9 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. For more information, email Megan Andreozzi at email@example.com.
TRANSPORTATION: The state Legislature is considering SB11, which would pull $15 million in FASTER fees from transit and reallocate them towards “road safety projects.” Without this funding, Bustang may be threatened as well as vehicle maintenance and replacement for transit providers (Mountain Metro got $800,000 last year). To learn more or join the Community Transit Coalition, email Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENERGY: Through an open records request, the Energy Working Group has uncovered yet another cost increase for the Neumann Systems scrubber project at the Drake Power Plant. The forecasted cost for completion of this SO2 scrubber project is now $178,393,229 - approximately $8.4 million more than publically stated by Colorado Springs Utilities. Fraud? To learn more and join the action, email Leslie at email@example.com.