Glenn to seek U.S. Senate
El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn has ended the rumors and announced that he will challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in the November 2016 elections.
Glenn, a Republican, was elected to his second term as county commissioner in November. Before that, he was a Colorado Springs city councilor. He is also an attorney.
If elected, Glenn would make an early exit from the County Commission, as he did from his City Council seat when he was elected to the County Commission.
Glenn has won local election handily within solidly conservative districts.
Bennet, a Democrat, was appointed to the Senate in 2009 and elected in November 2010. — JAS
FREX lovers, meet Bustang
The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced that it will unveil its interregional bus service — named Bustang — in spring.
Bustang will run between Colorado Springs and Denver's Union Station; Fort Collins and Union Station; and Glenwood Springs and Union Station.
The news should cheer fans of the FREX bus, which ran between Denver and Colorado Springs until Mayor Steve Bach ended it in 2012.
The Colorado Springs route will offer seven round-trips on weekdays, with stops at the Tejon Street Park-and-Ride, the Colorado Springs Downtown Terminal, the Woodmen Road Park-and-Ride, the Monument Park-and-Ride, Colorado Station (RTD light rail), and Union Station. A one-way trip from Colorado Springs to Denver will cost $12.
Passengers will be able to pay their fare on the bus by card or with cash, or ahead of time at the Bustang website (codot.gov/travel/bustang) or on its mobile app. Each bus, which is handicapped-accessible, will fit 50 passengers, and will come equipped with restrooms, bike racks, free WiFi, 110v outlets, and USB outlets.
Horizon Coach Lines has been selected to run the service. — JAS
Taking a C4C pledge
It appears a majority of City Council supports adopting a non-binding resolution to allow the public to vote on using city tax money to build a downtown sports stadium and events center.
Proposed by Councilor Jan Martin, the resolution will be considered by the nine-member Council on Jan. 27.
Problem is, come April, a majority of Council seats might be held by others, because voters will elect four and possibly five members. Still, Martin says it's the best way to pledge that voters will have a say in the project, part of the City for Champions tourism venture.
"The Resolution is a commitment by this Council to go to the voters if and when it's determined that public funds will be used for the C4C stadium project," Martin says via email. "Yes, other Councils could make a change if they choose to, but that would include an open meeting where the public would have a chance to give input." She predicts the matter will become an issue in the upcoming city election.
Several other Council members proposed a City Charter amendment requiring a vote, but Martin says such directives don't belong in the Charter, because that would unduly restrict the city in the future.
The resolution states that voters would have a say if a stadium financing plan requires "a direct or indirect City debt or other City financial obligation for more than a single fiscal year" and relies on "City general funds, sales or use taxes, any loan of city sales and use tax, agreement to share sales and use tax, or certificates of participation..."
The resolution states that a vote of the people wouldn't prevent the use of property tax or sales tax increment financing through the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority, although Council approval of such a mechanism is required. — PZ
Collins recall makes ballot
After the City Clerk's Office last week ruled petitions contained the needed 1,485 signatures, a recall of City Councilor Helen Collins is underway.
Documents show that petition circulators were paid a total of $14,122 to gather signatures in District 4, the city's southeast sector, and came from Nevada, Michigan, California, Texas and Arizona as well as several cities in Colorado.
The first to express interest in replacing Collins is Ed Jones, former county commissioner and state senator. Candidates must file paperwork by Feb. 11. — PZ