Stuart Orzach

Stuart Orzach 6 months, 1 week ago on CMC board tables conflict of interest discussion related to $500K severance package

Whether or not there was conflict of interest, $500,000 is a shockingly high amount for a severance package.

A prospective adjunct professor was recently offered approximately $700 per credit hour to teach a 3 credit course this coming semester. A credit hour is the equivalent of one hour of classroom time for 15 weeks. The compensation for teaching the 3 credit course for one semester would be approximately $2100. There is no additional compensation for the time spent preparing lessons, grading tests and papers, or counseling students.

Draw your own conclusions.

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Stuart Orzach 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat Chamber wants to broaden efforts to attract more group events to town

I've been pondering this article continually since first reading it early this morning. I cannot shake my discomfort at Mr. Kern's failure to identify the anonymous Western Slope town that allegedly attracts 80 large conventions a year. This hardly seems the way to approach taxpayers for more money. I can't help noting that local politics of late has been characterized by the withholding of information from the people who are ultimately affected. Two well known examples are the failure to publicly name alternative sites being considered for a new police station, and multiple failures to provide public notice to surrounding property owners in the case of several major development proposals.

I'm also wondering what the ultimate goal of this is, or whether there even is one. Are we being asked to pay for marketing to fill hotels and condos so we can justify building more hotels and condos which will require more taxpayer funds to market? That would be a Sysiphean task.

Experience tells me that this is not a one shot deal. Whether it succeeds or fails, I suspect the Chamber will be back before Council next year to justify an even larger contribution. What is the return on our 50.000 investment?

It seems like a zero sum game. There's no evidence that we are doing anything but competing against other towns for a finite, or possibly shrinking pool of fickle conventioneers. There's no intrinsic reason why these conventions should be here. They could go anywhere. At what point does our product begin to lose its luster?

I also need to point out that Triple Crown is not a single weekend convention but a series of long weekends lasting all summer.

I hope that more credible, comprehensive information is forthcoming soon. I sense that taxpayers are losing patience with this approach to tapping their wallets.

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Stuart Orzach 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Data Sense: Personal income from government sources small but growing

Brandon- Did Routt County residents really get 6.1% wealthier in 2011 or did we simply continue the trend of the previous 6 years of flushing out lower income people and replacing them with wealthier people which resulted in a massive increase in personal income? This newspaper recently reported a 10% annual turnover in the population from 2004 to 2010.

While I appreciate your reporting of raw data, please do not interpret it for us.

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Stuart Orzach 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Our View: Promoting open government

John- give me your email and I'll send it to you directly. They're too big to post here. There is a 3000 character size limit on these blog posts.

I'm at orzachstuart@hotmail.com

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Stuart Orzach 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Our View: Promoting open government

John- Here is the link to my second letter. It was written after the second Planning Commission meeting. The first meeting was nullified due to lack of proper public notice.

https://bay178.mail.live.com/default.aspx?n=1449568312&fid=1#n=206017925&fid=1&mid=29a2f5f0-2bb6-11e3-b457-00237de461b2&fv=1

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Stuart Orzach 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Our View: Promoting open government

I am one of those neighboring property owners who complained.

A project had sailed through Planning Commission and was days away from being rubber stamped by Council when I became aware, through a very brief article that was posted for only a short period of time on a Saturday, in this on-line publication, that at least 160 neighboring property owners were not notified.

The problem was not that there was anything wrong with the regulations. The immediate problem was that the City Planning Department did not follow the regulations that are currently on the books. And, this was exacerbated by the fact that the neither the Planning Director, the Planning Commission or the City Council noticed.

Sure, those regulations could be tweaked a little. But, the way this issue is currently being framed is a whitewash of gross negligence on the part of the City..

I had several discussions with both Tyler Gibbs and Deb Hinsvark immediately after this incident. I wrote two extremely detailed, and well documented letters to Council, carefully citing the laws on the books. They didn't make a bit of difference to anyone. ,The highly controversial project in question was obviously a done deal from the start.

If laws don't matter, then citizens are paying staff big bucks just to go through the motions.

It is my opinion that this City government is corrupt, and that making excuses, sweeping problems under the rug, and covering derrieres is what our highest ranking staff is best at.

I am open to seeing evidence to the contrary, but I am compelled to call it the way I see it.

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Stuart Orzach 6 months, 3 weeks ago on Rob Douglas: Steamboat and our national debt

John- I totally agree with you and Rob, that the City should not count on Federal money, going forward. We should not count on use tax either, lest we get addicted to growth.

I also agree with you on the importance of restoring the local food system.

Perhaps I was being idealistic, but I think there is enough money for current obligations without harming future generations. As Jerry illustrates, It's a question of how the Feds prioritize their spending.

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Stuart Orzach 6 months, 3 weeks ago on Rob Douglas: Steamboat and our national debt

It's a clever ploy, on the part of politicians, to frame the issue as a simple binary choice between us and our great grandchildren.. If they repeat it often enough, people may start believing it.

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