Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis 16 hours, 13 minutes ago on Community members: In support of URA, TIF

Perhaps someone can explain why the URA impact report expects the downtown district's new and re-development additions to bring 40,000 sq ft commercial and 50 residential units. But RiverWalk alone submitted documents in 2006 planning to build 35,000 sq ft. commercial and 75 residential units.

Isn't this consultant significantly underestimating the TIF revenue?

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Steve Lewis 4 days, 19 hours ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

From the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize:

“The very word “secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings..."

“…that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment— the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution — not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants"

—but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”

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Steve Lewis 4 days, 19 hours ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

A condition of justice ought to suffice. I agree with the principle. Applying the principle? Justice for 300 million citizens is not simple or static. Applying the principle requires institutions. A court needs laws to define what is just. And of course these disappoint, even in the purest seeking of justice for 300 million. Add corruption and power. But it remains, we have to seek justice and to do that we have to make laws.

Tom, many of your posts focus on bad politicians. "Politicians are mostly the same... parasites. There is ALWAYS a secret agenda. They ONLY want your money." Consider this: What is the only realistic solution or remedy to your post? Vote them all out? That only works when voters are accurately informed about issues and candidates. Democracy is only as good as its press.

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Steve Lewis 5 days, 16 hours ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

Yes, but "doing something" never looked like this.

A newspaper is supposed to play an important role pursuing high ethics in its community. The Pilot covered this story: "Steamboat City Council member pushes for more transparency after city's hiring of his relative stirs controversy"

http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2015/jan/19/steamboat-city-council-member-pushes-more-transpar/

How much does the Pilot care about City Hall ethics? Does it publish pretense?

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Steve Lewis 6 days, 17 hours ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

I also don't understand why Overstreet got all the Pilot's attention. These breaches of protocol involve other city councilors and a council president. The Pilot doesn't mention those folks?

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Steve Lewis 1 week, 1 day ago on City council members raise concern about Triple Crown meetings

I can imagine the temptation of convenience and of work expedited. I don't expect there was anything objectionable in the content of discussions had. That being said, its disappointing to again read that 2 on council are forcing proper protocol on their peers, in effect doing the council president's job. Transparency is more work, but there is no other path to trust.

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Steve Lewis 1 week, 1 day ago on City seeking ideas for riverside park on Yampa Street

The original D Hole by Depot cost about $15,000 for rock and Nordic Excavating did the heavy equipment work for free - probably worth another $30,000? Not sure how costs run today. On larger features more ongoing maintenance is needed. Mellower features are more stable.

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Steve Lewis 1 week, 3 days ago on City seeking ideas for riverside park on Yampa Street

Charlie's Hole by the library is a proven formula for bringing people to the riverside in Summer. It is overcrowded many days. A new river feature at this new park could create a mild wave above a deepened pool for swimming. Charlie's has a beach, but it is by a strong current and upstream of the river drop, so swimming off that beach doesn't work. Adding a beach beside a calm swimming hole would achieve the goal of "River Park" and add to Yampa Street vitality far better than anything else you add on the property.

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