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Eric, is there any debate? That piece simply argues a 2014 FBI report was claiming increased "active shooters", not increased mass shootings.
Other work shows mass shootings are increasing:
"The rate of mass shootings in the United States has tripled since 2011, according to a new analysis by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and Northeastern University. In the last three years, there have been 14 mass shootings—defined as public attacks in which the shooter and victims were generally unknown to each other and four or more people were killed—occurring on average every 64 days. During the previous 29 years, mass shootings occurred on average every 200 days."
Thank you John Russell for the picture. A cold truth. With mass shootings increasingly commonplace, swift and overwhelming police presence is now the only appropriate response to "man with a gun."
A cold, sickening truth.
I believe Scott is correct - the passenger count is all the passengers, not just those on subsidized flights. Perhaps the Pilot can clarify this.
Certainly better to have purely program results, but the trends are still valid as presented, because they still project roughly the same challenge. Close enough anyway.
I am curious about accounting for these numbers given. Who verifies them, for one. Does someone at the City review the contracts and sign-off on LMD numbers?
Second, with each budget there is a "waterfall" diagram showing the sequence of revenues to the program. Final payments into the waterfall are from ski corp, and to cover final contract costs. (In the 2013 budget this payment was $600,000.) These final costs are shown with each budget presented to the city each Fall. But final contract costs are only known many months later after airline profits are tallied in the Spring. Seems these budget numbers overlap?
Perhaps I'll get some answers this Tuesday, Sept 15th, as the next LMD budget is up for approval.
Then - 40 affordable homes in 2005 did have similar scale of value as the Iron Horse in 2007. During the recession the city requested input from a local bank president and a local financial advisor on the value of the Iron Horse. I happened to hear their report. Their combined analysis was that the Iron Horse should be a break-even or better asset going forward.
Now - The COP is detached from the Iron Horse. That cost is not resolved by selling or keeping the Iron Horse. The Iron Horse as employee housing can make sense, particularly if the owner also has to staff city buses, etc. The fact that large local employers invest in owning employee housing shows value exists in the concept.
How they fare staffing city services this winter will bring this conversation into meaningful perspective.
I will keep repeating: the recession made many ventures and managements look incompetent. Worst case would be those begun right before the crash. Iron Horse was purchased in late 2007, a year before the crash.
Is the Iron Horse path worse than the scraping of 40 homes at RiverWalk?
Rather than assuming anecdotes of worker choices, better evidence is the choice of the free market employers. Ski corp and resort companies have decided it's better to own and provide housing for employees. Housing is not a core competency for ski corp. They learned how to do it and likely have endured expensive lessons of their own. Bottom line, they are still housing workers. City should have the same option.
If you would bar government from solutions proven to work for corporations, is it realistic to expect government to ever do a job well?
Ski corp owns employee housing. Resort management companies own employee housing.
But the city cannot.
I'm not advocating socialism any more than I'm obeying the free market. The free market says you guys are advocating for higher City wages. Much higher.
"An important strategy for city managers who have a desire to assume a leadership role on an important city goal, such as building a new public building..."
An otherwise good editorial offers the proven path for City dysfunction. If you want to lead on City policy, run for city council.
Good editorial. Wish it had been published a year ago. Similar coverage of correct city process should be an ongoing effort by the Pilot, given recent history.
Hughes gives good advice - quiet city managers last longer. Deb may have been the first city manager to write a column advocating city council policy (to sell the police facility). Kounovsky's name should have been on the column. Paul Strong wrote one about the base area URA while he was council president. Big difference in these two approaches.
Councils should elect presidents who 1) will foster good communication and open process for them and 2) will explain and defend their agendas to the public.
Cindy, I disagree about location. Multi-family in the core makes sense as you mention. Sandwiched between the railroad and the highway, low end housing is better on this site.
No one likes like the COP approach taken, but in my view the place has has suffered from politics and a recession more than ineptitude. The Iron Horse was intended to be upgraded into longer term living units immediately after its late 2007 purchase. At least $1million was budgeted for the remodel and retrofit. (This $ may have been part of the COP, I don't know.) Subsequent councils dropped that idea even before the recession and spent as little as absolutely possible on the property.
Bed bugs and roofs in disrepair were a predictable result. All reinforcing what a mistake that purchasing council had made. Never mentioned is the $1million in planned upgrades never done.
Yes the city amazes lately. Still, a larger ineptitude could be underestimating the role this parcel could play in meeting the city's staffing needs. Shortage of bus drivers etc are already a problem. Seems like selling a stock right when its returning to original value and looks to have a better return ahead.
Not sure who is our largest service industry employer, but the city is near the top. Ski corp owns employee housing. Resort management companies own employee housing.
The city cannot?
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