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Join us on Facebook: Athena Roe Colorado Springs https://www.facebook.com/athenaroe.coloradosprings.7Here are my views on local topics! Please come and meet us at all debates! City Councilman Andy Pico supports Athena4Colorado!March 28, 2019, radio appearance on Richard Randall show, KVOR 740AM listen at: http://www.kvor.com/richard-randall/February 28, 2019, Westside Community CenterMarch 7, 2019, Colorado College at 5:30 pmMarch 9, 2019, The Penrose Pavilion, at 5:30 pmMarch 14, 2019, Citizens Project, 6:00 pm CANCELLEDMarch 21, 2019, Cheyenne Mountain Elementary, 7:00 pmMarch 31,2019, KVOR Radio 740AM with Tron Simpson at 10:50 a.m.We will post all meet and greets! Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEOENZFRpNEWE HAVE RECEIVED MANY EMAILS THAT WHEN OUR VIEWERS ARE TRYING TO WATCH ATHENA ROE ON YOU TUBE, THEY ARE GETTING REDIRECTED TO BILL MURRY. PLEASE EMAIL US AND LET US KNOW THE DATE AND TIME THIS HAPPENED TO YOU. THANK YOU ATHENA4COLORADO.COM
I would be remiss not to post the "proper role of government" and it is not fixing societal issues! We have a strong Mayor in El Paso County. That being said, here is the only role of government from City of Colorado Springs' website:
As the legislative branch of government for the City of Colorado Springs, council members are elected to four-year terms and are paid an annual stipend of $6,250. They are responsible for:
- Appointing the city auditor and the council administrator
- Approving the city budget
- Establishing tax rates
- Serving as the governing board of Colorado Springs Utilities
- In its role as Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors, appointing the Chief Executive Officer
- Setting policies and passing ordinances and resolutions to govern the city
- Performing the Mayor’s duties in his/her absence (President of council)
From other sites:Under the mayor-council system voters elect both a mayor and members of the city council. The city council performs legislative functions and the mayor the executive functions. Under this system, the mayor may be given a great deal of authority or only limited powers. Under a strong mayor system, the mayor will be able to veto the actions of the council, appoint and fire the heads of city departments, and produce a budget. Under a weak mayor system, the mayor has little authority compared to the council and acts in a ceremonial capacity as a spokesperson for the city.
In a council-manager system of government, either the members of the city council are elected by voters along with a mayor who presides over the council, or the voters elect members of the city council and the mayor is chosen from among them. In either case, the city council will then appoint a city manager to carry out the administrative functions of the municipal government. This frees the city council to address political functions such as setting policy and formulating the budget.
Municipal governments are responsible for providing clean water as well as sewage and garbage disposal. They must maintain city facilities, such as parks, streetlights, and stadiums. In addition, they address zoning and building regulations, promote the city’s economic development, and provide law enforcement, public transportation, and fire protection. Municipal governments typically rely on property tax revenue, user fees from trash collection and the provision of water and sewer services, a portion of sales tax receipts, and taxes on business.My hot issues are taxes, deregulation and public safety!My campaign is about YOUR MONEY. I promise to do all I can to lesson regulatory constraints, DECREASE taxes, and stop spending your money! Please go to learn how I stand on incremental taxes: http://springstaxpayers.com/candidates-survey/?fbclid=IwAR0Vlb6UlBDSLcWc2qqmXRHnWY-7O56TuGkleT8obqoqSS6w_50dLnjRn6II support the sanctity of the "individual" and our natural rights. Our campaign brings attention to the proper role of government! We support freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and draw attention to over-regulation of the individual and business. We need an overhaul of the structure of government. Please click on the following You Tube Link and listen to Professor Hamburger. It is your life, your money, your freedom, and your ability to live according to natural law.My views are in alignment with the esteemed Law Professor Philip Hamburger, of Columbia Law School's short video that reflects my campaign strategy on all levels with regard to the proper role of government. One can scale down the idea of "administration" to the local level. Click on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRdswIXRGEIWhat about public corruption and civil fraud? City Council must address public corruption and fraud because one in four people in our community has experienced some type of economic crime. City Council's job is to ensure safety, and although we have "first responders" for fires and police services, we need a task for to be "Economic First Responders." What about public corruption?This article was published on a political website about major problems of corruption. Click here: https://www.coloradopolitics.com/news/colorado-springs-possibly-breaking-state-law-by-doling-out-millions/article_8251a6b4-d830-53ab-aa8e-aa0b23b00964.htmlPublic corruption costs taxpayers and society some $500 billion annually. In each town and city USA, one quarter or 25% of the population has experienced economic crime. Nearly 36% of businesses have experience a form of fraud. What does this mean to you? City Council must be accountable to the people who put the person in office. While Colorado Springs has a "report fraud" hotline, the fraud only addresses fraud against the administration of the City of Colorado Springs, not YOU as the victim of white collar economic fraud. I promise to address this issue very aggressively.Extortion and fraud receive little attention in our community, yet one in four residents have experienced economic crime, I intend to pass an ordinance that addresses civil fraud perpetrated upon the elderly, widows, and other vulnerable victims of crime. Here's what you need to know from the FBI. Click here: https://www.forensicscolleges.com/blog/follow-the-money/what-is-white-collar-crimeOn a vein of Public Corruption, did you know that the National Association of Realtors, the American Bar Association are in the top 5 slots of national lobbying? The National Association of Realtors spent nearly $543,448,000 on lobbying Congress, why? The following comes from Ron Rothenberg:
Why does the National Association of Realtors spend so much on lobbying?
Do developers have to much say in city government? If so, how would you change that?
Ron Rothenberg, Exclusive Buyer Broker (REALTOR) nr Cambridge, MAAnswered Sep 30 2018 · Author has 1.7k answers and 553.7k answer views
"Because that’s their purpose. They are the third largest trade organization in the USA, after the American Medical Association and the American Bar Association. They’ve got piles of money. I pay about $700 / year to be a member of the NAR, my state organization and my local board. Most of that goes to the National Association. They’re big and have lots of dough. They spend like $50 million / year on lobbying.They’d like to deregulate their sector of the financial industry, they’d like to have lax laws about real estate practices. They’d like their members to make as much money as possible. That’s their mission and goal in life. They’re not there for your beneft.They’d like you to buy too many houses and be open to being preyed upon. They’d like real estate agents NOT to have a fiduciary duty to you. They’d like you to have no recourse when you’re treated badly in a real estate transaction. They’d like you to walk into Open Houses and buy a house on impulse. Their members just love uninformed and unrepresented buyers. Their mission in life is to help their many members make more money.
They’re a trade association that lobbies and acts in the interest of their members, at least theoretically. That’s what they do. They are not there for your benefit, only for theirs and their members."
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Respectfully, it depends on who you ask, I will need more concrete information before answering factually. However, I’ll defer to the recent article in “The Guardian,” which I believe applies to every city and town in the U.S.:
“I always said you should never trust a bank with property, or a property developer with money,” says Peter Rees. The former chief planner of the City of London should know about such things, having presided over the results of both. Over the last 30 years, he has ushered in a menagerie of their monuments, from the Gherkin and Cheesegrater to the Walkie-Talkie and Heron Tower, during which time he has seen a significant shift in the balance of power. “When I arrived in the job in the 1980s, the big banks were in control of London,” he says. “But now it’s the big house-builders. We’ve gone from being ruled by Barclay’s bank to being controlled by Berkeley homes.” Left unchecked, the banks went off the rails in spectacular fashion, as they sprayed money into the great mortgage mirage. And now property developers have been allowed to follow suit.”
I was interested in what National Geographic said about the pros and cons of culling. My bottom line, I agree with the conclusion of the author. I am still "lukewarm" because both sides have merit. Go to:https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140305-culling-badgers-deer-bison-swans-ethics-conservation/
"I am lukewarm on culling. The issue has many layers that include those who willingly attract and feed wildlife. This is clearly a problem. Wildlife must be ensured a natural habitat that includes 'no feeding or attracting.' On the other hand, some individuals in the Scottish highlands have useful information. Here is the research article concerning culling: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/feb/20/deer-cull-dilemma-scottish-highlands. Scientific American gives pros and cons to the issue of culling. The fear is that populations could be conceivably wiped out. Here is the article in which I refer: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sharpshooters-to-renew-deer-cull-in-washington/
I am also concerned, that as deer and their fawns cross busy roads at night, a motor vehicle could easily veer off the road injuring the driver and those in the vehicle. One of my friends was driving back from Denver, and hit a buck. His car was nearly totaled. So this is also a public policy and safety issue. While my friend was not injured, his passenger was slightly injured, and the buck died. So, my jury is still out on the best method to solve the problem of over population, and the traveling wildlife. It is necessary to preserve park lands and natural wild life habitations so that both human and wildlife remain safe. So my friends who are the sharp shooters, and my friends who are the conservationists, people must stop attracting wildlife, and very limited culling in certain areas may help with populations that drift to roadways."
Funding for Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services has lagged significantly within the General Fund. What will you do to support better funding for parks, trails and arts and cultural services for the city?
If we are to have affordable housing, and fix pot holes, there must be a balance among all the interests. We as council members must agree before spending money, understanding priorities and assessing need. Anyone who runs a family or business understands, that when the kids need clothing and food, the priority is lessened for entertainment. While I am non-partisan as a Candidate at Large, I do believe in careful analysis before spending taxpayer dollars. I would represent the community at large not any special group. I will need to assess the economics of recreation as it relates to other needs in our community. On the other hand, I know communities need a healthy balance of cultural services, parks, arts, and hiking trails. significant economic impacts on local communities. According to NRPA’s Economic Impact of Local Parks report, operations spending by local park and recreation agencies generated nearly $91 billion in total economic activity during 2015. That activity boosted real gross domestic product (GDP) by $49 billion and supported more than 732,000 jobs that accounted for nearly $34 billion in salaries, wages, and benefits across the nation. Further, local park and recreation agencies also invested an estimated $23 billion on capital programs in 2015. The capital spending led to an additional $64 billion in economic activity, a contribution of $32 billion to GDP, $21 billion in labor-related income, and nearly 378,000 jobs.
We would like to point you to our friend Shelly Jensen's solution, "Kairosproject17" at: https://kairosproject17.com/mill-project/
There are tracks of land for tiny homes, and through funding, at risk families can find shelter until a permanent resolution can be attained.
What are your priorities for Utilities and do you have any background or knowledge in the industry. On Friday, March 1, 2019, I met with the amazing people at Colorado Springs Public Utilities, and was very impressed with their assessment of our needs in the community for water, gas, electricity, and alternate energy sources. That being said, I think we could go one step further with ammonia fuels as in this article: https://www.ozy.com/rising-stars/hes-creating-a-new-fuel-out-of-thin-air-for-85-cents-per-gallon/92686Our roads are a crowded mess, and more people are flooding into the city. How would you address the city’s growth?
Here is one suggestion, that really makes sense from the United Kingdom although may not be suitable for all road ways. To tackle the extremely variable traffic flow of the M42, which handles over 120,000 vehicles per day, an active traffic management (ATM) system was piloted in November 2005. This acted as a test-bed to develop a fully flexible, controlled motorway. Variable Message Signs (VMS) are displayed over each lane to allow the speed and lane use to be varied, and specifically to manage traffic flow and lane use at peak times and in response to traffic incidents to combat congestion. During peak hours, speed limits can be reduced using the VMS, so increasing the carrying capacity of the road. The further option of creating new lanes is also available by the temporary opening of hard shoulders to traffic. ATM will also alert drivers of congestion and incidents ahead, giving motorists time to choose alternative routes.
The overall system was developed for five times less than the cost of a conventional widening of the motorway according to the Automobile Association. Emissions from vehicles also fell by 10% due to the traffic’s faster traveling speeds and lower fuel consumption.What is my stance on allowing recreational marijuana shops in the city limits or referring measures to the voters to decide?
According to the Center for Disease Control, marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States with over 37.6 million users in the past year, and one in ten will become addicted (2017). Daily use especially if it is frequent or in high doses can cause disorientation, anxiety, and paranoia. Users are significantly more likely than non-users to develop temporary psychosis, and long lasting mental disorders including schizophrenia. Moreover, the drug has been linked to depression, and suicides in teenagers. The CDC is hesitant to conclude whether the drug increases suicidal ideation or just is another symptom of mental health issues. I have spoken with emergency room physicians at our local hospitals and it is clear that the potent strains have caused overdoses, and more patients in the ER’s. The CDC also confirms that marijuana affects brain development, and may reduce memory functions and the ability to pay attention. One physician showed me a photo of an infant being offered a toke if you will on a pipe. This is beyond offensive, detrimental to the child’s development, and shows the flagrant disregard for good parenting skills. I am against allowing recreational marijuana shops in our community.What would you do to advance affordable housing? What about the homelessness?
Homeless populations costs taxpayers on the average of $40,000 to 60,000.00 for medical care, shelter, and drug treatment. As of late, the homeless population in our community, has grown to nearly or about 1400-1500 in the last report.
National statistics reveal that approximately 60.3% are male, with 39% female, and 0.4% are transgender, and 0.2% don’t identify as male, female, or transgender. 20.7 % are under 18 years of age, 9.7% are 18-24, and 69.6% are over 24.
Nearly, 26.2% have severe mental disorders, while 30% of the chronically homelessness have some mental health condition. There are a multitude of causes including divorce, violence in the household as in cases with battered women, and PTSD among veterans, to name but just a few causes. Regarding affordable housing, many of the new homes being built are far too expensive, not just for low income workers, but for teachers and many non-profit workers, unless there are two incomes. Recently I took a straw poll, that revealed most teachers who are single in our community, could barely afford a home at the $70,000-$100,000.00 range.How do you envision bike lanes contributing to our community’s transportation systems in the future? Once elected, how would you address concerns raised in the community about the strategies the city has used to implement the Bicycle Master Plan?
This depends on who actually uses the bike lanes. Most people drive, older people feel safer in their cars. Many people drive when the roads are snow packed or icy. After speaking with hundreds of residents, it is a mixed bag on who likes and who does not like the new bike lanes. I would like to see the realization of the trolley that was considered back in 2015. Some great cities use trolleys as a inexpensive and green form of public transportation.INCREASINGLY, MILLENNIALS, TOURISTS, AND NEW BUSINESS PROSPECTS SEEK A VIBRANT, DIVERSE AND CONNECTED URBAN ENVIRONMENT. HOW WOULD YOU HELP FURTHER EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE A VIBRANT CITY CENTER?
First, I would include baby boomers as relevant to the financial vibrancy of downtown, since they possess the vast amount of wealth! One of my favorite cities is Alexandria, Virginia because of their King Street Trolley. Many of the top cities in America like Georgia and Alexandria have downtown trolley systems. Indiana has a River walk, and so does, San Antonio, and even Pueblo. Colorado Springs allows for joggers, and walkers alike to stroll around, and a Trolley system would be fabulous for all. We have the Pioneer Museum which is amazing and educational. I would move toward developing a coherent downtown, with shops, galleries, eateries, coffee houses, that attract new business. One issue has become the rising costs of leasing property. Rents must be more congruent with salaries in the city. If we address the millennials, certainly cost must be factored into the equation. The loss of downtown department stores in lieu of Amazon and Internet shopping has not only hurt America, but we have lost a sense of unity as a community. The urban sprawl with all the chains has an effect on downtown. If rents were lower, then shops like Williams Sonoma, Sephora, Eddie Bauer and more could come to the downtown area. That being said, I don’t think the former is going away any time soon, so perhaps a trolley, or River Walk could entice tourists and business prospects.As a City Councilor, what will you do to prioritize and support infill development in Colorado Springs?
I met with the Downtown Partnership Association, and have read their plans in the 2018 Annual Report to the Community. Very impressive! I think I'll renew my membership...And, if elected, I will apply a “balancing of interests tests” to assess the winners and losers of info development. I would trend more toward, redevelopment to convert existing structures into another use. Ideally, redevelopment aims for better use of the property that provides an economic return to the community. For example, a vacant property may be converted to a mixed-use development that combines residential and commercial uses and revitalization to instill new life and vitality into our community through activities such as improving building façades, streetscaping to beautify an area, and/or conducting incentive-based or preservation-based economic development tools to leverage local assets. There must be a balance between private property ownership versus development. Since we hopefully are not addressing eminent domain, property owners must be paid their asking price. As a proponent of The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, it is important to protect “individual rights.” Yes, we have gaps in the downtown area, that perhaps are not being used to efficiently promote a more attractive downtown. Knowing this is the Downtown Partnership Survey, you would be most interested in utilizing existing infrastructure, investment, and economic growth rather than keep moving homes to undeveloped, greenfield areas that lack infrastructure are not designated for growth.
What economic development tools could be better leveraged to support business development, both citywide and Downtown? How would you propose to apply them?
I would engage the developers, and others toward business improvement districts to develop and fund programs that improve the street scape and facades of businesses, increase public safety, provide services and cultural events to attract customers and otherwise help struggling neighborhoods generate local economic activity. This economic activity can expand residents’ opportunities for healthy eating and active living. Local agencies have used Community Development Block Grants, affordable housing bonds and tax credits, energy efficiency and conservation grants and other federal and state funding programs to improve public facilities, underwrite housing development and rehabilitation and reduce business operating costs, thereby attracting and retaining companies in revitalizing neighborhoods. In developing groups toward redevelopment, we may negotiate to secure specific benefits for the community, including measures that can improve public health. Examples of community benefits that can improve the economic status of residents and thereby improve health outcomes include local hiring and work-force development programs and requirements or incentives to offer living wages and other employee benefits. Community benefits can also include physical improvements that contribute to better health, such as community gardens and constructing or rehabilitating neighborhood parks and athletic facilities. I am opposed to making Colorado a replica of California. We need to put the 60% of non-mental health afflicted homeless population to work cleaning up after their “homelessness” and clearing trash, and planting public gardens in exchange for affordable housing. Just a thought.
Please name your employer and position and indicate if you will continue to work if elected. Please name any other positions you hold in the community.
Currently, I am the Director of The Center for Estate Administration Reform, or “CEAR” located in North Carolina, our website is: www.cearjustice.org. My business partners, Rick and Terri Black, and I successfully aided in the passage of S.178, and we are working with members in Congress to pass legislation that provides federal support to the defrauded elderly. You can read more about our passion for an overhaul of estate administration as Rick and Terri share their personal story in this article in The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/28/business/calls-for-court-reform-as-legal-guardians-abuse-older-adults.html
“CEAR” lobbies at the Federal level as states with Home Rule
, have taken advantage of tens of thousands of families who pass through the probate machine. I also own, Miracles Christian Designs at, www.miracleschristiandesigns.com. I hold book signings, and you can purchase my book, “ROBBED: Understanding the Game of Diversion During Healthcare and Estate Administration" on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Poor Richards Books. Lastly, I am a member of Serra Club of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Board Member for Memorial Hospital Foundation, and serve on the Advisory Board for the Colorado Woman’s Hall of Fame. It would be careless for me not to share the dangerous signs of "state" run erosion of our freedoms; this applies locally and we must be cognizant of assaults on our economic and natural rights: See, https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/socialism-poverty-democrats-standard-of-living/
Athena has championed economic liberty for all people in all walks of life. In 2014, her documentary, "The Economic Rape of America" was entered into the Sundance Film Festival short film category. It is now free to the public and you can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kk1K82iik0
It is based on numerous "true stories" across every walk of society. Thousands of widows, widowers, children, and beneficiaries are defrauded; and The Center on Ageing reports, fraud perpetrated on estates amounts to some $400 billion each year!