Posts Tagged ‘Erik Hansen’

postheadericon Adams County officials, administrators enjoy plush mountain retreat

In recent years residents of Adams County have been told a lack of money is the reason behind cuts in services and additional “fees” being unjustly imposed on them.  When you’re an Adams County elected official or administrator however, the supposed lack of money matters little when a nice taxpayer-funded mountain resort junket is possible. […]

postheadericon Breaking: Adams County Commissioners set to endorse sheriff’s jail cap

The wrangling around Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr’s unilateral imposition of a cap on municipal inmates at the county jail continues as the Board of County Commissioners announced this morning it will break its trust with the public and endorse the cap. Last week five municipalities filed suit against the county and the sheriff’s office […]

postheadericon Adams County cities file lawsuit against sheriff, commissioners over jail inmate cap

Five Adams County cities are suing the sheriff and county commissioners over the much-maligned cap on the number of municipal inmates that has jeopardized citizen safety. Aurora, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn and Thornton filed the suit in district court on Wednesday.  The suit names Sheriff Doug Darr and the members of the Adams County […]

postheadericon Local election cycle begins to heat up as Adams County candidates declare

What is sure to be a heated and highly contest bunch of county elections in 2014 is getting ready to start in earnest.  Major party county assemblies are next month and candidates are starting to make their case for their party’s voters. Following is a quick rundown of each Adams County race and the candidates […]

postheadericon Violation of Colorado Constitution with ‘rain tax’ to land Adams County in court

With the majority of the Adams County Board of Commissioners dedicated to imposing a stormwater “fee” on residents in unincorporated areas, residents filed suit this week to stop the illegal tax.  Naming Adams County and the Board of County Commissioners, the suit alleges that the county’s imposition of the “fee” violates the Colorado Constitution’s TABOR […]

postheadericon Appalling: Adams County commissioners impose 1st Amendment restrictions, limit access to public records

Following a sweep of the old guard, crooked commissioners last year, hopes were high that Adams County had turned a corner and was on a path toward ethical governance.  Actions taken last week by newly minted commissioners Eva Henry and Chaz Tedesco show the Adams Family has not learned from its mistakes and in fact […]

postheadericon Adams County residents threaten lawsuit over storm water fees

Taxes in any form are unpopular but when coupled with a new bureaucracy ushered in by disgraced county officials under the auspices of a ‘fee’ they are sure to raise residents’ hackles.  Such is the case with the new Adams County “Stormwater Utility” that is raising taxes on county residents and, adding insult to injury, […]

postheadericon Analysis: Completing a postmortem on Adams County’s local elections

Removed from last week’s election by more than a week we can sit with calmer heads and evaluate what went wrong with local elections and rededicate ourselves to restoring good governance to Adams County.  While the election results were far less than ideal, there is a glimmer of hope. The two races for Adams County […]

postheadericon Guest Editorial: Help Wanted – Two Good Commissioners

By Kevin Raines - In November, two county commissioner seats will be up for election in Adams County, and the current occupants of those seats will leave public office. This is a very, very good thing. In fairness, not every recent scandal can be traced directly to departing incumbents Skip Fischer, Alice Nichol, and their buddy Larry […]

postheadericon Guest Editorial: Brighton, we have a problem

By Kevin Raines - In the movie Apollo 13, there’s a great scene about crisis control.  As the emergency begins, systems are failing and gauges are dropping and there’s a tinge of panic building in the air.  Ground control members are calling out problems nonstop when Gene Kranz steps in and changes the direction of the […]

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