General Issues November, 2010

Another month has passed and once again it has been a very interesting education of your thoughts and concerns. Thank you to all that have posted and we look forward to hearing more of your comments.

If you are confused about how to post on the blog or feel more comfortable e-mailing me your comments and concerns, please do so and we will post it for you.

E-mail: dustin.mcintyre@yahoo.com
Dustin McIntyre, Gateway News and www.gatewaynews.org

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COUNT DOWN IS ON said...

Today in November! that is only 10 months until the tax payers get paid back 450K from the Sweat Heart Deal!

That is 25% of what we need if 60, 61 ans 101 pass!

Kathy McIntyre, Gateway News said...

Gateway News Disappointed in Negative Campaign Ad Using Our Video

Opinion by Editor Kathy McIntyre

This is not about this election or about politics really, it is just about right or wrong.
As we are all painfully aware, the airwaves are filled with negative campaigns from all sides.
Some candidates started out attempting to run only a positive campaign, but finally came out fighting when the blows were too much. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper appears to be the only one to stay the course.

I will get on with the real story here. Every year Commerce City holds the largest Memorial Day parade in the state of Colorado. It goes back in the city's history for decades, as they honor their hometown veterans and want to remember all their neighbors who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. They are very proud of their parade and Representative Ed Perlmutter always attends and always does cartwheels. Actually the only event he does cartwheels at in honor of the veterans in his district.

Our videographer was granted permission to be on the street during the parade and captured those Perlmutter cartwheels, the Commerce City Memorial Day Parade cartwheels. The Ryan Frazier campaign, without permission of the Gateway News, decided to use the footage of the Perlmutter cartwheels, in a very negative television ad. They never bothered to call us and ask if they could use the footage completely out of context from a parade honoring veterans, they just took it.

I am very disappointed in the Frazier campaign. I am disappointed that ethics seems to be lost completely, not only in this current campaign, but in our government altogether. Maybe people could think before they act and analyze what harm they are doing to others by only attempting to benefit themselves.

Estelle Remington said...

A child is a child in CC whether they live in the North or South makes no difference. Their needs are the same. Both parents must work to make ends meet in this economy. Children are hungry every day across this city. The drug, gang, graffiti and crime problems are the same North or South. There is no difference in discipline problems in schools.

The Boys and Girls Club of America would try to use fear in the South to make them believe it is their only answer. Which, is not true, when given the facts as to their low success rate over these past three years of how many children ( About 2.4% of Adams #14 school population.) they actually serve. The truth of the matter is that CC can not afford this $11,500,000.00 program for just a small handful of students in the South. This entire program is being used to prop up the Adams #14 poor academic performance record not for the welfare of CC students as a whole body of students. The Boys and Girls Club is using scare tactics on both the South parents and City Council. The City Council is trying to pass this program through as they did Pioneer Park before they leave office. The South does not need to stop this program they can continue to serve students for $100,000 a year which we can afford. We don't need a multi-million dollar building program to continue to serve these students.

The Boys and Girls Club is not our savior, we need more jobs and retail up North. How can, we even think of voting for this extravagance? It is time, for the parents in the North to make their voices heard by e-mail to council and by speaking out at CC meetings. For all of Ward 2 residents that have negative feelings against Council man Jim Benson, I urge you to stop thinking politics and start thinking Children's needs. It's time to stop this madness of the children in the South needing guidance more than the children in the North; they are all CC children.

Anonymous said...

For folks using the "poorness" of the south and its children to get grants to fund their own projects complete with high end salaries is sickening. For the boys and girls clubs and others to continue speaking about the "underserved" children of the southern part of Commerce City makes the children and families sound so pathetic. The ACSD 14 philosophy that constantly degrades their students by such low expectations and remarks is part of the reason why they have such low scores and grad rates. These children are ready to be challenged and respected. Its a crying shame!

Anonymous said...

wow gateway
you should take some of your own advise.
you have done nothing positive for our city. you let racists spew their garbage and never stop trying to push the negatives. get over it
start to think before you act out
you should be ashamed of yourself

Dustin, Gateway News said...

Dear Mr. Anonymous,

You seem very stressed about the Gateway News.

Need I remind you that the Gateway News Print or Websites are not required reading.

I would suggest that you cease reading and/or commenting.

Wes, northern range said...

dusty,
can you post the ad and your video. I would like to see them.

gina, commerce city said...

I already voted for Ryan Frazier. I think it was more his campaign and not him personally.
Still not very nice thing to do. they should have asked for permission.

Archer said...

Gateway,

Don't worry about negative comments from people. If it was all positive comments I would be concerned.

Dustin, Gateway News said...

Ryan Frazier Ad is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbwI7rxGIfU

Gateway News Video is at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umRMjE8jO80

Curious in Reunion said...

Dusty are you upset at the ad or that they used your video without your consent?

Dustin, Gateway News said...

Both. It was surprising to see my video as part of the Ryan Frazier political campaign.

Pro City 2.0 said...

Mr. McIntyre,

I can completely understand why you would feel this way about your video in the Republican 7th District Advertisement.

But, I would ask that you put yourself in the city's shoes when you did the Wal-Mart letter video.

I see the two scenarios the exact same.

I do think the Gateway News does do some good for the community. I see that you post all of the city's updates and even have a direct RSS feed on the Gateway News websites.

I would ask in the future that you calculate the outcomes of your actions.

Dustin, Gateway News said...

Response to Pro City 2.0

Thanks for your input. I will consider your comments in the future.

Just so you know...the intention of the Wal-Mart video was to bring light to a serious situation.

But, thank you for your kind comments.

Childress, Commerce City said...

gateway,
you better do more videos! matter of a fact I demand that you do more videos!

Unitas said...

I also voted for Frazier. I see nothing wrong with the video. It is the Truth about Perlmutter. We NEED a change in Washington!

Belle Creek Observer said...

Nothing wrong with the Frazier video. Of course if it was my video used without my permission? I would also be upset.

Mallet,Commerce City Newlands said...

Dusty,
You should be flattered they used your video!

Anonymous said...

Ryan Frazer also has plane in the sky today that says 'Ryan Frazer is against Sky high Government.'

Close to the situation said...

Gateway,

Do not let a very small group of city staff and a couple of council members who are upset at you because you uncovered their despicable devil deal with the city manager get you down.

not going away said...

So tonight is the 2011 budget resol.

I can hear it now. 60, 61, 101 are really bad. The staff worked so hard on the budget. They all need treats to Germany. We are doing so woooonderful. We are all so great. I Love you. No, I love you!

by the way I have 2 questions:

1. WHEN IS WALMART COMING?

2. New MONTH! SAME OLD QUESTION:

WHY DID THE CITY MANAGER GET $72,000 IN CASH OF THE TAXPAYERS MONEY FOR A SUPPOSED LOSS ON A HOUSE IN ARIZONA THAT HE SOLD FOR A PROFIT AND FOR A HOUSE IN REUNION THAT HE HAS NOT BOUGHT YET OR GOTTEN A MORTGAGE ON OR PAID A DIME ON? THERE WERE NO LOSSES SO WHY WAS HE GIVEN THIS MONEY???????

Anonymous said...

Ryan Frazier is the better candidate. I would not hold this over him. Besides I think most people have already voted by now.

Anonymous said...

Lots of complainers but no one came to see the budget. so pretty easy to complain. A lot harder to actually be part of the solution.

I repeat, not one person came down to city hall to review the budget.

Anonymous said...

yeah gateway,
just close up shop and go away.
But, before you go can you do some more videos?

also Close to the Situation said...

DAMN! Mr. Anonymous had some fiery comments. Don't get me wrong I like it. I just wish we had that type of passion for getting some businesses here in good ole c town.

Anonymous said...

I think that the anonymous comment about racist was about Estelle's past comments.
She also has comments on other websites too.
I guess we all have a right to an opinion?

Tye, Commerce City said...

did anyone vote for perlmutter?
everyone I talked to voted for Frazier. and yes he is clearly the better candidate.

FYI said...

Denver Post endorsed Ryan Fraizer over Ed Perlmutter.

Gateway News Twitter said...

Commerce City Historical Society on track in getting a building to house a museum located on HWY 2 where the current recycling station is.

Anonymous said...

I voted for Ed Perlmutter as did a lot of my family and friends. If you take a minute to look at the 9News website and review their Truth Tests, every time Perlmutter tells the TRUTH or states an opinion, and every time Frazier LIES. So if anyone voted for Frazier, you voted for a liar, and it appears an unethical one at that. It was wrong to steal the Gateway video, plain wrong and I agree with Kathy McIntyre. And to the obvious city official Prc City blogging that tried to compare this to the Gateway Walmart video, are you nuts? The city did not have any video that the Gateway stole. That is an original Gateway video and the Gateway in no way altered the letter to Walmart. The letter is posted you can read it right there. Wish that the people who run our city would grow up and try to act professional, because obviously you are not. And start doing the right things and then the media would not have so much material to work with. And THANK YOU Gateway for uncovering the truth and for keeping us in laughter. Because that is all that is left to do is to laugh. Ten months - I wonder, bet we don't see a dime for that house.

Anonymous said...

The Gateway News is not negative, they are truthful! There are two concepts here, positive vs negative and truth vs lies. The truth about the government of Commerce City right now is very ugly and corrupt. That could be viewed as being negative for the poor citizens. When the government of Commerce City lies about itself, that does not make their lies positive, it just makes them look even more stupid. Grab a dictionary and look up the meaning of positive and negative, the meaning will not mention truth or lies. The Gateway is telling the truth, the government is telling lies. Anyone shocked? I am not.

Anonymous said...

My vote went to Erik Hansen!

Sour Grapes said...

I dont like either Ryan or Ed. They are like two teenage girls fighting back and forth.

Anonymous said...

What did the Gov. lie about? Walmart again?

It is out of the city's hands.

The Best of 2010 said...

Still think Perlmutter will take it. Along with Darr and Casso. Hickenlooper will be gov, Bennet and Buck will be close, but Bennet takes it in the end. THANK YOU TANCREDO!

Three bad will all fail, so will 62.

other local I will take Grimm and arnall and West, Hansen and Busck.

That will do it.

The Best of 2010

Why now?????? said...

I am not going to try to guess what the Gateway News is doing with the Opinion of Kathy McIntyre on their video being used in a ad.

That ad has been out since October 18th. Why is being talked about now?

Gateway News said...

The timing is today because we did not know about it until it was brought to our attention by a readers email.

Anonymous said...

I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE GATEWAY NEWS IS ENDORSING DEMOCRATS AND MAKING NEGATIVE REMARKS ABOUT OTHERS. IF YOU'RE A TRUE NEWS SOURCE, REMAIN NEUTRAL.

Gateway News said...

The Gateway News is not endorsing anyone, not because we didn't want to. It was merely the fact that we could not all agree.

Anonymous said...

All newspapers and many other commentaries and publications endorse the candidates they feel will do the best job. They do this nationwide. Check out the Denver Post. The Rocky Mountain News used to endorse candidates every election. Just because they endorse someone doesn't mean you should vote for them. Read everything you can, watch the debates, go to town hall meetings and meet the candidates. Every person is responsible for their own vote. We live in a country where your vote is completely secret. Now get out there and vote if you haven't already done so! Its your privilege, your right and your duty!

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks that the gateway remains neutral, doesn't really know them.
They have the right to voice their opinions and have no doubt they do.
McIntyre has even told people that she rights a lot of the blogs to get people going.
Guess that's her right too.
Guess Ryan Frazer isn't the only sneaky one.
I voted for him too, the ad meant nothing to me either way.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Gateway for the election locations, made it so much easier to find one today. And thanks for the info on the judges. Very helpful.

Dustin, Gateway News said...

To Anonymous,

If you think that you live in a county or city that is filled with people who do not have opinions about local government and are afraid of voicing them, you are sadly mistaken. The Gateway News has no need to "get people going".

The Gateway News hears the different sides and then will take the important issues and create sub categories. For example The China Plan of Commerce City or the city employees union idea.

It is true the Gateway News staff are humans (except for the 2 cats) and will by human nature form opinions.

But like anything else, usually they are from very different points of view. An example of this would be the Jim Benson initiative to change the name of Commerce City. We had vastly different views. Some thought that "Pioneer" would have been a good city name, I personally thought the name should never be changed.

The only things that we really agreed on recently is that the city logo of Commerce City is ridiculous, too expensive and should have been a Buffalo or Eagle. City Managers should not Drink and Drive in a city owned vehicle, and also Deal Breaker brings up major issues that need to be addressed.

I would invite you to re-read the comments being posted on the Gateway News and you will see that there is an entire array of opinions of all kinds on all different kinds of issues.

And of course your opinion is also welcomed.

Thank you to all who have commented and keep those comments coming.

Cindy, a Proud Democrat said...

The voting is low out there. If you have not voted yet and you are registered to vote. Please get out and just do it. We need all of you. Don't think you candidate is safe because other people will vote. It does not work that way. We all need to vote. You vote does count.

Estelle Remington said...

Be very careful about who you call a racist. One can easily trace and e-mail back to it's source. And, I will not hesitate to contact a lawyer. My family has been American since 1720 and we have served in the services since the Revolution and have shed our blood for this country. Don't even dare call me a racist. You need to examine your own attitude towards others.

So Sad said...

we are so political correct that if anyone brings up immigration or that Derby is Spanish speaking then you are automatically called a racist.

So Sad

Brent, Reunion said...

If Democrats do not get out and vote you will lose it this time. If you are truly a Democrat and you want you party to win. You need to get out and vote. Adams is not safe just because we are labeled a democratic county

Gary Pratts, A PROUD REPUBLICAN said...

Republicans have a real chance. If you have not voted yet, and you have not voted yet and live in the area of House District 32, may I suggest the better candidate Kaarl Hoopes.

Gary Pratts

Via Email said...

gateway has always been accused of conspiracies. throwing elections by getting people to run, attacking the city managers. it is too funny. either they are really powerful and intelligent or we maybe we just have some major issues going on in our city.

Leon, voter said...

I will admit it. I love reading the blog. Extremely Entertaining! Makes me think and sometimes laugh.

Please keep those comments coming.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the excellent commentary Estelle. My opinion - Only those who are benefiting financially or have snuck family into our country illegally are in support illegal immigrants in the city. The woes of SD14 are real. The burdening of our city, state and country are real. Why is it racist to have a conversation about it? If you don’t agree with a writer, offer an intelligent rebuttal or follow GN’s advice to us all:

Dustin, Gateway News said...
Dear Mr. Anonymous,

You seem very stressed about the Gateway News.

Need I remind you that the Gateway News Print or Websites are not required reading.

I would suggest that you cease reading and/or commenting.

C_City Voter

NOT A JOKE! said...

NO Joke, Voter Turn Out is Low! Please vote or get your family and friends out to vote.

Gateway News Twitter said...

Commerce City Interview with Economic Development Department Director Brittany Morris

http://tinyurl.com/2bw89x7

Curious in Reunion said...

I have some major issues with the Commerce City Economic Development Department and its Director Brittany Morris.

We were all told that Walmart is coming. That Walmart is a done deal. The Mayor even thanked Shea homes for making this come to fruition.

And IT NEVER HAPPENED! Some people were told ground was suppose to break on June 15th And IT NEVER HAPPENED!

They did nothing but LIE to us. I read the comment about government lies and I say YES IT DOES!

Brent, Reunion said...

The ED director was supposed to be hired because of her impressive contacts.

I guess it is not who you know!

Anonymous said...

I always hear that the city can't force them to come. And they are right. But the absolutely the worse thing you can do is say that a business is coming and then not have it come.
PS I am also sick about hear about Cummins. Great they are coming MOVE ON! Get us a Grocery Store.

Archer said...

I think there was even one of those email blasts that the city does that said Wal Mart was coming.

Patience is the Key said...

You all have to remember. Wal-Mart is a business. They will come when they are ready to. Until then we do all have to be patient. Lets not all forget that Wal-Mart has legal ties to that land over on 104th and Tower.

I think it will come. I am just not sure, like a lot of you of the exact time line.

Childress, Commerce City said...

Perlmutter Wins: I guess Cartwheels are not so bad!

Anonymous said...

Word on the street. Ryan Frazier wants to give Gateway News a HUG for stealing their video.

Archer said...

CC SPIN hits again with Interview with ED director Morris.

I would PAY CASH MONEY to see the Gateway News do the same Interview.

Pro City 2.0 said...

Thank God the bad 3 lost. Thanks Voters

Anonymous said...

Great Races. I am surprised by Ed Casso. I thought for sure Hoopes had that one.

Anonymous said...

So Dusty are you a Democrat?

Dustin, Gateway News said...

No I am not. I don't like being lumped in with a campaign against my will. It is nothing against Ryan Frazier or his policies. It was that his campaign stole my video to make a negative political ad.

gina, commerce city said...

Well folks it looks like we will never get anything done in Washington. I hope you all like sitting in Grid Lock!

Obviously People Like split Government. I dont think Government likes it.

Yuri said...

so does this mean the Bennet girls get a puppy?

Belle Creek Observer said...

I am not surprised about the 27J ballot issue failing. We are just tapped out up here.

Rogue said...

Hey GN,
I am always surprised when I visit your sites. So interesting.

Anonymous said...

ERIK HANSEN WINS!!!!!!

So when can we get 5 Adams County Commissioners?

Childress, Commerce City said...

great picture dustin, ed is the man!

Rogue said...

I am sick of these three words for the Commerce City Politicians and City Staff.

BLESSED, WUUUUNDEFUL, and PATIENCE!

LESS TALK, MORE ACTION!

Anonymous said...

Commerce City citizens, take heart! This is countdown time! Jeannette Lewis of Adams 14 and Paul Natale, Mayor of Commerce City only have 364 days left in office! No recalls necessary. We just wait.

Anonymous said...

Whatever! still plenty of time to recall Jim Benson!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Erik Hansen, our new Adams County Commissioner!

Anonymous said...

Gateway, why doesn't the AC elections website have more results in?

Anonymous said...

I just pray in the next year we get some qualified educated people to run for the positions opening up.
My biggest fear is getting the old back, to dirty up the city again.
No matter what a couple of you say (probably the same dirty players) we are much better respected in the metro area now.

Gateway News said...

Yes it did take longer then I thought to get the final results.

But they are in.

UNOFFICIAL FINAL RESULTS of the 2010 Adams County General Election Summary Report... http://tinyurl.com/286gzmd

Anonymous said...

Heard a rumor that Flannery has been interviewing for other jobs. Can anyone confirm it?

Anonymous said...

Any truth that the city gave McDonalds at 104th and 85 money for an ad campaign? If so, how much? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

FYI The State came out with report cards for school districts today in the Denver Post. ACSD 14 had 6 schools (there aren't that many in the district are there?)that have 5 years to improve or be closed.

Gateway News Twitter said...

High speed drag racing accident causes truck to slam into house structural house damage devastating on corner of 69th Pl & Olive in Comm City

Wes, northern range said...

I Love how you have the Commerce City Updates on the Right Column of your site. Very SLICK!

Gateway News Twitter said...

Denver POST Article: "Commerce City's economic incentives gain national attention"....

http://tinyurl.com/28kenjv

Childress, Commerce City said...

Again with the cummins, what about walmart Denver Post?

Anonymous said...

Childress is just sour grapes. Just admit that cummins coming to CC is the best thing ever!

Anonymous said...

Kings or Wal-Mart would be a bit better then cummins.
Unless Cummins is going to sell food.

Anonymous said...

How many different ways can we say GOOD JOB on getting Cummins to come to Commerce City.

Pro City 2.0 said...

Great article in Post about Commerce City. Looks like our ED Incentive Plan is making National News. GREAT JOB Commerce City Staff.

Anonymous said...

How about turning the CLA building into a Boys and Girls Club and spending the extra SD14 money to improve the other schools?

Anonymous said...

Ditto,
I just read the article in the Post "Denver and the West" section.
Nice to see a positive article about the city.
Also says the incentive pkg is receiving national attention.
Good job Morris and city.

Anonymous said...

Newsflash, Cummins was already in Commerce City. The mayor said we are able to move stuff out there. What stuff? Embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

Wait! How can we get such positive national attention yet according to so many in the old guard the mayor, city manager and the ED team suck????????

PRO CITY said...

I have to agree I am a little shocked that CC got positive press.. It has been so long.

Great Job to all the city staff that is crucial in making the city a quality community for a lifetime.

Anonymous said...

Cummins had absolutely nothing like what it is building. This is a new business to the area.
They were planning this to go to Utah.
Why are some always trying to pull down our city?
You'd complain if Christ came down because he wasn't where and when you thought he should be!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Sheriff Doug Darr and all the winners. Thanks to everyone who ran for an office.

Gateway News said...

Don't Think Your Vote Counts??? Consider this...

The 2010 Adams county coroner race is facing a possible recount. This will depend on the 2,172 provisional ballots and the 504 “cure” ballots.

Adams County Clerk and Recorder Karen Long reports that a recount could take place if the difference between the total number of votes for the top candidate in the race and the closest opponent is less than or equal to .5% of 1% of the top vote getter. That makes the vote difference needed for a recount in the 2010 Adams county coroner's race 254 votes. According to the "unofficial Vote Results", Candidate Broncucia-Jordan only led by 269 votes, that is only 14 votes ahead of a required recount.

Now comes the issue of the 2,172 provisional ballots and the 504 “cure” ballots. "Cure ballots are those with no signatures on the ballot envelopes, insufficient ID or signature discrepancies," Long said. "These voters have eight days after the election to “cure” the deficiency." Also, the overseas and military voters have eight days after the election to have ballots counted, provided they are postmarked Nov. 2.

So the 2010 Adams county corner race is not quite over yet. As soon as this is all sorted out, we will finally report who the candidate will be.

Anonymous said...

could someone tell me why a county coroner is an elected position? I don't really care but in my mind it makes more sense if it would be appointed by a non LE entity.

Anonymous said...

Could the incentive package be more of a joke? People they are using your tax dollars for the incentive programs and the only example they can give is the money they are GIVING TO MCDONALDS FOR A DIRECT MAIL MARKETING CAMPAIGN! I would think this was a joke if I had not read it myself. And actually that is a joke. We need direct mail from McDonalds! My God, they advertise nationally on TV. We need this like a hole in our head. This city is such a joke and Chuck Morris, Brittany Morris's father probably knows someone at the Denver Post, that is why the article is written NOT because anything good is happening in C Town.

Anonymous said...

I bet the petroleum products that were dumped were for a cheap garage.

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? The City gave McDonald's money for mail marketing?

Anonymous said...

I find it difficult to belive that CC gave money of any kind to McDonalds. There are hundreds of businesses in CC that could use real help. I think this is just a rumor. Gateway, can you find out if this is true? Where did this rumor come from? Maybe it can be addressed at the city council meetings about rumors that are not true.

Archer said...

Gateway news, I will save you some time. It was straight from the city's mouth:

City Press Release Published on the Gateway News Business Journal:


"As an existing retail business, McDonald's franchisee Boselli Investments applied and was recently approved for the incentive program to help expand its marketing efforts for its Commerce City location at 104th Avenue and Highway 85.

"We want to be a member of the Commerce City community," said Rhonda Sebock, Vice President of Operations for Boselli Investments, adding that the company takes pride in being active in the community.

Boselli Investments continues to create jobs and employ local residents, and plans to use the rebate from their incentive package toward a direct mail campaign to market new products that will be offered at the Commerce City McDonald's location early next year."


I would still Love the Commerce City Staff to address this as a "RUMOR", it would make me feel a lot better know that we are not giving money away to a company that has a Advertising Budget bigger then our entire city budget and many fold.

Anonymous said...

How much was given to McDonalds?

Anonymous said...

McDonalds didn't get any city money.
Read Archers quote.
A business man, Boseli, who franchaises a Mcdonalds did.
No different than a domino pizza franchaise, subway or pizza hut.
They are privately owned and if they fit the criteria then they have the right.

Childress, Commerce City said...

"incentive package toward a direct mail campaign to market new products that will be offered at the Commerce City McDonald's location early next year."

and you say McDonalds did not get any money. Come on! Stop the Spin, you look stupid.

Numbers are Numbers. City pays for junk mailer with "new products from McDonalds"

Estelle Remington said...

CC first Lady, Kathy Natale, is going to have surgery and we wish her a speedy recovery. Both Kathy and Mayor Paul Natale are good and faithful people. My issue with City Council is the Sweetheart deal given to CM Jerry Flannery. It was just very poor judgment or misinformation on the part of some members of council. I do hope that Flannery is actively looking for different employment.

Council handed out certificates of recognition for a year's service by volunteers on committees to the city. What is so telling about the atmosphere on these committees (Old timers control many of the decisions made.) is that only 5 or 6 members showed up to receive them. Mostly, the long-term members.

Tracy Snyder said,"she would like to see Derby become the center of CC." Derby now has a beautiful tile plaza and landscaped area. During this construction project, my neighbor tiled a portion of his yard and the other neighbor beautifully landscaped his back yard after about 8 years of nothing but weeds. So, I think, that several workman have already benefited from the Derby renovations. I do eat down there, but, I would not shop there. I feel, so out of place in this Mexican setting, like, I am a walking target for who and/or what ever. If, you have ever gone to Mexico on vacation, you know exactly what I am talking about.

Anonymous said...

Childress, If I have a clothing store franchaise that sells Levi's.
The city offers help to advertise my business.
I send mailers about my jeans. Then acording to you, the city is helping the Levi Corp?? Next, because Levi's are made out of the U.S. you'll say city money is helping outsorcing. You should work on national campaigns.
Stop the spinning.
Come on, you complain about the city helping business then you complain if there are big corporations involved.
The incentives are out there, if someone fills the criteria, then they should get the help!!

Anonymous said...

I wish these council people would get a clue. If we're going to be a success we need to bring the "center of the city" to the north area.
The south is our industrial area and should be marketed as such. Is this not the lipstick on a pig scenario? Commerce City has an opportunity to become a great family oriented community however if the council continues the pipe dream the north will soon become Denver or Brighton or Reunion.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, I say to you get a clue.
Study more about the entire city. The stapleton, northridge area backs to our area and together they have much to offer.
NOT everything is REUNION, and personally I am sick of the elitist attitude that I constantly hear, from that area.
There are many wonderful hard working people in the core area as well as all of those who are now part of CC from the north.

Anonymous said...

Someone said that Flannery is interviewing for other jobs! Then I say there is a God and He is real and in our city! Now city council, whatch gonna do with a $450,000 house in Reunion? LOL

Estelle Remington said...

The latest edition of Gateway News, Vol. 6 Issue 31, shows documentation and outlines in a progressive manner the alleged misinformation given by CM Jerry Flannery and City Attorney, Bob Gehler to City Council who in turn voted and gave permission to write out the necessary legal documentation to give Flannery a $72,000 bonus and $450,000 house to live in for free for these past three years. By anyone's sense of right and wrong this is a matter of mis-allocation of CC taxpayer's money. This article clearly exposes the fabricated lies and deceptions by Flannery and how Bob Gehler enabled Flannery to enrich himself at the taxpayer's expense. Great Job! Gateway News.

Anonymous said...

By saying I should get clue, are you saying south CC is considered a desirable place to live within the state?
It seems to me that people avoid CC and really want nothing to do with it. Those same people are business owners, persons in search of a home to purchase or investors.
The area is trucking, warehousing, cement/concrete factories, tires list goes on not to mention the tractor trailer traffic that comes along with it. It’s a perfect location for this type of usage with its quick convenient accesses to the hwy system. The city should take advantage of this; it’s the smart thing to do.

Gateway News Twitter said...

Update to Commerce City Criminal Trespass Theft Ring...

http://tinyurl.com/2blpx8a

Estelle Remington said...

For Christmas, we spent about $1,000 and purchased a used, rebuilt, Security Camera System. Security camera systems are not just for businesses anymore. We have had vandalism to our house and cars at least once a year for the past four or five years. And, usually several of our neighbors on the same day. We went through the Internet and found security cameras with a full range of prices and many shipped free. With a steady increase in our area of home vandalism and invasions, it is time for home owners to start to protect themselves and each other. If, one or two houses on a block installed security cameras it would benefit the entire neighborhood. Remember, the police react to crime they can not prevent it.

We also have security covers over our window wells for about $700 and a home security system for $60 a month. We felt safe with our indoor security, until, three drunken people forced their way into our house when I answered the door late one night looking for a party. The lady was more than drunk perhaps on drugs and went right over the top of me. Her high heels just smashed my bare toes. I had expected my children and grandchildren that were coming to spend the night. The lady was fumbling with the door knob as the toddlers often did. That was just too close for comfort I could have been injured or killed. Now, we have cameras that are motion activated and connected to a computer 24/7.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Primrose Schools for the compassion, drive and energy that you put into feeding others. Tough times are here for many in our community and all over Colorado. God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Do you wonder where Commerce City is getting their training?

http://www.tonysrants.com/thornton/the-troubles-we-have-seen-scandals-and-mismanagement-mark-adams-countys-recent-past/

Unethical behavior is all over.

Cheo said...

Good Luck to the Colorado Rapids! Should be the Commerce City Rapids!

Estelle Remington said...

At the Nov. 8th City Council meeting, City Attorney Bob Gehler said that he was no longer illegible for City Health Insurance since he no longer worked a forty hour week. He wants to do an Amendment to his employment contract by Dec. 1st, so that, the city can pay him the amount of his health insurance which means the Amendment will say that the city will still pay him the same amount for his health insurance and that he will have to pay taxes on that money, but, then, he would purchase his own health insurance from the money the city pays him. Someone, from City Council suggested that he look into Medicare. There are hundreds of city employees that would love to have an amendment written so that the city would still pay them money for health insurance even though they are no longer illegible, just like another bonus. The scary thing is that no one from City Council asked any questions about the legality of this amendment. Perhaps, this is new procedure that we don't know about? Gateway could you look into this and find out how Mr. Gehler can just write another amendment?

Gateway News Twitter said...

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Anonymous said...

Estelle, since Mr Gehler is a contract employee, I imagine his contract if first discussed in a closed session.
Do not assume much of this wasn't gone over in that type of discussion.
Contract employess often get different "deals" as you call it, because of their specific job.
NOT everything is a lack of council involvement or a conspirousy

Kyle said...

Who cares if gehler gets insurace because of hours. The poor guy has poured his life into Commerce City. Let him have it.
Some of you don't have a heart.

Estelle Remington said...

Kyle, No one is saying that Bob Gehler has not been a well-paid, highly honored, faithful employee of CC for about 43 years. What you are saying is that he is a special case and deserves whatever he asks for. CM Jerry Flannery was called a special case and got everything he asked for in writing. Mr. Gehler signed his new contract without noticing it had no health benefits. If, City Council wants to give him health benefits all one has to do is make a motion and then write an Amendment to his current contract. But, then, shouldn't all other long-term faithful employees of CC under the city's EOE rules also be able to ask for health benefits while working a shorten week? Millions of short week employees must purchase their own health insurance. Why shouldn't Bob Gehler who at this point in his career should be able to afford personal health insurance not do the same thing? One can get Medicare and then for about $200 per month supplement it with AARP coverage.

Kyle said...

Estelle,

Thank you for your explanation. I appreciate it.

Update Ch 8 Programming said...

I had the pleasure of catching some of the great programming on local channel 8 in Commerce City. You know, the one that our tax dollars are paying for.

I just have some questions. I thought the current mayor was Paul Natale and not Sean Ford. And who is Heather Grady (PIO). I thought our PIO quit and was never replaced.

hmmmmmmmm. I am so far behind.

PRO CITY said...

That was a video clip you saw on channel 8 in Commerce City is a old video of years ago.

The current Commerce City mayor is Mr. Paul Natale. The Person you saw as the "PIO" was Heather Grady and is no longer the Commerce City PIO.

Wes, northern range said...

PRO CITY,
who is the current public information officer (PIO). I understand that all cities usually have one.

We have 3 city managers and no PIO?

This does not seem to be right, does it?

PRO CITY said...

To Wes: The city does NOT have 3 city managers. The city of Commerce City has ONE city manager and TWO deputy city managers.
As far as the Commerce City PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE. Those duties are being performed by current staff members.

Anonymous said...

which current staff members are acting as the pio??? and ya all the three that have city manager in their title make over 6 figures, gee the governor of the state of colorado only makes $90,000 and he gets a free house, but wait our main guy city manager makes $172,000 and gets a free house, what the heck is wrong with this picture?

ANGRY TAXPAYER said...

angry taxpapyer says WHEN DO WE GET OUR $72,000 BACK FROM FLANNERY?

Gateway News Twitter said...

27J School District Superintendent Dr. Blunck Announces Intent to Retire...

http://tinyurl.com/29n3978

Anonymous said...

I am saddened to hear that Dr. Blunck will be leaving 27J. It has been a very strong leader in some very tough times. I hope we can find someone to fill his shoes.

Fans of Dr. Blunck said...

Dr. Blunck is a great and honorable man who loves the kids and they love him back. We wish him the very best but know that
27J will have a tough time filling his shoes.

Anonymous said...

One less deputy city manager this morning. First Flannery has been putting in applications and now Neland is gone. Wonder what the message is???

Anonymous said...

Nanette Neelan is going to Lakewood as the deputy city manager.

Kathy McIntyre, Gateway News said...

From Editor Kathy McIntyre of the Gateway News.

All day today we have been receiving emails and attempted blog posts about a situation that is very vital to the welfare of Commerce City. We have made repeated attempts to gain verification or denial from city staff, city council and the mayor. As the current city council has stated that "communication" is one of their top three goals, this is a very disturbing situation. Obviously, they have forgotten their own goals, or they were never serious about them in the first place. We believe at this point that the city staff, city council, and mayor need to be reminded that they serve, yes serve, at the pleasure of the taxpayers whose dollars are being spent for their salaries, benefits and perks. Most every other city in the Denver metro area operates in a transparent manner as they realize that the dollars they spend and the actions they take affect their citizens, their taxpayers whose money is entrusted to them. In Commerce City, it once again appears that the city staff and council and mayor are preparing their "sugar coated" version of the truth before any information will be released. We want to thank the people who have taken the time to provide us with the information that they have and we know it was at great risk, even possibly losing their own employment, that they reached out to bring the truth into the sunshine one more time. We will keep you posted if and when any information is released, even the "sugar coated" Commerce City version.

Anonymous said...

Wow! that's the worst empty blog post I've seen. " about a situation that is very vital to the welfare of Commerce City"
either tell us what you know or we'll hear it first on one of Denver's outlets.

Anonymous said...

I agree, it is empty. I think I have an idea what it is. It is not that bad. It changes things, but it will not kill us.

Wes, northern range said...

Glad to see gateway is verifying before posting comments.

Archer said...

Okay what is it, WALMART!?!

Anonymous said...

If it is what I think it is, it is not that big of a deal. Commerce City will be just fine.

Good to weed out the rumors.

Thad said...

"vital to the welfare of Commerce City"? I think Gateway News is just frustrated with amateur night down at city hall.

I am sure it is nothing that big of a deal to the rest of us.

dkeys said...

hard time with communication with Commerce City. hmmmmm. I think I have heard this before.

City is doing a Communication study. Can't wait to hear the results.

CC SPIN is whirling now.

Anonymous said...

If you don't know what it is, you don't know how important it is. I think the Gateway is trying to tell us something but wants to make sure its true. Thank you Gateway News for not starting rumors, like the city of Commerce City did with the Walmart store in the north. Or the big China and Germany trips that panned out to nothing.

Close to the situation said...

It is hard to have communication when the Commerce City Communication Director walks out on the city.

I can hear the frustrating is the Gateway News words.

I am sure it is something more interesting then vital.

Anonymous said...

COMMUNICATION STUDY??? HOW MUCH DID THAT COST??? THAT SURE CAN'T BE TRUE???

Anonymous said...

Why don't we ever hear anything about other cities having problems like these? Why can't Commerce City learn from Brighton or Thornton or Northglenn or Denver or Aurora or Arvada or Boulder or Westminster or Lakewood or Golden? Is it so hard to do the right thing for the taxpayers?

Anonymous said...

Gateway is just trying to SELL the STORY. If true, yes it is News, if not it is just a waste of time.

I do applaud them for trying to verify.

Anonymous said...

Communication director walked out after the Mayor made her write the stupid Truth Test that was all lies. She did not want her career ruined. That was last spring, now its November, why didn't the city hire someone new? Maybe no one wants to work for Commerce City as PIO since they have to lie and fabricate facts to get a paycheck.

Anonymous said...

The Gateway is FREE last I checked. Did they start selling the newspaper? When did that happen?

Yuri said...

Would be very vital if the second have of the so called rumor turns out to be true.

Gateway News is on to something.

A far as Denver News not knowing, They can only report what they are told about.

Anonymous said...

Love the amateur night comment, good way to describe the city council and staff we have now.

Anonymous said...

I guess I am really interested now in knowing what it is.

You got my attention, what is it?

I, like a lot of educated readers can determine for ourselves if it will be "VITAL" or NOT.

Anonymous said...

doubt very seriously it is vital.
i think gatewaynews is just trying to sell the story.

Anonymous said...

From Kathy McIntyre Editor of the Gateway News - In the past when we have received tips from writers on our blogs, they have always turned out to be true when we verified them. We will always verify though before posting anything.

Gateway News said...

The Gateway News Printed and Websites are completely free to the public.

Supported by our Wonderful Advertisers.

Thank you to them all.

Anonymous said...

I think we all can decide what is vital or not, but I do not want to be told anything about anything unless it is true because I feel very sad that we were all lied to by the city of Commerce City about Walmart and about a lot of other things. Find out the truth, then tell us.

Anonymous said...

In nazi Germany, news was published only by the government. Thank you Gateway News for telling us the real story and not making us rely only on what commerce city wants us to know.

Anonymous said...

OH PLEASE!

Calm Down! This is not NAZI Germany. I hate comments like that.

SO STUPID!

Ryland, Commerce City said...

I would think if it was just a rumor, it would be easy for the city to say ITS A RUMOR!
Now Like everyone else. I want to know what it is.

Anonymous said...

gateway news is being over dramatic. throw gas on us and then chase us around with a match.

Anonymous said...

I agree, gateway news is just trying to sell the story. Only thing that big would be the loss of suncor

Anonymous said...

I agree, gateway news is just trying to sell the story. Only thing that big would be the loss of suncor

Anonymous said...

The information about Nanette Neelan was released to the employees of Lakewood today.

Anonymous said...

What's going on?

Anonymous said...

the north was annexed into Denver???

Anonymous said...

I like the anaology about the gas and the matches.
The Gateway loves drama.
They love to show the city in bad light, and if you haven't noticed it's because you also want everything to be negative.
I can't imagine why anyone at the city would want to respond to another Gateway blog rumor.
Why give it breath. So many of the blogs are made up, much like the political ads on the t.v. One little piece of truth and tons of inudendos.
No the Gateway doesn't "sell" its "paper" it does sell advertising. The use readership as a tool....see any relationship to "good exciting rumors".
I highly doubt the Sunshine law has anything to do with this "newest" rumor.

Anonymous said...

so rumor was true.
DAMN this sucks.

Archer said...

Problem is every time a rumor hits the Gateway News it is TRUE!

Wes, northern range said...

Oh no, SOUR GRAPES against the gateway news because they are trying to verify a story? What would you like a newspaper to do?

Maybe just bury it? and live happily in WONDERFUL LAND!

We are Blessed to have the Gateway News.

Close to the situation said...

looks like we may got some bumps down at ole city hall. How is this all going to be sorted out?

Anonymous said...

Heard from a good source that the
gateway's rumor they were trying to verify was nothing more than Neeland's possible job in Lakewood.
Now that no one cares, they will let this question stay out there rather than admitting it wasn't a big deal.
So much for honesty.
No Wes we are not blessed, if only you really knew.

dkeys said...

To Anonymous,

So what happens when the "good exciting rumors" becomes reality.

Do you want it reported or brushed under the rug.

Commerce City has been hanging out with the Chinese for way to long.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't Neeland live in Lakewood or somewhere on the west side. Makes sense to me.

Anonymous said...

dkeys,
what happens when they are not.
Peoples lives are messed with and the rumors live on.

as a chinese profet once said
~may you live with the ugly rumors said about you as if they were true.

Rogue said...

Your right losing a deputy city manager is no big deal.

LOSING a CITY MANAGER would be a bigger deal, right?

Anonymous said...

Really?
All this drama because one of the deputy's is taking another job?

dkeys said...

Maybe you are not reading correctly, it is NOT a rumor. It is happening. Are you so blinded by the positivity that you can not see.

gatewaynews said...
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Anonymous said...

Original Rumor

One less deputy city manager this morning. First Flannery has been putting in applications and now Neland is gone. Wonder what the message is???

First part is a little more dramatic. Second part was true, so maybe the first part is too?

Anonymous said...

TOO FUNNY! I guess it is all in the eye of the beholder.

Pro City 2.0 said...

Not a big deal, I wish NN good luck in Lakewood if she can get the final details worked out.

Anonymous said...

problem with Neelan leaving is that she did ALL the work for the city manager, guess Flannery will have to hire someone right away or work himself which he would never do. bigger story is if Flannery is looking for another job, what the hell happens with the house? guess the taxpayers are out half a million dollars, and way more than that.

Anonymous said...

This week School District 27J Superintendent announced his intention to resign from his position at the end of the 2011/2012 school year. He wants a smooth transition because he cares about the school district and the taxpayers and the students. He knows he is needed and does a good job. Looks like Nanette Neelan wasn't really ever worth having in Commerce City because clearly she doesn't care what happens to the city or the taxpayers of the staff. She just must not be that important if no one even cares if she is leaving. Wow!

Anonymous said...

Dkey, yes this information is true, but many of the things on this blog are rumors.
Those can create problems, personal and private, but my feeling is people don't care.
A rumor can be started (knowing it isn't true) just to cause trouble.
Exciting rumors are not exciting for all. If you've ever been on the recieving end.

That was my point Dkey, that and nothing more!!

dkeys said...

I can understand that. You do make sense.

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Anonymous said...

Now that the smart and qualified Neeland is moving on to work for a competent City manager will Flannery replace her with another incompetent and unqualified insider similar to the other deputy manager or will he promote one of his other very inexperienced newbies he created jobs for. Maybe there are some long term very experienced and competent employees that are committed to the city that could be promoted? Heck, maybe Flannery will actually do some work himself and we won't need 3 city managers and a "legislative manager". I challenge you to find another city of our size with a city manager staff that large - good luck?

Anonymous said...

I'd feel better about the running of Commerce City if they had bothered to put ANYTHING up on their website about the Rapids. No wonder Denver is taking credit because Commerce City sure isn't!

Yuri said...

Great shots Dustie, I can feel the excitement.

RAPIDS ROCK!

Brent, Reunion said...

GREAT POINT! there is absolutely NOTHING about the Colorado Rapids on the Commerce City website. They better put something in city lights!

God Common Sense will go a long way Commerce City Staff and Council!

Anonymous said...

Damn Gateway! Over kill on the rapids winning dont you think!

Erin NW said...

Great Colorado Rapids Coverage Gateway News!

Love the pictures~

Anonymous said...

GN you introduce the mayor protem before the mayor: Is there some bias against the mayor?

Dustin, Gateway News said...

Yes! The Mayor Protem is cuter...

Actually, Tracey is on the left so I just did left to right.

Archer said...

I was at the rally and it was cool. I am so happy we have the RAPIDS~!

Childress, Commerce City said...

I love how ritter and hick take over! Denver is such a bully.

Check out this picture.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=461975806090&set=a.461975156090.249666.11106436090&l=e47866266d

Anonymous said...

On a different note.
I just heard that congratulations is in order for Mayor Natale and B Morris of ED.
Both are on Hickenloopers' transistion team for him becoming Gov.
Kudos to both

Anonymous said...

Natale helping Hick- you have got to be kidding me. Why?

Gateway News Twitter said...

Commerce City: Derby Winter Festival is Friday December 10th, 4:00pm to 7:00pm at 72nd Place and Monaco Street.

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