The Longmont Years: 2009-2011 Breaking the Bloc

In this installment, we pick up in early 2009 after apparent local political burnout – or so I thought.  The previous two years were hectic, to say the least.  Output increased in quantity and quality, both in the written and spoken word.  By the end of ’08 I had gone back to one of my first loves: aviation.  But staying away from local politics was apparently not in the cards. Continue reading

Sean McCoy called “immoral” and “anti-religious” by neighboring mayor

Continuing the story of Longmont City Councilmember Sean McCoy‘s anti-religious activities, here’s another video where Mr. McCoy takes great offense at being called “immoral” and “anti-religious” (along with councilmembers Benker, Hansen, and Levison) by (now former) Firestone Mayor Mike Simone.   Continue reading

Longmont in talks to leave Boulder County?

(This is obviously an April Fools joke.  But that doesn’t make it a bad idea)
LONGMONT – An idea that many in Longmont say is long overdue.  A City and County of Longmont?  Not exactly.

Longmont’s Mayor Bryan Baum and Firestone’s Mayor Chad Auer, along with administrators from Mead, Dacono, Lyons, and Frederick are in talks of creating a new county – with the working name “St. Vrain County”.

It would encompass those cities plus extend westward to the Grand County line to include the Eldora Ski Area, which has complained for decades of living under the “iron fist of Boulder County”. Continue reading

Losers just can’t stop losing

Talk about a losing streak!  A Times-Call Open Forum letter from recent City Council loser Karen Benker and some comments in the always entertaining comment section at the TC online website got me to thinking.  Fellow LA contributor Dave Larison and I have been throwing back and forth the growing list of failures and defeat of the Longmont leftwing losers – sort of like how a pair of cats toss around a dead or dying mouse.   Continue reading

Longmont LEFT out of Heaven(Fest)

A self-described “charlatan of limited understanding” tried to plead his case for Longmont to halt the permit process of the HeavenFest Christian concert festival at Union Reservoir.  This was the disconnected, fanatical, deranged, lunatic (or fill in your own adjective) fringe at its finest.  The video is worth watching, along with the hilarious commentary, which you can see at this YouTube link.

The speaker is non-Longmont resident Duane Leise, who is also theregistered agent for “What’s In It For Longmont?“, the LLC that’s currently listed as delinquent with the Colorado Secretary of State, which is ironic in and of itself as these same people were just seen recently picketing a reception for a Secretary of State candidate.  The other names in the LLC filing should sound somewhat familiar:  M. Douglas Wray, Kaye Fissinger, and Anita Lynch, sort of a who’s who (more like a what’s that?) of the Longmont leftwing scene.

We keep being told by them that their problem is not with religion or “the good people” who attend certain churches, so are we supposed to take it as a coincidence that they almost exclusively target churches?  Examples:

  • LifeBridge Christian Church – where to start, they got their name and reason for existence because of the Union annexation and development.  But they couldn’t stop at agreeing to disagree, there was no level they wouldn’t stoop to.  This has been written about here and other places ad nauseum, and all they accomplished was pushing a church out of Longmont into the welcoming hands of Firestone with probably lower property taxes (not in Boulder County) and more lenient building codes (like sign height limitations).
  • Rocky Mountain Christian Church – the same hate filled diatribes aimed at LifeBridge were also voiced by these same people in the case of this church’s expansion plans.
  • Front Range Christian Fellowship Church – the church by the Super Walmart they went after because of its very modest expansion plans.  Remember this article and YouTube video of Councilmember Sean McCoy making his usual cheap shots?  That was followed up by Kaye Fissinger making her usual demands from the podium.                …and now
  •  HeavenFest – they are using every medium available to put a stop to this Christian-based concert festival: their own new website, Longmont Ledger, local radio, city council speakers, etc.  Sounds like it’s all for nothing as City Council wont even vote on this and the permit should be issued any day now.

I bring the anti-religious angle up because as you see in the video, this crank complains that people have called him an atheist for being against the LifeBridge development.  Maybe they have, but that’s not why people find this group detestable (notice he didn’t deny it?).  I personally don’t care what the religion or politics are of these people or anyone else for that matter.  It’s the intent and actions that speak louder.  These people, which include most of the others who have recently spoken out against HeavenFest, aren’t content with just making their case – they have to go into character assassination of the groups they are fighting against or people who may not agree with them.

Just look at the rants on their websites (those that haven’t been deleted, that is) and how they talk at City Council meetings.  It’s no wonder the two candidates they’ve put up for election (Kaye Fissinger and WIIFL co-founder Richard Juday) were trounced in their run for city council.  Yet all you’ll hear is that we just had a low voter turnoutwho’s stopping their supporters from voting?  Yep, it’s nonsense.  Fact is they don’t have the support they think they do – they’re screwballs in the eyes of most normal, rational people in the city.

So, remember, laugh when you hear them say “this has nothing to do with religion”.  Or better yet, make a drinking game out of it! 

(I invite commenters to help me recall the names of the people who have spoken out against the bulleted points above)

2009: What a year!

2009 was quite an eventful year for the City of Longmont, regardless of where you stand on the issues.  Obviously, it was better for some than others.  Personally, it was pretty busy but overall pretty satisfying, too.

So lets go through it, month by month: Continue reading

Longmont Mayor Election analysis

The 2009 Longmont Election had four council seats up for grabs, including the office of Mayor.  Running for re-election was long time councilmember and one term mayor, Roger Lange.  There was some chatter that he couldn’t run for mayor due to term limits, but it didn’t get much traction, I never gave it much credit, and it became a moot point as it turns out.  Initially, Dan Benavidez announced he was running, but dropped out before collecting petitions.  Jeff Thompson did collect enough signatures, ran for a short while, but then also dropped out of the race.  Eventually, the race boiled down to two candidates, Roger Lange and late into the race was political newcomer Bryan Baum. Continue reading

Firestone’s noose tightening around Longmont

Firestone finds way to Union
Mayor says move could void litigation
Times-Call October 23, 2009
Firestone moves closer to developing Union parcel in Longmont
Denver Post October 26, 2009

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People can’t say they weren’t warned about this.  The Benker Bloc and their allies running for Council (Fissinger and Van Dusen) and to some extent Mayor Lange, need to have a “come to Jesus” moment on this one.  I warned back in May 2008 that Longmont’s strategizing was awful and it was just about checkmate. Continue reading

Progressively regressive for Longmont and America

It is important for common-sense citizens to realize that in opposing the Bloc of Four in Longmont we are fighting the greater agenda of the Progressive Movement, the Modern Liberal, the Boulder Mentality–whatever you want to call it.

It seems that every issue with these leftists comes down to extreme environmentalism, fiscal irresponsibility with taxpayer monies, and basic government control of our lives and free markets. They are driven by some utopian vision; we are driven by what is right and responsible and what works. Continue reading

Large majority against Firestone litigation

The Longmont Times-Call recently did a poll with the question “Should the city continue its lawsuits against Firestone regarding annexations?” The results are in, and it’s pretty lopsided:

With 537 total votes
Yes 134 (24.95%)
No 403 (75.05%)

In addition there’s an online petition for Longmont to drop the lawsuits and appeals against the Town of Firestone. It shot up to over 120 names and email addresses fairly quickly before the Times-Call pulled its link down from the comment section of the above poll. For reference, the idiotic backyard chicken online petition still hasn’t gotten half this number, and look at all the time council spent on that.

The comments in the TC poll and every story on this subject show a strong dissatisfaction of how council is handling this situation, and the Executive Sessions involved, including a lawsuit from the Times-Call itself.

Quiet through most of this is the group of people (“What’s In It For Longmont?“) that did their best to get rid of LifeBridge and their attempts to build outside of Longmont. That might be because one of them is running for City Council (Kaye Fissinger), another one got trounced in the last election (Richard Juday) partially based on his involvement with this anti-LifeBridge drive, and the others who make occasional embarrassing appearances before city council.

This same group went out and got over 6,000 signatures to overturn the Union Annexation, which probably wasn’t easy and is admirable on that basis – about the only thing about this group that is admirable unfortunately. As time has gone on, more people tell me they were misled when told what the petition was about. None of them probably knew of the hidden cameras (under tables, below skirt level) and the flow charts this group followed targeting rank-and-file church members. Around the same time LifeBridge’s sign was repeatedly vandalized. But I’m sure that’s all a coincidence.

Also MIA are their cohorts in Firestone, aka InformFirestone, who claimed to be a watchdog for various issues, not just the Union Annexation. Turns out, like plenty of people figured, they were just a one trick pony and their website doesn’t exist anymore. I wonder what happened to that fictional attorney they used for their (and WIIFL‘s) unethical letter they sent out to Firestone residents. I hear alot of complaining about a mailer that went out in Longmont about Richard Juday, but what about this letter? It looks awfully fishy. Could make for a good campaign question for Kaye Fissinger. And who paid for that mailer (that had WIFFL’s name on it)? I only mention it as these are the same people who pushed for Longmont’s campaign law to be changed, guilty feelings probably, as they knew what people were capable of.

So in summary:

  • They have divided the community along religious lines.
  • Their petition didn’t make it to the voters of Longmont.
  • Their candidate was destroyed in the Special Election.
  • Firestone voters saw through them and defeated them at the ballot box. Although democracy means nothing to these types of people if they don’t get their way, so the courts are their fallback plan, and that’s where we are today.
  • The courts have sided in a lopsided manner against Longmont.
  • Their elected councilmembers have had to resort to a ridiculous amount of secret meetings to carry out their campaign against Firestone and LifeBridge.

This group and their movement have brought nothing but shame to Longmont, and they’ve really accomplished nothing but increased hate and discontent. The candidates and current councilmembers they back have proven with their records in the last 2 years that they have no place in this city’s government.

This is a relevant campaign issue, ask each council candidate where they stand on it. No fence riding allowed.
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It’s ironic that this issue came up in the comments section of a recent Times-Call article, I wrote the above before that and almost a week ago.  Someone in the TC comments sure sounds like a member of WIIFL, a council candidate, or a current councilmember.  This is gonna get good, real good.