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

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.

Sign the petition to end the Firestone lawsuits and appeals

I had a feeling sooner or later something like this would come about: a petition for Longmont to drop the lawsuits and appeals against the Town of Firestone. Here’s how it reads:
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We, the taxpayers of Longmont , demand transparency from our City Council. We demand fiscal responsibility in this time of budgetary shortfall. We demand our hard earned tax dollars be spent in the best interest of our community. We demand our council represent the electorate, not a special interest agenda.

Because of this, we feel it is time to drop all lawsuits and appeals with the City of Firestone. We feel our tax money is better spent keeping our city workers on the job than throwing money down the drain. We feel we deserve to know exactly which members of our council continue to fight for appeals when we have had judgments against us telling us we have no case. We feel that while we can’t take back the hundreds of thousands of dollars we’ve already spent, that this needs to end now before we spend another cent.

We’re asking you, our Longmont City Council Members, to end this fight. You promised us more open government, yet have held a record breaking number of secret meetings; we request you release the tapes to those meetings to hold true to your promise.
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Go sign the petition at this link: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/not_another_cent/

Sometimes you need to put yourself on record, have your voice heard. If at all possible, you should sign this petition with your name, not anonymously. But I, probably more than most, would understand why you would be hesitant to use your real name. We have goons and thugs in this city who do all they can to keep people who would normally jump into this fight silent.

You’ve seen them, you’ve heard them. To make their point they go after anyone and everyone even slightly related to this subject – whether they are leaders of LifeBridge, realtors, developers, right down to your everyday church goer. They have elected and appointed officials who carry forth their agenda, if you read this site at all you know who they are.

They use tactics to silence YOU, and I suspect they will attempt to take any and all names of people who sign this petition and do something nefarious with the information. That’s how they operate, basically the worst of Longmont and society in general. Real scum of the Earth types.

They haven’t succeeded in silencing me and others who speak out on this, are you going to let them silence you?

Citizens speak out over Firestone legal actions

At the August 4, 2009 Longmont City Council meeting, several speakers came to the podium during Public Invited To Be Heard to voice their opinion about the ongoing legal battle with the Town of Firestone. It was something to behold, and most of these people should be proud of themselves. A couple of others should hang their head in shame, along with some councilmembers.

What was impressive was the diverse group of speakers and how they put across their feelings on the subject. I didn’t know or have ever seen a good lot of them, which made it even better. I heard in the lobby that it was about 10-3 against the lawsuits/appeals and secret meetings this council has been holding. The couple who actually spoke in favor of throwing more of our tax money down the rat hole and to hell with relations with our neighboring city were no big surprise, but were vastly outnumbered and outmatched by some of the other speakers.

My wife and I spoke, but there were 3 others in particular who really dealt the best blows, and totally caught me by surprise. One didn’t hold back, stating odds of Longmont actually winning an appeal (not good), and actually uttering “bloc of 4” and then directed his ire towards Sean McCoy when he started grinning and rocking back and forth in his chair, obviously ticked off. One was a realtor who said “really it’s a bloc of 5” and let them have it. And one was a young guy who chastised councilmembers for their lack of order, specifically (but not by name) Sarah Levison for speaking over Gabe Santos. Tough acts to follow.

The overwhelming message being sent was support for Gabe Santos’ motion to end the lawsuit and appeals against Firestone, and to end all the secret Executive Sessions and release the tapes of those meetings. They were reminded of their campaign promise of open, transparent government, to which I added “but like other politicians from the top down, that promise apparently had an expiration date.”

What will council do with this? I’d guess nothing, completely ignore it, it doesn’t fit the agenda of a majority on council, so it will go nowhere. Sorry speakers, better luck next time.

I reminded council this will be a campaign issue this year and in 2 years when Levison, McCoy, and Hansen are up for re-election. We already know how one candidate feels about this as At-Large candidate Kaye Fissinger is ecstatic that the lawsuits will continue. How about you other candidates, including Karen Benker? We obviously know how Gabe Santos feels, as well as Mary Blue (she seconded the motion, but is not running for re-election), and Mayor Lange (he killed the motion).

I have a challenge for every council candidate: you submit to me in the comments section where you stand on this issue (and stay on topic, don’t ramble or make a speech) and I’ll publish it. If not here, make your voice heard on this somewhere, don’t even try to duck this important issue. I’ll make sure to point it out if you do.

Longmont running out of moves

Back in May 2008, I wrote a piece called “Longmont, Take The Deal” where I said it was just about checkmate on this idiotic crusade against Firestone and Weld County over the Union annexation. It came as no shock or surprise to hear the news that Longmont got its rear end handed to them from the courts over this. (Times-Call “City’s annexations ‘null and void’ Judge: Longmont ‘abused its discretion’”)

Much of that Times-Call article sounds familiar – as it was exactly what I warned about over a year ago. Let’s go back, shall we? Continue reading