Why Littleton Should Abolish Urban Renewal by Mike Krause

Why Littleton should abolish its Urban Renewal Authority (Complete Colorado)

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Brinkman’s At It Again With Her Rant Against the Majority of Council

Below is an email sent to the TrailMark Homeowners from Debbie Brinkman – citizen and not council member.  Now who thinks that any citizen would be allowed to have their message sent to the HOA members in TrailMark if that citizen wasn’t a council person.  Is this appropriate behavior for an elected official?

—— Original Message ——

From: TrailMark Homeowners
To: TrailMark HOA
Sent: June 21, 2016 at 2:51 PM
Subject: [TrailMark HOA] Uploaded Littleton Awake Letter 06-20-2016.pdf

TrailMark Homeowners and Darcy Hickman posted in TrailMark HOA.
TrailMark Homeowners
June 21 at 2:51pm

The Following is a message from Debbie Brinkman, as a private citizen:

Dear Friends,

I am writing to ask for your support. I have attached a letter of No Confidence to Littleton Mayor Bruce Beckman, council members Clark, Cole and Valdes for their ambush and firing of city manager Michael Penny on June 14th.

As you are aware, I am on the city council but this letter is coming to you from Debbie, the citizen. Littleton has become a city that welcomes smart development, diverse housing, great business and young families looking for a place to raise their families. The current council majority seem to only support a regression back to the 1950’s. Firing the manager was not the first attack on our future by this council and the screaming Sunshine Group (obstructionists who are methodically destroying all our good work) and it will not be the last unless we stand up now and stop it.

A bright future starts with a community waking up to what has been going on.

If you agree with the letter please send an email to LittletonAwake@gmail.com with your name as you would like it to appear. And PLEASE reach out to your friends and neighbors. You do not have to be a citizen of Littleton to support this effort – just someone who cares about our future.

Thank you,

Littleton Awake Letter 06-20-2016.pdf

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Jim Taylor Sinks to a New Low

Jim Taylor, former Littleton City Council Rep for District 1 and current South Suburban Board member sent the following out to his chosen.  Fortunately, his email did not hit the intended target and it was forwarded to me for posting.  You can be the judge – is this the behavior of an elected official?   Continue reading

Mayor is Interviewed by Tony Kovaleski on the Firing of Michael Penny

If you would like to see more about the firing of Michael Penny, follow the link.

Interview – Beckman and Kovaleski on Penny Termination

6.14.2016 Council Study Session on Urban Renewal with LIFT and Planning Board

Study Session on Urban Renewal      14 June 2016         Joint meeting with LIFT and Planning Board

Citizen Minutes

Bruce Beckman opened the meeting by stating that they would not be able to modify any urban renewal plans – they can keep them as they are or not. Any modification would require voter ratification. Continue reading

Hopping’s Email to City Following Penny’s Termination

From Bill Hopping to City Staff

I want to apologize on behalf of common decency for Michael’s dismissal. It was cowardly. It was the work of Council members Beckman, Cole, Clark and Valdez. Debbie and I tried but were outnumbered. They did it when Councilman Cernanec was out of town.  Continue reading

Brinkman’s Email to All City Staff Following Penny’s Termination

From: Debbie Brinkman <dbrinkman@littletongov.org>
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Subject: Michael Penny
To: All City <allcity@littletongov.org>
Cc: Michael Penny <mmp548@gmail.com>

Dear Everyone,

Under normal circumstances Michael would have my head for sending an email to all of staff but these are not normal circumstances.
I can not express how sorry I am that there were four votes to remove Michael from the job he loves and the people he loves and the work he loves. I can not tell you how sorry I am that every attempt to alter this outcome failed. I can not tell you how sorry I am that we will all start the day with the shock that is our new reality.
Michael made me a better councilor. He taught me, guided me, followed me, led me, picked me up, scolded me, praised me, and was my friend. He made me a better person. He made me a better Mayor. He made me a better council person.
He never stopped praising you. He glowed with pride when he spoke of his staff. His praise for your work, your commitment, your devotion and your passion was endless. He defended you and fought for you. He was the voice that you may never have heard on a Tuesday night. He had your backs. He always had your backs. He was your gladiator. He never relented from making sure that council knew what an incredible team of people really ran this city.
I am ashamed of council. I don’t care if my comments aren’t PC. Screw PC. Michael did not deserve to lose his job. Four votes were wrong. Wrong as wrong could be. I’d rather have retail pot than no Michael and you know thats a big statement if you know anything about me!
I am sorry. I am sorry that massive egos and lack of communication and petty insecurities were the basis for the firing of one of the best city managers in the state of Colorado. What the hell? Seriously. What the hell?
I don’t know what’s next. But I know that Michael would want each of you to soldier on. I know that it’s scary to have a council that is absolutely, certifiably INSANE. I get that. Believe me. BUT there is a city that requires your attention and there is no better team in the country to get the job done. You had the Michael Penny experience. You are better for it. This city is better for it.
In closing I want to thank each of you. Thank you for everything you do. Thank you for long nights, long days, tough decisions, low pay, high expectations, and a ton of stuff I don’t even know about it. Thank you for getting it done. For keeping this place we call Littleton going. It’s you. Make no mistake about it. It’s not the crazy council…it’s YOU.
Michael Penny bragged about you to anyone that would listen. He never stopped bragging about you. He never took the credit – he always gave it to you. In service of Michael we will get through today and then tomorrow and then next week and then next month.
I am so sorry. I am sorry that this happened. That we couldn’t stop it. That it makes no damn sense. I’m just so sorry. I am just so damn sorry.
Thank you. Thank you for everything. Always.

Debbie Brinkman

Mayor Pro Tem
City of Littleton

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Special Council Meeting – June 14, 2016 – Firing of City Manage

Special Meeting June 14, 2016             Citizen Minutes


Doug Clark amended the agenda to add a new item – to terminate the employment of the city manager.   Debbie Brinkman and Bill Hopping objected.  There was a vote 4/2 with Brinkman and Hopping dissenting. Continue reading

Littleton’s Economic Development Plan 2013

Economic Plan FINAL 05-2013

Arapahoe County Wins on Ag Land Dispute –

Arapahoe County was sued by the City of Littleton on the inclusion of agricultural land in the Santa Fe Urban Renewal Plan.  Judge Pratt issued his ruling in favor of Arapahoe County.  To read his decision follow the link.