If Aurora voters are looking for someone with the experience, leadership and determination to make a positive difference for Aurora, they should vote for Mike Coffman as their next mayor.
As the former Aurora Fire Chief, I got to know Mike well. He cares deeply about our first responders and will make public safety his top priority.
Mike’s background as a leader in the military, in business, and in government makes him uniquely qualified to lead our city as the next Mayor of Aurora. No other candidate running for Aurora Mayor has the experience that Mike Coffman has in understanding how a large organization, like the Aurora Fire Rescue functions.
Firefighters understand what sacrifice and dedication to duty really mean. So does Mike Coffman. He spent 21 years in the military.
For Aurora Mayor, it’s not a close call.
Vote Mike Coffman.
R. Mike GarciaFormer Aurora Fire Chief
My vote for the most influential person in Arapahoe County would be Mr. Bob Baker, who happens to be the South Metro Fire District Fire Chief. More important than the sheriff or the mayors of the municipalities that have turned their fire departments over to South Metro? Absolutely! And South Metro includes parts of Douglas and Jefferson counties. You see, the sheriff and the cities, etc. are governed by statutes and laws. Not so for the Fire Chief. South Metro can make their own rules. About the middle of June, The Villager had an article regarding the cancellation of the June Block Party in downtown Littleton. The cancellation was the result of the ridiculous restrictions that South Metro saddled the Littleton Downtown Merchants Assoc. with. And the restrictions were only given to the Merchants Assoc. about two weeks before the planned event. Inquiries to South Metro about where the statutes, regulations, etc. could be located, fell on deaf ears. Many Momma and Papa arts and craft people had already geared up for the event, as did the restaurants and bars. The Block Party is one of the biggest revenue generators of the year. The city lost sizable tax revenue. No consideration for those that had already bought into the event.
This past Thursday evening, I went to the Littleton Elks Lodge for bingo. The bingo had to be canceled due to lack of participants. The Elks have a parking lot behind their lodge with 40-50 parking spaces. But they were setting up an awning tent in the back of the lodge for Friday evening’s outside band, a kickoff to Littleton’s Western Welcome Week, to include a pig roast. On Thursday evening, since this awning tent had been setup on a small portion of the lot,
South Metro says that they could not use the rest of the lot for automobile parking. Why you ask? Beats me. The View House restaurant also uses an adjacent lot, that was full, had to have lost considerable revenue.
South Metro has a budget of approximately $127 million and that isn’t much when you consider that it requires 3-4 vehicles and about 8-10 firemen for every sprained ankle. No one seems to know where the exorbitant permit fees go, that are now being charged. To the city or to South Metro? Is there any accountability?
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