I went to the candidate information at Receptions on October 23, hosted by the Loveland Chamber of Commerce for city council candidates and listened to all the candidates and their positions on the highly impactful issues facing the city in the near future and came away with the strong opinion that Pam Gross is clearly WRONG for the city. Just in the short time she spoke, approximately (14) fourteen minutes she clearly demonstrated that she is clearly the WRONG candidate for city council.
According to her she has no experience in collaborative government organizations.
She has no experience at all in how the city manager style of government works.
According to her no involvement in the current or past government committees.
A less than clear understanding of how and what businesses look for with respect to incentives and special financing when evaluating locating in the city.
She wants to bring life science & bioscience companies to the commerce park. She does not understand the classification and level of buildings in the commerce park to know if that type of inventory is what these types of companies are looking for.
It appears Pam Gross has a clear desire to turn a campaign into a personal vendetta against the city manager. She has no understanding of the unintended consequences (financially for the city) of destabilizing city government by an abrupt removal of a key leader who has demonstrated successes with the city of Loveland both managerially and fiscally. Furthermore, she has no specific ideas on what she would do except change leadership (fire the city manager). She apparently has no concept that a city manager’s hardest job is to say “NO” to ideas, requests and situations that are not in the overall best interest of our community.
Pam Gross is more proud of supporting Paxton’s with her patronage than getting involved in the various city government committees that can bring her ideas to the table. This also goes to witnessing Pam Gross at Paxton’s on the evening of October 16th politicking.
With all the above said I think there are much better qualified, professionally experienced and government experienced candidates to select from in the upcoming election that can keep the city on the steady growth path it is on. I would urge the voters to select the better qualified candidates on November 5th.
Mr. Parker attended the meeting that council member Brent Zuch held at a local pizzeria on October 21, calling for Republicans to disrupt the town hall meeting, but denied (in a telephone conversation Friday morning) knowledge of ever knowing (even after writing a comment on the Loveland Magazine story about the meeting) that Zuch had ever called for Republicans to disrupt the town hall meeting. He said he did not receive Zuck's email. (Local Republicans meet to discuss disruption of decorum at Loveland Candidate debate)
There was peace and quiet at the town hall Wednesday night, partly because Chamber CEO, Cee Cee Collins called Mr. Zuch and had a "long, long" conversation about his e-mail to Republicans, because Collins sternly warned the audience about disruptive behavior and said people who did disrupt would be asked to leave, and lastly because of strong police presence at the town hall.