El Ranchito employee gunned down in darkened parking lotA 62-year-old man died after being shot Sunday night in a parking lot that has been dark since the city turned off the streetlight in a controversial money saving measure, a neighboring business owner said.
Gaspar Martinez, owner of Ruskin Liquor near Airport Road and Academy Boulevard, blamed growing violence in the area — and the city turning off the streetlight in front of the business — for the man’s death during an attempted robbery.
Martinez identified the victim as Esteban Garcia, the father of Saul Garcia, owner of El Ranchito, a market and taqueria at 3970 Airport Road in southeast Colorado Springs.
The killing came a day before Colorado Springs City Councilman Sean Paige questioned in an e-mail why streetlights throughout the city had been turned off to save money while the affluent Old North End neighborhood had been spared and still had all its streetlights.
Well how about that. Who is surprised? Similar things happen in my little town. When you were reading about the blizzard that crippled our fair city of Norman we had similar shenanigans going on. The streets that got plowed first were, that's right you guessed it, on the affluent west side of town. Our streets, which are located in a moderately affluent neighborhood, got plowed 3 days, yes 3 DAYS later.
This has always been the way of city governments, that is why you should not be surprised when you see it happening. If they turned off the street lights in Norman, how many people in the Original Township neighborhood could afford to adopt a street light to keep it on? For those of you unaware, the OT is possibly the poorest neighborhood in town where 75% of its residents send their kids to school for free breakfast and lunch.
Do not fear dear citizens. Our fair city uses reduction in force to solve it's budget woes. As a matter of fact the 8 street lights that light the west trail of Griffin Park were recently replaced after having burned out or been knocked out by kids. There lights provide a safe walking and bike trail straight into the Sutton Wilderness Nature Park and frisbee golf course. Yeah as you can imagine no one walks down to the mostly forested park after 11pm, when it is illegal to be in the park. Genius.