Denver Council president seeks to curtail colleagues’ rambling

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As Brooks tells it, an analysis of last year’s meetings shows that some members have spoken for nearly an hour on single ordinances. He refuses to release that data because, he says, “I don’t want to embarrass certain council members.”

Sources who’ve seen the analysis say that Espinoza and Councilwoman Debbie Ortega are listed as the biggest talkers on council. As it happens, both also have been the most outspoken critics of Hancock and his administration – especially his handling of the storm water project and his affordable housing plan, which both criticized as lacking ambition. Espinoza and Ortega also have blasted Hancock and his office for a general lack of transparency in city government.

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INC PARC Notes September 20, 2016

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PARC discussed issues for DPR in updating the Game Plan as part of DenveRight, now being planned by the city. All are urged to attend the Community Visioning Workshops October 4 and 5 to voice comments, and take the survey at denveright.org. Cindy will pass along PARC comments which include:

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Denver INC Executive Meeting Minutes September 12, 2016

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Election Forum: Working with League of Women Voters to provide election forum. Will happen at Denver Channel 8 studio at the City Council Building. Requesting $500 this year ($250 last year plus administrative costs/secretarial of $286). INC to consider contribution of “not more than” $500 – need to clarify wording. Should be we a donor or a sponsor this year?

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Denver INC Delegate Meeting Minutes Sept 10, 2016

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CM Paul Kashmann: Welcomed everyone to City Council District 6. Spoke briefly about the “garden court” and small lot multi-unit housing moratoriums. CPD is discussing changes to small area plans for the 78 statistical neighborhoods in Denver. Stated: 44% of the city does not have a small area plan at all. Considering grouping neighborhoods into 19 “pods”, beefing up staff and shortening the planning process. Sidewalk working group: Current process is not cost effective for homeowners and not efficient for the city. Considering several options to come up with money for several hundred miles of sidewalk in the city. Email Paul.Kashmann@denvergov.org with any ideas you have for budgeting and financing capital projects.

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2016 DA Debate with the Colorado Independent

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t’s often said that a district attorney has more direct power over people’s lives than a mayor. If that’s so, Denver voters need to know who’s running and how he or she differs from outgoing Denver DA Mitch Morrissey.

Where do the candidates stand on prosecuting the homeless and mental ill? What are they thinking about racial profiling, excessive force and the city’s longstanding pattern of not prosecuting killer cops and sheriff’s deputies?

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Denver noise clampdown gets support, but some event organizers say fines are unavoidable

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Two years ago, Intern-Neighborhood Cooperation, an umbrella group for Denver neighborhood associations, passed a resolution calling for the city to lower the event limit and also to impose a limit on low-frequency bass sounds, as the city has for Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

“That’s the one that travels so far and you can hear it,” even if it’s not loud, said Cindy Johnstone, who co-chairs INC’s Parks and Recreation Committee. “It’s a very important piece that’s being ignored.”

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Griego: Gone to Market

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Take a look at rents, as the city’s analysis does. By the end of 2014, those individuals earning the area median income of $53,700 could not afford the median rent of $1,539 for a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment. (Housing is considered affordable when it takes up no more than one-third of one’s monthly salary.) Those who earned 60 percent of the area median income – $32,220 – could not afford a median-priced one bedroom on their own – and they hadn’t been able to since 2008. And “most individuals in low-skilled occupations requiring just a high school diploma or no high school diploma could not afford to live in Denver at all,” the report says.

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What is your vision for Denver?

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Denveright will be a community-driven process from start to finish. Our community will be able to share ideas online via a series of surveys at denvergov.org/denveright, and via other online methods, or can participate in community workshops and public meetings. Additionally, anyone interested in playing a more active role in planning can apply to join the “Community Think Tank” to help guide the planning process. All are invited to join the conversation via the hashtag #denveright on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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Writ of Certiorari Filed regarding Mt. Gilead/Crestmoor Park

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This case presents several precedent-setting issues of state-wide importance about the integrity of the local land use planning and quasi-judicial rezoning process, which affect all local government officials and Colorado property owners in zoned communities.

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Denver social marijuana use initiative qualifies for ballot after competing measure rejected

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Khalatbari said Thursday that backers soon would receive results from a poll they commissioned as they begin to campaign in favor of the initiative. They have signed up 50 businesses in support — with a goal of enlisting 500 — and will begin reaching out to neighborhood groups to discuss the measure and answer questions, he said.

“It’s going to be an effort of these businesses and a lot of the cannabis industry,” Khalatbari said. “We already have some of the bigger names of the cannabis industry” giving customers leaflets about the initiative. “We’re really looking forward to engaging every single stakeholder — pro, con or neutral on this.”

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