What improvements would you like to see in Denver?

Periodically, the City and County of Denver authorizes general obligation (GO) bonds to restore, replace, and expand existing capital assets across the city. The last General Obligation bond, known as the Better Denver Bond Program, was in 2007 and allowed Denver to improve, preserve, renovate and build new roads, libraries, parks, city offices, and other facilities related to health and human services, public safety and culture.

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Denver Council president seeks to curtail colleagues’ rambling

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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Griego: Gone to Market

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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NORML led Responsible Use Initiative Will Not Be On The Ballot

Thank you to Jordan Person for coming out to tell us about all the signatures her team collected and the work that they did with neighborhood organizations to try and build support for this initiative. Unfortunately the result is that the ballot initiative will not be on the ballot.

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High tensions between cannabis chain and city

The company says petitioners had no basis to request a renewal hearing and that only the Department of Community Planning and Development, not Excise and Licenses, can determine whether plant husbandry is a permitted use.
Besides the Department of Excise and Licenses, Starbuds also names Loucks and the city and county of Denver as defendants in its complaint. Starbuds is represented by attorneys Emilio De Simone and Trevor McFee.
De Simone said housing a dispensary and grow facility in the same building saves Starbuds time and money since the cannabis grown upstairs is sold downstairs.

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In Remembrance Dr. Kathy Cheever

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Dr. Kathy Cheever who was a staunch advocate for Denver’s neighborhoods and INC Chairwoman from 1981 to 1982 and President of the Greater Park Hill Community from 1982 to 1997. Kathy’s life-long civic involvement and work to promote transparent and accountable municipal government will be an inspiration to all who work within and believe in the neighborhood movement. READ MORE

Cherry Creek Dam Water Control Plan Modification Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District will hold a public meeting
on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 6-8pm to gather input on modifying the
Cherry Creek Dam Water Control Plan to release more water from the dam
during extreme flooding events. READ MORE