Wednesday, July 30, 2014
This is the first practical idea I’ve heard for reversing our current corporate rule. I think this is worth your consideration. (11:46)
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by Wanda L. James
I recently read the Eli Stokols hit piece on Jared Polis “The Trouble with Jared” and I thought "the trouble with Jared?" How about the trouble with the Democratic Party. The “Trouble with Jared” is, he is a Democrat and it appears the rest of the Party has forgotten what that means.
While the Denver insiders fret about the fact that they still can’t control Jared, the rest of Colorado is cheering him on. Jared is a leader. Leadership was explained to me by my military father and my time in the military, I grew up understanding that leadership is sometimes lonely. Jared is always on the right side of being a democrat. Jared’s a disruptor, he always has been. He is out there being the change the Democrats wanted to see. And it appears he is always alone on the right side of history.
He was making the establishment unconformable when he started his schools for recent immigrants at a time when the Democrats in the state were campaigning on passing the toughest immigration laws in the country.
They were mad as hell when he proposed amendment 41 to limit gifts and free dinner from lobbyist to law makers. That pissed off a bunch of the “buy me and my friends’ tickets to all of ball games, galas and expensive dinners in exchange for my vote on your issue” elected officials. (Yeah, you know who you are)
Then there was my favorite move by Jared, he supported the cannabis industry.
He honestly supported it. He did not give the behind the door cowardly response of, “Well, Wanda, of course we support not locking up minorities, but I have tough race and I am too much of coward to actually let people know what I think” crowd. Jared was upfront about his approach. And like all of his decisions, he was unwavering and on the right side of the issue and on the right side of history. He introduced a bill in Congress to legalize marijuana only to have his home state actually do it a few months later and now the NY Times is calling for Congress to take up his bill.
While Jared is making the political class “nervous” they might be wise to tune into what the people of Colorado are saying. We are in desperate need of bold leadership and a vision for the future. To be honest, can any of you give one example of vision from any of the elected officials? Supporting Oil and Gas is not visionary.
The trouble with Jared, is that he belongs to a party that is increasing out of step with Coloradans and they are spinning their wheels trying to take him down a peg. He is rich, he is gay, he is outspoken and he wears bow ties with polo shirts. They have no idea how to handle him. And I love it. And apparently, so do the voters of Colorado.
In municipal elections, nearly 100,000 Coloradans have already cast ballots to ban or place a time out on fracking. These voters are not radical environmentalist, they are our neighbors in Lafayette, Broomfield, Boulder, Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins that are feed up with the lack of action from our legislature and a Governor that is way more concerned about multinational companies that own mineral rights than homeowners and parents. They have taken matters into their own hands because the political leadership in this state has failed them. Except for Jared, he is listening.
I have never worked with a person I don’t believe in. When Jared and I discussed his campaign in 2008 for Congress, we decided to run on the fact he would be “a different” kind of congressman. One that is not beholden to the special interests. He continues to make me proud by proving that to not to be an empty political promise that changes his tune depending on who is writing checks.
Funny that the Democrats (and their staff hit squads) that are anti-Jared, are also the ones in the most danger of losing their seats. They appear to have no issue with selling their soul, their constituents and the person that paved the way for Democratic ideals in Colorado to continue to get a government check and free trips to meetings and dinners.
If the Democrats are in bed with oil and gas, the privatized prison systems and anti-immigration reform, then maybe we shouldn’t be voting for them in the first place.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6pm – 7pm
VIP Room, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
(Enter through the Staff and Volunteer entrance)
• Introductions – allphases, City of Denver, C3 Presents, theCHIVE
• Past City Park Events, Footprint, Attendance
• Past Chive Fest Events & Stats
• About Chive Fest Denver
o Event Footprint & Location
o Park Accessibility
o Parking and Transportation
o Security & Police
o Noise Compliance and Monitoring
o Open Questions
*Please be advised that a dedicated Community Liaison will be available to speak with the members of the community regarding Chive Fest Denver from Wednesday, August 13th – Sunday, August 17th. The Community Liaison can be reached at 303-681-7833 with questions/concerns throughout the event.
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Monday, July 28, 2014
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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Special to Denver Direct by Dave Felice
In an extremely rare display of bipartisanship and unanimity, all seven members of Colorado’s house delegation have signed a congressional letter supporting “Buy American” provisions in foreign trade treaties.
The letter – signed by Democrats Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, and Ed Perlmutter, by Republicans Scott Tipton, Cory Gardner, Doug Lamborn, and Mike Coffman – urges President Barack Obama to reconsider provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty that would severely hamper long-standing domestic purchasing policies.
According to the letter’s authors, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Walter B. Jones (R-NC), the current TPP provisions would have a disastrous impact on American workers, jobs, and manufacturers, and would result in sending of billions of U.S. tax dollars overseas.
The full text of the letter can be found here.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a massive trade treaty currently being secretively negotiated among the U.S. and ten Pacific Rim nations, including Japan, Australia, and Vietnam.
The treaty contains highly controversial provisions which would encourage corporations to send jobs overseas, flood U.S. markets with imported food products of questionable quality, undermine Internet freedom, and empower corporations to attack environmental and health safeguards.
Pointing to the failures of the 20-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), critics term the TPP “NAFTA on steroids.” Opponents of the TPP say corporate interests are using a “Trojan horse” strategy of branding negotiations as “trade talks” to impose many non-trade policies that would undermine basic needs and rights of Americans.
Both Republicans and Democrats – in a broad spectrum of public interests from agriculture to religion – are opposing the TPP.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Friday, July 25, 2014
Denver Zoning Code Text Amendment 15 for Residential Growing of Marijuana under Colorado Amendment 64
"Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell says unequivocally (at 1:00) that outdoor home grows are against the law, but when Councilwoman Kneich asks where it is so stated (4:39), Broadwell admits that Amendment 64 doesn't make it illegal to grow outside. Broadwell eventually calls for NEW legislation to make it illegal to grow outside."
This is the implementation of that amendment.
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Amendment to the Denver Revised Municipal Code, Chapter 59, §59-2 Revisions to Address Limited Allowance for Residential Growing of Marijuana DRMC, Sec. 59-2. Former chapter 59.
Anyone care to explain?
(i) Gardens shall be allowed as an accessory use common, customary and incidental to a
primary residential use, and shall comply with all limitations generally applicable to accessory
uses stated in Former Chapter 59, Sections 59-87 and 59-88. In addition, marijuana grown as
part of a garden accessory to a primary residential use shall comply with all applicable
limitations found in the Denver Zoning Code, including but not limited to Section 11.8 (Uses
Accessory to Primary Residential Uses – Limitations).
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Without the approval of a majority of those registered electors voting in an
election held by the City and County of Denver, no park or portion of any
park belonging to the City as of December 31, 1955, shall be sold or leased
at any time, and no land acquired by the City after December 31, 1955, that
is designated a park by ordinance shall be sold or leased at any time,
provided, however, that property in parks may be leased for park purposes
to concessionaires, to charitable or nonprofit organizations, or to
governmental jurisdictions. All such leases shall require the approval of
Council as provided for in Article III of this Charter. No land acquired by the
City after December 31, 1955, shall be deemed a park unless specifically
designated a park by ordinance.
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IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM
We wanted to share some exciting news about the landscaping and upgrades around the Museum. These improvements will enhance the experience for museum visitors, park visitors and neighbors alike.
SOUTH SIDE OF MUSEUM
The new landscaping on the south side of the Museum will be completed this month. To give the new landscaping time to establish itself, the orange fencing will remain in place until early fall. As part of the Museum’s ongoing green initiative, the new landscaping features native, low-water plants.
We will place a totem pole from our Anthropology collections in the park, just south of the Morgridge Family Exploration Center and Boettcher Plaza. At 24 feet tall, the totem pole is too tall to display inside the Museum, and importantly, since totem poles are meant to be on display outside so that the natural decay process can return it to Mother Earth, its planned location in City Park is very fitting.
WEST SIDE OF BUILDING
In response to your feedback, we are working with Denver Parks and Recreation to make improvements outside the building This summer, the Museum will begin upgrading the landscaping on the west side of the building. As part of this process, the bear statue, Grizzly’s Last Stand, will be removed from its current location and go into hibernation for several weeks. When the statue re-emerges in early fall, it will be relocated farther south on the west side of the Museum and placed in landscaping that represents its natural habitat. Grizzly’s Last Stand has enjoyed many locations over the years, and we’re confident he’ll feel right at home in his new and ‘landscape-improved’ location.
While Grizzly’s Last Stand is hibernating, we encourage you to share your photos and memories on our Facebook page or use #dmnsgrizzly on Twitter and Instagram.
We’re also excited to announce that early this fall we will install a bronze sculpture on the west side of the building commemorating our Snowmastodon Project™ – the discovery and excavation of a trove of Ice Age fossils.
Communications and Media Relations Manager
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Monday, July 21, 2014
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See for yourself here. Go to August 16 on the calendar.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014
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See for yourself here. Go to August 16 on the calendar.
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Friday, July 18, 2014
Let's see - 7500 people = $1785 (with alcohol) x .5 (non-profit) = $892.50. Wow, that will go a long way toward - something. (Ed. Plus 15% of gross ticket sales.)
BTW, as of 7:00 am Friday, 7/18, the Chive Fest is still listed as "permit pending". When do you think DPR will actually grant the permit? Perhaps over this weekend?
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Thursday, July 17, 2014
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In a phone conversation DPR's Chris Wilson said "DPR is under no obligation to notify RNOs (Registered Neighborhood Organizations) or the Denver Zoo about activities it schedules for City Park". Indeed, Sean Andersen from the Zoo's public relations department verified that he was unaware of the upcoming Chive Fest on Aug. 16. and RNOs have received no notification of this event. Although well advertised, no permit for this event has yet been granted, although it is on the DPR schedule as "pending".
INC, a organization of over 50 RNOs, is not pleased with this development:
-"The City seems to continues to promote, expedite and provide help for those wishing to navigate the event scheduling process through Kevin Scott, whose title is Citywide Film and Event Administrator and who serves as the City’s liaison for event promoters. Mr Scott seems to have the ultimate power to make commitments to event promoters and effect permitting. Using his seemingly unquestionable authority, major events continue to be scheduled which could have significant ramifications for the City’s neighborhoods without notification or involvement whatsoever of RNOs or members of the community.
-What role and under what policies is Kevin Scott operating and what powers does he have to make commitments to groups such as the Chive Fest that they can begin the sales of tickets and advertising of liquor sales before a park permit has been issued or liquor license application has even been posted?
-What responsibility does Mr. Scott have to notify and involve RNOs in the planning of major events which will impact life in Denver's neighborhoods? A major discussion item in the stakeholders meetings.
-How can the City of Denver justify permitting the Chive Fest event at City Park in light of the fact that an identical type of event was denied the use of City Park in 2008 due to the impact of loud music on the animals at Denver Zoo?"
See entire letter below.
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From Councilwoman Jeanne Robb’s Office and Denver Department of Public Works:
Starting later this week the No Parking/ Tow Away signs will be placed and edge milling work will begin as preparation for the actual milling (repaving) of the streets. Once the edge milling is completed on a given street, the No Parking signs will be temporarily removed until the crew returns to do the milling, at which time the No Parking signs will go back in.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Just talked to Sean Andersen from the Zoo public relations department, who had not heard about Chive Fest. They will research it and issue a statement soon.
and Hancock's worried about our image?
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It looks to me like the Resig brothers, clever fellows that they are, have hooked up with a brewery to create a brand (KCCO - Keep Cool and Chive On), created a website with social aspirations and a dating service at theChive.com, and a roster of festivals around the country to get Chivers and Chivettes together to swill the brew. They also have a charity and a non-profit corporation. And their websites are really cool. And, BTW, quite sexist.
I am surprised they aren't trying to start a religion as well.
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