Sunday, June 30, 2013
from Colorado Public Banking
The initiative to amend the Colorado constitution and create a publicly owned state bank.
On May 1st, 2013, at a rehearing requested by the Colorado Bankers Association (Don Childears) and the Independent Bankers of Colorado (Barbara M.A. Walker), the title board of the state of Colorado, which operates under the auspices of the office of the Secretary of State, found in favor of the bankers’ argument that the current initiative for a publicly owned state bank contains more than a single subject, thus temporarily placing this year’s drive on hold, until an appeal could be filed with, and relief granted by, the state supreme court.
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Saturday, June 29, 2013
|Hentzell Park Natural Area - Photo by Ray Ehrenstein|
In a case he describes as “quite difficult and bothersome in many ways,” Denver District Judge Herbert Stein turns down a request for temporary injunction which would block the transfer of natural area land in southeast Denver to the school district.
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Proposed Wall of 20 Story Highrises Along 17th Avenue Shock Sloan's Lake Citizen Senses
By Larry Ambrose
On Wednesday, June 26 the Sloan's Lake and West Side communities saw for the first time the St. Anthony's General Development Plan presented by EnviroFinance Group (EFG). The meeting, was held as a requirement of the the City's General Development Plan (GDP) and rezoning process. The City code requires the GDP applicant, in this case EFG, to hold a public meeting, present the substantive content of their preliminary application, record public comment, and submit a written report of such recorded comments to Community Planning and Development.
The GDP showed massive development with a wall of buildings along 17th Avenue 12 to 20 stories tall. The meeting was run in such a manner that no public comment was allowed. There was, however, more than an hour of content presented by EFG's Cameron Bertron, former Redevelopment Manager for the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) and architecture and planning firm RNL. RNL principle, Brad Buchanan, who recently retired as Chair of the Denver Planning Board, addressed the benefits of 20 story buildings next to 17th Avenue.
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Friday, June 28, 2013
A Denver judge on Friday denied an injunction that would have stopped a land swap between the city and county of Denver and Denver Public Schools.
A group fighting to overturn the swap filed suit in district court to stop the pending transaction.
The Friends of Denver Parks nonprofit is trying to halt the swap of nearly 11 acres of vacant city land in southeast Denver that would become the site of a new school.
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Monday, June 24, 2013
When: Thursday, June 27th, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Parking available at the church
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Indictments , MED rules, renewals and icy cool new products... whew!
ps: it feels kinda good to be one of the trusted owner operators whose license is easily renewed! 4 years and counting same owner 100% original products and recipes handmade and personally delivered, not one penny of investor money taken... I've made it this far on strength of sales of our delicious products alone, in our very own private commercial kitchen and as a MIPs owner I am fucking proud as hell of that fact, even though its been a long road and hard work every day of the past 4 years! If you dont know why we are still standing it is obvious you've never tasted our products, one bite and you will know that I love my work... and you will love em too!
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Sunday, June 23, 2013
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Monday, June 17, 2013
Opinion by Phil Goodstein
|One example: This 7-Eleven has an extra (empty)
story to conform to the new zoning code
The goody-goodies are outraged and shocked. A prime achievement of John Hickenlooper when he was mayor was the adoption of a new zoning code. Supposedly, it was to simplify an exceedingly convoluted document. Planning director Peter Park vowed it would create “a predictable environment for developers.”
Neighborhood activists embraced the effort. They attended and sponsored numerous meetings about the zoning revision. Despite their eagerness to have an input about the code, for quite a while city hall treated the proposed changes as vital insider secrets. The document that city council eventually ratified was bulkier and far more complicated than the zoning code it replaced.
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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Rolling heads,slapping wrists, you name it!
|Jessica LeRoux at the Capitol|
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Friday, June 14, 2013
Good morning Friends of Denver Park
Just a brief summary of the request for injunction proceedings 6/12-13/2013
If you want to decide a case based on the preponderance of evidence then I can say that John Case was a machine for two days. I was worn out each day as the testimony was so engaging. John just kept on and on, and didn’t let up. The opportunity to see this experienced trial lawyer in action was an amazing privilege.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Dashing off for the Hearing this morning 11AM, City and County building, room 376 Judge Stern. We packed the courtroom yesterday, and hoping folks with come again for the hearing today.
Also we have been told that the final decision will be June 28, as the Judge wants to study the case.
In the meantime, we need to slog those petitions as we won't know his decision. If everyone who currently has a petition gets them filled then we will have the number that we need.
Mary Ewing is the organizer for those folks who don't want to petition alone. Please call her and she will pair you up with someone.
We have two events so far this weekend that will be good opportunities for getting signatures.
We have a Friends of Denver Parks booth at Gay Pride Festival for Saturday and Sunday. Also City Park has a Jazz in the Park event, Sunday evening
that proved very fruitful last Sunday evening for me. 150 signatures in 2 hours.
We will try to keep our website updated with the latest information www.friendsofdenverparks.org. LIKE our facebook page while you are there so we can get the word out.
Friends of Denver Parks
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
An Obscene Debate
In 1954, observing the massive Hispanic influx to the West Colfax neighborhood, Denver Public Library (DPL) closed its branch at West Conejos Place and Hooker Street. On the heels of this, the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) targeted the area for its inaugural urban renewal project. The result was to destroy the commercial heart of the area at the intersection of West Colfax Avenue and Federal Boulevard for a cloverleaf. The adjacent section, rebuilt in the name of urban renewal, never lived up to its promise. Ever more poverty-stricken residents were in the area, complete with housing projects. Local retail died out, including in the DURA-sponsored Avondale Shopping Center.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Update, June 8:
At the general meeting, INC delegates voted to join the lawsuit as an organization. The vote was 19 in favor, three against, and seven abstentions. INC's legal liability is limited to $500. Attorney John Case is conducting the lawsuit pro bono (without charge).Prior to the vote, Mayor Michael B. Hancock's representative, Michael Sapp, warned that "joining the lawsuit would not be good for you (INC)." Those who want to circulate a petition, should contact Renee Lewis at 303-337-2947 (home) or 970-331-6641 (mobile). The organization is also selling neon green "Friends of Denver Parks" T-shirts for $25.
A hearing on a request for temporary injunction is scheduled for next Wednesday. See details at www.friendsofdenverparks.org. Friends of Denver Parks asks you to show your support and concern for this issue by packing the courtroom and attending the hearing.
Many of you have expressed an interest in the progress of Friends Of Denver Parks.Please see the following request from Friends of Denver Parks regarding their effort to repeal the decision regarding the Hentzell Park Land Swap. Current information about the progress of their lawsuit can be found at their website at www.friendsofdenverparks.org
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Friday, June 7, 2013
CPC is partnering with Colorado WINS and several other community groups to unite against for-profit prisons. We will co-host an action at 12:30 p.m. just before the Prison Utilization Study is presented to the Joint Budget Committee members at 1:30 p.m. We’ll have signs, chants and speakers. Come help us speak out against corporations making money off of locking up our families!
Date: Thursday, June 20th, 12:30 pm
Location: West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol
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Location: Le Grand Bistro, 1512 Curtis Street, downtown Denver
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Thursday, June 6, 2013
Denver's City Council Special Issues Committee on A64 met Monday, June 3, 2013 to continue the discussion on the implementation of our new (adult or recreational or retail) marijuana regulations. I'm not sure readers have sufficient time to waste on watching these long, boring meetings, but I find them fascinating as a study in how our Council members view their job of "representing" the people in their districts.
This meeting (video provided by Denver Channel 8 here) is broken into 3 parts.
- Part A is the Department of Revenue defending its totally botched job of regulating medical marijuana as described in the recent audit, and their promise to do a better job this time.
- Part B is an unnecessary "straw poll" to "opt in" to the will of the people, and the comments are very revealing.
- Part C is Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell's first stab at the "implementing" ordinance. See the entire text of this draft previously posted here.
Part A - Dept of Revenue
Part B - Straw Poll to Opt In or Opt Out
Part C - Assistant City Attorney Broadwell's first draft
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Denver Post reported this morning that Denver ranks 17th in the nation in parks, but failed to link to the study providing this ranking. The study is here, and the rankings are below. No mention is made of the "purple pipe water" delivering toxins from a Superfund site (Lowry Landfill) to our parks mixed in with the recycled water for irrigation. Had that fact been included, we probably would have come in last, since no other city in the nation does this.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Draft Text of Retail Marijuana Local Licensing Ordinance, Preliminary draft (corrected) for discussion purposes only, 6-3-13
Preliminary draft (corrected) for discussion purposes only, 6-3-13
Prepared by: David W. Broadwell, Asst. City Attorney
2 Draft Text of Retail Marijuana Local Licensing Ordinance
4 Section 1. Amend the title of Chapter 6, D.R.M.C. by adding the language
5 underlined, to read as follows:
6 Chapter 6
7 Alcohol Beverages and Retail Marijuana
9 Section 2. Amend Chapter 6, D.R.M.C. by adding a new Article V, to read as
11 ARTICLE V
12 DENVER RETAIL MARIJUANA CODE
13 Sec. 6-200. Purpose and legislative intent.
14 Section 16 of Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution, also commonly known as
15 Amendment 64 of 2012, authorizes a system of state licensing for businesses engaging in the
16 cultivation, testing, manufacturing, and retail sale of marijuana, collectively referred to as
17 “marijuana establishments” by the constitution. Subsection 16 (5)(f) of Article XVIII allows
18 localities, within their respective jurisdictions: to prohibit state licensing of marijuana
19 establishments; to regulate the time, place, and manner in which marijuana establishments may
20 operate; and to limit the total number of marijuana establishments. The authority of localities to
21 prohibit or regulate marijuana establishments within their respective jurisdictions, including the
22 authority to engage in local licensing of marijuana establishments, is also reflected in various
23 provisions of the Colorado Retail Marijuana Code, Article 43.4 of Title 12, C.R.S. The purpose of
24 this article V is to exercise the authority of the City and County of Denver to allow state-licensed
25 marijuana establishments to exist in Denver in accordance with applicable state laws and
26 regulations as well as the additional local licensing requirements and other restrictions set forth
27 herein. This Article is adopted pursuant to the aforesaid constitutional and statutory authority, as
28 well as the city’s plenary authority as a home rule city and county to adopt and enforce
29 ordinances under its police power in order to preserve the public health, safety, and general
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Saturday, June 1, 2013
June = D-Day invasion of your rights...
Young women find dangerous lifestyle in (unregulated) pot-growing industrywww.standard.netGARBERVILLE, Calif. California's growing marijuana industry is having an unforeseen consequence: An increasing number of young wom...
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