Denver Direct: Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) News
Thursday, January 5, 2012
HAPPY 2012 TO ALL!
JANUARY MONTHLY DELEGATE MEETING
When: Saturday, January 14, 2012 marks the first delegate meeting for the year!
Where: The Uptown Lofts, 1509 Pearl St (Near NW Corner Colfax & Pearl) Community Room on 2nd Floor (Above Pizza Fusion)
Parking: Metered parking on street (Handicap stickers: don’t have to pay), behind Tom’s Diner (across from the Lofts) has paid parking
830A – Coffee & Networking
900A – Welcome and INC program begins
Tour of the building project after the meeting
ANNUAL DINNER RESERVATION REMINDER
INC’s Annual Neighborhood Awards Dinner is January 19. Reservations are required to attend. Please call or email your reservations by January 9. [email protected] or call 303.331.9241
PRECINCT LINES FINALIZED FOR THE CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER
Boundaries redrawn in response to population changes following 2010 Census
(Denver) – All new precinct boundaries have been finalized for Denver. Denver will have 344 precincts, versus the 429 precincts it currently has. The new precinct lines follow state house and senate district lines and also follow the city’s major neighborhood lines.
By law, precincts may have no more than 1,500 active voters in them. Denver’s new precincts average 670 active voters or 805 total active and inactive-failed-to-vote voters. Larger precincts are located in low-growth areas of the city. In high-growth areas, smaller precincts were created to allow for expected growth in the coming years.
Redrawing of political boundaries occurs every ten years, following the federal Census, in response to population and demographic shifts. Congressional districts are finalized first, then state districts, after which counties redraw their precincts.
The Denver Elections Division held a public hearing December 1 and received public response on two different alternatives for redrawing precinct boundaries. This was followed by additional discussion with the two major parties. The final plan included a number of changes in response to all feedback received.
The new precinct lines will go into effect January 6, 2012, one month ahead of party caucuses. The Elections Division will mail a notification to all voters in mid-January, informing them of their new districts and precincts.
Denver City Council redistricting will occur in spring 2012 based upon the new precinct lines. Denver Public Schools will also redistrict in 2012. Maps of the new precinct lines are available atDenverVotes.org.
LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE (LEPC) QUARTERLY MEETING
When: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:00 PM-4:00 PM (GMT-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada).
Where: Denver Police District One Community Room – 1311 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Quarterly meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Anyone is welcome to attend these meeting but must RSVP to ensure adequate seating, food and handouts.
RSVP to Pat Williams, [email protected] by Jan 22nd.
FREE TREES OFFERED TO ALL DENVER RESIDENTS THIS SPRING
Applications Due Feb. 15, 2012
DENVER, CO – This spring only, all Denver residents are eligible for free trees regardless of where they live within the city. This rare opportunity is made possible by two tree distribution programs: The Park People’s annual Denver Digs Trees street tree program and the City’s Mile High Million tree planting initiative.
Any resident of the City and County of Denver can apply for free trees to plant along the street in the public right-of-way. Additionally, those who have space for trees on the west side of their homes – whether in front, back, or side yards or along the street – are eligible to have trees delivered and planted for them.
Availability will be limited, so apply no later than February 15, 2012. Visit www.theparkpeople.org or call 303-722-6262 for application information.
The Denver Digs Trees program is able to offer free street trees to all Denver residents this spring thanks to a partnership with Denver Parks and Recreation Forestry Division and the sponsorship of Xcel Energy Foundation and the City of Denver’s Office of Economic Development. The Mile High Million’s Trees for Energy Savings program is made possible with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
DENVER HOMELESS TRANSITION PROGRAM
DHTP exists to provide the offender who is paroling homeless an opportunity to establish employment and residence prior to parole release.
DHTP is a program that serves offenders within 9 months of their release date who would otherwise parole homeless. The program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Corrections, Division of Criminal Justice, the Denver Community Corrections Board, and the Denver Sheriff Department that provides improved transition and discharge planning for individuals who would otherwise parole homeless to the City and County of Denver.
DHTP is based out of the Denver County Jail, under the command of Captain Phazaria Koonce. Two case workers and support staff, work with the community partners and others to assist offenders in preparing for release and in locating both housing and employment prior to offenders’ parole, and in the process, enable participants to access a wide variety of helpful services.
Participants have the assistance of the DOC re-entry and Phase I staff in preparing for and securing employment, budget planning, locating housing and other resources, and help participants secure necessary identity documents, etc.
For more information: Susan Herschel, Denver Sheriff Department
Office: 720-865-4035, [email protected]
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