Women Are Voting Yes on 301 and No on 302 and Taking Control of Political Power

30 Minute with Dr. Lisa Calderón, Shanta Harrison-Sullivan, Tashmesi Mitchell.

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00:00:00 Message To The Mayor by Feat-Chill, Sandman, Kingdom, Apostle, Kid Astronaut Produced By Mic Coats

00:04:55 Introduction Dr. Lisa Calderon
00:08:49 Introduction Shanta Harrison-Sullivan and Tashmesi Mitchell
01:27:08 Introduction Leanne Wheeler

Initiatives 301 and 302 Presented At Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation

On October 9 Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation hosted a series of initiatives. Among them were Initiatives Proposed Ordinance 301 Parks and Open Space Preservation and Proposed Ordinance 302 Conservation Easement Initiated Ordinance . Speaking for initiative 301 was Penfield Tate and for initiative 302 was Norman Harris The Holleran Group/Westside Development.

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Proposed Ordinance 301 Parks and Open Space Preservation Initiated Ordinance

01:12:14 Penfield Tate Yes For Parks and Openspace

Proposed Ordinance 302 Conservation Easement Initiated Ordinance

01:25:27 Norman Harris The Holleran Group/Westside Development

01:42:06 Questions Comments 301-302

02:20:21 Closing Remarks and Adjournment

North Denver, Commerce City exposed to highest levels of pollutant particles in state in late spring

By Seth Klamann, Denver Gazette Aug 26 2021

A smokey haze impacts the view to the west from the river north district in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, August 5, 2021. (Katie Klann/The Gazette) Katie Klann

Residents in North Denver and Commerce City had the highest levels of fine particle pollution of anywhere in Denver or any city in Colorado during the past three months, data collected by the state shows. The exposure risked the health of some residents.

The state Department of Public Health and Environment dispatched its mobile lab to the area in May, it said in a press release, “because of department and community concerns regarding air quality in the area.” Between May 14 and July 17, the lab collected pollution data and found that fine particulate matter – emitted by vehicles, coal-fired power plants and wildfires – were high enough to pose health risks to some at-risk people, like children or people with respiratory or cardiac issues. 

The pollution “comes from local sources,” the health department said, like vehicles and the Suncor refinery located in Commerce City. In a settlement with the state, Suncor agreed to spend $12 million on improving its refinery technology and operations. Wildfire smoke, another contributor, contains this type of particulate matter and comes from outside of the state from fires elsewhere. For reasons experts don’t entirely understand, local fires typically do not carry that type of pollutant when they’re fresh, researchers previously told the Gazette.


There’s a shady (and leafy) divide between Denver’s whiter, wealthier neighborhoods and everyone else

A section of Washington Park with a Tree Equity Score of 100 is seen on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, in Denver. American Forest’s Tree Equity Score metric can assist cities in distributing tree cover across neighborhoods. The score is derived from tree canopy amounts, climate, demographic and socioeconomic data. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)

Trees and green spaces can make people healthier and happier, but maps show communities of color and low-income neighborhoods across the city have less access to shade.

By Olivia Prentzel The Colorado Sun

Summer days are for shady strolls down a tree-lined street and picnics under a canopy of leaves. But how many trees — and how much shade — a person can find in their neighborhood might depend on how rich it is. 

Not everyone has equal access to trees and the endless benefits they provide, especially when trying to escape the summer’s sweltering heat, according to a map created by a conservation nonprofit.

A recent analysis by American Forests highlights Denver’s shady divide: neighborhoods of color and areas with higher poverty rates have fewer trees than those that are predominantly white and more affluent.

The interactive map highlights the tree canopy in neighborhoods across the city using geospatial and census data to show which parts of the city are less protected by tree cover and more exposed to increasing and unhealthy heat levels.


Two Park Hill Golf Course initiatives are on the Denver ballot this fall. Here’s what each one would do

This writer has written a powerful and accurate piece – sosdenver

The Park Hill Golf Course. June 4, 2021.
Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite

Why is this so confusing??

By Rebecca Spiess The Denverite 7/28/2021

Developer Westside Investment Partners, which bought what used to be Park Hill Golf Course in 2019, got a measure approved for the November ballot on Tuesday. It’s a counter-measure to an initiative submitted by an opposing group called Save Open Space Denver.

The two organizations have been at odds about the future of the 155 acres of green space in Northeast Denver for years now. SOS Denver wants all of the space turned into a park, while Westside wants to build a mixed-use development, promising some park space, too.

SOS Denver cites the city’s lack of green space as a reason against development, and believes that Westside will go back on its promises. Westside, meanwhile, argues that SOS Denver isn’t listening to nearby residents’ need for things like grocery stores and affordable housing.

Both sides claim to uphold the views and best interests of locals, although everything from city surveys to community feedback sessions have been hotly disputed.

The two ballot initiatives change laws regarding the conservation easement that the land has been under since 1997, but the nitty-gritty is a little complicated. We broke it down for you