Thursday, November 20, 2014

COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT HAS UPDATED ITS WEBSITE

Community Planning and Development has updated its website to better communicate important information pertaining to plans and rezonings. These changes were made in response to community feedback.

The Completed Plans page (www.DenverGov.org/planning) now includes several ways to search for current plans. Users can find small area plans, general development plans, assessments and studies by location usinga new interactive GIS map, by statistical neighborhood or by plan name using type-specific drop-down menus on the Completed Plans page.
The Rezonings – Map Amendments page has been reconfigured in several ways to better present information on changes to the city’s zoning map.
1)      The page now offers a more complete overview of the process as it applies to applicants and neighbors.
2)      At the bottom of the page, a new section, “Information for Applicants and Neighbors,” brings together all the information and forms that each will need over the course of the process. In particular, the “For Neighbors and RNOs” tab explains when RNOs are notified and provides links to the RNO position statement form, the Official Map Amendments (Rezoning) Customer Guide and other information that may be useful to RNOs in navigating the rezoning process.
3)      The new rezoning process page features a step-by-step overview and timeline for applicants and neighbors, including details on RNO notifications, opportunities for public input and instructions and deadlines for public comment submission and protest petitions.
4)      Lastly, a link to the proposed rezonings page has been added to the “Zoning” drop-down menu on the main navigation bar on the CPD website to make that page easier to find.
If you have any questions or additional comments on the changes, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Alexandra Foster | Communications program manager
Community Planning & Development | City and County of Denver
720.865.2969 Phone | alexandra.foster@denvergov.org
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NEW: EASTHIGH NEIGHBORS


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Next South City Park Neighborhood Association Meeting includes City Park Playground Proposal

When: Wednesday, November 19th
Time: 7-9pm
Where: Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax)

Meeting Agenda
1) SCPNA Officers Election – 30-45 minute Q&A with members posing questions to our various candidates.
2) City Park Playground Proposal – We will consider a proposal to re-engage city agencies about replacing the Dustin Redd playground. Instead of regional destination scaled playground like what was proposed with the City Loop, this proposal asks for something that is just the scale of the existing playground and picnic area. To see the entire proposal, please visit www.scpna.org where it will posted.
3) Neighborhood updates on recent notifications about liquor license applications, potential property redevelopments, and other news from the newsletter. Some discussion to follow on these items.
4) Open conversation where members can discuss neighborhood issues for the remainder of the meeting.
5) Lost Lake after-meeting party where members will receive free admission to see The Soil and The Sun.

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We would like to re-engage Denver Parks and Recreation regarding replacing the Dustin Redd playground at City Park with a 1 to 2 acre community-scaled playground and not a regional destination scaled playground as proposed previously. The new playground should be ADA compliant, constructed with modern materials designed to survive with minimal maintenance for a number of years, as well as be engaging and exciting for the next generation of children that will play on it.

Our goals are:
* Budget for the design of the project in 2016
* Design the project in 2017
* Budget for construction of the project in 2018.
* Construct the project in 2018. Further, we would like on-going maintenance of the new playground to be included in the City Park budget.

Since this will be a community-scaled playground, the neighborhoods adjacent to City Park agree to actively participate in the design and creation of the new playground. We commit to electing or assigning representatives from each of the undersigned groups to work with the Denver Parks and Recreation.

The original creation of the Dustin Redd playground is an example of a vibrant community coming together to create an amazing playground which is used by thousands of families today. Our hope is to engage the same vibrant community to recreate a more modern playground. It is only fitting that this playground would continue to be called the Dustin Redd playground.
Together, we can create a new playground.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

All of Southeastern Colorado to be a Massive Electronic Warfare Testing and Training Center


LIAR'S POKER 
 with Department of Defense (DOD), its contractors, and politicians!  

Stone-cold bluff: A bet or raise with an inferior hand that has little or no chance of improving.  Stone-cold bluffers believe they can win because all opponents will fold.  
-- Wikipedia

TRINIDAD, CO - When military contractors decided to have U. S. Senate candidates Mark Udall and Cory Gardner kill the six-year-old funding ban that prohibited spending on any part of the massive planned expansion at Department of Army's 236,000-acre Joint Forces Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) in southern Colorado, they slapped down our tax dollars and put a stone-cold bluff.  Udall-Gardner assured us the largest secretly planned military expansion in U.S. history was off the table!     

Friday, November 14, 2014

REPORT FROM METHADONE ALLEY (16TH and GAYLORD) Nov. 13, 2014

by Gerald Trumbule
As reported previously, my parking lot (4 spaces) is directly across the alley from the new Addiction Services drug dispensary located at 1620 Gaylord. We're told that about 150 addicts are serviced here daily. They haven't got the parking lot figured out yet, but they are working on it. Meanwhile, my lot seems to be a favorite (even though it's posted on all sides).

In this batch of photos from earlier in the month, screen grabs from video, my lot is at the bottom of the picture. Management at the dispensary said they were not able to identify their clients by their cars.







This next group is from Wednesday and Thursday





Prize winner for the day

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO OPENS DRUG DISPENSARY IN "DRUG-FREE SCHOOL ZONE"

The University of Colorado, through its federally-funded ARTS (Addiction Research and Treatment Services) program, has recently opened a drug dispensary at 1620 Gaylord Street. For additional posts on this blog go here, here, and here.
Without examining the disparity between the official attitude regarding cannabis dispensaries and methadone dispensaries, it is easy to see (above) that ANY drug dispensary within an official DRUG FREE SCHOOL ZONE is prohibited.
At a meeting of the nearby neighbors (11/10/14), the ARTS staff and the property owner, Victor Kolouch of Kolouch Properties, LLC, the Drug Free School Zone issue was raised. Program Director Angela Bonagudi stated that "our program is exempt."
Clients wait in line for methadone at 1620 Gaylord St.

It is not as if this property is unknown to the East High School students. For years they have used this parking lot as a place to smoke pot. Just last week approximately 30 students showed up for a fight. It looked like a "flash mob" to me. I called 911 but before I could even finish answering the operator's questions, the mob dispersed.
The neighbors want this drug dispensary closed. The tenant (ARTS) has a 4-year lease with the owner (Kolouch Properties).
Update 11/12/14: Apparently snow drives addicts crazy. Had 5 people try to park on my lot this morning. One person, standing on my lot, told me he did not have to move because he wasn't a car. His partner, in a wheel-chair, came out of the dispensary and called me a "real asshole".
I'll be publishing a list of names and phone numbers for you to call if you are concerned about this drug dispensary in the East High "drug-free zone".

Monday, November 10, 2014

YOU WANT THIS? SHOW UP.

Denver Parks and Recreation and the Downtown Denver Partnership will be holding two public meetings to discuss outdoor spaces in Downtown Denver.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
·         7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Oxford Hotel (1659 Wazee Street, Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor, Denver, CO 80202)
·         4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - McNichols Civic Center Bldg. (144 West Colfax, 3rd floor, Denver, CO 80202)

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Ten Ways the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Would Hurt Working Families in the U.S.


via Dave Felice
1. More U.S. manufacturing, service, and even public sector jobs will be sent overseas (“off-shoring”).  The U.S. is projected to lose more than 130,000 jobs solely due to the inclusion of Japan and Vietnam in the TPP.
2. U.S. sovereignty will be undermined.  Multi-national corporations would have the right to challenge U.S. laws before international tribunals.  The TPP creates a special “investor state” dispute resolution process that allows corporations to challenge any domestic laws that could adversely impact their “expected future profits.”
3. Wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights in the U.S. will be eroded.  As other so-called “free trade” agreements have demonstrated, the TPP will exacerbate the race to the bottom because it places our workers in competition with corporations operating in countries like Vietnam, which has a minimum wage of just 28 cents an hour.
4. The TPP threatens environmental protection.  The ability of U.S. citizens to protect clean air, water, and land would be severely undermined.  Similar language in past agreements has led to over $14 billion in pending claims, mostly challenges to environmental laws in a number of countries.
5. Food safety standards will be under attack, and possibly overturned.  Under the TPP, foreign corporations could challenge U.S food standards, labeling programs, and pesticide/herbicide regulations.
6. Federal, state, and local governments would be prohibited from giving preferences to American made goods and services.  Firms operating in any TPP signatory country must be given equal access to the vast majority of U.S. federal procurement contracts, rather than allowing the U.S. to recycle tax dollars domestically to create American jobs.  “Buy American/Buy Local” “Renewable/Recycled” and “Sweatshop Free” specifications could be challenged.
7. Medicine prices would increase, access to life saving drugs would decrease and the profits of big pharmaceutical companies would expand.  Doctors without Borders stated, “The TPP is on track to become the most harmful trade pact ever for access to medicines in developing nations.”
8. Wall Street would benefit at the expense of workers, businesses and global financial stability.  The TPP would expand the rights and power of the same Wall Street firms that already wrecked our economy and would create the conditions for even more global financial instability in the future.
9. The TPP will reward authoritarian regimes, like Vietnam and Brunei, which systematically violate human rights.  The U.S. Departments of State and Labor, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International have documented Vietnam’s widespread violation of basic international standards for human rights.  Brunei’s strict penal code targets LGBT groups, women and religious minorities. Gay men, lesbians and those convicted of adultery will be stoned to death for supposed “crimes.”
10. The TPP would be forever. Once the TPP is signed it would have no expiration date and could only be altered by a consensus of all signatories, thus locking in the TPP’s failed, extreme policies.  Also, the TPP is designed as a “docking agreement” that other Pacific Rim countries could join over time if accepted by the signatory countries.
Original material by Communications Workers of America
Edited by:
Dave Felice, CWA Local 7777 (Denver) and National Writers Union Local 1981
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