Sunday, January 25, 2015

NOTES FROM THE NEW DRUG WAR - by Jessica LeRoux - Jan. 25, 2015 - UPCOMING

from FaceBook:

On the legislative calendar coming up: all events at the CO capitol 200 E Colfax...

Tuesday 7:30 am LSB-B Audit board hearing...

Tuesday is Marijuana Patients at the Capitol day (no bills relating to cannabis will be heard, but you can come glad hand with the get along gang, or better yet offer a counterpoint for patients.)

Tuesday the 27th is also the meeting of the Joint Budgetary committee to discuss "items that need further legislation" which to me spells out a potential discussion of the sunset of SB10-1284 medical marijuana regulations...

Wednesday the 28th HB15-1007 Singer's "local" Tax bill 1:30 pm LSB annex room.

Tuesday feb 3rd HB15-1036 warn Pregnant women of "dangers" of cannabis use. 1:30pm room 0107

Thursday feb 5th HB15-1090 Retail marijuana impacts grants 10am-ish, room 0107

I note that Friday was the deadline for filing bills this session, and no 1284 extension bill is posted YET...

WHAT IS PUBLIC BANKING AND HOW DO WE GET IT


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WALKABOUT IN THE CITY PARK OF YESTERYEAR

from the Denver Public Library digital achieves

Ferril Lake and Duck Lake - 1930's. Note the beach areas.

City Park Auto Park - camping out 1916 - 1930

City Park Dairy 1909 - 1920 (location?)

The pavilion down by Duck Lake (note island) - 1920

Native American statue that was somewhere in City Park, was said to be made of plaster.

The pavilion that was on Duck Lake.

INC Zoning and Planning Committee

INC is an organization of over 50 Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNO)


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS FROM OFFICER SNOW WHITE DPD

Community Resource Officer Snow White from Denver Police Department

The city is experiencing an uptick in street robberies in the last several weeks. We'd like you to have some tips to keep yourself safe:
PERSONAL SAFETY
 Always be aware of your surroundings and when possible walk with a group of friends
 Avoid or limit distractions, such as using your phone, and notice people who pass you
 Avoid dark areas and short-cuts
 Avoid passing close to shrubbery
 Park and walk in well-lit and well traveled streets
 Be discreet with valuables
 At night, take a flashlight
 Use your cell phone only in an emergency
If any vehicle approaches and you are threatened or you are being followed:
 Switch directions or cross the street
 Look for an open business or a nearby home for assistance
 Head for a well-lighted area where there are other people
 Don’t accept or give rides to strangers
 Be prepared to protect yourself if someone attempts to force you into a vehicle
 Scream and run in a direction opposite of the vehicle
 Call or have someone call 911

Sunday, January 11, 2015

We have received no official reply.

Open follow-up letter to Governor Hickenlooper's "Blue Ribbon" Task Force
Written by: Phil Doe of Be The Change-USA


Dear Committee Members:
A little over a month ago, 28 grassroots groups representing citizen interests from across the state sent you a letter asking that you consider several options for the upcoming public meeting in Greeley on the 15th of this month. We have received no official reply.
We asked that you make committee members available for a bus tour of the Greeley area. Collectively, we have extensive knowledge of the area and the fracking process itself. Unofficially, we’ve been told by one of your committee, Sarah Barwinski, that Clean Water Action will conduct a tour. CWA is not a member of our group, they are a national environmental organization, and neither, obviously, is Ms Barwinski.
So, given the resulting haze and the nearness of the Greeley event itself, we wish to inform you that we will still conduct our tour. If any of the committee would like to participate, we would welcome them. If none wish to participate, we will go ahead with a busload of citizens, press, and public officials. Either situation promises to be eventful. Please give us some idea of how many committee members will attend our tour so we can plan accordingly.
We’ve also suggested on several occasions that you listen to at least one panel of health experts on the consequences of fracking. We think this only fair since the takings threats from the industry and lease and royalty holders have been roundly discussed on panels at practically every hearing so far.
Surely public health impacts from fracking can be given at least equal treatment. Yet, heretofore, our sense is that the public health issues have been limited to the public comment period at the end of your hearings where citizens are limited to 2 minutes of fame. This is shameful. But here again we have heard nothing about this suggestion.
What is more, the prospective agenda for Greeley is of little value to us on this issue since as of this morning it had not yet been published. So in this vacuum, allow us to give you some preliminary suggestions of physicians and scientists whom you should recognize and seek out for their expertise. These voices would be in addition to Doctors Robert Green and L. Steele and PhD Karl Ford, all of whom in their two minutes at Rifle supported the state of New York’s recent ban on horizontal fracking, suggesting the same course of action for Colorado.
Dr Anthony Gerber, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Hospital
Dr John Adgate, PhD, MSPH, Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health and the Environment, Colorado School of Public Health
Dr Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH, Research Associate, Department of Public Health and the Environment, Colorado School of Public Health
Carol Kwiatkowski, PhD, Executive Director, the Endocrine Disruption Exchange
Dr. Scott Denning, PhD, Monfort Professor of Atmospheric Science, CSU
Dr. Chelsea R. Thompson, PhD, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado
Dr. James Danforth, family practice, Loveland, CO
Finally we asked that citizens in Greeley and the surrounding area be given an opportunity to participate on a panel and be questioned by panel members. Here again we have heard nothing, but would be glad to give you names of citizens should you all decide to proceed with this request.
We would also suggest that at the Greeley meeting and those scheduled for Denver following, that citizens commenting to the committee first identify themselves as beneficiaries of oil and gas development, either as employees, mineral owners, or as service industry employees. It is our evaluation that these public testimonies are being hijacked to an unhealthy degree by the industry and its direct beneficiaries. To be sure they too are part of the public, but not the disinterested public. And there is a difference as I’m sure you will agree.
Signed,
Phil Doe, for the 28 grassroots organizations identified on our original letter attached.

Friday, January 9, 2015

NEW TECHNOLOGY LEADS TO ARRESTS - DPD

from Denver Police Department, District 2, via FB


DENVER – Friday, January 9, 2015 – The Denver Police Department recently installed technology to detect and locate gunfire within the city. This new system, “ShotSpotter”, uses a network of acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then precisely and quickly pinpoints the location of the gunfire. In less than a minute, officers and 911 dispatchers are notified of the incidents, even if no one calls 911 – although the community is always encouraged to report sounds of gunfire. By quickly notifying police with the precise information, ShotSpotter helps speed police response, has the potential to save lives, increases weapons-related arrests, and enhances the safety of our neighborhoods.
Only a few hours after the program was online, at approximately 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 8, 2015, Denver Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 3100 block of N. Williams St. as Shot-Spotter detected gunfire. Once officers arrived, it was determined that there were multiple shell casings on the ground and a house was struck as a result. The officers were able to gain information on scene and found an address to where the potential shooters were hiding. Officers obtained consent to search and located three suspects with outstanding warrants and a handgun.
The investigation is ongoing and being handled by the Denver Police Department.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

NOTES FROM THE NEW DRUG WAR - by Jessica LeRoux - Jan. 8, 2015 - FAILURE TO AUDIT

Hello Legislative Audit Committee,

I am hopeful that 2015 will be a more productive and accountable year for the Audit committee now that the cloud hanging over Steve King is no longer clouding your agenda. Some of you may remember that in 2013 there were audits of Both CDPHE and the MED. Both of these state agencies received an "F" on their audits. Under the leadership of King the Audit committee voted unanimously to re-audit both agencies in 2014 well prior to the end of the legislative session (the intent being to give fellow law makers the time needed to respond to the follow up audits with new laws and rules before the session would end in 2014). I was in attendance at the meeting where that vote was taken. Unfortunately the kerfuffle of removing myopic moron King from office for his massive corruption allowed these important follow up audits to slip through the cracks, as there is obviously still an ongoing issue at both agencies in regard to the facts that many of the key points made in the 2013 Audits HAVE NOT BEEN RESOLVED. Furthermore I feel a initial audit of the MED's METRC/MITS tracking system is direly needed. It is obvious to anybody who has used the tracking system that is is easily manipulated, and so far in 2014 the MED has not used METRC data to bring a single fine or violation against any cannabis industry licensee. I find the prospect of 100% compliance preposterous, not to mention that the MED have claimed that they would be relying on the revenue from fines to contribute to their budget.

THAT WAS THE TIPPING POINT WE JUST WHIZZED PAST.

opinion by Gerald Trumbule

I just paid $1.83/gal for gasoline. That was the tipping point we just whizzed past. Oil-based derivatives on the wrong side of this bet will default. All major institutions (pension, municipalities, etc.) have billions in these now-toxic instruments. Dollar is starting to go parabolic (predicted to start the crack-up). Major global depression, we are on our way. Best turn your attention to practical matters of survival.