Monday, July 28, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
In an extremely rare display of bipartisanship and unanimity, all seven members of Colorado’s house delegation have signed a congressional letter supporting “Buy American” provisions in foreign trade treaties.
The letter – signed by Democrats Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, and Ed Perlmutter, by Republicans Scott Tipton, Cory Gardner, Doug Lamborn, and Mike Coffman – urges President Barack Obama to reconsider provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty that would severely hamper long-standing domestic purchasing policies.
According to the letter’s authors, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Walter B. Jones (R-NC), the current TPP provisions would have a disastrous impact on American workers, jobs, and manufacturers, and would result in sending of billions of U.S. tax dollars overseas.
The full text of the letter can be found here.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a massive trade treaty currently being secretively negotiated among the U.S. and ten Pacific Rim nations, including Japan, Australia, and Vietnam.
The treaty contains highly controversial provisions which would encourage corporations to send jobs overseas, flood U.S. markets with imported food products of questionable quality, undermine Internet freedom, and empower corporations to attack environmental and health safeguards.
Pointing to the failures of the 20-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), critics term the TPP “NAFTA on steroids.” Opponents of the TPP say corporate interests are using a “Trojan horse” strategy of branding negotiations as “trade talks” to impose many non-trade policies that would undermine basic needs and rights of Americans.
Both Republicans and Democrats – in a broad spectrum of public interests from agriculture to religion – are opposing the TPP.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Friday, July 25, 2014
Denver Zoning Code Text Amendment 15 for Residential Growing of Marijuana under Colorado Amendment 64
"Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell says unequivocally (at 1:00) that outdoor home grows are against the law, but when Councilwoman Kneich asks where it is so stated (4:39), Broadwell admits that Amendment 64 doesn't make it illegal to grow outside. Broadwell eventually calls for NEW legislation to make it illegal to grow outside."
This is the implementation of that amendment.
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Amendment to the Denver Revised Municipal Code, Chapter 59, §59-2 Revisions to Address Limited Allowance for Residential Growing of Marijuana DRMC, Sec. 59-2. Former chapter 59.
Anyone care to explain?
(i) Gardens shall be allowed as an accessory use common, customary and incidental to a
primary residential use, and shall comply with all limitations generally applicable to accessory
uses stated in Former Chapter 59, Sections 59-87 and 59-88. In addition, marijuana grown as
part of a garden accessory to a primary residential use shall comply with all applicable
limitations found in the Denver Zoning Code, including but not limited to Section 11.8 (Uses
Accessory to Primary Residential Uses – Limitations).
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Without the approval of a majority of those registered electors voting in an
election held by the City and County of Denver, no park or portion of any
park belonging to the City as of December 31, 1955, shall be sold or leased
at any time, and no land acquired by the City after December 31, 1955, that
is designated a park by ordinance shall be sold or leased at any time,
provided, however, that property in parks may be leased for park purposes
to concessionaires, to charitable or nonprofit organizations, or to
governmental jurisdictions. All such leases shall require the approval of
Council as provided for in Article III of this Charter. No land acquired by the
City after December 31, 1955, shall be deemed a park unless specifically
designated a park by ordinance.
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Hello Museum Neighbors,
IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM
We wanted to share some exciting news about the landscaping and upgrades around the Museum. These improvements will enhance the experience for museum visitors, park visitors and neighbors alike.
SOUTH SIDE OF MUSEUM
The new landscaping on the south side of the Museum will be completed this month. To give the new landscaping time to establish itself, the orange fencing will remain in place until early fall. As part of the Museum’s ongoing green initiative, the new landscaping features native, low-water plants.
We will place a totem pole from our Anthropology collections in the park, just south of the Morgridge Family Exploration Center and Boettcher Plaza. At 24 feet tall, the totem pole is too tall to display inside the Museum, and importantly, since totem poles are meant to be on display outside so that the natural decay process can return it to Mother Earth, its planned location in City Park is very fitting.
WEST SIDE OF BUILDING
In response to your feedback, we are working with Denver Parks and Recreation to make improvements outside the building This summer, the Museum will begin upgrading the landscaping on the west side of the building. As part of this process, the bear statue, Grizzly’s Last Stand, will be removed from its current location and go into hibernation for several weeks. When the statue re-emerges in early fall, it will be relocated farther south on the west side of the Museum and placed in landscaping that represents its natural habitat. Grizzly’s Last Stand has enjoyed many locations over the years, and we’re confident he’ll feel right at home in his new and ‘landscape-improved’ location.
While Grizzly’s Last Stand is hibernating, we encourage you to share your photos and memories on our Facebook page or use #dmnsgrizzly on Twitter and Instagram.
We’re also excited to announce that early this fall we will install a bronze sculpture on the west side of the building commemorating our Snowmastodon Project™ – the discovery and excavation of a trove of Ice Age fossils.
Communications and Media Relations Manager
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Monday, July 21, 2014
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See for yourself here. Go to August 16 on the calendar.
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