Monday, July 28, 2014

DENVER ZOO'S RESPONSE TO UPCOMING CHIVE FEST

Below is Denver Zoo’s official statement regarding Chive Fest. (Aug. 16)
Denver Zoo discussed the details of the Chive event scheduled for Aug. 16 in City Park with concert officials and representatives from the permitting office of the City and County of Denver. We have learned that the concert is similar to other successful events held at the park that did not pose animal welfare issues and that the event meets all the requirements outlined in the permit. We have staff in place to monitor, respond to and care for the animals, as well as contacts for the night of the event should an issue arise.
 Sean Andersen-Vie
Public Relations Manager
Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80205
PH: 720-337-1418

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BUY AMERICAN

Special to Denver Direct by Dave Felice

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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hiring of police for the 16th Street Mall is reflective of a thoroughly bankrupt city leader­ship

from the August edition of the Naysayer newsletter from historian and social critic Phil Goodstein

No sooner had the 16th Street Mall opened in 1982 than department stores began to close along it. Though no major retail emporium anchors the road, it has been extremely successful as a people place. Even so, business interests, who have claimed the road as their own, have complained about crime along the plaza.

Rather than lobbying the city to make sure that the 16th Street Mall is adequately patrolled with the rest of the city, the Downtown Denver Partnership and cohorts have announced they will pay for more police officers along the road. In other words, the police are not public employees who serve to protect the population wherever they are needed, but are essentially private employees of downtown commer­cial and real estate interests. As such, it is unclear whether they are enforcing city ordinances or serving as the musclemen of the one percent.
For years, the police department has suffered the consequences of its rent-a-cop policies. This specifically refers to the way-it has allowed uniformed officers to serve as private security personnel for bars and other money-making venues. It has never been clear if they are guardians of law and order or mercenaries in the pay of the people writing their paychecks. When officers have brutalized victims in such capacities, the city has had the responsibility. The hiring of police for the 16th Street Mall is reflective of a thoroughly bankrupt city leader­ship. For so embracing it, Mayor Michael Hancock shows himself worthy of being the Naysayer of the Month. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Denver Zoning Code Text Amendment 15 for Residential Growing of Marijuana under Colorado Amendment 64

I think what they are trying to do is prohibit outdoor, backyard growing of your six plants (or would that be 12 plants, 6 medical plus 6 recreational). Original A64's "enclosed, locked space" (your backyard with a six-foot fence) becomes "completely enclosed, lockable space" (their garage.)


"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.    
  











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).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the proposed “Chive Fest” at City Park

From: Parks and Rec 
parksandrecreation@denvergov.org

Due to the number of questions we've received regarding the proposed “Chive Fest” at City Park on August 16thwe've developed these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as a response, as many of the individual emails we've received share common concerns and ask identical or similar questions about the planned festival.
 In general, it is important to know that if and when an Admission Based Event (ABE) permit for City Park is issued to Chive Fest, the organizers of the event are responsible for the organization and monitoring of the event, based upon predetermined rules, per the ABE policy and Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) rules and regulations for event management.
 Please note that a permit has not yet been issued for this event.  We are in regular communication with the event promoters to work through certain requirements they must meet (outlined in the information below) and information that must be provided before they can be issued a permit.  Assuming all of these requirements and requests for information are satisfied, a permit will be issued.  This is the same process that would be put in place for any large special event/festival permit application.
What do the organizers plan to do to address neighborhood impacts regarding parking, security, noise, trash, restrooms?
The event organizers are planning to address the event plans and answer questions at a public neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, July 30th at 6:00 PM at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in the VIP room.
What is an Admission Based Event?
The Admission Based Event Policy (ABE) was adopted in 2010, after approval from the Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Manager of Parks and Recreation at that time.  An ABE is any kind of event for which a third party has to obtain a DPR permit; and for which an admission will be charged, a paid ticket for entry will be required, or other considerations must be provided in order to enter the permitted space within a Denver park facility.
How many ABEs have been held in the City since the adoption of the policy?
To date, four unique events have been held per the ABE policy.  Examples include a VIP area for the Pro Cycling Tour at Civic Center Park, and an event at Ruby Hill Park to support funding for the future Levitt Pavilion.
 Why is this type of event different from any other event in parks?
In other events like festivals or runs/walks, the event is open to the public with no admission fee required.  This event requires a paid ticket to enter the controlled event site.
 What is the Chive Fest event?
The event organizer, All Phases Event Group, LLC, describes the event as a music festival to be held on August 16, 2014, from 12-10 p.m., in the large meadow area of City Park.  They have estimated attendance at the permit maximum of 7,500 persons and they have also applied for and received a license to sell alcohol on site during the event.  They have applied to permit the park for set-up on August 14 & 15 (7am- 11pm) and breakdown on August 17 (7am- 11pm)
Does the event pay for exclusive use of the park?
The event does not get exclusive use of the park since they have not permitted the entire park.  They will have exclusive use of the area they’ve permitted.  They will pay for each set up day, event day, tear down day and damage deposit for any potential damage to the park.  At present, the current permit fee for this event in excess of $10,000.
What is the City’s responsibility around the event and what is the Chive Fest organizer’s responsibility?
The City is responsible for reviewing the permit application for adherence to polices and rules, issuing the actual permit, and monitoring the event for compliance with the permit as well as all park rules and regulations.  The event organizer is responsible for management of the event in regard to: security, event layout, insurance, parking, noise monitoring, restroom facilities, trash planning and removal, adherence to park rules and regulations regarding alcohol, and any other issues regarding the event.
Has the ABE permit been issued already and how can an event that does not have a permit advertise for ticket sales?
Event organizers have not yet received their event permit from Denver Parks and Recreation.  Event organizers advertise and sell tickets at their risk as there is no guarantee an event will receive a permit. In this case, after submitting the application and event plans to the City, there are outstanding issues that need to be addressed.  If the organizer’s plans around these issues are further developed and sufficient for the size and scale of the event, DPR will issue a permit for the event.
How do event organizers plan to address people coming to City Park to listen to the concert outside the event boundaries, but not purchasing a ticket? 
The City is assuming “but for” this event, there are limited impacts to the park on a summer Saturday and increased attendance at the park will be attributed to the event organizers.  The City is requiring the event organizer’s plan to address and pay for increased trash removal, portable restrooms, parking options, and security due to this anticipated demand.
Noise has been a major concern among neighbors, specifically how the noise levels at the park will be monitored and how it will impact animals at Denver Zoo?
The event organizers will be required to adhere to the Denver Revised Municipal Code (DRMC) regarding noise levels. The current plan is to have a designated DPR staff person take decibel readings at various intervals throughout the day, and post these readings on the City of Denver Parks and Recreation Facebook page to inform neighbors of adherence or violation of required levels.  If levels are exceeded at various locations, the organizers have agreed in writing, to reduce noise levels to allowable levels.  The decibel levels set per DRMC protect the Zoo animals, as well as humans.  In addition, the event organizers have been asked to discuss their plans directly with the zoo in an effort to clear up any concerns and answer questions they may have regarding the planned music festival.
How does this event differ from the music event that was planned in 2008?
Event organizers who planned to conduct a music festival in 2008 voluntarily withdrew their permit application so the event did not take place.    At the time, the ABE policy was not in place to address these types of events in parks.  There are two major differences between Chive Fest and the music festival planned back in 2008.  The first is that the 2008 event was a three day (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) music festival whereas Chive Fest is one day.  The second is that the 2008 event restricted attendance to 53,000 people while the maximum attendance for Chive Fest is 7,500.
Will smoking be allowed in the permitted area?  
Yes, tobacco smoking will be permitted during the event. DPR park rules allow for smoking in public parks.  However, public consumption, display, transfer or sale of marijuana is strictly prohibited.
Will there be public access to City Park during this event?
Yes, the remainder of City Park will be open during the event.  The meadow area and the roadway (north of the meadow area) will be closed during set-up, event date, and take-down of the event.  Minor road closures due to the event will be necessary and detailed by the event organizer at the public meeting.


Regards,
Denver Parks and Recreation

City Charter § 2.4.5 - Sale and leasing of parks.

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.

IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM

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.

Sincerely,

Maura O’Neal
Communications and Media Relations Manager

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHIVE FEST TOWN MEETING WED. JULY 30th

Via Dave Felice

From: Kelsey Brown <kelsey@allphases.com>
Subject: Chive Fest Denver - City Park - Meeting Notification

To whom it may concern: 

On behalf of Chive Fest Denver we would like to make the City Park Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNO's) aware of the upcoming town meeting being held to discuss the details of the Chive Fest event, permit pending for August 16th, 2014 in City Park's East Meadow Lawn. 

This meeting will be held in the VIP Room of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205) on Wednesday, July 30th from 6pm - 7pm

Representatives from the City of Denver as well as event producers of Chive Fest will be in attendance to communicate how the event will be well organized to limit impacts to City Park's surrounding neighbors.

We look forward to hearing from you on July 30th.

-- 
Thanks,
Kelsey

allphases
kelsey brown  
ACCOUNT MANAGER
 
D  720 304 9006 ext 140
F  720 221 0481
 

CHIVE FEST PERMIT NOT YET GRANTED AS OF 5:45 PM, MON 7/21/2014

See for yourself here. Go to August 16 on the calendar.