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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJuly 23, 20182min873

Dana Crawford, a champion of redevelopment and historic preservation who helped to rescue Denver’s Pioneer Square, will receive a 2018 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Monday.

The announcement called the medal “the highest honor bestowed upon Colorado citizens and organizations for meritorious contributions that strengthen the vitality of our state.”

In a statement, Hickenlooper said Crawford “highlights what citizenship means in Colorado. “She pioneered the redevelopment of Larimer Square, Denver’s original Main Street, and led the redevelopment and preservation of countless buildings in Denver and across our state. The Governor’s Citizenship Medal is a tribute to the incredible impact Dana has made in Colorado.”

Other Crawford projects in Denver over the last half-century have included Denver Union Station, Oxford Hotel, the Acme Lofts, the Edbrooke Lofts and Cooper Flats Condominiums. The Crawford Hotel at Union Station is named in her honor.

Crawford will receive one of five 2018 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal’s this year, each recognizing a different type of service. She will receive the Vanguard Legacy Medal, which the announcement said is “given to a business leader who has made transformational contributions to the community throughout his or her career.”

The award will be presented by Hickenlooper and the Quarterly Forum, a Colorado-based community leadership organization.

All five medals will be presented at “The Event: Governor’s Leadership Celebration,” hosted by Hickenlooper and former Gov. Bill Owens, on Oct. 11. Click here for details. https://www.theeventcgcm.org/about/


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJuly 12, 20185min277

As your readers may know, Denver will be voting in November on a proposal to raise Denver’s sales tax approximately 25 cents per $100. The money raised will go toward funding for detox programs, suicide prevention services, community preventative measures, and other services. If passed in November, the $45 million generated by Caring for Denver would create the sustainable funding that Denver has needed for years to address this mounting crisis of homelessness and substance abuse. 


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJuly 10, 20185min724

Contrary to a recent op-ed authored by state state Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, the failure of a bill last session to allow excessive time frames to detain people with mental illness in jails was welcomed by numerous groups who have fought for years on behalf of this vulnerable population. This is because the bill was in violation of the Due Process clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and would have established Colorado as first in the nation to codify, in perpetuity, the ill-advised policy of “jail-based restoration”.