Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 17, 201613min377

When the Rose Andom Center opened its doors to the public in late June, it marked the end of more than a decade of work to make the state’s first family justice center a reality. The center, located at 1330 Fox Street, will provide survivors of domestic violence a way to access services ranging from social services to help provide temporary housing and counseling to filing charges against their abuser as well as obtaining a protection order. Having those services under one roof is a substantial change from how most cities in the state and country have traditionally operated.

Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 16, 20164min337

Colorado, and Denver specifically, is getting a new public affairs firm. Five Corners Strategies announced this week it has opened an office in downtown Denver, making the Mile High City the fifth location for the firm. Five Corners, which has worked on several campaigns in Colorado, currently has offices in Washington D.C., Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis and Harrisburg, Pa.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 15, 20166min333

The talk about how Denver should promote affordable housing has gone from what path the city should take to whether or not the proposed $150 million plan over 10 years will go to the right places, and are the right groups paying their fare share. The plan announced during Mayor Michael Hancock’s State of the City speech Monday, July 11 and a subsequent press conference Tuesday, will create a dedicated fund for affordable housing that is estimated to produce 6,000 units in the 10-year time frame. The fund will be supplied by the city putting 0.5 mills of property tax revenue from residential and commercial units and a fee on new commercial and residential developments in the city.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 12, 20168min321

Mayor Michael Hancock delivered his annual State of the City address Monday above the new RTD Light Rail stop at Denver International Airport to a crowd of local and state politicians and community leaders from across the metro area. While Hancock said the state of Denver was strong, his assessment was called into question just a few hours later on the footsteps of the Wellington Webb Municipal Building by a group of homeless advocates, who criticized the city’s sweeps of homeless residents and use of certain funds to pay for such sweeps.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 12, 20163min436

Denver is set to audit how it determines the pay structure for jobs across the city. Denver Auditor Timothy O'Brien is accepting proposals from firms to audit how the city’s Human Resources Department determines city staff's salaries and pay scales. The winning firm will compare pay of city staff to their private-sector counterparts and gauge where Denver falls an an employer. “One of my goals as Denver’s Auditor is to focus on the areas of greatest risk to the city. Because the payroll is such a significant part of the city’s budget, a flawed pay and benefit-setting methodology could have huge consequences,” O'Brien said. “As a large employer, we have the competing interests of wanting to offer salaries competitive enough to attract the best talent and wanting to be efficient with the taxpayers’ dollars. Fortunately, we can tap into expertise in the community to assess the validity of our annual pay and benefit survey.”


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 8, 20164min313

Mayor Michael Hancock was among a large group of Colorado politicians Friday that issued messages of sympathy, condemnation and unity after a week of tragic national news. Hancock’s message comes after Thursday’s shooting in Dallas that left five police officers dead. The shooting, which has been described as an ambush that targeted police officers occurred during a peaceful march protesting the death of two African Americans at the hands of law enforcement this week that were filmed and broadcast on social media.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 7, 20165min349

Denver City Council’s approval of new zoning guidelines for the Arapahoe Square Neighborhood could substantially alter the view of the downtown skyline, along with possibly putting a dent into the city’s struggle to provide affordable housing. City council voted in June to create new zoning guidelines along with a design review system for the Arapahoe Square Neighborhood, which is roughly 100 acres in the area bound by Park Avenue, 20th Street, the alley between Lawrence and Larimer streets and the alley between Welton and Glenarm streets. The new zoning is formed-based and is the first rezone in downtown Denver that moves the code away from specifics such as ratios for floor plans and instead focuses on uses and design standards.


Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 6, 20163min313

Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks has undergone surgery to remove a tumor that was discovered a little more than a month ago. Brooks, who represents District 9, announced on his Facebook page on June 28 that a tumor the size of a cantaloupe had been discovered in his back. Brooks said he had experienced stiffness in his back after running in the Bolder Boulder and that’s when the mass was discovered. A biopsy of tumor diagnosed it as Chondrosarcoma, a rare form of cancer of the bone. He had it removed in the hospital on July 5.