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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 3, 201713min339

Kevin Flynn has written about ethics battles on city councils and other local governing bodies, now he's writing an almost-new code of ethics for the Denver City Council. The former longtime reporter, was elected in District 2, the southwestern part of Denver, in 2015. Several months after he took office, Flynn said a task force formed to review the city's ethics code needed a council representative and he asked to be appointed.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 6, 201710min543

Denver District Attorney-elect Beth McCann will receive 2 percent salary hikes in each of the last two years of her four-year term, similar to other salary increases given to her metro-area and statewide colleagues under state statutes. Denver City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday, Jan. 3, that set McCann's incoming salary at $219,606, the current amount paid to outgoing DA Mitch Morrissey. McCann will earn the same amount in 2018, then her salary will increase to $223,998 in 2019 and $228,478 in 2020.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 27, 20168min324

An annual $300 limit on meals and event tickets a Denver City Council member could accept from a company doing business with the city may be too low to reflect current prices, one councilman said at the third recent meeting to discuss ethics code changes proposed by Councilman Kevin Flynn. The Finance and Governance Committee delayed action on Flynn's proposed ordinance amending the city code until Jan. 17, 2017, after the most recent discussion included Councilman Paul Lopez's belief that the $300 limit was an inappropriate amount.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 6, 20168min369

Denver is "completely out of step" with other major jurisdictions in at least one key ethics code area, City Councilman Kevin Flynn told some of his colleagues in explaining some "tweaks" he is proposing to the city code. At the Tuesday, Dec. 6, Finance and Governance Committee meeting, Flynn noted most jurisdictions have a dollar limit instead of a number limit for things like meals and event tickets a council member, city employee or official can accept over the course of a year. Currently, Denver's code has a limit of four such gifts and Flynn is proposing a change to a cumulative limit of $300 a year.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 2, 20168min726

Close to 2,200 taxi, shuttle and limousine drivers will likely face fewer regulations in the New Year, when the City and County of Denver is expected to stop requiring them to qualify for and obtain “Herdic” licenses. Such licenses were named for the Herdic cab, a horse-drawn carriage invented by Peter Herdicin in 1881. Herdic cabs were designed as passenger vehicles for public transportation, often painted bright yellow, and were predecessors to the modern taxi cab. The Denver City Council's Business, Arts, Workforce and Aeronautical Services Committee, at its Wednesday, Nov. 30, meeting, sent an ordinance repealing the Herdic license portion of the municipal code to the full council for consideration. Once approved, the city attorney's office will drop an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court of a state preemption ruling against the city regarding the rules and regulations.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 18, 20167min595

Monthly lobbyist financial reports required by the City and County of Denver, designed to help the public know who is lobbying City Council members on what issues, are commonly submitted with no reported expenditures, a review of the documents by the The Colorado Statesman has found. While no wrongdoing or rules violations is thought to have occurred, the city ordinance that regulates lobbyists by requiring registration and the reports does not identify specific oversight. Like many other areas of municipal and state regulations, it is basically a self-reporting arrangement that is only investigated upon complaint, according to Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 16, 20166min351

As Denver officials began listening to citizens this week about the next round of general obligation bonds to help address city amenity needs like roads, parks and buildings, the size of the bond issue and whether it could include a tax hike to present to voters are unknown. A City Council committee heard an update on the 2017 General Obligation Bond program Tuesday, Nov. 15. Chief Financial Officer Brandon Hanlon said the 2007 program, dubbed the Better Denver bond program, authorized $550 million for 380 capital improvement projects. Money came from a 2.5 property tax mill levy that did not require voter approval, he added, since it came from the city's existing property tax.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 12, 201610min387

If Denver voters approve a ballot measure to allow neighborhood marijuana consumption areas, city and county officials may not be able to deny a permit, add conditions or hold hearings, according to an analysis from the city attorney's office. Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell presented the analysis of Initiated Ordinance 300 to the city council's Finance and Governance Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 11. If voters pass the initiative, a marijuana consumption pilot program would allow supervised consumption spaces for adult marijuana consumers to enjoy traditional social environments without being segregated from mainstream society, according to the group backing the measure.