Consumers in the city of Denver will soon get more help to stay protected against fraud. Thursday Mayor Michael Hancock announced a Consumer Financial Protection Initiative aimed at curbing predatory financial practices in the city. The initiative will focus on elder financial abuse, immigration fraud, wage theft, predatory lending and housing practices.


Just two decades ago, the South Sheridan Commercial Corridor was a robust commercial center. Residents could catch a movie at the twin cinema, take their children for an afternoon at the skating rink or shop and dine at one of several retail establishments. Even with Denver’s booming economy, much of the 64-acre site off of South Sheridan Boulevard is a ghost town. The cinema, skating rink and nearly all of the retail has fled. The Target, once a retail anchor for the site, left for greener pastures in developing Belmar in Lakewood in 2011.


Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 11, 201812min131
It sounds a little like a car race, but it’s more like a care race. Child Care 8,000 is one Colorado county’s ambitious new effort to create thousands of new licensed child care slots and significantly improve the quality of its child care programs over the next three years. The initiative in Mesa County has […]

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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 29, 20173min3450

The election isn’t until May 2019, but one community activist is already eyeing Albus Brooks’ seat on the Denver City Council.

Denverite has the report about Candi CdeBaca, founder of the Cross Community Coalition and executive director of Project VOYCE, who told the online news outlet her decision to file paperwork to run for District 9 was centered on gentrification in the city. More so, an interview Brooks gave Colorado Public Radio on gentrification following the Ink! Coffee controversy spurred her to file.

Here’s more from Denverite’s Erica Meltzer:

“He didn’t understand the nuances of involuntary displacement,” she said. “That is directly connected to his power and his purview. He should know all of the ins and outs of it.”

In particular, she was struck by a comment Brooks made that displacement doesn’t affect homeowners.

“Displacement is not in the homeownership category,” Brooks said. “It’s in the rental category and someone cannot afford what their landowner is jacking up the price with, right? And so, that is something that we are working very hard on.”

Brooks has served on the council since 2011, representing a district that encompasses downtown Denver, Five Points and Globeville and Elyria-Swansea. In the midst of battling cancer, Brooks was selected as council president by his peers in 2016.

CdeBaca, who grew up in Elyria-Swansea, told Denverite she opposes the I-70 expansion project and wants to alter the city’s approach to development and growth, Denverite writes. She noted her winning alone wouldn’t effect the change she wants, but rather a slew of like-minded candidates for council and a “strong candidate for mayor” would

Read Denverite’s full report here.


Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandDecember 20, 20172min4072

A new education campaign from the city of Denver will encourage young people to learn about marijuana risks.

Many young people think marijuana use “is the social norm, but that’s not actually the case,” the city said in a statement. The statement also noted that the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey said that 74 percent of Denver youth hadn’t used marijuana in the previous 30 days.

A more recent report from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that marijuana use among young people had actually dropped in 2015 and 2016. The rate of usage, at 9 percent, is the lowest since 2008.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said the High Costs campaign would help young people understand the legal, education, health and social risks associated with illegal marijuana use.

The campaign will feature billboards, school bus signs, fence art at Manual High School, a game show and trivia card game and Snapchat filters. The city hopes that the campaign will help young people make responsible decisions about pot, including that “being stoned is not the social norm.”

Among the risks, the city statement said, is an increased risk of depression, losing financial aid for college and addiction.

Funding for the education campaign comes from a 2013 voter-approved special sales tax. “The campaign does not try to scare youth, but rather to teach Denver’s youth about the city’s laws, about the potential harmful effects of youth marijuana use – both socially and physiologically – and to give youth a better overall understanding of marijuana as well as useful tools for avoiding it,” according to the statement.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 15, 20179min310

According to a recent federal study, marijuana use among Colorado teenagers has fallen considerably in the past two years — to its lowest rate in nearly a decade. But high school principals in parts of Denver with high concentrations of pot businesses say the opposite is true, and an organization that works with homeless youth says marijuana use is up sharply in recent years.


Jessica MachettaDecember 14, 20172min568
Gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy says strong Democratic governors need to lead change at the state level while Republicans in Washington continue to chip away at protections for the working class. Kennedy spoke to about 75 supporters at her campaign’s new headquarters in Denver Wednesday evening, saying her plan for preserving Colorado’s environment, public lands and […]

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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 7, 20172min2750

In a battle over hotel taxes, Denver took online travel giants like Expedia and Priceline to court and won nearly $19 million.

Denverite reported earlier this week on the court battle, which revolved around a discrepancy over taxes paid by online travel companies for hotel rooms. As the online outlet explains:

Sites like Expedia allow travelers to book rooms with hotels. They make some of their money by booking rooms at one rate, and then charging the consumer a higher rate. In other words, they mark up the prices.

Denver believed that many of these sites weren’t paying their full tax bills required by the city’s hotel tax. The sites were only paying the hotel tax on what they had paid for the rooms, not the higher price paid by the consumers.

The companies agreed to pay the money after losing an appeal in the Colorado Supreme Court, which can be found here. The $18.8 million will be split up between legal fees; funding for Visit Denver, a private, nonprofit association focused on marketing Denver; construction and projects at the Colorado Convention Center, and the city’s affordable housing fund, according to Denverite.