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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 29, 20173min2510

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.


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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandDecember 20, 20172min3142

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.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 15, 20179min253

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.


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Jessica MachettaDecember 14, 20172min495
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, 20172min2290

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.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 28, 20173min840
After announcing a comprehensive plan for K-12 education in Colorado, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis hit the road last week to talk with teachers and thank them for all the sacrifices they make on behalf of kids in Colorado. Polis’ “Giving Thanks to Teachers” tour took him to Denver, Johnstown, Windsor, and Greeley. Polis, a Democrat, […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 20, 201724min1752

Michael Hancock is a mayor on a mission. It’s the Friday before the election, and Hancock is promoting a once-in-a-decade, $937 million bond package filled with hundreds of projects to maintain and improve Denver’s transportation, public safety and cultural infrastructure. After a stop at a Spanish-language radio station to pitch the ballot questions, he tours a 100-year-old library that’s due for some repairs if the bond measures pass, and then he ambles up Santa Fe Drive for the monthly Art Walk.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 15, 20173min212
U.S. Representative Mike Coffman, R-6th Dist., helped foster the passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act conference report, a bill that contains significant policy and funding initiatives for the Department of Defense. Coffman, as Chairman of the House Armed Forces Subcommittee on Military Personnel, says he worked across party lines to ensure that […]

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