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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 14, 20177min330

A year after a Denver auditor's report found a nonprofit provider of services to the mentally and developmentally disabled residents of the City and County of Denver had mismanaged city funds, the picture is much better, City Council members were recently told. Rocky Mountain Human Services, formerly called Denver Options, serves over 6,000 Colorado residents through case management and direct service programs.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinApril 7, 20177min374

Two City and County of Denver commissions will be busy this year, if recent actions by the federal government regarding minorities continue, a City Council committee was recently told by commission members. The Denver Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Commission works to advance social, economic and political equality for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, according to a one-page presentation to the Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness Committee.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinJanuary 6, 201710min465

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 15, 201610min340

Around 3,000 commercial and multi-family buildings in Denver would be asked to start providing information to city officials about their energy efficiency under an ordinance before Denver City Council. The information - described as similar to gas mileage stickers for motor vehicles - would help the city meet its Energize Denver climate goals. Municipal, institutional, commercial, and multifamily residential buildings of at least 25,000 square feet would be asked to track and report their energy usage annually, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s free online tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. Exemptions are available for building owners that claim they are unable to benchmark their building due to its condition and other factors.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 2, 20167min397

The City and County of Denver's dedicated, permanent, affordable housing fund and program is on track to debut next fall, with new staff members hired, a 23-member advisory committee formed and short- and long-range plans, a City Council committee was told Wednesday, Nov. 30. Rick Padilla, housing director in the Office of Economic Development, and Laura Brudzynski, a community development staffer in the office, updated the Safety, Housing, Education and Homeless Committee on those efforts.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 4, 20166min880

Denver's enforcement of short-term rental rules and data-driven policing will be closely reviewed by Auditor Timothy O’Brien as some of the areas targeted in his 2017 audit plan. O'Brien recently submitted the plan to Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver City Council as required by city charter. The plan consists of integrated audits that incorporate performance, financial, information technology and fraud-detection goals. The plan is flexible to change as conditions evolve.