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September 2017 News and Views

Letter from Debbie - DACA Statement

On Sept. 5, I stood with DPS students on the Tivoli quad at Denver’s Auraria Campus to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In the face of a deeply troubling attack on our children’s future, this student-led rally was a powerful action that gave voice to the courage of Denver’s young people.

My mother’s parents were first generation immigrants from Italy, and two of her siblings were also born in their native country. The struggle my mother went through to learn English and adapt to an English dominated culture is no different than what our DACA students have endured.

I am committed to protecting opportunities for our children, no matter where they were born. City Council unanimously adopted a proclamation recognizing the importance of DACA recipients and urging Congress to pass a compassionate immigration solution.

Thanks to student leadership and community effort, Colorado is taking a legal stand against Trump’s decision to end DACA. On Sept. 13, Governor Hickenlooper signed on to a lawsuit aimed at protecting DREAMers in our state.

A student leader at the rally spoke these powerful words: "When our leaders fail us, we have to be our own heroes. Today, you are all my heroes." My heroes are those who came out to stand up for students, immigrants and impacted individuals. My heroes are also community members and police officers who helped make sure the student walkout and rally was safe. Thank you.

Click here for city resources on immigrant and refugee affairs

In This Issue

Letter From Debbie

5 Year Housing Plan Public Meeting

Denver Safety Career Expo

Protecting Immigrant Rights

Celebrating Deaf Heritage

Emergency Preparedness Month

North Denver Park Renaming

Small Cell Facility Upgrades

Help Plan East Central Denver's Future

Sheriff's Department Jobs

Art Museum Renovation

Solar Decathlon in Denver

Avoid Medicare Fraud

New Public Comment Session

Information on Real Estate Taxes

 

Attend on Open House on the Five-Year Housing Plan

Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m., at Bruce Randolph School, 3955 Steele Street

The City and County of Denver is hosting an open house to present a framework for the draft of the five-year comprehensive housing plan and 2018 annual action plan. The framework lays out the city’s strategies and tools on affordable housing, housing affordability for both renters and homeowners, and housing for those experiencing homelessness. Both the framework and 2018 action plan will be shared at this meeting for review and comment. Light refreshments, Spanish translation and free childcare will be provided. Additional translation services will be available upon request to 720-913-1999.

Denver Public Safety Career Expo and Community Engagement Event

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Roslyn Event Center, 5440 Roslyn Street, Denver, Colorado 80216

Have you considered serving others in a profound way through a career in public safety?
Do you want to get to know the first responders who serve and protect our community?
Whether you want to learn more about public safety job opportunities or the women and men who make up Denver’s first responders, this event will have what you’re looking for.

At the Event:
• Meet recruiters from the fire, police, sheriff, Denver 911 dispatch and the cadet program.
• Discover job opportunities in public safety for both sworn and civilian positions.
• Receive free testing vouchers for the Denver Sheriff Department written exam.
• Visit the Denver Fire smoke trailer, Denver Police bicycle village, and Denver Sheriff K-9 unit.
• View training demonstrations from academy staff across the Department of Public Safety.
• Interact with Denver’s first responders and hear firsthand why a career in public safety is so rewarding.
• Free food, drinks and parking will be provided.

For more information about Denver Public Safety career opportunities, please visit www.denvergov.org/jobs.

City Council Acts to Protect Immigrant Rights

In August, the Denver City Council unanimously passed the Denver Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act. This ordinance helps protect Denver citizens from federal oversight regarding immigration status. Click here for more information on the ordinance

Denver Celebrates Deaf Heritage

Despite a history of marginalization, the deaf community has maintained a rich culture, a strong collectivist attitude and a beautiful language. Please join the Denver Office of Sign Language Services in honoring this community as part of Deaf Heritage Month in September.

  • Sept. 12-22, Denver Public Library: Story Time in American Sign Language will be presented with English translation at four Denver branches.
  • Sept. 18-22, Webb Building atrium: Exhibit of notable deaf people, their accomplishments and contributions
  • Sept. 20, Webb Building atrium: Deaf Heritage Month Celebration, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org, 720-913-8487

Emergency Preparedness Month

Last week I sponsored a proclamation recognizing September as national emergency preparedness month. This is a community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, community trainings and exercises.

I encourage everyone to consider the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. This program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Please visit Ready.gov for ideas and information on how you can participate.

Council Committee Approves Renaming Northside Park

A plan to officially name a north Denver park moved out of committee and will go before council on Monday, Oct. 2. The application requests that Northside Park be officially named Carpio-Sanguinette Park, after Sal Carpio, a former District 9 city council member, and the Sanguinette family, a north Denver family with roots in the area going back to 1850. The renaming is widely supported by community members, including members of the Carpio and Sanguinette families, as well as the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. 

City Mulls Cell and Data Infrastructure Improvements

Wireless connectivity may be getting a boost in Denver in the very near future. The city has received requests from wireless providers and wireless infrastructure companies to construct small cell facilities throughout the city. Small cell facilities are low-powered antennas that provide cellular and data coverage to smaller geographic areas, supplementing the larger cellular network and improving service for wireless customers.

Denver Public Works is responsible for issuing permits for any utility equipment placed in the right of way and setting standards for physical appearance and safety. The small cell facilities may be added to existing structures like lamp posts, or built to resemble lamp posts and street lights. Denver already has these types of antennae throughout the city, but these additional antenna will help to boost signal, coverage and range.

Click here to learn more about small cell facilities

Help to plan the future for East Central Denver

The East Central Planning Area is conducting a Neighborhood Planning Initiative to establish the community’s vision for maintaining and enhancing neighborhoods along the Colfax Avenue corridor from Broadway to Colorado Boulevard. They are currently gathering information from residents of Capitol Hill, North Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, City Park and City Park West. If you live in these neighborhoods, click here to take the survey and share your vision of the area. 

Job Opportunities at the Denver Sheriff Department

The following job opportunities have been posted at the Denver Sheriff Department:

Denver Deputy Sheriff - February 2018 Academy
Department of Safety, Human Resources Department has posted the position of Deputy Sheriff – February 2018 Academy.  They are accepting applications until January 8, 2018.  Click here for more details regarding this opportunity.  

Communications Director - Denver Sheriff Department

Department of Safety, Human Resources Department has posted the position of Communications Director.  Applications are being accepted until Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017Click here for more details regarding this opportunity. 

Denver Art Museum North Building Project

After five years of planning the Denver Art Museum will begin preparations for renovations of its North Building beginning on Monday, Nov. 20.

Enhancements to the North Building have been designed to put education at the heart of the museum campus, presenting new and expanded art gallery spaces, improving all major systems throughout the 210,000-square-foot building, and creating a central point of entry with a new Welcome Center. The project is slated to be completed by the building's 50th anniversary at the end of 2021.

The North Building will be open to visitors through Sunday, Nov. 19, and then will close to the public to remove collections and prepare the space for construction. The museum’s Hamilton Building, south of 13th Avenue, will be open to the public seven days a week to provide additional opportunities for visitor access during the renovation project.

On Friday, Oct. 6, the DAM will host two free talks with the project's architecture teams. Representatives from Denver-based Fentress Architects and Boston-based Machado Silvetti will share project design concepts at two presentations: at 3 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. in DAM's Ponti Hall. Free tickets to these talks are available to the public. Visit denverartmuseum.org/northfor additional details.

Solar Decathlon Comes to Denver in October

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses.

The UC Berkeley and University of Denver Solar Decathlon team is building a sample house on the University of Denver campus that offers ideas to meet housing needs in cities. Plan reviewers and inspectors from Community Planning and Development provided building code guidance to the students and put the project through real-life plan review and inspections.

The house will compete in the Solar Decathlon 2017and be open to the public at RTD’s 61st & Peña Station near Denver International Airport, Oct. 5-15.

In addition to the focus on green homes at the Decathlon, my office is working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to bring hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the event. Exploring clean energy solutions in Denver is a top priority for me. Click here to learn more about NREL's work with hydrogen fuel cell technology. 

Tips to Avoid Medicare/Medicaid Fraud

The indefinite future of health care coverage is being exploited by Medicare and Medicaid impostors who are calling older beneficiaries and threatening to cancel benefits if they don't pay to renew their health insurance cards. In some instances, the offenders also demand personal information, such as Social Security numbers or financial accounts, for committing identity theft. Expect this trend to continue, but don't take the bait! Never give out Medicare or bank account numbers over the phone unless you initiate the call.

Facts about Medicare

• Medicare does not charge to get a new card.

• Medicare will never call to verify a consumer's account number or to promote a Medicare product or service.

• Medicare accounts and Social Security numbers are one and the same, which puts recipients at risk of identity theft. Beginning April, 2018, SSNs are scheduled to be removed from Medicare cards and will be replaced with a randomly selected account number.

• Be wary of any unexpected calls from "Medicare.” Remember, don't give out any personal information to someone calling you. If you are unsure of the legitimacy, hang up and call Medicare directly.  

If you receive a suspicious call, record the number on your caller ID and report it to Senior Medicare Patrol Colorado at 1-800-503-5190, or the Office of Inspector General at 1-800-447-8477 or http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/hotline.

Denver City Council Adds Second Monthly General Public Comment Session

Many people are signing up to speak and voice issues and concerns before Denver City Council at the monthly General Public Comment Session established last May. Because of this tremendous civic participation, city council members have added a second session to each month’s council schedule.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 18, public comment sessions will be held the first and third Mondays of each month. If there is no council meeting on those days there will be no public comment session held.

How to sign up to speak:

  • Email Legislative Services at dencc@denvergov.org
  • Call 720-337-2000
  • Stop by Room 451 of the City & County Building

When to sign up:

  • The sign-up period opens at noon the Friday before the session and closes at 4 p.m. the day of the session.

What is required:

  • First and last name
  • A point of contact
  • Topic  

The General Public Comment Session allows participants to address the city council on a topic not appearing on the agenda or scheduled for a public hearing. Public comment sessions begin at 5 p.m. and last 30 minutes, granting as many speakers as possible during this time. Speakers are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. No sign-up by proxy will be accepted. Each speaker will get 3 minutes to speak.

Information on the billing and collection of real estate taxes in Denver

• Property tax statements are sent in January “as soon as practicable after January 1…”(CRS 39-10-103)  Denver usually sends the tax statements out between Jan. 15 and 20.

• Property taxes may be paid in one full installment by April 30th or in two equal installments due on last day of February and June 15 (CRS 39-10-104.5)

• Delinquent interest accrues at the rate of 1% at the beginning of every month for the whole month, except for 2nd half installments, which accrue at 1% from June 16 -30, and then an additional 1% at the beginning of every month (starting with July) for the whole month.

• No later than Sept. 1, a delinquent tax notice is sent to delinquent taxpayers that includes a warning that the treasurer will advertise and sell a tax lien on the person’s property if unpaid (CRS 39-11-101)

• Even though this is the only delinquent statement notification required by statute, Denver typically sends four notices of delinquency:

1. May – notices sent to accounts with zero payment made for current year
2. July – notices sent to accounts with balances due for ALL years
3. August – notices sent to accounts with balances due for current year
4. October – notices sent to accounts with balances due for current year

• The August and October notices include a flyer explaining the tax lien sale consequence if balances remain unpaid.

• Publication for three successive weeks on the same day of the week in the Denver Post (or other approved publication) of all delinquent property taxes (CRS 39-11-102).  First advertising must be at least four weeks before the date of tax lien sale.  2017 advertising is scheduled to be in the Denver Post on 9/15, 9/22, and 9/29.

• Finally, the sale at public auction of all eligible tax liens that have been properly billed and advertised and remain unpaid.  Tax lien sale is an online auction process and will be held from Oct. 17 - 20, 2017.

For questions regarding this process property owners should call 311.