Vidal Administration Accomplishments

Vidal Administration Accomplishments

January - July 2011


  • Resolved long-delayed high-profile discipline cases in the Safety Division, providing closure to the community and to the police officers and citizens involved.
  • Made permanent policy changes regarding the carotid hold and other operations at the detention center in response to lessons learned in the Marvin Booker case and established a task group to make recommendations on use of force policies for the Denver Sheriff’s Department.
  • Made the police discipline process more timely and efficient by eliminating the redundant Disciplinary Review Board.
  • Strengthened and revised the Denver Police Department’s discipline matrix based on experience and feedback from the Denver Police Department, the Independent Monitor and community leaders including updated discipline for officers who are discourteous or who solicit preferential treatment.
  • Fully implemented the Denver Sheriff’s Department’s discipline matrix and completed discipline matrix training.
  • Began development of the discipline matrix for the Denver Fire Department – formed the Fire Discipline Advisory Group (DAG), established the Fire DAG’s meeting schedule for the remainder of 2011 and agreed on a timeline for the completion and implementation of the Fire discipline matrix.
  • Completed the Resource Sizing and Structure Project that outlines recommendations for more efficient management of the Police, Fire and Sheriff Departments.
  • Implemented Secure Communities while monitoring who is being picked up by ICE to address the concern of Denver’s immigrant communities and immigrant rights advocates that only Level I offenders be deported.
  • Resolved Xcel chiller lease encumbrances on new Crime Lab site and broke ground on the construction of a new Crime Lab.
  • Assigned four new patrol officers to the 16th Street Mall in response to a request of the Downtown Denver Partnership.


  • Reached agreement on Ten-Year Strategic Financial Plan for Denver International Airport.
  • Finalized Starwood hotel contract.
  • Gave the go ahead for the design/construction of the South Terminal Redevelopment Program.
  • Rolled out parking rate adjustments for DIA parking lots.
  • Initiated study of airport property edge development as initial step of a collaborative commercial use plan with DIA’s neighbors.
  • Executed agreement with advisor to explore oil lease options that could generate significant non-aviation revenue in the near future, as well as long term.



  • Created and commenced work of a Structural Financial Task Force that is looking at the long term financial needs and health of the City.
  • Created a “path to a balanced budget for 2012” for the new administration by closing $75 million of the $100 million gap for 2012.
  • Initiated and managed Denver Employee Retirement Plan changes through City Council approval process.


Economic Development

  • Partnered with the Denver Housing Authority to obtain a $22 million Hope VI HUD grant for the South Lincoln redevelopment project at 10th and Osage.
  • Convened and worked with the DIA Capital Improvement Program Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) task force on small business enterprise issues and supported its recommendations for changes to City processes.  
  • Contracted with DURA to continue the Single Family Rehabilitation (SFR) and Emergency Home Repair (EHR) programs.
  • Provided economic incentive payments to Intrawest in exchange for it relocating its corporate headquarters to downtown Denver.
  • Provided financial support for Denver Pavilions in its efforts to mitigate the loss of Niketown and to secure H&M as new anchor tenant.
  • Provided financial support for the restoration of the Historic Elitch Theatre to return it to its place as a treasured community performance venue.

Land Development and Community Planning and Development

  • Worked with the National Western Stock Show, Aurora and Gaylord Entertainment to file RTA application with the state’s OEDIT by June 30 deadline.
  • Adopted updated building and fire codes.
  • Completed and obtained City Council approval of urban renewal and TIF plans and cooperative agreement with Adams County related to the Asarco site.
  • Completed Northeast Downtown Neighborhood Plan and Urban Renewal Plan (including Arapahoe Square small area plan and Welton Corridor small area plan).
  • Began work on the Sun Valley neighborhood and station-area plans to promote transit- oriented development that will lay the foundation for a better future for this neighborhood.
  • Obtained City Council approval of TIF extension for Broadway Marketplace storm sewer project.

Public Works and Transportation

  • Created plan and received City Council approval to spend “bond premium and interest” and “bond savings” related to the Better Denver Bond program to complete projects and undertake new projects thereby taking advantage of good construction pricing and interest rates, creating jobs and relieving pressure on the City’s underfunded capital improvement project budgets.
  • Initiated, advanced and/or completed many of the Better Denver Bond projects including the new rec center in Stapleton, the Green Valley Branch Library, Civic Center/Broadway Terrace/Bannock Street improvements, 14th Street upgrades, the Central Park Boulevard I-70 interchange, and infrastructure repairs to the City and County Building.    
  • Initiated wastewater rate adjustments and CPI indexing of wastewater rates and managed rate changes through the City Council approval process.
  • Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Denver Water detailing how Denver Water, Public Works and Parks and Rec will work more cooperatively in the years ahead.
  • Implemented overnight parking plan in downtown Denver.
  • Directed Denver’s participation in the I-70 PACT negotiations with CDOT, DPS and neighboring communities on the questions raised by the I-70 alignment between Washington Street and Colorado Boulevard, which is expected to be concluded on July 14.
  • Secured $25 million of federal funds through DRCOG for the construction of the Peoria and FasTracks East Corridor train grade separated crossing – RTD, Aurora and Denver will also participate in funding this project.
  • Re-timed all traffic signals and eliminated the “Barnes Dance” diagonal intersection crossings in the downtown grid to provide for the passage of 4-car light rail trains and to provide better crossing timing for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Implemented new bicycle routes and state-of-the-art bike infrastructure as part of a new bicycle action plan called “Denver Moves” which will ultimately result in 270 miles of additional bike improvements ranging from cycle tracks to bike lanes to bike boulevards.
  • Made enhancements to the Denver B-Cycle program, improving the customer experience.
  • Closed Market Street Station transaction related to the Denver Union Station project.

Parks and Recreation

  • Managed City Council approval of tiered rec center fees.
  • Finalized terms giving St. Charles Land Company option to purchase the acre parcel on Colfax, which is not needed for Central Denver Rec Center development.

Human Services

  • Completed Family and Adult Division recovery project and institutionalized process improvements that eliminated a 3-6 month backlog applications for food stamps and other aid programs.
  • Converted to scanned verification of benefits eligibility (from paper files) for FAD that now allows the City to provide benefits within 48 hours of application.  Denver now is at the top of the list of Colorado counties in compliance with federal mandates for prompt processing of applications; previously Denver was last.
  • Resolved problems of untimely payments to day care providers.
  • Denver’s Road Home fundraiser achieved record $1 million fundraising goal.
  • Purchased and installed permanent scanning technology archive applications and verification documents for all assistance requests, facilitating record keeping and renewal applications, as well as better preserving and protecting client information.


Environmental Health and Denver Health

  • Prepared an Environmental Health/Denver Health mapping document outlining the current successful collaborative model and defining each agency’s public health roles and responsibilities relating to the public health function.
  • Began work on the annual City/Denver Health operating agreement for 2012.
  • Food Producing Animals (chickens and goats) ordinance passed and DEH initiated implementation.
  • Needle Exchange Program ordinance passed and DEH initiated implementation.
  • Opened a new state-of-the-art and energy efficient animal shelter.


Arts & Venues

  • Merged Denver’s Office of Cultural Affairs with Denver’s Theatres and Arenas Division to form Arts & Venues Denver, saving City’s general fund $1.5 million annually.
  • Amended the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) lease agreement to allow NWSS to keep seat tax funds for infrastructure improvements.
  • Completed program plan for McNichols Building and began Phase I design.
  • Completed and opened the new Rehearsal Lofts at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
  • Began long range plan for Denver Coliseum and initiated possible deal for Central Hockey League.


  • Total Compensation employee merit review system was successfully implemented.
  • Completed Head Start RFP and received new federal Head Start grant.
  • Provided briefings for all mayoral and city council candidates.
  • Hosted three Cableland cultural jams that helped expose underserved youth to the arts and to the need to get a higher education.


Posted on Jul 13, 2011 (Archive on Jul 18, 2011)
Posted by kpellegrin  Contributed by kpellegrin