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July 2017 News and Views



Independence Day Letter

Like many holidays, I spent time with family over the 4th of July weekend. I hope you all had a wonderful celebration and enjoyed Independence Day with family and friends.

I want to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made to protect our independence and all the freedoms we enjoy in this country. There were those unable to be at home with family during this holiday, like Private First-Class Hansen B. Kirkpatrick who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Pfc Kirkpatrick was killed on Monday, July 3. He was 19 years old, serving nearly 6,000 miles from home. I also think of the 16 service members who perished this week in Mississippi, and the seven deceased sailors of the USS Fitzpatrick. I ask you to join me to pray for their families.

In May of this year, I accompanied my family to my grandson Gabriel Jr’s graduation from basic training at the U.S. Naval Station Great Lakes. His younger sister Sierra is following in his footsteps to attend the same training program. She enlisted before graduating from a local DPS high school and will leave for training in August. It is so amazing how the years have flown by as our children and grandchildren become incredible human beings right before our eyes. I can’t tell you how proud I am that they have both chosen to join their grandfather Rocky’s commitment to serve our country.

I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices made by all those who serve our country in the armed forces. Colleagues, friends, and family who have served, I am deeply inspired by your actions. Many of our law enforcement officers and city workers have served or currently serve in the military. My deepest thanks and gratitude to all of you. There would be no independence to celebrate without your bravery.



CDOT Local Hiring Center Opens in Elyria-Swansea

Workforce development with a career pathway to livable wages is a powerful way to increase equity and opportunity in our city. On July 6, Colorado Department of Transportation opened a career training and resource center in Elyria-Swansea. The career center will prepare residents in neighborhoods adjacent to the highway to work on the expansion of Interstate 70. This is part of a local hiring discussion we’ve been working toward, for large city projects, to bring programs such as job training and hiring to north Denver and similar neighborhoods.

The programs will also help address the shortage of workers for construction jobs in our city. The facility will offer six courses with a flexible training schedule in a facility with three work bays, four hands-on training rooms and a yard designated for heavy equipment. The center plans to host networking opportunities, including job fairs for construction careers and access to CDOT maintenance job listings.

If you live in Globeville, Elyria, Swansea, Montbello, or another neighborhood along the I-70 corridor and are interested in more information about the training programs, please visit and You can also email to be placed on a mailing list to receive updates, or call 303-352-6028 or 303-352-6019(Community College of Denver).






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Overland Park Meeting Date Changed


Please note the date for a city council public hearing regarding the proposed Overland Golf Course Music Festival has been changed. A one-hour public hearing is now scheduled for Monday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Room 450. Anyone wanting to speak at this meeting can sign-up in Room 451 starting at 5 p.m.




GO Bond Update

City Council and Mayor Hancock have been working closely to finalize the 2017 GO Bond. The mayor submitted a final proposal to council on July 12. A PDF of those recommendations can be viewed here. City council will meet for an overview of this proposal on July 17, and action will be taken on the bill on July 24. A courtesy public hearing will be held at the council meeting on August 7 before a final reading on August 14. City council will then refer the 2017 GO Bond to the November ballot. To view the latest updates visit contact council offices at 2017gobond@denvergov.orgwith your questions and comments. Thank you for staying engaged on this important issue.



Informational Meetings on Drainage in Denver

The Urban Drainage Flood Control District and the City and County of Denver are hosting meetings to provide information to the public on how streams and runoff are managed throughout Denver. The next two scheduled meetings are: Thursday, July 20, at Thomas Jefferson High School, 3950 S. Holly Street; and, Wednesday, August 2, at the Barnum Rec Center, 360 Hooker Street. Both meetings are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information about Urban Drainage, visit




One-way to Two-way Streets

Construction work to improve traffic flow has begun in North Capitol Hill. The project will convert 19th and 20th avenues between Park and Broadway from one-way into two-way streets. It will also convert Grant and Logan into two-way streets between 18th and 20th avenues. The project also includes bike lanes. Construction on this project is expected to last through late fall of this year.



Jobs Program for People Experiencing Homelessness

Denver Day Works is a public-private partnership created to help find stable work for people experiencing homelessness. The Department of Human Services, Denver Public Library, Bayaud Enterprises, and 41 local companies have found longer-term work for 70 people so far. This program is on track to meet its goal of finding work for 150 people for the year. Denver Day Works benefits all those involved, providing employment opportunities to those in need while providing much needed help for companies. Visit the Office of Economic Development website to learn more about Denver Day Works. 



Northeast Transportation Connections Launches Mobility Initiatives in North Denver

Northeast Transportation Connections is launching multiple programs in Northwest Denver aimed at increasing transit equity. The programs are intended to improve mobility for bicycles, cars, and pedestrians. There will also be shuttles to help transport residents of 80216 to workplaces, cultural facilities, and grocery stores. These programs are in partnership with the Central I-70 project and are funded by the Colorado Department of Transportation. 

Keep an eye out for the latest from Northeast Transportation Connections at



New Good Samaritan Law Effective Aug 10

A new Good Samaritan Law in Colorado (House Bill 1179) protects people from civil and criminal charges when they intentionally break into a car to rescue an at-risk person or animal. Before taking such action, you must: 1) Assess if the occupant is in danger of serious bodily harm or death. 2) Make a reasonable effort to find the vehicle’s owner before acting. 3) Contact a local law enforcement agency, 911, or animal control. 4) Remain at the scene until law enforcement, animal control, or another first responder arrives.

The full text of the bill can be viewed here:



Help Students in our Community Succeed

With your help, GIVE Denver can reach its goal of providing 800 students in our community with the supplies they need for a successful 2017/2018 school year.

Through July 31, there are three ways you can help: 1) “Adopt” or sponsor a student, then go shopping specifically for them. 2) Donate filled, new backpacks or general school supplies. 3) Make a monetary donation. Find more information on how to give at Contact Marv Allen at or Aiza Oliva at with any questions.



Congratulations to NREL on 40 years of Innovation

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden marks four decades of scientific advancement toward an energy revolution. The lab's innovative work creates opportunities for American workers, drives innovation, and ensures U.S. energy security.

I am pleased to have worked with NREL on several occasions, including participating in its Executive Energy Leadership Academy. I look forward to working with them as they lead the way towards a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. Here’s to the next 40 years!



Denver Municipal Band Summer Concert Series

The Denver Municipal Band brings great music to neighborhoods throughout Denver. Find out when they’re in your area and get your summer groove on! Visit for concert dates and times.