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June 2016 Edition
Thoughts from Your Councilman
By District 6 City Councilman, Paul Kashmann
 
As I sit down to write this update, I am overwhelmed by the news of the mass murder that took place early Sunday morning at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida. It emphasizes once more just how precious each and every day of life is.  It is also a reminder of the work that still lies ahead of us to ensure that every individual is guaranteed their equal and human rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In affirmation of this principle, I look forward to walking in this year’s Pridefest Parade along with members of Denver’s LGBTQ Commission.

When looking at the broad spectrum of challenges that face Denver today, nothing is more important to the long term health of our city than addressing the need for affordable housing at all levels of household income. Council continues to look for ways to fund housing for our homeless population. Equally as important, is that we hold onto the families who would like to live in Denver, but who are forced to find more affordable housing in outlying areas. Many of our firefighters, police officers, teachers and other important elements of our work force are living outside the city limit: some are choosing to leave Denver completely in favor of a closer home/work connection. We are beginning to hear from major employers who have decided not to locate to Denver until we have adequate affordable housing for their employees. Council is considering establishing an affordable housing fund of about $150 million, fueled primarily by an impact fee on development, which is supplemented by a small increase to our property tax.

City Council’s Sidewalks Working Group has wrapped up an intensive four-month information gathering phase, having heard from residents and city staff on existing conditions, as well as looking at how other cities approach sidewalk maintenance and construction. We will soon begin evaluating a variety of options for how Denver can do better. Creating a more complete and better maintained sidewalk system is an essential piece of Denver’s commitment to creating a truly multi-modal system of transit. We must make it safe and convenient for our residents to get to schools, shopping, mass-transit etc.

Tonight, June 13, we are anticipating a long and contentious City Council meeting, as we will have final consideration – and public hearings – for: Council Bills 16-0261 which legalizes Short Term Rentals of less than 30 days in all residential neighborhoods, and 16-306 which increases sanitary sewage and storm drainage service rates to fund $383 million in storm water infrastructure improvements, of which $208 million is intended to fund the Platte to Park Hill drainage project in north Denver.

The Short Rental Bill will not create a new industry in our neighborhoods – through the dubious blessing of the internet- that industry already exists. Estimates are that some 2,000 Denver homeowners are currently advertising STRs primarily through online sites like Air BnB and VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner). While many residents believe we should simply enforce the existing ordinance that forbids rentals of less than 30 days, the reality is we do not have staff, technology or adequate enforcement tools available to accomplish that end. If the ordinance being proposed passes, it will establish important provisions that will allow us to begin controlling this rogue industry, and to collect tax money that will fund future enforcement. As I await final reading tonight, I continue to push for more robust enforcement whether we legalize STRs or maintain that practice as illegal.

Regarding CB 16-306: I believe the project dubbed Platte to Park Hill is being proposed at this time, in this scope to provide protection for the I-70 reconstruction project. I believe the I-70 project is over-sized and should be realigned to the north to allow for a true rebuilding of the neighborhoods that straddle the highway. However, what causes me the greatest concern is that the Colorado Department of Transportation is resistant to properly addressing the construction impacts on nearby homeowners, as well as the impacts of post-construction traffic. Recommended mitigation includes a full vapor intrusion package: new windows, new doors, air conditioning, insulation, etc. CDOT is proposing to give nearby homeowners 1 or 2 window air conditioners as well as some sort of interior storm windows. That’s it. I will look for every opportunity to NOT support the I-70 reconstruction until, at the very least, adequate mitigation measures become part of the package.

In early May, I walked the Harvard Gulch trail from Colorado Blvd toward the Platte River, along with local residents, representatives of Denver Parks and Recreation, Public Works and the Platte River Greenway Foundation. Our goal is to determine improvements to the trail that will make it truly accessible to all pedestrians and bicyclists as a recreational route from east to west. Improved signage and road markings at street crossings, and installation of ramps where large curb drops currently impede travel, were among the upgrades we are hoping to address. While a study is under way to assess future changes to the gulch channel itself, any such project is 5-10 years in the future and I am convinced there are cost-effective trail improvements that make sense in the short term. We are also looking at improvements to the trail around Harvard Gulch Park itself.

I look forward to seeing you at events across the District this summer. I am continuing my in-district office hours at Pete’s University Park Café, 2345 E. Evans Ave., on Thursdays, 8-10a.m. Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding District 6 issues or needs: 720-337-6666.

Regards,

Paul
National Night Out!

The East Evans Business Association organizes the annual National Night Out. This year the event will be held on Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 at Cook Park.
Time 6:00 P.M. 

Contact Nancy Barlow at EastEvansBusinessAssociation@gmail.com

Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors:

ADDISON AUTO
BREAKFAST INN
COOK PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
CARPET ONE
EAST EVANS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
EVANS AND CASE
TARGET
TOPPS PROPERTIES
VIRGINIA VILLAGE

The EEBA meets each month on the 4th Tuesday, 5:30 pm at The Panorama Building at 2055 S. Oneida St, Denver, CO 80224, lower level conference room. Click here for more info.
In District Office Hours

Every Thursday 8 - 10 a.m. (no appointment needed)

Pete's University Park Cafe -  2345 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO

(More office hours coming soon)
Trouble With City Services?

(Vehicle registration, trash collection, parking, potholes, animal control, ice build-up, graffiti removal, property information, street sweeping, nuisances, etc.)?

Call 3-1-1
Be sure to write down your case number

Still not getting the help you need?

Call Paul!
(720)337-6666
City Information Online
 
For information about anything from adopting a pet to when snow needs to be removed from your sidewalk, please refer to Denvergov.org.

The Denvergov.org website was recently updated and it is more user friendly than ever before.

Discover Denver:
Virginia Village Survey Next


The Virginia Village neighborhood in southeast Denver showcases our city's recent past through its postwar and mid-century modern buildings. 

Discover Denver -- a joint project between the City and County of Denver and Historic Denver to survey every building citywide -- is nearing the end of inventorying buildings in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, and moving on to Virginia Village next.

Discover Denver's goal is to document every one of Denver's buildings, and identify those that have architectural, historic or cultural significance. The survey is funded by a grant from the State Historical Fund and relies on the help of local volunteers. 

If you live in Virginia Village and have stories to share, please stop and say hello -- we would love to hear from you! For more information on Discover Denver, to share stories, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit DiscoverDenver.co or contact Beth Glandon at 303-534-5288 x3.
Affordable Housing Public Meeting
 
Tuesday July 21st, 2016 6:00pm-8:00pm
North High School
2960 Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80211
 
In partnership with Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilwoman Robin Kniech, and Councilman Albus Brooks, join the City and County of Denver for a presentation and discussion on Denver’s affordable housing policy and funding proposals, resources, and services.

Denver Days!

 
Denver Days 2016 - Registration now open_
Denver Days 2016
 
REGISTRATION FOR DENVER DAYS 2016 IS NOW OPEN!
Visit www.denvergov.org/denverdays to learn more or to register!
 

Neighborhood Watch Volunteers Needed

Community members have partnered with District 3 Police to create a well coordinated effort to revitalize Neighborhood Watch in our neighborhoods. At the core of this effort, we are building stronger communities so that we can drive crime out of our neighborhoods. Block Communicator responsibilities include

1.) Increasing communication among neighbors

2.) Providing their block with the latest safety and crime reduction tips and

3.) Emphasizing the critical need of having neighbors call 911 if there is any suspicious activity in their area.    

Meetings occur with our Community Officers, Block Communicators and neighbors every two months.  Security specialists educate attendees about how to proactively prevent crime from happening.  Everyone is welcome.  If you would like to become a Block Communicator or attend our meetings, please contact Darci Barlow at darcibarlow1@gmail.com

Get Involved
Registered Neighborhood                                                        Website
Organizations & HOAs

 
Belcaro Park Hownowners Association                              belcaropark.com
Bonnie Brae Neighborhood Association                             bonniebraeneighborhood.org
Cherry Hills Vista                                                                     http://www.cherryhillsvista.org/
Cook Park Neighborhood Association                                cookparkneighborhood.com
Cory-Merrill Neighborhood Association                              corymerrill.org
Friends and Neighbors of Washington Park (FANS)        fanswashingtonpark.org
Indian Creek Homeowner’s Association                             indiancreekhoa.net
Rosedale Harvard Gulch Neighborhood Association      rhgna.org
South Jackson Street Neighborhood Association            neighborhoodlink.com/S_Jackson_St/
University Neighbors                                                              universityneighbors.org
University Park Community Council                                    upcc.us
Virginia Vale Community Association                                 neighborhoodlink.com/Virginia_Vale
Virginia Village / Ellis Community Association                  virginiavillage.org
Washington Park East Neighborhood Association           wpenaonline.org
Winston Downs Homeowner’s Association                       wdhoa.org
Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC)                              denverinc.org
 
Other Community Organizations                                            Website

East Evans Business Association                                        eastevansbusinessassociation.org
University of Denver Good Neighbors                                du.edu/communityvisitors/neighbors


To See RNO and HOA Boundaries                         Devergov.org             
Police District 3 Citizen Advisory Meetings
with Commander Magen Dodge

 
Where: District 3 Police Station - 1625 S. University

When: Sector 2 (blue on map) - 1st Monday of each month
Sector 1 (green on map) - 1st Tuesday of each month 

Time:  6 - 7 p.m.
Community Newspapers



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Please click here for the Washington Park Profile.
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