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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021


In 2019, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law the Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution, and now the state is aiming to make progress on achieving the goals laid out in that bill with the new Employee Trip Reduction Program.

The Employee Trip Reduction Program would require employers to take steps to reduce the carbon footprint of employees commuting to work. The state wants companies to do things like increase parking charges, offer rewards to employees with electric vehicles, hand out subsidized public transportation passes, and appoint an employee transportation coordinator to manage it all. Employees would be surveyed about how they get to work, how far they live from work, and the type of vehicle they drive.

But the state’s biggest ask of all? That employers start implementing those measures by January 2022.

Last week, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Denver South Economic Development Partnership submitted comments on the matter to the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, which will meet sometime in August to hammer out the details.

According to the 10 pages of regulations for the Employee Trip Reduction Program, it would affect businesses with 100 or more employees in Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, Broomfield, and part of Weld and Larimer counties.
[Denver Gazette; Denver Business Journal]

😷 In addition to sunny with a high near 94, “patchy smoke” was added to today’s weather forecast courtesy of the National Weather Service.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)


📋 Changes ahead for City Council?
With the state’s redistricting process ongoing, Denver City Council is considering eliminating its two at-large seats and instead adding two new district seats. Council members in favor of the idea say Denver’s exploding population is overloading current districts and something needs to be done. Other members believe cutting the at-large positions would take away a crucial citywide perspective. [Westword]

🚒 Disaster declaration for Muddy Slide fire
Last Friday, Gov. Jared Polis formally signed a disaster declaration in response to the Muddy Slide Fire in Routt County, which broke out June 20 as the result of a lightning strike. This move will bring more resources from state agencies to help suppress the fire and aid in recovery efforts. So far, the fire has decimated 4,093 acres of land near Kremmling and is 58% contained. [Denver Post]

🚧 Scheduled I-70 closures delayed
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s Central 70 project has hit a small road bump. CDOT has delayed next weekend’s scheduled closures due to a statewide oil shortage. (Oil is a key ingredient in the making of asphalt.) Construction has been rescheduled for the weekend of July 30-August 2. [KDVR]


To Be Black and Own a Gun in Denver
17 mins
Gun ownership is on the rise. So what does that look like to Denver’s Black community? Guest host donnie l. betts talks with Alton Clark and Shawn McWilliams, two founders of local gun clubs, to discuss the evolving nature of gun ownership in Black Denver.


+ TONIGHT: Sunset Cinema
Sunset Cinema is back for the summer at Sculpture Park, and the debut film — Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” — is tonight. Food trucks arrive at 6 p.m. and the showing begins at dusk.

+ TONIGHT: Historic Home Round Up
Residents who own, or want to own, or simply have an appreciation for Denver’s collection of historic houses can come together for Historic Denver’s annual, free discussion on the topic tonight at 7 p.m.

+ WEDNESDAY: The Back Story at The Denver Press Club
After publishing a story of alleged bias on Denver’s Zoning Board of Adjustments, Denver North Star reporter Kathryn White and editor David Sabados will discuss the story behind the story and give an update about the case.
👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode of City Cast Denver to hear from the Sunnyside couple at the core of the story.

+ WEDNESDAY: Digital Earth: The Earth as Art
Explore the earth’s most astonishing natural phenomena with curator of space science Ka Chun Yu at this virtual event through the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.


Denver is one of the first cities in the nation to boast a vending machine for pizza. No, you did not misread that. Basil Street Pizza is an unmanned, vending machine doling out microwave-free, cooked-to-order, 10-inch, thin-crust pizzas using patented “oven technology.” The pizzas come out in roughly three minutes, in a box, ready to eat, with a plastic pizza cutter wheel and all. Prices per pizza range from $12-$15 and come in flavors including pepperoni, cheese, and supreme. Find Denver’s Basil Street Pizza inside The Celtic Market. [The Know]

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