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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

After nearly a month of collecting community feedback, city officials now have a better idea of how Denverites would want to see nearly $700 million invested into the city.

Denver is slated to receive $308 million in federal relief money (getting half this summer, half next year). Mayor Michael Hancock has also proposed a $400 million bond package that City Council will have to approve before it goes to voters in November. Late last week, the city finance department shared with lawmakers the findings of a major public input initiative that ran from May 19 to June 9 and garnered around 10,000 responses.

The city wanted feedback on how to inject the money into three main categories: community, business, and transportation/infrastructure. Here are the highlights:

  • For “community,” respondents listed support for people experiencing homelessness as their top priority. They also suggested more farmers markets and community gardens to address accessibility to nutritious food.
  • In “business,” respondents listed a lack of job opportunities and workforce development as their biggest concerns.
  • For “transportation/infrastructure,” respondents said safe, accessible streets and sidewalks mattered most. Additionally, 90% of respondents said the money should go toward improving existing infrastructure instead of building something new.  

Missed your chance to speak up? Don’t worry, officials say there will likely be more community outreach over the summer.
[CO Politics; Denverite]

👉 What you can do: Dive into the feedback data yourself.

☔ The heat wave is definitely over. Today’s highs will be in the low-70s, with a chance for showers and storms all day.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🏳️‍🌈 No shots fired at PrideFest this weekend
If you heard rumors of an active shooter at the weekend’s Pride festivities in Denver, the police department declared it a false alarm. The event’s organizer, The Center on Colfax, clarified via Twitter that there was a “security incident” that led to some property damage, but that no one was hurt or arrested. [Patch]

🚧 I-70 mudslide cleared up
Interstate 70 is fully reopened after debris flow from the Grizzly Creek fire burn scar near Glenwood Canyon shut down the interstate in both directions for several hours over the weekend. The muddy mess grew to be 70 feet wide and 5-7 feet deep. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Stay up to date with important traffic events by following @ColoradoDOT on Twitter.


✏️ Teachers union backs board president for reelection
Last week, the Denver teachers union formally announced its endorsement for the reelection of current school board president Dr. Carrie Olson. The only other candidate so far running to fill Olson’s seat is Mike DeGuire, a former DPS principal. Four of seven board seats will be up for grabs in November. [Chalkbeat]
👉 What you can do: Learn more about this year’s school board elections. 

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

Meet the Master of Chicano Noir

16 mins
Locally acclaimed author Manuel Ramos is back on shelves with his latest Chicano Noir novel, “Angels in the Wind: A Mile High Noir.” Today, he teases his new page-turner and talks about how the genre allows him to explore some of the darker aspects of life in Colorado.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TUESDAY: Tickets for FAN EXPO Denver on Sale
Nab your tickets to a 2021 Special Edition FAN EXPO event (formerly Comic-Con). Tickets are limited and will be released at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

+ WEDNESDAY: Your Slice-of-the-Sky Photo deadline
Snap a photo of the sky, wherever you choose, and submit it by Wednesday, June 30, to be featured in the new Martin Building mural at Denver Art Museum.

+ WEDNESDAY: A Walk Along Cherry Creek
Make some new friends at this Meetup event — a 2-hour walk along Cherry Creek! The walk begins from the downtown REI at 5:40 p.m. sharp. 

🧁 MADE IN DENVER

Credit: Little Sistas Treats on Facebook

This one is for my fellow sugar fiends — Sisters Zyaire (12) and Char’Les (10) Hawkins launched their bakery business Little Sistas Treats out of their family’s Highlands Ranch home about a year ago. Now, their made-from-scratch cheesecake cones, topped with homemade jams and fruits, are luring in dessert addicts (ahem 🙋🏻‍♀️ ) from across the metro area. The idea started as a way to bring some cheer to the neighborhood while everyone was stuck inside during the pandemic, but they had such a knack and passion for it, a brick and mortar business appears to be on the horizon. [The Know]

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