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THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

Denver City Council is considering a ballot measure to eliminate its two at-large seats and instead increase the number of council districts from 11 to 13. And here’s why you should care.

The city estimates that Denver reached a record 735,538 citizens in 2020, leaving each of the 11 council districts with nearly 67,000 constituents. Proposal sponsors argue residents will be better served if that number was lessened with the addition of two new districts.

Opponents, however, point out that Denverites currently have three points of contact and representation on City Council: the two at-large members and their own district representative. Reducing that number down to only one is a disservice, they say.

So which option leaves Denverites with better representation? Ultimately, residents will get to decide, if the measure makes it to the fall ballot. The proposal just cleared its first hurdle with the council’s governance committee in a tight 4-3 vote, but it will need to pass two more council votes to survive.
[Westword; CO Politics]

👉 What you can do: Keep following this topic — the full City Council will consider the proposal on Aug. 23.

🌦️ Despite temps in the low 90s, there’s a 20% chance of getting some much-needed moisture later today! 🤞

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🚐 Free rides for Montbello residents
Denver is hoping to launch a new public transit pilot program in Montbello that will offer residents access to free transportation. There will be an app where users can request a ride that promises to arrive in 30 minutes or less. The program’s three-car fleet includes a Chevy sedan, a Chrysler minivan, and a Ford van. If enough people utilize the service, carpooling options will become available. The City Council transportation committee will look over a program contract next week. [Denverite]

🚧 I-70 will (mostly) reopen this weekend
In a public address yesterday, Gov. Jared Polis announced that most of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon will officially reopen on Saturday after repeated mudslides shut the highway down nearly two weeks ago. A stretch of road near Blue Gulch at mile marker 123.5 (where the most extensive damage occurred) will only have one lane open in each direction while repairs continue. Polis said he hopes to have the area fully reopened by Thanksgiving. [Denver7]
👉 What you can do: Monitor road conditions and find detours here.


👀 Lisa Calderón responds to Murphy Robinson accusations
Lisa Calderón, former chief of staff to Denver councilmember Candi CdeBaca, published a column in Westword responding to accusations of racism from Denver Public Safety Director Murphy Robinson. Robinson claimed Calderón denied a meeting with a white female city staffer on the premise that she is “not Black or brown.” Calderón says Robinson’s story is entirely false. Then, for nearly 20 paragraphs, she questions the credibility of our city’s safety director, declares his motives sexist, and calls for his resignation. [Westword]

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

A Clear-Eyed Look Through the Smog
14 mins
Today, host Bree Davies talks with Chase Woodruff, environmental reporter for Colorado Newsline, about climate change in Colorado and what, if anything, we can do to leave a better planet for the next generation.

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🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ TONIGHT: Park Hill Farm and Flea
Don’t forget to stop by the Park Hill Farm and Flea evening market featuring 40-plus vendors, food trucks, and live music every Thursday at Oneida Park through September.

+ FRIDAY: Denver RiNo Art Tour
This 2-hour guided tour will lead you to the best street murals the RiNo Arts District has to offer, highlighting works by female, BIPOC, and LGBTQ artists.

+ SATURDAY: Taste of the Middle East
This celebration of culture at Levitt Pavilion will boast food, music, and activities traditional to the Middle East.

+ SATURDAY: Mutiny Con 2021
It’s Free Comic Book Day! And Mutiny Cafe is hosting Mutiny Con 2021, a 3-day celebration with national and local comic book creators, plus auctions, trivia, and cosplay. 

🎉 MADE IN DENVER

Photo from Rise Westwood Collective

Damaris Ronkanen, owner of Denver’s own bean-to-bar Cultura Chocolate company, founded the Rise Westwood Collective in response to the pandemic. What began as an effort to help small businesses like her own weather the catastrophic blow to the local economy has become the cultural nucleus for BIPOC-, Latinx-, and women-owned businesses. Check out the Westwood-based collective’s regular events, like “Veggie Viernes,” that celebrate community through food, art, live music, local vendors, and more. [Read more 👉 5280

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