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MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

Colorado renters now have some new rights protecting them from eviction.

Last Friday, a new state law went into effect that puts more power in the tenant’s corner when facing eviction from their home. Some of the biggest changes include:

  • Extended grace period: As long as a tenant facing eviction due to nonpayment can come up with the full amount owed before a court signs off on the eviction, the landlord must accept the payment and cancel the eviction. Previously, the tenant only had 10 days to settle the debts. 
  • Guaranteed grace period: Tenants are guaranteed at least seven days between an eviction filing and an eviction hearing. Previously, the filing and hearing could take place on the same day. 
  • Late fee cap: Late fees can no longer exceed $50 or 5% of the tenant’s outstanding rent balance, whichever is greater. Additionally, landlords cannot issue more than one single late fee per late payment. 
     
  • No more late fee eviction: A landlord cannot file to evict a tenant for nonpayment of a late fee. 

Those are just a few of the changes. Explore the full bill here.
[Denver Post]

😎 Today’s weather: Sunny and in the 70s!

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

✈️ DIA janitors fight for better working conditions
Hundreds of Denver International Airport janitors held a one-day strike on Friday, demanding higher wages and a more reasonable workload from their California-based contracting company, Flagship Aviation Services. By Friday afternoon, representatives of the janitors’ union (SEIU Local 105) said negotiations looked promising, but that another strike may be possible if an agreeable outcome is not met. The union’s contract with Flagship expired Thursday. As of Sunday afternoon, an agreement still had not been announced. [Denver Post]
👉 What you can do: Look for updates here.


📓 DPS pauses school consolidation plans
Enrollment at Denver elementary schools is (and has been) declining. Last month, the district shared a list of 19 low-enrollment schools to be considered for consolidation or closure as part of the Small Schools Resolution, with extensive community outreach planned for this month. But new DPS superintendent Alex Marrero put the brakes on the process last week, saying that the district needs to focus on its ongoing pandemic recovery efforts first and foremost. He has not said when the Small Schools process might resume. [Chalkbeat]
👉 What you can do: Read more about the Small Schools Resolution.


💉 Most Denver employees are vaxxed up
Following Mayor Michael Hancock’s Sept. 30 deadline for city employees to get the COVID vaccine, nearly 99% of Denver workers are now fully inoculated or were granted exemption from the vaccine. That brings the total number of fully vaccinated Denver residents to more than 470,000, according to data from the Public Health Institute of Denver Health. Good job, Denver. [Denverite]

🏟️ THIS WEEK IN DENVER SPORTS

🏈 Broncos (3-1)
@ Pittsburgh Steelers at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 10

Rapids (13-5-9)
@ Minnesota United FC at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10

Rockies (74-87)
ICYMI: The Rockies ended their 2021 season yesterday with a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks and a final record of 74(W)-87(L).

🏒 Avalanche (0-0) 
@ Minnesota Wild at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4 (Preseason)
VS Vegas Golden Knights at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 (Preseason)
@ Dallas Stars at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 (Preseason)
VS Dallas Stars at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 (Preseason)

🏀 Nuggets (0-0)
@ LA Clippers at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4 (Preseason)
@ Golden State Warriors at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 (Preseason)
VS Minnesota Timberwolves at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 (Preseason)

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

Are Denver's New Hotel Shelters Any Better Than the Old Kind?
15 mins
Producer Xandra McMahon talks with Host Bree Davies about a program the City of Denver put in place during the pandemic to house homeless Denverites in what some advocates say are uninhabitable hotel and motel rooms

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🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ MONDAY: National Taco Day
There’s no room for the Monday blues on National Taco Day! My local recommendation? Check out bartaco for delightful coastal-inspired street-style tacos.

+ TUESDAY: Hamilton Tickets
Set your alarm clocks, because tickets to see the critically-acclaimed Broadway blockbuster “Hamilton” at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts will officially be available to the public beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m.

+ THIS WEEK: Denver Startup Week
One of Denver’s biggest entrepreneurial events every year is back in person and packed with professional panels, mentorship sessions, industry workshops, and more. 

🎃 MOMENT OF MYSTERY

Credit: @dcsheriff

Over the weekend, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a traffic hazard — more specifically, a 12-foot tall headless skeleton statue blocking the road. Some digging revealed the skeleton to be a rather expensive Halloween decoration belonging to a family in Parker. It appears the prop was stolen from the family’s home sometime during the night. The culprit(s) took off the skeleton’s head and arms before abandoning or losing the rest of the statue at the intersection of Hilltop and Flintwood roads. Anyone with info about the stolen property is being asked to call the sheriff’s office at 303-660-7500. [Read more 👉 Denver7]

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