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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

Do you remember last month when the citizen-led Denver Task Force to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety drew up a list of 112 recommendations for the city to better address Denver’s policing, jailing, and public safety?

If not, then go back and read my newsletter on it, because City Council is finally diving into that list.

At Monday night’s very first meeting of the Public Safety Working Group — a group of City Council members working in partnership with the Office of Social Justice and Innovation to help determine which recommendations the city will pursue — members discussed 43 of the 112 recommendations. For each item, the group considered questions around funding and operational logistics.

The council plans on discussing each of the individual recommendations and will take specific care with the 17 items the report specifically puts in their court, such as stopping homeless encampment sweeps and expanding the power of the city’s Independent Monitor.

The Public Safety Working Group meetings are open to the public. The next one is scheduled for Monday, July 12.
[Denverite]

👉 What you can do: Listen to this episode of City Cast Denver about the citizen recommendations, featuring task force coordinator Dr. Robert Davis. You can also find the full list of recommendations here.

🌦️ Today, we’re looking at a high of 82 with mostly sunny skies and some afternoon storms.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

📡 The mall kiosk knows what you did last summer
Downtown Denver is starting to look a lot like it did in the pre-pandemic times with hundreds of thousands of people flocking to 16th Street Mall to shop and dine. How do I know? Just ask the digital mall kiosk that pings your cell phone when you walk past it to track how many people are nearby, where they came from, and how long they’re shopping. Don’t worry, the Downtown Denver Partnership assures us that the data it collects is kept anonymous. [9News]

🚫 Polis bans American Indian school mascots
On Monday, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a bill to ban the use of American Indian mascots at Colorado public schools. The law goes into effect for K-12 schools this October. Universities have until June 2022. Schools found not complying thereafter could face a $25,000 monthly fine. In March, two dozen Colorado schools were still using American Indian mascots. [Axios Denver]
👉 What you can do: Read up on another new law that requires public state colleges to grant in-state tuition to students from tribes with historical roots in Colorado.


🥘 City Council approves Aramark contract
City Council approved a $9 million, 2-year contract between Denver and Aramark in a 9-2 vote Monday night. Aramark is a private company that provides food services to jails and prisons. The decision comes with some controversy after lawsuits filed in other metro counties alleged that Aramark underfed inmates and even baked metal shavings into some foods. The sheriff department says it will conduct a third-party food safety audit each year. [CBS4]

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

Is Trinidad the New Denver?
15 mins
We have Denver redeveloper Dana Crawford to thank for icons like Union Station and Larimer Square. And soon, residents of Trinidad, CO, might be thanking her too. While many just see Trinidad as a small border town, Crawford and social entrepreneur Kayvan Khalatbari see untapped potential.

🗓️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR

+ TONIGHT: How to 14er
Interested in climbing a fourteener? Swing by 14er Brewing for a free fourteener 101 presentation and Q&A from Colorado Adventure Guides.

+ THURSDAY: Feel Good Yoga Hour
Unwind with community yoga in City Park every Thursday evening. Registration is free, but space is limited.

+ FRIDAY: No Vacancy First Friday
RiNo’s artist residency program No Vacancy launches its first First Friday of the summer, showcasing mixed-media installations from the program’s current group of artists.

🧑‍🌾 MADE IN DENVER
(Cyrus McCrimmon/Denver Post/Getty Images)

The pay-what-you-can Globeville Community Farmers Market is back for the summer and located in a new spot outside of Comal Heritage Food Incubator. This cherished community initiative ensures that all Globeville Elyria-Swansea neighbors have access to affordable, fresh, local produce — no matter their budget. Local vendors include S&D Creations, Metro Caring, East Denver Food Hub, Rebel Bread, and SAME Cafe. The market is scheduled for every Thursday until October from 4:30-7:30 p.m. [303 Magazine]

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