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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021

🏙️ TODAY IN DENVER

Mayor Michael Hancock has his fingers crossed for Denver’s cash flow — He’s projecting that the city will bounce back to pre-pandemic revenue levels next year. But to get there, the mayor wants to bulk up Denver parking fees.

Last week, the mayor proposed a $1.49 billion budget for 2022, which is a 12% increase from the current budget. His most lucrative idea for new funding is increasing metered parking rates, which haven’t changed in two decades.

According to Hancock’s proposal, upping city meter fees from $1 per hour to $2 could generate $9.2 million in revenue for transit infrastructure, such as improving bikeways, sidewalks, and street safety.

In addition to building revenue, studies show that raising meter fees has the potential to discourage driving, getting more cars off the road and cutting down on pollution created by those vehicles. In turn, this could help the city reach its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

But there’s no reason to start counting your quarters just yet — Hancock’s proposed budget still needs to be reviewed by City Council, who will vote on the final budget in November.
[Axios Denver; Denverite]

👉 What you can do: Peruse the full 786-page budget proposal… if you’re into that kinda thing.

🍂 Enjoy another feels-like-autumn day with temps around 68 degrees, before we shoot back toward the 80s for the rest of the week.

— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)

📰 IN OTHER NEWS

🏫 “Hey hey, ho ho, Tay Anderson has got to go”
Hundreds of Denver Public Schools students walked out yesterday in protest of DPS board director Tay Anderson, who has been at the center of a five-month sexual misconduct investigation that concluded last week. The students gathered outside DPS headquarters and called for Anderson’s resignation (the board can’t forcibly remove its own members). The investigation found that the most serious accusations against Anderson could not be substantiated, but that he did engage in inappropriate communication with a student. The school board voted to censure him last Friday. [CO Sun]
👉 What you can do: For more, listen to yesterday’s City Cast Denver episode that breaks down the Tay Anderson investigation with Chalkbeat reporter Melanie Asmar.


💉 Mass vax sites return to Denver
Looking to get vaccinated? Now would be a convenient time. Earlier this month, Biden announced a federal vaccine mandate for all U.S. companies with 100-plus employees. With those vaccine deadlines fast approaching, the state has set up four mass vaccination sites (in Aurora, Littleton, Commerce City, and Colorado Springs) to help meet a potential increase in demand. The sites opened yesterday and will administer first, second, or third vaccine doses until Sept. 30. [9News]
👉 What you can do: Find times and locations for the four mass vax sites.


🏈 Jeff Bezos or Jay-Z?
Both billionaires are rumored to be interested in making a bid for ownership of the Denver Broncos. Following some family drama among late owner Pat Bowlen’s children, it seems likely that the Bowlens will not keep the team in the family, but sell it for an estimated $4 billion once the current NFL season ends. Front Office Sports reports that Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z are two names that keep popping up in discussions of the sale, but this isn’t the first NFL ownership rumor for either man. [Front Office Sports]

🎙 TODAY'S PODCAST

A Better Way to Feed Denver’s Hungry
18 mins
When Jim Scharper founded Feeding Denver’s Hungry, he was passing out sandwiches on Broadway. Now? He’s operating a full-scale grocery store in Montbello — and everything is free. Host Bree Davies visited the store to learn more. 

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🗓️ MARK YOUR CAL

+ TONIGHT: Beyond the Buzzword: Critical Race Theory
Critical Race Theory — you’ve most likely heard the phrase, but what does it mean? How might it affect you? Find answers at this panel discussion hosted by Boulder County’s YWCA and NAACP.

+ TONIGHT: The Time is Now: A Community Conversation w/ Black Voices
Join this virtual two-hour panel for a community discussion on taking actionable steps to improve access to news and information that serves Black communities.

+ WEDNESDAY: Digital Earth: Our Warming Planet
In this virtual discussion, Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and research associate Bob Raynolds tackle the many factors of climate change and what we can do about it.

🎃 MADE IN DENVER
(Lyn Alweis / The Denver Post / Getty Images)

For those of you who can’t wait any longer for your annual trip to the pumpkin patch, you’re not alone (👋). Several metro area farms are opening to visitors for the season starting this weekend — with wagons ready for riding, hot cider ready for sipping, and pumpkins ripe for picking. Check out this list from Patch of farms near Denver so you can start planning! 

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