Off Limits

Don't miss the vote: One name missing from last Friday's final list of city candidates was that of anti-graffiti crusader Mike Quintana. Last year, when he was taking justice into his own hands at his family's westside gym, Quintana vowed to run for council--even though he lived in Arvada and his campaign manager lived in Pueblo. But when the deadline for filing passed, Quintana was too busy watching over his father, who'd received a heart transplant, to pay attention to a political career.

But you can expect the zealous crimefighter to return to the public stage very soon: He just sent an intent-to-sue letter to the Denver Police Department. Last Memorial Day weekend, Quintana was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and tossed in jail, even though he claimed he never had a weapon. Now he does, however: a civil lawsuit that will charge the men in blue with wrongfully imprisoning him, seeking $1 million in damages as restitution.

And you can chalk up another tough campaign season for Ben Klein, former RTD chair, current Edgewater judge and the only politician in Colorado officially ruled sane. (He had to be, in order to get back his license to practice law in the Seventies following a tax conviction.) He made the Friday deadline for filing his petition to run for the Denver Election Commission--and wound up listed eighth out of nine candidates on the ballot, a spot almost as lousy as his last-place line on the RTD ballot last fall.

Earlier, Klein had said he might not run if he landed another bad ballot location. Now, though, he thinks he has to if he's going to make a point. "I probably should stay in it for the principle, even if the cards are stacked," he says. "As a matter of mind and conscience, somebody needs to get out on the street and hope for a change." And that change is? "I think, frankly, the Denver election commissioners should not be succeeding themselves. They run their own election. When I was over there, one of the clerks told me that they would get one, two and three places on the ballot. They got one and three--that's suspect in my mind. All those employees are beholden to them. They work patronage--excuse the expression--all year long. They should not be running their own elections."

Klein provides a corollary. When he was in the legislature and voted for a pay raise, the lawmakers couldn't take it while they still served. And when he served as attorney for city auditor Tom Currigan, he studied the matter further. "They're getting away with political murder down there. Incumbents should not run for re-election when they're running the election," he says. "I'm not sour-graping. I've been through all this stuff before. In my opinion, it's a pretty stacked deck."

But Klein's not the only one to suffer the luck of the draw. Wellington Webb wound up fourth of the four mayoral candidates.

What's black and blue and read all over? In New York, it's New York magazine, whose current issue includes a garish double-whammy homage to Denver. According to the full-page "Gotham Style," designer Calvin Klein has chosen "orange and blue" as the "essence of spring" fashion. Orange and blue, of course, are the colors of the Denver Broncos--and also of the Armani dress that Felicity star and former Highlands Ranch high-schooler Keri Russell is shown modeling in the magazine.

"It's really a symbolic color combination in terms of the millennium," Leatrice Eiseman, director of the Pantone Color Institute, told the magazine. "You have to look at them, whether you want to or not."

Particularly if you live in Denver, where a new stadium set for the orange-and-blue team will soon be blocking the view of the mountains.

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