Denver's two syringe exchange programs can now provide mobile services, thanks to an 8-to-3 vote by Denver City Council Monday night to lift the restriction that kept exchanges 1,000 feet away from schools and child care centers. The goal is to allow exchange programs to reach more of the city's 5, ... More >>
How much pot is going to be sold next year in Colorado as a result of Amendment 64's passage is one of those great unknowns that has given officials across the state a big headache as they try to predict tax revenues. Costs associated with the legalization of this once forbidden plant are another va ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, the Amendment 64 committee of the Denver City Council was scheduled to talk about a proposed retail marijuana tax ordinance, as well as a presentation by Denver Health for a pot-education program to be funded by the city. How much money are we talking about? Plenty. According t ... More >>
After a lengthy public hearing where dozens of property owners and merchants in the Five Points area weighed in on the future of the historic neighborhood, the Denver City Council voted to approve a controversial redevelopment plan that deems the area "blighted." Supporters argue that the plan will ... More >>
The Scarlet Ranch swingers club, which moved last year from Denver to Littleton, won't be getting an infusion of city money anytime soon. Last night, the city council narrowly rejected a $42,500 settlement agreement to resolve a federal lawsuit alleging that in May 2010, Denver police "illegally ent ... More >>
Earlier this week, Denver City Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz expressed philosophical support for a medical marijuana outdoor ad ban that would go beyond one targeting the areas near where kids congregate. Councilman Christopher Herndon confirms that he'll offer just such a proposal and tells us why he t ... More >>
Last week, Cannabis Business Alliance's Shawn Coleman argued that accepting a medical marijuana advertising ban near schools, parks, daycares and rec centers might find off citywide prohibition. But one councilwoman is leaning toward a more sweeping policy.
Although there have been rumblings about it for months, Denver's proposed urban camping ordinance has only been circulated in draft form for the past few weeks. In this week's feature, "For the homeless, 'urban camping' is no picnic," Jef Otte took a look at its direct implications by spending a nig ... More >>
36th & Quebec.Red light photo tickets are a hot topic in Denver, with councilwomen Jeanne Faatz and Mary Beth Susman both questioning the program, especially as it applies to citations for crossing the white stop line -- an infraction whose fine was halved this week, but not eliminated. Now, ... More >>
Last week, City Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz questioned Denver's photo ticket program when it comes to fines for crossing the stop line; they're the same as if the driver ran a red light. Nonetheless, the full council approved extending the approach through 2012 during a first reading last night. But M ... More >>
Red-light cameras at Denver intersections are widely reviled and provide dubious safety benefits according to a report from Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher. Yet in a first vote last night, Denver City Council voted 10-2 to retain the program throughout 2012. Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz isn't pleased b ... More >>
36th & Quebec.Cameras at intersections have plenty of detractors, many of whom claim their usage is more about revenue enhancement than safety. Now, a Complete Colorado report offers some numbers to back up this theory. On one day, 94 percent of tickets issued at a major metro intersection ta ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThe list of names opposing the Denver Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is growing, and quickly. Yesterday, six members of the thirteen-person City Council added theirs to a list that already includes Mayor Michael Hancock and Governor John Hickenlooper. To cement their opposition to ... More >>
Update: Last night, the city council voted 10-0 to approve amendments to the city's 1997 needle-exchange ordinance. The decision thrilled Lisa Raville, director of Denver's Harm Reduction Action Center, whose mission is to empower and advocate for injection drug users.
Cableland's Republican-friendly, too.A few weeks back, Mayor John Hickenlooper announced that the city would sell Cableland, a swanky bachelor pad turned official mayoral residence, which had been donated to Denver by the late cable baron Bill Daniels. Proceeds would go to a scholarship found ... More >>
Charlie Brown is the man with the plan.This morning, Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown presented his proposed ordinance to regulate the city's medical marijuana dispensaries to the council's Safety Committee. We live blogged the hearing; you'll find Brown's proposal at the bottom of this p ... More >>
Charlie Brown wants to put medical-marijuana businesses on a tighter leash.Today, Councilman Charlie Brown is presenting his proposal for regulating the city's medical marijuana dispensaries to the Denver City Council's Safety committee. We live blogged the meeting. To read the account in chr ... More >>
Denver's auto impound facility If the I-300 ballot initiative passes in November 3, Denver police officers will be required to immediately impound any and every car they pull over where the person behind the wheel doesn't have a valid driver's license in their possession. But while the main ... More >>
Jeanne Faatz.Moments from now, Mayor John Hickenlooper will be meeting with the media to talk about a revision in his budget plan -- additional bucks to save the Byers library , which had been marked for closure, and keep other branches open for longer hours. And where is he getting the dough ... More >>
Jeanne Faatz.Mayor John Hickenlooper wants to use $2.3 million from Denver's general fund to continue his quest, announced circa 2005, to end homelessness here in ten years. The move appears to have plenty of support on city council, even though the current budget is in such grim condition th ... More >>
"What can we save if we sell this red carpet on eBay?"Mayor John Hickenlooper may be starring in his own documentary series, but if this morning's Denver Post is any indication, he's soon going to be starring in his own political thriller, in which he somehow tries to trim $120 million from the city ... More >>
They're going to need some pretty big signs to hold all the names of the august Denverites honored at the city's new justice complex. After a contentious, sometimes bitter and racially charged process that stretched over several months, the Denver City Council finally agreed Monday night, with one ... More >>
Denver Health finally responds to response-time queries.
As anticipated, the Denver City Council chose to once again postpone a vote on an ordinance that would allow Xcel Energy to erect new 111-foot transmission towers in Ruby Hill Park. The decision last night gives neighborhood group leaders until September 10 to come up with a way to pay for burying t ... More >>
Jefferson Park United Neighbors (JPUN) have been butting heads with developers over a proposed apartment complex on the site of the shuttered Baby Doe’s and Chili Pepper restaurants in northwest Denver for a long, heady 20 months, which you can read about here and here. When it came time last Mond ... More >>
The Hilltop neighborhood and DeBoers property prove that historic preservation is threatened.
From the week of September 15, 2005
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