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Restaurants want to bring out 300 people to oppose 300 on Monday

Denver restaurants are throwing everything they've got against the Yes on 300 campaign, which just put out a mailer linking the listeria hysteria to the Paid Sick and Safe Leave ballot proposal.

And at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 3, local restaurateurs and their employees and supporters will be coming out in force at a "No on 300" rally at Skyline Park, just off the 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe.

"The goal is to get 300 industry representatives to the rally -- '300 against 300,'" reads the latest alert from Colorado Restaurant Association, one of the sponsors of the rally.

Denver restaurants aren't the only businesses that would be affected if voters approve the measure; while other cities have passed paid sick-leave ordinances, this one, which was put on the ballot by petition, not Denver City Council, has a one-size-fits all set-up that local restaurants, many of which are independent, insist does not fit them.

I don't favor the proposal, but I'm willing to sit down with its proponents to hear why they think I'm wrong. And I'm looking for questions to ask them. Have any? Post them below -- in the comments section beneath the second side of this alarmist mailer. And please, don't throw any rotten melons.

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