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Hi all, below is a link to my interview on the City Council Chronicles podcast. Many of you are featured in various clips as well. We covered a wide range of topics, including what type of MillerCoors product the City Council most closely represents, the recent building moratorium, and expanding voting rights to ages 16 and older. Hopefully I didn't embarrass the City too much! https://councilchronicles.com/2019/08/11/interview-143-golden-co-mayor-pro-tem-casey-brown-with-podcast/

CaseyBrown 8 days ago

3. (Continue DRCOG info)Area Agency for Aging briefing. Go to DRCOG/calendar for July 23rd and click on it for the packet

JimDale 27 days ago

DRCOG BOARD PACKET: LI mention three important issues address during our recent, last Thursday I mention three big issues that were addressed in powerpoint presentations in the last Wed DRCOG packet:1. Strategic and Tactical plans for the METRO region (see Unified Plan)2. Options for funding METRO transportation3.

JimDale 27 days ago

On a related topic to crosswalks, I thought this article on pedestrian "beg buttons" was interesting and relevant to the pedestrian experience in downtown Golden: https://denver.streetsblog.org/2019/07/17/guest-post-the-pedestrian-beg-button-why-is-it-still-a-thing/

CaseyBrown about 1 month ago
Marjorie about 1 month ago

an interesting article in the Denver Post about land trusts working on behalf of affordable/attainable/workforce housing:https://www.denverpost.com/2019/07/08/denver-affordable-housing-land-trusts/

SaoirseCharisGraves about 1 month ago

An interesting article in the Denver Post about land trust entities working on affordable/attainable/workforce housing:https://www.denverpost.com/2019/07/08/denver-affordable-housing-land-trusts/

SaoirseCharisGraves about 1 month ago

A FEW MORE CML NOTESMunicipal Courts- have a good judge Eval format-consider CC meeting with the Judge quarterly- use/ read new CML pub on courts" The Last Mile"- check out the slides on line at CML - mostly Denver lessons learned and actionsGovernor's lunch presentation:- echoed many of the new Bills and efforts and programs- noted that new state wide kindergarten is a "funded, un-mandate" for locals- emphasize the new DOLA Renewal Energy GrantsSocial Media - legal issues- - my take :) : speak/write "no evil", hear "no evil", & see "no evil"-- don't block anybody- announce things, don't discuss - could be quasi judicialCollaborative Legal response to Homelessness- Arvada has done a lot in ordinances etc.and we could probably gain from their workBenefits from park, Rec, and Outdoor activities - my take Golden is doing good - will share handout with Steve G and Rod TCensus - be prepared, help prepare to be successful & make sure all are counted!Closing SessionChange Never Dies- BEFORE ACTING--Check--Ask--ReplaceOpening SessionMany things but....Email & correspondence:Tell folks if you want action upfront or is it just infoPut it in the title

JimDale about 2 months ago

More CML NotesBuena Vista Housing Project - Lessons Learned1. Communicate early and often2. Be transparent:- who's the Developer?- What will it look like?- How much city $s?- what qualifications to get a unit?3. Don't minimize impacts4. Have backup plans5. Pursue grants6. Get local involvement7. Ensure:-proper land use- appropriate elections- preparation for litigation8. Prepare to help applicants through the IRS requirements for residency in a units7.

JimDale about 2 months ago

More CML Notes:AFFORDABLE HOUSING - Attracting Developers - city incentives:1.rebates and reductions in impact fees2. reduced tap fees3. provide road, sidewalks and/or curbs4. assist with federal Tax Credit application to CHFA5. Deed restrictions - years to perpetual6. designate rent cap units7. workforce housing - example is Vail t 90% market rate8. provide land9. use RFP10. URA11. Community Reinvestment Act $s12. multiple sources/layers of funding13. another approach - Rifle put housing on top of their city hall A good local resource/resident - Kimball Crangle with Gorman and CO.

JimDale about 2 months ago

NOTES FROM CMLDOLA ( Department of Local Affairs) Activities and Issues1. Continued rural broadband effort2. Energy $ set asides3. Census support rant program (apply before Nov)4. Governor's Subcabinet work groups:- rural development- Healthcare- climate & energy5. Affordable Housing funding(triple previous $s)- uses: buildings, land, & vouchers- focuses: rural, seniors, abused, addiction recovery and poor (particularly those on the edge)6. Disaster recovery and Resiliency Office7. Special teams - Field & Community Development8. State Demographer's Office; great resource9. Numerous financial assistance programs - see the website

JimDale about 2 months ago

WHAT MAKES IT A “LIVING WAGE” ANYWAY?Everybody’s talking about a living wage, but what is it? Minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25 per hour, in some localities it’s as high as $15, but is that enough to live? This is the question asked by Eric Ravenscraft in the New York Times article of June 5. According to the federal guidelines, a two-person household with total annual income of $16,910 is living in poverty. To get above that limit, at least one of these people would need to get a raise to $8.13 or more. But can two people live on $16,910? The $15 per hour minimum wage in New York City generates income of $31,200. Ask people from New York how long you can live in the city with an income of $32,200. The woman who designed the federal guidelines was Molly Orshansky who said at the time they went into effect, “There is not, and indeed in a rapidly changing pluralistic society there cannot be, one standard universally accepted and uniformly applicable, by which it can be decided who is poor… If it is not possible to state unequivocally ‘how much is enough,’ it should be possible to assert with confidence how much, on an average, is too little.” Her formula is simple. In 1955 the Department of Agriculture survey revealed that cost of food accounted for one-third of the average American family budget. Ms. Orshansky merely multiplied the cost of food by three, and that has been the poverty guideline since 1969. The number hasn’t been recalculated since, only adjusted in accord with the Consumer Price Index. Per Ms. Orshansky, if you are below the line you are in poverty — if you are above the line you may still in poverty because it doesn’t account for the cost of housing or transportation. But if you want to know what a true living wage is today, look no further than the Living Wage Calculator developed by Amy Glasmeier, now a professor of economic geography and regional planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The tool uses more specific data based on location for local housing and transportation costs, numbers of household members, costs of insurance, food (not eating out or fast food, mind you), child care, medical, etc. Now that Colorado municipalities can set their own minimum wage as soon as next January, this tool might get some use here. The MIT Living Wage Calculator drills down to Jefferson County level: http://livingwage.mit.edu

Marjorie about 2 months ago

https://coloradosun.com/2018/11/09/voters-snap-purses-shut-for-statewide-tax-measures-but-are-good-with-taxing-tourists-and-sinners/A Colorado 2018 backdrop for the lodging tax discussion. It's worth clicking on just to see the Buena Vista anti-tax mailer.

Marjorie 2 months ago

Longmont Council considering a new Sustainability System for evaluating development proposals: https://www.timescall.com/2019/06/10/longmont-considers-new-system-for-evaluating-development-impacts/

Marjorie 2 months ago

At next Thursday' meeting, I'll bring up this request to sign on to an amicus brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case on whether discrimination based on gender identity is included in discrimination based on sex. Here is the full email:Dear Mayor Sloan,I am following up with our mayors and cities who signed on to the Masterpiece Cakeshop amicus brief last year; as you may already know, we have an opportunity to join another US Supreme Court brief involving a set of critical cases in support of employment nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. The deadline for signatories to the Title VII Amicus Brief is July 1, so I am writing in advance to give Mayors an opportunity to approach their respective councils if need be in order to have the city/town sign on to the brief (individual Mayors may sign on if the municipality is unable to participate). [A]ll signatories to this brief will require a signature block from their City ...Attorney..... I am including our initial outreach email below for your review, as it contains further details regarding the brief. Thank you in advance for your support- happy Pride month!Sincerely,Danielle LongProject Coordinator, Mayors Against LGBTQ DiscriminationE: dlong@freedomforallamericans.orgC: 206.228.2250(she/her pronouns)Dear Mayor, [W]e invite you to join an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court in support of employment nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. The brief is prepared by a coalition of local jurisdictions, including the City of Los Angeles and the County of Santa Clara, with the assistance of the Public Rights Project. This fall, the Supreme Court will consider how Title VII’s ban on workplace sex discrimination protects LGBTQ people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in a trio of cases: R.G.& G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. EEOC & Aimee Stephens; Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda; and Bostock v. Clayton County. The EEOC and many federal courts have recognized that anti-LGBTQ discrimination is a form of sex discrimination. The Court will now decide whether to revoke these non-discrimination protections. The amicus brief will share the unique perspective of local governments when it comes to protecting LGBTQ people in the workplace. The brief will have two components. First, a section will discuss discrimination against LGBTQ people, especially in the workplace, and the profound effect of discrimination on LGBTQ members’ lives, and the community itself. Though LGBTQ people are most immediately and severely harmed by this discrimination, the damage resonates through local governments and the entire community. When LGBTQ people lose their jobs or sustain other workplace injury because of who they are – and then are unable to redress that injury in court – a local government, which provides the first safety net and essential services such as job training, social safety net, health care, housing and the like, carries a significant burden.Second, a section will detail the experience of local governments that have long protected LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace, and show that these municipalities’ protection of LGBTQ people has benefited and strengthened these communities. We hope you will encourage your city to join the brief and in cases where the city is unable or chooses not to join, mayors are invited to sign on as municipal leadership. A signature block including municipal or corporate counsel should be listed for individual mayoral signers. We are happy to assist you in these details. The deadline for signers is July 1. A draft of the brief will be circulated on or around June 24. To be included on the brief, please respond to Danielle Long at dlong@freedomforallamericans.org or call (206) 228-2250. For legal questions regarding the brief please contact Jaime Huling Delaye in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office at Jaime.HulingDelaye@sfcityatty.org or (415) 554-3957. Thank you,Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination

Marjorie 2 months ago

Here's a link to tonight's feature about Marine Memorial plans. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/05/24/marine-corps-memorial-golden/

Marjorie 3 months ago

I'm not attending the CML conference this year, but I advise "safety first" on the part of all those who do. This from the Washington Post: A conference of local government officials in California turned violent when several attendees started throwing punches. Police officers were unable to identify those involved because “none of them were cooperative,” but they noted that one man was hospitalized for minor injuries. City of Commerce Mayor John Soria said he intended to press charges after he and a councilman were attacked “from behind by two individuals.” (Los Angeles Times)

Marjorie 3 months ago

One aspect of a Governor's meeting about Colorado fiscal policy I attended on Friday had some commentary relevant to council's discussion about referring a ballot measure in 2019 or 2020. Basic assumptions: 1. Competing measures will both fail; and 2. The more issues, particularly with regard to increased taxes, the more likely most will fail. On the 2019 ballot are two measures referred by the legislature: 1. Sports betting (predicted revenue $10-15 million) and 2. DeBrucing so state can keep TABOR refunds (predicted revenue $15 million). There is one initiated measure approved for collecting signatures -- reforming and increasing Oil and Gas Severance tax (predicted revenue $700 m). Other 2019 statewide initiatives are likely (and so those for 2020).

Marjorie 3 months ago

MUST SEE: Seattle is Dying. On April 14th, I received an email about this video. I finally took the time to watch it. Please watch it and let's continue our efforts to address addiction and the associated problems it creates - homelessness, crime and disintegration.

JimDale 3 months ago

Singletrack trail trial in Parker: (For photos checkout Parker Parks and Recreation Facebook page)Have you tried out the Cherry Creek Trail soft surface "test section" yet?This 10-foot wide, soft-surface gravel trail segment, approximately 1,500 feet in length, will allow increased trail capacity while still maintaining normal safety requirements. Soft-surface trails are ideal for runners, joggers, pedestrians and even mountain bike users.Any future expansion of soft-surface trails in Parker will be based upon feedback from the test section. So, try it out and give us your feedback on Let's Talk Parker: https://www.letstalkparker.org/soft-surface-trail #ParkerRec #TrailRide

Marjorie 4 months ago