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YIMBY Denver group forms to counter NIMBYs

A small, recently formed group plans to be involved in the City and County of Denver's growth-related issues as part of the Yes In My Backyard movement. (Courtesy YIMBY Denver)
A small, fledgling, informal group of Denver residents wants to “bring the voice of yes” to the city as it considers how to address growth-related issues like affordable housing, transportation and parking, according to the group’s “unofficial leader.” Part of a small but growing nationwide movement called Yes In My Backyard, YIMBY Denver formed after […]

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Denver pot stores cite safer roads, extra city revenue with more hours

A marijuana dispensary. (AP photo)
Denver’s marijuana dispensaries are seeking longer hours to have a level playing field with other city businesses and competitors in neighboring communities. City Council listened to mostly supportive arguments for extending the closing hours from 7 p.m. to midnight at a recent Special Issues Committee hearing.

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Denver taxi, limo licenses to end

Close to 2,200 taxi, shuttle and limousine drivers will likely face fewer regulations in the New Year, when the City and County of Denver is expected to stop requiring them to qualify for and obtain “Herdic” licenses. Such licenses were named for the Herdic cab, a horse-drawn carriage invented by Peter Herdicin in 1881. Herdic […]

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Denver launching dedicated affordable housing fund

Construction of affordable homes in Denver is the goal of two alternate City Council bills, one calling for property tax and impact fees and the other using surplus general fund monies, at the Sept. 12 City Council meeting. (Photo courtesy Habitat For Humanity Metro Denver)
The City and County of Denver’s dedicated, permanent, affordable housing fund and program is on track to debut next fall, with new staff members hired, a 23-member advisory committee formed and short- and long-range plans, a City Council committee was told Wednesday, Nov. 30. Rick Padilla, housing director in the Office of Economic Development, and […]

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DIA audit finds airline revenue collection lacking

Denver International Airport is not collecting airline-related revenue in a timely manner, paperwork is lacking and policies and procedures need to be updated, a report from Denver City Auditor Timothy O'Brien found. (Photo courtesy Denver International Airport)
Denver International Airport is not ensuring prompt payments from airlines, promptly collecting delinquent airline payments and associated interest penalties or managing airline space changes, an audit report found. Denver City Auditor Timothy O’Brien’s staff presented those and other findings and recommendations about DIA’s airline agreement management practices and lack of controls to the independent audit […]

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Denver lobbyists are reporting few expenses

Monthly lobbyist financial reports required by the City and County of Denver, designed to help the public know who is lobbying City Council members on what issues, are commonly submitted with no reported expenditures, a review of the documents by the The Colorado Statesman has found. While no wrongdoing or rules violations is thought to […]

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? Short-term rental rules, data-driven policing in 2017 audit plan

Denver’s enforcement of short-term rental rules and data-driven policing will be closely reviewed by Auditor Timothy O’Brien as some of the areas targeted in his 2017 audit plan. O’Brien recently submitted the plan to Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver City Council as required by city charter. The plan consists of integrated audits that incorporate performance, […]

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? Prevailing wage changes overdue and welcomed

In this June 29, 2016, photo, a construction team works on the rooftop of a high-end office structure in downtown Denver. One of the fastest growing economies in the nation, Denver's current success has brought with it a high demand for new housing and office space. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
An ordinance that established a prevailing wage for City and County of Denver contractors has not seen any significant change in more than a half century, other than a process to exclude violators from doing city work projects that has not banned a single company. That is likely to change, with the city council’s Finance […]

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? Denver quietly joins “Ban the Box” movement

Job applicants to City and County of Denver positions no longer have to disclose their arrest or crimnal record when fill out an application, after the city joined the "Ban the Box" movement in August.
When Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez was 17 years old, he jumped the fence around a city swimming pool and ended up with a ticket for civil disobedience. While disclosing that kind of “record” might not disqualify him from being hired for a city and county job – if he wasn’t an elected official – […]

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