Notice of July 17, 2019 Meeting of the CPW Neighborhood Association

CPWNA Monthly Board Meeting July 17 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm The City Park West Registered Neighborhood Association meets on the third Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. The July meeting of the City Park West Neighborhood Association will be held at Saint Joseph Hospital – Russell Pavilion. For more information on the location, please visit Russell Pavilion Site Map and Saint Joseph Campus Map. The meeting will be in the Weckbaugh & Robinson Conference Room located in the Russell Pavilion. July 2019 Meeting Agenda: I. Call to Order II. Roll Call III. Approval of the Agenda A. Approve the Agenda of the July 17, 2019 Meeting IV. Approval of the Mintues A. Approve the June 2019 Meeting Minutes V. Treasurer Report A. Provide Receipts & Expenses VI. Discussion Items A. Articles of Incorporation B. Scoops Art Show Report C. Report of the July 15 RNO Meeting to Meet the Candidates D. Fall Event VII. Board Reports VIII. Future Business A. August Agenda – Mission Procedures, etc. IX. Adjournment  

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Youth Art Contest & Showcase on July 13 from 10AM – 12PM at Scoops!

To celebrate the Colorado Black Arts Festival, we’re hosting an Arts Contest for young artists (up to age 17). Please use the back of the art contest flyer for your submission by downloading it here: ART CONTEST FLYER or picking it up at Scoops Ice Cream. Judging will take place at Scoops Ice Cream on July 13, 2019 at 10AM. The Black Arts Festival Parade will also pass by Scoops at this time, so plan to stay. Contest participants: enjoy a free ice cream from 11AM-noon. When: July 13, 2019 Where: Scoops Ice Cream 1426 E 22nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80205 Themes (to start you off, but go where your imagination takes you): What does cultural diversity mean to you? What figure (in Denver, nationally, or globally) has benefited your life or the lives of those in our community? Who has influenced your life positively? What positive impact would you like to make? Bring your artwork to Scoops Ice Cream! You’ll be asked to provide your name, your guardian’s name, and your guardian’s best mode of contact: email and/or phone number. FREE ICE CREAM FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS FROM 11-NOON ON JULY 13! Winners will be announced at noon.

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East Central Area Workshop on May 21, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Save the date for the next meeting on the East Central Area Plan. Mark your calendars because the next community workshop for the East Central Area Plan is on the horizon. Come tell us what you think about recommendations for: Design quality and neighborhood character Small, local businesses Affordable housing Sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and bike lanes Parks, trees, and water quality features Healthy food options East Central Area Workshop 6-8 p.m., Tuesday May 21 Church in the City – Beth Abraham, 1580 N. Gaylord Street Dinner, childcare and Spanish interpretation will be provided. If you need a sign language interpreter or CART Services, contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org at least three business days ahead of the meeting you’d like to attend. For other public accommodation requests/concerns related to a disability, please contact DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org. NOTE: This is a meeting being held by the City & County of Denver. More information should be directed to the contact identified at the event website located at: East Central Area Plan

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District 6 Citizen’s Advisory Group 3/21/19 Meeting Recap (Denver Police Department)

Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) – 3/21/19 District 6 Lead by: Aaron Sanchez, District Commander Attended by: Officer Teresa Gilliam, Community Resource Officer Officer Austen Muson, Community Resource Officer City Attorney Division Chief Ron Thomas, Patrol Division Overall Denver, Crimes Down in the last 28 days Violent – 10% Property – 5% Domestic – 6% District 6 only, Crimes Down in the last 28 days Violent – 11% Property – 11% Domestic – 11% Commander Sanchez went over some items that needed more attention that they have or will put in place: Officers were setting up in LODO areas during bar out times, now they are being proactive and setting up earlier in the evenings and becoming more visible In the event of numerous calls at the same time that tie up resources, they are utilizing department grants (interdepartment) and supplementing with other district officers. Utilizing spotters on roof tops in LODO areas, identifying possible incidents Using patrol cars to barricade streets downtown during high traffic/events Setting up and using Ghost cars in neighborhoods Extending hours to 4:00 am for the Halo team (private company that monitor cameras) Requested second scout car (paddy wagon), presently have 1 and it can take up to an hour to transport someone from incidents to holding. Determined some areas had insufficient street lighting, contacted Xcel Energy — they came out cleaned and fixed lighting. Also set up mobile lighting downtown around the 1400 and 1500 Blocks of market. DUI checkpoints are periodically being set up downtown There was a presentation by the Community Mediation Concepts program. They can provide mediation, facilitation and conflict resolution with neighbor disputes, landlord tenant issues, even police and citizen complaints. Most mediation sessions are free. Contact information: cmc@findsolutions.org www.findsolutions.org 303.651.6534 Questions: Would they consider having CAG meetings in the evening so more people could attend? Yes, they are considering having 3 per year, June 20 will be first one –time to be determined  Prop300 impacts – response by the City Attorney Office. If it passes, it will undo existing law presently in place. Officers and/or citizens will not be able to harass anyone camping in parks and if it happens, they would face criminal charges. Scooter laws What are the laws and how are they enforceable? Where can they be ridden (street/sidewalk, what is the recourse if someone causes an accident while riding, etc.) City Attorney says they are presently working on them as they came about so fast in the city. Austen is going to email me what information is presently available. Community Involvement: Halloween party – Commander Sanchez talked about the yearly party at the station, they decorate it, dress up and hand out candy. It is an all-day affair and takes a couple days in advance to set up and decorate and then all day event on Halloween. They welcome the public to volunteer, either for set up or day of event.

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Facebook Livecast of the March 20 Mayoral Candidate Forum here

These candidates are on the 2019 ballot: Lisa Calderón Jamie Giellis Michael Hancock Kalyn Rose Heffernan Chairman Seku Penfield Tate The following candidate did not submit the required signatures to appear on the ballot but can still collect write-in votes: Kenneth Simpson All of the above appeared at the March 20 Mayoral Candidate Forum at Denver’s Manual High School auditorium. Here are the questions that were posed: What might you say to developers who propose projects that could bring in significant short-term money, but might not align with the long-term vision and needs of the City? What will you do to ensure that Denver’s neighborhoods remain in-tact during this time of growth? What is your plan for addressing the City’s transportation challenges, including increasing access to affordable, convenient, and environmentally friendly alternative transportation throughout the City? What specific policies would you advocate for to prevent displacement of longtime residents and small businesses as demographics change and property values increase? Denver’s recycling rate is significantly below the national average: What can the City do to address better recycling, composting, and trash collection? What are your views about crime in Central Denver, and how do you propose to keep our neighborhoods safe? What is your commitment to ending veteran and chronic homelessness in our community? Do you believe that is possible? The Facebook Live video of the event can be (somewhat seen– poor lighting– and easily heard) HERE. Thanks to all who participated!  

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Deadline extended! Share your thoughts on East Central Area online workshops through 3/22.

Good news! The Denver CPD has extended the deadline for participating in the four East Central Area Plan online workshops to March 22. Additionally, according to Denver CPD, registration is no longer required to leave comments on the workshop exercises addressing key issues like affordability, how to get around, growth and quality of life in the Capitol Hill, North Capitol Hill, City Park, City Park West, Cheesman Park and Congress Park neighborhoods. The online workshops offer the materials and exercises done at in-person neighborhood meetings held last month. If you haven’t already, use the links below to download meeting materials for the presentations, see photos and video, and review and comment on the meeting boards. For the North Capitol Hill & City Park West Plan, submit your feedback HERE. For the East Central Area Wide Plan, submit your feedback HERE.

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Notes from Wed. Feb. 20 police/crime meeting

At tonight’s City Park West Neighborhood Association meeting (Russell Pavilion, St. Joseph’s Hospital) twenty-five neighbors joined board members, Community Resource Officer Austen Munson and Lt. Tony Gallowa for a conversation about crime in the area. Officer Munson said that crime activity is up 60% (property crime) and 30% (people crime). One noted recent pattern is that someone will meet a buyer for a cell phone (a CraigsList transaction) and be attacked and robbed. Officers suggest any such exchanges happening at the police department: if you do a CraigsList exchange of property for money, do so even in the lobby of the PD. Concerns were voiced about increased activity, especially gunshots overheard, but also collections of bicycles chained to property around homeless encampments. Citizens can take photos of the bike caches and send to the police. (Also: make sure your own bike has a VIN number and that you know it). Officer Munson said to call 3-1-1 for non-urgent concerns. For urgent concerns (emergencies) call 9-1-1. Mainly people seem to want more information about the nature of criminal activities and what kind of follow-up is happening; the officers point out that ongoing investigations can’t be discussed in any detail. Community Advisory Meetings: Third Thursday mornings of every month at 10 a.m. the Commander at District 6 holds a monthly Community Advisory Meeting for neighbors to address specific concerns. Location is 1566 Washington. A technology called ShotSpotter is in use by DPD. ShotSpotter can “hear” the difference between shots and fireworks and can pinpoint to within 15 feet the location of the shot. Denver Police are on Twitter @DenverPolice. The Community Crime map is useful: www.communitycrimemap.com People wondered about what signs to look for to better understand what kinds of activity are happening in their neighborhood (e.g. gangs) but the officers said there’s not a particular sign to look for—just increased suspicious activity. Call it in. One participant disagreed that increased police presence has increased in neighborhoods where gunshots and drug deals are frequent (specifically the 22nd Street area). She is out in the neighborhood a lot, and doesn’t see police officers. District 6 phone: 720-913-2800 Community Resource Officer Austen Munson: 720-913-2906

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Season’s Greetings and updates

The City Park West RNO met November 19th. Topics were the RNO’s immediate concerns (establishing and publicizing a regular meeting time and place TBD, identifying all current, active board members as part of updating our website; filing for 501C3 status). We also reviewed ongoing local issues and questions and considered our role in facilitating community communication. We set a loose agenda for our first meeting of 2019 (to be held January 16, 6-7 p.m. at the Vine Street Pub, 1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206. As the organization is still relatively new, your board is working hard to establish structural foundations while we begin advocating for more frequent and participatory community conversations and stronger relationships among residents, organizations and businesses and our city representatives. We wish you Happy Holidays, however you may choose to celebrate and spend these (surprisingly balmy) winter weeks ahead.

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