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We Are One - Denver District 1, Councilwoman Amanda P. Sandoval

Councilwoman Amanda P. Sandoval headshot
 

To contact my office:
district1@denvergov.org
(720) 337 - 7701

Gina Volpe
Council Aide
Scheduling & Constituent Services

Naomi Grunditz, MURP
Council Aide
Land Use Planning

May 2022 Newsletter

May reminds us of our loved ones who have served
 

Dear District One,

May is Mental Health Awareness month and a time when many of us remember our loved ones lost to war through their service to our country. With the events happening in Ukraine, it is natural to feel worried or depressed. It can also bring up the memories of loss. I want to help support our community who are dealing with Mental Health issues for any reason. Mental Health Center of Denver now offers TherapyDirect, online counseling when you need it. Connect with therapists and peer specialists for same-day professional support, at no cost to you. This month’s newsletter provides resources for the community to take advantage of during these times of uncertainty and change. Read more below about Mental Health Center of Denver’s free counseling.  

And to all who are suffering through the war in the Ukraine, we here in Denver’s District One stand with you as ONE!  

In solidarity, 

Amanda P. Sandoval Signature

Councilwoman, Amanda P. Sandoval

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY OFFICE HOURS

Councilwoman Amanda P Sandoval hosting virtual community office hours via the web.

Friday, May 6
Friday, May 13


from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Come chat with me about District One issues important to you. I am here to listen and help with your concerns.
SCHEDULE ONLINE

A WARM WELCOME TO DISTRICT ONE’S NEWEST PRAB MEMBER



Contact Ben Williamson:
 benwprab@gmail.com
I would like to introduce, Ben Williamson who will serve as the new District One representative on the Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB). I believe Ben is the exact voice we need on our PRAB, he will bring a unique perspective and will advocate for the much needed improvements to our parks, and recreation centers in District One.  As a lifelong Northsider, Ben grew up in the Berkeley neighborhood where he frequented Scheitler Rec Center as well as many of the parks around District One. He graduated from Regis in 2017 with a Business Administration degree and a quadruple emphasis in Marketing, Management, Finance, and International Business. He is the Senior Marketing Manager for TAG Restaurant Group and is a co-founder and co-chair of LIFT, Latinos Impacting our Future Together - a nonprofit of over 50 Denver leaders dedicated to helping organizations support and uplift the community. On evenings and weekends, you can find him riding his bike along the various paths and parks and playing or watching sports around Denver. He will be the youngest member of the Board, bringing a fresh and new perspective to the important work of the PRAB. He looks forward to representing his neighborhood well!

VISIT A DRIVE-BY EXHIBIT FROM THE NORTHSIDE ARTS COLLABORATIVE

Featured in Northside Pride: A Drive-By Exhibit from the Northside Arts Collaborative is the work of more than 36 local artists in numerous genres – visual art, music, literature, film, poetry, storytelling, photography and theater. The exhibit also includes a short history of the Latino influence of the Holiday Theater which is next door and was once a venue for Spanish-language movies.  It is now leased by the Museum of Contemporary Art for multidisciplinary presentations. 

A “drive-by” is usually a very negative thing.  But in this case, it lets anyone driving by the corner of W 32nd Avenue and Clay Streets in North Denver see the creative Latino talent with roots in that part of the city.  In fact, most people park and walk up to enjoy the details. 

The exhibit banners hang in the windows of an empty storefront which at one time sold fabulous quinceñera dresses and most recently was a frozen yogurt shop.  The building is owned by the newly formed Denver Cultural Property Trust whose goal is to provide affordable spaces for creatives while preserving important cultural icons. 

The Northside Arts Collaborative is the coming together of creatives committed to preserving and strengthening the Latinx/Chicano culture, history and aesthetic of the Northside. 

CDOT CELEBRATES PROJECT MILESTONE ON THE I-70 NOISE WALL REPLACEMENT PROJECT IN DENVER

The Colorado Department of Transportation recently celebrated an exciting project milestone on the Interstate 70 Noise Wall Replacement Project in the City of Denver, as the first of the new noise wall panels are officially in place along the north side of I-70 between Tennyson Street and Lowell Boulevard. CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew and the I-70 Noise Wall project team were joined by Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and Denver City Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval for the occasion. 

“As a lifelong resident of the Northside, I can speak firsthand to the effects of living in an area that is bisected by highways. After years of advocating for updates to the sound walls, I am thrilled to celebrate the groundbreaking of this project that will improve the quality of life for my community,” said Denver District 1 City Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval. “Thank you to everyone who made this project possible ­- I am greatly appreciative.” 

This phase of the project is replacing the significantly deteriorated timber noise walls on both sides of I-70 between Tennyson and Lowell, which are nearly 50 years old, with a series of new precast concrete wall panels. Kraemer North America is the contractor for this phase of work. The project will greatly improve the lifespan of the noise walls and the overall look of the highway in this area, and it will continue noise reduction by blocking the direct travel of sound waves from the highway to the adjacent homes. 

MENTAL HEALTH CENTER OF DENVER OFFERS FREE THERAPY ONLINE

Mental Health Center of Denver now offers TherapyDirect, online counseling when you need it. Connect with therapists and peer specialists for same-day professional support, at no cost to you. Through TherapyDirect, you can:  

  • Quickly connect online with a professional therapist or peer support specialist 

  • Complete up to 3 online sessions each year 

  • Get referrals to ongoing mental health care and community resources in Denver 

Access online Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:30pm at  https://mhcd.org/therapydirect/. No fees, no medical insurance required. Translation services available upon request.  

Other Resources:  

The Collective is a place for Black youth to hang out and learn about mental health from trusted sources. It's a space to learn from each other about how mental health impacts us and what you can do about it. It’s 100% confidential. Sign up and take action with tools that put you in charge. Create your free, and confidential account today.

TAKE THE I-25: SPEER & 23RD BRIDGE & INTERCHANGE PROJECT COMMUNITY SURVEY

The I-25: Speer & 23rd Bridge & Interchange project will replace the bridges at Speer Boulevard and 23rd Avenue over Interstate 25 in Denver. Beyond this core focus of the project, CDOT is assessing the needs and opportunities to include additional improvements to the interchange system and how to support broader goals for the I-25 mainline and those of the surrounding community. 

The community survey will help the Project Team understand community members' interests and concerns. Please complete the survey (in English or in Spanish) to share how you use the corridor and facilities along I-25 at Speer Blvd and W 23rd Ave, what you like about the current facilities, and what you'd like to be improved. The survey will be open until May 31! 

COMPLETE THE COMMUNITY SURVEY

Northwest Community Transportation Network (NW CTN) Public Meeting: SAVE THE DATE!

Over the past two years, the Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) has worked with Denverites who live, work, and play in Northwest Denver to plan, design, and install transportation improvements as part of the NW CTN Project. To date, DOTI has engaged with hundreds of community members through one on one discussions, larger public meetings, stakeholder groups, Registered Neighborhood Organizations, and pop-up events, and installed bikeways on N Zuni St, W 46th Ave, and W 50th Ave. 
 
This year, DOTI will install bikeways on eight additional corridors: N Perry St, N Clay St, N Julian St, N Eliot St, W 23rd Ave, W 40th & 41st Ave, and W 46th Ave. These improvements will fill critical gaps in the bicycle network and make it easier and safer for you and your family to walk, bike, and roll to local and regional destinations, essential services, and transit hubs. 
 
DOTI will also continue to explore corridors that the City and community identified for further study. This will include discussing recommendations for a N Lowell Blvd bicycle connection and providing updates on the N Tejon St corridor. 

The NW CTN team invites you to SAVE THE DATE for a discussion of these projects and what changes you can expect over the next few years at our upcoming public meeting on May 18, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

The meeting will be held virtually through Zoom at the following link: Bit.ly/NWCTNMay18. For more information about this project and other similar projects, please visit the project website at Bit.ly/DenverMovesNetwork.

FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES MOBILE FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION AT REGIS UNIVERSITY

Regis University has partnered with the Food Bank of the Rockies to offer a Mobile Food Pantry at their Northwest Denver campus the first Tuesday of each month. The food pantry will be open from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will be located in parking lot 6 off Regis Blvd./50th Avenue between Federal and Lowell boulevards. Anyone, regardless of income or immigration status, can visit the mobile food pantry to receive canned food, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, and meat products. No one will be turned away. 

THE DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT INVITES RESIDENTS 15-19 YEARS OLD TO ATTEND THEIR FREE 2022 YOUTH ACADEMY

The Denver Police Youth Community Academy is designed to familiarize teens, aged 15 to 19, with the “how/what/why” of police work and interact with active police officers. We work towards planning an engaging academy that reflects current trends, themes, and topics, and will encourage thoughtful discussion about police work within the community. 

  • Teens will get the opportunity to participate in discussions, see and listen to demonstrations about: 
  • Police K-9's  
  • AirOne Helicopter  
  • The investigative process 
  • Arrest/search/seizure 
  • Less-lethal weapons options 
  • Traffic stops 
  •  Scenarios in the Virtra 300 Simulator 
Police Officers and other experts will assist with lectures and demonstrations. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion and will be invited to join many of the available Denver Police Youth Programs. 
VIEW MORE INFORMATION AND APPLY

ATTEND WEST COLFAX PEDESTRIAN & TRANSIT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE


Virtual Open House


May 5
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 


Attend virtually via Zoom by visiting Bit.ly/May5openhouse

Denver Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) is hosting a virtual open house to discuss the final design for the West Colfax Pedestrian and Transit Improvement Project and West Colfax Vision Zero Quick Build. As a part of these projects, DOTI will construct improvements on West Colfax between Sheridan and Irving Streets to benefit the overall safety of pedestrians. Additionally, improvements will be added to benefit the speed and reliability of transit service on the corridor.

PRIORITIZATION POLICY TO COMBAT INVOLUNTARY DISPLACEMENT

PLEASE JOIN US! The Department of Housing Stability is inviting Denver residents to a public meeting on Wednesday, May 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. to discuss the proposed Affordable Housing Prioritization Policy and gather feedback from residents. You can join the meeting at this link: https://denvergov-org.zoom.us/j/83283356262

 

What is involuntary displacement?

When an area experiences new investment and an influx of higher income residents, neighborhoods may face both positive and negative neighborhood impacts. While increasing property values can be a benefit to some, they also force some residents and businesses out of the area, which is called involuntary displacement.

 

Why do we need to prioritize affordable housing?

For Denver to be an inclusive city, it is important for everyone to have housing that fits within their budget. For most people, rent or mortgage payments are the single biggest expense. Two factors – households’ income and the amount they pay for housing – drive whether a household can pay for their housing without compromising other important goals, like buying food and medicine, saving for homeownership, or planning for their child’s college education. In Denver, like other growing cities nationally, housing costs have grown faster than household incomes, putting significant strain on a growing number of Denver residents.
 

Who will benefit from prioritizing affordable housing?

People who are likely to benefit are those who: 

  • Have long-standing ties/deep roots in the Denver community; or 
  • Are struggling to keep up with rising housing costs (e.g., facing foreclosure, paying more than 40% of their incomes on housing); 
  • Need to move because they are losing their housing through no fault of their own (e.g., no cause eviction, renters who must leave because property owners are selling the unit) 

For more information, including Frequently Asked Questions and meeting information, please visit the Affordable Housing Prioritization Policy webpage here.

MONTHLY LAND USE UPDATES

View the monthly land use update for District One. This update include Neighborhood topics, public hearings, land use resources and project updates.
VIEW MONTHLY UPDATE

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE (DOTI) ADVISORY BOARD

Transportation and Infrastructure Advisory Board Monthly Meeting


May 9
4:00 p.m. 

Attend virtually via Zoom by registering online.

The Transportation and Infrastructure Advisory Board was approved by the voters of Denver in 2020. The board will be comprised of 19 members (6 Mayoral appointees and 13 City Council appointees) and is charged with advising DOTI on transportation policy and operations of the department along with reviewing and commenting on the proposed annual department budget.

PARKS & RECREATION
ADVISORY BOARD (PRAB)


Do you have comments, questions, or concerns regarding Denver Parks or Recreation Centers?


Attend the PRAB meeting and share directly with them. 
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) will hear public comments every second Wednesday of the month, at 5:30 p.m. at the Board’s regular meeting, currently being held online through Zoom. Register for the meeting at denvergov.org/PRAB or directly at this link

COMMANDER'S
CITIZEN ADVISORY GROUP (CAG)


Denver Police Department
District One


May 16
6:00 p.m. 

District 1 Police Station
1311 W 46th Ave.
or at
tend virtually by emailing Michele.Cooper@denvergov.org

Hear from the District One Police Commander, Layla Destaffany, and District One police officers about neighborhood safety and crime trends and share your concerns directly with the police. For the safety of our community, CAG will be meeting virtually. Please email Officer Cooper in advance of the meeting for an email invite. The link in the email invite changes every month.  

If you would like an ASL interpreter, please email 1.Dist@denvergov.org at least three business days before the meeting.

CITY COUNCIL MONDAY NIGHT MEETING INFORMATION

Ways to watch:  

Denver Channel 8 

Zoom 
Password: Denver 

Call-in: 
720-928-9299 
Enter 960 0657 7923 for the webinar ID.   

Monday Night General Public Comment  

To learn how to sign up visit this link.  

Zoom 
Password: Denver 

Call-in:  
720-928-9299
Enter 960 0657 7923 for the webinar ID.   

City Council committee meeting information 

Denver City Council members serve on several different committees, each concerned with various areas of city government. Committees meet regularly to discuss and prepare proposed laws. Learn more about specific committees, when they meet, and who serves as members. 

Learn more here

Denver Planning board  

The Denver Planning Board advises the mayor and Denver City Council on land use matters including planning and zoning. The 11-member board reviews and makes recommendations on rezoning requests, plans, certain district design standards and guidelines, view planes and other land use rules and regulations. 

Planning Board meetings take place on the first and third Wednesday of every month and are open to the public. Meetings are broadcast on Denver's Channel 8 and online at www.Denver8.TV

Learn more here.  

Denver Board of adjustment 

The Board's sole duty is to hear and decide cases regarding the Denver Zoning Code. The Board meets Tuesday mornings in a semi-formal proceeding open to the public on Zoom.  

Sign up to attend virtually here.  

Learn more here

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