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Denver set to issue first batch of bonds and buy properties for northeast drainage projects — Denver Public Works officials have received approval to borrow an initial $116 million for the Platte to Park Hill storm drainage projects and to buy up 27 properties needed for a channel along 39th Avenue. The issuing bonds will enable the city to get started on the design and construction of several controversial projects that have stirred passions in several northeast Denver neighborhoods.

Denver ethics chairman resigns, cites potential conflict — The chairman of the Denver Board of Ethics will step down from the appointed position next month because of a sudden potential conflict of interest. Brian Spano is a law partner with Kristin Bronson at the Denver law firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. On Oct.

DIA releases bids for terminal project, but they’re heavily redacted - with no information about cost — Negotiations are underway with the preferred bid team for a massive renovation of Denver International Airport's Jeppesen Terminal, but a new release of bid documents leaves key questions unanswered - chief among them, how much the project might cost. Three bidders' thick proposals for a public-private partnership included project cost projections for varying concepts and future terminal revenue calculations.

Wellington Webb to undergo surgery at Denver Health — Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb has been admitted to Denver Health medical center for surgery to treat diverticulitis, the hospital said Tuesday. The painful condition involves the inflammation of small pouches that form along the lining of the digestive system, typically in the colon.

Denver to developers: Want to build higher? Add more affordable housing — A new building heights plan adopted for the area near Denver's new 38th and Blake transit station proposes that the city offer a deal to developers hungry to break ground in the burgeoning neighborhood: Include affordable housing, and the city would allow them to build higher - up to 16 stories.

Denver council is poised to approve creation of city’s first affordable-housing fund — The Denver City Council appears likely Monday night to approve an affordable housing proposal that would raise more than $150 million in the next decade from property taxes and new development impact fees. If the council signs off on the creation of the city's first-ever dedicated local funding sources for affordable housing, city officials plan next year to spend $10 million raised by them.

Denver noise clampdown gets support, but some event organizers say fines are unavoidable — Denver city officials stepped up enforcement of the city's noise ordinance in a big way after boisterous rock festivals rattled nearby windows and spurred a flood of complaints two years ago. Near City Park and some other popular festival and concert sites, neighbors felt under siege.

Denver to buy Sun Valley warehouse for overflow homeless shelter — Homeless men who board buses outside the Denver Rescue Mission for transport to the city's overflow shelter soon won't have to travel as far. City plans disclosed this week call for a switch by January to a warehouse building that the city is buying near Seventh Avenue and Alcott Street in west Denver, minutes from downtown.

Disabled parking crackdown is coming as part of Denver’s proposed 2017 budget — Denver no longer would rely on a ragtag band of volunteers to enforce rules for disabled parking in publicly accessible lots under the city's proposed 2017 budget. For the first time, the $1.9 billion budget would include money for three full-time enforcement agents devoted to ticketing disability parking violations in off-street lots, including at grocery stores and other businesses.

$150M affordable housing plan faces test vote, competing proposal in Denver council session — Denver's long-discussed $150 million plan to boost affordable housing construction faces uncertain waters ahead of a key test vote Monday night by the City Council. Some housing advocates and council members think the 10-year plan, which relies on a property tax increase and new development impact fees to raise that money, isn't bold enough to make a dent in the city's affordable housing gap.
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Sep 30, 2016

16th Street Mall attracting more visitors -- but they aren't sticking around long  via @denverpost

Sep 29, 2016

It's too bad it's one of those scientific, statistic-y polls rather than an online survey where people can vote more than once.

Sep 29, 2016

RT @Fahrenthold: NEW: @realdonaldtrump's Fdn, totally reliant on other people's $, lacks state certification to raise $ from others.

Sep 29, 2016

Denver set to issue first batch of bonds and buy properties for northeast drainage projects  via @denverpost

Sep 29, 2016

RT @denverpolitics: Governor endorses higher minimum wage, aid in dying, cigarette tax  #copolitics

Sep 29, 2016

RT @JamesFallows: How a cognitive bubble works: sample from the email inbox.

Sep 29, 2016

RT @MayorHancock: Proud to announce details of a retail career services grant awarded to #Denver by the @WalmartNewsroom for training…

Sep 29, 2016

RT @abuvthefold: Dougco parents of Endrew tell me they're "shell-shocked & giddy" at @Scotus decision to hear autistic son's case https://t…

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