What’s Next?” is the question we’ve heard since the Dec. 11 community-wide listening sessions about keeping or changing the Stapleton name. Five organizations that contribute to the community in different ways sponsored the two sessions, one afternoon and one evening, to get a sense of community views on the subject. All five organizations have Stapleton associated with their names.
The Front Porch sat down with newly elected District 4 school board member, Jennifer Bacon, to discuss her recent election win and her priorities. Bacon was supported by the teachers’ union, which opposes many recent board reforms implemented around school choice, accountability and school closure. The following interview has been edited and condensed.
Denver voters approved all the measures presented to them in the Nov. 7 general election. They ranged from a citywide $937 million bond package to relatively small special district taxes.
Now’s the time to go shopping—no, not for the holidays just yet, but for health insurance coverage.
October was the third month of community discussions about the name Stapleton. In the prior two months, the conversations were dominated by those who favored changing the name and representatives of five Stapleton organizations listened to those views. This month brought an emphasis on having a community conversation in which all voices would be heard, making a decision and moving the community forward in a positive way.
“We are all accustomed to getting a receipt when we spend money on just about everything else, so why not get a receipt when you pay your city taxes?” So says Brendan Hanlon, the city of Denver’s chief financial officer. Taxpayer Receipt, a new tool on Denver’s website, makes the city’s budget more transparent by educating residents on how and where their money is spent.
Funds from measures 2A thru 2G would go toward maintaining and repairing Denver’s infrastructure before it breaks down. The best part: we can do this and keep your tax rates the same.
A group of neighbors working on issues relating to racial and economic justice has identified #ChangeTheNameStapleton as the current focus of their efforts.
Register by October 30. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters starting October 16. Ballot drop-off boxes open November 3.
Activists have recently inundated community meetings urging the removal of the name Stapleton from the neighborhood due to Mayor Benjamin F. Stapleton’s Klan ties during the 1920s.