YCN – Your City Now 10-11-19

This week, on Your City Now, we take a look
at November’s ballot, the city honors Pat Bowlen’s legacy, and the Office of Children’s
Affairs provides an essential need. These stories and more are just ahead on Your
City Now. Tuesday, November 5th is the date for the
2019 Coordinated election. Denver voters will decide on several ballot
issues, plus nine candidates vying for three seats of the Denver Public Schools board. Here’s a look. Proposition CC would allow the state to keep
and spend all the revenue it annually collects on schools education programs and transportation
projects. Proposition DD would authorize and regulate
sports betting in Colorado. Denver voters will decide on four specific
issues as well ranging from establishing a new Department of Transportation, creating
a new rank in the Fire Department, to requiring elected officials to live in Denver for the
term of their office. Candidates on the ballot are seeking seats
on the DPS board. Voters in the Southeast part of the city can
select one of three candidates for the seat representing their District 1 and voters in
Northwest Denver will also choose from three candidates for their District 5. All Denver households with registered voters
will receive a local ballot question guide and the Colorado blue book, as well as a ballot. You can watch School Board candidate forums
and the Ballot Issue debates on Denver 8 TV and complete election information is available
at DenverDecides.org. It was only a bluebird Wednesday, but it felt
like an orange Sunday as Mayor Hancock declared October 9th to forever be Pat Bowlen Day in
Denver. – To honor a man who not only brought championship-winning
ways to Denver, Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountain region but showed all of us here
in Denver as well what it means to be a good corporate citizen. – Pat Bowlen, who passed away in June of this
year started and championed Denver Broncos charities which has given over $25 million
to various organizations since its inception. – The indelible mark Pat Bowlen has left on
the sport of football and our great city and state will endure and we thank him, the team,
and the entire Broncos family they have made on fans across the world. In recognition of Mr. Bowlen’s contributions
to the city, the Bowlen family and the Broncos organization was presented with the Mayors
Challenge Coin and Bannock Street was temporarily renamed Pat Bowlen Blvd. To watch the full ceremony, stay tuned to
Denver 8 or visit Denver8.tv. Denver City Council heard from the community
concerning ammendments to the zoning code. The changes would allow vacant land in Denver
to become temporary tiny home villages in an effort to help address homelessness. – We really seek to transform the lives of
every resident that comes through our gates. – I would just ask the City Council to rise
up to a deeper evaluation of what this process has been, do a debriefing, look for best practices. – Tiny home villages provide safety, privacy,
and a sense of personal space that has made them especially popular with vulnerable or
marginalized residents looking to transition into permanent housing. – Tour a supportive housing project now and
get to understand why those services create a greater amount of safety, both for the residents
who live there as well as for your neighborhood than it does when you are living in an alley. – Council approved the zoning cod=e, allowing
tiny home villages for up to 4 years for each location. The measure requires that operators meet with
the surrounding community before applying for permits. To learn more, go to DenverGov.org. This week, YCN traveled to the Aztlan Recreation
Center for an after school treat with the Office of Children’s Affairs. – So, we’re here because one of the great
things that the city does for Denver’s children and youth is to provide tasty food program,
and it has been in operation since 2012 and it is anywhere between 24 and 27 sites across
the city, mostly in rec centers, providing after school snacks and supper to Denver’s
youth. – The program was designed to meet the basic
needs of Denver’s children. It’s part of a plan to ensure kids have the
energy to be successful. – So the great thing about this program is
that it is open to everyone. Any youth that’s 18 years of age or younger
that comes into one of our recreation centers to have a meal a snack or a supper can enjoy
it. – For a list of current sites and times go
to DenverGov.org/tastyfood You can catch new episodes of Your City Now every Friday. Thanks for watching, Denver!

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