Headlines July 13, 2021

Headlines July 13, 2021

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Weapons Found in Denver Hotel

Further details about an incident involving four people and a large cache of weapons in a Denver hotel room are starting to trickle out. A housekeeper at the Maven Hotel found the firearms and tactical accessories Sunday during the course of her work and alerted authorities. The proximity of the hotel to Coors Field and the vantage point fueled speculation that the weapons could be part of a plan for a Las Vegas style mass shooting. Four people were taken into custody; three of them on weapons charges and a fourth on drug charges. The Denver Post notes arrest documents make no mention of a mass shooting plot.

Denver International Airport Has A New CEO

Yesterday evening the Denver City Council unanimously approved Mayor Michael Hancock’s nomination of Phil Washington as the new CEO of Denver International Airport.

Washington led Denver metro’s Regional Transportation District as CEO from 2009 to 2015 and was the CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the last six years.

Per news reports, Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies are conducting an ongoing investigation of the LA transit authority and a non-profit that received a no-bid contract.

The investigation was not discussed during the city council meeting approving Washington’s nomination.

Washington will oversee the airport’s multiple expansion projects, including the terminal renovation.

As the airport’s CEO, Washington will be paid an annual salary of over 260 thousand dollars, making his position the highest paid in Denver’s city’s government.

Washington will begin the job this week.

Colorado Care Workers Plan Rally Urging Congress to Invest in the Care Economy

Colorado home care workers will rally in Denver this afternoon as part of a nationwide day of action calling on Congress to invest in the nation’s home healthcare economy.

As part of the day of action across 24 cities, home care workers are calling on Congress to pass President Biden’s care plan investing $400 billion for the nation’s home care workforce. Rally participants are also demanding a $15 hourly minimum wage, paid time off and benefits, and the opportunity to join a union for the 2.3 million home care workers in the U.S. Women make up an estimated 87% of home care workers. More than 60% are people of color and a third are immigrants.

The Denver rally takes place today at SEIU Local 105’s Justice for All Center on West Alameda Avenue and concludes with the Essential Worker All-Star Celebration at 5:30 pm at Raices Brewing on Colfax Avenue.

Housing Secretary Visits the Front Range

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge will hold events in Denver, Boulder and Englewood this week. Secretary Fudge kicks off her Colorado visit this morning with a meeting with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Congresswoman Diana DeGette. She’ll be in Boulder this afternoon with Congressman Joe Neguse and in Englewood tomorrow with the city’s mayor. Access to affordable housing will top the agenda.

Movement on CU South

On Monday, July 12th, the City of Boulder and the University of Colorado Boulder released a draft agreement stating the proposed conditions for the city to annex 308 acres of university land at the junction at U.S. 36 and Table Mesa Drive.

The draft agreement, being released for public review and comment, addresses flood protection for downstream Boulder residents, the protection and restoration of riparian habitat, and notes specific conditions for housing development on a limited portion of the site.

The site, commonly known as CU Boulder South, is the subject of proposed planning and collaboration spanning multiple years between the city, county, and the university.

Community members may share feedback through a Be Heard Boulder questionnaire, available from July 14th to August 13th. The city is hosting a community briefing and listening session tomorrow, Wednesday, July 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The event will be recorded and posted online for those unable to attend.

More information about the project and the draft agreement may be found at the city’s CU Boulder South Annexation project webpage, the city’s South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation Project webpage, or the University of Colorado’s CU South Annexation webpage.