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Week Of Special Interest 11/13/19
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By La Voz Staff

Hernandez named Boulder’s Transportation & Mobility Director

The City of Boulder announced that Carlos Hernandez has been selected as the city’s Transportation and Mobility Director effective Jan. 13, 2020. Hernandez was selected following a national search.

“Mr. Hernandez’s background in city planning and engineering provides an opportunity for the city to build on its strong mobility foundation and to work with the community to implement the next evolution of transportation and mobility to prepare for Boulder’s future,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “His experience with mobility issues in Colorado and around the nation positions us well to maintain the current infrastructure as we also prepare for new standards in mobility.”

Hernandez is one of Colorado’s leading transportation planning professionals, combining more than 20 years of experience implementing complete streets, regional transit and multimodal transportation systems. He previously partnered with the community and City of Boulder staff on the Chautauqua Access Management Plan, East Arapahoe Transportation Plan and the 30th and Colorado Corridor study. Hernandez also worked for a decade with advocacy organizations, City of Denver staff and neighborhood groups to implement the Denver Moves Mobility Plan, neighborhood-based vision zero plans and high capacity transit projects in downtown Denver.

Hernandez is a certified planner (AICP) and transportation planner (CTP). He graduated from the University of Colorado Environmental Design program with a degree in City, Urban and Regional Planning. He has led teams on transformative transportation projects in Aspen; Santa Fe; Jackson, Wy; Redmond, WA; and Salt Lake City. As Boulder’s Transportation and Mobility director, Hernandez will oversee transportation planning and operations, project management, transportation maintenance and airport operations.

RTD begins training new bus and rail operators

Driver shortage continues to pose day-to-day challenges on delivering planned service

While the Regional Transportation District (RTD) continues to address challenges associated with a shortage of bus and rail operators, the agency is encouraged by an increase in applications from people interested in serving as bus and rail operators. A new class of approximately 50 rail and bus operators and mechanics will begin orientation and training.

“Our priority is to get new hires through orientation and trained while keeping safety to our riders and employees in the forefront,” said Michael Ford, chief operating officer. “We understand the impacts that canceled runs have on our passengers and we are doing everything we can to minimize those impacts.”

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump made additional disaster assistance available to the Santa Clara Pueblo by authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding for Public Assistance projects undertaken as a result of flooding during the period of August 19 to August 24, 2011.

Under President Trump’s order, the Federal share for Public Assistance has been increased to 90 percent of the total eligible costs for the Santa Clara Pueblo.

Colorado Governor

Gov. Jared Polis today announced the appointment of Kolony L. Fields as a Douglas County Court Judge in the Eighteenth Judicial District, to fill a vacancy occasioned by the appointment of the Honorable Monica Gomez to the El Paso County Court. Fields is a District Court Magistrate in the First Judicial District, a position she has held since 2011. Her docket consists primarily of juvenile delinquency, criminal, domestic relations, and dependency and neglect matters. Previously, she was a Public Defender in the First Judicial District (2004-2011). Fields earned her B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1999, and her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2004.

Fields’ appointment is effective immediately.

Denver Mayor

Denver’s Office of Sustainability is seeking members to join its newly created Climate Action Task Force. The Climate Action Task Force will be charged with creating consensus in the Denver community by May of 2020 around an updated climate work plan through an equity lens, securing the resources that will be needed, and creating revenue mechanisms.

Applications will be accepted until Nov. 14, 2019. To learn more about Denver and Mayor Hancock’s Climate Action Plan, go to:





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