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Week Of Special Interest 12/11/19
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By La Voz Staff

Over $350,000 to support crime-fighting efforts in Colorado

The Department of Justice announced today that it has awarded more than $376 million in grant funding to enhance state, local and tribal law enforcement operations and reinforce public safety efforts in jurisdictions across the United States. $357,459 will support public safety activities in the District of Colorado. The awards were made by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs.

“Crime and violence hold families, friends and neighborhoods hostage, and they rip communities apart,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “These programs help restore the health and safety of crime-ravaged communities by supporting prevention activities, aiding in the apprehension and prosecution of perpetrators, facilitating appropriate sentencing and adjudication, and providing communities and their residents the means for recovery and healing.”

Denver Public Library vs. eBooks

Denver Public Library has joined a campaign against the eBook embargo recently put in place by Macmillan Publishers. Under Macmillan’s new structure, libraries are allowed to purchase only one copy upon release of a popular new title in eBook format, after which the publisher will impose an eight-week embargo on additional copies of that title sold to libraries.

In 2018, the Denver Public Library saw nearly 1.7 million downloads of eBooks. Between 2014 and 2018, the library saw an increase of 147 percent for downloads. And, the need continues to increase.

At present, the average wait time for an eBook at Denver Public Library is 40 days. If the library is limited to one copy during that two-month timeframe, the wait time will increase. In some instances, the embargo would force customers to wait a year or more to borrow an eBook.

“The library is a place of limitless learning and opportunity, and the Macmillan policy inhibits that,” said City Librarian Michelle Jeske.

Jeske points out that customers with a disability or learning challenge who rely on eBooks will have fewer options. In addition, eBooks can easily become large-type books, and most eBook devices offers options that make reading easier for people with dyslexia.

Denver Public Library has asked its customers to join the 210,000 people who have added their names to the petition launched by the American Library Association at calling for Macmillan to reverse its policy.

White House

President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Alberto Fernández, President of the Argentine Republic, on December 10, 2019.

The Honorable Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services, will lead the delegation.

Colorado Governor

Gov. Polis announced the appointments of David H. Yun, Sueanna P. Johnson, and Christina F. Gomez to the Colorado Court of Appeals. These vacancies are occasioned by the retirement of the Honorable Robert D. Hawthorne, Honorable Daniel M. Taubman, and Honorable John R. Webb.

Yun is a Partner at Jaudon & Avery LLP, a position he has held since 2001. His practice consists of civil appeals and professional licensing matters. Previously, he was a partner (2000-2001) and an Associate (1993-2001) with Long and Jaudon, P.C. Yun earned his B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1989 and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1993.

Denver Mayor

At the 5th annual Sustainable Denver Summit, Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the City and County of Denver’s commitment to, where eligible, purchasing electric vehicles for city fleet vehicles up for replacement.

“Leading the change isn’t just about setting nice goals – it’s about turning those goals into the way we do business as a city. That’s why we’re going to make it a standard practice to replace our city fleet vehicles, where we can, with EVs,” Mayor Hancock said. “This is an actionable step we can take right now to make a real impact on this issue.”





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