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Week Of Special Interest 01/15/20
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By La Voz Staff

Know an outstanding volunteer who strengthens the community?

Community Reach Center is seeking nominations for the 2019 Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award. To submit a nomination please contact or call 303-853-3472 for more information. Nominations must be received by Monday, Feb. 24. The nomination form is available on the website under About Us - Events.

The Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award honors the memory of Mary Ciancio, an extraordinary community volunteer who championed mental health care in Adams County. Her efforts benefited thousands of Adams County residents living with mental and physical challenges. This prestigious award has been presented annually to an outstanding Adams County volunteer by the Community Reach Center Foundation Board since 1980.

All nominees will be honored, and the winner will be announced at a special celebration dinner on Thursday, April 9, at Stonebrook Manor, 650 East 124th Ave., Thornton. Sponsorships are available as well, please call 303-853-3472.

DPS fiscal outlook receives AA+ rating

District’s financial future remains strong, stable for the coming years

Denver Public Schools 2019 fiscal ratings were “very strong” and “stable,” according to Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Services latest ratings. These acknowledgements affirm the district’s AA+ long-term rating and AA+ underlying rating on the existing general obligation bonds. S&P also assigned a new rating of AA to the school district’s estimated $49 million certificates of participation, a form of financing. Moody’s Investors Services affirmed its rating of AA1 for the district’s general obligation debt and assigned a rating of Aa2 to the district’s certificates of participation. Ratings from both agencies reflect a stable fiscal outlook.

“The stable outlook reflects our expectation that the district’s available fund balance will remain strong over the next two years, supported by what we consider good financial management policies and practices,” S&P said in their rating report. Read Moody’s report here.

S&P and Moody’s provide ratings reflecting issuers’ capacity and willingness to meet their financial obligations in full and on time. They provide other types of analyses and assessments that give views of creditworthiness, which can be useful data points when planning acquisitions or other initiatives.

“We have a strategic vision for our schools and students that is carried out with strong financial management,” said Jim Carpenter, Chief Financial Officer for Denver Public Schools. “Ratings like these allow us to borrow at lower rates and continue to use our resources responsibly.”

Our Government

White House

President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on imposing Iranian sanctions: By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code.

Colorado Governor

Wednesday, January 15, is the open enrollment deadline for Coloradans to enroll in individual health insurance plans. The next few days are the last opportunity to enroll in coverage for 2020, unless someone experiences a special circumstance like losing their employer-based insurance, getting married, divorced or the birth of a child.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock has designated Don Mares, Executive Director of the Department of Human Services, as Deputy Mayor for 2020. Mares has served as Executive Director of Human Services for the City and County of Denver since 2015, and previously served as Deputy Mayor for 2016.

The Deputy Mayor exercises the duties and responsibilities of the Office of Mayor whenever the Mayor is unable, for any cause, to perform the duties of the office. Per § 2.1.2 of the Denver Charter, the Mayor shall designate a member of the cabinet as Deputy Mayor, with the designation being valid for one year.

Mares’ appointment as Deputy Mayor took effect on Jan. 1, 2020.





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