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Week of 9/27/17 Of Special Interest
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By La Voz Staff

Transplants in Colorado

According to a new analysis of census data, the Denver metro area grew by nearly 300,000 people between 2010 and 2016, representing an increase of 11.7 percent during that time. That makes Denver the 28th fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country. The analysis was a joint effort between lawn care service LawnStarter and moving service Bellhops Denver, which aimed to figure out where all those new residents are coming from.

Aurora proposed cuts to R Line 

The City of Aurora has invested millions to improve the areas around the new R line, which helped make it easier for commuters to get downtown or to DIA. But now after only a few months, RTD is considering cutting back on those services because the train is not getting as many riders as expected. RTD Spokesperson Nate Currey also mentioned that changes to light rail lines could happen as often as three times a year, depending on where people are traveling and where the need is. “The investment is here; the infrastructure is here. We are not ripping up the rails,” said Currey. Thursday’s meeting was just to hear the community out. RTD officials have said the cuts, which if approved at the Oct. 17 meeting would take effect next year. The spokesperson said if in the future, if there turned out to be more need for that R line to continue to Lone Tree, they could adjust.

Brother’s Redevelopment helping seniors

Rising home costs and the hot Colorado housing market is leaving some senior citizens vulnerable to losing their homes. Because of rising costs, the thought of home repairs and maintenance can seem impossible for many seniors. That challenge is becoming more common as baby boomers are getting older and will make up a quarter of the population by 2060. That’s where heroes like Jason Stutzman with Brother’s Redevelopment come in. “The challenge of maintaining a home, to be protected from the elements, and be safe to utilize whether it’s a wheelchair ramp or accessible bathroom, those are the issues that I think not everybody sees,” said Stutzman. Brother’s Redevelopment helps with home repair, financial counseling, and even providing housing for seniors. Brother’s Redevelopment hopes to have 101 homes painted by the end of September. Brother’s Redevelopment is always looking for volunteers, and if you’re a senior who needs some help just give them a call at 303-202-6340.

Our Government

White House

President Trump spoke with Governor Rossello of Puerto Rico and with Governor Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands to express support as both territories respond to and recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The President thanked the Governors for their leadership in preparing the residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for these catastrophic events. The President also received an assessment of the damage caused by Hurricane Maria and pledged continued help from his Administration for the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Colorado Governor

The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) released its quarterly economic and revenue forecast. After slowing during the oil and gas downturn and more moderate economic growth of 2015 and 2016, sales taxes and individual income taxes are rebounding in 2017 as the economy strengthens. Corporate income tax revenue is expected to recover starting this fiscal year, albeit modestly, after declining since FY 2013-14.

Denver Mayor

Major Michael B. Hancock and members of his community commissions  honored 10 individuals and organizations with the 2017 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards at an event themed “Denver’s Commitment to Welcoming and Celebrating All,” hosted by the Denver Immigrant & Refugee Commission. “In Denver, we stand firmly for the ideals of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity,” Mayor Hancock said. “These are our values. And the individuals and organizations we are honoring with these awards are proof that we will continue to work together against hate and will not allow it to divide us or our city.“





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