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Week Of Special Interest 10/03/18
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By La Voz Staff

RTD, Lyft, Zipcar to announce new partnership

The Regional Transportation District (RTD), Lyft and Zipcar have partnered to launch a campaign to help Denverites break old habits and give up their car for a month. The partnership’s goal is to reduce roadblocks to using alternative means of transportation that include RTD trains, buses, car-share, and Lyft cars and scooters. The partnership will incent Denver residents to participate in a unique opportunity to explore a full menu of transportation options. Representatives from RTD and Lyft will speak about mobility in the Denver region, the benefits of partnerships and how ridesharing – and now dockless scooters – have changed the way we move around the city.

U.S. Highway 84 honors Nolan Olson

The Colorado Department of Transportation announces the dedication of U.S. Highway 84, south of Pagosa Springs, as the “Nolan Olson Memorial Highway.” CDOT Maintenance Operator Nolan Olson died earlier this year after he sustained injuries from being struck by a vehicle while working on a U.S. highway. Olson’s death sheds light on the importance of slowing down and giving undivided attention while driving through work zones. The crash incident occurred on February 2nd, when Olson, a member of the Pagosa Springs maintenance patrol, was filling potholes on U.S. Highway 160 in southwest Colorado. Olson was severely injured and received treatment for more than a week. Olson succumbed to his injuries and died on February 11. CDOT unveiled the new memorial signs at a quiet ceremony Thursday, September 27. The event was a small gathering of family and coworkers.

Denver Public Schools Board announces interim superintendent

Denver Board of Education members unanimously voted today to appoint Dr. Ron Cabrera, a veteran educator who began his nearly 40-year career in education as a teacher at Denver’s North High School, as the district’s interim superintendent after Tom Boasberg’s departure on Oct. 19. Board President Anne Rowe made the announcement following the board’s meeting this morning at Stedman Elementary in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood, the school where Dr. Cabrera served as a principal from 1988-1991. “We have a lot of work to do and we need to keep DPS moving forward,” Rowe said. “Ron’s leadership on equity and the opportunity gap throughout his exceptional career, and his deep roots in Denver, will provide tremendous stability and leadership during this transition.” DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg announced in July that he was stepping down after nearly 10 years leading the state’s largest school district. His last day will be Oct. 19.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of New York and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from August 13 to August 15, 2018. Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Seneca, and Tioga.

Colorado Governor

The Governor’s Office released “Strengthening Colorado Families,” an action plan from state agencies to use family-based, two-generation (2Gen) approaches to fight intergenerational poverty. “When you are poor, every person in your family and every part of your life is affected,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. 2Gen programs focus on the family as a unit and recognize that supporting children often requires supporting the parent, and vice versa. Colorado’s action plan includes more than 60 different programs and policy changes from a dozen state agencies that will strengthen families who are experiencing poverty, giving them the tools to achieve their full potential.

Denver Mayor

The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) has hired Colorado State Senator Irene Aguilar, M.D., as the director of Denver’s Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team (NEST). Announced by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock in his 2018 State of the City address. NEST is an impact team designed to better support residents and businesses facing significant changes to their neighborhoods.





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