2020.11.09 – Weeks in Review

/ November 9, 2020

Community,

I hope you are all doing well and are ready for the holiday season. Here’s a look at major events that have happened over the past several weeks.

Ongoing Economic Relief for Renters and Businesses

COVID-19 remains with us and our cases are trending in the wrong direction on the county and state level. You might have heard that Arapahoe County has been moved to Safer at Home Level 2 (Yellow) due to climbing positivity rates and hospitalization rates for the virus, and if trends hold we are on track to be moved back to Level 3 (Orange).

UPDATE: Arapahoe County will be moving to Level 3 (Orange) as of Wednesday, November 11th at 5 pm. You can see what this means here. The short-hand is that restaurants and other businesses will be rolled back to 25% of maximum capacity (or 50 people in the case of restaurants), whichever is less. If we do not get our spread under control we are at risk of being rolled back to Stay at Home (Red).

I know we are all suffering from COVID exhaustion, but the virus remains with us and we need to stay on top of masking, social distancing, and hygiene in order to combat the spread. I am hopeful that a vaccine will be available in the months to come but until then we each need to do our part to keep our neighbors safe.

To combat COVID-induced hardship the city stood up a rental assistance program last month which is still active. In addition, the city launched a third round of business relief last week with lighter qualifications which should allow more of our business community to qualify for assistance. Please share this information with your networks to ensure we are able to reach and help as many people as possible.

Standing Up the Aurora Emergency Shelter

I am happy to announce that the City is standing up an emergency homeless shelter from November 2020 through April 2021. You can check out the press release below for more information on the shelter.

We are also in need of volunteers to help prepare the site to receive our unhoused neighbors this Wednesday, November 11th starting at 9 am. In addition to volunteers Mile High Behavioral Healthcare is looking for donations of pallets and plywood to serve as foundations for the outdoor camping area. You can see the flyer below for more information.

Elections and Local Representation

While the results haven’t been certified as of this post I feel confident stating that we will be seeing a change in our local representation on January 13th, 2021. Ward IV will be represented by the following individuals at the state legislature. You can find a link to sign up for their newsletters by clicking on their names below.

House District 36: Mike Weissman (D)
House District 41: Iman Jodeh (D)
House District 42: Dominique Jackson (D)
Senate District 28: Janet Buckner (D)

I’ve heard from many of our neighbors about issues with HOAs, state highways, and other matters that the state legislature has jurisdiction over the course of this year. In addition to those topics we face a rough road to recovery from the pandemic and we will need to build strong partnerships with our state legislature to ensure our residents and businesses get the aid they need. I am confident that our delegation to the state legislature will be capable partners for the road ahead and I encourage everyone to sign up for their newsletters as their work ramps up and the 2021 session gets underway.

November Ward IV Meeting

Our next Ward IV meeting will be on Thursday, November 19th at 6:30 PM on Webex and simulcast on Facebook Live. You can attend via Webex at this link or participate on Facebook here. Based on feedback from our October meeting we will be discussing the city’s economic and employment development strategy, updates on The Point at Nine Mile, and housing first policy. I hope to see you there!

As always, you can reach me at jmarcano@auroragov.org or 720.634.6927. Stay safe, and we’ll be in touch soon.

In solidarity,

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