2021.02.28 – Month in Review

/ February 28, 2021

Another month in the books! Here’s a quick look back at some of what what we’ve been up to.

COVID Vaccination Equity Clinics

Over the past three weeks we’ve partnered with local medical providers, faith centers, state legislators, and local businesses to get over 600 of our neighbors vaccinated! The goal of bringing these pop-up events into or in close proximity to Ward IV is to bridge the vaccine equity gap in the region and to make our events more accessible to folks who aren’t tech-savvy. After our extremely successful event at the Stampede on the 27th we have high hopes that we’ll be able to put on a much larger event in the coming weeks and get thousands more of our neighbors vaccinated.

Street Racing Update

I’ve heard from many of our neighbors about an uptick in racing activity after a bit of a lull over the holidays. Thanks to the detailed information you provided I was able to relay that to APD and they did make contact with the car club that has been frequenting Havana, Parker, and Yale. While not a permanent solution, they did disperse the club which should provide a reprieve for the time being. I want to give special thanks to Sergeant Graham and APD’s traffic enforcement division for how responsive they’ve been to resident complaints about racing and for confronting these car clubs head-on.

This issue remains a priority for the city and I will be meeting with MPT Bergan in the coming week to discuss some legislative and administrative means to address the issue. In the meantime, if you have noticed windows of time where this behavior is regularly occurring please send it on to council and/or APD.

Havana BID Markers and Art Installations

The board of the Havana Business Improvement District has agreed to put funding towards improving the OnHavana Street branding presence along the Havana corridor. Sam’s No. 3 should be getting a branding bump in the near future based on the discussion at the BID’s February 18th, 2021 board meeting. Additionally, there are 13 new pieces of art along the Havana corridor, including one brand new pedestal located in front of the Circle K gas station and convenience store located at the corner of S Havana and E Iliff. These installations are made possible through the BID’s partnership with the Art in Public Places Program. You can find a full rundown of the art locations here.

Homelessness Update

The Tri-Cities region (Englewood, Sheridan, and Littleton) recently released a study they commissioned through the University of Denver on the homeless population in their part of the metro area. The findings from that study are in step with what we know about the unhoused population generally and are broadly applicable to the rest of the metro region, including Aurora.

Per the study, economic circumstances lead the pack in reasons why people lose their housing, followed by domestic issues. It is important to note that economic issues are still among the leading cause of stress in relationships, which underscores the importance of raising wages and addressing housing affordability directly as we take steps to addressing the root causes of homelessness. This is something we will be highlighting as our regional homelessness collaboration meetings kick off in the coming week.

You can find a link to the full Tri-Cities study here.

March Ward IV Virtual Town Hall

Our March virtual town hall will be on Wednesday, March 10th at 6:30 PM. We’ll be joined by City Manager Jim Twombly for an update on the state of the city and to take your questions, as well as by Ralph Charlip, chair of the city’s Veteran’s Affairs Commission, for an overview of the commission’s goals for 2021 and what we can do as residents to support our veteran community. You can join the meeting via Webex here or via Facebook Live here.

As always, you can reach me at jmarcano@auroragov.org or at 720.634.6927. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

In solidarity,

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