/ December 13, 2019

After spending all weekend at a working retreat for Colorado People’s Alliance/Action, we dove right back into city business with gusto.

Special Study Session

We covered a fair bit of ground at our special study session on Monday. We began by appointing a new member to the Art in Public Places Commission from Ward IV, then received an update from the director of the city’s homelessness program and approved ongoing funding for their operations from marijuana tax revenue, discussed the calendar for our 2020 city council meetings as well as potential changes to the format for public comment, were briefed on the reopening of our Chambers Plaza library in Ward II, and after some tense discussion we forwarded a pair of resolutions to join Welcoming America and Cities for Citizenship to our December 16th council meeting.

I want to stress that I do not support capping the length for public comment, but I do want to make our public comment period more interactive so that community members are able to speak with council rather than at them. There will be more discussion on this matter during Monday evening’s study session.

Community Information Session: Accountability and Transparency

The first of many community meetings around the Elijah McClain case and rebuilding trust between our first responders took place on Tuesday the 10th at Restoration Christian Fellowship. I attended (along with councilmembers Murillo, Johnston, Coombs, Gardner, and Lawson) with the intent of listening to the concerns of our community and to get an understanding of what transparency and accountability look like from their perspective. A variety of viewpoints were expressed from both seasoned activists and newcomers in search of information and answers, and it is clear that there is a desire for change both on the administrative side and from a public policy standpoint. I look forward to continuing the dialogue with our community and working with my fellow councilmembers to do our part to rebuild trust between our community and our first responders.

Policy Committee Assignments

We received our committee assignments earlier today, and I will be chairing the Transportation, Airports, and Public Works committee, vice chairing the Management and Finance committee, and serving as a member on the Public Relations, Communications, Tourism, Libraries, Boards and Commissions and Citizen Groups committee. I am excited to get to work implementing platform planks into public policy on behalf of our community.

Ward IV Meetings

We have found a venue! Our meetings will be the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Stampede from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. (2430 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80014). Our first meeting date will be January 16th, followed by February 20th. I hope to see you there!

As always, you can reach me at jmarcano@auroragov.org, or at 720.634.6927 (text or voicemail preferred).

In solidarity,

Juan

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