The City of Centennial has been ranked No. 5 on the list of safest cities in Colorado.
The list, compiled by insurance and lending firm LendEDU, looked at cities with populations higher than 10,000. Cities were ranked based on the rate of violent crime (2.33x weight) and the rate of all other crimes (1x weight). Cities with low crime rates had higher “safety scores” and vice-versa for those with high rates of crime. Crime numbers were adjusted by population to account for differing city sizes.
“Public safety has always been our first priority, so receiving a designation like this is very gratifying for the City,” said Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko. “We’re incredibly grateful for our law enforcement officers and others who help keep us safe.”
This is Centennial’s second top-5 safe city designation in recent months. In November, 24/7 Wall Street named Centennial the No. 2 safest city in the state.
Read the full list of safest cities.
As a Latino who grew up in South Texas, I know firsthand the importance of a diverse and inspiring workplace. In my former role at the Houston Chamber of Commerce, we celebrated Hispanic heritage to mean a strong culture of hard work, family and community.
I’m proud to work for a company that not only recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. At AT&T, diversity and inclusion aren’t just buzzwords; they’re integral to our company’s culture and a driving force behind our innovation.
AT&T’s employees are our company’s greatest resource and we make it a priority to attract, retain and develop talented people from a wide range of backgrounds. In fact, 15 percent of our total U.S. workforce is Hispanic, which is higher than the industry average. That is an impactful statistic, considering one-fifth of Colorado’s population is Hispanic.
Not only do we prioritize diversity in our workforce, but we also prioritize diversity in our client base. That is why we cater to communities across Colorado to address their individual needs. I’m proud to say that for areas like Pueblo, where more than 50 percent of the population is Hispanic, we regularly invest in our network to increase wireless coverage. I value working for a company that strives to deliver a world-class network to all communities across the nation.
We partner with the top Latino advocacy organizations in the nation, including UnidosUS, League of United Latin American Citizens, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, MANA: A Latina Organization, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. We support their mission to advocate for the Latino community.
We are constantly investing in our networks and services to ensure we provide a first-rate experience to all our customers. AT&T has led the way when it comes to serving our customers in the languages they prefer. For more than 30 years, we’ve operated a national Spanish-speaking call center, serving the needs of our customers from across the country. We also have bilingual employee representatives at more than 750 of our retail stores nationwide.
AT&T also is working to create a more diverse entertainment landscape where Hispanic and Latino storytellers can tell their stories. This includes hosting film competitions, scholarships and mentoring for film students through initiatives like our AT&T Hello Lab Filmmaker Mentorship Program. This kicked off in 2017 and is designed to help filmmakers from underrepresented communities work on their craft.
Since diversity and inclusion is an AT&T priority, we’re proud that our efforts are being recognized. This year, DiversityInc named us No. 1 on their annual list of “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” and Latina Style named us No. 2 on its “Top 50 Company” list. We’ve also been recognized by Hispanic Network Magazine, Latino Magazine and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, among others.
We remain committed more than ever to be a leader in diversity and inclusion, as well as supporting and connecting our Hispanic and Latino communities.
Guillermo Lambarri is the director of external affairs for AT&T in Colorado.
Greetings and welcome to another legislative session! The Second Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly kicked off on Wednesday, January 8, and started a 120-day clock wherein all bills must be passed by midnight on May 6th or they turn into pumpkins. Your CLS team will be sending out a weekly newsletter to keep you informed about all the important business and shenanigans that happen at the Capitol over the course of the next 117 days.
The session began with all the pomp and circumstance that adorns the opening day speeches of the legislative leaders. Senate President Leroy Garcia was more progressive in his remarks than anticipated, diving into issues like socioeconomic class disparities and money in politics. Garcia also criticized Republicans for their tactics last session and failed recalls over the summer. You can read President Garcia’s full remarks here. Speaker of the House KC Becker, in her speech, outlined the Democratic majority’s lengthy agenda on everything from criminal justice reform to tackling health care costs. Becker plans to continue the work that was started last year when Democrats took over all levels of state government but called on everyone to come to the table and work together. You can read Speaker Becker’s full remarks here. On the minority side, Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert mostly talked about the need for transportation funding. House Minority Leader Patrick Neville took a more confrontational approach saying that he will fight many of the Democratic party policy priorities. You can read Minority Leader Holbert’s full remarks here, and Minority Leader Neville’s full remarks here.
After all the opening day speeches on Wednesday, Governor Polis addressed a joint session of the House and Senate on Thursday to deliver his second State of the State speech. Just before the speech began, anti-fracking protesters in the gallery erupted and unfurled a banner over the railing. Several protesters had to be forcibly removed and about two dozen where arrested on various charges. Once Polis began speaking, he dove right into his priorities of expanding preschool education, reducing the prison population, and lowering health care costs through a government-managed public option. You can read Governor Polis’ full remarks here.
Countering all of the lofty policy goals of the democratic leaders is the fact that the budget is expected to be extremely tight this year. The General Assembly is going to have to prioritize their goals in order to have enough money to pay for them.
There are several changes to the legislature to be aware of as we begin another session. The partisan divide remains the same – 41D-24R in the House and 19D-16R in the Senate. However, over the interim Representative Rochelle Galindo resigned and a Democratic vacancy committee selected Mary Young to represent her Greeley district. Representative Kimmi Lewis recently passed away and Richard Holtorf was selected by a Republican vacancy committee to represent her southeastern Colorado district. Finally, Senator Lois Court recently resigned due to health issues and a Democratic vacancy committee in east Denver has yet to name her successor. Representative Chris Hansen is a candidate for that vacancy appointment, meaning there are also potentially more vacancies coming so stay tuned.
Now to the bills, the General Assembly has been in session just a few days but there have already been 164 bills introduced – 91 in the House and 73 in the Senate. The first ten bills introduced in each chamber are usually a good indication of legislative priorities. The Senate introduced bills on behavioral health training for K-12 educators, rural economic development, a new state park, student loan repayment assistance, health care cost-sharing, opportunity scholarships, opioid treatment, water quality violations, adult education, and repealing the ban on local governments regulating plastics. The House introduced bills on regulating nicotine, college credit for work experience, rural economic development, wildfire mitigation, enhancing Safe2Tell, early childhood mental health, diverse teacher workforce, health care cost-sharing, records of eviction proceedings, and dealing with an accurate census count.
Additionally, health care is going to get a lot of attention this session. The main issue will be a bill yet to be introduced creating a "public option" insurance product that will generate plenty of controversy. As the bill is introduced CLS will keep you up to date on this issues it contains.
There will be much more to report as more bills are introduced, committee hearings get underway, and things really start to get wild.
Until next week…
Every year, FirstBank does something extraordinary to encourage Coloradans to donate to their favorite cause on Colorado Gives Day.
This year was no different.
FirstBank Officers and Executives went undercover as “vet techs” at several animal hospitals throughout the state to surprise families and their four legged companions, by paying for their entire vet bill, as part of its annual “Give it Forward” program.
The Colorado-based bank covered more than $40,000 in medical bills, ranging from $75 to upwards of $3,700, encouraging lucky recipients to consider "giving it forward" – even if it’s just $10 – to a charity of choice on coloradogivesday.org.
Watch the heartwarming video here: https://youtu.be/qa0mpYB4Ed8
The annual “Give it Forward” program has covered nearly $100,000 in bills for unsuspecting Coloradans since 2014. In previous years, FirstBank employees have posed as servers to pick up dinner tabs, pumped free fuel and bagged free groceries.
In addition, the company launched a series of nonprofit features, social media campaigns and TV ads using real-life crowd-funders (a maker of Griz Coats and creator of Emoji Dick) to challenge Coloradans to give their money to better causes.
As a result, FirstBank and partner Community First Foundation helped Colorado Gives Day raise a record-breaking $39.6 million for over 2,500 nonprofit last December. Since its inception, the bank has helped the online giving movement raise more than $250 million for Colorado charities.
For more information about FirstBank and its “banking for good” mission, visit efirstbank.com.
Three new City Council Members and one incumbent City Council Member were sworn in during a special meeting Jan. 6.
Centennial Municipal Judge Louis Gresh administered the oath of office to Candace Moon (District 1, incumbent), Christine Sweetland (District 2), Richard Holt (District 3), and Don Sheehan (District 4), who began serving four-year terms. The City bid farewell to Council Members Carrie Penaloza (District 2), Ken Lucas (District 3), and Ron Weidmann (District 4), with Mayor Stephanie Piko personally thanking each of them for their contributions to the community. Council Member Penaloza did not run for re-election and Council Members Lucas and Weidmann were term-limited.
Mike Sutherland (District 3) was elected as Mayor Pro Tem to fill the vacancy in that position created by the departure of Council Member Carrie Penaloza. The Mayor Pro Tem fulfills the duties of the Mayor when the Mayor is unavailable.
ZAC BROWN BAND
ROAR WITH THE LIONS TOUR PRESENTED BY POLARIS
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
6350 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Friday, September 25 & Saturday, September 26, 2020 – 7:15pm
AEG Presents is thrilled to present ZAC BROWN BAND live at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on Friday, September 25 & Saturday, September 26, 2020.
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020 AT 10AM AT AXS.COM
General Admission and Reserved tickets are $45.00 - $179.50 plus applicable service charges. All ages are welcome.
Zac Brown Band Announces Summer 2020 “Roar with the Lions Tour” Presented by Polaris
Tickets On Sale to General Public Starting Friday, January 17 at ZacBrownBand.com
Atlanta, GA (January 9, 2019) – Today, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Zac Brown Band announced new Summer 2020 Tour, “Roar with the Lions Tour” presented by Polaris.
The “Roar with the Lions Tour” will feature music from the band’s entire discography mixed with a dynamic selection of genre-crossing cover songs that are a signature mark of each Zac Brown Band show. The tour is grounded in the historic characterization of the lion, depicted as a symbol of strength, courage, and loyalty. Always counted upon to bring sunshine and warmth into the lives of others, lions are fearless, treating one another with dignity and respect, bravely walking through the forests they rule. At each show, fans can expect fiery performances and a rollicking good time. Special guest Gregory Alan Isakov will join the tour May 24 through June 27 and St. Paul and The Broken Bones will open the Wrigley Field show on September 9. Please see itinerary below.
“Our summer tour is inspired by the folklore surrounding the figure of the lion. I am a Leo, and all of the guys in the band are lions,” said Zac Brown. “They exemplify strength, courage, intelligence, and loyalty, and work in tandem to defend their territory and one another. The crowd is our pride – rooted in togetherness and fiercely loyal. They always show up for each other, no matter what, just like our fans always show up for us. We can’t wait to hear you roar with us!”
Zac Brown Band is one of the most successful and consistent touring acts of the last decade and regularly claim a top spot in Pollstar’s Live75 charts. The Boston Globe praised the band’s live show saying , “[Zac Brown Band’s] blend of chops, spirit, and knowing exactly how to please a crowd has made them one of the summer concert season’s most reliable draws, always ready for a good time but also keenly aware of how to keep an audience on its toes.” Zac Brown Band currently holds the record for most consecutive sold out shows at the historic Fenway Park and was recently named by The Boot one of the ’10 Best Country and Americana Live Acts of the 2010’s.”
The Summer 2020 “Roar with the Lions Tour” will come directly on the heels of the upcoming spring 2020 leg of “The Owl Tour,” featuring 18 stops across the United States and Canada.
Tickets will go on sale to general public beginning Friday, January 17 at 10am local time at ZacBrownBand.com. The Zamily Fan Club pre-sale will begin on Tuesday, January 14 at 12pm local time. Citi is the official presale credit card of the Zac Brown Band Summer 2020 “Roar with the Lions Tour.” As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Wednesday, January 15 at 10am local time until Thursday, January 16 at 10pm local time through CitiEntertainment SM. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.
All dates, cities and venues below are subject to change. For tickets or more information please visit ZacBrownBand.com.
Summer 2020 “Roar with the Lions Tour” Dates
May 24, 2020
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
May 25, 2020
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
May 29, 2020
Xfinity Center *
May 30, 2020
XFINITY Theatre *
May 31, 2020
St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview *
June 4, 2020
Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach *
June 5, 2020
PNC Music Pavilion *
June 12, 2020
Budweiser Stage *
June 13, 2020
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
June 14, 2020
Darien Lake Amphitheater *
June 18, 2020
S&T Bank Music Park *
June 19, 2020
BB&T Pavilion *
June 20, 2020
June 25, 2020
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts *
June 26, 2020
New York, NY
Citi Field *
June 27, 2020
Jiffy Lube Live *
July 24, 2020
Twin Cities Summer Jam +
July 25, 2020
Great Jones County Fair +
Aug 7, 2020
Sep 10, 2020
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center
Sep 11, 2020
Ruoff Music Center
Sep 12, 2020
Sep 19, 2020
Toyota Stadium (National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend) ++
Sep 25, 2020
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sep 26, 2020
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Oct 16, 2020
Oct 17, 2020
Oct 18, 2020
* Denotes special guest Gregory Alan Isakov
** Denotes special guest St. Paul and the Broken Bones
+ Denotes festival stops
++ Denotes special stop
ABOUT ZAC BROWN BAND:
Zac Brown Band is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, southern rock group led by front man, Zac Brown. Throughout their decade-long career, Zac Brown Band has had six consecutive albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and five consecutive albums debut at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. To date, the group has won three Grammy Awards including Best New Artist in 2010, sold more than 30 million singles, 9 million albums, has achieved 15 #1 radio singles and are the second act to top both the Country and Active Rock formats. Zac Brown Band has headlined 7 North American Tours and currently holds the record for most consecutive sold-out shows at the iconic Fenway Park. Since their debut, Zac Brown Band has developed a reputation with critics and fans alike as one of the most dynamic live performers, marked by strong musicianship that defies genre boundaries.
As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2018 sales of $6.1 billion, Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER, RZR and GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. www.polaris.com
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Come in from the cold for some hot deals on cool reads at the Used Book Sale at Smoky Hill Library, which will be held Thursday, January 23, 9 am-8:30 pm; Friday, January 24, 9 am-6:30 pm; Saturday, January 25, 9-4:30 pm; and Sunday, January 26, 12-4 pm at Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial.
The sale, which is coordinated by the Friends of Arapahoe Libraries, will feature an expanded selection of books, including hardbacks, paperbacks, children’s and better books all at various prices. Sunday is bag day – we provide the bag and you fill it for only $7.
Through the sale of used books, the Friends of Arapahoe Libraries raises funds to support programs and projects for the libraries, including events, materials, equipment and more. During 2019, the Friends granted Arapahoe Libraries more than $100,000.
For more information, or to become a member of the Friends, visit arapahoelibraries.org/used-book-sale, or call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279).
About Arapahoe Libraries
Arapahoe Libraries serves 250,000 patrons and includes eight community libraries, a jail library and a Library on Wheels in Arapahoe County, Colorado. For more information, visit arapahoelibraries.org.
Shared from https://www.desks-incorporated.com/post/start-the-new-year-with-an-organized-desk
Whether you work in a home office or in a giant corporate headquarters, your desk is your home away from domestic life. While some of us have pristine desks, most of us have clutter, disorganization and some level of chaos. As we head into the New Year, why not resolve to have a more organized desk so you can be more productive, have everything you need at your fingertips and don’t cringe every time you sit down to start working? Here are a few genius hacks from the design experts at Desks, Incorporated in Denver, Colorado.
1. Create personal space for your belongings, like your wallet, keys, phone or purse. By putting them away, you’ll reduce the amount of distraction they can bring, as well as recue clutter.
2. Organize your computer desktop. Can’t find anything on your desktop? Digital messes can also be distracting. It’s hard to get to work if you can’t find what you’re looking for on your computer. Create folders and streamline your home screen. It will make work easier.
3. Get rid of stuff. Before you can get organized, you have to eliminate the stuff you don’t need, like that Secret Santa gift from two years ago. Ask yourself if you really need/use it. If you don’t, get rid of it.
4. Straighten your desk before you leave each day. You’ll start your day more peacefully when you’ve got a clean desk for a fresh start each morning.
5. Get rid of paper. Scan your documents and save the files as PDFs instead of trying to store paper everywhere. For the paper you must have, make sure you’ve got a place for those folders so they don’t pile up on your desk.
6. Organize your papers using a two-tray system. One if for papers to be reviewed and dealt with. One tray is for things that need to be addressed or filed.
7. Use a digital calendar to keep track of your projects, memos and notetaking. Then you won’t need Post-It’s and scraps of paper reminding you of projects and tasks.
8. Keep a trash can under your desk so you can toss that unneeded paper and trash every day.
9. Tether and organize your cables. A messy pile of wires on your desk is distracting. While you’re at it, don’t keep your modem and router on your desk, either.
10. Create a charging station, so your devices are always ready to go.
11. Put office supplies in a desk drawer instead of in a desk caddy. It will make your desk seem less cluttered and you’ll still have access to your stuff.
12. Do a deep clean every Friday before you leave for the weekend. File stuff, get rid of papers and trash, organize your work for Monday morning so you can start fresh.