The City of Centennial is currently accepting applications to be on the City’s Youth Commission. As an Advisory Board to City Council, the Youth Commission fosters a greater understanding of the concerns of youth and their contributions to the community while encouraging greater youth participation in City issues.
The Centennial Youth Commission was formed by City Council in July 2003 to provide a voice for the City’s youth. The Commission is composed of eleven teens from the City of Centennial, ranging in age from 13 to 18. The Youth Commission participates in City-wide events, develops community initiatives and performs community service projects.
All terms are for a period of two years. Meetings are the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Centennial Civic Center located at 13133 E. Arapahoe Road. An application is attached or may be obtained online.
The deadline for applying is 5 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2019.
More waiting than seeing this week at the state house. Small victories are being celebrated by mostly Democratic legislators who have been working on the same issues over the course of the last four years and are finally seeing them pass - at least through their first committee. Bills this week were heard that regulate student loan services, ban inquiries about criminal activity on job applications, and limit the fees charged on rental applications. Republicans on the other hand are expressing their frustrations, mostly over losing bills that were once supported by their left-leaning colleagues. And while these tiffs between the minority party and majority leadership are not out of the ordinary, one battle has caused a rule revival that could have serious impacts for a lot of bills that have already passed out of the Senate.
Sen. Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) had a bill that gave teachers a pass on sales tax on purchases of school supplies which was killed in the first committee. Democrats, pointing to bigger issues that educators face, like low pay, said that the avoided tax was “like a bandage on a bigger wound.” Republicans took to social media, spotlighting some banter on the mic between Sen. Pete Lee (D-Manitou Springs) and Sen. Lois Court (D-Denver). While controversy started to build, Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) put a kibosh on the entire discussion, pointing to a clause in the Colorado Constitution (Article V, Section 31) which determined that revenue- raising or lowing bills must start in the House of Representatives.
At this point, there has not been a calculation done regarding which bills will be effected by this rule, but it is clear that the President intends to interpret the constitution literally and strictly. This means that Senate Bills which affect the General Fund should be killed and restarted in the lower chamber in order to avoid challenges around a proposed law’s constitutionality. Political fallout from this is yet to be determined, but for those in the capitol this wasn’t the only decision affecting educators this week.
On Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) decided they will not intervene in the teachers’ strike. Gov. Jared Polis announced the decision he and CDLE Director Joe Barela made, saying that they believe the district and teachers are close to a negotiated agreement. A final bargaining session is being held in Denver at 5:00 pm on February 8. If no agreement is reached, teachers will begin their strike on Monday and will likely storm the capitol with red t-shirts and demands for the state to buy down the state’s “budget stabilization factor” (formerly known as the “negative factor”) like they did last year – another reminder of sessions past.
For next week, it is likely that health care remains in the focus. There are a number of new bills that deal with rate setting, out-of-network provider costs, and drug importation schemes. With the Governor’s campaign promise of bringing down the cost of healthcare still majorly unresolved, it’s likely that this issue will stay front and center until the end of session. More bills on health care transparency are still to come as are bills that regulate the oil and gas industry.
The Third Annual Englewood Business Resource & Lenders Expo will be on Friday, March 22nd, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, at the Englewood Civic Center, 2nd floor Community Room. The Expo intends to help business owners and managers learn about the organizations and agencies dedicated to setting small businesses on a course for growth and assistance to achieve greater prosperity—from one-on-one consulting to learning about government contracting. A continental breakfast will be served and pre-registration is requested. Resources, attendees and lenders include:
U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE, Colorado SBDC Network, Minority Business Office, Aurora-South Metro SBDC, Greater Englewood Chamber, City of Englewood, Englewood Public Library, Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Arapahoe Libraries, Colorado PTAC; Connect2DOT, Mi Casa Resource Center, Manufacturer's EDGE, Better Business Bureau, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Accion, CHFA, Colorado Enterprise Fund, Colorado Lending Source, CEDS Finance, Preferred Lending Partners, Rocky Mountain Micro-Finance Institute (RMMFI)
Englewood’s economic development manager, Darren Hollingsworth, is encouraging business owners and entrepreneurs to attend this event. “This is a great opportunity for businesses to connect with resources and lenders to help start or grow your business in Englewood.” Hollingsworth said.
Over a dozen business resource partners will each provide a short introduction to their services. Speakers from the Small Business Administration Colorado District Office, the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and several other state and local agencies. Nonprofit lenders will be on hand to discuss their funding programs with attendees. Mayor Linda Olson will welcome attendees and provide opening remarks shortly after 8:00 AM. Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, will emcee the event, and City of Englewood officials will offer an update from the Economic Development Office.
Details for this free event may be found at www.englewoodco.gov/doing-business/business-training. For more information, please contact Darren Hollingsworth at (303)762-2599
SOUTH METRO DENVER CHAMBER BILL POSITIONS
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While Colorado lawmakers debate hundreds of bills every year, only one must pass each year – the bill that dictates the state budget. The “long bill,” as it’s commonly referred, will direct over $30 billion dollars in state spending beginning this fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2020. The debate about how to spend the money is the most prominent discussion of the legislative session.
Just before the 2018 election, in his final plea to the Joint Budget Committee (JBC), former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) submitted a budget request which got the budget ball rolling. After the election, newly elected Governor Jared Polis (D) reworked the previous request and included requests for some high dollar programs.
In the Polis proposal, $227 million is dedicated to expanding full-day kindergarten services, another $26 million to help school districts implement the measure for the school year beginning in the fall of 2019, and $77 million is earmarked to pay down the budget stabilization factor (formerly known as the “negative factor” which currently sits at $672 million owed to school districts).
With education such a huge focus of the Polis Administration’s priorities it should come to no surprise that this week, a House committee held its first 10-hour hearing on the topic; but instead of funding, sex-ed was on the agenda.
Over 300 people signed up to testify, after the Denver archbishop urged Colorado Catholics to block the passage of the bill. HB19-1032, which is backed by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, would prohibit public schools from teaching abstinence-only sex education. The bill would require the schools to have a comprehensive sex-ed or none at all. Democrats passed the bill without support from any Republicans.
Another priority on the governor’s spending agenda is a bill that would allow for Colorado to create a Canadian drug importation system. $1.3 million has been requested for this purpose and the bill that would authorize the department of Health Care Policy and Finance (HCPF) to develop a plan was heard in the Senate Health Committee this week. While industry experts expressed concerns over the safety of medicines coming to the US, the impact of such programs on research, development and innovation in this country, and the true cost of the scheme, legislators were swayed by the argument that drugs in Canada, where there is single payer healthcare, are cheaper. The bill passed on a vote of four to one with Sen. Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) joining the Democrats to move the bill to the Appropriations Committee. The bill will likely remain waiting there until after the March revenue forecast when the committee can decide if the bill is still a priority worthy of state funding.
This year, the JBC is departing from their tradition of keeping the budget input process limited to the team of six that make up the committee. Two Republicans, Rep. Kim Ransom (R-Douglas County) and Sen. Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale), and four Democrats Rep. Chris Hansen (D-Denver) and Rep. Daneya Esgar (D-Pueblo) and Sen. Rachel Zenzinger (D-Arvada) and Chair Sen. Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) serve on the JBC.
Accusations have been made in the past that the JBC does not have a transparent process as much of the work happens beginning in November; and during session, the hours are long. In an effort to open up the budget process, Sen. Moreno is allowing public testimony in front of the committee for the first time ever. That hearing will be Monday afternoon.
Next week we can also expect some of the rumored 150+ late bills to be introduced. Some may set the framework for proposals from the governor reflected in his budget request, like a full-day kindergarten bill. Others may be bills that address demands from Coloradans that are holding over from the election, like bills to authorize robust transportation spending or bills that regulate oil and gas.
Former state Sen. Mike Johnson (D-Denver) who ran for Governor in 2018 announced yesterday, Jan. 31, that he will be running for Senate. He joins former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff (D-Denver) in what will surely be a crowded Democratic primary. The victor will challenge Senator Cory Gardner (R) in 2020. This announcement, in addition to former Governor Hickenlooper's quest for the US Presidency (although the official announcement has not been made), likely means that Colorado will again be a hot bed of action for the coming election.
Please Join Us!
Douglas County Business Alliance
Morning at the Capitol
Wednesday, March 6th, 7:30am
Senate Committee Room 352
Join the Douglas County Business Alliance for a Morning at the Colorado State Capitol!
Minority Leader Chris Holbert
Senator Jim Smallwood
Houses Minority Leader Patrick Neville
Representative Kevin Van Winkle
Representative Kim Ransom
Representative Mark Baisley
Featuring special guest speaker
Lt Governor Dianne Primavera
(invited – not yet confirmed)
The Douglas County Business Alliance (DCBA) is a coalition of business organizations with a mission to provide a single voice for the Douglas County business community. Members of DCBA include Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Castle Rock Economic Development, Northwest Douglas County Economic Development, The Chamber of Northwest Douglas County, Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, and the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. DCBA in partnership with its members have worked tirelessly to transform Douglas County into a hub of economic activity in the state. To continue this momentum, DCBA has outlined five legislative priorities in 2019 which will continue to support the health of the business community in Colorado.
DCBA has outlined five legislative priorities for 2019 which will continue to support the health of the business community in Colorado.
Workforce Development * Transportation Funding * Less Regulation* Attainable Housing * Tax Simplification:
DCBA is a coalition of business organizations with a mission to provide a single voice for the Douglas County business community.
A special thanks to Cardona Creative for creating and sharing this video with us!
CASTLE PINES, Co. (February 1, 2019) – The Castle Pines Connection announces its 10th anniversary as a
valued and trusted resource in the 80108 ZIP code and broader Douglas County community.
Since its inception in 2009 as a modest, bi-monthly black and white community newspaper, The Castle Pines
Connection has been cultivating positive community relationships by sharing inspiring stories, relevant news
and timely information with its readers. Celebrating 10 years and 115 issues to date, the 48-page newspaper
and 32-page magazine insert have featured 5,000+ stories, shared more than 15,000 community photos and
have spotlighted thousands of local businesses.
“This is truly a remarkable place to live and do business, and it is the people in Castle Pines and the
surrounding communities of 80108 that make this area so special,” stated Publisher Terri Wiebold. “I am
honored and privileged to share their stories.”
The Connection newspaper and E Guide magazine are direct-mailed to homes and businesses in the 80108
ZIP code and are also available electronically to e-subscribers – both free of charge. Every issue published
is viewable on The Castle Pines Connection website, which also features an extensive events calendar, an
abundance of community resources and a business directory.
“We are grateful to our loyal business partners and could not have reached this milestone without them,”
recognized Wiebold with appreciation. “The relationships we have established during the past decade,
both with the business community and the residents who invite us into their lives and share their stories, are
invaluable. They make sharing ‘a little good news’ the best job out there!”
For additional information or to join as an e-subscriber or a business partner, call 303-785-6520 or visit
Centennial, CO - January 31, 2019 — The South Metro Denver Chamber has been recognized as a Certified Healthy Workplace for their commitment to workplace health and safety. This honor was awarded by Health Links™, a nonprofit program of the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health.
The Certified Healthy Workplace Partner designation recognizes organizations that have demonstrated a commitment and dedicated resources to team member health and safety.
Recognition as a Healthy Workplace is based on an organization’s score on Health Links’ Healthy Workplace Assessment™, an evidence-based online questionnaire. Health Links not only offers an Assessment, they also provide personalized advising and access to proven resources to help organizations and their teams champion health and safety.
About Health Links
Health Links™ is a mentoring program that champions health and safety at work. We offer evidence-based Healthy Workplace Certification and advising to help organizations and their team members achieve Total Worker Health®. As a nonprofit based in the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health, our deep experience as researchers and industry trailblazers informs everything we do for you.
SOUTH METRO DENVER CHAMBER BILL POSITIONS
· HB19-1010 Freestanding Emergency Departments Licensure
· SB19-006 Electronic Sales And Use Tax Simplification System
· SB19-014 Organized Retail Theft Prevention
· SB19-051 Increase General Fund Funding For Transportation
· HB19-1001 Hospital Transparency Measures To Analyze Efficacy
· HB19-1004 Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option
· HB19-1025 Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries
· HB19-1058 Income Tax Benefits For Family Leave
· HB19-1107 Employment Support Job Retention Services Program
· SB19-004 Address High-cost Health Insurance Pilot Program
· SB19-005 Import Prescription Drugs From Canada
· SB19-034 Local Government Recycling Standards For Food Containers
· SB19-041 Health Insurance Contract Carrier And Policyholder
· SB19-084 Revised Uniform Law Remote Notarization
· SB19-086 Update Business Entity Laws
· HB19-1096 Colorado Right To Rest
· HB19-1101 Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation
· SB19-023 Cryptocurrency Exemption Colorado Digital Token Act
· SB19-055 Reduce State Income Tax Rate
· SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act
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Another week goes by that health care is at the center of debate at the capitol. Controversy this week surrounded whether or not to pass a bill that implements a frame work for a medicaid buy-in pilot program and a bill to let kids diagnosed with autism have access to medical marijuana.
Wednesday night ended late for the House, Health Insurance and Environment committee chaired by Rep. Susan Lontine (D-Denver). This committee voted on both of these high priority bills, hearing over six hours of testimony. Each passed with bipartisan support, with only one member opposing either. Rep. Susan Beckman (R-Littleton) shared her opposition on the pilot program bill brought by Rep. Dylan Roberts (D-Steamboat Springs) and Rep. Marc Catlin (R-Montrose) due to her belief that the program stands up the framework for single payer health care. Rep. Yadira Caraveo (D-Thornton), the sole physician in the House, opposed the bill by Rep. Edie Hooton (D-Boulder) to allow children with autism to be treated with marijuana. Rep. Caraveo cited the lack of scientific evidence to prove its value, but expects there to be amendments to address the concerns of the medical community as the bill moves through the process.
Marijuana was not just a topic of discussion in the health committee, however; the House Business Affairs Committee heard a presentation from Jenifer Waller-Dean, Vice President of the Colorado Bankers Association, on banking issues surrounding the federally illegal substance. Until two bills which are working their way through Congress that address banking marijuana in some form pass, in Colorado the issue is not resolved.
It should come as no surprise that waiting for the federal government to take action is not something many state legislators like to hear. And there are a number of bills that ignore federal authority like the bill to address lab-raised or plant-based meat products. Others bills like this include a bill to allow re-importation of drugs from Canada which will be heard next week in committee, and a bill to elect the President by national popular vote which had over 60 witnesses present at its hearing this week.
Over the next week, we might finally see some of the bills that have been rumored on the energy front. Bills that are expected amend pooling requirements and rework the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Until next week!