Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Nov. 17
Tons and tons of news today. First of all, though: Rain and snow starting before 11 a.m. and continuing potentially through tomorrow. Bring a coat and drive safe.
Now let’s get to it.
The Nashville Downtown Partnership is busing homeless people to other cities.
The group claims it’s sending people to places where they have jobs waiting. “Is it realistic that someone with 103 arrests, the last one for public intoxication, has a job waiting for him in another city?” a reporter asks. (ABC7)
In Denver, people quickly returned to Ballpark after the city tried to clear them out. (Denverite)
Man exonerated after decades: “Oh yeahhhh!”
Susan Greene has followed Clarence Moses-EL’s second trial closely. Here’s her piece on his new freedom. (Colorado Independent)
Neighborhood groups are trying a new way to stop I-70.
A civil-rights complaint says the expansion project will have an outsize impact on Latino communities. (Denverite)
SendGrid to hire hundreds in downtown Denver.
The email delivery company’s new office at 1801 California St. houses 240 employees now, which could grow to 630 by 2020. (DBJ)
Giant potato alert:
A giant model of a potato is accompanying the U.S. Capitol’s Christmas tree on a journey through Colorado and onto D.C. Just FYI. (9News)
Colorado’s way-too-warm fall, charted:
This really nails why we’re worried about ski season, and the climate. (CPR)
Some schools officials are concerned about the wage hike.
“In schools, we don’t get additional revenue,” Buffalo School District Superintendent Rob Sanders told CPR. “As a matter of fact, our revenue is going in the opposite direction. How are we supposed to cover this $12 minimum wage increase when we have shrinking revenues and we’re already deficit spending across this state?” (CPR)
Transgender people are rushing to change their legal gender status.
Lawyers are offering to help for free via #TransLawHelp. Vice-president-elect Mike Pence opposed same-sex marriage and the federal push to make school bathrooms, opposed gay people’s open service in the military and rejected Obama’s directive to allow transgender students the bathroom of their choice. More on his record here.(Reuters, Time)
Boulder meets Trump voters.
“I intend to fall in love with each of these beings tonight,” a moderator said as five anonymous Trump supporters were introduced. Common threads: None of them love Trump unequivocally, all of them really disliked Clinton. Also, a gay black man suggested the KKK is judged too harshly. (Boulder Daily Camera)
The El Paso sheriff will enforce immigration laws.
Denver and Aurora’s police departments had said they would not participate in federal immigration enforcement. El Paso County’s sheriff says the agency is “sworn to uphold all laws,” while Colorado Springs Police Department is “still evaluating.” One point of contention may be whether local agencies honor “immigration detainers,” which ask that local jails hold people for extra time on immigration concerns. The Denver sheriff does not do so. (Gazette)