Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, March 21

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Hey! Thanks to all of you who came to our event last night. It’s so nice to remember I’m not just throwing my work into a digital void. There are real people in that void. Here’s today’s news.

Also, let me know what we should write about in your neighborhood.

The Denver Stock Yards in 1936, with the South Platte River on the right and Globeville toward the top of the frame. The National Western Center arena can be seen at center left. (Denver Public Library/ Rocky Mountain News Archives / WH2129)

The Denver Stockyards in 1936, with the South Platte River on the right and Globeville toward the top of the frame. (Denver Public Library/ Rocky Mountain News Archives / WH2129)

City stuff:

Denver Homeless Out Loud hopes to ask voters in 2019 to reverse the camping ban, which prevents people from using any kind of shelter — allegedly including blankets — in public. (Denverite)

Why is Denver trailing behind on biking and walking? Elana Ashanti Jefferson reports. (Confluence)

Arvada has approved the notorious “$30 land deal” that will allow a developer to build 252 apartments to 56th and Wadsworth. The developer gets the land for cheap, plus tax incentives, and will build expensive infrastructure for the site. It’s next to a G Line station. Jeff Todd reports. (CBS4)

Business & development:

Somebody wants to build a 33-floor tower at 17th and Larimer. This has been proposed before. Ken Schroeppel explains. (DenverInfill)

Chipotle’s new marketing officer is the guy who put tacos in Doritos shells at Taco Bell. My prediction: Doritos queso. Ed Sealover reports. (DBJ)

The state:

With yesterday’s news that Colorado will have more revenue than was expected, Gov. Hickenlooper wants to put an extra $200 million into education next year. Erica reports. (Chalkbeat)

Cambridge Analytica, the political firm that obtained private data on millions of Facebook users, used its data to help Republicans win key political races in Colorado. John Frank and Mark Matthews are on it. (DP)

Super-wealthy former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg has given $1 million to a super PAC supporting Democratic candidate for Colorado governor Mike Johnston. (Gazette)

Democrat Noel Ginsburg has dropped out of the Colorado governor’s race. Esteban reports.(Denverite)

Hickenlooper wants to raise the required age for buying assault weapons. Colorado is middle-of-the-pack in terms of its beliefs on guns. (CPR, CoPo)

A ban on “gay conversion therapy” passed one committee, but it will probably be defeated again by Republicans in the Senate, Joe St. George reports. (KDVR)

Martial arts:

The Denver Police Department’s self-defense classes for women are wildly popular lately. This is a great look inside from Kevin. (Denverite)

Culture:

Here’s the Grandoozy lineup, headlined by Kendrick Lamar and Stevie Wonder, among others. This is the music festival in Overland, if you forgot. (Denverite)

What’s the state of Denver fashion? Stephanie Wolf reports. (CPR)

Drugs:

California’s legal weed market is off to a rough start, John Schroyer reports. (Marijuana Business Daily)