Statetap: In Denver, living on a building’s segregated ‘black floor’

Statetap: In Denver, living on a building’s segregated ‘black floor’

Residents of a Denver housing complex filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They say security at the Five Points building — which is part of a support program for homeless and disabled veterans -— is so lax that local drug dealers and prostitutes freely wander through the halls and strangers sleep in the stairwells. The Denver Post‘s Tom McGhee talked to Anthony Mitchell, a resident who lives on the fourth floor of the building — along with every other African American tenant. A property manager calls it “the black floor,” Mitchell says.

statetap Colorado Senate Republicans celebrated their new 18-seat majority in the state’s upper legislative chamber by donning Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning jerseys — he wears number 18. Bill Cadman of Colorado Springs was unanimously selected by his teammates to be the next Senate President. Via Colorado Public Radio. Cadman replaces Aurora Democrat Morgan Carroll.

Fracktivists in Boulder didn’t quite drive commissioners out of the hearing room like they did in 2012, but they did make their presence and opinions known at a public meeting on Monday. County commissioners asked for public input on whether to extend the moratorium on oil and gas development in unincorporated Boulder County, and they got what they asked for: The public gave their input starting mid-afternoon, and didn’t stop until after 9:30 p.m.. Via the Daily Camera.

Colorado Springs City Hall was packed on Monday as council members discussed various proposals pertaining to the infamous City For Champions — a massive tourism project that has drawn backlash from citizens wary of putting tax dollars toward a plan with questionable “job-creating” potential. The council was deliberating whether to ask voters to approve a sports and events centers. Via the Gazette.

According to recently released data, changes to Medicaid management in Colorado have helped to save more than $30 million in tax money this fiscal year. The saving s come from a 2011 program instituted called the Accountable Care Collaborative, which allows Medicaid recipients to manage their own benefits. Via the Durango Herald.

News flash: It got cold Monday. And it’s not letting up quite yet. Via KRDO.

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Nat Stein

Nat Stein is a Denver-based reporter. Check out her other work at Cipher magazine, KRCC public radio, Jacobin magazine and In These Times.

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