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FYI/Happenings Why It's Important to Vote in the Colorado Primary Election • Search Voting Records at: votes/votes.asp • Understand Your Voting Resources and Rights at: • Meet the 2018 Candidates at: elections,_2018 • Check out local state information: • Get information from Colorado Independent on important issues

Here are three reasons why you should vote in the primaries in Colorado this Summer: 1.Voting in the primaries makes our democracy more representative. This is the first (ever) primary election where unaffiliated voters can participate in Colorado. There are more unaffiliated voters in Colorado than Democrats or Republicans. If unaffiliated voters make their voice heard this year they actually have more sway than either of the entrenched political parties. Even though Colorado is a ‘blue state’ in many of our political leanings (ahem legalized marijuana) overall the state is solidly purple. The voting power of unaffiliated voters in Colorado significantly determines how the state leans. In other words we are approximately 1/3 Republicans, 1/3 Democrats and 1/3 unaffiliated voters in Colorado. The candidates that win elected office in Colorado are the ones that can win-over the unaffiliated voters and this is the first time they can vote to determine who makes the final ballot in November, 2018. The primaries are your REAL chance to put your vote toward the candidate that shares your values, and prioritizes your issues. If you don’t participate in the primaries you don’t have a say in who makes the final ballot and ultimately is elected to office. 2. Generations of Americans struggled to win the right to vote. Today, many people may take their right to vote for granted, but it wasn’t truly that long ago when entire groups of the population like women were denied that right. Native Americans, African Amer-

icans, Asians and Latinos still face voter discrimination today. 3. Voting Gives You a Voice Voting is an important, meaningful way to give a voice to the issues you care about and the representatives you vote into office can create the changes you want to see. In the 2018 elections we have the following offices up for election at the state level: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, US House/Senate and State House/Senate. Your vote is a license to justifiably complain about your elected officials. Your grievances will carry more weight if you speak out as a voter trying to hold your candidates accountable for promises they made. When You Can Vote & How We know that voting and civic engagement in general can be overwhelming, which is why we want to share the best tools for making your voice heard. Below you can find a timeline of steps for voting in the 2018 primary elections in Colorado – big thanks to our friends at Just Vote Colorado for this information. If you want to find out more about the voting process or if you have other questions, please visit their website. If you are new to the state or have not voted before, you can register to vote by following this link.

JUNE 4TH – Ballots are sent out via mail **If you are unaffiliated you will receive a Republican and a Democratic ballot and you will have to choose which party to affiliate with. Unaffiliated voters may only vote and return ONE BALLOT! If you vote any or all races on more than one ballot, none of your votes will be counted. To find your nearest dropbox where you can return your ballot, visit www.justvotecolorado. org or return your ballot by mail. JUNE 18TH – Voter Services and Polling Centers open their doors, this is also the LAST DAY to return your ballot by mail. JUNE 26TH – The polling period for the primary elections closes. What Else You Can Do • Follow Your Representatives’ Social Media, Newsletters and Websites • Hear straight from the Horses’ Mouths on CSPAN • Find Updates on Specific Legislation at: • Get Detailed Bill Information, the Congressional Record, Committee Reports, and Information on Votes:


Why is a sustainability-focused nonprofit writing about and working on civic engagement? Because a strong democracy is a core piece of our sustainable future. There are three tiers of holistic sustainability – our environment, our economy, and our communities. The health and diversity of our communities are often over-looked and under-appreciated pieces of the sustainability movement. Without strong and informed civic engagement, our democracy falters and our voices are lost amid the chaos of the 24-hour news cycle, political propaganda, and the grind of our everyday lives. While the 2008 presidential elections boasted the highest U.S. turnout since the 1968 elections, more than 4 in 10 Americans aged 18 or older still stayed home. The latest presidential election had a similar overall turnout, but the number of voters between the ages of 18-29 dropped from over 50% in 2008 to just over 46% in 2016. Why does this matter? Because younger generations are silencing their voices by not turning out to the polls. Most people know that they should vote in the presidential elections – but what about elections in the years when we are not choosing our commanderin-chief? In 2018 we have the potential to dramatically change the political make-up of Colorado. A major piece of that puzzle is voting in the primary elections. Primary elections (or “the primaries”) are elections that determine who is on the ballot for our votes in November.

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FYI/Happenings Mayors Form Coalition for Marijuana Regulation Reform With an increasing number of states and local governments taking their first steps into the new frontier of legalized marijuana, governments need Federal marijuana regulatory reforms in order to safely and thoughtfully implement the will of their voters. “With 46 states having some form of legalization, the reality is legal marijuana is coming to a city near you. As mayors of cities that have successfully implemented and managed this new industry, we have hands on experience that can help Congress take the right steps to support other local governments as they prepare to enter this new frontier,” Mayor Hancock said. “We all will face common challenges when it comes to legalizing marijuana, and those challenges need federal solutions so implementation can be done smoothly, safely and effectively.” The end of the 21st Century’s prohibition is spreading across the U.S. and the Government for Responsible U.S. Cannabis Policy Coalition will take what their cities have learned about implementation, regulation, taxation, and youth education, and push for Congress and the Administration to take actions that will better prepare state and local governments to manage legalization locally. Cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland are among those who recognize the critical need for Federal reforms, which is why they signed onto the resolution for Urging Federal Support for State and Local Government Regulations of Cannabis

in response to the 46 states, Washington D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico that have legalized cannabis in some form. The resolution requests Federal support in a number of critical areas, including: • Removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, which would allow banks and other financial institutions to work with state-compliant marijuana-related businesses, and allow employers in the cannabis industry to take tax deductions similar to those enjoyed by other businesses. • Providing updated guidance to financial institutions that are providing or seek to provide services to commercial cannabis businesses. • Approving the McClintock-Polis amendment to annual federal appropriations legislation to safeguard state and local government marijuana reforms. • Extending safe and legal access to medicinal marijuana to U.S. military veterans. • Maintaining the RohrabacherJoyce-Blumenauer amendment, which protects states’ rights by pro-

hibiting the Federal Government from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. If the resolution is passed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the USCM will use input from their bipartisan mayoral members to create federal policy recommendations to be submitted to Congress starting in 2019. The Coalition will work to advocate for these recommendations. The sponsors of the resolution are: • Christopher L. Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento, CA • Jenny A. Durkan, Mayor of Seattle, WA • Mark Farrell, Mayor of San Francisco, CA • Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, CA • Carolyn G. Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, NV • Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver, CO • Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland, OR The Government for Responsible U.S. Cannabis Policy Coalition is to: • Build sustained awareness with Congress and the Administration of the challenges and opportunities

with marijuana legalization and to advocate for balanced, federal regulation that addresses these issues; • Create the first broad coalition of local governments that can provide sustained attention to marijuana issues; • Enhance strategic engagement with Congress and the Administration to advance federal regulatory and legislative actions including identifying opportunities to testify before Congress about marijuana; and • Share best practices among local governments to help advance responsible local control over marijuana. The initial Mayors who have committed to advocate for reform through the Coalition are: • Mark Farrell, Mayor of San Francisco, CA • Jenny A. Durkan, Mayor of Seattle, WA • Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver, CO • Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, CA • Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland, OR • Heidi Williams, Mayor of Thornton, CO

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FYI/Happenings ALAN KENNEDY-SHAFFER PROGRESSIVE CHAMPION Alan Kennedy-Shaffer is the progressive champion we need to represent us in the state senate. Kennedy-Shaffer is the most qualified Democrat running in Colorado Senate District 34. A soldier, teacher, and civil rights leader, Kennedy-Shaffer serves as a Captain in the Colorado Army National Guard and has taught criminal justice at Denver’s Abraham Lincoln High School as a lecturer for University of Colorado Denver. At Lincoln, it took five weeks to get textbooks, highlighting the need to increase education funding. Kennedy-Shaffer comes from a family of teachers and believes every child deserves to attend a strong, neighborhood school. That’s why state and local education leaders, including Colorado Board of Education member Dr. Val Flores and former Denver School Board member Arturo Jimenez back Kennedy-Shaffer. • Alan Kennedy-Shaffer believes America is great because we are a nation of immigrants. That’s why Kennedy-Shaffer sued President Donald Trump on behalf of Libyan international student Zakaria Hagig to overturn Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim travel ban – and won. • Alan Kennedy-Shaffer believes we need affordable healthcare for all. That’s why he represented 5 healthcare activists arrested in U.S. Senator Cory Gardner’s office – and won. • Alan Kennedy-Shaffer is pro-choice, pro-LGBTQ+, and pro-equality. That’s why Kennedy-Shaffer has represented sexual assaults victims, and sued Trump to defend women’s rights. • Alan Kennedy-Shaffer believes we need common sense gun laws. That’s why he wrote and passed a bump stock ban in Denver. He’s the only one who stood up to the NRA – and won. • Alan Kennedy-Shaffer is honored to be endorsed by DENVER NEWS, VoteVets, Progressive Democrats of America, Moms Demand Action, and Colorado Ceasefire. • Alan Kennedy-Shaffer has a proven track record as a progressive champion, fighting for immigrants, women, sexual assault victims, and veterans, and standing up to Trump and the NRA.


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FYI/Happenings Celebrate Colorado Bike Month in Colorado June is Bike Month in Colorado and there is no better way to celebrate then getting on a bike! The ninth annual Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride presented by Forest City will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2018. All four bicycle routes of the Denver Century Ride explore the many diverse neighborhoods of Metro Denver while supporting key cycling advocacy groups. Turn by turn, the Denver Century Ride connects cyclists to attainable urban routes for a casual cruise or a commute to work. The Ride’s conveniently located single point start/ finish line and Post Ride Street Party remains on Main Street at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton (8340 Northfield Boulevard, Denver, CO 80238). This is Colorado’s only urban based century ride and is fully supported with aid stations, SAG drivers, bike mechanics and medical aid. Registration and full event details:

Cybersecurity Crime Bill Signed by the Govenor Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a bipartisan bill sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader, Alec Garnett, D-Denver that makes credit card skimming a crime and criminalizes using a computer to engage in prostitution of a minor. The bill further changes the penalty structure for cybercrimes to crack down on crimes that hurt Colorado consumers and put children at risk. “This new law puts Colorado at the forefront of addressing cybercrime and brings our laws in sync with the evolving technological realities of the 21st century,” Rep. Garnett said. “The legislature must build on the progress of this important legislation and stay vigilant in deterring these nefarious types of activities.” With the Governor’s signature, HB18-1200 will go into effect on August 8, 2018.

Degette Supports a Resolution for Child-Family Separation Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, today supported a resolution condemning the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance policy,” which is separating children from their parents at the border. “The administration’s new policy of separating families who seek asylum in the United States is sickening,” DeGette said. “It traumatizes people seeking humanitarian relief, ripping young children away from their parents. This needless cruelty in the mistaken name of protecting our borders must end.” DeGette has strongly opposed the new policy since it first came to light in February. Among other steps, she joined 74 other Democrats in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to protest the move and urged colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to ensure that DHS funds for this purpose be limited so that only parents who pose an immediate threat to their children’s safety can be separated from them. DeGette also supports the Help Separated Families Act (H.R. 5414), which aims to keep children of detained or deported parents united with their families.

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“The stories are powerful,” Swade said. “Once you hear the backstory, you begin to understand why these objects hold such significance.” The library’s Services to Immigrants and Refugees committee, which seeks to provide services to new immigrants as well as create a welcoming environment for immigrants, refugees and asylees, created the exhibit from scratch. Swade said the exhibit gives voice, visually, to the more than 17,000 immigrants who utilize the library each year. Curated by Denver Public Library staff with assistance from Denver Arts and Venues, who provided a grant to offset photography costs, the exhibit will travel to the Park Hill Branch Library in September. The Denver Public Library offers Plaza programs at 10 branch libraries, which include English language acquisition, citizenship information and test preparation, health and financial literacy information, business networking and workforce preparation, children and family programming and individual assistance. Plaza programming is strategically located in neighborhoods with a high density of foreign-born residents.

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FYI/Happenings First List of Community Supported Neighborhoods The first investments into Denver’s neighborhoods proposed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock as part of the 2017 General Obligation Bond (GO Bond) received final approval from City Council last night. From more bike lanes and improved roads and bridges to park enhancements and major construction of cultural facilities and Denver Health, the $193 million list of initial projects delivers on high priority investments that are ready to get going. “I’m excited that this first round of neighborhood investments will soon

be underway across the city, and I thank City Council for their continued partnership in moving these much need repairs and improvements forward. The voters of Denver told us clearly what they want to see from the GO Bond, and we’re making good on our commitment to begin delivering those improvements this year,” said Mayor Hancock. The approved initial project list can be found here. “The Department of Finance has been working diligently to ensure we are helping the program team move as quickly as possible to begin delivering on projects the voters approved. The next step is for us to go to market for these bonds in June and start infusing the initial projects with the money they need to move

forward,” said Denver Chief Financial Officer Brendan Hanlon. The city currently anticipates a second debt issuance in 2019, which will allow many of the projects designed in 2018 to move quickly to construction. The city began the GO Bond process in 2016 by engaging the Denver community in a conversation about the improvements they want in their neighborhoods and throughout the city. With six public meetings, a map-based online tool, City Council engagement, and comment cards located at libraries and recreation centers across Denver, the city received more than 3,000 investment ideas. The stakeholder phase of the GO Bond process saw an additional 1,000+ emails from residents advocating for projects and each stakeholder committee meeting featured a public comment period. Visit for more information about the bond process, and progress.

Warning from DPW on Two Scooter Companies Denver Public Works has provided an update confirming our Department’s position on the recent entry of two dockless scooter companies into Denver. As we stated earlier, we’ve been concerned about the use, placement, and quantity of scooters that have been dropped into our city without permission or a permit to operate. Statement from Denver Public Works: Denver Public Works provided notice to LimeBike and Bird that they are in violation of Denver Revised Municipal Code Chapter 49, Article IX, which states it is unlawful to utilize any street, alley, sidewalk, parkway or other public place for the storage of goods, wares or merchandise. Denver will be working toward developing rules that regulate dockless transportation companies, emphasizing safety and respect for public spaces. | 303.637.8000



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Arts LoDown Havu Gallery June Showings and Openings

Now showing "Elements:" with Jean Gumpper, Joanne Kerrihard, and Betsy Margolius. Showing from June 15 - July 28, 2018 Opening Reception on Friday June 15th from 6:00pm till 9:00pm at the William Havu Gallery, on 1040 Cherokee St, Denver, CO 80204 For more information call 303-893-2360 or visit

"DaVinci X - The Machines & You" at Denver Pavilions The "DaVinci X – The Machines & You" displaying hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500-year-old designs brought to life the creations by the brilliant scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci as well as his Masterpieces digitally remastered for an up close and per-

sonal look at the greatest genius of all time. The Magnificent Machines on display, many of which are interactive, features replicas of the major and most striking inventions of the original Renaissance Man. The main features on display include the “bicycle”, “spring powered car”, “hang glider” and the “air screw”, a precursor to the helicopter and the secrets behind Leonardo’s legendary robotic lion. This exhibition presents models grouped in themes: War machines, Flying machines, Nautical & Hydraulic machines, as well as devices illustrating the Principles of Mechanics.

The interactive machines are a popular aspect of each exhibition as visitors can touch and handle these models to gain a firsthand appreciation of how they work. Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings accompany each model. The patron will not only experience DaVinci’s magnificent machines, but also the artwork of the great master along with those of his contemporary Michelangelo. The exhibition features exclusive HD photographs of the Sistine Chapel prior to the restoration

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Ballet Ariel Summer Show at Hampden Hall

Join Ballet Ariel for an entertaining performance that is affordable and fun for the whole family. Ballet Ariel is dancing excerpts from their wonderful season of shows including ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Appalachian Spring’ on Thursday, July 26th at 7:00 pm at Hampden Hall in the Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, CO 80110, For more information call 303-781-4914

Public Art at Denver Convention Center Denver’s Public Art Program was established in 1988 as an Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted into Ordinance by Mayor Wellington E. Webb, directs that 1% of any capital improvement project over $1 million undertaken by the City, be set aside for the inclusion of art in the design and construction of

these projects. Over the past 20 years, along with the historic and donated works of art, make up the City’s 300+ piece Public Art Collection, with several that have become iconic symbols for Denver. The Public Art collection has expanded the opportunity for Denver residents to experience art in public places, thereby creating more visually pleasing environments. The artwork at the convention center is a Project of IMAGINE 2020, increasing art, culture & creativity in daily life. View all the art in the Public Art Guide to Downtown Denver. The Colorado Convention Center is honored to have their own wonderful collection of public art on-site. Information about the City's entire public art collection and opportunities for involvement in the public art process is available by visiting PUBLIC ART or calling (720) 865-4313 www.

Arts & Venues Cultural Board has Openings The Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs (DCCA) is now seeking candidates for seven open commission positions to oversee the 1% for public art program, serve as trustees of Denver’s cultural plan - IMAGINE 2020, advise on arts and cultural issues, and act as ambassadors to the community. The DCCA was established in 1991 to support the mayor’s office and act as an advisory board to Denver Arts & Venues. The Mayor appoints commissioners for one- or three-year terms and can serve up to six consecutive years. The commission meets monthly the first Tuesday of each month from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at various cultural organizations across the city. Additional information regarding Denver Arts & Venues and the commission can be found at

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Health is Wealth Assessment Report on Denver Opioid Use

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) released the Denver Needs Assessment on Opioid Use, which was created using in-depth interviews with people who use opioids. The report highlights the experiences of people in Denver who use opioids and includes recommendations with regards to drug treatment and recovery, as well as basic needs and services. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with opioid use driving this epidemic. In 2016, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner reported 103 overdose fatalities involving opioids. Between January 1 and November 13, 2017, 83 overdose fatalities involving opioids were reported (this statistic is reflected in the assessment). For 2017 in its entirety, the number of overdose fatalities involving opioids increased to 110. The assessment sought to better understand two main areas in substance misuse from the perspective of people who use opioids in Denver: whether non-fatal overdose experiences served as motivators for accessing drug treatment, and the experience around the availability and accessibility of drug treatment and other services in the city. The assessment allowed the participants to share their experiences in their own words. More than twothirds of the interviewees reported having overdosed; of those, nearly all reported overdosing multiple times. Perceived barriers to accessing support include lack of identification, the cost of transportation, the distance between critical service providers, and

unreliable information about service providers. Additionally, the assessment highlights participant-reported barriers to accessing MedicationAssisted Treatment (MAT) and recommends improving access to treatment on demand and expanding long-term inpatient and residential services. To produce the needs assessment, DDPHE and anthropologist Steve Koester, PhD—a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Denver who has decades of experience working with people who inject drugs—collaborated with several local agencies and organizations, including the Harm Reduction Action Center, Access Point/Denver Colorado AIDS Project, Denver Public Library, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, and others. These and other organizations form Denver’s Collective Impact Group (CIG), which was initiated by DDPHE to coordinate numerous agencies and efforts to address the opioid epidemic. The CIG is also working closely with leadership at the state level and in various other areas in Colorado, Seattle/ King County, San Francisco, and Vancouver to benefit from lessons learned and common approaches to reducing opioid misuse. The CIG’s current focus is on three main areas: prevention, treatment access and retention, and harm reduction strategies. The divisions of DDPHE are: Animal Protection, Community Health, Environmental Quality, Office of Sustainability, Office of the Medical Examiner and Public Health Inspections. In partnership with Denver Public Health, DDPHE provides quality public health services to the City and County of Denver. For more information

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Animal Matters Denver Animal Protection Offers Free Adult Cat Adoptions in June In honor of this month’s dinosaurpacked blockbuster sequel release, Denver Animal Protection (DAP) is waiving all adoption fees for cats one year and older. Denver residents are encouraged to visit the shelter before June 30 to meet their new prehistoric pal and take advantage of this “purrassic” promotion. All adoptable animals — including 3-year-old working cat Taco and 2-year-old house cat Frannie — are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. The standard adoption fee for an adult cat is $87. DAP has a robust adoption process for potential adopters that includes the entire family to ensure each animal is set up for success in their new home. Also, while DAP does not provide homes for velociraptors, triceratops or

pterodactyls, their distant turtle, lizard and bird cousins are often available for adoption. Prospective adopters can see a full list of adoptable animals on the shelter’s website. DAP is an open-admission shelter, located at 1241 W Bayaud Ave.

Celebrate with Craft Beers at Catwalk Sip a cold beer on a warm night for a great cause at Catwalk—the Dumb Friends League’s newest cat-themed event. Saturday, July 7 from 6 to 9 p.m., pet-lovers can celebrate cats with craft beer, music and more! Catwalk is a ticketed, 21-and-older event. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Admission includes beer tastings from local breweries at different stations where guests can learn about programs that benefit our feline friends and view cats available for adoption. Designated driver tickets are available for $10.

Food from local food trucks, additional beer tickets for our beer garden and cat merchandise, including 2018 Catwalk T-shirts and beer glass, will also be available for purchase. Anyone who signs up to become a monthly donor will receive a commemorative beer glass. Entry to the event requires age verification at check-in, so please bring valid identification. Guests will receive a “pawport,” which includes information about the locations of the various beer sampling and cat information stations. Pawports stamped at every booth will be entered to win a prize. Stop by the Hill’s Science Diet booth to receive a free sample of cat food and enjoy a wine tasting. Catwalk takes place at the Dumb Friends League Quebec Street Shelter at 2080 S. Quebec Street in

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R e a l E state So what are the “hot, “hotter” and “hottest” real estate markets in the nation? Strong values and number of sales are growing at the highest rates in the Western half of the U.S., primarily on the west coast. In most housing surveys published since 2012, Denver seems to be in the “Top Ten” cities (usually Top 5) in the majority of measured statistics comparing metropolitan areas. Currently, Denver would be considered one of the “hotter” markets with excellent prospects to perpetuate steady growth. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, recently announced that “home prices on single family homes rose in 91% of markets, or 162 of 178 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) across the country”. In California, housing is prompting residents to consider relocating, according to a new report. In the last six years, the average price of a home jumped 83%. In comparison, Denver rose closer to 60% in the same time period. The combination of demand, and too few homes for sale, has rendered many California areas unaffordable. Analyzing data from outbound searches (homebuyers looking outside CA) it was discovered that half (52%) were looking to move out of state, with 48% looking in CA, but searching in other locations across the state. For those moving out of state, Arizona and Nevada were the most common destinations (Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, Las Vegas and Reno), with Boise and Coeur d’ Alene in Idaho being quite popular, and of course Colorado and Texas areas were not far behind. From the recession low point over 6 years ago, a typical home price has increased 48% in value nationally. Rising interest rates do not help with affordability, therefore, more available homes (supply) would help in leveling home prices. Homebuilding may be key to how the housing market performs in the future. Some of the best markets, as measured by the S&P (year-overyear values) were San Francisco (11.3%), Las Vegas (12.4%) and Seattle at 13%. The two best metro areas were Chicago (2.8%) and Washington D.C. at 3%. An interesting side note (in April), 21% of existing home sales were all-cash, with 15% of all sales being investors and only 3.5% of

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Sold Price Analysis for May 2017 vs May 2018

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sales were considered distressed (foreclosed or short sales). Compare that to recession-era figures, with considerably lessUNITING sales, we saw in 2009-2011 nearly 25% of sales were distressed withextraordinary over 30% being properties purchased by investors using lines of credit or actual cash. WITH Back to current events. LIV Sotheby’s International Realty (LIV SIR) extraordinary researched the market covering the first five months of 2018 usinglives information from REColorado (MLS). For all price ranges in Metro CONSIDERED ONE DENVER'S PRODUCERS, Denver, sales volume was 7% higher with theOFnumber ofTOP sales down FEW PEOPLE KNOW DOWNTOWN DENVER REAL ESTATE 3% (low inventory). Overall, prices increased 10% (YTD) over the same BETTER THAN DENA PASTORINI. time in 2017. As a long time resident of Riverfront Park, Dena serves as a The luxury market (over $1 million) demonstrated a positive butwith broker at LIV Sotheby's International Realty, working Sellers and throughout all of central Denver. different experience (YTD) compared toBuyers last year. Sales volume and the numer of properties sold were both higher by an impressive 23%, 720.233.9096 • while listing inventory was 13% higher than last year. The silver lining (and opportunity) for BUYERS in the luxury market is that the average price was almost identical to this time last year. Considering that the market priced from $750,000 to $999,999 increased 30.51% more sales than in 2017 (YTD), it would not be a stretch to realize the $1 million plus market is becoming a pretty darn good value right now as prices below this percentage are rising which will ultimately push 1401 Wewatta Street #PH4 the luxury market higher. 1590 Little Raven Street #507 4 Beds • 5 Baths • 4,071 SF • $3,250,000 2 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,678 SF • $2,000,000 And how about our beautiful “second home” markets in Summit County (owned by 65% of Denver residents) and the internationally popular Vail Valley. Starting with Summit resort areas (Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone, Frisco and Dillon), the news is good and moving forward. LIV SIR has reported that year-over-year figures show a 9% increase in sales volume with the average price improving 8% to 1590 Little Raven Street #302 1720 Wynkoop Street #212 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,484 SF • $1,400,000 2 Beds (compared • 2 Baths • 2,456 SF •to $1,189,000 reach an average price of 3$707,506. While YTD figures the last 5 months of 2017) reflect a sales volume increase of 7% with an average price increase of 4%, probably exhibiting an average sales price of $1,326,400. Many Colorado residents appreciate the incredible opportunity to enjoy spending time in their home or condo in the mountains. Although the investment 1022 itself can be#101 quite solid over time… Pearl Street 2210 Blake Street this #402 is 3 Beds • 3 Baths • 2,771 SF • $950,000 2 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,793 SF • $869,000 an investment to enjoy! Whether you purchase individually and divide time with 2 or 3 friends or family members, or rent it out when you are not able to use it - what a great gift to only drive an hour or two to arrive in heaven. In review of the urban neighborhood map below, it appears every indication is our market is very healthy. One note is the “# of sales” 1590 Little Raven Street #904 1143 Auraria Street #204 spiking-up 15%, is a result1of last month. Bed new • 2 Bathstownhomes • 1,260 SF • $650,000selling 1 Bed • 1 Bath • 1,046 SF • $350,000

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Real Estate transformation with new homes, boutiques and restaurants in Highlands, Edgewater, and Jefferson Park. To learn more about Perry Row at Sloans please 4contact Liz Richards at 303-956-2962, Liz@LIVsothebysrealty. com, or Deviree Vallejo at 303-9310097, or More information on the Sloans district is available online at

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Construction is underway on 23 Jeff Park, 10 townhomes located in the popular Jefferson Park Neighborhood. The townhomes will average 1,550 square feet, with prices starting at $699,000.

23 Jeff Park Townhomes Underway Sagebrush Companies, a firm specializing in real estate investments and thoughtful development, has announced that construction is underway on 23 Jeff Park, 10 townhomes located in the popular Jefferson Park Neighborhood. The townhomes follow the already completed, and highly successful, 24 Jeff Park Townhomes which were also developed by Sagebrush Companies. The 23 Jeff Park townhomes will average 1,550 square feet, with prices starting at $699,000. They will be three stories, with two car garages and rooftops with views of downtown Denver and the 6.7 acre park, located in the heart of the neighborhood. The designer is MC Designs, Maureen Conway and the general contractor is K2. The residences are scheduled for completion in the second quarter of this year. “24 Jeff Park was very well received and sold out rapidly due to the quality of design and construction, and an incredible location,” said Robert “Jake” Jacobsen, CEO and founder of Sagebrush Companies. “23 Jeff Park will have all of the same qualities, and provide buyers with a great place to live, work and play in downtown Denver.” Located in the heart of Jefferson Park and perched over the downtown Denver skyline, 23 Jeff Park is named for the 6.7-acre park located on West 23rd Avenue and Clay Street in the heart of the neighborhood. The Jefferson Park neighborhood is home to the Denver Broncos’ home stadium and provides stunning views of the Downtown skyline. The neighborhood offers immediate access to downtown Denver via the 23rd Street bridge, which leads to the Riverfront areas of downtown. Additionally, the neighborhood is immediately adjacent to the LoHi, Highland and Sloan’s Lake neighborhoods which have all seen a renaissance and flurry of activity over the past decade. Sagebrush Companies, formed in 2000 and based in Denver, Colorado, is a private real estate company with holdings throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Sagebrush focuses

on core-market multifamily whether distressed or value-add, as well as ground-up development. For more information, phone 303-800-8152, or contact Sagebrush Companies via email at dcaster@

Perry Row Final Phase at Sloan’s Lake Perry Row, the popular townhome development at Sloans Lake, is down to its final phase of sales, with 14 of the homes currently available. Among the residences still up for sale, all provide owners with large rooftop deck space and coveted views of the lake and metro area. Prices for the remaining residences range from $687,000 to $925,000 and are sized from 1,413 square feet up to 2,198 square feet. One of the remaining homes is the Parkside, the development’s highest amenitized residence with 2,198 square feet and unimpeded panoramic views of Sloans Lake, the mountains and downtown Denver. This unique and special home is priced at $924,900. Some of the unique features of the Parkside include a large gourmet kitchen (with Wolf and SubZero appliances) and an adjacent barbecue balcony, a library study area, a large gas fireplace and substantial storage space. For Denver residents who love the outdoors, the top floor deck provides 681square feet of space, with a trellis covering a portion of the deck and a large private seating area with unimpeded views of the Sloans Lake, the Denver skyline and the Colorado Front Range. The Perry Row homes are located in the Sloans district (a LEED certified district, for its sustainability practices and attributes), at the former St. Anthony Hospital site, and are listed exclusively by Deviree Vallejo and Liz Richards of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty. Designed by Sprocket DesignBuild, the residences feature two car garages, rooftop decks and a Brownstone-style architecture. Owners enjoy large open concept floor plans along with designer quality finishes and appliances.

New retail venues in the Sloans district include Highland Tap and Burger, Starbucks, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Little Man Ice Cream, La Cultura Mexican restaurant and numerous other restaurants to come. The developers are attracting local restaurateurs and chefs to the venue that can meet the high demand in the Sloans Lake neighborhood. The 19-acre site is a master-planned community located just 10 minutes west of downtown Denver and one mile from I-25. Perry Row is one block south of Sloan’s Lake Park, featuring a three mile jogging trail, the city’s largest lake with a marina and water sport activities, and plentiful open space. The Perry Row site is five blocks north of the Perry Street Light Rail Station, which is a short ride to Union Station, and will provide easy access to DIA. Perry Row at Sloans is well suited for both empty nesters and young professionals. The emerging Sloans district is close to the Highlands neighborhood without the urban hassle. Residents will enjoy views of Sloans Lake, the Rocky Mountains, and downtown Denver. The neighborhoods around Sloans are experiencing a significant



Denver Urban Properties, a firm focused on Denver’s urban real estate market and spearheaded by the team of Liz Richards and Deviree Vallejo, has affiliated with LIV Sotheby’s. With the resources and backing of LIV Sotheby’s, the affiliation will provide clients of Denver Urban Properties with results that meet and exceed their expectations. As a team, Ms. Richards and Ms. Vallejo have been involved in many residential real estate transactions, representing some of the most exquisite homes and desirable residential developments in downtown Denver and surrounding neighborhoods including Washington Park, Sloans Lake, LoHi, Hilltop, Cherry Creek and many more. They provide specialized services to new developments, conversions and the repositioning of existing properties across Denver’s high-end real estate market. Working side-by side with ■ Continued on page 14

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Real Estate ■ Continued from page 13 developers on the creation and launch of luxury residential properties, they create marketing and sales strategies designed to meet and exceed sales goals. “We pride ourselves on providing developers, investors and financial institutions with the knowledge, resources and skillset to help them achieve their goals,” said Deviree. “Having sold more than 60 development projects, we’re familiar with the strategies that work and have created our own, unique approaches that have been proven to be successful.”“Our process always begins with gaining a thorough understanding of our client’s goals, providing critical market research and mapping the path to success,” said Liz. “From the point of pre-sales through the end of construction, we are the go-to resource for ensuring the successful sell-through of a property.” Some of the projects currently being represented by Denver Urban Properties include: • Perry Row at Sloans • Acoma Row • Wrigley on Penn • Triangle 22 on Elati • Acoma Reserve • Observatory Row • S*park • Gaylord Station • Eaton Heights

Pilot Program Raises Home Awareness with Energy Costs

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is now offering free a Home Energy Score to sellers, buyers and recent owners with helpful information about a home’s estimated energy use and opportunities for savings and efficiency. The free pilot program aims to score 300 single-family homes that have been recently purchased, are soon to be listed, or are currently on the market. Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Laboratories, the Home Energy Score is based on a standard assessment of a home’s structure and major energyconsuming equipment to easily compare energy use across the housing market. The Score provides comparable and credible information about a single-family home’s energy performance using a 10-point score to reflect how much energy a home is estimated to use. All Scores will be generated by a qualified Home Energy Score Assessor. Sellers can choose to include a Home Energy Score in the MLS to

highlight efficiency improvements that can make a property more desirable to prospective buyers. For buyers, the Score can offer insight on improvements that can lower a home’s energy bills. A Home Energy Score can also help buyers qualify for additional financing options. Those interested can request a Score at “In Denver’s competitive housing market, home operating costs are more important than ever. The pilot will focus on uncovering the best way to highlight the full cost of owning a home by making it costeffective and energy efficient from day one,” said Program Manager Julie Saporito of DDPHE. Increasing awareness of a Home Energy Score also supports the City’s climate goals. Homes in Denver are a leading contributor to local greenhouse gas emissions for energy use. Helping residents understand how efficient (or inefficient) their homes are can better inform the full cost of owning a home and make home ownership more cost-effective while reducing emissions city-wide. Through the pilot, the City will explore ways to provide Home Energy Scores with the help of new owners, sellers and buyers and seek to understand what kind of impact the information has with regards to making energy improvements in the home. Requests for a Home Energy Score are available on a first come, first served basis for properties that have sold within the last 12 months as well as those that are preparing to list or are currently on the market. For more information:

Brown Palace Sold for $125.4 million Crescent Real Estate LLC purchased Denver’s legendary Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, and the adjacent 231-room Holiday Inn Express that is part of the Brown Palace hotel complex, for $125.4 million, according to Denver County records. The Brown Palace, which opened at 321 17th St. in 1892 and is affiliated with Marriott’s Autograph Collection, features luxury amenities, as well as six unique food and beverage


venues including Palace Arms, Ship Tavern, Ellyngton’s and Churchill Bar. The nine-story hotel also includes i19,900 square feet of meeting space, including a 5,800-square foot ballroom along with a full-service spa and salon and a flower shop. The Brown Palace has a longstanding tradition of afternoon tea in its famed lobby and is one of only a few Denver hotels to receive both the Forbes Four-Star and AAA FourDiamond awards. Crescent plans significant capital investments and service upgrades to enhance the customer experience and operations at the Brown Palace and Holiday Inn Express, including renovations to the top two floors at the Brown Palace, known as “Top of the Brown.” “Acquiring the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is another rare opportunity to own and operate a timeless and iconic hotel asset in a robust market for tourism and commercial business, downtown Denver,” said Conrad Suszynski, co-CEO of Crescent. The 22-story Holiday Inn Express completes the Brown Palace hotel complex. With a pedestrian sky bridge, Holiday Inn Express guests conveniently access restaurant hospitality and meeting space amenities at the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. The Holiday Inn Express has 22 suites and 1,287 square feet of contemporary meeting space on site and convenient access to the meeting space at the Brown Palace. Crescent used its GP Invitation Fund I to purchase the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa and Holiday Inn Express. “Denver’s lodging market is robust as it has outpaced both the Top 25 markets and national average over the last five years. We believe future demand is fueled by exceptional employment and visitor growth which makes the Brown Palace hotel complex an exciting investment for Crescent,” added Suszynski. Crow Holdings Capital Partners’ Crow Holdings Fund VI sold the Brown Palace and Holiday Inn Express. It paid $103 million for the properties in 2014.



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