● Heads up, Pueblo County drivers. Or better yet, buckle up, and anyone in a truck statewide might want to heed that advice, as the Colorado State Patrol and Department of Transportation began one of those “Click It Or Ticket” enforcement campaigns. As the Gazette reported, drivers in Pueblo County had the highest non-compliance rate in the state last year, and motorists and passengers in pickups had the lowest usage rate of any type of vehicle. But it’s good advice for anyone, anywhere, no matter what type of vehicle.
● What do the “sharing” economy, “gigs” and pet sitting have in common? Well, the Denver Business Journal linked them all to a bill before state lawmakers that would allow people to advertise their pet sitting services online without being required to be licensed. Naturally, those who are licensed said the bill could endanger pets or put kennels out of business.
● Two members of Denver City Council were in London when a terrorist attack killed four people and left dozens more injured. CBS4 talked to Councilman Kevin Flynn, who was with Councilwoman Debbie Ortega to tour Heathrow Airport to learn about its security in preparation for the upcoming changes to security at the Denver International Airport. Neither Denver official was near the attack.
● Denver’s City Park residents reportedly didn’t want a new playground for area children, so the city is planning to build it — complete with what 9News described as a Ninja warrior-style obstacle course — in Paco Sanchez Park, at Knox Court and 12th Avenue. The $9 million project is designed to help children stay active and healthy, but could depend on it being included in the city’s next general obligation bond issue to be placed before voters this fall.
● Denver taxpayers will be paying nearly $4 million more this year for the use of Oracle software, after the city admitted it violated its licensing agreements with Oracle and was threatened with a potential $10 million penalty for overuse, according to CBS4. A former Oracle vice president of contracts and business practices now runs a consulting firm for government agencies and companies that run into similar problems with Oracle licensing requirements, indicating such situations may occur frequently.
● What the Colorado Springs Gazette called Colorado’s most iconic building since it opened in 1962 will close late next year for up to four years. The Air Force Academy will close its Cadet Chapel to repair leaks. The planned $68 million renovation will include the removal of the chapel’s gleaming aluminum skin and soaring stained glass so workers can install a new system.
● While state lawmakers have discussed and amended a much-watched bill regarding the Colorado Open Records Act, there’s an interesting development going on in Aurora. The Aurora Sentinel reported some City Council members, led by Charlie Richardson, don’t think they’re getting the information they need from city staff and longtime City Manager George “Skip” Noe. So Richardson has filed open records requests on his own city government. By the way, Richardson served as Aurora’s city attorney before he was elected in 2015, so maybe he has a good idea what he should be looking at?
● And while election news recently (or is it since Nov. 9?) has focused on the 2018 statewide races for Colorado governor and other offices, there’s some pretty personal jousting taking place in an upcoming Colorado Springs City Council election. The Colorado Springs Independent reported on what Councilwoman Jill Gaebler claims are false statements made in campaign materials by her opponent. Gaebler turned over the materials to the district attorney’s office, although she hasn’t yet filed a formal complaint.