Friends of Denver Parks held our Board Meeting this evening and a discussion was opened concerning the future of our petition effort.
John states “The city may try to disqualify some the 6,664 signatures that we turned in July 1. Because the city interfered with our petition circulation, we asked the judge for additional time to gather signatures until August 19, 2013. We need 3000 more signatures by August 19 to be sure we have enough to put the issue on the ballot.” The Board has determined that following the advise of our attorney would be the best course of action to insure the best chance at being successful.
So with that being said, we will be organizing the petition drive again. David and I have the petitions at our house and will distribute them from there. Judy Case will handle the returns at her home. We will need your help to make this work. We have 4 weekends to get this done.
As a reminder, during the Board meeting we witnessed a red tailed hawk, a flicker, a bat, and the coyote pack decided
to run close by yipping and howling just to let us know that they needed our voices and efforts to keep this natural space a preserve for the wildlife who continue to live in the City of Denver.
We love those green t-shirts, so lets hit the trail again,
For those who didn’t get a chance to help the first time, we could sure use some new folks/fresh horses
to help with the petitions. Call or write about picking up a petition to circulate.
We’ve got a job to finish,
All the best,
Renee Lewis – President
Friends of Denver Parks
FRIENDS OF DENVER PARKS – PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 5, 2013
On July 1, 2013 the Petitioners Committee filed a referendum petition with city clerk and recorder Debra Johnson to repeal the land swap deal between the city and Denver Public Schools. The referendum petition included 6,664 valid signatures of Denver registered voters. 6,129 signatures are required to place the issue on the ballot. The referendum petition included more than enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot.
On July 3, 2013 Johnson rejected the referendum petition without counting the signatures. Johnson claims that the Petitioners Committee improperly circulated the referendum petition without her permission. A copy of Johnson’s letter is available on the website FriendsofDenverParks.Org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 5, 2013
On July 5, 2013 Denver District Judge Herbert L. Stern III signed a written order
denying the Motion for Preliminary Injunction of Friends of Denver Parks, Inc., Steve Waldstein and Zelda Hawkins.
Lawyers at Benson Case LLP, who represent the plaintiffs without charge, immediately filed a Notice of Appeal in the Colorado Court of Appeals, accompanied by a Motion for Injunction During Pendency of the Appeal.
If Judge Stern grants the Injunction During Pendency of the Appeal, then the sale of Hampden Heights North Park will be postponed until the Court of Appeals can rule on the issues. If Judge Stern declines to issue the Injunction, then plaintiffs will ask the Court of Appeals to grant it, according to plaintiffs’ attorney John Case. Continue reading