December 11, 2018

City Council’s Retreat: Setting the Agenda for 2012-2013

The first priority on City Council's list for 2012-2013 is supporting Golden's schools and libraries.


The Golden City Council held its biannual retreat earlier in February, focusing on their work plan for the next two years. They identified nine general areas they want to focus on: (1) supporting Golden’s schools and libraries; (2) improving public space; (3) promoting a healthy community; (4) moving the ball forward on key transportation issues; (5) strengthening Golden’s neighborhoods; (6) fostering a strong relationship with Colorado School of Mines; (7) supporting a strong economy; (8) improving on the city’s capital improvement plan; and (9) meeting the city’s sustainability goals. It’s a great list but also a pretty expansive one, and I’m looking forward to learning more about how Council is planning to prioritize among those goals.

Keeping Golden Healthy


One of Beth V.'s pics . . . Principle West trying to keep up with the kids.


In the Informer last month, I wrote about some of the ways the city encourages a healthy community, from our employee-focused efforts (healthy employees keep health care costs down, improve morale, and increase productivity) to our community investments (e.g., the Community Center, the Splash, our trails and bike lanes) and our support for great kid-oriented efforts. I dropped on the first day of the spring Mitchell Mileage program, one of those very cool efforts. Thanks to a few parents who just stepped up to make it happen, a bunch of the kids run laps in the playground during their recess on Wednesdays and Fridays. I took a lap with Principal West and some of the third graders and then another one with some of the sixth graders, including one who ran a record-setting 30 miles last year (in recess-long increments). Huge kudos to these and the other parents who’ve figured out how to get the kids fired up about running.

And yup, I’ll be swinging by the Shelton Running Club one of these days as well.

Mitchell's Day of Giving Back

Mitchell Elementary today hosted another of their annual “Day of Giving Back” events, and it was impressive as always. The gym was filled with kids and parents – on a day off of school, no less – who came to volunteer and contribute. A dozen or more organizations were there with booths that offered the kids all sorts of ways to do good. Golden resident (and Golden Fire Department chaplain) Kevin Kirby gave a great (short!) speech about generosity and giving back to your community. Kudos to Mitchell’s kids, teachers and parents, Principal West, and the Day of Giving Back organizers.

Mitchell’s Day of Giving Back

Mitchell Elementary today hosted another of their annual “Day of Giving Back” events, and it was impressive as always. The gym was filled with kids and parents – on a day off of school, no less – who came to volunteer and contribute. A dozen or more organizations were there with booths that offered the kids all sorts of ways to do good. Golden resident (and Golden Fire Department chaplain) Kevin Kirby gave a great (short!) speech about generosity and giving back to your community. Kudos to Mitchell’s kids, teachers and parents, Principal West, and the Day of Giving Back organizers.

Mitchell Day of Service: Honoring MLK Jr. and the Golden Community

Mitchell students, parents, and teachers did a terrific job today honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy by once again pulling off a Mitchell Elementary Day of Service.  Mitchell kids and their parents made time to support a bunch of great local community causes, including food baskets for some of Golden’s senior citizens, heart pillows and other goodies for kids facing heart surgery, cards for American servicemen and women, the Table Mountain Animal Center, and others.  It’s very inspiring, really, that so many kids are willing to give up part of their day to contribute to their community and to help neighbors in need.  A huge congrats to Rebecca Archer and her crew for doing such a terrific job with the event.  I posted a few photos of the Mitchell Day of Service on my Facebook page if you are interested.

New Study Shows Link Between Highways and Lung Damage in Kids

The Denver Post a few days ago ran a story (which it pulled from the L.A. Times) on a new study showing that children living near busy highways experience serious lung problems that can lead to lifelong respiratory problems.  As the Post article explains:

“Children living near busy highways have significant impairments in the development of their lungs that can lead to respiratory problems for the rest of their lives, University of Southern California researchers have found in the largest and longest study of its kind.
The 13-year study of more than 3,600 children in 12 Southern California communities found that the damage from living near a freeway is about the same as that from living in communities with the highest pollution levels, the team reported Thursday in the online version of the medical journal Lancet.”

The fact that the Highway 93 is only 80 feet from the Michell Elementary playground and 300 from the front door is certainly cause for concern.