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The BLAST ~ October 8, 2019


Southeast Community Investment Focus Group

Hosted by Council of Neighbors and Organizations and RISE Southeast Wednesday, 5:30 - 7PM Deerfield Hills Community Center & Sprayground 4290 Deerfield Hills Rd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916

Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) is researching the potential of a Community Investment Trust (CIT) in Southeast Colorado Springs. A CIT will offer residents of Southeast an opportunity to invest in community ownership of real estate for $10-$100/month. We are looking for Southeast residents to participate in small group conversations to help us gather more information to make this a possibility. 1. Provide input that can shape a new tool for SE residents to invest in their community. 2. Help address the economic inequality between Southeast and the rest of the city 3. Help identify what issues are stopping Southeast residents from investing 4. Help build a class on investing and budgeting for Southeast residents 5. Explore how Southeast residents can share in the region's economic prosperity Please RSVP to Max Cupp at mcupp@cscono.org or call 719-471-3105 Check out www.investcit.com for more information on what we are trying to accomplish in Southeast.


30th Street Corridor Development Public Meeting

Hosted by City of Colorado Springs Government Wednesday at 5:30 PM – 7 PM Howbert Elementary School Gym, 1023 N. 31st Street, 80904

Residents are invited to a public meeting Oct. 9 to learn more about the 30th Street Corridor Development project. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and a presentation will begin at 6 p.m. The City of Colorado Springs has identified the need for several roadway and safety improvements along 3 miles of 30th Street between Fontanero Street and Garden of the Gods Road. Transportation-related deficiencies within the 30th Street Corridor include a lack of roadway shoulders and drainage facilities; aging street pavement with adjacent hillside erosion and slope destabilization; and a lack of multi-use roadway facilities. There are also safety and mobility deficiencies at corridor intersections, and inadequate access for emergency vehicles and evacuation. The corridor is one of only five designated wildfire evacuation routes for the northwest area of Colorado Springs. Elements of the Proposed Action include repaving 30th Street, widening with multi-use shoulders, intersection improvements, retaining walls, and a drainage and water quality system. The proposed multi-use shoulders would provide a safe place for bicyclists to ride outside the flow of traffic and would also accommodate occasional vehicle breakdowns. For more information about the 30th Street Corridor Development widening project: www.coloradosprings.gov/30thstreet Accessibility: For ADA-specific accommodations to participate in either meeting, call (719) 488-5908 at least 48 hours in advance. Please note: This is separate from the paving work taking place on 30th Street between Mesa Road and Garden of the Gods Road. For a list of the projects and tentative schedule, visit www.coloradosprings.gov/GOGareaConstruction. You can also sign up to receive monthly text alerts by texting “Traffic” to (719) 259-0508.


8 Billion Angels Sneak Preview and Filmmaker Q&A

Hosted by Pikes Peak Community College Wednesday at 6 PM – 8 PM Pikes Peak Community College 5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906

Film Description: Confronting the Impact of Unsustainable Growth. “Today, humanity’s demand for resources vastly exceeds nature’s ability to supply them. Food, water, climate and extinction emergencies are unfolding before our eyes. 8 Billion Angels tells the truth about the conflict between the size of our global population and the sustainability of our planet. It dispels the misperceptions that technology can save us, that reducing consumption is the answer, and that the blame lies solely in the developing world The event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Theater, which is located on East end of the Aspen Building. Please park for free in the E Parking Lot.Film Trailer****Film Website

OCT 10

2nd Thursday Social Hour!

Hosted by El Paso County Democratic Party Thursday at 5:30 PM – 7 PM The Bench 424 South Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

This 2nd Thursday we have special guests, Bethany Grob Winder and Kristine Hembre who will bring us up to speed on the state of Universal Healthcare in Colorado! Join us for some progressive fun! This will be the last 2nd Thursday until 2020!

OCT 10

Manitou Springs Election Forum

Hosted by Citizens Project Thursday at 6 PM – 7:30 PM Briarhurst Manor Estate 404 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829

Join us as we host a forum for Manitou Springs Mayoral Candidates, in addition to a comment period for School Board Candidates. Citizens Project believes that key to our democracy is civic engagement, which is why we host forums where we invite all candidates to engage in discussion with community members about vital issues in our community.

Sponsored by: Citizens Project Pikes Peak Bulletin Briarhurst Manor Estate Colorado Springs Independent 91.5 KRCC

Oct 11

Get Out The Vote Postcard Writing

Hosted by Citizens Project and 3 others Friday at 4 PM – 6 PM The Principal's Office 1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905

Join Citizens Project, The Sierra Club, League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, and members of the Pike Peak Equality Coalition to write postcards to let neighbors in underrepresented neighborhoods know how important their vote is to our community!

OCT 12

Citizens Climate Lobby October Meeting

Hosted by Rose Webb Saturday at 11 AM – 1 PM Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Come join us for our October meeting! We will discuss updates to the Carbon bill that was introduced in January. We will also discuss a potential holiday party. We will also view a short video and new letter writing opportunities! I hope to see you all there! Bring a friend as change is more powerful in numbers! Come help learn how you can help combat climate change! Come excited to make a difference in climate change and be the change that is the world need! "There's one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically thane any other, and that is the urgent threat of a changing climate" -Barack Obama

OCT 14

CS Dems Club 2nd Monday Social - Oct.14 - School Board Elections

Hosted by Colorado Springs Dems Monday, October 14, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Johnny's Navajo Hogan 2817 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907

Join CS Dems Club for our 2nd Monday social!  We meet in the private back room. Join us to socialize with like-minded Dems and learn about the candidates for the November School Board Elections! Confirmed candidates: Parth Melpak, Conner Sargent, Vince Puzick, Chris Wallis, Joseph Shelton, Jason Jorgenson and Darleen Daniels.

OCT 14

Don't let City Council take away your Right to Rent.

Hosted by Colorado Springs Short-Term Rental Alliance Monday, October 14, 2019 at 6 PM – 11:30 PM Colorado Springs City Council 107 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Why does it matter? These change proposals are an alarm warning entrepreneurs to think twice before investing in Colorado Springs.

There are approximately 2300 short term rentals in the city with an average home value of $296,000. Those 2300 rentals represent more than $680,000,000 in private investment. The City Council is now looking to threaten those investments without any research, data, evidence, transparency, etc…

As short term rental hosts, we send our guests to your businesses, and the money they save by staying in our rentals is spent in your establishments. Our collective hard work and cooperative ventures help make this city one of the top destinations in the country. We need your help. If they can change the rules on us without cause or provocation, then they can do it to you as well. Thank you, Colorado Springs Short Term Rental Alliance

OCT 15

Monument House Party Fundraiser!

Hosted by Andrew Romanoff Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5 PM – 6:30 PM 17255 Colonial Park Drive Monument, CO 80132

Join #TeamRomanoff for a conversation at our house party fundraiser in Monument! This is a time for the public to meet Andrew and ask any questions you have about the most competitive Senate race in the country.

Together we can talk about how we'll reduce gun violence, combat the climate crisis, and ensure health care for all. This is an open meeting, so invite your friends and family to meet Andrew in a supporter's home! Please let Andrew know what’s on your mind. Hope to see you on Tuesday! Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged. RSVP and/or DONATE

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