WEST SIDE RECORDER
Volume 7 ^ Number 11
Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver,-Colorado.
West Side Bus Terminal Site Strongly Opposed
At a special meeting of the West Side Coalition a resolution was passed opposing the proposed Greyhound Bus Terminal at 1100 W/ Colfax Avenue, former site of the OMeara Ford Dealership. The West Side Coalition first learned about Greyhounds intentions approximately three months ago. Since that time the Coalition has been investigating possible consequences of the terminal being situated on the West
In talking with members' of the Downtown Denver Improvement Association, the Coalition discovered-that, they also oppose the proposed site and has recommended an alternate site which we agree would be an ideal site from a neighborhood standpoint. The alternate site suggested is the Union Station which already has the facilities to service Greyhound Bus Lines such as taxicab stands. This alternative site also is close to downtown and is easily accessible for buses arriving and departing directly off the Valley Highway without passing through any residential neighborhood.
In assessing the impact the Terminal will have on the West Side we feel there are many negative factors the residents will have to cope with. The proposed Greyhound Bus Terminal at Colfax would bring increased volumes of bus and auto traffic adding to the traffic the West Side already has which' affects the lives of the residents and in many cases endangers the children of the West Side.
The Coalition feels that there are far too many institutions serving the city wide residents of Denver such as Denver General Hospital, the Motor Vehicle Department, the West High School Vocational evening classes, and the proposed Auraria College Complex and that any additional.city wide service such as a terminal can only add to the further deterioration Of the neighborhood as a residential community. Added to this problem is the fact that many West Side streets are being used as corridors to the outlying areas by downtown shoppers, students, and working people, making this terminal all the more undesirable because of the added air and noise pollution.
Bad for Children
Another factor of opposition is the position of the
Lincoln Park Housing Projects to the proposed terminal. As is the case of all Public Housing for low-income families, there is a high density of children. We feel that the type of ele-' ment that is attracted to bus terminals is not healthy to the social environment for these children. Examples include newsstands, loiterers, and parking lots which would tend to develop surrounding the terminal, therefore isolating the Lincoln Housing Projects from the rest of the community.
Furthermore, many residents of the West Side are. fully aware of the impact the. Auraria College Complex will have on residents of the West Side directly south of Colfax. With that in mind, the West Side Coalition has been working with members of the .Auraria College Complex to-do everything possible to lessen what we feel would be the detrimental effects of the Auraria Complex. In that regard we have made recommendations, some of which have been adopted by the college proponents such as location of buildings and green spaces on the campus. Such a green space was designed on the eastern tip of the college site bordered by Colfax and 11th Street. The purpose is to try to integrate the college campus with the neighborhood. With a bus terminal situated between the West Side Community and the college, that purpose can no longer be achieved. With that in mind we also feel that the bus terminal can only serve to further isolate the West Side from being a viable residential community.
Urban Renewal Area It is. the. intention of many West Side residents and organizations to have designated the section in which the proposed Bus Terminal is to be situated (the proposed boundries being Mariposa, 13th Avenue, Colfax, and Speer) an Urban Renewal area. It was
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SUPERMARKET NEARS REALITY
Preliminary Elmwood Plans Unacceptable
. The Elmwood School Building Design Advisory Committee and the staff have unanimously rejected the architects first drawing for the proposed new school which was submitted to them on March 15; .
"We were very disappointed the school administration would lead us to believe that we would have a say in the design of our school and then ignore our plans, stated Adolph Gomez Jr., committee member.
The administration has sent the plans back to .the architect to be redrawn, according to Ramiro Cruz-Aedo, also a member of the Advisory Committee, who seemed hopeful that their ideas would be considered.
The Advisory Committee spent many months on a detailed proposal for the new school incorporating the latest concepts in education, which they presented to the administration and the architects on January 20, 1971.
The emphasis was on a community school one which would be open evenings, weekends, and summers to the whole community to be used for recreation, art, music, drama, and reading.
Instead of the long corridors with rooms on each side, the committee recommended four learning centers for grades 1-6. These could be divided into smaller units as demanded and would surround an open courtyard to be used as an outdoor classroom.
Separate from the academic classrooms were the gymnasium, auditorium, and art room which could be kept open for after-school
In the early part of 1970 a study was made which pointed out that the West Side community is without the service of any of the major supermarkets .and that the prices being paid, by West Side residents are the highest anywhere in Metropolitan Denver. There is also a concern about some of the apparent unfair practices used by some of the grocery outlets in West jj Denver. Other studies have shown that the income per capita of families in West Denver is the lowest.
As a result of many resi- dents bringing these matters to the attention of the West Side Action Council, the Council, in the latter part of 1970, granted $15,-000 in a cooperative effort with Denver Community Development Corporation (DCDC) for the purpose of locating a supermarket in the immediate West Side
area. The prime objective of the supermarket will be to bring lower prices, quality foods and other services, such as food delivery .and transportation through the development and utilization of other programs that are in the planning.
Another objective is providing some employment and some training to West Side residents through the available training programs of SER and CEP. Hopefully, after receiving proper training these trainees would be placed in some of the major-supermarkets throughout the city.
Mr. Louis Rameriz, Director of DCDC, Mr. A1 Herrera, representative for DCDC, together with the Chairman of the West Side Action Council, Mr. Tom Martinez and a member of staff, met with representative of the West Side Coalition, Mr. Waldo Benavidez, for the purpose of coordinating this effort with the physical planning that has been undertaken by the Coalition. Mr. Benavidez has been cooperating in
use by the community.
The recommendations of. the Advisory Committee were based on the specific learning needs of the children in the community, in-eluding early-childhood edu- .making the plai^ available
cation program* *n reSard to sites for a Pr0
posed future shopping center where a supermarket would be included. This, of course, is long range planning. Mr. Benavidez is also cooperating in trying to find suitable locations for a supermarket in the interim period. A number of sites have been located and are presently under study. The sites being considered take into account the geographical distribution of residents and where the highest concentration of residents are located in order to make the facility accessible to the greatest number of West' Siders.
The people engaged in the effort of locating suitable sites have been considering present existing facilities with the possibility of entering into negotiations for the purchase of such an outlet.-However, they are not restricting their efforts in this area alone. They are also looking into the possibility of locating a suitable site and constructing a building that would be adequate. We have been assured by persons in the financial field that funds can be made available to construct such a facility.
Why are West Side children going to be bussed almost exclusively to southwest Denver and none to southeast Denver?
Do any of the plans presented really achieve true integration?
Why is no attempt made to integrate Hispanos and Negroes?
Why is the emphasis on the predominately minority schools?
What about the predominately Anglo schools?
Why must Elmwood be torn down?
Has serious consideration been given to achieving integration by any other method than massive bussing?
IS THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE ADMINISTRATION PLAYING GAMES WITH THE WEST SIDE COMMUNITY?
DONT MISS PAGE 7.
Important coverage on' school integration plans
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. THANK YOU
. We would like to thank the following people from our RECORDER mailing list who have contributed to the support of the RECORDER during the past month. These people sent in checks from $1.50 to $5.00 in support of the RECORDER. This can be considered a donation to the Westside Action Ministry, a non-profit organization. We hope to have as long a list again next month to thank:
Richard P. Koeppe Barbara Karr Donald P. Genera Lois G. Field William R. Spears Victor Romero Earl McCoy Rev. Peter J. Ediger Mary C. Nadorff Thomas E, Creighton J. Churchill Owens Rev. James C. Keesey Dr. H. G. Whittington Minoru Yasui Major W. Tappan, D.D.S. Dorothea Spellman ORay C.Graber, National Conference of Christians and Jews Latin American Research and Service Agency
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VENTURA AND PUNKE ARE OUT - *
During the past month John Ventura, the Community Organizer from the Auraria Community Center, was fired, and Dean Punke, Physical Planner from the West Side Coalition, resigned under pressure.
John Ventura has been a part of the West Side Community since 1960. Eleven years is a long time for a professional person to spend in any community. John started as a minister to th'e community at First Mennonite Church. He served there until the spring of 1969, and started his position at Auraria in August of 1969. John helped to start many things and worked with many projects while on the West Side. Back in 1963, (before many of the present residents were even considering living on the West Side) he helped start the West Side .Improvement Association and the WEST SIDE RECORDER.
In 1964 he was busy helping to set up the War on Poverty boundaries, and helping to conduct the first elections which, as I understand, set some records for turnout and efficiency. John was then in on the discussions concerning the new Auraria building and served on the Auraria Board before becoming an employee.
In the fall of 1967 John and Earl McCoy, from the Improvement Association, started getting a group of the area .ministers together in an attempt to find someone who could and would take over the WEST SIDE RECORDER. This was the start of the West Side Action Ministry, of which John was a charter member. John also recruited Pat Geddes to work on the RECORDER for the Action Ministry.
John has had a great interest in education on the West Side and has served on advisory boards and/or PTAs at Elmwood, Baker, and West. He also served on the Denver Public Schools second council for equal educational opportunity. Another major area of concern for John was interagency cooperation. He helped to form the old inter-agency council in an attempt to get the West Side agencies to work closer together. He also spearheaded pulling all the Chicano organizations together for the first September 16th rally. It was interesting to note that many more militant-sounding West Side agency people and community leaders shied away from this event until it became "Safe.
For all the work that John has done in the community he is best known as a professional person who tried to listen to the people, and not take sides on issues. He tried to treat the people of the West Side as adults. This probably caused John more trouble than any other issue or situation on the West Side. This is not the stance that most West Side agencies and community leaders operate from. John will be missed on the West Side.
Four months ago in an editorial in the RECORDER, the chairman of the Auraria board wrote, "The Board contemplates no further staff changes. We do not appreciate the RECORDER being used in this way. We try to keep it open to all community persons, yet we hope that they will respect this, and be fair to their fellow West Siders.
One question this situation raises is in regard to who will fill Johns position. We have no fully qualified community organizers on the West Side. This is a shame, for the area needs this kind of professional help. We certainly hope that the board will open the position up for applications, and select the most qualified person. It would be a shame to see this important position become just another political appointment. The board did an outstanding job in hiring Willie Montoya and Jim Vigil, let us hope that it can do as fine a job with this position.
* Dean Punke has served as physical planner for the West Side Coalition for one year. He has accomplished some great work in the area of maps, and plans for physical development of the West Side. His resignation was by mutual consent from both Dean and the Coalition.
Waldo Benavidez, the chairman of the Coalition and the person who has worked closest to Dean, will try and take over Deans work on an expenses only basis until the Coalition can find as highly a qualified person as possible in the area of physical planning to fill the position.
The office and mailing address for the RECORDER has changed. Supplies and records for the paper have been moved to First Mennon-
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ite Church at 430 W. Ninth Avenue, 80204. Please send all news items and releases to that address and indicate that they are for-the WEST SIDE RECORDER.
Register NowVote in May Everyone Counts at Polls
Some Denver residents who could be very important to our citizens are in the news now. They are all running for city offices some of them *are old faces, some are new. They could be important, because some of them are going to be elected on May 18th to do some big jobs. Mayor, city councilmen, school board members, district attorney, auditor and election commissioners all will be chosen. Who wins and who loses is up to all of us. They are going to have a practical effect on our lives, and we can have a practical effect on this election if we vote. And you cant vote if you dont register. The deadline for registration is April 16. The place is Room 150 of the City & County Bldg., Colfax and Bannock. The office is open weekdays from 9-5, and they will answer any questions by phone at 297-2351.
There are requirements for voting in our state, and it might be well to review them now, as. there have been changes made in the requirements over the last year. To vote in the municipal election, you must be 21 years of age, a citizen of the United States. You must have lived in Colorado for 3 months, and in the city and the precinct for 32 days.. And you must be registered. If you did not vote in the general election last November, you must reregister. If you have changed your name or moved outside the precinct, you must notify the Commission of this fact. And did you know that you can register all eligible voters in your family living at your address? This is particularly helpful to husbands with unusual working hours, or in assisting elderly persons for whom it is difficult to get out and about.
If you have further questions, contact the Election Commission, the League of Women Voters at 935-3581, or the political parties. The Democratic headquarters phone number is 244-4687, the Republicans 388-4874, or LaRaza Unida at 222-9848. All these people are concerned that you use your right to make decisions at the polls.
Voter Registration will take place at the following places on the following dates:
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April 13th is Precinct Registration. You may go into any Precinct and register to vote. To find out which Precinct you are nearest, you can call the Election Commission at 297-2351.
THIS ISSUE OF THE .
WEST SIDE RECORDER
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Church ...... 10
Inner City Parish ... 10 St. Elizabeths Catholic Church 10 St. Johns Lutheran Church 10
St. Josephs Catholic Church *.. 10 Wesley United Methodist Church 10 West Side Coalition 10
Last month the RECORDER stated that State Representative Wayne Knox had not taken a stand on the Aid to Non-Public- Schools Bill. This was an error on our part Mr. Knox has informed us that he supported the bill. Our apologies to Mr. Knox and a thank-you for calling this to our attention.
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ELMWOOD MUST NOT BE CLOSED!
Speed Up New School
The main reason given for the closing of Elmwood School is to speed up the building of the new school. The closing of Elmwood cannot in any constructive way speed up the realization of a new Elmwood. The Elmwood Building Design Advisory Committee was informed and shown that the new school could be. built while the old one was occupied. The community has been promised an important role in. deciding the kind of school that is needed. The keeping of this promise eliminates the possibility of speeding up or rushing to completion a new Elmwood resulting in a school that does-not reflect the needs and desires of the community it is to serve.
It can easily be seen that due to the nine months needed for adequate planning and community involvement, the closing of Elmwood at the end of this school year cannot possibly speed up or enhance the construction of a new Elmwood.
Part of the rationale for plan F states that the closing of Elmwood will permit the assignment of pupils to more adequate facilities. Elmwood has been without important changes or improvements for many years. If these facilities have been adequate enough for Hispanos then certainly they could be used for another two years, by them and. others who. may be bussed in, until the new building is ready.
Why Bus Kindergarteners?
Another reason for not closing Elmwood concerns the kindergarten. Kindergarten children in other court-designated schools are not being bussed. Closing Elmwood would necessitate the transporting of all Elmwoods kindergarten children. Elmwood youngsters have the same needs as all children in Denver. The bussing of all Elmwood kindergarten children would make it seem that this is not true, or that these* needs can be ignored in some areas of town.
Loss of Important Programs
Elmwood has just opened a center for the educationally handicapped. It also has a diagnostic center and facilities for three classes for the educable mentally handicapped. It has taken months of hard work to get these programs going. All this work and preparation would be lost if'
Elmwood is closed. There is little assurance that all of these special programs will be available for these children .in all the schools to which they would be assigned.
A bi-lingual program has been in operation at Elmwood for almost two years. Closing the school would mean terminating this program. It is not possible to transfer this program to another school due to the nature of the grant that finances it. Once again a lot of hard work and money will go down the drain. But even more important is the fact that the children that need this program will not be able to have it. They will need a bi-lingual program .regardless of the school they attend.
Another loss to the children will be the breakfast program. The late starting times at some of the receiving schools' will not allow the serving of breakfast there. A small item perhaps, but with everything else mentioned, it adds up to an awful lot of inequality for Elmwood pupils..
Community Spirit Destroyed
The Elmwood staff and concerned community people have been working hard during the past months to establish a cohesive community with a feeling of importance and interest in their school and their childrens progress. Some of the results of these efforts are reflected in the following: Elmwoods average pupil attendance is the highest it has been for several years; a mothers club has been formed, meets weekly, and is planning enthusiastically for future project; nearly 300 people attended the two evening Christmas programs; and neighborhood people are beginning to feel wanted and needed at their school.
In all schools, especially in the inner-city, a stable staff with a large number of experienced and well-qualified teachers is a must. If Elmwood is closed, the present staff-will have to be reassigned to other schools. The return of this staff is not a realistic or probable expectation. When the new school is completed, a completely new staff will have to be recruited. The knowledge that a large majority of the present staff will be 16st is of great concern to the community.
Closing Elmwood School and bussing the entire student body to other schools, even for two years, would completely disintegrate this community. It would eliminate the progress that has been made by hard working and dedicated people. A completely new and difficult beginning would have to be made after the completion of the new building.
We knew of our schools being picked out to be involved in school desegregation plans. And all along we were in hopes that it would not be so. Are we uptight about this? Certainly we are! As Bert A. Gallegos, former Colorado Hispano Educational Advisory Legislator and Chairman of the committee said in the Rocky Mountain News (March 18,-1971) "The Hispano Advisory Committee, which was appointed to advise the Board of Education, has labored long and hard to develop a sense of community and is making real progress. Has this gone unheeded by the Denver Board of Education?' Now we are asking you," the Denver Board of Education, "Dont you ever hear us or choose to hear us? In the last school board election, every precinct in the Hispano community voted to maintain the neighborhood school concept. Does it mean nothing to you? To us it does. We do not want to be bussed anywhere. We have repeatedly voted to retain the concept of the neighborhood' school. Let our children stay in our schools. If the Denver Board of Education would permit quality, equal education for all schools, no ones children would have to be bussed. This would guarantee all students constitutional right to equal educational opportunity.
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WE BELIEVE IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ELMWOOD SCHOOL SHOULD REMAIN IN OPERATION. THIS WOULD ENABLE THE PRESENT STAFF TO BEGIN TO WORK NOW AND DURING THE NEXT TWO YEARS TO STUDY AND DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS TO BE OFFERED IN THE SCHOOL. THE COMMUNITY MUST HAVE AN IMPORTANT PART IN THIS DEVELOPMENT. MOVING INTO A NEW SCHOOL DOES NOT BY ITSELF GUARANTEE A QUALITY OR EQUAL EDUCATION, AND THATS WHAT THIS WHOLE THING IS ALL ABOUT, ISNT IT?
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Registration for Adult Education
Spring classes in the Adult Education Tutorial Program at St. Elizabeths, 1040 Eleventh St., are now going on. The classes are free to any adults over 18 who are interested, in more education, particularly in studying towards their GED certificate.
Anyone who wants to. become a student can register at the center Monday through Friday from now until April 23. The next- group of classes will begin on April 26. Students need to sign up before then. For more information about classes, call the center at 255-7759 and talk to Roy Martin.
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Otto Winter may have retired from his lifes work, but he has not retired from living. His activities with the church and several West Side organizations keep him interested and involved with todays problems.-
Always a West Side resident, Otto and his wife reared seven children in the
home that was at 56 South Fox Street. For 34 years he was employed by the Kio Grande Railroad. Since his wifes death, he and his sister have lived at 852 Gala-pago Street; a house they bought about nine years ago and have remodeled extensively. It is an example to the community of what can be done to the homes in the area.
Otto attended St. Elizabeth Grade School, Regis High School, and Regis College when growing up on the West Side.
He is now active in St. Josephs Parish, working with the parish council and the parish relations committee. He also teaches a CCD
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Blessing of Palms at 12:15 P.M. Mass on Saturday, April 10 M.onday through Wednesday
Masses 8:00, 12:15, 5:15
Confessions 4:00 to 5:30 .
7:30 to 8:30
HOLY THURSDAY Mass 12:15
Mass of the Concelebration and Procession at 7:30 P.M.
Adoration of Blessed Sacrament 8:00 to 12:00 Noon Solemn Liturgy
of the Passion and Death of the Lord 12:15
Stations of the Cross Veneration of Relic of True Cross 7:30 P.M.
Confessions after evening devotions
Confessions 4:00 to 5:30 Easter Vigil Services begin at 7:30 P.M, followed by Mass
Masses 8:00, 9:15, 11:00 and 12:15 No confessions will be heard.
ST. ELIZABETH'S CHURCH
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Native West Sider class for 5th and 6th graders and works with the Legion of Mary and St. Vin-' cent de Paul, both organizations dedicated to working with the very poor.
When asked why he just didnt relax and sit home and watch television, now that he is retired, Otto answered, "Im always running across people who need help. My mother was that way. I was brought up that you have to help your neighbor.
One of his concerns is the shortage of housing in the city. He deplores the closed houses on the West Side with the padlocked doors that the city has determined unsafe to live in.
He feels an attempt should be made to force landlords to maintain their property to pass city standards: He is working on a project, with his church to provide emergency, temporary housing for families.
Otto is treasurer of the Brothers Investment Corporation which owns the property leased to the city for Robert F. Kennedy Center at 610 W. 5th Ave. He would like to see.an educational center for drop-outs in the other part of the building.
A man of slight build, with gray crew-cut and twinkling eyes, youthful appearance and outlook, Otto Winter says his religion has a lot to do with how he has lived his life and influenced him to always be his "brothers keeper. .
Helpers Needed At D G H You Can Help
You are needed as a volunteer at the new Denver General Hospital. The regular hospital staff can give the necessary medical services but you can add warmth, understanding and helpfulness. Volunteers are needed in many different ways, and will be given orientation and training as well as a complete tour of the hospital before being assigned.
The following departments have the need for your services: admissions, central services, child day care center, clinics, emergency room, nursing floors, lobby hostesses, occupational therapy, physical therapy, operating room, offices pediatrics, pharmacy, radiology, shopping cart, visiting nurse service, and others.
If you are interested and are 15 years of age or over, there is a spot for- you, which will not only be helpful but will be a happy experience for you.
We especially need volunteers to assist with the Child Day Care Center which is to open soon. People coming to the hospital for visiting or clinical appointments can leave their children there.
Boy Scout Troop Needs Help Now
Troop 116, sponsored by St. Josephs Parish, is in great need of an assistant Scout Master. He must be 21 years old and like to work with boys. No experience is necessary and council training is available. Troop meetings are held every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in St. Josephs Parish Hall at Sixth and Galapago. Anyone who is interested may contact William Martinez, Committee chairman, at 610 W. Seventh Ave., 825-2947.
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Dave Hermosillo Enters City Council Campaign
. Mr. Dave Hermosillo is married and has three children, Anthony, 16, David, 12, and Gary, 9. His wife, Bernice, is a Headstart teacher. She taught for three years at the Inner-City Parish and at present she teaches at the Los Ninos Headstart.
Dave has been active in many of the Mexican-American community action groups, especially the Crusade for Justice and La Raza Unida. In 1964, Dave worked as a liaison between the Denver General Hospital and the community to assist in development of the Neighborhood Health Centers.
In 1965, Dave worked with Denver Opportunity to .develop the Action Centers. He l\as also worked with Joint Action Community Service and has served on the Northside Action Council and for Service Employment. He has served on the Police Community Relations Committee of Model Cities and helped to develop the council elections of the Neighborhood Action Centers.
Dave is a past director of the Youth Educational Activities program of Denver Opportunity. He has done volunteer Work for many organizations and agencies, especially in finding scholarships and jobs for young adults. He has done volunteer work for the Latin American Educational Foundation, and also, on the Councils Committee on Higher Education. He has also worked as a youth counselor for the Neighborhood Youth Corp. At present Dave works as a Management Analyst for the Concentrated Employment Program.
The problems of his district, Dave says, are numerous and varied. He said they include drug addiction, poor health services, lack of public transportation, job discrimination, air pollution, unlighted and unpaved streets, run-down recreational areas, undeveloped sewage disposal and a lack of a voice in what happens in the schools.
Dave, said, "Its time for the 9th District to find solutions to its own problems, and its time for our voices to be heard. If elected he would form a district council which would allow each citizen to voice his needs and problems. I
Adult Education Program Uses EDL 100 Equipment
Educacion Para Adultos en Baker
| Adult classes use the EDL 100 classrooms and machines at | Baker Jr. High in the Evenings.
I John Zapien District #9 | Candidate for City Council
John Martinez Zapien is a I candidate for City Council from District #9. He is a very ver-| satile person in the respect that his background is quite different than most of the other candidates.
Mr. Zapien has been a leader in the Giobeville community in their recent struggle with polluting industries in the Platte River Basin. John has been to City Council before, not as a member but as an interested individual who carried the message of the neighborhoods threatened with deterioration ta an unresponsive council.
John knows the issues that are before the neighborhoods that are along the Platte River from West Denver to Swansea. He feels that the, integrity and character of individual neighborhoods are at stake. All of these neighborhoods must have effective representation before City Council or they will cease to exist as residential areas. Each of these neighborhoods must be welded together to meet the issues of zoning and planning, reasonably priced housing, mass transit and river clean-up and redevelopment.
John Zapien, who is 34 years old, has worked side by side with many residents of District #9, while employed, in the construction and meat packing industries. Sentiments and concerns shared by Johns co-. workers while working in these fields have enabled him to see the issues clearly and recognize
the fact that something must be done to solve the problems that are faced by the entire city and particularly District #9. ,
In recent years John has taken up the issues that constantly confront residents of Cpuncilmanic District #9. As an employee. of Model Cities Legal Services, John has had extensive experience and everyday contact with residents and their struggles to maintain their neighborhoods as places to enjoy life and property.
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Baker Junior Highs Adult Education Program during the evenings (7-9 Tues. and Thurs.) -got off to a good start on Feb. 2, 1971 with 16 students. Since then, we have enrolled 38 adults with an average attendance of 25 each evening.
The Baker Adult Program staff would like to express their thanks to the students enrolled and to the community for their participation .and moral assistance. We are also grateful to; Senate Bill 174, Emily Griffith Opportunity School, Baker Junior High School and to: the State Department of Education for their economic assistance. These various "agencies have allowed us to use a $20,000 EDL 100 Reading Lab at Baker Junior High School'and have provided monies for textbooks, audio visual aids, and supplies.
Our students are learning to speak, read and write English in this modern EDL 100 Reading Lab. They have, at their disposal, certified Denver Public School teachers and numerous audio-visual aids. Spanish is also spoken in the classroom. For more information call 222-9718. Ask for Mr. Aguayo,/ Mr. Lee or Miss Hodges.______
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
The Board of. Directors of El Centro Cultural and its staff, under the direction of Mr. Sal Herrera are in the planning stages of the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta which will be held at El Centro Cultural, 935. West. 11th Ave. here in Denver. Of course there will be a very special presentation of El Bal--, let Folklorico, Fiesta Alegre, de Denver, who under the direction of Senor Augustin Del-Razo, will be performing authentic regional folk dances from Mexico and Spain.
More information will follow in local newspapers. . .
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Clases para adultos estan usando el salon y maquinas del programa EDL 100 en la escuela Baker Jr. High.
El programa para adultos durante las tardes (7-9 Martes y Jueves) empezo bastanfce bien con 16 estudiantes. Desde. ese dla, hemos tenido 38 adultos con 25 presente cada dla.
Los profesores del programa. educativo para adultos quisier-an expresar sus gracias a todos los estudiantes que se han matriculado y a la comunidad por su participacion y su asis-teiicia moral. Ademas estamos agradecidos al Seriate Bill 174, Emily Griffith Opportunity School, Baker Junior High y el departamento de educacion del estado por sus asistencias economicas. Estos departamentos nos han dejado usar un salon de lectura de EDL 100 de $20,000 qiie esta situado en Baker Jr. High y nos han dado' dinero para libros, maquinas y papel.
Nuestros estudiantes estan aprendiendo a hablar, leer, y escribir ingles en este salon moderno de lectura. Tienen profesores certificados de las escuelas publicas de Denver y muchas maquinas para su uso. El Espanol se habla en la clase. Por mas informacion llame 222-9718. -Pregunte por Senor Aguayo, Serior Lee o Seriorita Hodges.
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Drug Education Program at Baker Jr. High
During the month of February, the Science Department under the direction of Mr. Donn Manly instructed Baker students about the dangers of drug abuse. Many methods and aids were used including drug kits, films, individual projects and reports, lectures and actual experimentation with live frogs.
To better understand how drugs actually react in the body, students were first given the opportunity to learn all about their own body functions and systems. Dissecting frogs enabled students to better, understand the inside activity and structure of the human being.
One of the most fascinating and convincing experiments is illustrated in the pictures. Af-
Pupils at Fairmont School demonstrate activities from their winter athletics program. Nearly 200 parents visited throughout the day on Feb. 25 to watch their children on the ropes, mats, and balance beam. Miss Billie Hunter and Mr. Nick Petrycki are the physical education teachers at Fairmont.
ter paralyzing the brain of a frog, students dissected a live frog exposing the heart which was active and beating. Various drugs were placed directly on the heart so that students could observe the hearts reaction to the drugs. The "uppers or amphetamines caused the heart to move very rapidly while the "downers or barbiturates caused the heart to blow up like a balloon in its struggle to beat.
"Although this experiment was extremely exciting to the students, stated Mr. Gallegos, the schools coordinator, "it is our hope that students were convinced that drugs do bring about changes in the body activity and that drug abuse can be very destructive to youngsters, expecially during their adolescent period of life.
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On January 9, Felicia Muftic announced her candidacy for an at large position on city council. She made her
announcement on a tramway bus as a means of demonstrating what she believes to be the major problem facing Denver the lack of an adequate mass transportation system. Mrs. Muftic believes that the Denver transit problem underlies some of the problems of pollution, employment,- and consumers. As a city council member, she would promote a good mass transportation system and she would support the strongest measures, possible to combat industrial and auto pollution.
For the past several years, Mrs. Muftic has devoted her energies to problems concerning Denver consumers.
In 1968 and 1969 she led sixty women in a survey of grocery prices in forty stores throughout Denver. The survey revealed that residents of low-income areas were paying more
for their groceries.
In the fall of 1970, Mrs. Muftic was the leading advocate of open dating and unit pricing at the State House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health at Ft. Collins. Unit pricing is the listing of grocery prices per ounce or other unit and open dating is dating perishables so customers can read them.
She is currently a consumer representative with the Colorado Office of Comprehensive Health Planning and she is the Consumer Affairs Chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party.
Mrs. Muftic has a degree in political science from Northwestern University. She is the mother of three children, married to Michael Muftic, Denver obstetrician and gyne-. cologist, and is 33 years old. .
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Mr. Kennison shows the students the internal part of a frog and explains its similarity to the human being. Left to right are Debbie Boyd, Mr. Jack Kennison, Teresa \)rtiz, Yvonne Braxton, Margorie Casados, and Marvin Trujillo.
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The District Court has ordered the desegregation of Baker Jr. High School along with several other schools. This is to clarify the Baker Plan and how it might af-feet you. .
Please note that only areas 1 and 2 will be transferred away from Baker. They are strictly geographic areas.
The present plan does not alter the attendance of these students after graduating from the 9th grade at Byers or John F. Kennedy. They will attend their neighborhood school, West High School.
Approximately 183 students from area #1 will be transported to John F. Kennedy Junior ^senior High School.
Area #2 will be transferred to Byers Junior High School with no bus transportation involved as it is within walking distance. Approximately 180 students in this area will transfer to Byers. . *
'Area' #2 starts at West 3rd Ave. and the Platte River, goes East on West 3rd Ave. to Osage Street, North on Osage St. to West 4th Ave., East on West 4th to Broadway, South on Broadway to West Ellsworth Ave., West on West Ellsworth to Elati St., South on Elati to West Bayaud, West on West Bayaud to the Platte River, then North along the Platte to West 3rd Ave.
Approximately 185 students from area #3 (Byers Jr. High) will be assigned to Baker which is within walking distance.
Approximately 219 stu-dents from Area # 5 (Kunsmiller Jr. High) will be transported by bus to Baker.
At present, Bakers student population of 874 is 77% Hispano,. 15% Anglo, and 7% Negro. After the plan is implemented our. enrollment will increase to 915 as follows: 54% Anglo, 39% Hispano, and 7% Negro.
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. The'material presented on this page was prepared before the Appellate Court granted the school board a delay in the desegregation court order given by Judge Doyle. However we feel that the information is-still valuable as no one knows what the final decision, by the Supreme Court, concerning similar cases will be. It is presumed that if the school board is finally required to- integrate, that they will continue with one pf the plans presented here. We as a neighborhood need to be aware of all possibilities and how they would affect our schools.
In plans A and C Elmwood would not be affected until September of 1971. Under plan B Elmwood would send about 120 pupils to Goldrick and Goldrick would send in about 175.
ETHNIC DISTRIBUTION: A-Anglo, H-Hispano, N-Negro
1970 1971 1970 1971
83% A 55% A 12% A 55%A 17% H 45% H 87% H 45%H 0% N 0% N 0% N 0%N Plan D
Elmwood would be tom down and all pupils bussed out to Evans and Doull Schools for two years, until new building built. v
1970 1971 1970 i971
67% A 61% A 92% A 72%A 13% H 28% H 3% H 24% H 20% N 11% N 5% N 4%N
From ELMWOOD to EVANS (115 Acoma) 50 (Kindergarteners) From ELMWOOD to EVANS (otherpupils) 130 From ELMWOOD to DOULL (2520 S. Utica) :4 210 Total 390 PLANS E & F
Elmwood would be torn down and all pupils bussed out as in plan D. Kindergarteners would be bussed according to where they lived as other pupils.
ETHNIC DISTRIBUTION Force Goldrick
1970 1971 1970 1971
77% A 67% A 83% A 59% A 12% H 23% H 17% H 41% H 11% N 10%N 0% N 0% N
Evans 1970 1971
67%. A 53% A 13% H -35% H 20% N 12% N
Schenck 1970 1971 75% A 65% A 17% h 29% H 7%N 6%N
From ELMWOOD to EVANS (1115 Acoma) 145 From ELMWOOD to FORCE (1550 S. Wolff) 100 From ELMWOOD to GOLDRICK (1050 S. Zuni) 50 From ELMWOOD to SCHENCK (1300 S. Lowell) 95 Total 390
In Plans A, B, D, E, and F, Greenlee School would not be affected until September of .1972. Under plan C Greenlee would bus out pupils to Godsman and to Washington Park. They would bus out 315 and bus in 299. Greenlee is presently over capacity. This would reduce total enrollment a little, but they would still be over capacity.
ETHNIC DISTRIBUTION: A-Anglo, H-Hispano, N-Negro
Greenlee 1970 1971
16% A 51% A 77% H 42% H 7% N 7% N
Godsman 1970 1971 81% A 53% 19% H 47% 0% N 0% N
Washington Park 1970 1971 91% A57% A 3% H40% H 4% N 3% N
Facts on the Proposed Plans For Integration of Schools
Below you will find outlines of how the various plans (A-F) for integrating the Denver School system will affect Elmwood, Fairmont and Greenlee. You are urged to look at these closely and to also read the other comments made on this page and elsewhere in this paper about the whole issue. More information such as maps can be obtained from your local school. Then you are urged to write to both the school board and to Judge Doyle concerning the proposed plans. Your suggestions, criticisms, approval or disapproval are very important. By May 15 the school board must decide on one of the plans, A-F. After they choose one, then Judge Doyle must decide if that plan will achieve integration of our schools as is required by court order. This is your chance to let those in charge know how you feel. Public meetings will also be held during April. All are invited to attend.
April 15, 7:30 p.m. Board Room, 414 14th. St.
April 27,7:30 p.m.South High, 1700 East Louisiana Ave.
May 11,7:30 p.m.South High, 1700 East Louisiana Ave. Letters should be sent to: "Desegregation Plan
Board of Education Denver Public Schools 414 14th St.
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FAIRMONT will not be involved this school year in PLAN A or PLAN D.
Kindergarten children are not included in any of the plans and will continue to come to Fairmont. Provisions will be made for special school programs such as diagnostic and special education.
Under all plans we would be sending approximately 190 pupils to other schools and getting approximately 120 pupils back.
Our present enrollment is. 610, predicted enrollment under PLANS B, C, E and F for 1971 is 540,and our building capacity at present is 480. Under plans A & D our enrollment would remain about the same as this year.
ETHNIC DISTRIBUTION: AAnglo, HHispano, NNegro
Schenck Goldrick Valverde
1970 1971 1970 . 1971 1970 1971
75% A 55% A 85% A 63% A 78% A 69% A
17% H 39% H 17% H 37% H 21% H 31% H
7%N 6%N _0%N 0%N 0%N 0%N
From FAIRMONT to GOLDRICK (1050 So. Zuni) 45 H From FAIRMONT to SCHENCK (1300 Soi Lowell) 145 H
To FAIRMONT from SCHENCK 120 A PLANS C E F
From FAIRMONT to GOLDRICK (1050 So. Zuni) 116 H From FAIRMONT to VALVERDE (2030 W. Alameda) 74 H
To FAIRMONT from GOLDRICK 116 A
23% A -55% A 76% H 45% H 0%N 0.%N
From GREENLEE to GODSMAN (2120 W. Arkansas Ave.) 150 From GREENLEE to WASHINGTON PARK (1125 S. Race)165 From GODSMAN to GREENLEE 144 Total 315
From WASHINGTON PARK to GREENLEE 155 Total 299.
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West Side Girls Complete Child Care Training
On April 29 two West Side residents, Judi Jerome and Lorene Gallegos, will complete their college course work and practical training as Child Care Workers.
Since the beginning of the year Miss Gallegos and Miss Jerome have been putting in full and varied 40 hour weeks. During two days of the week they are taking child education courses at Metro State College. The remaining three days of the week are spent in the Metro State College Day Care Center. Here they apply what they have been learning in the classroom as they perform the same duties and responsibilities of a Child Care Worker; except, while they are in training they work under guidance and supervision.
In the past both Judi and Lorene have held jobs that involved child care. Knowing they liked working with young children, they applied for admittance to the training program. Their. participation in the program has enabled them, to develop their interests and talents for relating to children. They are also acquiring the learning and experience that will qualify them for jobs in-', volving the care, training and" teaching of children may they be in hospitals, nursery schools, day care centers, etc.
The warmth, sincerity and genuine interest in children evidenced by Miss Gallegos and Miss Jerome would convince any mother that her child would be treated with tender loving care.
Arthur K. Serumgard of 1247 Lipan St. **has been appointed commander of the Mile High Barracks No. 1 of the Veterans of World War I.
Chris DeHerrera, son of Vence DeHerrera, is attending Onondaga Community College at Syracuse, New York. He is studying law and in September plans to enroll in Syrar cuse University where he will major in Business Law, a six year course. Chris is a graduate of West High School.
Lincoln Park Boys Club awards for the month of March went to the following boys. Outstanding Boy of the month,* Robert Garcia, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Garcia, 1220 W. Eleventh Ave.; Basketball, Floyd Martinez, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs^ Cornelio Martinez; Gym, Donald Martinez, son of Mr. Bruno Martinez, 971 Galapago St.; Game Room, Anthony Vigil, 12, son of Mrs. Sally Vigil, 995 Mariposa St.
Cathy Marie Trujillo, daughter- of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Trujillo of 1264 Lipan St., is running for queen of SPMDTU, Local No. 7. Cathy is 10 years old and in the fourth grade at St. Elizabeths where she is an honor student. For each lc she receives she also gains one vote. Friends wishing to help Cathy in her campaign may contact her at the above address or pnone 892-6704: Votes for the queen will be counted at Carpenters Hall, 2011 Glenarm, on May 9.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Leal of 64 Fox on the birth of a. son, March 7. He weighed 8 lbs. 4Vz oz. and has been named Ruben, Jr.
Family Economy Store, 811 Santa Fe Dr. (next doof to Meza Drugs) opened about one month ago. Barbara Douglas is the manager. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. New and .used items for the house such as kitchen ware, some furniture, and TVs, are sold along with clothing.
The Santa Fe Pet Shop at 744 Santa Fe Dr. opened on November 25. It features tropi-
The Mothers Club at Elmwood School would like to thank all the people who helped make their recent Rummage Sale a great success, both those who worked and those who bought items.
Auraria Center Plans Summer Greyhound Bus Programs Coordination
In an effort to coordinate and prevent duplications of summer programs in the West Side, Willy Montoya, Director of Auraria Community Center, has begun to meet with representatives from various organizations and centers to provide the maximum in summer enjoyment for West Siders.
Mr. Montoya has' proposed that all organizations chart their activities, resources, and facilities, and that from this, a master chart be devised. The master chart would be beneficial in guiding children to the summer activities which each child is interested in, the cost (if any), the days, and the time. He has also proposed that duplicating activities be equally spaced throughout the
West Side so as to offer the same opportunities to the greatest number possible without causing a transportation problem. For instance, a crafts program Would not be offered at two agencies which are located near each other, but rather located at different ends, of the community..
Centers and organizations which have shown an interest are: Auraria Community Center, R.F.K. Center, Baker Center, West Side Action Ministry, West Side Coalition, La Academia del Barrio, and the Denver Public Library. If your group is interested in being a part of this comprehensive summer program, feel free to contact Mr. Montoya or Jim Vigil at. 534-7614. I .
Teenagers and Adults Rap at Youth Center
The West Side Youth Center under the direction of Leonard Vigil has structured an evening programing schedule. The main focus of this evening program is the Drug Sessions. Every Thursday evening the youth from the West Side area attempt to resolve the drug abuse problem. Relying on personal experience the youth
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The program is aimed at training individuals from low income families, school dropouts, etc. Deadline to apply is April 10. Interested persons
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drug taking brings. For a long time now,* youth from the Center have been .trying to get their parents and other adults to come down to the Center and "get involved.
Some of the things they are saying are: "Lets rap together, "We need to talk with you and you need to talk with us, "How can you understand us if we cant understand ourselves, and "We want to know what makes us (you and I) tick.
Some of the main subjects that have been discussed were Drugs, Self-Identity, Cultural Awareness, and Acceptance. Fred Viarrial and Ramon Robles of the Youth Council have led the discussions.
All parents and concerned community adults are urged to attend these drug sessions. They are held every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the West Side Youth Center, 1438 Navajo St.
at 1839 High St., 399-7013 or Mr. Montoya at the Auraria Community Center, 1212 Mariposa St., 534-7614.
, Mary Ortega of 630 Lipan is asking residents of the West Side for help in finding an apartment for her and her two children. Mrs. Ortega has been given thirty days to move because the company next door to her home has decided to expand its facilities. Mary may be contacted at 892-9778.
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hoped to eventually have the type of businesses on that strip that could provide a buffer zone and1 at the same time have the type of businesses that could serve the college and the residents of the community and', hopefully be community owned such as bookstores, clothing stores, restaurants, etc. I 1|
Our discussions with members of the College Complex Planners, the Denver Planning Board, and the Downtown Denver Improvement Association reveal that they also do not approve of the proposed Greyhound Bus Terminal Site. '
Therefore, taking all of these factors into consideration, the West Side Coalition strongly opposes the proposed site for the Greyhound Bus Terminal and will make every effort to make our feelings known.
Once again West Siders must show their strength, and combine efforts to maintain the West Side as a residential area. The West Side Coalition is asking that residents of the Wes.t Side write letters to Greyhound expressing their opposition. .Letters should be sent to J. F. Wood, Executive Officer; Greyhound Bus Terminal; 1730 Glenarm Place; Denver, Colorado and to J. L. Nagoette, 371 Market St., San Francis-co, California 94105.
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