WEST SIDE RECORDER
Volume 8 Number 3
Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver, Colorado
Re-zoning Vital to West Side
On Tuesday July 27, at St. Josephs Parish Hall, members of the West Side Coalition met with about 30 residents who live around Elmwood School. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss housing shortages in the West Side and the importance of rezoning the area around Elmwood to stabilize the neighborhood so that improvements can be made. Dave Richards, from the Denver Planning Office, was one of the speakers at the meeting. He pointed out that while 80% of the homes around Elmwood are single family residential units, the area is zoned for highly density or hi-rise use. He believes that only through rezoning can the neighborhood be saved. It was pointed out that 62% of the homes in that area are occupied by home owners. Mr. Richards believes that 10 of the 13 city council members must vote for the down zoning of the area from R-3, R-4 to R-2, in
order for the change to come about.
Waldo Benavidez, chairman of the West Side Coalition, explained why the organization had taken out the petition to down zone the area. The reason he gave was to stabilize the community, to stop business, industry and parking lots from tearing down homes to make some easy money at the expense of residents
This is going to be the first of a series of meetings to inform and involve as many of the residents, and hopefully home owners in the area. He encouraged those present to bring others to meetings that will follow.
One of the residents asked who could be involved in the re-zoning effort. Tom Frank, a Legal Aid attorney, said that home owners, renters and anybody that lived near the area that was going to be rezoned could play an active role in the rezoning effort. He also said that the law says
that it doesn t make any difference if you live in the area, any person can instigate zoning change.
Another question asked was, how do you keep an area residential after you change the zoning? Tom Frank replied that you create natural barriers around the area to protect it. Dave Richards warned the residents not to be fooled by land developers who will use scare tactics to influence them to sell their homes.
Miles Rademan, Community Renewal Program representative, summed it up when he said, The West Side is and can be the type of neighborhood that people can be proud to live in, if steps are taken now to preserve this community. The meeting was informative for those present, and the interest shown by those in attendance was a promise of things to come, as residents begin to move together for a common goal.
Community Effort is a Success
The following letter was received by Waldo Benavidez from F.L. Nageotte, President of Greyhound Company. Mr. Benavidez is chairman of the West Side Coalition, and this organization has actively been involved in trying to stop businesses, industries and private speculators from coming into the West Side and destroying the residential makeup of this community.
Last year Greyhound purchased the building on West Colfax, bound by Lipan and Mariposa Streets. The building was formerly used as a facility for OMeara Ford Company. Greyhound invested $500,000 dollars on the land and numerous monies on architectural studies, to convert the building into a bus terminal. When the Coalition found out about Greyhounds plans,
they began corresponding with their business administrators and explaining the problems facing this community and other communities that are consistently being destroyed under the name of progress.
Anna Flores, a board member of the Coalition flew out to San Francisco, where Greyhound is based, and ex-
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Free Enterprise Moves In
The West Side Coalition recently learned about some further destruction and displacement of West Side residents by large corporate interests. The tenants and businesses on the corner of Colfax and Lipan have all received notices to move. Most residents have been given two weeks notices to find another place.
This is another example of why the West Side Coalition is urgently working towards more control of the community by residents. Things like rezoning to residential R-1 and R-2, Urban Renewal, and immediate changes of traffic patterns must be accomplished within a very short period or else the whole neighborhood will be lost. Waldo Benavidez, in talking with some of the residents of that particular tenement, found that the majority of the people are old age pensioners that are bed ridden with no place to go. There are 29 apartment units affected, and three commerical businesses which serve the community; K & M Drug Store, K & M Market and a large second hand store. All of these people will have to suffer many hardships for progress. Progress being in the form of a gas station and a Taco-Bell. The tragedy of this situation is that many people in positions of power, whom the West Side Coalition has been communicating with to develop a comprehensive plan for the neighborhood, are insensitive to these problems.
In a conversation which members of the West Side Coalition had with Alex Holland, Chairman of D.U.R.A. they pointed out these problems to him. Mr.
Hollands reply was that we cannot stop free enterprize, and that we must wait till Jan. when the C.R.P. study is finished, before we can try to solve some of these immediate problems such as the rapid demolition of homes in the West Side neighborhood.
The West Side community is being asked to wait until studies are completed some--time in the future, while free enterprize does not have to wait until studies are completed. Waldo Benavidez, Chairman of the West Side Coalition, urged that the city fathers declare a moritorium on all future demolition oi v homes and issuance of building permits, until the C.R.P. study is completed so that residents from the West Side can have an equal chance.
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For the last four years, the residents of the West Side have been facing many problems. At the moment they feel they have solved one, another one pops up in another corner. Worse yet, often when they feel they have spoken to and solved a problem, it tends to reappear at a later time. Such is the issue concerning trucking on the streets of the West Side.
There is no doubt in the minds of Westsiders that trucks traveling on residential streets are a hazard to their children. People here are concerned about the safety of their childre as are other people in any residential area in the city of Denver. Safety of children often depends on the amount and kind of traffic in the streets.
At a time when the city is concerned, and justly so, with pollution, Westsiders are being infringed upon by noise pollution, odor pollution, and eye pollution of these large trucks. Many Westsiders have complained about the amount of noise and the general disturbance which the trucks cause as they use the residential streets.
The interesting fact is that the trucks are doing most of this illegally in the first place. There are already laws restricting the trucks from using residential streets in the manner which they are doing.
The leaders of this community are not uncompromising in their position. They have spoken with various city officials to try to get the problem to the attention of the City. They have tried to compromise with the community to present different routes (see articles in The Recorder) to assist the trucking firms which maintain offices here on the West Side. Their concern is the same as residents in any other area, in Denver. Once trucks come to take over a neighborhood, many other factors tend to affect its residential character. All of this fits into the concern of maintaining the residential character of the West Side, which is the most important question before Westsiders at the present time.
Parish Supports St. Andrew
Several letters have been written concerning such a raid procedure used by the Denver Police Department on St. Andrews, Episcopal Church. There have also1 been actions taken by other groups in order to stop this method of solving the drug problem in our city. Since there is a fantastic justifiable doubt that anything will be done about the bad policed ^practiel# in Denver, the people from the Denver Inner : City Parish, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Denver Inner City Parish, as well as the staff, wish to inform you that we also work with drug cases. Since such a job requires confiscation of drugs and at times weapons, we have had those in our building. Also, because of the work, we know
teenagers who are using drugs. Needless to say, we have ideas as to how they obtain the stuff. We also know places where minors are buying glue and/or paint to sniff.
Even though at the present time we have neither drugs nor weapons in the building, we want to ask, When are we to expect a raid? We want to inform you that now that you know of this aspect of our work, in spite of the possible raid, we will continue, in the name of the church, to work with drugs. How much good we and others can do to solve the problem depends on the action the Police Department will take. You can either scare the youngsters away with the raid method, or you can help us to do a better job.
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Greenlee Has New Principal
Mr. Fred Manzanares has just recently been appointed to Greenlee Elementary School. He will take the place of former principal Mrs. Marie Metz.
Mr. Manzanares offers a great deal of experience in this field, having served as assistant principal at John F. Kennedy, and as principal of Gilpin Elementary, before coming to Greenlee.
Some may remember the bilingual Spanish programs Mr. Manzanares had on Channel 6, some time ago. His effort was to make Mexican children proud of their heritage and language.
From all indications Mr. Manzanares will prove to be just what Greenlee needs.
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Auraria Board Elects New Officers
On July 28, members of the Auraria Community Center Board, met and elected new officers for the coming year.
The new officers will be Richard Castro Chairman. Richard is a second year graduate student at Denver University, and active in several west side organizations. Alberta Crespin, a resident of west Denver and a student at Metro State will be First Vice-Chairman. Lee Johnson, a realtor will be Second Vice-Chairman. Adolph Gomez, an active resident and electrician in the neighborhood, will serve as Treasurer. Finally, Mrs. Martha S Radetsky, Head of the Advocate Committee on Education through the URBAN COALITION, will be secretary..
It appears that again the executive committee of the Auraria Board is made up of a good cross section of both the west side and the community at large. We of the Recorder staff only hope they will continue doing the fine work the executive committee did before them. Congratulations to the new officers.
Summer at the Parish
This summer at the Inner City Parish, located at 910 Galapago, there are a great number of programs available for the people of the community to participate in. These programs are for both young and old and run by a stzff which includes: Rev. Ramiro Cruz-Aedo, Director: Jerry Garcia, Youth Director: Cathy Brunick, Secretary: Mary Ann Spataro, Preshool Director: and Steve Johnsen, Street Tutor. This is the regular staff.
There is also another staff group composed of N.Y.C. workers which includes: Danny Mestas, Ben Juarez, Mike Burg, Ray Castro. Danny Martinez, George Pacheco. Steve Medina, Junior Sandoval, Rose Rogers, Terri Rogers. Jackie Garcia, Geri Aguirre and many voluteer workers.
Programs available are such ? things as a cooking class and recreation on Mondays: recrea-. tion. sewing class, and ( swimming on Tuesday: recreation and Worship Services on I Wednesday: swimming on Thurs-i day as well as recreation: and i field trips and recreation on I Friday. Our recreation program I includes such things as ping-| pong, basketball, softball, volley -j ball, and our race track room.
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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ELECTION?
According to Marcus Medrano, president of the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA), the June 15th runoff election produced several results in two of Denvers councilmanic districts. Mr. Medrano said A Republican could be elected in a Democratic district as long as the Democrat has a Mexican surname.
The MAPA president feels that in District 9 the fact that was portrayed most strongly was the need for a bigger voter registration drive amongst the Chicanos, as well as a get-out-and-vote drive on election day.
Mr. Medrano also feels that an analysis of the vote pattern in both districts indicates that the charge of bigotry so often expressed by Corky Gonzales is more fact than myth.
Though it is true in both districts 3 and 9, Mr. Medrano said there were those of Spanish surname who felt that anyone non-Chicano is apt to be better qualified than a Chicano, for example, Bert Gallegos endorsement of Mr. Rosenberg in District 3 and the committee composed of Spanish surnamed people to elect Geno DiManna in District 9.
Marcus Medrano felt the most apparent reason for the defeat of both Chicano candidates was the^ Anglo' fear or dislike of Mexican candidates, and the inability to muster a strong block of Chicano voters.
The Mexican American Political Association puts forth a strong challenge to Mi\ DiManna to extend himself beyond the boundaries of his district and work to improve the living conditions of all Chicanos in the city of Denver. We ask him to do this with the help of those Chicano leaders of our community who are sincere and not those prima
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Recorder to Take Survey
Are you satisfied with the care you are receiving at Casita Esperanza on Fifth and Inca, or Mariposa Clinic at Twelth and Mariposa? There has been concern expressed by some of the residents concerning boundry changes. The reason given by Dr. Paxton, Medical Director, is that Mariposa Clinic is over crowded and that not enough patients are using the facilities at Casita Esperanza.
At a meeting held with Dr. Paxton and other DGH staff members, one of the reasons given for not using facilities at Casita Esperanza by residents was the difference in the quality of service offered by the two stations. The West Side Recorder would like to know from the residents if they are satisfied with the services profided by the stations, and if they are dissatisfied, what are the major complaints, in order to find solutions to whatever problems there might be.
The West Side Recorder has prepared a questionnaire. We would appreciate your cooperation in taking the time to answer the following questions, and mail or bring the questionnaire to 910 Galapago Street, West Side Coalition, Denver Colorado 80204, or dropping it off at the front of St. Josephs after you attend Mass Sunday.
Other drop off points West Side Coalition office, Auraria Community Center, and the West Side Action Center.
Please checl only one answer per question;
1. Are you satisfied with the services offered at the neighborhood health station that you use?
2. Do you feel that you are treated courteously and with respect?
3. Do you feel that you are given prompt attention?
4. Do you feel that the attitude of the staff towards low income people is satisfactory?
5. Do you find it difficult getting to the health station?
6. Is transportation provided by the health stations adequate?
7. Which station do you go to receive service? Check only one.
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MAPA endorsed Father Peter E. Garcia, according to Mr. Medrano, because MAPA felt that he was the best man for the job.
Mr. Medrano said he hopes Geno DiManna makes it easier for MAPA to consider endorsing a non-Chicano candidate in four years than it was this election. He hopes Mr. DiManna will do this through his labors.
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Agapita Sandoval and daughter Kathy
Instead of sitting at home feeling sorry for herself, and she has good reason to, Lincoln Park resident Agapita Sandoval is out in the community making life easier for others.
Mrs. Sandoval spends Wednesdays at the Inner City Parish where she attends services. You always feel better after services there. We sing hymns, Ramiro (Rev. Ramiro Cruz-Aedo) may read scripture from the Bible, but mainly we talk and share our problems.
Each Monday she teaches a Mexican cooking class at the Inner City Parish. Ramiro told me, Anybody can do anything, if they really tried, so I am teaching cooking.
The current class will be the fifth that Mrs. Sandoval has conducted. It meets at 9 a.m. each Monday and costs $10 for 7 weeks. She has compiled a cookbook of the recipes used which was not easy, she said, for the ladies who contributed them were not used to measuring. The class is attended by women from all over the city.
Mrs. Sandoval has lived in Denver for about four years. The daughter of a farm worker who had 8 children, she quit school in about the fourth grade to help her dad and because she was not encouraged to stay.
Her life as an adult has not been easy either. She has reared her children alone for the past 10 years and the lost her two eldest sons.
When she first arrived in Denver she said, she went to work at a rummage sale at the Inner City Parish. There I found out I was not the only one with problems, she said. Since then she has been active in other groupsthe Tenant Congress, the South Lincoln Park resident councel, the West Side Coalition, MAPA, and regularly attends St. Joseph Church.
She is concerned about her neighbors and often finds clothes, furniture, and other necessities for those who need them. Her kind, warm, smiling face could be instead filled with bitter lines of disappointment and grief, but
Agapita Sandoval has chosen to lead a life of service to others, instead of concern just for herself.
Her home in South Lincoln Park is attractively decorated and furnished, clean and comfortable. She lives there with her daughter, Kathy, wwo will be a 7th grader at Baker Junior High School, and her two sons, Eddie and Jerry, who attend West High School. Another son, Robert, is in the Air Force Reserve, and Jier eldest daughter Margaret lives in Pueblo with her family.
West Side residents can well admire and respect citizens and neighbors like Agapita.
National City Bank is convenient, for one
thing. Lobby hours are from 9 to 6 every day, and all banking services are in one place. At National City Bank, your checking and savings kitty is always within easy reach.
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Crystal Marie Gonzales who was born on May 9,1971, weighed in at 6 pounds and 13 ounces. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albie Gonzales or 1364 Navajo St. Crystal was baptised on June 13, 1971 at St. Cajetans Church. Her sponsors were Bonnie and Danny Sanchez of 1024 Washington St. The reception was held at Auraria Communit Center, for relatives and friends.
Mrs. Beatrice Rael of San Francisco, Calif, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Cleo Acosta and family of 1448 Osage St. for the summer. She hopes all her friends will visit her at her daughters place Mrs. Genieve Garcia of 633 Lipan St. has been in St. Anthonys Hospital for 6 weeks. Mrs. Garcia is staying now with her daughter Mrs. Delia Gallegos of 846 Lipan St. Friends may visit her at this address.
Antoinette Gonzales of 1364 Navajo crushed her knee cap on July 4, 1971. She was in Denver General Hospital for 2 weeks. Mrs. Gonzales had surgery and her knee cap was removed. She had her leg in a cast for 5 weeks. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Mr. Danny Moya left for the Navy on June 15, 1971. His wife Mrs. Susan Moya and daughter are residing at 1275 Kalamath. Danny is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gomez of 978 Lipan St. and the son-in-law of Waldo Benavidez and State Representative Betty Benavidez of 1110 Mariposa.
Josephine Perez went on a vacation to Mexico. She visited her in-laws in Tampico, Monterrey and Mexico City. She spent two full weeks in Mexico with her two youngest children, Sheila and Terry.
Carlos Perez, his wife, Ann, and baby daughter have moved to Boulder. Carlos has been attending classes all summer. In the fall both Carlos and Ann will be attending C.U. full time. They are being helped by U.M.A.S.
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Albert Martinez, of 115 W. 10th Ave. is one of six minority students selected by the Denver Regional Council of Governments and cooperating city managers to participate in a special scholarship program to encourage minorities to enter the city management field.
DROCG Executive Director, Robert D. Farley, said the students will have an opportunity to earn their masters degree and to gain work experience in area city managers offices.
The scholarship program, funded in part with a Demonstration Grant from the Department of Housing, and Urban Development, provides for paid tuition, books, and a living allowance. Lincoln Park Boys Club, 721 W. 8th Ave. Outstanding Boy of the Month, James Marinez, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Martinez, 533 W. 8th Ave.; Game Room, Jose Urias, 14, son of Mrs. Soleba Urias, 259 Delaware St.; Gym, Junior Gonzales, 10, son of Mrs. Edith Gonzales, 825 Galapago St.; Shop, Gilbert Boots, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Boots, 1070 Lipan St.; Library, Richard Garcia, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olindo Garcia, 739 Mariposa St.; and Paul Torres, 9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vince Torres, 926 Lipan St., also in the library activity.
The following students received a scholarship award for having an A average (4.0) at any time during the school year al Baker Junior High School; Debra De Hart, Lourdes Delmendo, Coleen Marquez, Ann Valencia, Frank Hays, Cynthia Martinez, Madeline Salas, Patricia Valdez,' Porfirio Aragon, Terri Hernandez, and Joseph Maj.
For receiving a B (3.0) average for five of the six grading periods, the following students were placed on the Honor Roll; Anthony Acevedo, Brenda Benavides, Yvonne Braxton, Debra De Leon, Lourdes Dcl-mendo, Linda Gonzales, Carolyn Gray, Jean Kimball, Rochelle Lucero, Coleen Marquez, Kathleen Martinez, Marie Martinez, Jennifer Mergerson, Joanne Olivas, Debbie Pacheco, Joseph Padilla, Barbara Pierce, Betty Jo Quintanar, Nanette Rios, Terrance Rios, Conrad Sanchez, Ronald Schelling, Patty Silva, Charles Valdez, Tamara Vasquez. Congratulations to all of the above students and keep up the good work.
Joseph Vigil temporarily living at 1403 Navajo Street is in Denver General Hospital awaiting an abdominal operation. Visits from his friends are welcome.
Evelyn Ruiz gave a birthday dinner party for her husband Macario on July 28.
William (Bill) Watts received a visit from his daughter Ruby who has been discharged from the army. She had been stationed at WAC Co. U.S. AG. Fort Bragg. North Carolina. Bills stepson.
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Chuck Duke of Brighton, Colorado, also visited Bill this month. William E. Wheeler is in Denver General Hospital. He underwent four operations. Mr. Wheeler will be there for a while and will welcome visitors.
A graduation dinner was given June 7 in honor of Jerry Sandoval of 1230 West 10th Avenue by his mother Mrs. Agapita Sandoval. The dinner was held at Inner City Parish. Jerry will attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greejy, Colorado.
Dick Tokata, son of Mrs. Mary Tokata of 1242 Mariposa St. is back from Vietnam where he had been stationed at Da Nang and who is presently stationed at Pendleton California. Dick is 20 yrs. old. He attended St. Cajetans and graduated from St. Joseph High School. After his graduation he volunteered for the Marine Corps. He has two brothers, Fred and Thomas and a sister Mrs. Margaret Rivera of Clifton, Colorado.
Jesse Soliz is doing well at Colorado Mountain College, East Campus in Leadville Colorado. In Pyschology he has a B average.He is also taking Physiology and American Government. He has also received two certificates in Art, drawing and painting. His brother Jerry after having attended Community College has been appointed Deputy Director of Kern County Economics Opportunity Corporation in Bakersville California. They are the sons of Mrs. Michaela Soliz of 164 South Cherokee.
Alberta Crespin had friends come into her home in the month of July for discussions concerning admittance and services for Chicanos of the Westside to Fort Logan Mental Health Clinic. Friends were Keith Watson of the Public Defenders Office, Marsha Crawford of the Child Welfare Division, Josephine Martinez of 931 Kalamath St., Agapita Sandoval of 1230 West 10th Avenue and Germaine Aragon of 1310 Navajo Street. More discussions of the same nature are planned for the future.
Manuel and Sally Martinez of 1369 Mariposa an Sally's father, Mr. Dave Treja of Firestone, Colorado went to Chimayo, New Mexico on a business trip. While they were there they visited the orchard valleys and with friends.
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Father Patrick V. Sullivan has juust been appointed new pastor at St. Josephs. He replaces Father Langton in this capacity. Father Sullivan comes to the west side by way of Kansas City, Missouri, where he spent the last nine years doing parish work. Inner City work is nothing new to Father Sullivan, for he was quite involved in St. Louis, Missouri for seven years, before being sent to Kansas City. He has already demonstrated a desire to work with the community in solving some of the pressing issues that are confronting west Denver. Father has just recently been elected to the Model Cities Health Committee^
Like Father Langton, he too is a new breed of priest, the kind that is willing to get involved at a grass roots level, and not merely be content to deal with people at the religious level. He desires to help people with their present social conditions.
Rev. Kenneth H. Sausaman has come to Wesley United Methodist Church since Jim Hall moved to California. Rev. Sausaman retired from full time ministry in June of this year. He and his charming wife have served in many churches during their ministry. For the past several years, Rev. Sausaman has been Program Director in the Rocky Mountain Conference. He is well known not only for his hard work but also for his speaking ability. We welcome the Sausamans to our community.
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(cont. from page 1) pressed her views in person. Consequently, several months ago, Mr. Nageotte and several of his associates came to Denver to test the strength of the Coalition and the community at large. They were greeted by a large cross section of the community in a meeting held at Auraria Community Center. Included in the meeting were religious leaders, students, administrators, housewives and members of the press.
Members of Greyhound listened intently to the complaints of the residents, and as a result wrote Mr. Benavidez the following leteer, which proves beyond a shadow of doubt that when members of a community join together to fight against something that they do not desire, they can and should be heard.
Mr. Waldo Benavidez West Side Coalition 910 Galapago Street Denver, Colorado 80204
Dear Mr. Benavidez;
Please accept my apology for the delay in advising you of our position with regard to development of our property on West Colfax Street in Denver.
After considering all aspects of this situation, particularly the fact that terminal plans are met with opposition by the segment of the population which we consider our customers, we have decided to suspend plans for development of a terminal at this site.
As you can appreciate, we have a substantial investment in this property, as well as in architectural work done in connection with our plans. We intend to attempt to dispose of the property in a manner which will enable us to recoup that investment.
Again, thank you for the opportunity which you afforded me to present our views to your group and for the courtesy which was shown to Mr. Wood and myself.
Yours very truly, F. L. Nageotte President
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