WEST SIDE RECORDER
Volume 8Number 4
Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver, Colorado
i Viva Nuestra DiaSept. 16!
Westside Chicanos, Hispanos, Mexican-Americans, whatever name you use, this is your dayl
Some of the Westsiders who attended the orientation program on joining the Westside Action Council.
FIFTY DOLLAR PRIZE OFFERED IN PARK NAMING
The West Side Coalition was given permission by the Parks and Recreation Department to host a contest to name the mini-park development at Fourth and Galapage. A committee made up of a youth, a religious, a legislator and a neighborhood resident will make a selection from the names submitted. The winner will receive a fifty dollar cash prize for his or her efforts.
There are several limitations as to what or who the park may be named after. Those names that are submitted must comply with the following city regulations: If the name
requested is that of an event, it shall be an event which directly affected or affects the citizens of the City and County of Denver, a facility may be named for important persons in Denver, State of Colorado, national or international history.
A facility may be named for the area in which it is located, or for geographical features of an area in which it is located. If a name is submitted which commemorates an historical event, the event shall be one of significance to a substantial portion of the Denver community and this
fact will be documented. A park cannot be named for service clubs, lodges, fraternal organizations, religious or educational institutions, or any other society. The park may be named for living persons whose ultimate place in municipal, regional, national or international affairs can be fully assessed.
If the name is to be after a dead person it shall have to comply with the following regulations: A period of seven years shall have elapsed from date of death before application for naming of a facility will be considered. The dead person shall be someone who has contributed in some definitive and outstanding manner to the betterment of the Denver community and its citizens, the dead persons race, religion or national origin shall have no bearing whatever upon approval or disapproval of the proposed name, the dead person shall have been of good character, and not convicted of any felony during his lifetime.
If the park is named after a dead person his living next of kin shall be notified regarding such a request. If approved by next of kin, written letter shall be submitted showing approval.
If disapproved by next of kin, no further consideration of the deceaseds name will be undertaken by the Board. The exception would be in the case of an historical figure whose~Heath is extremely remote in history.
You are asked to either mail or drop off your suggestions for the naming of the park at the Coalition office, located at 910 Galapago Street.
APARTMENT HOUSE CAUSES FRICTION IN COMMUNITY
The apartment house at 480 Galapago St. that has been causing a great deal of turmoil on the West Side remains a problem. Efforts by community people to ease the tensions that exist have proven fruitless.
Neighborhood families used to live in the complex and paid $85.00 per month rent, until the apartment owners signed a contract with Denver Auto and Diesal College, agreeing to house students. Then the rent skyrocketed to $240.00 per month a unit, forcing the residents out and bringing in some 60 students from outside the community. This continues to be problem in maintaining the residential make up of the community, and it will be one that the West Side will have to deal with more and more as the Auraria Higher Education Complex is built and completed.
The apartment has begun to be an eye sore to the community, as the students work on cars there and leave debris scattered about. The West Side Coalition has received complaints that the
(Cont. on Pg. 8)
On September 16, 1971, from about 8:30 a.m., many school children and members of the Mexican American community will be participating in an observance of the traditional day of the Independence of Mexico, on the downtown streets of Denver. There will be a massive parade from Civic Center commencing at 10:00 a.m. with floats and thousands of marchers, terminating at the State Capitol grounds with some speakers. The observance is to express unity by the Mexican American people and for a show of protest against failures of the educational system to provide good education to Mexican American children. Moreover, this years theme is Cultural Awareness which includes a parade, a protest and a celebration with culture activities during the evening.
A committee has been formed to coordinate activities on the 16th of September. The Committee meets on a weekly basis with various sub-committees dealing with specifics, such as speakers, floats, finance, etc. Within the committee there are some forty different organizations participating to bring about another successful 16th of September occasion. This will be the third year that the Mexican American community in Denver has come together on this day.
In order to comprehend what the 16th means to the contemporary Chicano, one must have some understanding of the meaning of the day, and how it relates to the Chicano of today. Following Hernando Cortezs landing in North America in 1519, a ruling class soon emerged from the Spanish-born population in Mexico. They were known as Gachupines. For nearly three hundred years Mexico was dominated and ruled by the Gachupines while the Mestizo population (Spanish-Indian) continued to increase much faster than the Gachupines and Creoles (a person born in America with parents from Spain).
In the early 1800s it became apparent to some people that Mexico's tyrannical government could be overthrown by the Mestizos and Creoles. In order to accomplish this, some intellectual leaders emerged. One of the leaders was a man who came from clerical ranks, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a parish priest from the town of Dolores. A plan was set up for a declaration of Mexican
Independence from Spain in December of 1810. Information of this clandestine plan leaked out and the government ordered the arrest of conspirators. Father Miguel Hidalgo soon heard of this. At that point an ammediate rebellion was stressed and in order to summon his parishioners at daybreak Father Hidalgo rang the bells of his church. When assembled he gave his famous Grito de Dolores or battle cry. This began the movement and struggle for independence from Spain. Many battles were fought before Mexico, finally gained its freedom, in October of 1821 the long struggle was over, Mexico gained its independence.
Father Hidalgos Grito de Dolores of September 16,
1860 was really an expression of dissatisfaction with the conditions that his people were confronted with. His Grito was heard and answered.
In order to bring this historical meaning into contemporary times, one must not view the historical aspect of it, but what relevance this date has upon us, the Mejicanos of today.
The similarities of today as compared to the past are that we too are dissatisfied with injustices experienced by our people such as lack of opportunity and poor treatment in the job market, the educational institutions, the judicial courts and other areas.
(Cont. on Pg. 3)
THIS ISSUE OF
Basic Cost $532
William Funk United
Bank of Denver 100
Patrick Burcham 20
First Avenue Presbyterian
Family & Friends 10
Lutheran Church 10
Inner City Parish 20
Catholic Church 10
St. Johns Lutheran
Catholic Church 20
Methodist Church 10
West Side Coalition 10
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Evidently some of our readers who mail us items, agencies in particular, failed to note that our mailing address changed some months ago. We hope you will see this note and make the necessary change. Our new address is 910 Galapago St., 80204. We also have two telephone numbers for greater convenience to you. Daytime calls should go to 244-2636 (Inner City Parish) and ask for Jerry Garcia. After 5 p.m. and on weekends call 266-1445 (the Guedea residence).
| Guest Editorial |
A COMMON TRUCK PROBLEM We make a right turn at 11th and Mariposa, heading west alongside the park we spot a brother that is going to be working in Aztlan Park for the summer. We pull over to the side of the street before we reach Navajo so we might talk over a couple of details with the brother. There is also the desire to just be friendly, this is a common trait of the Chicano people. No reason to be in a hurry. In the middle of the city the people straggle to not become like the well greased machines that surround them on all sides.
Our conversation is interrupted by the noise of a Salt Creek Freightways truck roaring down behind us. The driver shifts* down one gear and passes us at about 30 m.p.h. The brother leans up against the car to avoid being squashed by 10,000 pounds of flying metal. Our anger boils, we scream curses and hand signs at the intruder of our barrio. He stops his truck up ahead and starts to back up, looks like he wants to get bad. I jump out of the passenger side, reaching the truck about the same time as the brother, who by now is so angry he would get down with 40 truck drivers. He threatens to get out. We stand there daring him to. He says he cant fight during working hours. Come back at 5 well be waiting for you. He drives away and our chance to release some of our anger about the way these people abuse our barrio is lost.
Every morning those semitrailer trucks wake me as they shift into about 8th gear as they reach 10th and Navajo Street, near where I live. I wake up angry, which is not the human way of waking. Thoughts for any time of the day. Something must be done about this.
I decide to see Waldo Benavidez, chairman of the West Side Coalition, maybe we can get the organization behind solving this problem. Community power through unity stopped Greyhound from bringing more trash into our neighborhood, lets try it again. Waldo agrees and talks to other Coalition members. He has been fighting this problem for a long time and is glad to see other people concerned. More people is more power. A group of about twenty go down to talk with the traffic engineer. One of the brbthers submits a plan for closing 11th and 13th Avenues. His desire is to make the park area safer for the children and the community a more beautiful place to live. The trucks are also parking overnight in front of peoples houses.
Okay, Mister Traffic Engineer what are you going to do about it. We do not want war with the trucking companies, but your plans for the future and progress always destroy the peace and harmony of our neighborhood.
They agree, as usual, to study the problem. How much time do you need? Two weeks. The time is reasonable and we are reasonable people. In two weeks they promise us the following; to place signs prohibiting trucks from all streets not designated as truck routes, change 13th and 14th into two way streets between Mariposa and Kalamath. They cannot close 13th and 11th at this time, but could possibly include this in a longer range plan. We agree to this immediate plan. It is now up to them to keep their word. We shall see.
West Side Recorder
Once again La Academis Del Barrio has proven that children can like school. La Academia is a summer school program which was first offered to Westside children ages 8 thru 12 last summer. It proved to be a success then and has been successful again this year.
Classes were held at Auraria Community Center Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. The average attendance for the entire summer was 35 children daily. Classes began the third week in June, and ended August 17th with a program at Centro Cultural.
There was a large turnout of parents for this event. It was a program put together by the children and their teachers, and was geared towards showing the parents some of the things they learned at La Academia.
The curriculum included; Mexican History, Art, Mexican Folk Dancing, Spanish-English, Mathematics, Reading and Swimming. The children also went on field trips to Boulder Reservoir and Echo Lake. The teachers were: Rudy Garcia, student at C.U.D.C., Joe Sandoval and Bill Lopez, students at Metro State College, Pam Lucero, recent graduate at Colorado University, Donny Benavidez and CCecilia Garcia, high school students. The coordinator of the program was Virginia Lucero, a graduate of Metro State, who wrote the original proposal and was also coordinator last year.
The following are some of Mrs. Luceros observation concerning La Academia Del Barrio and how it could provide an alternative to the present educational system and how it relates to the Chicano.
It is a well known fact that the educational system has failed the Chicano people in many ways. One needs only to look at the small number of Chicanos who
SEPTEMBER 16 Mexican Independence Day should be a great celebration for all those concerned about mans freedom and independence. The West Side Recorder expresses its appreciation to the Mexican culture for what it has offered to America.
WEST HIGH NEWS
ORIENTATION PROGRAM The first activity for the 1971-72 school year at West High was a great success. An orientation program for all sophomores was held in the school auditorium and Sunken Gardens Park. The new
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HISPANO COUNSELOR West High has its first Chi West High has its first Chicano Counselor. Martha Urioste recently assigned to West High has her Masters Degree in Counseling which she obtained from the Mexican & American Counselors Institute located in Lubbock, Texas. She was previously employed by the Denver Public Schools in the Foreign Language Dept. Miss Urioste is very happy to be at West and looks forward to a very productive and gratifying school year.
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attend college, to know that something is drastically wrong somewhere. It is only common sense that if a child has not learned his basic skills in academics such as Mathematics, English or Reading, by the time he reaches Jr. High, he can in no way compete for admission into college.
Obviously, the educational system has not prepared Chicanos for anything, not even graduation from high school, much less entrance into college. High school drop out rates are shameful in schools such as West and North, both predominately Chicano.
Six hundred children, Chicano and Black attended summer school, at Greenlee Elementary alone this year. How can this many children not succedd in learning what they are supposed to in nine months? This is just one school. Can D.P.S. tell this many parents their children are not intelligent enough to grasp everything in nine months?
La Academia Del Barrio has proven that Chicano children are bright, full of life and willing to learn. It has also proven that teaching Mexican History gives a child a sense of identity, breaks down stereotypes of the Mexican people and establishes pride in himself, his family and his
people. Most of all La Academia has prove that the system, in our case the Denver Public Schools, is not preparing Chicano children for survival in this society.
The elementary school teachers continue to pass children on to higher grades without teaching them how to read or even basic mathematical skills, such as multiplication tables. La Academia is a step toward change in the education of Chicano children. Hopefully what has been done the past two summers at Auraria Community Center will only be the first step. Because, if the Chicano people want Chicano teachers, lawyers, doctors, principles and businessmen, the first requirement in this society is a high school diploma, then college degree.
The only sensible thing to do then is to make sure our children do not drop out in the third grade.
This%is what La Academia is all about, helping children to gain confidence, pride and respect in themselves, and treating them like important individuals with much to contribute.
Along with this teaching them their history, so they can establish an identity and concentrate on new and exciting ways of teaching the academic skills which are so important.
God bless and help everyone in the new school year.
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Action Council Elections Cancelled
The Westside Action Center staff had been working towards an election by helping candidates secure signatures on their petitions for the elections that had been scheduled by the West-side Action Council for August 18th and 19th. The cancellation of the elections came about as a result of a resolution that was introduced to the Denver Opportunity Board by the Povery Participation Committee. The DO Board voted to cancel elections. This, of course, was subject to approval from the Regional Office of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). Mr. Dutch Anders, Regional field representative for Colorado, verbally indicated prior to August 18 that Regional would postpone the elections at this time. However, elections would definately have to be held at a later date. Since that time, Regional has officially waived the elections subject to the enforcement of the statute of limitations which requires that any Council or board member who has served three years or more must be removed and replaced through democratic processes from the community.
In Westside Target Area E there were a number of Westside residents that came forth with a willingness to serve on the Council. Because of the cancellation of the elections the present Council has voted to seat as many of the new candidates as possible through a democratic process, so meetings have been called of candidates of the respective tracts to participate in the selection of those eligible candidates to be seated on the Council. There will be a small number of new candidates that will not be seated im-
New Head Start Center
Auraria Community Center has a new Head Start Center at 215 W. 5th Ave., in the basement of First Bethany Lutheran Church. This center will take the place of Elati Head Start, 228 Elati, which was tom down in June for the expansion of Fairmont Elementary.
If you have a child 3 and xh to 4 and xh years of age and are interested in enrolling him in Head Start, please call 534-7614 or 534-7615.
Recruitment will continue through the week of the 20th of September.
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mediately. Those candidates, however, will be seated whenever any vacancies occur on the Council.
The Action Council presently consists of 26 elected residents, this includes the two youth representatives. There are 6 at-large memberships, 3 agency and 1 public official, for a total of 36. The Westside Action Council was the only Council who had more candidates than there were vacancies or seats to be filled. On another page appear the pictures of all candidates that made resumes and pictures available for this publication. We regret that there were a small number that were unable to make either picture or resumes available, however, the names will be listed.
On August 8th all of the candidates attended an orientation session at Los Panchos Restaurant where they were given some instruction on the activities of the Council, on the relationship between OEO Regional and Denver Opportunity, DO and the Westside Action Council and the relationship between the Westside Action Center staff, the Westside Action Council, the OEO Regional Field representative Mr. Dutch Anders, Neighborhood
Baker to Honor Chicano Heritage
The week of September 13-17 will be designated as Chicano Heritage Week at Baker Junior High School. An array of events are being planned which will encompass the total school. Each day of this week some of the contributions made by the Hispano to American Culture, will be enumerated over the public address system during the scheduled announcements.
The different departments will, each in their own way, work with materials which emphasize Mexican American backgrounds, i.e. the food classes will be cooking Mexican food, the social studies classes will point up the history of Spain, Mexico, and the Southwest Indian at the different grade levels, English classes will work with the literary contributions of Mexicans, etc. The different show cases throughout the building will display subject matter characteristic of the Southwest and Mexico. These displays will be the work of the Bilingual classes.
There will be a special event each day which will highlight that days happenings: MONDAYKickoff day with explanation of coming events. TUESDAYMr. Paco Sanchez will be featured in an assembly; also the first meeting of this years Latin American Club. WEDNESDAYChicano dress up day. Students will wear the native dress of Mexico. Also Social Studies classes will view Channel 6 heritage presentation at 10:50 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. THURSDAYMexican In-
dependence Day. Many of the students will participate in citywide activities and will be dismissed from school. Students and their parents should agree if they are going to be away from Baker. The school will accept permission notes from the parents, but they will not be required. FRIDAYThe cafeteria will be serving Mexican American food.
Action Program Acting Director Mr. Tom Nichols, Mrs. Mary Banam and Mrs. Jackie Hosier, representative from the League of Women Voters. The session was considered by all those in attendance as highly informative and beneficial to all present.
The people in West Denver can take great pride that there are citizens who come forth to give their time that they might make the West-side community a better place to live. We know that the new members of the Council are dedicated people who will work towards more opportunity in every area in the lives of the Westside residents.
(Cont. from Pg. 1)
The difference of today as compared to the past are that the Mexican American is involved in a change as they were in 1810, however, our change is not one of insurrection ours is one of change in the sllf image of the Mexican American by instilling pride, and self worth into those people of Mexican decent who for some reason deny their ancestry, and by developing a better understanding among our Anglo community of the tremendous contributions both historically and culturally that have been contributed to our culture in the Southwest by the MEXICAN AMERICAN.
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With school starting, the staff at Casita Esperanza Health Station, 801 W. 5th Ave. 534-0657, would like to remind area residents of available services and clinic schedules. We are now able to serve residents north to tenth Ave; south to Alameda and east to Elati.
The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, with pediatric clinic in the mornings, from 9 to 12 and adults in the afternoon from 1 to 5:30. It is our goal to offer medical care and services to the whole family from newborn and amternity to referral to eye and dental clinics. There are several bilingual staff members and transportation available through the clinic if called in ahead of time. By running monthly articles in the Recorder we hope to have residents get to know the staff and programs available at the station.
If there are any questions, please call and ask for the Station Coordinator, Marcia Desbien. We are here to be of service.
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Another long hot summer is coming to a close, and again, as in previous years, this city is faced with the problem of police-minority relations. This year the controversy is centered around police over-reaction at the Platte Valley Action Center, August 8th. This is not an isolated incident, anyone who has lived in the inner-city for any number of years, can testify to police misconduct with Chicanos,
Blacks and poor whites.
There is no need to have another study or investigation into the charges of police brutality, to determine whether it is fact of fiction. There is reams upon reams of literature that has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that minority claims against the police are legitimate.
The United State Commission on Civil Rights issued a 135 page report in March of 1970, entitled, Mexican Americans: and the administration of justice in the southwest. The commissioners reported; The attitude of \ 1 Mexican Americans toward the institutions responsible for the administration of justice the police, the courts, and related agencies is distrustful, fearful, and hostile. Police departments, courts, the law itself are viewed as Anglo institutions in which Mexican American have no stake and from which they do not expect fair treatment. The Commission found that the attitudes of Mexican Americans are based, at least in part, on the actual experience of injustice. Contacts with police represent the most common encounters with the law for the average citizen. There is evidence of police misconduct against Mexican Americans.
In the southwest, as throughout the nation remedies for police misconduct are inadequate. Acts of police misconduct result in mounting suspicion and incite incidents of resistance to officers. These are followed by police retaliation, which results in escalating hostilities.
In a police force made up of 1200 men, it is logical, given the nature of man, that there are some psychological misfits.
For the Chief of Police, George Seaton to defend every officer in every incident, only encourages a policy of police misconduct. Especially when indications are, that evidence points to such misconduct.
The Chief of Police has encouraged by his actions, the division of the majority and minority communities. And he along with the Mayor of this city, Bill McNichols must share the burden of the hostilities that exist today.
The mayor was invited to attend an open hearing at the Platte Valley Action Center, by State Representatives Betty Benavidez, and Ruben Valdez, also by State Senator Roger Cisneros, but declined the invitation because in his words,
it wouldnt do any good. Two months ago this same man ran for the office of mayor purporting to represent if elected, all factions of this city, and an analysis of the voting turn out indicates that he received a substantial number of votes from the Chicano community. For him to refuse to come to this community and meet with its elected officials is very insensitive and can be considered bv the residents of this community to be a deliberate affront on his part.
For residents living in West Denver it appears that the Police Department of the City of Denver is at war with them. Nightly the neighborhood is patroled by an overwhelming amount of patrol cars. It is not unusual to find two or three patrol cars in a two block radius. Nor is it uncommon to be awakened in the night by the light and sounds of the police helicopter, which at times can be seen hovering over the projects, inciting the youth there into action. Numerous complaints keep coming in concerning the misconduct of specific police officers, yet residents feel helpless in alleviating the situation.
The responsible members of this community are not against the police, but are against the dual system of justice this city government is operating under. The mayor is wrong when he insinuates that complaints of police brutality are the work of radical militants. For him to act on that type of assumption is somehow inconsistent with resonsible leadership.
The report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders concluded that the lack of faith in governments responsiveness to the needs of the minorities was a major cause of civil disorder. The faith of Denvers Chicano community in the ability of the city government to effectively respond to its legitimate complaints has been devastated by the Mayors office in this case. Actions speak louder than rhetoric, and once again the citys actions have shown that the city government is not concerned with the legitimate problems of Denver's Chicano community.
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Biggest Concern: Alcoholism; Biggest
An alcoholic for 14 years, Daniel Martinez 13 years later knows the horrors of alcoholism. He is concerned now about the lack of programs that help others understand the alcoholic and how his problem affects his family and others around him.
Martinez dropped out of school in the 5th grade, but as an adult he completed courses to get his GED and is now attending Metro State College. Why is he going to school? I like people; I like reading about their history and the way they think. Is he interested in getting a degree? I recognize the importance of a degree. But a degree doesnt make people sensitive to the needs of others or compassionate about their problems. Thats whats important.
Minnie Conict was born ir Texas. She moved to Colorado a number of years ago. She has resided in West Denver for the past 12 years at 1361 Mariposa. She is a widow who has raised four daughters through a lot of hard work and effort. She is also the grandmother of four children. She presently works at Rose Memorial Hospital as a nurses aide and has worked at Rose Memorial for the past six years. Minnie also serves on the Budget Advisory Committee at Lincoln and South Lincoln Park Homes. She is presently a member of the Westside Action Council where she also serves on the very important Proposal Screening Committee. Minnie also gives of her time to the Auraria Community Center where she is a member of the Board of Directors. She was selected from the Westside Action Council as a representative to serve on the Westside Economic Enterprise Corporation (the new supermarket board) and through this effort has been associated with the Denver Community Development Corporation. She is a member of the Metro Denver Urban Coalition
States Minnie: I like living in the Westside. I hope to continue working to improve the Westside community. I would like to get all of the people in West Denver involved so that together we might make it a better and happier place to live. She feels very strongly that this Can be accomplished through hard work by a lot of people in West Denver. Says Minnie: Minnie is my name, working together for better employment is my game. Wont you join me?
Tom Stevens was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and came to the U.S. in 1959. He received a B.A. from DU in 1967 and is now a teacher at West Side Street Academy which he was instrumental in developing. Tom is especially concerned about problems that affect young people and hamper their intellectual development including overcrowded and substandard housing. He feels that educational standards in West Denver are greatly afected by the indifference of the majority of the broader Denver Community. His interest in a recent seminar on police conduct was spurred by evidence that the insensitivity of the Denver police is affecting young people. He presently represents West Side Action Council on the DO Board of Directors, and is a member of the Congress of Hispano Educators.
Father Peter Garcia
Father Peter Garcia is a lifetime resident of West Denver. He attended Elmwood School, Baker Junior High and graduated from St. Josephs High School. He attended two years at Regis College. He attended St. Thomas College and later entered the St. Thomas Theological Seminary. He was ordained for the priesthood for the Theatine order.
As many people know, Farther Garcia was the founder of Auraria Residents Organization. He has been greatly concerned with the welfare of the Auraria residents. He has appeared before City Council and other
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governmental agencies in their behalf. He is equally concerned about housing problems, and delinquency problems and police-community relations. He has been active also in the Model Cities, formerly RPDI, program.
Among others, he is a present member of the West-side Action Council Tract 12. He is a member of the West-side Health Board and a member of the Metro Legal Aid Board. He is also a member of the PADRES organization who address themselves to the religious, education and social problems of the Chicano community. He is the Chairman of the board of directors of the Westside Alcoholic Rehabilitation Counseling Program. He is a board member of the Mexican American Political Association.
In the councilmatic elections of 1971 he was the runner-up candidate in District 9 and was involved in a run-off election with candidate Geno Dimanna. Out of approximately 86,000 votes cast Father Garcia lost by 235 votes. Father Garcia intends to continue his efforts in all of the areas that affect the citizens of West Denver, be it housing, policerelations or zoning.
Father Garcia recognizes the importance of participating in the political process of our city, state and our nation and envisions the day when the political power of the Mexican American community can come together for the common good of all. Father Garcia is the assistant pastor of St. Cajetans Church.
John Doyle is a teacher at Baker Extension Center on 17th and Federal. Mr. Doyle has been with the Denver Public Schools for 25 years, of those 25 years he has taught elementary, secondary, physical education, 6th grade, social studies, math, English, and science.
Mr. Doyle is very active in the Westside Action Council, Denver Opportunity Board, Westside Improvement Association, Inter-Agency Council, Mayors Youth Council,. Cooperative Endeavor, Police-Community Relations, S.E. Optimist Club and he is also a Scoutmaster.
Mr. Doyle is also a Colonel in the 413th Medical Service Flight, United States Air Force Academy Reserves.
Mr. Doyle has been working very hard on the Economic Develo-ment Committee of the Westside Action Council
because he believes this is a self sufficient tupe of thing that will be controlled by the people and it will provide jobs and training for the people in the community, and they will also be able to determine their own destiny.
Mr. Boyle feels that the three most important things for the Westside Community are housing, employment, and better schools.
shopping facilities. The need for up-grading the quality of education is another concern Mrs. Gasser has for the Westside.
Her interest in these areas has led to participation in many community action programs. She was appointed to the Mayors Commission on Community Relations, is a member of the Board of South Denver Civic Association, and is also a member of such organizations as the Model Cities Board, League of Women Voters, and the West Side Action Council. Also the CRP Program Board and the Lay Advisory Council of Baker Junior High School.
Joe Baca is a native Denverite and is very active in community development and solutions to community problems. He is presently studying urban and regional planning at CU Denver Center and is employed as a yough organizer in West Denver for the Youth Coalition. He is also a board member of the West Side Action Center and several other area boards. The problems of hoising, education, and police insensitivity are major ones in the West Side. He will take part in attacking these problems through his positions in community action programs.
Mr. Lincoln Baca a staff member of the Commission on Community Relations attended the crientation session at Los Panchos, August 7th. He addressed the Council members, and candidates on the activities of the Commission and his area of responsibility in working with the Westside community.
Mr. Baca has been concerned and involved in many problem areas. He has the same concerns that other active members of the West Denver community have.
Ruben Leal likes people and would like to help the people on the West Side. He has been active as a member of the Board of Directors of the West Side Coalition, and on the Board of the Auraria Community Center. He is aware of the problems many West Side residents face in finding jobs and decent housing. One way he feels he could help this situation is by starting or taking part in a trade school on the West Side.
Mrs. Flora Gasser is a fourth generation resident of Westside and as such is vitally concerned about the deterioration she attributes to insensitive, non-resident slumlords and to the growing inadequacy of Westside
Adeline Martinez Adeline Martinez resides at 122 West 11th Avenue. She attended Manuel High School where she reached the 11th grade. She is the mother of 7 boys and 1 girl. She is a member of the PTA at St. Josephs School where she participates in the school functions. She is presently employed at Colorado General Hospital. She is the historian at Greenlee School. Her area of concern is education and poor housing caused by the absentee landlords. In health services she feels that agencies such as Denver General Hospital, the Westside Health Center should be staffed with bilingual people who can serve those persons who, through their inability to speak the English language, get denied services every day. Legal services need improvement, particularly the public defender; She feels that there are too many people in jail waiting for action and it appears that there is always buck-passing from person to person. She would like to see improvement in police-community relations. She is concerned with the lack of effort on both sides.
terned and Dedicated Citizens
Beatrice Martinez, wife of Tom Martinez and mother of five, is naturally concerned about problems that affect the young of West Denver. Sub-standard housing and lack of housing for low-income families is one of her prime concerns. She would like to see health programs for the poor improved.
Two problems she sees as especially harmful to the young are: the rapid increase in drug abuse, especially as it affects the young and children in school; and insensitive police attitudes.
What is she doing about these many problems? To name only a few of her activities, she is a member of the Housing Board and of the West Side Health Board, a member of Mexican American Political Association, and on the Committee of Mass Media and the Spanish Surnamed. She has been a member of the Westside Action Council since October of 1969, and is the chairman of the Personnel Committee.
Vera Lucero of 526 Kalamath Street has lived in the Westside for the past twenty-four years. She is the war widow of the late Joe S. Lucero, World War II hero. She is the mother of JoAnne Lucero and Josephine Atencio who attended Elmwood, Baker Jr. High and St. Josephs High Schools. She has been very active in PTA both at Elmwood and Baker Jr. High and as Health Chairman at Baker and Elmwood, aided the nurses in giving shots to the children. She volunteered her time to help on the x-ray truck for T.B. and also during the Polio Drive at Baker Junior High.
She was historian at Baker Jr. High and first vice-president of the PTA. She has been in politics twenty-two years; a very active woman and co-captain in District Seven. Worked in Election Commission and Superior Ct. as Deputy Clerk at City and County Bldg. She has worked at Westside Neighborhood Health Center for the past four years. Presently, she is a
receptionist at the Eye Clinic at Westside Neighborhood Health Center, where she aids the doctors and patients with her bilingual ability. She has been in the Westside Action Council 1969 to 1971 and is Secretary for the Council.
Mary Estrellita Lucero Mary Lucero has lived on the West Side for 18 years.' She has three children and is therefore naturally concerned about the education on the West Side. She will work to see that adequate resources are available to the schools in this area. Absentee landlords are another problem confronting the West Side that Mrs. Lucero is concerned about. She would like to see strict housing codes enforced on these landlords. She is the wife of Joe N. Lucero and lives at 1330 Lipan.
Jackie Hosier attended the orientation session to get better acquainted with the activities of the Council and the Center. She hopes to somehow be able to render some service to the Council at their next election.
John Lopez has a long history in the work of helping the Mexican-American community solve its problems. Before OEO came into existence, Mr. Lopez was active- in community activities. Since then, he has been a part of many DO and Action Center programs. He was chairman of the Eastside Action Council for 3 years; is Chairman of the Intercouncil Coordinating Committee; and for the last two years has been chairman of the Cooperative Endeavor of Dist. 2. He is also active in the
labor movement as a representative of AFL-CIO over the eight-state Mountain States Region.
Mr. Atanacio Trujillo who presently resides at 814 West 13th Avenue, was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on August 11,1901.
Mr. Trujillo moved to Trinidad, Colorado with his family at the early age of 5 years old and lived in the Trinidad area for 55 years. In the 55 years he spent in Trinidad, Mr. Trujillo worked in the coal mines for 38 years.
Mr. Trujillo moved to Denver approximately 2 years ago and would like to do his share in making the Westside a better place for all people living here. Mr. Trujillo has 5 sons and 5 daughters. They are Marshall who lives in Denver, Tom (Denver), Phillip who is stationed in Germany, Manuel who is stationed in Thailand, and Gerard who is presently serving on the Westside Action Council. His daughters are Dolores DeHerrera (Denver), Mary York (El Paso, Texas), Beatrice (Washington), Florence Gallegos (Denver), and Margaret also of Denver.
Mary Ann Espinosa Mrs. Mary Ann Espinosa who resides at 5 Bannock has been a resident in West Denver for 19 years. Shes a graduate of Manuel High School. She is the mother of 3 boys and 1 girl who are attending Denver Public Schools. Mary also works for the Denver Public Schools. She is a Community Representative and takes part in the Social Services Department at Baker Jr. High School, there she works with the Latin Club as a volunteer helper. She works with the youth in recreational activities. In and out of school for instance there are a number of hike-outs and other recreation which take the young people out of the school area through the efforts of the club.
Her areas of concern are Housing, the high cost of rents, the poor condition of houses that are caused by ownership of absentee
landlords who care nothing about the people. She recognizes the need for better health servicesDenver
General and the neighborhood clinics are in need of more staff including qualified and dedicated doctors. She would like to see improvement in Legal Aid Services, improved through more dedicated and increased staff. She would like to see better Police Community Relations.
Concern and Interest: Economic Development of the Westside.
Tom Martinez has lived in West Denver all his life. He is intimately involved in many of the programs dealing with problems of the people of the Westside. Tom has lived in West Denver all his life.
Both Tom and his wife Beatrice are members of the West Side Action Council; Tom is Chairman. That he is employed by Model Cities Narcotic Treatment Center, on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Poverty Participation Committee of DO, Chairman of the Board of Denver Community Development Corporation, and a member of Mexican American Political Association, all show his concern.
Why be so involved? Says Martinez, Many of the problems of our people stem from the fact that we are poor. Economic development is the basis for a healthier society. I am working toward this end through all of my-involvements.
Father Craig Hart Father Craig Hart lives on the Northside with his wife and three children. He is a member at large since September of 1969. He was an assistant pastor at Annunciation Parish for four years. He is presently Director of the American Friends Service Committee. In this position he is continuing the work that he began while assistant pastor at Annunciation. Part of his responsibility is that of a resource person in various communities of Denver. At present time he is devoting a
large percentage of his time as the resource person of the Farmworkers Medical Clinic in Center, Colo.
Perry Russell, who resides at 175 So. Cherokee Street, born in North Delta, Colorado, age 56 years, has lived in West Denver for 10 years. He attended school in North Delta, Colorado whereafter he moved to Denver, Colorado and attended Emily Griffith Opportunity school where he took training as a watch and clock repairman.
His concerns and areas of interest are Housing, Education, Welfare, Youth Programs, Police Community Relations, and the possibility of Mini Parks in the Westside community. He would also like to help in the alleviating of all the hardships which are encountered at the Food Stamp Office.
Biggest concerns: Housing and legal problems of the poor.
Otto Winters believes that people have the right to live in neighborhoods that are not left to deteriorate by absentee landlords. Landlords must live up to housing standards and codes. Then renters and property owners can live decently and humanly together.
He is concerned about the complexity of legal problems for the poor. Numerous restrictions and guidelines prohibit the poor from receiving needed services.
A third concern is relationships between police and the community they serve.
A religious man, Winters is currently serving as vice-president of Legion Merit at St. Vincent, catechism teacher at St. Joseph Parish, and is a member of Brothers Investment Corp.
Frank Castro who presently resides at 136 West 11th Avenue and is a graduate of West High School, has been a member of the Westside Action Council for over a year. He represents Tract No. 20.
Frank is concerned with the economic development that will provide employment and training. He is also concerned with improvements in Legal Service, poor housing and Police Community Relations. Frank hopes to continue to serve in the Westside area in hopes that he may become more of an asset to his community.
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Rev. Jack T. Lang
Reverend Jack T. Lang has been a resident of the West-side for nearly two years and has served on the Westside Action Council for nearly half of that time. He has been very active in many causes from the farm workers to the youth movement and presently is working with several Head Start programs.
He and his wife, Mary Ann, are expecting their first child in November. Jack is running for an At-Large position on the Council.
Agapita Sandoval Mrs. Agapita Sandoval, of 1230 W. 10th Ave. is a housewife who works as a community volunteer. She has seven living children and is separated from her husband. Her circumstances make her well-aware of such community problems as lack of quality education, inadequate health services for the poor, and housing conditions under absentee landlords. She would like to work toward improvement in all these areas.
Mike Jaramillo Mike Jaramillo is a man of compassion. He feels strongly that the health problems of the residents of the West Side are first-priority problem. Services at Denver General Emergency Room could be greatly improved. Mr. Jaramillo is also in favor of a public education program to inform people about the health services presently available to them. He has been active politically in elections for ex-mayor Curri-gan, Alegra Saunders, Ben Kline, and Allen Davis.
Germaine Aragon Health care, the aging, and police-community relations are three problem areas that concern Mrs. Germaine Aragon. Government guidelines, she feels are too strict because they deprive so many needy people of the health care they cannot afford. She feels there is a great need for projects to involve senior citizens, so that their thoughts and feelings can be made known. Mrs. Aragon says, Respect is a two way street. There is lack from both sides which is leading to a deep bitterness that must be cured before it spreads further. The cure, she feels, is a renewed regard for due process of law. She is presently a member of the Board of the Auraria Community Center, of the West Side Coalition, and the West Side Action Ministry.
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Carmen Torres Carmen Totres has been a Westside resident for 17 years. She feels better housing and better education are very essential in this area.
For 12 years she and her family lived in the Lincoln Park Homes. Now she resides at 267 Cherokee St. with her husband and fiv e children. Another child lives in California and one in Missouri. She has two children in Baker, and one in Fairmont, and one in South igh School
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Vidila (Vi) Medrano Vidila Medrano, a West Side resident for more than 30 years, is concerned about the lack of enforcement of housing codes c.nd of low income housing in the West Side. She is also concerned for the need of quality education given the children
Tony Hermosillo I realize that mans poverty is not related to his inabilities, but to his being oppressed by our affluent society. I will strive to create an equality in the field of economics as well as in the field of sociology. Tony Hermosillo is from a family of 13 and knows first-hand the problems of the poor. He feels strongly that community involvement can do wonders to improve the lot of the poor and will work through this means to create better educational opportunities for West Side children and generally to improve the plight of the poor.
Don Schierling Don -Schierling sees the struggles of the West Side Community as an effort by a people to maintain some identity and character apart from the rest of a growing urban area. Two of the most significant components of progress in this identity problem are developing new businesses and housing remodeling. Thriving businesses in the area, Mr. Schierling thinks, are essential to instilling and retaining community pride. Homes which express this pride by a distinct individuality are a sign that the community retains power over its own destiny and will not be disbursed by outside forces such as housing shortages. Mr. Schierling is an agency member for West Side Action Ministry and an urban minister for the Mennonite Churches in Denver.
Cruz R. Maestos Cruz Maestos has lived in Denver, Colorado for four years. He is a custodian at West High. He graduated from high school in 1950 from Las Vegas High School, New Mexico. He was active in the PTA for one year. He has been in school work from 1950. He feels that a good education is the most essential tool in todays complex society.
Wilma Dabroski, a 35-year resident of the Westside, feels that of great concern are absentee landlords, police relations, and lack of staff in health and legal services.
She resides at 1115 Inca St. and has been active in the West Side Improvement Association and the West Side Action Council. Wilma and her husband, Frank, have a daughter, Melody.
of West Side. Improvement of police-community relations is another priority as Mrs. Medrano sees it. Understanding of and sensitivity to the problems of the West Side residents by Denver police is at the heart of such improvement.
She has been active in drug education programs and in the effort to get better recreational facilities for West Side residents. She is a member of the Board of Auraria Community Center.
Gerard Trujillo Gerard Trujillo, a native of Trinidad, Colo., has resided in West Denver for five years with his wife and three children. His main concern for the community is to get mini-parks in the area to help keep kids off the streets. He would like recreation closer to home; thats why he believes West Denver needs mini-parks.
Trujillo attended Primero High School and was graduated in 1964. He is a board member of Community Renewal Program, Model Cities and the West Side Action Council.
Linda Pacheco Linda Pacheco is a graduate of West Side High School and attended two years of college in Boulder. She is concerned about the quality of education in West Side schools. She feels more incentive ought to be offered to good teachers to come into this area. More staff is the answer in the fields of health and legal services, according to Miss Pacheco of 1276 Elati. She feels present staff is trying but is limited by their number.
Nw Staff At Parish
As the school year opens, we at the Parish have two new staff members. Mary Ann Spataro, who has been our Preschool Director for the past two years, left us as of September first. Mrs. Jacquie Schwartz has started as our new Preschool Director. She has experience in this field and loves the work. Jacquie has fit in very well with the staff and we all are glad to have her with us.
Ben Berg has been hired as a full-time staff member. He will be working with youth in coordination with Jerry Garcia. Ben is a long time resident of the West Side and is very interested in youth and their problems. We are pleased to b' vorking with Ben.
Mary Banam is a member of the League of Women Voters, because her interest in the elective process she came to volunteer what ever services could be provided to the Action Center in the Westside Action Council elections of the future. She attended the orientation session on August 7th and found it interesting and informative. Were sure the League can j provide some service.
'Roseann Delgado Roseann Delgado has lived in the Westside for 13 years. She now lives at 176 W. Maple where she has been for four years. Roseann feels that recreation is the most important thing in Tract 21.
Mrs. Delgado attended Cole Jr. High School and received her G.E.D. As a member of the Alameda P.T.A., she was appointed secretary for 1970-71. She is also active in the Headstart Parent Program.
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More Survey Replies Wanted
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.
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The Westside Youth Center baseball team won first place in their District. They won over 7 teams. Each player and the coach, Victor DeLeon, received individual trophies. Players were Art and Tom Martinez, James Ortega, Hector Flores, Ricky Vigil, Pito Aragon, Dave Valdez, Tony Ray Deleon and Bobby DeLeon from Baker Jr. High and Robert Villapando and Danny Savarda from St. Joseph.
Mary Quintana of the Denver Welfare Rights Organization and a group of Westside members of the Organization went to the meeting of the State Board of Social Services held Sept. 3 at the State Services Building. Issues concerning welfare were discussed such as the WIN program, baby sitting services for welfare recipients, discrimination concerning jobs because of ethnic backgrounds, OAP pensions $2 raise which will not be affected by the freeze, and food stamps. Westside residents and others concerned are urged to attend future meetings of Welfare Rights. There is power in numbers, the more people
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Desegregation Institute workshop, headed by Dr. Roy Krosky of the University of Northern Colo., met Aug. 24-27 at Centro Cultural. Residents of the West-side and Park Hill communities were invited to attend the workshop as community resource people. Feelings concerning bussing to achieve integration were discussed. Ways and means for better Teacher-Community Relations were stressed. A Youth Task Force was formed so students could have a direct voice in the desegregation issue. Future workshops will be held. Some of the resource people were Josephine Perez, Alberta Crespin, Agapita Sandoval, and Germaine Aragon. Willie Montoya, Director of Auraria Community Center, and Helen Lucero and staff members of the West Side Action Center visited the workshop.
This was the season for visitors, going and coming in and out of the state. Cathamay Hart of 1236 W. 11th Ave. has her brother, Rex Hart, visiting her. He is from the Park Hill area.
Frank C. Herrea of 1319 W. 13th Ave received a visit from his brother, Ralph, of Alburquerque, New Mexico. Both had not seen each other for five years.
Mrs. Ascencion Medina, of 1219 W. 13th Ave., received a visit from her son, Robert, who was on vacation from college in Oakland, Calif, where he has been studying for two years to be a veterinarian. After visiting his
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The new principal of Greenlee Elementary School is Fred Manzanares, well-known Spanish teacher on Channel 6.
Mr. Manzanares feels education is very important and the only way the Hispano people are going to get their fair share of the wealth of this country.
Mr. Manzanares went all through school to getting his Masters Degree at the University of Denver, but there was often discouragement and disappointment, he said. But an education was a must, he felt, so he kept on with it.
He was bora and raised in Garcia, Colo., on a farm which the family owned and had been handed down from generation to generation. His
mother was postmistress in Garcia and his father ran the mail route from 1915 to 1922.
He attended to chores such as milking cows and chopping wood and sometimes it was impossible to attend school since farming was a family affair. This was disappointing to him for he liked school.
He attended school at Manual, Albuquerque, N. Mex., and received his BA degree from Adams State College, Alamosa, Colo. Mr. Manzanares taught eight years in elementary schools, five years in junior high, and for five years was Spanish teacher with KRMA-TV, Channel 6. Before coming to Greenlee as principal he was assistant principal at John F. Kennedy Junior-Senior High School and principal at Gilpin Elementary School.
Fall Program at Auraria
The new fall recreation program at Auraria Community Center, 1212 Mariposa St. is going to be one of the best structured programs the Center has ever had. The recreation programs at this writing have not been given definite times or days that they will be held due to college classes and jobs that the instructers have, but if you are interested in joining the classes call Jim Vigil at 534-7614 and he will give you the information that is needed to join.
The new fall program to the center will consist of classes in judo, karate, wrestling, gymnastics, basketball, cooking, arts and crafts and wood shop on a structured basis.
The instructors that will teach the classes are all qualified people and they all feel that the need to get out children educated and taught the best wayy that they know how is very necessary. Augustine Jazo will teach the judo class. Augustine is a black belt instructor and teaches at the U.M.C.A. and Lowery Air Force Base. The gymnastics program will be conducted by George Romero former all-city & all-state gymnastic star at Manual High School.
The wrestling program at Auraria will be conducted by former State Representative Frank Anaya, a graduate of Colo. State College at Greeley, he was also an All-City, All-State selection in wrestling at West High School and an outstanding wrestler in college. Jim Vigil will set up a basketball league for boys and will hold clinics to each them the fundamentals of the sport. This age group should be made up of boys in grade school.
Lily Baca will teach a Mexican cooking class for Jr. High girls that are interested in preparing
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POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS
The ugly head of police-community relations has again come to the surface. The incidents at Platte Valley Action Center and the Lincoln Park Housing Projects have been well discussed in the different Denver news media and through numerous meetings with the community.
We hope that these expressions of concern will not be another futile attempt. We are not justifying the incidents where laws are broken needlessly, but where indiscriminate police action has occurred all responsible voices need to speak. The West Side Recorder compliments Councilman Rosenberg for his continued interest in the issue. We sincerely hope that our councilman will develop an equal interest.
The people living next to the Auto Mechanics apart on 5th and Galapago are deeply concerned over the misbehavior of the students living there. Here again it is hoped that the responsible people relating to the school will take the necessary steps to develop better school-community relationships.
Within the next month, the City Council should be voting on whether a segment of the West Side will be rezoned from R-3 to R-2. We know that the opposition will emerge from different forces. Therefore, we are requesting all interested West Siders to come out in full force to that City Council meeting so that we can let them know that were in favor of this rezoning. Lets all get behind the Coalition on this one.
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NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES (Cont. from Pg. 7) Marcelina Martinez, wife of
Mote Martinez of 1273 W. 10th Ave. also is home from the hospital where she underwent an exploratory chest operation. Best wishes for your full recovery. Adolf Perea, 10 year old student at Greenlee, sported a new outfit for the beginning of school which his mother of 826 Fox St. made at the sewing class at Inner City Parish, 910 Galapago St. The Sewing Classes are free and are held every Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The sewing classes are free and anyone wishing to attend or visit are welcome. The Parish phone number is 244-2636. mother he went to Wisconsin, a state he always wanted to see. Robert was in the Navy four years having been stationed in San Diego, Hawaii, and Japan aboard the USS Southerland.
Helen Lucero of 1114 Mariposa St. went to Santa Fe, New Mexico to visit her aunt, Mrs. Fannie Trujillo, and her many relatives there. Miss Lucero also attended the Santa Fe Fiesta.
Mrs. Mickey Solis of 165 Cherokee St. is in Los Angeles, Calif, visiting her daughter and son-in-law Virginia and Willie
Atencio, both formerly of the Westside.
Brice and Michael McClendon of 1236 W. 11th Ave. have postponed their visit to see their father, Mr. Eddie McClendon of Chicago, 111. Next summer they plan to visit.
Jerry Garcia and wife, Becky, of 361 Galapago St., toured Tijuana, Mexico. Becky brought back a beautiful leather vest and Jerry the best looking and sturdy huaraches.
Tony Elsie Sopris of 1324 W. Colfax had surgery recently at Denver General Hospital She is home now recuperating. Welcome Home!
Overeaters Anonymous meets once a week on Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in classroom B at Denver General Hospital. The group is open to anyone who is interested in losing weight and is free.
Herman and Carmen Juarez have taken over management of A1 and Shirleys Comer Grocery at Second and Galapago. They invite everyone to come in and get acquainted.
Rosemary Galvan, 257 Fox St. won two blue ribbons swimming with the team from Lincoln Pool.
Community Renewal Program
Instant Whip to Demolish Westside Residences
The community Renewal Program, located at 11th Ave. and Sznta Fe Drive, is continuing its planning activities on schedule. The first phase of the programs work schedule involving physical surveying of the entire neighborhood isbeen completed. Also hearing completion is a preliminary neighborhood inventory of services. This includes an analysis of health, recreation, schools, transportation, fire and
police protection; as they relate to the West Side neighborhood. Copies of this report will soon be available at the CRP office.
At present, Myles C. Rademan, West Side Planner, is preparing a land use analysis, which when completed will be useful in drawing future plans for the area. All homes, businesses and industries have been mapped and their relationare being studied.
Adult Education Classes Begin
The Adult Education Tutorial Program is beginning a new year. If you are 17 or older and if you have not received your high school diploma, if you want to understand what you read or if you have trouble with math; come to St. Elizabeths at 1040 11th Street. If you want to learn how to speak English come to St. Cajetans 820 Lawrence Street. Classes are Monday through Thursday 9:00 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 9:30 p.m. There is no cost for books or tuition. Our classes are small so you will have individual attention. If you have any questions call 255-7759.
Fall Program at Auraria
(Cont. from Pg. 7) the dishes that all of us enjoy so very much.
Alice Conn who has been at the center going on her third year will again teach arts and crafts and Layola Salazar will also teach arts and crafts and take care of the woodshop.
All these structured programs and the regular dropin program we have at the center to take of the boys and girls who just want to come in and play pool, games, jump on the trampoline or just play dodge ball will be available to the community children.
APARTMENT HOUSE CAUSES FRICTION IN COMMUNITY
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students shoot guns and fire crackers off and often can be heard shouting obsenities to older residents in the community.
Another aspect these students bring into the community is they contribute to lowering the moral standards of the young. Several parents have complained that these students have been housing young girls thirteen and fourteen years of age in these apartments. The same parents have voiced displeasure over these same students fighting with young men from the neighborhood.
A meeting with school administrators has not as yet alleviated the situation there. The ultimate responsibility rests with the owners of the apartment and school officials. Hopefully, they will return the building to its former use, for residential families, and not for students who have no investment in the community.
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The West Side Coalition recently learned of the further expansion of the Instant Whip Plant at 12th Avenue and Kalamath. This expansion will mean that three more homes will be destroyed on the West Side.
On December 15, 1970, a meeting of the Board of Zoning Adjustment was held at which Instant Whip was granted its third variance, since 1965, to expand its facilities into the communities only R-2 Zone. This meeting was not attended by community representatives for three reasons: (1) The Daily Journal, in which notices of this nature are placed, in not received nor read by community people, (2) The signs posted on the property for ten days faced 12th Avenue rather than the more populated and heavily used Kalamath Street, (3) and community representatives were under the impression that City Councils Resolution declaring a moritorium on zoning changes that would entail the demolition of dwelling units, was accepted policy. These same representatives feel that the way Instant Whip has abused the provision for adjusting variances allowed is something that would be corrected by the Board of Zoning and Adjustment, because it is their understanding that this type of expansion is not the intention of variance procedures.
The Board granted the
variance to enable Instant Whip to add a warehouse onto their present structure with the stipulation that adequate offstreet parking be provided. Testimony was presented to the effect that the necessary parking would be provided to the rear of three houses owned by Instant Whip which abuts their site on the north. According .to Mr. Kuhn, who reviewed the tape recording of the hearing, no mention was made by the Company that these housing units would be demolished.
To date, the occupants of these three residences have received notices to vacate. When contacted, an Instant Whip official said that the company intended to demolish the homes in order to comply with the Boards order to provide off-street parking.
Understanding that the homes in question are owned by Instant Whip, and that the owner of a property may dispose of his possessions as benefits his needs, the question still remains whether these homes would have been slated for demolition without the granting of a zoning variance and whether in light of the acknowledged scarcity of low and moderate income housing, the Board of Zoning Adjustment would have granted this variance if apprised of the demolitions.
Al & Shirley's Corner Grocery is under new management
MR. AND MRS. HERMAN JUAREZ
Store Hours 7 a.m. 9 p.m. Daily 200 Galapago
ST. JOSEPHS CHURCH
REDEMPTORIST FATHERS W. 6th Ave. & Galapago
SUNDAY MASSES SCHEDULE
Saturday Eve: 6 p.m.
Sunday Morning: 6 a.m.
7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
605 W. 6th Ave. 80204 Phone: 534-4408
STAFFED BY Father P. Sullivan Pastor Father E. Gastaldi Father D. Jacops Father H. Costello Father T. Fransiscus
St. Josephs Grade School Sr. M. Canisius Principal 622 W. 6th Ave.
Phone: 534-4558 St. Joseph's High School 621 Fox St.
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