WEST SIDE RECORDER
Volume 8. Number 7 Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver, Colorado December, 1971
Rezoning Means Upgrading Our Community
Why dont they do what I did? Why dont they get off their duffs and take care of their own homes and feed their own families? If I made it, so can they. Let them stay right where they are and take care of themselves. If youve heard this, then take heart. Thats exactly what the Denver West Side resi-
dents are doing; but now that they are, some of the folks who might have said those things are upset and suddenly changing their tune.
West Siders have really put it all together this time, getting support for their side of the Denver Post, the Mayor, and some city agencies right
through churches and their bishops, action and community centers, down to private citizens like Adolf Gomez of 612 Eiati. Support for what? Support for upgrading the land the West Side lives and walks on about 17 blocks of it.
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Which type of community would you raise your children in?
West Side Action Council Supports
The Westside Action Council, Inc. has on two separate occasions supported the rezoning of a 25 block area. The rezoning from a B-8, B-4, R-4 and R-3 to R-2 was first brought to the attention of the Westside Action Council on July 30,1971, when one of the regular bi-monthly meetings was held at the residence of Flora Gasser, 345 Delaware Street. The minutes of that meeting indicate that there were a sufficient number of members present to constitute a quorum and all actions voted on by Council members were considered official and bona fide transactions. In addition to the Westside Action Council members there were a number of guests present who participated, among them Mr. Waldo Benavidez, Westside Coalition, Mrs. Betty Benavidez, member of the State Legislature, Tom Nichols, Acting Director of Neighborhood Action and Eugene Geno DiManna, City Councilman from District 9.
The question of rezoning was explained and discussed
at length and it was supported unanimously by all Council members. The issue was brought up for discussion at a subsequent meeting which was held at the Westside Action Center, 1312 Santa Fe Drive on November 30, 1971. There were more than a sufficient number of members to constitute a quorum that would make the conducting of an official meeting possible and at this meeting, again, as the minutes will indicate, there was unanimous and complete support for the rezoning to R-2.
The Chairman of the Westside Action Council, Thomas P. Martinez, wants the West Side community to understand that the Westside Action Council is comprised of 36 council seats, 26 of these seats being filled by people from different census tracts who are elected. Two of these are youth representatives who are elected from the entire Target Area E. Rezoning Affects Residents
During the discussions at both of these meetings relative to the rezoning many
questions were raised such as the effect on the evaluation of property, the effects that it would have on people who do not own property but have lived a lifetime in West Denver and the type of housing that would be permitted under the different types of zoning. And, after having taken all of these questions and many more into consideration, the Westside Action Council felt that the poor and the senior citizens who must live on fixed incomes would be affected adversely if City Council fails to rezone to an R-2 zoning. The Council is deeply concerned with the preservation of the West Side as a residential community. The Council recognizes also that there are a large number of poor people who do not own their homes and that there are many absentee landlords whose only concern with West Denver is how they can use their property to advance themselves financially through land speculation.
There are a number of businesses in the Westside community and many we
know serve the community and are needed in the community. Many of these businessmen are concerned about the poor and disadvantaged. But there are others who own land and who own businesses who feel that their interest would be to build large high-rise apartments or multiple units which would be out of the price range of poor people. This would force the poor to move at a time when there is a desperate need for low income housing. As Council members we are fully aware of what housing projects are like to live in. They are not conducive to a Continued on p. 8
ATTENTION! Public Hearing Denver Planning Board on
January 5, 7:30 p.m.
Baker Jr. High Auditorium EVERY West Sider SHOULD Attend
YOU are NEEDED!
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THIS ISSUE OF THE WEST SIDE RECORDER 1
Basic Cost $480 American Lutheran Church $334 1
William Funk United Bank of Denver 100 I
First Avenue Presbyterian Church 10 I
Germaine Aragon Family & Friends 15 I
First Bethany Lutheran Church 1 I
First Mennonite Church 1 I
Inner City Parish 20 I
St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church 10 I
St. John's Lutheran Church 10 I
St. Joseph's Catholic Church 20 I
Wesley United Methodist Church 10 I
West Side Coalition 10 I
Josie Acosta 5 I
Mr. & Mrs. Lujan 15 1
Gifts under $5 Margaret Bargas
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WEST SIDE RECORDER Founded May, 1964
Office: 910 Galapago St Denver, Colo. 80204 Telephone:
Sponsored by WESTSIDE ACTION MINISTRY
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NEW YEARS EVE DANCE
St. Josephs Church at Sixth and Galapago will have a New Years Eve Dance on Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. Music will be by the Vigil Family Band. There will be Mexican food, beer, mixed drinks, party favors and door prizes. Tickets are $15 per couple.
Support Rezoning on West Side Attend Jan. 5 Meeting Baker Jr. High-7:30 p.m.
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Byers Book Shelf
TO THE WEST SIDER.
Again we are confronted with a situation which will demand the efforts of all West Siders. Previously our joint efforts kept the Greyhound station out of the West Side, compelled the trucks to use streets designated for them, and kept Elmwood school in our district through a new building. We are now fighting the battle which makes all of the previous fights meaningful.
To keep our area residential we have to band together and fight people who have outside interests for our neighborhood, regardless of whether they live in the community or out of it. No one wants another Capitol Hill in an area where they want to raise their children. Family type living is the desire of most residents of the West Side and if we allow the speculators to make our decision then these homes will be destroyed and people presently living on the West Side will have to find homes elsewhere. All of us know the problems that the residents of Auraria are having, and there is no need to enlarge this problem.
To voice your concern we ask that all of you be present at the City Planning Hearing at Baker Junior High School, January 5, at 7:30 p.m. It is important that people are present so that the city can see the concern of the West Sider.
TO THE DENVERITE..
The residents -of the West Side ask all citizens in Denver who are interested in maintaining the residential character of their neighborhoods to join us in the fight to rezone our neighborhood to R-2. This would allow us to have the same provisions you want for your neighborhood. We are interested in working for a better Denver and to accomplish this we need to fight the speculator who has very little interest in our neighborhood except money.
Though the major part of this battle is the West Siders, we ask the citizens of Denver to join us in this effort. Call your Councilman and encourage him to vote in favor of the rezoning of the West Side to R-2.
COUNCILMAN DISTRICT PHONE
Lawrence Perry 1 433-7171
James Nolan 2 534-9066
Ivan Rosenberg 3 936-2345
Paul Hentzell 4 534-2536
Kenneth Macintosh 5 222-0735
Don Wyman 6 893-2255
Edward Burke Jr. 7 722-2616
Elvin Caldwell 8 355-2500
Eugene DiManna 9 433-6432
Robert Koch 10 222-9146
William Roberts 11 399-6820
Linden Blue 355-3535
Irving Hook 825-4295
Ayuda Para Families En Problemas De Funerales
This month, our column is about childrens books for year round reading. This is just a sampling of the books for preschoolers through junior high boys and girls. Come visit Byers Library for many more suggestions.
PICTURE BOOKS The Polly Cameron Picture Book Polly Cameron. Illus. by the author.
Three of the authors most humorous tales of a decade ago appear in this new edition: The Dog Who Grew Too Much, The Cat Who Couldnt Purr, and A Child's Book of nonsense, a collection of brief rhyming stories.
The Prince Who Was a Fish Jan Wahl. Illus. by Robin Jacques It took a very wise flounder to cure the unsportsmanlike young prince who was emptying his kingdoms rivers of fish. Fine color drawings.
Brian Wildsmiths Circus
Brian Wildsmith. Illus. by the
Circus animals, activities and performers portrayed in the brilliant colors that characterize the work of this noted British artist.
Clocks and More Clocks Pat Hutchins. Illus. by the author. Highly humorous tale of plump Mr. Higgins frantic efforts to have every clock in his house tell the same time at the same time!
FOR SEVEN TO NINE YEAR OLDS Runaway Ralph
Beverly Cleary. Illus. by Louis Darling
That lovable and popular small brown mouse, a motorcycle daredevil at heart, is back again, this time at summer camp making friends with a lonesome boy. Merry Christmas From Betsy Carolyn Haywood For all Betsy fans, a festive treat a holiday selection of ten Betsy and Star Christmasstories. New drawings are by the author. Mystery of Mordach Castle William MacKellar Against a contemporary setting in the Highlands of Scotland, an eerie midnight search by young Duncan MacDonald and a boy from his clans archenemy, the Campbells, solves a smuggling mystery.
Edward Fenton. Illus. by Edward Gorey
A pennys worth of candy from the Widow Shinn, reputed bewitched, opens a mysterious world of enchantment for Paul and his friends. Pen and ink drawings evoke a nostalgic mood.
FOR TEN AND ELEVEN YEAR OLDS Mikes Toads Wilson Gage
Glen Rounds' pen sketches add humor to a lively tale of young Mike involved for the summer with the unwelcome task of caring for a friends pets.
Henry Reeds Big Show Keith Robertson
In this newest of the lively Henry Reed stories, Henry and Midge make elaborate plans for a summer theater group and end up instead with an unforgettable rodeo show. Illustrations by Robert McCloskey.
Leo the Lioness Constance C. Green Tibb, the younger sister of a dating teenager, feels the disadvantage of her role, and consoles herself with the reassuring future of her zodiac sign, and her observations on family and friends. Clever dialogue and a genuinely likeable cast of characters.
Ed Emberleys Drawing Book of
Young artists will learn simple drawing techniques starting from such basic shapes as round,
square and triangle, and from letters or numbers. Illustrated in color and appealingly humorous in approach. The author is a recent Caldecott winner.
FOR TWELVE TO FOURTEEN YEAR OLDS
Susan and Her Classic Convertible
William E. Butterworth When seventeen-year-old Susan inherits grandpas ancient Cadillac convertible, she enrolls in the high school automotive shop, determined to maintain the car herself.
Flight of the White Wolf Mel Ellis
Filled with the feel and flavor of the wilds in Wisconsin and Canada, this relates the exciting story of Gray, a great white wolf, and his fifteen-year-old master, Russ Glagg, as they try to elude those intent on killing the wolf. Prisoner of Taos Helen Lobdell
Fast moving story of the J7th century Indians revolt against Spanish masters in New Mexico told through the experiences of three young boys.
Catch as Catch Can Josephine Poole
Innocent witnesses to a suspicious train accident, young Piers and Virginia find themselves in serious danger from a gang of smugglers. A fine suspense story generously illustrated with black and white drawings by Kiyo Komoda.
Byers Neighborhood Library Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday open 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, open 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.
Adult Education at Baker
Emily Griffith Opportunity School offers an adult class at Baker Junior High, Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., that is especially geared for the people in the West Side Community.
The classroom, which is a reading laboratory behind the boys gym, is specially equipped with reading machines to help adults begin to improve their reading, no matter what level they are on even if they dont read at all!
The class has three competent and sympathetic teachers, two of whom speak Spanish. The teachers are happy to help people in the community who speak little or no English learn to speak and read at the same time. Students work by themselves at their own rate, with the help of the machines and teachers, so there is no need for anyone to feel ashamed of his reading level. Everyone improves, but your improvement is your own business.
For the more advanced student, the class offers GED preparation, and a few class members are studying for the GED Exam, offered by Opportunity School. Passing the GED Exam leads to a High School Certificate, and this helps many adults who did not have the opportunity to finish high school.
With all these features, attendance this year has been very disappointing. The class has room for at least fifteen more people. We hope that those who can use this service will take advantage of a class right in their own community.
If you know of anyone who would be interested in reading improvement or GED preparation, tell them about the class. If you have any ideas about how to fill up the class, please call 244-8899, ext. 25 between 9 and 11 a.m. and ask for Mrs. Ruben-stein. Help yourself and your fellow West Siders.
El Ministerio de Accio'h (Westside Action Ministry) sabe que algunas familias han sufrido abusos o deciluciones sin razon cuando han tratado de hacer arreglos para obtener servicios funerales para un familiar difunto. El Ministerio de Accion quiere hacar saber publicamente que no aprobamos de esos abusos de consianza en cuestion de dinero o do religion, sobretodo cuando la familia estef entris-tecida por la perdida de un familiar.
Todas las iglesias miembras del Ministerio de Accion de toda voluntad ofrecen cualquier ayuda a las familias que han sufrido la muerte de un familiar. Las iglesias del Ministerio de Accidn se sienten obligadas a ofrecer servicios de cualquier
It has come to the knowledge of the Westside Action Ministry that some families are being unnecessarily disturbed in making funeral arrangements for deceased loved ones. The Action Ministry wishes to firmly and publicly condemn anyone who would take advantage of grieving people either financially or religiously.
All member churches of the Action Ministry are willing to lend any assistance available to families who have just lost a loved one through death. Action
indole a los residentes del lado oeste (West Side) que desean dichos servicios. Nadie debe tratar de convencerlos de que los servicios religiosos son impos-ibles de obtenerce si es que los desean.
El hacer arreglos funerarios es dificil sobre todo para la familia afectada por la muerte de un familiar. Si algun residente del lado oeste desea ayuda es este asunto, por favor llame al Ministerio de Accion o WEST SIDE RECORDER al telefono 244-2636 o 266-1445 despues de las cinco y en los sabados y domingos. Un ministro o un sacerdote del Minis^ terio de Accion se comunicara con usted lo mas pronto posible despues de que usted hizo la llamada.
Ministry Churches feel it their obligation to offer church services for any deceased resident of the West Side who so desires. No one should be convinced that a church burial is impossible if they want it.
Sometimes making funeral arrangements is difficult for a grieving family. If any resident of the West Side would want assistance in this matter, they are urged to call the WEST SIDE RECORDER at 244-2636, or 266-1445 after 5 and on weekends. A clergy member of the Westside Action Ministry will contact them.
Help For Families Having Problems Making Funeral Arrangements
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Support For Rezoning Coming From Many Sources
State Representative Betty Benavidez Takes Stand on Zoning Issue
WSIA Supports Rezoning
I have lived on the West Side for 40 years. My first home was 16, 18, and 22 S. Galapago St. Yes, look at them now, a junkyard. My next home, 751 Galapago; where is it now? Torn down with a small business in its place. This is what is happening to the West Side. There are many more homes that I have seen disappear, just because of the absentee landlord. Theyre there with their hand out when the rent comes due, but what do they do to preserve the home?
I know a young man who bought two beautiful well built houses in my neighborhood; paid $8,000 for one and $5,000 for the other. I know a real estate agent bought another beautiful old house in the same neighborhood for $3,000. Where else in Denver can you buy a home like this, for that kind of price? What has either one done to preserve these homes? The tenants ask for a little paint or wallpaper and a few repairs. The reply is, they can't afford it. This is why the West Side is deteriorating. I know elderly folks who have lived on the West Side longer than I have; theyre property owners, too. They cant afford it either; but, they manage.
You can bet your life, by walking through the West Side, by just looking at houses, you can see who owns their home (property owner) and which are absentee owners. These resident owners bought their homes here not thinking at the time how valuable their property might be 40 to 60 years later. They bought their homes for security, a place to raise their children, a place to stay for the rest of their lives. If they didnt want this security they could have moved out years ago. My home, my block where I live, is in jeopardy, too. But, Im going to fight for it, if God willing, simply because we cant afford any other outside of the West Side. Most of the opposition to the rezoning are people who dont live on the West Side. Those who do, are still buying up property. They are thinking of the money, and themselves. Theyre thinking of the evaluation of property. By keeping this area that is to be rezoned as it is, high rises, business offices, apartment houses, and parking lots can come in. Speculating private enterprises come in and paint a pretty picture, by offering you what you think is a good price for your property.
Where are you going to go? Where else can you pay the taxes that you do on the West Side? Where can you be so close to downtown and transportation as you are here on the West Side? Where are you elderly folks going to go? An apartment house? A senior citizens home? Move out of the West Side? Could you afford it? On your pension? I cant! And Im not retired yet! I say, fight for what you have, for what you sacrificed for all your years. Let those that have the money and oppose this rezoning, move elsewhere, not you or I. They can afford it, we cant. Protect your property, : your home, by supporting the rezoning on the West Side! Oh, yes, how about the walk up apartments on the east side of Broadway? Could you afford living in one of those? I cant.
If this area is rezoned to residences, the absentee landlords will have to fix up their rental property according to the Housing Code. There are a lot of beautiful old brick homes on the West Side. Theyre strong and well built. Theyll be standing when these recently built new homes in the suburbs are settled and gone. Drive out in the suburbs and see for yourself. I dont want to live outside of the West Side. Do you?
Im getting too old to go into debt, to replace the home Im living in. And I cannot afford the high rents that are now being asked. Can you? You werent thinking how valuable your property or home was when you bought it. Why think of it now? PROTECT YOUR HOME! Support the rezoning! Twenty-nine years ago, I paid $3,700 for my home and Ill match it to any resident in Denver. No, it's no mansion; it's a home. But where in Denver or the suburbs could you buy a home for this price. NONE!
As a life time resident of West Denver, and this areas representative in the state legislature, I have witnessed the steady deterioration of this neighborhood as a residential community. I have seen businnesses and light industry buy up and destroy what little low income housing we now have. Parking lots are being layed where homes once stood. This last year alone 100 homes have been destroyed in the name of progress.
Progress, but at whose expense? The poor are
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Dont panic. Its not a wild demand, beyond the means of the citizens of the City of Denver to provide. It wont even make much change in the current situation on the West Side. And those 17 blocks are actually not much larger than your thumbnail when you hold it against the colorful Denver 1985 map put out by the Denver Planning Office last January. But that thumbnail space is darn important if you happen to live there in a singlefamily home or a duplex (as 83% of the residents do). The city plans to have you replaced by apartments in 1985. Thats less than 15 years. You may have planned to live longer than that, and, if youre one of the -62% who own your own land there and live on it, you may even have planned to live right there in that very spot. Tough luck. The city didnt zone it that way.
RESIDENT GIVES EXAMPLE
Manuel Martinez knows. A stranger knocked at his door at 732 Elati St. and offered Mr. Martinez $11,000 for his home. Martinez says, Im living there and Im living comfortable. The guy didnt tell me Id have to move to another area. He didnt mention the higher rent, or if I bought a home, the higher taxes and improvements. My average earnings just wouldnt allow me to move! Id have to work three jobs, put my wife to work and take my kids out of school and put them to work. Let me tell you why.
First, what would a house like mine cost? Mine has four bedrooms, a dining room, den, kitchen. Outside of the West Side, thats going to run me at least $20,000 to 22,000. Even before I signed the papers Id have to pay $250 monthly rent!
But thats not all. Listen to Martinez do some quick figuring: O.K., so the guy gives me $11,000 and I move out. First, it costs me $3,000 to pay off the house on Elati. Then in my new house I got to get rugs, draperies, maybe
usually the ones who must sacrifice and move from their communities so that the whimsical desires of moneyed interests can be realized.
I am proud to see the residents of my district standing up and fighting to insure that our community will not be destroyed as similar communities back East have. I endorse whole heartedly the rezoning proposal before city council. I see this as one of the steps necessary in revitalizing this community. This, coupled with the pro-
Can there be a community without schools? Can there be schools without a community? I believe that the answer to both questions is NO! The West Side is no different from any other community anywhere it needs schools. And the schools are no different from anywhere they need a community.
During the school integration election (thats what it boiled down to), the majority of the votes in the City and County of Denver elected to the school board members who advocated neighborhood schools. The legal case is still pending. But in the meantime, the West Side community has involved itself in working with the schools in the area to improve them to the best possible degree. One of the ways to assure school improvement is to assure the school administration and school board that this area will remain a community. Therefore, plans were begun to rezone the neighborhood to be free from fears of future parking lots,
some furniture. Thats maybe two thousand for that, not counting stuff like landscaping. Then I think I better tuck away about a thousand in a bank for an emergency. So, now Im down to $5,000, and I put it on the down payment for the new house. Do you realize that for every thousand bucks you put down on a house your monthly payments are only lowered by about seven bucks? So, here Id be, with a new house, and payments to match it plus lights, gas, telephone, higher car insurance because I travel so far to work, and the good chance that the neighborhood public works code of my fancy suburb will require me to help finance more sewers or curbs or street lights or whatever. And I havent even started to feed and clothe my family yet!
Martinez understands what it would cost him to move out
posed Olympic Press Village, would make this neighborhood one of the showcases in the city, and demonstrate to the local, state and federal officials what can be done when residents join hands and work together.
I am encouraged that such a large cross section of the city is behind the proposal, for if the West Side community is successful in this effort, other neighborhood groups will surely attempt to save their communities through zoning.
future business buildings, high rise (and price) apartments, from a no mans land from homes being torn down to give way to cars. R-2 zone means freedom from those fears and the assurance of a stable community.
What is of tremendous importance to the West Side community is to know that the schools that teach their children and youngsters are backing them all the way in their efforts and struggles to make this area a true community. Teachers and administrators of our schools have endorsed the rezoning procedures.
This endorsement means to us two things: 1) the positive assurance that this area will remain a family community; and 2) the continuous growth and improvement of the schools that are teaching the residents youngsters. Which are those schools where these teachers and administrators work? West High, Baker, Fairmont, Greenlee, Fair-view, and Elmwood.
of the West Side, and he supports the rezoning idea 100%. He can see in cold hard cash what it means when people say, No one owning one or two lots of land on the West Side will ever get rich by selling his land. ORIGINAL ZONING IN ERROR
Take heart though. The planning Office staff acknowledges, The original zoning was in error. The development pattern in the area has not occurred as was anticipated by the zoning, as the majority of the neighborhood remains single family and medium density in character. That means that the West Siders didnt vaporize like the original planners thought they would. Indeed, it appears that the West Siders are not only very much there, but very much determined to take the old American initiative and responsibility to make sure
they stay there.
To put it simply, the residents have made application to change their 17 blocks from apartment land to lots only for one and two family homes. As the Planning Office staff pointed out, This
request is being made by residents who actually live in the neighborhood; therefore, they are exercising their responsibility and rights as citizens to maintain the neighborhood environment which is acceptable to the majority of the people residing therein. That means they like it and they
want to keep it; and they are required, under our democratic process of personal responsibility, to fight for it. Whats the attraction? Citizens of the area cite different things: the ease in getting downtown, the new community-owned market, the nearness of relatives. To quote a young married man, Ive lived here all my life; Im comfortable here. I know the people. Everything is closeby and familiar. But most of all, the attraction seems to be the mutual help,
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Rezoning Endorsement by Schools on West Side
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Grand Opening of WSEEC Supermarket Successful
Rezoning Continued from p. 3
More than 500 residents of the West Side participated in the Grand Opening festivities, held December 3-4, 1971, announcing community ownership of the former National Brands Food Store, Inc., 727 Santa Fe Drive. (A contest to name the store is being planned by the West Side Action Council, who is a co-owner of this business venture with the Denver Community Development Corporation (DCDC).
The dedication ceremonies took place at Joes Buffet, two doors from the store, on Saturday, December 4. The banquet room was packed as the invocation was given by Bishop George Evans who blessed the peoples first business venture. Master of Ceremonies, Andres Neidig from radio station KFSC, introduced the following speakers: Judge Don
Pacheco: Ed Lucero,
Director, Colorado Economic Development Association (CEDA); Gil Martinez, Director, West Side Action Center: Tom Martinez, Chairman, West Side Action Council: Louis P. Ramirez, Executive Director, Denver Community Development Corporation (DCDC); and Captain Chris Herrera of Police-Community Relations. Los Charritos band and the Fantasia Mexicana dancing group provided the entertainment together with several song and dance numbers by students from Baker Junior High School. The students were: Valerie Conict, Celes-tine Harris, Donna Walker, Barbara Suazo, Denise Martinez, Joyce Westbrook, and William Harris.
Inside the supermarket, con-
tinuous festivities went on during the two-day celebration. Shoppers were treated to free hot dogs, ice cream, cup cakes, and egg-nog donated by Denver businesses. Approximately 50 prizes were given to customers carrying the lucky numbers attached to their shopping buggies. The grand prize was a $50 U.S. Savings Bond won by Joe Bargas of 715 Elati Street, through a registration drawing. These prizes were likewise contributed by Denver merchants.
Meat Department. The stores meat department has been tremendously improved. Under its former owner, the store sold grade Good: now the store carries USDA grade Choice which is the highest grade of meat sold in the major supermarkets. In addition, the prices of this improved quality meat are competitive with major food stores as well as West Side area competitors. WSEEC meat prices are in most cases lower than those at Del Farm, Safeway, and King Soopers. This is possible because the WSEEC is passing some of the meat profits on to the customers. A comparative price list (prepared in December 1971) of 61 cuts of meat shows the West Side Economic Enterprise Corporation (WSEEC) supermarket is selling well below the above three chain stores on most items. A partial list of some popular meat cuts indicates the following pricing competition:
Want to Do Vour Thing?
Get involved Community Study Hall needs you. We believe, once involved, you'll say you need it.
Community Study Hall Association is entirely a volunteer organization, having the blessing and backing of the Denver School System. Currently we have 30 evening study halls throughout the Denver metropolitan and suburban areas aiding approximately 1500 children in the fourth through the sixth grades. Assistance is generally on a one-to-one basis, that is, one child and one adult. Many more children are in need of assistance.
There is no cost to becoming a volunteer tutor no training or special background is necessary. Only one requirement is necessarythat you CARE^, and because you care, you are willing to invest an hour and a half each week.
Volunteers are from all walks of life. Many high school students are involved as is so often the case, they see a need and respond. Retired people find the work stimulating and rewarding ggj-- what better way to share their extra time and vast experience. College and young working people, as well as young parents,
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North Lincoln Pork Head Start
From September to December 22nd, the parents of our Headstart center have had a great success with their coffee hour once a week at different parents homes. We also had visitors at the coffee hour.
The parent volunteers have been a great help to the teachers on field trips, as classroom help, and in helping planning with all our activities. The staff of our center thanks everyone for their help.
Wed also like to thank Whites Department Store of Aurora, Montgomery Wards of Lakeside Shopping Center, and the West Side Action Center for their donations and time they spent helping the Headstart center.
We held our Christmas Party at the West Side Youth Center on Dec. 17,1971.
Miss Valerie Conict and Celestine Harris danced for us. It was enjoyed very much by the children. One of the other mothers, Mrs. Guadalupe Aquilera, made two beautiful pinatas which were filled with nuts and candy.
Our Santa Claus was Mr. Koransky, the afternoon teachers husband. Gifts were donated by the West Side Action Center. A good time was had by all.
We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Auto and Truck Repair & Parts, Inc.
Quality Repairs at Reasonable Prices
136 ELATI STREET 722-2895
trust and caring of the members of the community for each other.
SENSE OF COMMUNITY STRONG
Perhaps it is the closeness which has brought so many groups and individuals together to fight legally and as effectively as possible for a change. If theres been an error, then it should be righted. And the people involved have used every resource available to them to make it right, just as any American would do. All the city guidelines have been followed; and even two city agencies have been actively involved in supporting the zoning change, city agencies established with the taxes of the people of Denver to serve the people of Denver intelligently and competently. The Neighborhood Planning Program of the Denver Planning Office even says, bluntly, After the development of plans, the neighborhood planning team must vigorously press for implementation of its plans and programs. How well the neighborhood is organized to press for their objectives will determine their success to a large degree.
Why is all that work necessary? Because frankly, as has been stated in this paper in the past, Until quite recently, zoning was exclusively controlled by business men and land speculators, not through evil intentions, but because they were the only ones who became familiar with the complex laws. The point is, the West Siders are working to not only become familiar with the complex laws, but to correct an error, an error which can put them out of their homes forever.
MORE IMPROVEMENTS AVAILABLE
Rezonirig will not only tend to save homes, but to repair and improve homes. Banks dont care to lend money for improvements on homes which dont fit the area as it is zoned. In other words, why
lend money to fix up a house which is supposed to be eventually torn down and replaced with a high-rise? And how many people with a moderate income can afford home improvements out-of-pocket? But if the land is rezoned to fit the house thats on it, then the bank and other agencies encourage you to drop in, rent a little money, and upgrade your property. In addition, its important to realize that the city is not hot to put in public improvements when things may change drastically in 10 years. On top of that, well over one-third of the land being considered for rezoning is in the hands of people who dont live there. Some of them are speculators, renting out rundown homes until the right buyer comes along and buys up a dozen pieces of property for a high-rise. People who support the rezoning think that speculators will indeed find it discouraging to speculate in
the West Side if it is all zoned down to one and two-family residences. As a result, of course, more residents may be able to buy their own property, a source of pride and security for any community. Local ownership will eliminate vacant and boarded up buildings, and provide community pressure and support for making a more beautiful and well-maintained community.
But thats not all. The Planning Office staff noted in its report that down-zoning the area (down-zoning means upgrading) should help firmly locate the school age population in the neighborhood. Families will not be moving in and out, and the funds spent on the four schools of the area West High, Baker Junior High, Elmwood Elementary, and Fairmont Elementary will be effectively used. This undoubtedly means a better crack at equal and quality education for the children of the West Side, nothing to be sneezed at in light of the current national report on poor educational job being done for Chicano children in Denver.
LOW INCOME HOUSING A MUST
Finally, let us point out what the Planning Office Staff noted and many residents feel strongly about: that is, the severe shortage of low income housing in Denver. (Remember Tent City!) Single families can at least be, stablized markedly by approval of this rezoning. That means that West Siders will know they can have a home at the price they can afford. Theres a bunch of security in that, and secure people make a healthier community. As residents point out, high-rises will cater to the doctors, nurses, teachers, and other professional workers, plus students, who work in the facilities located around the West Side: Denver General Hospital, Denver Welfare Department, Auraria Educational Complex and downtown businesses.
One resident remarked that a high-rise creates a community of its own, only the rent is from $100-200 for an apartment. Thats too expensive for me, and chances are theyll rent that apartment to three or four students who can chip in together and afford it. Of course, its likely that the rent will be considerably higher than he estimates.
What it all boils down to is that everyone who knows the situation the error by the City Planners knows that the zoning should be changed. Denvers Traffic Engineeer, City Engineer, Waste Water Control people, and Land Office folks have no opposition to the proposed R-2 zoning. All the people and groups we mentioned before support it, and on September 16, 1971, with two people absent and not voting, the Denver Planning Board officially voted 7 to 0 to approve this zoning request.
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Page 5 WEST SIDE RECORDER December, 1971
Education and housing these are the two most important things right now for the West Side.
These are the words of Adolph Gomez, Jr., longtime West Side resident who is actively engaged in the fight to achieve both.
Adolph works with established groups to improve both conditions. He is vice-president of the Baker Junior High School advisory council, the education committee of St. Josephs school, the Elmwood School building and advisory committee, and he is chairman of the Community Renewal Program and treasurer of Auraria Community Center.
Concerning education, Adolph says he is convinced that this is the way up for his people. But the kids on the West Side are just not getting the education they should, and they are not getting encouragement and incentive from the teachers. The kids are not prepared for college. The exception Adolph feels is Elmwood Elementary School. Thats a beautiful
school with a beautiful staff. If any school in a minority area meets the needs of the individual child, Adolph feels Elmwood is the prime example. He has worked closely with the staff on the design for the new school which the community and faculty cooperatively submitted to the school board for approval.
A new program being established at Baker with counselors specially trained to work with the students in this area, Adolph feels is an encouraging step. The program is in conjunction with the University of Colorado and the University of New Mexico. The Baker advisory council of which he is a member is also involved with the elementary schools in the area.
Adolphs children attend Elmwood, Baker, Graland Country Day School and St. Josephs High School. His wife, Eleanor, is in her second year at Metropolitan State College.
An issue on which Adolph spends much of his time is the zoning change request for the West Side.
The zoning change is most important for the elderly residents of the area who do not want to be moved and the people who are not financially able to move to other areas of the city, he stated.
Help For Home Rehabilitation Coming from DCDC and WSAC
The Denver Community Development Corporation (DCDC), 4142 Tejon Street and the West Side Action Council (WSAC), 1312 Santa Fe Drive, jointly announced their financial contribution of $4,000 each toward assisting West Side residents in rehabilitating their homes. In doing so, they have joined with other community organizations, churches, businesses, and foundations to enable the non-profit Brothers Development Corporation to operate its West Side self-help program. While the underlying mainstay of this program is volunteer labor, financial assistance is needed for administrative expenses and to hire one full-time, paid employee to direct the project. Mr. Don Scherling of the Mennonite Church will be a volunteer coordinator responsible for securing labor volunteers from
churches, service clubs, and community organizations and agencies (including West High School) to do the required housing repairs.
Residents will be organized on a block-by-block basis for participation in this self-help program. Up until now, financing for house repairs in the West Side was almost nonexistent, thus providing no relief for those residents of the area whose homes have been deteriorating and are in need of repairs to meet the standards of the housing code.
This program represents a new approach toward solving problems disadvantaged citizens face improving and keeping up the physical environment of the;v* communities.
DCDC and the West Side Action Council are enthusiastic about this project, which is part of their own goals for economic development in poverty areas.
As chairman of the Community Renewal Program, Adolph has been personally involved with assessing the feelings of the community concerning the zoning change and estimates that at least 70 per cent of residents favor R-2 zoning.
He has met with the council-men in whose hands the final decision rests, and finds many are more responsive to the pressures of the speculators than to the wishes of the people.
With others who are also working for the zoning change, he has had to combat many tactics of the opposition. These include intimidating elderly homeowners into signing petitions in opposition to the change and procedures considered illegal resulting in the city council sending the petition back to committee. Also the oppositions use of petitions, use of Mejicano names or those of persons who do not reside in the area. Also the extreme pressures being applied by non-resident property expensive lawyers to achieve their own personal gain without consideration of the needs and wishes of others.
Adolph points out that there are many points in favor of the down-zoning including the extreme shortage of low-income housing now and projected for the future; the construction of the Olympic Press Village in the area which will contribute housing to the West Side for future use, and the Model Cities proposal which includes plans for building homes on vacant lots on the West Side.
If the zoning is changed it will be easier for residents and landlords to borrow money to improve their property. The Gomez family bought the most dilapidated house on Elati in 1956, according to Adolph, and remodeled it themselves. They now have a beautiful wood-panelled home.
Adolph feels that if the West Side can have just five years to see what can be done by the people to rehabilitate the area the effort will be justified. The next public hearing on the issue will be Jan. 5 at Baker Junior High School with the zoning board. It is then he hopes the people will come and express their wishes.
A self-employed auto mechanic, Adolph Gomez grew up on the West Side. His father still lives across the street from him. He attended St. Elizabeth and West High Schools. He and his wife have made a lovely home for their children Jerome, Bruce, Mitchell and Karen. They could move to any part of the
Adolph Gomez, a West Sider who cares.
city or suburbs, but there are others on the West Side who would not find it so easy and these are the people Adolph is working for.
As he stated when explaining that everyone in his family was in school but he, Im so absorbed with the community I dont have time for myself. With dedicated persons like Adolph Gomez working for it, perhaps the West Side will be saved for the residents.
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come to offer their assistance this is a good way to work toward improving the future and associating with others of similar interest. Middle age and older adults, once involved, find they plan their busy schedule around Study Hall, giving it priority, because here is something real in this sophisticated world. We have a spot and a job for all ages.
The children referred to the program are of average ability just needing that little extra boost to motivate them to higher goals. Their self-expectation does little to help advance their school work, yet they have ability and are eager to learn. Possibly, without help, the discouragement of school work will overwhelm them and they'll take the easy road and become a dropout. Will you help?
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Produce Department. This section of the store also has a new look. Special attention is now given to insure that fresh fruits and vegetables are stocked constantly throughout each day. The store only sells the highest quality produce
Financing of Store
The WSEEC supermarket was mainly financed by a $105,000 SBA loan from the Union National Bank in Denver. Repayment of this guaranteed loan will be made out of profits from the store. The supermarket, therefore, must be run on a profitable basis. At the same time, the store will fulfill its functions of training and service to the community. This combination of roles requires the complete support of all involved, especially from the residents of the community.
The WSEEC supermarket will need a period of approximately three months to standardize its operation. During this time, it will be able to review the stores pricing policy in order to determine where price changes can be made.
It is anticipated that after loan payments are made, most of the remaining profits realized at the end of the first year will be used for capital improvements to the store and services to its customers. Remember, all profits stay within the community. Support your community-owned supermarket!
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Auraria Community Center News
Alfredo Archer Requests Parole
Hi Neighbors: Here we are in the holiday season, busy with presents and the many things that Christmas has to offer us. At this time of year it seems that everyone is in a hurry shopping and getting it together for their families and friends, and the kids waiting for Santa Claus on that magical eve.
I am wondering this year if Santa is going to need a gas mask to get through all of the pollution that exists in our community, or even if he will have to put a radar device on Rudolphs nose to make it through the poison that we have to breathe.
In case you havent thought about it, please do. Do you know that our community is surrounded by industrial complexes that send out their poison into our systems, make it difficult to keep the area clean, make it difficult to breathe, make us do the laundry sooner than needed because of all of the soot and filth that the air contains. Because of their neglect for the environment that is all that we have left. We might live to be 20 years younger than we should. It is bad enough we abuse our bodies with tobacco and other things that might be harmful to us, that too is a part of pollution, but not as dangerous as some of the elements around us today.
Denver is No. 2 in the country on the pollution scales. It seems that with the mountains and aspen spaces we have available that would not happen, however, it is a fact, and a fact that we must take an interest in because it is with us everyday. We have to live with it and perhaps in time die with it.
Look around you, see the smokestacks. see the cluttered streets, see the factory owner making money at our physical expense,
see the black sky, feel the air, it used to be clean, it still can. But the establishment is so money oriented that it lets these things happen. And in many cases turns its back on one of the things that might be instrumental in saving not only our community, but the earth as it slowly is engulfed in a sea of poison created by man for his benefit.
Well anyway kids, Santa will be here, but his suit might be a little gray. And Rudolph is certainly going to have a time of it trying to navigate Santa through the smog.
If you are interested, please drop a line to some of these community business people telling them your views on the situation and what are our interests as far as community people that have to live here. Remember unlike them, we dont own the factories, we cant escape the filth they create. Think about it.
January session at Auraria will be quite interesting if anything. Along with our Drop In Program, we are having a creative casting class. (Creative Casting is Jewelry making). We are having weekly movies every Wednesday at different locations in the community so that everyone may benefit from them. Movies will be shown at La Casa del Barrio every Wed. from 4 p.m.lo 6 p.m. The woodshop will have a session in the evenings. Field trips, Gymnastics, Judo, Sewing, Cooking, Skating and many other activities, and oh yes, Photography. Please come in and take a look at what we are doing at the center. I am sure that we might have something to offer you in some way, we are here, at your service.
P.S. Please be on the lookout for our January Brochures coming out soon.
Alfredo Archer, Reg. #36728, is 27 years old and has been an active member of the LADS, Latin American Development Society, since March, 1969, a little over 2*/e years.
Alfredo was first sentenced by Judge Flannigan to the Colorado State Penetentiary in April 1965, when he was 21 years old. He was sentenced to two to ten years for burglary and three to ten years for burglary to run consecutively. He had been persuaded by his attorney, Don Losow, to plead guilty. After sentencing, his sentence was five to twenty years and the ironical thing was that he pled guilty to a crime that he didnt do and received a three to ten. He was 18, 19, and 20 years old.
Alfredo did approximately three years in the Colorado State Prison during which time he acquired a GED and a certificate of Proficiency in Small Appliances and Electric Theory at the Medium Security Unit. (February or March 1967 to October or November 1967, Alfredo met the Parole Board and was released in January 1968.)
During the eight months that he was on parole, he was placed on a job by LARASA working as a janitor for Mastercraft earning $70 dollars a week. He also worked at the Playboy Club at the same time as a dishwasher, until a couple months later when hq was employed by the City and County Division of Parks as a laborer. He had that job about a month and quit to find something better. He started working for Ray Eck, a cement contractor, but this job was part-time. He finally found a job through one of the OEO programs working with Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. as a warehouseman, earning $2.74 per hour, a job which he worked for three or four months. (Verification can be checked with Mr. Robertson, parole officer.)
Parole was violated. During the eight months he held various jobs and at the time of his arrest, Sept. 27. 1968, he had been on the streets eight months. A parole hold was placed against him and he remained in the County Jail until November when he was returned to the Colorado State Prison as a parole violator, and had his parole revoked and was placed on his twenty year maximum sentence.
When he was returned to the County Jail, he was persuaded by his attorney to plead guilty to a new charge. He pleaded guilty to receiving as ammended and in March when he was brought back to court the record clearly showed that he had been violated in the instant case and was ineligible for release until 1978, and although the judge, Gerald McAulliffe knew the circumstances, he sentenced Alfredo to six to ten years consecutively, for the additional charge which totalled 26 to 30 years, one of the largest sentences to be received for burglary in the State.
Alfredo has attended college classes and managed to complete six courses: Western Civilization (B) SCSC, Crimnology (B) SCSC, Mass Communications 463 and 102 (Bs); Mental Health Psych 460 (A), Adams State College; Math Analysis Math 115 (A); three or four classes of Mass Communications for which he didn't receive credit, but acquired the knowledge. These include news writing, publicity, TV commercial writing taught by Mr. Jaehnig, professor of Mass Communications, from SCSC. His school record shows that he has 15.9 on the California Achievement Test and a high IQ. After his return to the institution from the court for sentencing, he
participated in a project sponsored by the Mass Communications class. A series of TV commercials were made with live cameras video-tape as part of the grade.
He has participated in a conference sponsored by the Colorado Corrections Probations and Parole Association in the Colorado State Prison. Many of the personnel of the Probation, Parole Dept, and Institutions were here discussing the problems confronting society, crime and recidivism. He also participated in a seminar with students from SCSCs Mass Communications class under the guidance of Prof. Jaehnig; a seminar on higher education with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education which was sponsored by the BCDS, Black Cultural Development Society; and a seminar on crime with students from Bethel College in Kansas and Project Freedom, a youth orientated program sponsored by the Neighborhood Youth Corps and the First Mennonite Church of west Denver. He has also been involved in several other seminars with students, lawyers, political people, and youth on the subjects of drugs, education, juvenile delinquency, and the legal system.
He is a graduate of Dale Carnegie Course Class 18 and has a certificate for effective speaking and human relations which he received December 20, 1970. He was instrumental in helping draw up the proposals for CAYP, Committee to Assist Young People, which works with youth from Denver, Trinidad, Pueblo, and Center, Colorado; also proposed AYUDA, Assist Youth Understand Drug Abuse. He became the Vice-President of LADS in 1966 and was VP until July of 1970 when he became President. Under these offices, he has had to accept responsibility for directing the organization and has directed all his time to the goals and projects of LADS. During this time, he has reevaluated his behavior which caused him to return and is presently rectifying the attitudes which got him here. He has spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out ways to help his people, the Chicano, and specifically the Chicano Pinto, Prisoner.
He has also been the plaintiff in a suit against the warden, which was turned down and is being appealed because of his belief in the right to express ones self, a suit concerning the length of ones hair, sideburns, and mustaches, and the fact that the Treaty of Guadalupe de Hidalgo guaranteed the Chicano certain rights. He has also been the advocate of the Federal Courts as a medium for correcting the existing civil and constitutional violations which are prevalent in the institution.
At one time, his good time was taken from him by the warden on the guise that he received three major reports which would total 12 years on the 20 and three years on the additional 6 to 10 or the equivalent of a life sentence, 15 flat years. It was returned a couple of months later after the administration found that they had made a mistake.
Because of his political stand concerning prison practices, the convict, and the Chicano, he has been subject to intense harrass-ment by the Prison Administration and officers and every opportunity found which called for a report has been used to subject him to solitary confinement and loss of days and privileges.
He helped plan the Concilio de
Unidad and draw up the set of organizational guidelines for regional concilios which would function under a State Concilio Organization, directed by the Regional Directors and their assistants, and Secretary. Within the State Concilio and Regional Concilios would be standing committees on education, camp-esino, youth, women, finances, mass communications. A central information center would be selected to compile information, file it, stencil it, and distribute it to the State Concilio members and Regional Headquarters.
Alfredo has been in Lookout Mountain School for Boys in 1959 and has spent considerable amount of time in the Denver County Jail on misdemeanor charges before he was sentenced to the Colorado State Prison. He has served six years on his first prison sentence #36728, a twenty year parole violation and has until July of 1975 to discharge. He will then begin his consecutive 6 to 10 year sentence making him eligible for parole in August of 1978.
He is also a committee member of AYUDA headed by Tony Aragon, CAYP, headed by Treno Sisneros and of HIRE, Helping Inmates Receive Employment, headed by Edgar Story.
During the time period between September and October there have been three suicides at Canon City. All Chicanos! Some of the inmates are not certain if these inmates were actually suicide cases or if the prison guards had a hand in these deaths. Alfredo Archer has made it known that he is fearful for his life and wants people to know he is not suicide prone in case something happens to him.
Procedures which can be utilized if you wish to help:
Contact Judge James C. Flannigan and have him run sentences, #52952 and case #52814 concurrent with case #59858 imposed by Judge Gerald McAulliffee.
Contact Judge McAulliffe and have him run sentence concurrent with parole violation #36728. Contact Governor Love and request that Alfredo Archer, Reg. #36728, be allowed to meet the commutation board with copies to Warden Wayne K. Patterson, Ed Grout, Parole Dept. State Services Bldg., 1525 Sherman St., Denver, Colo.
IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION MEETS JANUARY 11
The West Side Improvement Association has elected temporary officers and district directors. Temporary officers are President, Wilma Dabrowski; Vice-President, Waldo Benavidez; and Secretary-Treasurer, Benita Clarke. District directors are needed for districts 7, 10 and 11.
Next meeting of the WSIA will be Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. at Auraria Community Center. All residents are invited to attend.
The officers would like to urge all residents who are concerned about their neighborhood to attend and to participate. Your help is needed to improve our neighborhood. Membership in the Association is $1 per year per family. Anyone who has concerns or suggestions to make, please call Mrs. Dabrowski at 244-9096.
Support Rezoning on West Side Attend
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Wishing You God's Blessing In The New Year
ST. JOSEPHS CHURCH
REDEMPTORIST FATHERS W. 6th Ave. & Galapago
SUNDAY MASSES SCHEDULE
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Sunday Morning: 6 a.m.
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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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Residents View Press Village Plans
News from Tenant Rights Center
Approximately 300 residents and agency people attended a public showing at La Casa del Barrio, 935 W. 11th Ave., Dec. 1, of some 15 architectural designs, for the proposed Olympic Press Village.
The Westside Coalition along with Denver Community Development Corporation and Colorado Economic Development Association are working in a joint effort to secure the Press Village, which will house the press from all over the world for the 76 Olympics.
A site has been chosen by the groups and covers approximately 13 blocks, bound by Speer Blvd. 11th Ave. to Santa Fe, and from Santa Fe to Colfax. The site chosen is only a proposed site and nothing is finalized to date. The Westside Coalition, D.C.D.C. andC.E.D.A. intend to plan and construct the Press Village in a sensitive manner that would allow the housing to be converted to community use after the Olympics are over.
The Press Village would provide 1500 units of desperately needed housing for low and moderate income people. It would also aid in the economic development of the neighborhood by encouraging minority businesses and minority contractors to build and maintain the units.
The Press Village fits into the comprehensive plan for the Westside being drawn up by D.R.P., and would contribute immeasurably to the eventual total redevelopment of the area. The Coalition has solicited the help of architects from Colorado University Denver Centers Masters Program in Urban Design to do the preliminary work.
Mr. Phillip Gallegos, a graduate student, has been hired by the Coalition to do more intensive work in the
Residents are shown viewing one of fifteen preliminary designs for the Olympic Press Village which is scheduled tentatively for construction on the West Side.
Among the people who attended the luncheon at La Casa del Barrio was Jose Angel Guiterrez sitting in the last row talking with a small group. An estimated crowd of 300 attended the luncheon. Mr. Guiterrez is the founder of La Raza party and is on the school board of Crystal City, Texas.
area of architecture. The Coalition has also conducted a door to door survey with the residents in the proposed site to determine what problems can be anticipated in the area of land acquisition and relocation. Meetings with the Mayors office have proven fruitful and the Mayor has endorsed the concept and the site.
On Thursday December 15th, the Denver Olympic Committee Board of Directors voted in favor of the site and the philosophy behind the facility. Father Torres, a member of that board, said that the group was receptive to the idea of bringing in an architect from Mexico to plan and construct the Village in Spanish architecture.
The village is seen as a com-
Student Council members at Fairmont School with a few of the many toys they collected for donation to the Santa Claus Shop.
Support Rezoning on West Side Attend Jan. 5 Meeting Baker Jr. High 7:30 p.m.
bination of a high rise for elderly of 300 units, motel with 300 units and small shops surrounding it which would provide both an economic base for the community, and allow low income people an opportunity to own a share of the facility; and finally 300 units of dispersed low and moderate income houses.
Large businesses and individuals with financial backing stand to gain much in material wealth from the Olympics. It is hoped that the Olympic Press Village will allow low income people a chance to reap some of these same benefits, while at the same time fill a void in low and moderate income housing that is fast becoming this citys number one priority.
Staff Profile -Father Fran
Father T. Fransiscus, associate pastor of St. Josephs Church, is a recent member of the West Side Recorder staff. A resident of Denver for the past two years, Fr. Fransiscus states that he thinks the West Side is an exciting community in which to live. He wholeheartedly supports the re-zoning to maintain it as a residential area.
Fr. Fransiscus is active as conveener of the West Side Action Ministry and treasurer of the West Side Coalition.
Born and reared in Omaha, Nebraska, he attended Immaculate Conception College in Oconomowoc, Wise., and previously served parishes in Chicago and St. Louis.
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Tenants are once again getting the shaft. Based on' information received from the National Tenant Organization in Washing-tin, D.C., landlords will be allowed to raise their rents a minimum of 8% if the present Phase II guidelines are formally enacted. According to the expected Phase II guidelines, landlords will not be obligated to show cause for rent increases.
The Westside Tenants Rights group helped organize and participated in picketing and speaking to IRS officials who enforce these guidelines. We made it known that tenants all over the city are angry and upset over the increasing number of rent hikes. It is obvious that tenants have been inadequately represented in determining the new rent guidelines. as there is one token tenant representative on the Rent Advisory Board, and no representation whatsoever on the Price Commission which determines the rent guidelines.
As yet. no Phase II rent guidelines have been issued. If you should be asked to pay an increase in your rent, ask to see the landlord's books and give us a call at the Center (534-5141-42) so we can help combat increases that are illegal under the present guidelines. More and more
tenants, will be demanding local hearings by the IRS and a total freeze on rents until there is considerable more tenant representation in determining the rent guidelines of Phase II.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is an agency which does a variety of things such as insuring Title I loans which may be used for home improvements, helping people finance home purchases, running a housing counseling service, etc. The Westside Coalition is attempting to find out what the Federal Housing Administration.^ policies are in the neighborhood. One of the things we want to do is find out who has been turned down any loans from FHA and for what reasons. This applies tp all those who are either living in the neighborhood now or who want to move into the West Side. If you have been turned down a loan or know of anyone who has, please contact Sue, Betty, or Maureen at 534-5141 or 722-8544.
Any student who is interested in attending Metropolitan State College please contact the United Mexican American Students (UMAS) at 292-5190 Ext. 312 or Chicano Studies Department 292-5190 Ext. 255.
NEW YEARS DAY
Friday December 31
FROM 4:00 TO 5:30 P.M. and 7:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
MAY THE PEACE AND JOY OF CHRISTMAS BE YOURS TODAY AND THROUGH THE DAYS TO COME. MAY EACH OF YOU MEET THE TREMENDOUS CHALLENGE OF CHRISTMAS DAY A CHALLENGE MADE CENTURIES AGO BY A NEW BORN INFANT; A CHALLENGE TO RETURN THE LOVE WHICH IS CHRISTMAS. IF EACH OF US LOVES GOD WITH ALL HIS HEART; IF EACH OF US SEES AND LOVES CHRIST IN EVERY MAN NO MATTER HIS RACE, COLOR OR CREED, THEN THE PEACE AND JOY OF THIS SEASON WILL BE OURS. IT WILL BE OUR GIFT TO THE WORLD.
ST. ELIZABETH'S CHURCH
11th and Curtis Sts.
Page 8 WEST SIDE RECORDER December, 1971
Council Continued from p. 1
life to peace and tranquility with so many large families crowded into small areas. So, again, the Council reaffirms their feeling that it is important to retain this community as a residential community. Hopefully, agencies like DURA, City Council and federal and state governmental agencies who should be concerned with the housing shortage will address themselves to the building of dispersed low income housing. These could be built throughout the West Side area and would still help to maintain this as a residential area. We would also encourage and support programs that would be developed to improve the total community such as rennovation programs, housing rehabilitation programs, etc.
Business Affected Also The businessmen in the community who are the leaders in the opposition of the rezoning certainly have a great deal of sophistication and monies at their disposal to hire and organize an effort to defeat this measure. They are sophisticated enough and powerful enough with money to hire the expertise that will induce people to act against themselves. We can appreciate that these business people who have invested their money are trying hard to protect their investment, and, like anyone in business, the name of the game is profit. If poor people must be displaced to non-existent homes or forced into tent city situations then we suppose that the attitude of these business people is That is just tough!
The homeowner who has been led to believe that his land will depreciate because of the rezoning is again a victim of clever, sophisticated propaganda. We feel certain that if they check out the value of properties as they are presently zoned and compare their property with those which are zoned R-2 they will find that there is very little difference, if any, in the value.
We also understand that there are people in the West Side community who have lived 20 to 30 years or more and who might have paid $6,000 or $7,000 or even less many years ago for their property. Today they are being offered $10,000, $12,000 or $14,000 for those properties and they may feel that they are getting a good deal, but we ask these homeowners to stop and think and look around. They will find that comparable homes in other parts of the city with the same living space would cost $18,000 and $20,000 in most cases. They must also take into consideration that their insurance and tax costs will go up accordingly, not to mention the most important aspect and that is of trying to resettle in another community after having spent, in many cases, a lifetime in West Denver.
Council Voted Twice We repeat, that as the elected and/or appointed
representatives of the West-side Action Council, we have on two separate occasions voted to support the rezoning to R-2. We, therefore, urge all of the people in the West Side community to speak up in behalf of the poor, the disadvantaged and the average working, citizen who struggles every day to make a living. We urge you to join with us in supporting the rezoning from B-8, B-4, R-4 and R-3 to R-2. We urge you to maintain and improve the West Side community.
We would ask and urge our City Councilman, Mr. Geno DiManna, to show the compassion for poor people, senior citizens and working people which he spoke of during his campaign. We hope that he has the courage and conviction of his statements made, during his campaign and subsequent statements and that he will not be influenced by the more affluent money people in West Denver. Certainly, this will give this community an opportunity to find out if this Councilman is with the poor and with the working man or responsive to the people that have money power.
Involvement Corps Receives Gront
The Involvement Corps has received a $15,000 grant from the Boettcher Foundation, it was announced by Don Schierling, Denver Coordinator for Involvement Corps. The grant will defray part of the administrative costs for the Denver area program for one year.
Involvement Corps is a privately-funded, San Francisco-based group which organizes task forces of citizens in the industrial, business, and religious communities to assist already-existing social service agencies desirous of and meriting such aid. In Denver there are presently two functioning task forces, one consisting of United Bank of Denver employees, and another comprising members of four churches in the Applewood area of Jefferson County.
The United Bank task force is assisting Partners, and the Applewood group is working with the High Street Project in NE Denver. Within the next year, Involvement Corps plans to have nine task forces operating in the Denver metro area.
Mrs. Martha Olsen, a resident for the past 10 years, has moved not by choice, but by her doctors orders. She recently was hospitalized at Colorado General Hospital and is moving to Thornton to live with her brother and family. Mrs. Olsen will continue to serve as president of the Senior Citizens Club.
Mrs. Willie Mae Stancil, representative to the Central Resident Council, is recovering from major surgery.
Stanley Smith, maintenance, bagged three pheasants while hunting in Holyoke on a friends private property. He is having pheasant under glass for Christmas.
Michael McClendon, son of Mrs. Kathamay Hart, has been employed since Aug. 1 by the National Security Bank. He is attending their school for tellers. Michael, a former resident of South Lincoln Park, graduated from West High School with a scholarship. He attended Colorado State University at Fort Collins.
South Lincoln Pork Headstart
A very happy year is ending. When I was called at my Headstart Center by the Recorder and asked if there was anything going on at our Center for Christmas, I felt that I could express my feelings.
Well, I would really like to thank Mrs. Armijo, Mrs. Sanchez, Mrs. Gomez, and Mrs. Martinez for really working hard with me. We parents got together and had a turkey raffle. We raffled one turkey which Mrs. Hope Sanchez won and two fruit cakes. We had a great success with our raffle. The money we made went to buy Christmas gifts for our children and staff. Thanks to all who helped.
I would like to deeply thank the West Side Action Center for giving us Christmas stockings and candy and a gift for our Head Start children. I also give my very, very great thanks to Mesa Drug Store, Red and Whites, Duckwalls, and the Rexall Drug for all the candy they donated to us.
Now we are looking forward to our party; I hope we all have a nice party. I know for sure that thirty children will be more than glad. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Support Rezoning On West Side
Tammy Garcia is crowned queen.
On December 28th, ten year old Tammy Garcia was crowned Queen for 1972 of the S.F.D.P. Club of Denver, branch No. 13. Tammy was selected from two other running candidates by an overwhelming majority. She is the daughter of Caroline Mayse and granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. Felix Romero of Fourth and Galapago. She attends Cheltenham Elementary School. She is a member of the Campfire Girls and a student of ballet. Tammy succeeds Sheir Romero, age 9, also the granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. Felix Romero. It was the 36th Anniversary of the Club. Festivities took place at 16th and Gaylord at the Indian Center with a dinner and a dance. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all people who made it possible for Tammy to win.
Mr. Joe Joseph Snowball Juarez of 948 9th Street, a long time West Side resident, passed away on December 4, 1971. Mr. Juarez was killed in a hit and run car accident. Mr. Juarez was 53 years old. During World War II, Mr. Juarez was awarded nine bronze stars, the Presidential citation, three overseas service bars and the good conduct award while serving with the Army Air Corps in Europe. He was a member of the American Legion Post 204 and the Laborer's
Mr. Gilbert Martinez, Director of the Westside Action Center, has submitted his resignation effective January 14, 1972. This position will be open for out-of-house applicants on January 1, 1972. Duties, requirements and where to apply are as follows:
Duties: Responsible for meeting the expressed needs, priorities and policies of the Neighborhood Action Council, to the maximum feasible extent. Develops maximum neighborhood involvement in the activities of the Council and Neighborhood Action Programs. Requirements:
Preferably B.A. or B.S. Degree from an accredited college or equivalent time (4) years of work in a related field with experience in a related field. A thorough knowledge of the community and the ability to communicate with all social levels.
Apply at: Denver Opportunity Personnel Office, 1525 Josephine Street, Denver, Colorado 80206. Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FIRST MENNONITE CHURCH
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Minister: Kermit Derstine
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Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year To All
260 Bannock St.
International Union of Worth American 720. He was employed by the Pinkard Construction Company. Mr. Juarez left behind his widow, Mrs. Isabell Juarez, five daughters, and 19 grandchildren, four brothers and three sisters.
Mrs. Susie M. Cabral, a former West Sider and daughter of Mrs. Agnes Leal of 1233 Kalamath, passed away on November 20, 1971. She had six children and is a sister of Ruben Leal of 64 Fox Street.
Christine Crespin of 165 West Cedar, a third-grader at St. Frances De Sales Grade School and daughter of Sarah Crespin, made her first Holy Communion on December 8, 1971 at St. Frances De Sales Church.
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Lang of 240 West Fourth Avenue are the new parents of a baby girl, Amada Maria, who was born on November 18,1971 at St. Joseph's Hospital. She weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz. and her length is 17 inches. Jack Lang has a new job at the Colorado Rural Legal Services. He will be the new administrative coordinator of the State-wide program providing free legal services for the rural poor and his office will be in Boulder.
A Greenlee P.T.A. meeting will be held on January 13, 1972, the second Thursday of January at 9:30 a.m. in the lunch room. Everyone is urged to come.
Mr. Robert Anthony Martinez, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Valenzuela, is home on leave from the Army. He will be home until the third of January, then Robert goes on to Korea.
Peter Garcia who recently was a priest at St. Cajetans, was married to the former Mrs. Vera Silva of Boulder on December 11, 1971 in Boulder. We want to send him our congratulations and best wishes to both of them for a very happy future.
Rick and Gloria Mena and son, David Richard, arrived from Oakland, California on the 16 of December to visit Mrs. Dee Mena and family of 427 Fox Street. David will be 1 year old on New Years Day. Another son of Mrs. Mena, Randy, has been in Vietnam since August with the Military Police.
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