Change the name information
8/31 Update -
The name of the registered neighborhood organization has been changed to Central Park United Neighbors.
8/24 Update -
The SUN Board will host a public meeting August 31st from 7:00pm to 7:30pm during which we will provide updates on the name change process. Attendees of this meeting who have not yet voted will be able to do so during this meeting until 7:15pm via the link provided above. Please register in advance for the meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrf-GupjMvH92ZqBEVVb0bNz2w41UFI6gY
Based on the results of the vote, the SUN Board will be launching a logo design contest in the coming weeks. Please watch your email, social media and our website for more information.
8/17 Update -
The report detailing numbers of votes each round and validation methodology has been delivered to the MCA delegates and board for discussion during their 8/19 meeting. This report is publicly available at the bottom of this page (see: Report Vote Counting and Validation 08_12_2020 final.pdf)
8/2 Update -
The petition has over 500 signatures. Please feel free to continue to sign - we love the community excitement and support. We have validated that we have over 100 residents - so the meeting on 8/31 is on. Watch here for more updates. Plan to attend the SUN meeting on August 18th for updates and more details on next steps.
8/1 Update -
The name selected by the community is Central Park. Details on voting results will be posted here soon.
7/31 Update -The SUN Board will be hosting a Zoom meeting on Saturday, August 1st at 11am to announce the results of the neighborhood voting. Please register using the link below:
Full details will be posted here in the next few days following the announcement.
Questions should be sent to SUN via [email protected]
7/27 Update -
Please vote in the Third and Final round before Thursday, July 30th at 2:00 PM.
Access your ballot here: VOTING CLOSED
7/26 Update -
The third and final round of voting on the community name begins today:
Access your ballot here: VOTING CLOSED
Voting will be open from Sunday, July 26th - Thursday, July 30th at 2:00 PM.
After Round 2, two names remain for community vote in the third and final round:
The story accompanying each name is available below.
The final name that emerges from this voting process will be announced on Saturday, August 1st. Please note the voting period is ending on THURSDAY for the final round to allow time for validation prior to announcement on August 1st.
Voter eligibility is as follows: you must own or rent in Stapleton and be at least 18 or more years old. Residents of Stapleton in both Denver and Aurora are eligible. Each eligible individual per household can vote, however each individual may only vote once. Each vote must be accompanied by name, physical and email address as well as an acknowledgement that you are over 18. Voting is confidential but not anonymous. In this round, eligible voters will be asked to vote for just one name.
Questions and Concerns on Voting: SUN board is requesting that all questions be sent directly to our email, [email protected] Each weekday we will post the questions from the previous day as well as our responses. Each Monday's post will include the questions received from Friday through Sunday. All previous updates have been posted on the SUN Website below.
7/25 Update -
Validation has continued all day, we will share results as soon as possible. Round 3 voting will launch Sunday 7/26.
Round Two voting is now closed. Final voting will begin on Monday, July 27th.
7/22 Update -The ZOOM recording of last night's meeting is available.
7/21 Update - reminder: tonight is SUN's monthly meeting. Held on Zoom from 6:30pm-8:30
Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckf-isqDgjE9FsRTv0hZqbBQnxkuq6LO3F
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Share your plans to attend on social media: https://www.facebook.com/events/693596971219341/
7/20 Update - Round 2 voting is open.
Round 2 voting on the community name is now closed. (7/24 update)
As selected by the community in Round 1, the four names available from voting in Round 2 are:
The stories accompanying each name are available on SUN's website below. Voting in Round 2 will be open from July 20th until Friday July 24th at 2:00 PM. This ballot will be mailed/distributed multiple times this week, please only participate one time. In Round 2, voting will be the same as Round 1. Please vote for your top three choices: a first choice will receive 3 points, second choice 2 points, and 3 choice 1 point. Two names will emerge from Round 2, and will be decided on in the the third and final round of voting the final week in July.
Voter eligibility is as follows: you must own or rent in Stapleton and be 18 or more years. Residents of Stapleton in both Denver and Aurora are eligible. Each eligible individual per household can vote, however each individual may only vote once. Each vote must be accompanied by name, physical and email address as well as an acknowledgement that you are over 18. Voting is confidential but not anonymous. Each resident will be asked to select their top 3 choices in order of preference. Votes will be tallied by adding 3 points for a 1st choice, 2 points for a 2nd choice and 1 point for the 3rd choice.
At the conclusion of Round 2, the list of eligible names will be reduced to the final two names and a 3rd and final round of voting will occur from July 26th through July 30th. The final name that emerges from this voting process will be announced August 1st.
7/19 Update -
*ROUND 1 RESULTS*
After the first round of voting, the names that will move on to the next round are:
Five names were removed after this round:
The weighted total for each name is a function of: the total number of votes the name received AND what ranks those votes were assigned. Votes were added for each name, with a weight of 3 points for 1st choice, 2 points for 2nd choice, and 1 point for 3rd choice.
7/17 Update - Reminder voting in round 1 on the 9 names selected by the Advisory Board from submissions remains open through tomorrow (Saturday 7/18) at 2pm. Round 2 will begin on Monday with 4 names remaining available. The link to participate is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SUN_First_Vote
If you have already participated in round 1, you should not vote again, please wait for round 2 to reengage. Please see 7/13 update for descriptions of names.
QUESTION: Since our post yesterday, we have received a couple of emails asking if we can add more names to the nine that are currently being voted on.
ANSWER: In a word, no. We have dutifully followed the process first presented to the community for feedback on June 16th and then publicly approved on June 24th (details below)
QUESTION: Can Mosley be listed as Mosley Park in upcoming ballots to the neighborhood because that’s what has gained a lot of momentum with supporters
QUESTIONS: How are residents and addresses being vetted? How do you know a resident that sold their house and moved out of the area isn't using their old address to vote? How do you know who the current resident is at a property that has been sold multiple times? How are you vetting renters that are voting to confirm they are the current tenant?
QUESTION: Will the results of this round of voting be posted before the second round of voting begins? If not, how soon after the second round of voting begins can we expect to see the results of the first round of voting
QUESTION: How was the LGBTQ community respresented on the Advisory Board?
QUESTION: Who’s paying for the cost of the change?
7/16 Update -
The SUN board is requesting that all questions be sent directly to our email, [email protected] Each weekday morning we will post all of the questions from the previous day as well as our responses. Each Monday's post will include the questions received from Friday through Sunday. Although we will do our best to read all the comments. Thank you.
7/15 Update -
An Advisory Board Overview and Resource Packet has been added via a link at the bottom of this page. Included in that packet is:
See below: Advisory Board Overview and Resources.pdf
*7/13*: Round 1 of voting is live. The link to participate is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SUN_First_Vote
The included names are:
Mosley Mosley addresses many of the categories the Community has expressed a desire for in a new name. It is aviation-related, historically significant, geographically connected to the current area, business-friendly and inspirational. Mosley honors a family, not just one person. John Mosley was a Tuskegee Airman during World War II, who also helped draft the policies to racially integrate the new U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Edna Wilson-Mosley were a team, married for 70 years and inseparable for 75. They were civil rights activists who broke the color barrier in Denver and Aurora by purchasing a home adjacent to what is now our community, and, in so doing, they fought the destructive segregationist practice of redlining. Edna was a co-founder of the highly successful Colorado Women's Bank, to give women greater access to credit. As the first at-large city Councilperson of color in Aurora, Edna chaired the Transportation Committee, with DIA and the former airport, within its bailiwick. Their daughter spent 47 years as a United Airlines flight attendant flying out of the airport that is now our beloved community; two sons served in the U.S. Air Force, with one still flying for United. There are even multiple pilots among John and Edna’s grandchildren. As a single, two syllable word, Mosley would be an inexpensive and business-friendly replacement for Stapleton, easy for new logo and signage, and naturally pronounceable. Finally, the Mosley neighborhood name would be inspirational, as the simple act of its adoption would be a powerful and permanent positive step in uniting our community and surrounding neighbors, around the values we aspire to live by, here in our beautiful Denver home. Mosley is a name we can stand for. Meadowlark Western Meadowlarks are in all western North America and parts of Canada and Mexico. They live and nest in open grasslands, meadows, pastures and fields. They are the state bird of Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming. Our community is home to an abundance of Meadowlarks because of the broad open natural drainages and significant parklands. The presence of Meadowlarks indicate that this will be a sweet time of life; that you were in the dark and now it is time to enter the light. Larks are additionally known for their melodious song. They also sing while they are airborne, unlike most other birds who only sing while perched. This indicates cheerfulness and reminds us to find joy amid our own lives. One will hear this beautiful songbird on virtually any neighborhood walk. Meadowlarks play a variety of roles in the folklore of different indigenous people’s history. The Lakota tribes feel a great affinity for Meadowlarks, seeing them as a symbol of friendship and loyalty, and take care never to kill one. The musical song of the Meadowlark is believed to be good luck by many Lakota people and in the past, Meadowlark whistles were thought to summon buffalo. In the Blackfoot tribe, Meadowlarks are a symbol of peace and the presence of Meadowlarks was said to be a sign that a camp or village would be safe from attack. Meadowlark is inspirational, aspirational and suitable for consideration as the new community name. Concourse Concourse has several meanings relevant to the characteristics the community has expressed are valued for a new name. Definitions of concourse include:
Peterson Helen Peterson (Wa-Cinn-Ya-Win-Pi-Mi), which translates to A Woman To Trust And Depend On, was a Cheyenne-Lakota activist and lobbyist. Peterson came to Denver in 1942. Peterson began work at the University of Denver as the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Council of Inter-American Affairs. In 1948, she was hired by the newly elected mayor, J. Quigg Newton, to work on the Commission on Human Relations. Peterson attempted to build bridges, registering voters and organizing various communities as Mayor Newton wanted to desegregate Denver. Peterson developed cultural programs and met with city leaders to provide lecture series on issues, such as fair labor and housing laws. At the end of the year, she was made the director of the Committee on Human Relations. Peterson was one of the first women lobbyists advocating for Civil Rights for American Indians. In 1953 Eleanor Roosevelt urged her to work in Washington D.C. on behalf of American Indians during a period known as the Indian Termination Policy. Roosevelt tasked her to help reorganize the National Congress of American Indians which was actually founded in Denver, and is the largest and oldest American Indian Organization in the country. Returning to Denver in 1962, Peterson again took up the post as the director of the Commission on Community Relations for another term. In 1993 Peterson was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. Central Park Central Park is a name well known in the community. It is physically central to the St*pleton area South of I-70. It abuts the iconic tower from the former airport. Denver has numerous neighborhoods named after the parks they surround, plus “Central Park” would evoke the Green Book, which was a foundational document for St*pleton. Finally, the name-change issue has been divisive for our community the last few years. It has sometimes brought out the best and worst in us and created tensions among neighbors. Central Park would be non-controversial, natural and drama-less, which is what our community could use right now. Skyview Whether watching fireworks along the Front Range, experiencing a blood moon from the sledding hill, or taking in a sunset or sunrise, viewing the celestial beauty that surrounds us draws us together in awe. In raising our heads up to take in our sky view, we are reminded of the enormousness of the universe and in the words of Carl Sagan, “For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” For many, it is love of thy neighbor, and the desire for all who live and visit here to feel pride in the community that has brought about the change of name. From earliest days of aviation, the dream was to conquer the sky, extending the boundaries of human endeavor to transcend the adage, ‘the sky’s the limit'. Bringing together the nostalgia of historical air travel and aspirations of those early aviators can give us a name that aspires to give voice to values like diversity, sustainability and access. It is fitting to have a name that directs our thoughts upward to what can be. Through the name Skyview, may we feel a connection to each other and all of humanity. When we look at the sky, may we find the inspiration for the work that continues on the ground to make the future easier and brighter for each of us now, and for the next generation. Randolph “Daddy Bruce Randolph” was a giver, a gentle soul, and a BBQ Master. Born in 1900, the grandson of a former slave, his legacy will live on for generations to come because he cared for this community in ways that elevated dignity and humanity. At age 63 Daddy Bruce, an exceptional cook, restauranteur and philanthropist, decide he wanted to ensure the people of Denver who did not have a meal for Thanksgiving would have a place to go to break bread with dignity and in community. The first Daddy Bruce Thanksgiving cookout and food distribution fed 5,000 people. By the time he died in 1994, Daddy Bruce had created a community-wide Thanksgiving feast, feeding 30,000 to 40,000 Denver residents at Thanksgiving. The Stapleton community would be fortunate to carry the name of such a giant human and community member. We can only hope that his spirit will inspire us all to give from where we are, with what we have; and that our children will grow to know the joys of being a good neighbor, a contributing community member, and an all-around amazing human being. Park Central The central component of this neighborhood is its beautiful parks. Park Central is, home to Central Park, Denver’s third largest park with over 80 acres of land. There are more than 50 parks (too many to name here) throughout the neighborhood, connecting us to Colorado’s great outdoors. We can take a leisurely stroll, go for a run, climb, sled, swim, party, laugh and play, or just sit and enjoy the song of the Meadowlark. Heck, there are even a couple of doggy parks for our furry family members! This would be an ideal name that will stand the test of time. It does not carry any stigma or controversy, it is market friendly, and it is relevant to our neighbors, both north and south of I-70. Tailwinds Wind carries messages, strength, and the force of life through breath. We can feel the winds of change around us: a series of events precipitating and signaling important changes. In flight, a tailwind moves with you, and helps you move to your destination more efficiently; the analogy of a tailwind also describes growth. Changing the name of our community is a step in a positive direction. Our community needs a tailwind to help us on this journey, and to help us grow. For each of us, when we face troubles, the strength of community can help us find the tailwind that we need, in the spirit of the Irish blessing: “May the wind be always at your back.” A tailwind is support, in particular support in moving forward. The name Tailwinds embraces both the history of aviation and asks for strength in a positive trajectory.
To do list:
1) Please be sure you and your neighbors are signed up to get emails from SUN (navigate back to SUN's main page to do so) - if you have signed up but are not getting emails, please contact [email protected] to sort out what might be the issue.
2) Vote in Round 1!
3) Check back next week to participate in Round 2.
7/14 - We hear feedback that additional information is preferred sooner rather than later about the work of the Advisory Board. An important reminder about the function of the Advisory Board: they were not asked to return the top 10 most popular names from the straw poll to the community. Straw poll data was one of several factors the advisory board used to reach their decision. The construction of the Advisory Board intentionally amplified voices that would be underrepresented when going with a simple majority in this community. When SUN presented these options in June, the feedback we received was in favor of this approach, and SUN had consensus around this approach. SUN supports the Advisory Board's selections, and stands by the decision to bring a range of options with justification back to the community.
Having achieved the milestone today of launching the first wave of community voting on schedule, SUN will provide additional documentation later this week about the expectations and considerations by which the advisory board operated, results from straw polls, and how straw polling was part of the Advisory Board conversations.
We are still on schedule for mailing out a link to vote tomorrow, Monday 7/13. After the email goes out to the community, voting will remain open through Saturday 7/18 at 2pm. Names and descriptions will be posted to SUN's website when available, and will also be embedded in the poll.
Regarding the format of the vote: rather than using Vertical Response as has been the interface of all straw polls, we will be using Survey Monkey. The need to "only rank 3 among 9" and to only use each rank one time was essential. This was not available in Vertical Response, but has worked well when piloted among the SUN board this weekend in Survey Monkey.
You will be asked to enter your name and physical address with your vote. The vote is confidential, but not anonymous. Ballots submitted without a name and address will not be counted.
Tonight the Advisory Board successfully completed the task of narrowing the list of 331 names!! This occurred in the last minutes of the third consecutive nights of meetings, so the descriptions / supporting descriptions for each name are not yet available. The written presentation for each name will be revised over the weekend, with voting launching next week on schedule. The task was to reach a number between 8 and 16 options, the total number that will be returned to the community for voting is: 9.
The first wave of voting will begin next week, we expect 3 waves of votes (one per week for the remainder of July). In the first round next week, each person will be able to rank three of the nine names. We will then add votes across names by assigning 3 points for a 1st choice, 2 points for a 2nd choice and 1 point for a 3rd choice. Fewer names will then be returned back to the community for the 2nd round of voting.
Persons eligible to vote are adults living (owning/renting) in the Stapleton community in both Denver and Aurora. Please sign up for emails from SUN to receive an invitation to vote early next week.
7/8 Update: Members of the advisory board
I am a member of Black Lives Matter 5280 core leadership team focused on economic justice. Professionally I am an outdoor industry entrepreneur, and former investment banker. I am delighted to have friends and neighbors in Stapleton, across the street from me here in Park Hill.
Tom is a 15 year St*pleton resident, he and his wife live in Eastbridge and have three daughters, 12-19. He is one of two MCA Community Delegates on the Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Westerly Creek Metro District board member. Tom is a licensing attorney in Denver.
Cora Galpern has lived in the neighborhood with her parents and younger twin siblings since 2002. She graduated from George Washington High School in 2019 and she is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor studying Sociology and Social Work. Cora is on the board of Rename St*pleton for All and has been working to change the name of the neighborhood since 2017.
I am a Denver Native and have lived in Stapleton for almost 15 years, I chair the housing and diversity committee for 12 plus years, I am also a cochair of the Citizens Advisory Board and past Vice President of SUN. As an active member of the former airport Development since the beginning and as a Realtor who specializes in affordable housing, I have always been in favor of the name change and have hated how the logistics of the process has gotten in the way. I am glad we are at this stage and am happy to help in anyway I can.
I am a recent SUN Board and Transportation Committee Member. As such, I am representing SUN on the Advisory Board. My wife and I moved to the neighborhood from Montana in 2012 to be closer to our children and grandchildren. I have a BS in Civil Engineering and am an owner of a 51 year old urban design firm where I have spent the last 36 years working for clients in land development.
I am the MCA Delegate for District 1, Bluff Lake and North Eastbridge. I am originally from New York and after living in the DC suburbs for 6 years, my family moved to Denver in August of last year. I am an attorney, currently practicing securities arbitration, and have a background in arbitration, mediation and collaborative law. Along with my professional experience, I hope to make a meaningful contribution to the committee through my history in working to create spaces of equity in public schools.
Justin M. Ross
My name is Justin Ross an 18-year resident that represents the GSBA (Greater Stapleton Business Association) as both the President and a business owner with the name St*pleton in it. Personally as a black owned business we have struggled for countless years with wanting our business name to align with our community but not support a negative past the existing name represents. I serve proudly, with clear and fair mind.
I’m a Denver native and a local black business owner (ControlFREQ.com), providing smart home technologies for the luxury home market. I’m a SUN board member, and Stapleton resident. I enjoy photography, mountain biking, drone flying and having non-surface relationships.
Benilda (Benny) Samuels
I have been a Stapleton resident since 2004. For more than 30 years I have served the Denver community by creating, managing and leading social change initiatives in service of undeserved and marginalized individuals, families and children. Today, I serve as Vice President of Programs at Rose Community Foundation where I direct the team responsible for making $10M in grants intended to advance equity, inclusivity and community engagement in the metro area. Raised in Panama, the triple effect of Benny's background (Black, Latinx, Immigrant) has influenced her work, as detailed in a recent article in Tu Casa Magazine: http://tucasamagazinecolorado.com/2020/06/leading-figure-of-our-time/
Jennifer Williams Bordeaux (Sicangu Lakota) has lived in Denver with her four children since 1980, living in Capitol Hill, Lowry, Curtis Park and now Stapleton. Jennifer is a community outreach and engagement specialist at the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Jennifer has also served as the Chair of the Denver American Indian Commission and in 2019 received the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award. Jennifer enjoys music and going to concerts.
One additional vote / seat on the advisory board represents a voice from area high schools - and is comprised of three members, one from each high school located in the community (Northfield, DSST Montview, and DSST Conservatory Green).
7/7 Update: the Advisory Board's first meeting was this evening. We will work on posting small updates after each meeting. Names and a brief bio for each Advisory Board member will be posted this week as well.
Straw Poll I included 180 names, was launched June 23, and closed June 29th, with 2588 responses.
Straw Poll II included 330 names, was launched July 1st and closed July 5th, with 3422 responses.
Thank you for the overwhelming number of responses in under a week for each poll.
7/5 Update -
Today (Sunday 7/5) through 9pm MST is the final opportunity to complete Straw Poll II; since opening on 7/1, more than 2 thousand have completed it. People who completed the first Straw Poll (Between 6/23-6/9) are welcome to complete Straw Poll II. Results from both will be presented this week to the Advisory Board who will be narrowing the list of 331 unvetted names to a smaller set (between 8-16) on which the community will vote starting in mid July.
Link to Straw Poll II: http://surveys.verticalresponse.com/a/show/461957/11eda5b00e/0
7/4 Update - Happy Independence Day
The Front Porch Newspaper's July issue has two articles covering the new community name - the Front Porch is delivered to all homes in the community and surrounding areas. As much of our communication is electronic, we are so grateful for the Front Porch and other print media for helping us reach people who obtain their information from non-electronic sources.
7/3 Update -
The Q/A from the June 24th meeting is now posted at the bottom of this page, named: June 24 Meeting Questions and Comments.pdf
7/2 Update -
Community volunteers with business expertise are available to discuss renaming for businesses. Ongoing efforts there are: coordinating volunteers to help the businesses go through this process at low or no cost. Please visit Fireside to learn about resources or to contribute expertise: meetfireside.com/newname
Straw poll II (a list of 330 unvetted names) will remain open for community input through Sunday evening (7/5/2020, 9pm). http://surveys.verticalresponse.com/a/show/461957/11eda5b00e/0
7/1 Update -
Straw Poll II is now live (7/1/2020, 12:01am) and will remain open until Sunday evening (7/5/2020, 9pm).
Straw Poll-II includes all names that were suggested through June 29th, there are 331. The format is similar with 5 response options per name, but names are now grouped by theme rather than alphabetically. Across 16 pages:
1. Suggestions that draw on existing names (1-22): 22 names
2. Names connecting several themes (23-47): 25 names
3. Aviation (48-91) **longest page: 44 names**
4. Denver or Colorado figures (92-122): 31 names
5. Aspiration (123-165) - ** 2nd longest page: 43 names**
6. Elected Officials (166-181) 15 names
7. Celestial (182-203) 22 names
8. National Figures (204-226) 23 names
9. Directional names (227-237) 11 names
10. Native American Tribe names (238-246) 9 names
11. Geography-related names (247-263) 17 names
12. Nature-rooted names (269-284) 21 names
13. Names related to the view (285-299) 15 names
14. Names rooted in fiction (300-307) 8 names
15. Sports-related names (308-315) 8 names
16. Other names (316-331) 16 names
We expect this will take 15-30 minutes to complete.
6/30 Update - SUN has concluded accepting new alternative names, and is currently working to update the Straw Poll. The First round of the Straw Poll has closed. Please check back later today for a link to Straw Poll version II (which will be open through July 5th). It is OK to complete the 2nd round of the straw poll if you completed the first round.
6/26 Update - Hi community. The Advisory Board is coming together beautifully. We are waiting on two confirmations, and then we will have every seat filled - just two days after initiating the search. The generosity of this community in its willingness to serve in this capacity has been overwhelming. These diverse voices will represent a range of ages, genders, ethnicities, races, and lived experiences. The importance of a diverse Advisory Board is in yielding a result that will bring pride to all who live and visit here.
Reminder: the 29th of June is the last day that we will accept new name submissions. It is likely that we will launch a reformatted straw poll immediately after this cutoff.
The plan to add to the Straw Poll while it is live has proven problematic. We hear the frustration that one block of names (#11) is largely duplicated from the previous block (#10), but we are unable to change it at this time. The time each person has taken to complete it very much appreciated, and what we have so far will be useful. We are exploring options for after the 29th when we stop collecting additional names for re-configuring the straw poll.
As posted 6/23, the straw poll is open for input: (the first straw polls has closed)
We have begun getting names for advisory board members, we continue to work on coordinating the details of those meetings.
We expanded the 1 seat for high school representation as announced yesterday to represent the three high schools in the community, but still with only 1 vote.
6/24 Update - This evening was an ad hoc public meeting for board approval of the advisory board composition
Slides are shared at the bottom of this page.
Here is the link to the recording of the meeting: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cgIqrOEKxekPs8uIPn-cA1x7l0XwfnpR/view?usp=sharing
The Advisory Board will be comprised of 11 members:
6/23 Update - Please participate in a Straw Poll to help inform community preferences on the existing list of submitted names. This feedback is one piece that the the Advisory Board will be asked to consider in narrowing the list of submitted names for our community vote in mid July.
The first straw poll has closed.
And if you are interested in SUN's public meeting to finalize Advisory Board composition, and voting procedures (tomorrow: Wednesday June 24th at 5:30pm), please register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscO6pqz4qH9c--wjgvDRqbhydp49VUS5e After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting
6/22 Update #2
SUN's public meeting to finalize Advisory Board composition, and voting procedures will be Wednesday June 24th at 5:30pm.
When: Jun 24, 2020 05:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscO6pqz4qH9c--wjgvDRqbhydp49VUS5e After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
6/22 Update: There is now an automated form below to collect statements about why a submitted name (or a new name) would be the best choice for the community.
6/20 Update: All submitted names are now included as the last thing on this page. There are currently 120 options listed.
6/19 Update: The SUN board is scheduling an ad hoc public evening zoom meeting during the week of 6/22 to publicly approve the composition of the committee that will narrow the long set of suggested community names down to the smaller set that the community will be voting on.
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Click here for slides from June 16th, 2020 meeting
Candidate Name Identification
As announced 6/12/2020 to the community, SUN is facilitating a name identification and selection process for use in the community. This will be further described at our virtually-hosted monthly meeting on Tuesday.
The link to register for the zoom call is on the meeting page see above for zoom link, facebook event to share is here:
Summary: SUN is initiating a multi-step process regarding the community name. In step 1) names will be proposed, and discussed. A list will be voted on by the community to identify strongest candidates from a field of many. In step 2) In accordance with SUN’s bylaws, 100 residents could petition SUN for a bylaw change which is the mechanism by which the name of SUN would change. Step 3) If a petition is successfully completed, SUN would announce and host a community vote on adopting a new name using the outcome of this process.
Step 1) Name Solicitation and Discussion
SUN has reviewed input given across social media platforms, will soon obtain the write-in responses from the MCA’s vote last year, and is soliciting additional suggestions. ([email protected]) The name selection process will culminate in voting (process being finalized). At the end of step 1, a name will have bene identified, however no organization, including SUN, would be bound to use this name.
Step 2) Petition for a SUN bylaw change
SUN's name exists in section 1 of its bylaws, a petition with 100 signatures is needed to initiate a change.
"Section 1: Name. The name shall be Stapleton United Neighbors (hereinafter “SUN”), which is located within the City and County of Denver."
Amendment of the bylaws must be initiated by a petition signed by 100 residents
"These bylaws may be amended at any association meeting by the affirmative vote of at least sixty-six percent (66%) of the members present and voting at the meeting. A member may propose an amendment to these bylaws by submitting the proposal in writing to the Board of Directors accompanied by a paper petition containing the signatures of one hundred (100) individual members. The member signatures are subject to verification by the Board of Directors. "
Step 3) Vote of members of SUN (all adults renting or owning a home in the footprint of Stapleton in Denver)
SUN would adopt this name for our organization name with a community vote with 66% of people voting in affirmation.
When this petition process has been completed, a community meeting would need to be scheduled for a vote to take place. Such a vote would be announced (at least) 30 days in advance in accordance with our bylaws:
"The Board of Directors shall provide notice of any issue which will be put to the vote of the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which the vote will be held. Notice will be provided by such method(s) as the Board of Directors determines appropriate in order to reach the largest number of members."
"the Board of Directors may, in its discretion, allow for alternate methods of vote casting, including but not limited to early ballot drop off, electronic ballot submission, or other method(s). If the Board of Directors decides to allow for an alternate method of vote casting for a particular vote, notice of that method shall be provided at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which the vote will be held, along with the notice of the issue to be voted on."
Open Letter to Community on Charlottesville, VA Events (August 2019)
We are deeply disturbed by the escalation of hateful sentiment and shocked and horrified by the events one week ago in Charlottesville Virginia. We unify in condemning all forms of hateful acts, violence, racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry and xenophobia, and efforts by alt-right and white supremacy groups, the Ku Klux Klan, and any other group espousing hatred and violence. As we collectively send condolences to the family and friends of Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed, and share our prayers and thoughts for those injured in Charlottesville, we together say clearly, that there is no place for these displays of hatred in our neighborhood nor anywhere.
Stapleton is a strong, diverse, and vibrant community, and we share the hopeful wish that we all can come together to support each other and engage in a productive dialogue.
Amanda A. Allshouse
Lead Pastor, Go Church
Representative James Coleman
Colorado General Assembly, District 7
Dr. Rachele Espiritu
Denver Public Schools Board of Education, District 4
Vice President - Public Relations Forest City
Councilman Chris Herndon
Denver City Council, District 8
Representative Leslie Herod
Colorado General Assembly, District 8
Rabbi Mendel Popack
Director, Jewish Life Center - Chabad Denver North
Police Commander Denver Police, District 5
Senator Angela Williams
Colorado State Senator, Senate District 33
Lead Pastor, Stapleton Fellowship Church