Friday, June 5, 2020

Aurora - City Newsletter 6/5/20

June 5, 2020

Statement from Aurora leaders on
listening, learning and acting for change

As our country faces uncertainty, discord and deep pain, we know it is having a significant impact in our community and rightfully leading to an examination of our own past, our current practices and the changes we have made and must continue to make for our future.

The killing of George Floyd was wrong. Many people have courageously exercised their right to be heard through peaceful protests and meaningful conversations. At the same time, recent days have seen destruction, violence and disregard for fellow human beings, and we can’t lose sight of the fact that what precipitates these events are the repeated images, over the years, of people of color losing their lives unjustly. But it’s also more than that: it’s years of institutionalized and government sanctioned racism that has robbed generation after generation of African Americans of their human and civil rights.

As a government entity we represent a force guilty of past oppression. Over the years, local governments have enforced restrictive zoning and covenants, segregation, curfews, made infrastructure decisions to isolate people of color, and permitted disparate enforcement of laws, just to name several practices used. As a local government we must take a leadership role in being an agent for change and be a part of the solution.

A first step for Aurora was the creation early this year of our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As this effort moves forward, its work will help us learn and give us the tools to be change agents.

It is vital that in addition to raising our voices in support of what is right and calling out what is wrong, we also listen and seek to learn from each other. From these lessons, we will grow and make critical changes. City leaders are eager to hear, learn and act.

Aurora is made stronger by the many voices and backgrounds of those who call it home. We welcome coming together with our community for the shared purpose of eliminating racial inequity and lifting up outcomes for all.

Mike Coffman, Mayor
Jim Twombly, City Manager
Nicole Johnston, Mayor Pro Tem, Council Member, Ward II
Crystal Murillo, Council Member, Ward I
Marsha Berzins, Council Member, Ward III
Juan Marcano, Council Member, Ward IV
Alison Coombs, Council Member, Ward V
Fran├žoise Bergan, Council Member, Ward VI
Curtis Gardner, Council Member, At Large
Dave Gruber, Council Member, At Large
Allison Hiltz, Council Member, At Large
Angela Lawson, Council Member, At Large

Mayor Mike Live

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Change to Department of Housing and Community Services reflects priorities

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In order to better reflect the city’s priorities of addressing affordable housing, homelessness and neighborhood support, the city of Aurora’s Neighborhood Services Department has been renamed the Department of Housing and Community Services, effective June 1.

As part of this reorganization, the Community Relations Division, which had formerly been part of Neighborhood Services, will join the city’s recently created Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

“Neighborhood Services has always been a key point of contact between residents and the city, and these changes help ensure engagement continues across city departments in a way that aligns with residents’ priorities,” said Nancy Sheffield, interim director of the Department of Housing and Community Services. “We want our work on housing, homelessness and community relations to be strategic and citywide, and these changes stress how important those issues are to Aurora.”

The Department of Housing and Community Services now includes Animal Services, Community Development, Homelessness Program, and Neighborhood Support, which includes Code Enforcement and the Neighborhood Liaison program.

Community Relations, which is moving to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is responsible for advocating for the effective use of available human, community and social service resources. The division oversees the Human Relations Commission, Veterans’ Affairs Commission, the Aurora Key Community Response Team, ReACT (Responding to Aurora’s Critical Topics), the Aurora Community of Faith and other community-led connections between residents and the city. This move will help Community Relations expand its reach across city departments and ensure a broader community focus.


Council Member Town Meetings
Council members are eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those conversations can occur, but the format and structure of town meetings may be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit to check the latest information on meeting dates.

City Council Regular Meeting (Virtual)
Monday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
View this meeting online at and cable channels 8 and 880. You can also listen to the meeting by phone (see for details). In advance of the meeting, submit a comment for Public Invited To Be Heard or an individual agenda item to Please indicate in your email whether you want your comment read into the record at the meeting or simply forwarded to mayor and City Council. Staff will read the first three minutes of any comment into the record as requested. Comments will also be accepted in advance of the meeting by phone by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 303.739.7094. • Streamed live at or cable channels 8 and 880 only

Library's Summer of Imagination
Through Aug. 1
This year’s summer program is completely virtual. Register online and download your reading logs. When you reach your reading milestones, email us at to receive your prizes.

Aurora Mobile Food Pantry
Wednesday, June 10, 10 a.m. to until food has been distributed
In partnership with Aurora Interfaith Community Services, the city of Aurora is distributing at least 9,000 meals every week at various locations throughout the city. Photo ID or proof of Aurora residency is required. All Aurora households are eligible. Food for pets is also available, as well as emergency food kits for those experiencing homelessness. For questions, call 720.557.6444 or visit
Gateway High School, 1300 S. Sable Blvd.

Mayor Mike Live
Friday, June 12, 3 p.m.
Get ready with your questions because Mayor Mike Coffman will be ready to provide answers for the weekly live stream of "Mayor Mike Live" on Facebook and The mayor will provide an update on the city's response to COVID-19 as well as other issues affecting the city, its residents and its businesses. 

Explore the World While Staying at Home
Do you feel a little shut off from the rest of the world during the Stay-at-Home order? Some city programs have some great ways for you to stay connected.
·     Aurora Dance Arts: On its Facebook page, Aurora Dance Arts is providing live online dance classes, with some of their fabulous faculty teaching from home, dance tutorials and dance challenge videos, and various other online resources for dancers and families.
·     Aurora Fox Arts Center: The Aurora Fox has a weekly video interview, “Meet the Artists,” with artists connected to the Aurora Fox. Check it out on the Aurora Fox’s Facebook page or Instagram.
·     Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites: Explore online exhibits, archives and lesson plans from your home, including interactive maps, such as one of East Colfax Avenue, history videos, and more. You can also take a virtual tour of all the city’s historic sites.
·     Aurora Public Library: The library has daily storytime on Facebook, ebooks, audiobooks and other remote-access tools, Learn at Home activities, Do It Yourself projects, virtual field trips to museums, national parks, etc., and more. Aurora Public Schools students can access most library databases using their student ID number.
·     Art in Public Places: The city’s Art in Public Places program has a downloadable coloring book featuring some of the most popular public arts in Aurora. Visit its Facebook page to download your free copy.
·     The People’s Building: Aurora's newest cultural facility is creating a series of videos on its Facebook and Instagram titled “Six Feet Apart,” which profiles some of the artists and performers who will be showcased at the building once we return to healthier times.

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