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With News of the Heart of Denver
Hilltop • Belcaro • Bonnie Brae • Glendale • Country Club • Cherry Creek
Volume 11 Issue 10 October 2010
LowryNews p12
The Cherry Creek News
 
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 Jonathon Grey of the Wall Street’sBlackstone private equity firm, andanother $49,995 from Bruce Rauner,a Chicago private equity firm CEO.Other donors range from Palo Altoto Washington, only a single sizabledonation came from Colorado. Over72% of Stand’s donors come fromout of state.Reviewing Stand for Children’smaterial, there arerepeated claims thatthe group is a grass-roots-based parentgroup, but no men-tion of the giant dona-tions that are likelyhaving a powerful influence on thegroups direction, which includessupport for some Republicans run-ning for the Statehouse in Denver, backing for charter schools and leg-islation described by many as anti-teacher.One veteran political fundraisersaid, “It strains credulity to think you solicit a $50,000 donation, andthen say to powerful donor, thanks, but we let a group of parents inDenver decide how and where yourmoney is spent. Donors that bigdemand a clear rationale for theirgiving. And it is generally not aboutgrassroots concerns.”
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•Bennet’s Self-InflictedWounds
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•Halloween Safety
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Denver’s Cable Buidling 
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Surviving Rwanda
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Lowry’s Hangar 2finally sold
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An out-of-state group whichcame to town last year promising toimpact Denver’s school board elec-tions has become one of the state’smost prodigious fundraisers of out-of-state money.Stand for Children, a group based in Oregon, according to itslegal documents, has brought inmore Wall Street cashthan any other edu-cation group. It’s bigmoney vehicle is a so-called 527 group, a typeof political group thatallows unlimited sumsof campaign money to be raised,skirting traditional limits of politicalfundraising. The vast majority of itsmoney has come from New York,Chicago and Washington, and criticssay that Denver’s school board poli-tics, hith-erto amatter of  just localcon-cern, has becomea play-groundfor thenation’srich andpower-ful.In just one filing period, Standnetted contributions of $29,995from corporate takeover artist
Dancing no more? Plans to re-open Fillmore to thru traffic havemomentum
by Guerin Lee Green
Group brings Wall Street Money toschool races
“Grassroots”group brings inmore than$100,000 in out ofstate contributions,mostly fromfinance interests toinfluence localraces
A ”compromise” has beenstruck over the fate of Cherry Creek 
North’s Fillmore Plaza.
Property owners having beenpushing to convert the pedestrianplaza into a “hybrid” street, whichwould carry cars at least part of the time. The storefronts facing theplaza have been without tenantsfor some time now.An e-mail vote in the CherryCreek North Neighborhood on the
issue of Fillmore Plaza resulted in a
narrow approval, by a small margin,of a much improved plaza-streethybrid design from the one pre-sented in July. With the support of the leadership of the Cherry Creek East Neighborhood, the CountryClub Neighborhood and CHUN,CCNNA leadership worked withthe Cherry Creek North BusinessImprovement District (BID) to fur-ther refine the design.New in this design, from previ-ous proposals:
• Parking has been removed
from the entire north end of theplaza to allow a more pedestrianfeel. There will be 5 spaces on eachside of the south end of the plaza
near First Avenue.• The center of the plaza and all
of the area north of the center will be curbless, creating a very openfeel when the area is closed. Therewill be retractable bollards for clos-
see FILLMORE on page 9
Fillmore Plaza compromise?
New Medical weight loss approachshowing Denver results
While some high proteindiets, often high in saturated fatscan tax he liver and kidneys, theIdeal Protein Weight loss methodprovides just the right amount of thehighest quality protein needed toprotect muscle mass. The principle behind the protocol is to target fatloss. By restricting the amount of sugars and fats in the diet, the bodywill be forced to turn to its otherenergy sources, fat and muscle forenergy. We do not want to lose ourlean muscle because muscle burns calories.On average, women lose weight at arate of 3 to 4 pounds per week, andmed lose 4 to 7 pounds per week,”says Milbauer.There are 4 phases to the program.Everyone will be in phase one untilthey reach 90% of their goal weight.Phase 2 lasts until you reach thelast 10% of the goal. Phase 3 is whenwe start to reintroduce the healthyfats and carbohydrates back into thediet. Phase 4 is maintenance, whenyou practice what you have learned
by Sarah Nguyen
The struggle to lose weight is acomplicated proposition. Demandsof modern life can make us moresedentary than we would like, andthe food we eat often complicatesthe struggle to keep our metabolismrevving.New to the Cherry Creek andCentral Denver is a doctor-super-
vised program, FDA approved
approach that focuses on a sustain-able means to lose weight.Dr. Alison Mibauer says, “Medical
Fat loss is for anyone looking to
improve their weight and health.Whether their goal is 5 or 50 pounds,Ideal Protein has helped them. Wehave had many patients go throughthe plan and for different reasonsincluding: low energy, blood sugarissues such as diabetes, high cho-lesterol and blood pressure, obesityand to counter food cravings.”Ideal protein is a medicallydesigned protocol that results inrapid fat loss while sparing the leanmuscle. The program was devel-
oped in France 23 years ago by
an MD, PhD for Olympic athletes.
see WEIGHT on page 4
 
 
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Opinion and Comment
By the lights of meta-pollster NateSilver (you can read his election fore-casts in the New York Times online),Michael Bennet will lose the Novemberelection.Silver’s analysis has Ken Buck withabout an 66% probability of winningthe race at press time. There will bemuch hand-wringing in the aftermathof Bennet’s defeat. But, in large mea-sure, it will have been a self-inflectedwound.Twenty-two months ago, we wrote“Bennet, by stark contrast, has little inthe way of connection with traditionalColorado. Never elected by Coloradovoters to a lesser post, he is the firstelectoral novice to be a ColoradoSenator in more than a generation. It’sdifficult to see Bennet’s natural affinityfor Gunnison ranchers, or Yuma sugar beet farmers, or even union pipe fittersin Adams County.”In the end, the Washington-centricBennet never adopted a Colorado mes-sage, or drove home a connection withvoters, particularly the suburban folkswho are decisive in statewide elec-tions.Moreover, Bennet contributed to adangerously toxic environment nation-ally with his own votes and stances.Persistent high unemployment andanemic economic growth and nega-tive average real wage growth will killeven more strongly rooted candidates.Part of a small group of Democrats,Bennet forcefully advocated for an eco-nomic stimulus package of less than800 billion dollars. Yet the output gap(the delta between what the economycould produce and what it would pro-duce) at the time argued for a stimulusof around 1.1 to 1.2 trillion dollars, half again larger than what Bennet advo-cated for in the Senate. The result isthat the stimulus was not large enough,particularly to offset the spending cutsin state and local government, andthe economy has never regained itsfooting, killing investment and wagegrowth. Some may argue that out-come could not have been foreseen. Infact, it was, and numerous observers,including many who predicted theeconomic crash, argued for a largerstimulus with a much more directfiscal punch (and maybe payroll taxrelief). I personally handed Bennet ascatter plot graph at a meeting early in2009 clearly delineating the historicalrelationship between the output gapand unemployment, which stronglyindicated the need for a larger stimu-lus. Alas, the graph, and the commen-tary of a large number of economists,was insufficient to move Bennet.Later that year, Bennet wouldvote against “cramdown” legislationthat would have allowed bankruptcy judges to write down mortgages, asthey can all other types of privatedebt. There are many arguments aboutthe moral hazards created by “cram-down,” but the practical effect is clearas day in hindsight. Rather than focus-ing on the negative impacts of thefinancial crisis in a narrow windowof time, and making banks, already bailed out, propped up and subsi-
dized by free money from the Fed, the
housing crisis has painfully lingeredon. Each foreclosure has created morenegative equity for other homeown-ers, crippling the collective balancesheets of millions of consumers. Thathas slowed consumer spending, forcedhundreds of thousands out of theirhomes, and devastated neighborhoodswith abandoned properties. Again,Bennet had voted with Wall Streetand against Main Street Colorado. AsWall Street filled his campaign coffers,the Colorado housing industry, one of the mainstays of our economy and theone most resistant to outsourcing, haslimped along, contributing to unem-ployment and forcing budget cuts atthe state and local level, which in turnhas further slowed the economy.Lastly, and most obscurely, Bennetsupported the so-called Coburnamendment, which prohibited the
Federal Communications Commissionfrom even talking about the “Fairness
Doctrine,” a hoary old regulatorydevice that required those who usethe public airwaves to provide “equaltime,” a quaint notion that both sidesof an issue should be given an air-ing. The Coburn amendment, namedafter the fairly right-wing senator fromOklahoma, immediately chilled thedebate over the need or even the desir-ability of having fairness on the pub-lic airwaves. As a result, media has become even more polarizing, and thenational debate has drifted farther fromfact-based moorings, and the amountof vitriol attacking Obama— on issuesas spurious as his birthplace and hisreligious loyalty— have poisoned theclimate to the point that candidateslike Bennet have a nearly impossibletask translating reasonable policy posi-tions into arguments relevant to aver-age voters. Had Bennet championedopposition to the Coburn amendment,the result certainly would not have been a utopian vision of media balanceand informed debate. But, inevitably,the message sent would not have beenone embracing the purely nonsensicalstatus quo epitomized by the teary-eyed Glenn Beck.The lesson is as clear as the pollnumbers. Tacking right, then left,while moderating purely for the sakeof moderation and abandoning soundpolicy ultimately makes for poor poli-tics. Bennet, indeed, had the potentialto shake up Washington. In the end,we are left with an object lesson thatmay not be broadly learned.
—Guerin Lee GreenPublisher and Editor 
Bennet’s self-inflictedwounds
Three measures on the ballot thisNovember could portend real perilfor public education in Colorado.In my view, Amendments 60, 61and 101 could mean that propertytaxes, a principal funding source forschools, would be slashed, schooldistricts prevented from long term borrowing and denied any por-tion of vehicle ownership taxes andincome taxes reduced as well, givingthe state little funding with which to back fill the loss in property tax. Thisinsult added to the already grievousfiscal injuries inflicted upon pub-lic education since the early 1970s,would mean outrageously largeclasses, thousand of teachers goneand school buildings, now already indisrepair, crumbling.Amendment 60 supporters con-tend that this amendment is nec-essary to provide taxpayers withyet another check on governmentspending, as if the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) doesn’t provide thatcheck. Supporters make the claimthat property taxes are now too highand reduction of property taxes willallow businesses to flourish. TABORrequires a vote on all tax increases.So, why is Amendment 60 neces-sary? Opponents contend, correctlyin my view, that voter approved taxincreases that provided vital fund-ing would be overturned and thatlocal control of education would beimpeded by an unnecessary consti-tutional amendment.Amendment 61 would constitu-tionally prevent the state and limitlocal governments from incurringany debt without voter approval.Thirty year bonds, for example,used to fund capital infrastructure of schools, roads, hospitals, etc., would be forbidden. Thirty year loans areused to purchase homes. Withoutsuch, the average consumer couldn’tafford to purchase a home. Thatlogic applies to local and state gov-ernments. Without the ability to borrow long term (thirty years), localand state government could not ade-quately fund schools. Public educa-tion is already underfunded.Proposition 101 would reducevehicle ownership taxes to $2 fornew vehicles and $1 for used vehi-cles, reduce the state income taxfrom 4.63 percent to 3.5 percent overa period of time. Colorado alreadyhas one of the lowest income tax
rates among the fifty states. Further,
it would redefine vehicle fees astaxes and even freeze 911 fees at2009 levels, among other restrictions.School funding would be severelyrestricted, jobs lost and state car reg-istration fees reverted to 1919 levelswhen most state roads were stillunpaved.
Education in Peril
Forums have been conducted
throughout the state on these amend-ments. To the best of my knowledge,no sponsor of these amendments hasappeared to argue on their behalf. If they can’t be bothered to stand upand argue for their proposals, votersshould treat these amendments withthe same disrespect shown to voterconcerns.Together, the “ugly three”, asappropriately named, would, in myview, return schools to a 1919 levelof funding. Already cash strappedpublic schools and colleges couldnot afford to provide a 20th centuryeducation to the state’s children letalone a 21st century one. Coloradovoters should reject all three of thesemean-spirited amendments and,instead, recommit to providing afully funded quality education for allits students.
—Ed Augden
ed. note: Jay Marvin, long a fixturein Denver talk radio makes a return toour pages. Marvin is recovering froma life-threatening illness, and we areproud to once again have his distinc-tive voice grace our pages.Radio and television is like a free-way off-ramp sign: barren and mun-dane and time worn. One of the many bright spots for those of us who neednews, information, and music, unlikeradio and television technology pro-vides us more of a choice with contentlike podcasting and internet streaming.With podcasting, you can hear andsee what you want, when you want it,from any provider in the world, on anysubject you can think of.According to the site New MediaUpdate, podcasting listeners areexpected to double in the next twoyears. Why not?Take Talk Radio for instance.It’s the format I’m most familiar with,and had been part of since the late 80‘s.A couple of weeks ago, I turned on theradio in the car and hopped betweenDenver’s three main talk stations.I heard the sour product of angry, white men yelling and com-plaining: the government has gonewild with schemes designed to empty bank accounts, force people to live withqueers, let gays get married, every-thing is Obama and Nancy Pelosi’sfault. Mike Rosen flips off a hatefulcomment about flying jet planes load-ed with Iranians into a mosque. Thecomment then passed off as a joke orsocial satire. Nothing had changed inthe year since I had listened last. Sad.On the Left, everyone is a fascist and acapitalist pig; again sad.Music? Can you live withoutit? I can’t.Now, you have a IPhone andIPod Touch they feature a collection of various apps leading to downloadedcontent.Instead of listening to a lead-weight block of commercials, you can down-load podcasts from public radio sta-tions like WNYC in New York City, andKCRW in Santa Monica. I even caughta great interview with writer-comedian
Eric Bogosian from WFUV in New York 
City plus, there’s a full plate of politicalshows right, left and middle conductedin a civil, fact-filled manner. Musicand songwriters both cutting edge andmind-jarring, album cuts and 45s.You will also find podcasting on PopCulture books, my long-held favorite.Then there’s Pandora, where you build a radio station playing only themusic you want. Radio stations suchas KCRW Santa Monica, KXCI, Tucson,Arizona, WWOZ, New Orleans andother stations offering podcasts of music and news.
For me, it’s Americana music and
there’s a stack of stations podcastingand streaming it, filled with artists likemy friend and great singer-songwriter,Tom Russell at Denver’s Soiled Dovethe 30th of this month.Radio and television is dead to me.It lacks content and variety and it’s been going down as every year passes.These days, since I got sick, I haveto face the fact I may never be able togo back to the thing I loved so much—radio. However, with help, I plan to tryto put on an internet radio station, withpodcasts, on the arts of all kinds, withvery little politics. Right now, it’s inthe planing stages and I have people tohelp me so despite my on-going pain, Ican make it happen.The best part: I’m not going to doit for money, but only to create bore- busting content. Not for you, whichwould be great, but for me.
— Jay MarvinCatch Jay on-line at http://exilein.wordpress.com
New Technology — Jay Marvin
 
 
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Way back in January I set my fit-ness goals for the year: bench press225 lbs, complete 50 miles on a bicycleat an average speed of 14 mph, andimprove my flexibility. They werestretch goals, given my age (43 inApril), physical limitations (surgi-cally repaired knees and ankle) andtime constraints. And, as I discoveredin talking with Denver fitness guru
David Diaz (Fitness Together), they
were potentially contradictory, andmaybe not too sensible. But I’m noth-ing if not stubborn, so I stuck withthem.With most of year gone, it is timeto evaluate my progress. The strengthgoal was the easiest one for me. I likethe weight room, and I wasn’t too faroff the goal to start with. I peakedout in June, lifting 340 lbs on a benchpress machine. The machine is not thesame as free weights, as the weight isstabilized, and there is some degreeof leverage in the machine’s design.Nevertheless, I feel pretty good hav-ing hit 340, before a series of injuriesknocked me off the bench.The bicycle goal was also derailed by injuries. Chaos in my personallife meant two-hour training rideswere tough to come by. By my trustyiPhone GPS bicycle computer, I naileddown two 30-mile-plus rides at a 14.2mph average. That’s quite a waysshort of 50 miles at that pace. But I’mnot unhappy with the result. It is inreach, and if I can keep a base fitnesslevel through the winter, I can realisti-cally go for the goal next summer.There is an open question, howev-er, of the compatibility of carrying theweight necessary to meet my strengthgoals and hitting the bike goal. If you have been reading this columnthroughout the year, you’ve seen howresearch is demonstrating just howmuch the body adapts for various fit-ness goals, including how it rearrang-es muscle composition and how ituses energy. Building the fat-burningefficiency to sustain three-and-a-half-hour cardiovascular efforts is dia-metrically opposed to the explosiveenergy requirements of weightlifting.If you have any doubt about this, jux-tapose an image of Jamaican sprinterUsain Bolt with any top marathoneror cross-country skier. The efficien-cy versus explosiveness tradeoff isclearly a big hurdle for humans. Theinevitable conclusion is that while it ispossible to achieve both of these goalssimultaneously, it probably requires amuch higher level of fitness, in bothareas, than would either one pursuedto the exclusion of the other.That introduces a series of ques-tions that I think are currently unan-swered by exercise science. We know
Getting fit in 2010: Goals, andwhy where you are fat matters
 
by Guerin Lee Greensee FITNESS on page 4
clearly that muscle mass drivesmetabolism, and therefore lean mus-cle means a healthier human in termsof metabolic disease(diabetes, obesity,some cancers) thatare modern killers.And strong cardio-vascular fitness— biking, running,swimming— effec-tively slows metab-olism by vastlyincreasing efficien-cy. So, for the aver-age American adult,whose job enforcesa sort of sedentaryexistence, choosinga path is not terri- bly clear. But chooseone, nonetheless, orlikely die younger and have lessquality of life in the meantime.
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