Aurora Municipal Center.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

So what are the chances that state lawmakers will let urban counties hire rather than elect most county leaders? Or how likely is it that Aurora will be encompassed by just one county, or that Aurora will get a majority of seats on the Arapahoe County commission? Two chances: slim and none

A vehicle runs a red light at the intersection of Alameda Parkway and South Buckley Road on April 14. State lawmakers are considering on banning red light and radar traffic cameras. (Courtland Wilson/ Aurora Sentinel)

“You’ve got the uncertainty with the state Legislature and the dichotomy among elected officials as to whether they’re good or bad,” said Aurora City Councilman Bob LeGare, a member of the city’s Public Safety Committee. “Once it’s resolved in the Legislature, someone might want to bring up the topic.”

Bruce Abel, assistant general manager of the Bus Operations Department for the Regional Transportation District, demonstrates the new smart card technology, Dec. 31 at the Denver Union Station light rail platform. RTD launched its new program on Jan. 1 that uses an embedded chip that instantaneously process information when boarding buses and light rails.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“The other day I went on the light rail with my partner Downtown. It cost us $16. My car gets 40 miles to the gallon. I think the prices are really a discouragement,” said Andrea Chiriboga-flor, a transit organizer with Colorado 9to5, a group that advocates on behalf of working women

This Saturday will mark the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Aurora Cultural Arts District. Santa Claus will visit to hand out presents and other events include holiday treats to munch on while listening to the Aurora Symphony Brass Quartet and selected scenes from the Vintage Theater's show "Miss Saigon." (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“It’s definitely a great opportunity for people to come down to the district to discover the theaters and galleries,” said Tracy Weil, executive director of the Aurora Cultural Arts District. He took over as the main organizer for the tree lighting three years ago. “We’re just trying to create awareness, fun and an overall sense of community.”