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
City Manager Skip Noe is expected to choose a new chief in the coming weeks, with an announcement likely sometime after the first of the year
“The situation we find ourselves in is unacceptable to me, Secretary Bob McDonald, to our veterans,” Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora said at a press conference at the VA construction site Dec. 17. “It’s not acceptable to the American people.”
“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.”
“As a city, we lose out on many things because we’re in three counties,” said Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, a longtime advocate for Aurora making the switch.
“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
“The VA is clearly not set up to manage major construction projects and it has definitely proven that.”
“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.”