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04-27-2011 In The News After the bond initiative passed with 56 percent support, Mejia “hired consultants to develop the program and cost model; negotiated the purchase of nine land parcels; formed committees to develop the finance, program and construction elements; formed a steering committee for on-going negotiations with disparate user groups; hired the master urban design architect; assembled the Justice Center project management team members; assembled architect selection panels and public forums and hired the architects; provided on-going stakeholder coordination and interfaced with Denver City Council and the public.” In 2006, Mejia’s role changed. He became the “Justice Center’s policy manager” as Denver Public Works assumed management of the construction of the buildings, according to the memo released to the Post on Tuesday. “In that capacity, Mejia handled program and policy level management of the Justice Center for the Mayor’s Office continuing the development of program elements and working with the neighborhood and user groups, various stakeholders, City Council and the public. Mejia also managed the naming process for the buildings; he left the project in late 2007 when contractor negotiations we’re nearing completion.” He, in effect, “provided policy level guidance” and managed “stakeholder relations” while Public Works managed the design and construction. The entire cost to build the Denver Justice Center campus — which is comprised of the “Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse and the Justice Center Parking Garage, which houses the US Post Office” — was $400 million. The city says “additional funding sources” helped pay for the difference as well as street and landscaping improvements and enhancements. “Because we utilized these additional sources, we did not have to go back to voters regarding the bond funds they approved, and therefore, completed the project on time and on budget.” Read the original story at The Denver Post.

Mejia is Correct on Claims about Justice Center

Mejia is Correct About His Claims about the Justice Center By Jeremy Meyer for The Denver Post, Apr 27, 2011 Claim: Throughout the 2011 election mayoral can...

04-18-2011 In The News   Mejia who has spent less than his top competitors has utilized grassroots activists and personal appearances to bolster his campaigns modest television budget. The Mejia campaign although well funded has not filled it’s coffers as deeply as has the Romer machine.  Romer has the backing of a well oiled group of wealthy contributors that are rumored to be preparing  a brutal “independent” political attack on Mejia  who is the candidate Romer fears the most in Junes’ runoff. Mejia has proven himself to be a candidate that can inspire Latino voters while simultaneously moving women and Democratic voters hungry for new political leaders. The stakes are now high and the Romer clique has to gamble that an “independent” negative attack on Mejia will not backfire dramatically on their legacy candidate. Latino voters, 8% of which are still undecided in the race, have been known to rally around community candidates that are unfairly attacked.  Additionally the Denver Post repeatedly chastised outsider U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff for what they claimed was a negative campaign against his opponent. It is yet to be seen if the Post will hold their endorsed candidate to the clean campaign standard. Read the original story by Mario Solis-Marich at MarioWire

Outspent but Not Outdone

Outspent but Not Outdone: Underdog Denver Mayoral Candidate On Top Tier By Mario Solis-Marich for MarioWire, Apr 18, 2011 A new Denver Post poll shows that ...

04-13-2011 In The News   Mejia also has one daughter in Denver Public Schools and another daughter in a private school in Denver. The endorsement gives Mejia’s campaign strength in numbers from the teachers’ union. “We will be encouraging our members to support him,” Roman said. “That will mean people will sign up to walk (going door-to-door) and all of our members will get information about him. So, yeah, we will help.” Education has been a major factor in the campaign with candidates talking about their stances on education reform and filming television advertisements about the issue. Getting the teacher union support potentially puts Mejia on one side of the debate with other reform-favored candidates, such as Chris Romer and Michael Hancock, on the other side. Mejia disagrees, saying that he is not the union guy but “the reasonable guy. It’s about balance.” Mejia released a statement about the endorsement: "While the Denver Mayor does not control DPS, the role of the Mayor in Denver’s educational system is an important one. The mayor must be an advocate for students, hold leadership accountable and ensure that teachers and students have adequate resources for success. Everyone can agree that our schools are in need of change, improvement and reform. For too many students, the current system is not working and the changes needed in DPS are not happening at the pace necessary to prevent our children from falling further behind. What we need, I strongly believe, is not a mayor who comes into office as an advocate for one side or the other in a debate that has become filled with more rhetoric and politics than collaborative dialog, but somebody who will provide a neutral forum for constructive debate about our path forward. I believe that there are worthy ideas on all sides of the education debate, that everybody who is committed to improving Denver Public Schools and who are willing to engage in a civil if robust debate about our schools’ future, should have a seat at the table, that the improvements needed at DPS need to be accelerated, and that we must put our children, not any organization’s agenda first. I’m proud to have the support of people on all sides of this vital discussion and particularly proud, as the son of a father who taught in the public schools for 40 years and a mother who ran a daycare out of our home, to stand with the teachers who have committed their lives to educating and guiding our children." Read the original story in The Denver Post

Mejia gets endorsement from Denver’s teachers

Mejia Gets Endorsement from Denver’s teachers Denver Post, April 13, 2011 The 3,200-member Denver Classroom Teachers Association today endorsed former Denve...

03-25-2011 In The News   Areas where he sees potential include: Along the South Platte River. “It should be an asset, not an obstacle.” The Overland Park neighborhood. The stalled redevelopment of the former Gates Co. plant at Broadway near Interstate 25 and Santa Fe Drive. Under-utilized land near Elitch’s. Sun Valley, “Denver’s poorest neighborhood.” RiverNorth area, “where TAXI is located.” “I think a lot of these areas have the ability to be the next Central Platte Valley,” old rail yards transformed into residential and retail developments by Riverfront and other projects. 24-hour city When Pena was mayor, one of his goals was to turn Denver into a “24-hour” city. Pena was first elected in 1983 and again in 1987. ‘I don’t think we’re there yet,” Mejia said. “I think we might be an 18-hour or 20-hour city.” For downtown, he would like to see a grocery store and a school, as well as more destination shopping. “I think the mayor should become more involved in promoting Denver at the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers),” which holds an annual, deal-making conference in Las Vegas. Downtown needs retail “There is no question that downtown needs more destination retail,” Mejia said.”The 16th Street Mall is is crying to have more unique and interesting shopping opportunities. And I think the redevelopment at Union Station is going to bring some really great retail opportunities downtown.” Asked if he thinks that the endorsement by the Denver Board of Realtors could be a a double-edged sword, because some voters may not like Realtors, Mejia said he had no such fears. “Working with Realtors is a two-way street,” Mejia said. “Everywhere I go, I meet Realtors who are very involved in the community and want to make Denver a better place. They meet and talk to a lot of people. For me, being mayor is all about creating and strengthening neighborhoods. I find that a lot of Realtors share my vision for Denver.” Read the original story by John Rebchook at In Denver Times

Board of Realtors endorses Mejia

Realtors endorse Mejia In Denver Times, Mar 25, 2011 The Denver Board of Realtors has endorsed James Mejia in his bid to be Denver’s next mayor. “We are pl...

03-17-2011 In The News

Mejia first TV ad

Eli Stokols, KDVR - March 17, 2011 An old journalism professor once told me that a reporter's lead sentence should be like a good clean knife wound: "get in an...

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