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Jenny Paulson

PUEBLO'S NEW NORTH SIDE KFC OPENED TODAY - AND IT WAS PACKED - They are located in a brand new building at 4171 N Elizabeth. The new owners not affiliated with any additional KFCs in this area. They have a Facebook page at [www.facebook.com/kfcinpueblo/](www.facebook.com/kfcinpueblo/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARA-ONF7uDuzm6BZak2eC7I8aq1VQdjUWrf_Re37UVuCRqmFhdDd...[0]=68.ARBugFEN1P_gLTEBNlbFoqKDQrMv-pbg8aRzvsjwH8pGdj2ZcXcvPo93DXCFl4PRcxvtUXezpT4VVRJEljq9v363wbOe388km1SbrXotII9mwoz8bh6-wL0wIBPlJfN7_TVtT8nPffs7jX3gclUnoGMh2SHBOWqsuOXei2yGejthC5qcXaxjN-M0D7rMfDTd7VVSkEVCZjejNDNP0iWUpRbeN2h_zZfcTZ3D3C3aM0pBUeJWMhtlbaSYDV6gm7sSQFaj3o0kcUL8iB8ADdBaATgSYaijhvK-Ke26qxpl8qwpacc59yw17ZaOI2YIFihqQqFWHCrY7o15laOn1MBugWTM21WtH-BWFlYu) ...

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3 days ago

Jenny Paulson

I should be home....owner ofJorges check ....owner of Sunset Inn....check!!! ...

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4 days ago

Jenny Paulson

🔥🔥 🔥 NAME YOUR FAVORITE THING TO MAKE WITH AVOCADOS ..

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1 week ago

Jenny Paulson

🔥🔥 🔥 NAME THE BEST PLACE TO GET CHINESE FOOD IN PUEBLO ..

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1 week ago

Jenny Paulson

🔥🔥 🔥 WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE ..!!

...#ChooseYourWeapon ..#HotSauce
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1 week ago

Jenny Paulson

Stacked enchiladas,,queso presso cheese an cheddar...jalopenos stuffed with jimmy dean,,onion creme cheese...awww Mondays ...

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2 weeks ago

Jenny Paulson

Slopper at The Sunset Inn!!! Pueblos finest!!! ...

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1 week ago

Jenny Paulson

SOME OF YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THE FIRST TV DINNERS AND FIRST MICROWAVES.... Jim Simmons posted this at Pueblo, Colorado... Are you from there back in the day, a popular FB group.

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2 weeks ago

Jenny Paulson

MOST PUEBLO NATIVES KNOW WHAT THIS IS, BUT THERE'S DIFFERENT VERSIONS - HOW WOULD YOU TWEAK THIS FIDEO RECIPE - This was shared by a few members of this group - The Mexican version of Fideo is an easy and quick noodle soup (the Pueblo version is less of a soup, more of a side), and is eaten for lunch or dinner typically, often with warm corn tortillas. This recipe does use tomato sauce, but sometimes the soup is made with just a clear broth, like a consommé.

16 oz fideo (or cut up spaghetti)

2 lbs ground beef

5 oz tomato sauce

1 golden potato

2 roma tomatoes

1/4 of onion

5 tsp of Knorr’s caldo de pollo

Make ground beef; season to taste. In another pan, fry the fideo until golden brown. Add cooked ground beef and potatoes to the fideo. In blender, blend onion, tomatoes, caldo de pollo & tomato sauce with 4 cups of water. Add blended mixture to your pot with the fideo, ground beef and potatoes. Cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
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2 weeks ago

Jenny Paulson

🔥🔥 🔥 NAME BEST RESTAURANT TO ORDER ITALIAN FOOD FROM ..

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2 weeks ago

Jenny Paulson

How do you all like the new logo and name of the Hanging Tree - "Grind Haus" Cafe? ...

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1 week ago

Jenny Paulson

APPLE HAND PIES - BY RITA MORGAN OF PUEBLO - Try these fried apple pies for an on-the-go delicious dessert.

Ingredients
* 2 apples, cored, peeled and diced
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 1/2 cup cold water
* 1 cup oil
* Garnish: powdered sugar
## How to Make It

Stir together apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook over low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until apples are tender. Set aside. Combine flour and salt; cut in shortening with a fork. Stir in water to a dough consistency. Roll out dough 1/8-inch thick on a floured surface. Cut out with a 4-inch round cookie cutter; place one tablespoon apple mixture in center of each circle. Sprinkle edges with water; fold circles in half. Seal edges with a fork; set aside. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry pies, a few at a time, for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until golden. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.

Source - www.myrecipes.com/recipe/apple-hand-pies
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2 weeks ago

Jenny Paulson

Some of my first patriotic coffee art from years ago! Back when I was the only person pouring colored latte art in Pueblo and it was still just my signature as a local barista. I have poured them every year! Funny how people can just assume ownership of what makes you unique to your locals as well as pass off someone else's hard work and recipes as their own. Guess that's America though 😅 ...

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2 weeks ago

Jenny Paulson

Green chili for dinner ! Yes I think I will !
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2 weeks ago

Jenny Paulson

#PUEBLOALERT - BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THIS WHITE CAR - THIS CAR FLED THE SCENE OF A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT FRIDAY EVENING (POSSIBLY A FEMALE DRIVER, BUT SOME SAY MALE, IT HAPPENED FAST) - The accident happened just before 7 pm and would have damage to the driver's side. Many say it looks like a Chevy Impala. Police obtained these photos from nearby video cameras by where the accident took place at Sante Fe and Alan Hamel near the Riverwalk. The accident took the life of a well known biker, Tim Chambers at the same location that Chopperz died recently. Please be on the alert for this vehicle and call police if you see it. ...

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2 weeks ago

Jenny Paulson

Omg this is the best Steak potato bean n chili burrito ever! My hubby is da bomb! ...

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2 weeks ago

Jenny Paulson

IMPORTANT PUBLIC ALERT AND NOTICE - THIS IS THE OFFICIAL "PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST ACT OF 2020" BALLOT LANGUAGE - IMPORTANT FOR THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF EXPANDED AND NEW YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT PROJECT, PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND FACILITIES USING REVENUES TO THE CITY FROM MARIJUANA FEES AND TAXES (WITH NO EXTRA FEES OR TAXES TO BUSINESSES OR CONSUMERS)

AS SUBMITTED TO THE CITY OF PUEBLO WEDNESDAY JULY 2, 2020 - TO OBTAIN OUR BALLOT HEADING AND APPROVAL TO FORMAT OF 48 SIGNATURE PRINTED PACKETS THAT WE'LL BE GATHERING SIGNATURES IN SOON (WE NEED JUST OVER 1300 VALID SIGNATURES BY JULY 24TH, FOR VOTERS APPROVAL NOV 3RD, 2020, AND TO BEGIN IN JANUARY, 2021, THAT ALL RETAIL MARIJUANA REVENUES, LESS THE CITY'S ADMINISTRATION COSTS, GO TO "PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST PROGRAMS"

(SEE NOTES AT BOTTOM TO HELP US OUT)!

SUMMARY OF THE ORDINANCE THAT IS SUBJECT OF THIS PETITION:

AN AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 11 OF THE CITY OF PUEBLO CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PROVIDE THAT ALL FEES, TAXES AND ANY OTHER SOURCES OF REVENUES TO THE CITY OF PUEBLO FROM RETAIL MARIJUANA, EXCEPT FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES OF THE PARTICULAR SERVICES, BE DIRECTED INTO A SPECIAL ACCOUNT WITHIN THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF PUEBLO, IN A FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE “PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST FUND,” WITH ALL REVENUES DEDICATED TO NONPROFITS AND AGENCIES COMMITTED TO BROAD-BASED PROJECTS, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON THE MOST AT-RISK, AT-NEED CHILDREN, YOUTH AND TRANSITIONARY-AGED YOUNG ADULTS; AND THAT A “PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST ADVISORY COMMISSION” PROVIDE OVERSIGHT; GUIDED BY A SUBCOMMITTEE OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS; AND A COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND SERVICES ALLOCATION PLAN; SERVED BY A PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST PROGRAM DIRECTOR; AND WITH QUARTERLY AND ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDITS OF ALL FUNDS AND PROGRAMS, TO ENSURE THAT THE CONCERTED PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST PROGRAM IS MANAGED IN A MANNER ACCOUNTABLE TO THE GOALS OF THIS ACT, HEREBY CALLED “THE PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST ACT OF 2020;” WITH ALL FUNDS, PROGRAMS, PARTNERSHIPS AND CONTRACTS, SUBJECT TO FINAL APPROVAL BY ANY AUTHORITY AS MANDATED BY LAW.

To the City Council of Pueblo, Colorado:

PETITION TO INITIATE

We the undersigned registered voters of the City of Pueblo, Colorado, pursuant to Article XX of the Constitution of the State of Colorado, Article 18 of the Charter of Pueblo, and applicable laws of the State of Colorado, do hereby petition the Council to submit the following amendment to Chapter 11 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pueblo to a to a vote of the registered electors of the City of Pueblo at the General Municipal Election to be held on November 3, 2020.

A statement of the reasons for the proposed action as contemplated in the petition is as follows:

• The People of Pueblo believe, and research evidences, that children and youth growing up in Pueblo, and young transitionary-aged adults residing in Pueblo, are more likely to experience harm, than if they resided elsewhere, due to excessive poverty, crime, violence, harmful substance use (now at an epidemic rate), unintended pregnancies, contact with child welfare, law enforcement and the criminal justice system; and suspension, expulsion and school dropout.

• Already at a disadvantage, Pueblo’s youth and young adult population has been further traumatized by the Covid-19 pandemic, being recently displaced without warning from in-person schooling, in-person higher education, and is now facing diminishing career and job opportunities, thus the People come forth with this compassionate and comprehensive response, hereby known as the “Pueblo Youth First Act of 2020,” to address the pressing needs of this generation, providing support for the immediate expansion and creation of projects, programs, and services, to turn the current tide of despair, into hope.

• While the People recognize that there are some successful local programs in place, they, as a whole, are not of an adequate scale to allow to for major change in such a troubled community, and, in comparison to opportunities in more proactive cities, Pueblo lacks a comprehensive continuum of effective strategies and the adequate funding for such a concerted, broad-based network of evidence-based youth development projects, programs and services, with a special focus on Pueblo’s most at-risk children, youth and transitionally-aged young adults, most impacted by cultural issues, poverty and discord.

• By enacting this Act, without an increase in costs, fees or taxes to businesses or consumers, the City of Pueblo shall be directed to earmark all revenues from retail marijuana, except for the administrative expenses of the particular services, and to remit monthly into a fund of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Pueblo, hereby known as the “Pueblo Youth First Fund,” of an amount estimated by Pueblo’s Mayor in his State of the City address in January, 2020, to be well over one million dollars annually, previously placed into the City’s General Fund and/or other accounts for any purposes they so desired.

• The Pueblo Youth First Fund, holding all such revenues, and to include additional leveraged funds, shall be disbursed in part to expanded and new youth-focused Parks and Recreation Department programs and services, and to other nonprofits and agencies committed to Pueblo Youth First’s concerted projects, programs and services, especially targeting Pueblo’s most at-risk, at-need children, youth and transitionary-aged young adults, and their parents or guardians, with any final approval of any acts or contractual agreements, by Council or any other authority as required by law.

• To create the Pueblo Youth First Fund, the full text of which follows, amends Chapter 11 of the City of Pueblo code of ordinances, to mandate that, except for the City’s expenses to defray the costs of the particular municipal services, all excess funds from any source of revenue from retail marijuana to the City of Pueblo, shall be directed to the Pueblo Youth First Fund within the City’s honorable youth and family-focused Parks and Recreation Department that already has the staffing for, and manages, at least one learning center, other facilities, and broad-based educational and recreational projects, programs and services.

• This Act is in accordance with laws which permit the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, transfer and sales of retail marijuana products under Article XVIII of the Colorado State Constitution, and Colorado Retail Marijuana Code (C.R.S. 12-43.4-101), and, C.R.S. 29-2-114, which authorizes the State, County, and the City of Pueblo, to levy, collect, and enforce fees, revenues and taxes related to marijuana, providing that home rule cities may make certain specific local decisions.

• Such local decisions, as approved by Council, in Chapter 11, Retail Marijuana, of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Pueblo, which are only being amended by the People to allow for the creation of the Pueblo Youth First Fund, to earmark specific revenue to benefit children, youth and transitionary-aged young adults, with only minor changes of the language of the City approved regulations, in adherence to the legal precedence provided by other municipalities and counties in Colorado, which have already, within legal state guidelines, allowed that a portion or all of their revenues from marijuana, be dedicated to one or more special funds, with marijuana related revenues, earmarked for select community-based programs and projects.

• Other cities and counties in Colorado have set the precedence of dedicating marijuana funds, including the City of Aurora, which purposed millions of dollars of marijuana related revenues for a recreation center for families, a gym for the homeless, and other projects, but it was right here locally, that Pueblo County became the first local level governmental entity in the country, to dedicate marijuana revenues to scholarships for Pueblo County high school graduates, after the approval of county-wide voters in 2015, for a new excise tax on the first sale of marijuana, which now provides over 2 million dollars per year for such.

• While this Pueblo Youth First Act of 2020 provides for scholarships as well, it is most focused on a broad range of Youth First-style approaches, proven successful in other crime ridden communities, included, but not limited to: health and well being; substance abuse prevention and treatment; out-of-school education; life skills classes; recreation and outdoor programs; after-school homework assistance; mentorships and counseling; job preparedness and internship programs; college readiness; trade certificate and higher education scholarships; diversion programs; and for feasibility studies into the issues of transportation to and from program locations; the creation of, or expansion of and funding for speciality learning centers; the possibility of providing grants for new small, alternative school(s) for at-risk youth and transitionary-aged young adults; and the possibility of providing partnership funding for local and/or regional youth and young adult diversion program(s), with halfway housing.

• If approved by the electorate, approaches proposed by this Pueblo Youth First Act of 2020, shall be enacted with careful thought and planning, to be modeled in part after broad-based, concerted youth-orientated programs long established in Oakland, Calif, and in other cities that followed Oakland’s lead, all with similar Youth First-style Acts, the a most recent one approved by voters in Richmond, Calif, in 2018, where evidence proves that such programs provide for a more effective coordination of city, nonprofit and other agency services, better planning, and leveraging of significant additional resources and partnerships.

• The success of Oakland’s Youth First programs, now in over 25 years of operation, preventing substance abuse, promoting healthy behaviors, maximizing student success, thus producing significant positive outcomes for youth, is evidenced in an audit with: a) 84% of those involved in Youth First showing increased college readiness; b) 92% showing increased knowledge of career paths; c) 85% showing an increased sense of empowerment; d) 86% showing improved decision-making and goal setting; e) 85% showing a greater sense of confidence and self-esteem; and f) 81% expressing having greater connections to caring adults.

• In contemplating the Pueblo Youth First Act of 2020, local voters may also refer to the San Francisco Children and Youth Fund, passed by the electorate in 1991, which further evidences how programs from dedicated Youth First-style funds help to maximize impact in a community, there, supporting hundreds of youth-based programs for educational support; enrichment, leadership and skill building; justice services; mentorship; out of school time; youth workforce development; family empowerment; and outreach; with all combined to contribute to public safety and overall quality of life.

• The City of Richmond, Calif’s model shows how out-of-school support services and work programs benefit youth and youth adults, helping guide them to be successful in school, prepared to succeed in the workplace, and to live in stable, safe and supported families and communities. Pueblo may follow Richmond’s lead, creating Pueblo Youth First evidence-based programs, also focusing on youth ages 16 to 24, who often lack skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in school and employment, helping with responsibility, organization, time management and good work habits, with a focus on low-income and youth of color, disproportionately affected by lack of education and unemployment, with a dropout rate typically double to triple that of Caucasians, as is also the case in Pueblo.

• Providing for the Pueblo Youth First Fund may be legally enacted by a vote of the People, because the City of Pueblo, in approving Chapter 11 of the Code of Ordinances, while restricting that a portion of fees from both retail and medial marijuana, be defrayed for the costs of the particular municipal services, but unlike the County, the City has not yet directed the use of excess revenues, and has historically placed such revenues for general use, thus they shall instead, be legally diverted by the vote of the People.

• The Pueblo Youth First Act of 2020 is also in accordance with Article V of the Colorado Constitution, which reserves citizen initiative and referendum powers, allowing registered voters in any municipal or county jurisdiction, to propose and vote on municipal laws written by the People and presented to the People, without changes or approval by local government, and provides that the manner of excising such said powers be further prescribed by general local laws.

• In Pueblo’s case, Article 18 in the City of Pueblo Charter, furthermore provides for the local referendum and initiative process, which allows citizens to propose, create or amend any City of Pueblo ordinance, thus authorizing the process in which this petition of the People, may direct the City of Pueblo to follow any mandated procedures, or to submit the full text to follow, to a vote of the registered electors, and if approved by the electorate, shall go into effect, and, according to Article 18 of the City of Pueblo Charter, cannot be repealed or amended except by another electoral vote.

• This petition comes forth at a time of a city-wide and nation-wide crisis due to issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, with Pueblo’s most at-need left without access to the types of concerted programs and services readily available in more proactive cities, and, during this crisis, the People have put a greater scrutiny on the actions of local elected officials, who have historically and recently continued to neglect Pueblo’s most pressing issues, and instead, have exercised a pattern and practice of inequitable budgeting, repeatedly misdirecting public funds, with a continual misuse of legislative power, thus ,this Act is brought forth to provide for a Pueblo First Youth Fund to mandate, by the voter’s of Pueblo, a more equitable distribution of revenues, to place Pueblo’s children, youth and transitionary-aged young adults, as the City’s first priority.

• This proposal also comes forth after decades of elected officials proposing to Pueblo’s well meaning electorate, ballot items traditionally vague in nature, lacking in accountability, and resulting in conflict with the best interests of taxpayers, with an extreme recent example, scrutixzing by the People, being the City’s debacled Street Utility Enterprise, approved by voters in 2017, that hasn’t yet and likely won’t provide for comprehensive street repair projects voters expected, with funds already diverted for other purposes, and with fees already raised from their promised just $1 to now $3 per residence (worse for apartment owners, businesses, etc), and with a current focus on road projects prioritizing exclusive areas, rather than the most at-need neighborhoods.

• In addition, the People have further scrutinized how, even with a new Mayor, that he and Council have continued the tradition, budgeting for unnecessary pet projects, rather than providing for the fundamental needs of the community, with several extreme recent examples of their misaligned values, evident in their 2020 budget, approved in the fall of 2019, prior to the Covid-19 crisis, in which they approved funding for a proposed new $200,000 “executive golf course bathroom facility,” and a near future approved $5,000,000 elite City of Pueblo golf clubhouse, while neglecting the most at-need citizens and neighborhoods in Pueblo.

• This Pueblo First Act of 2020 changes the tide, providing honorable accountability measures, with tight checks and balances, with any funding proposed herein, subject to the oversight of the Pueblo Youth First Advisory Committee, with guidance from a youth and young adult subcommittee, with the continual input from citizens, businesses and neighborhoods, with the support of a professional Program Director, and of Parks and Recreation Department staff, who shall assist with a Community Assessment and Services Allocation Plan, to oversee the process by which funds shall be spent, with quarterly and annual outside audits, to ensure accountability to the goals of this Act, with any final approval as mandated by law.

• Should the People’s proposed amendments to Chapter 11 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pueblo be challenged, precedence has already been set in Colorado courts, that views citizen created legislation, and the powers of the initiatives and referendums, as integral to Colorado’s democratic process, which has been supported by judges, as a direct check on the exercise of legislative power by elected officials, thus allowing that local government, directly accountable to the People, must follow any mandated procedures, or refer proposals such as this, to a vote of the People, ensuring that legislative authority truly does come from the will of the People.

• In addition, if challenged, a severability clause provided herein, protects this People’s petition, providing that if any parts of this proposal are in conflict, or that if any part, sentence, subsection, clause or phrase in this amended of the Chapter 11 of the City of Pueblo Code of Ordinances, is for any reason to be held invalid, that such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of the ordinance, and that it be the intention of the People that the City would have adopted this amended ordinance had such not been unknowingly included herein.

The full text of the proposed Ordinance, that is subject of this petition, is as follows:

ORDINANCE NO. ____________

AN ORDINANCE SUBMITTING TO A VOTE OF THE REGISTERED ELECTORS OF THE CITY OF PUEBLO AT THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 3, 2020 A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO TITLE XI OF THE PUEBLO MUNICIPAL CODE BY THE AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 11 (NOTE WE ARE AMENDING CHAPTER 11, BUT OF THE 57 PAGES IN OUR PETITION PACKET, WITH SIGNATURES DUE BY JULY 24TH, ONLY 3-1/2. PAGES APPLIES TO FUNDING FOR YOUTH FIRST WITH ONLY A FEW OTHER MINOR CHANGES):

CHAPTER 11 Retail Marijuana

Article I – General

Sec. 11-11-101. - Findings and purpose.

Sec. 11-11-206. - The Youth First Commission and Grant Committee.

(a) The Pueblo Youth First Commission and a Pueblo Youth First Director, shall help Parks and Recreation Department staff oversee the proper revenue collection and the independent auditing of the Pueblo Youth First Fund, provided for by retail marijuana revenues, and combined with additional leveraged funds, to ensure that all dedicated revenues are used solely for adequate funding to enhance, implement and retain broad-based, concerted youth-focused projects, programs, services, and facilities, with an extensive collaboration between the Parks and Recreation Department, various program providers and inter-agencies, and with all funds, programs, partnerships and contracts, subject to final approval by Council and/or any authority if required by law.

(b) The Commission shall be initially comprised of nine (9) members, with staggering terms, with expertise in criminal justice, health, social services, education, research, evaluation, finance, audits, law, and public policy. The Pueblo Youth First Commission shall be comprised of one (1) voting representative from the Parks and Recreation Department, who shall be or designate a chair. The chair is empowered to staff support as required and deemed appropriate by the Department and Commission. One (1) member shall be an attorney, paid a professional rate, to attend Commission meetings, and to assist with business affairs and legalities. At least two (2) members shall have experience working with the most at-risk, target populations. The Commission may increase it's membership by a majority vote and may stipulate that certain additional member be non-voting, advisory members, to ensure that the Commission is least political in nature.

(c) Parks and Recreation Department management staff shall, in collaboration with the Commission, help recruit, hire and remove the Pueblo Youth First Director, and an independent or staff Grant Manager to leverage additional grant income from outside sources for the Pueblo Youth First Fund, supported by an least five-member Grant Committee, to help to prevent conflicts of interest in the oversight and allocation of grant funding, within carefully established by-laws and rules of operation for grants. All funds and grant receivers, shall be subject to an at least annual data-based independent audit, to ensure the proper distribution of grants, and accountability in accordance with the objectives stated herein.

Sec. 11-11-207. - Pueblo Youth First Director and Community Outreach.

(a) Pueblo Parks Department management shall help recruit, hire and remove candidates for the Pueblo Youth First Director position, in consultation with the Commission, with any further approval of the hiree as required by law. The Director, along with Commission and Department staff, guided by a subcommittee composed of youth and young adults, and with continual community input, shall be responsible for developing funding strategies that align with the services delineated in this Ordinance, and as outlined in a mandated, annual Community Assessment and Services Allocation Plan, for the strategic expansion and implementation of concerted Pueblo Youth First projects, programs, services and facilities.

(b) To perform effectively the Program Director, Commission, Grant Manager and Grant Committee, shall be provided with office space, equipment, supplies and support staff as needed. The Pueblo Youth First network shall be involved with Pueblo Youth First program providers, and outside nonprofits and inter-agencies, including social services, the school district, health department, hospitals, the DA's office, the probation office, police, workforce agencies, criminal justice practitioners, and other related entities (any of whom may apply to the Parks and Recreation Department for a committee position), providing for an least two major annual community forums and symposiums, with experts, program providers, inter-agencies and citizens.

(c) The Department, Commission, Program Director and independent auditor, shall ensure that earmarked revenues from the Pueblo Youth First Fund, be only used to pay for any costs and expenses for a broad-based and integrated network of services, community-based programs and facilities, with an emphasis on outreach to populations in most need, with a special focus on the most at-risk children, youth and transitionary-aged youth adults, and their parents or guardians. Pueblo Youth First programs may include, but not limited to: health and well being; substance abuse prevention and treatment; school-based education and training programs; out-of-school education; activities, events, fundraisers and campaigns; life skills classes; recreation and outdoor programs; after-school homework assistance; mentorships, life coaching and counseling to help redirect most at-risk individuals; street-based education and outreach programs; crisis response programs; job preparedness and internship programs; college readiness; trade certificate and higher education scholarships; diversion and re-entry programs to assist ex-offenders under the age of 24, with short term housing and self sufficiency programs; other innovative and best practice approaches to violence and crime prevention and intervention; and for feasibility studies into the issues of transportation to and from program locations; the creation of, or expansion of and funding for speciality learning centers; the possibility of providing grants for new small, alternative school(s) for at-risk youth and transitionary-aged young adults; the possibility of providing partnership funding for local and/or regional youth and young adult diversion program(s), with halfway housing; and other related subjects.

Sec. 11-11-208. - Pueblo Youth First Volunteer Services Advisory Board.

(a) To provide for the encouragement of volunteer services and programs essential to the productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness of youth-focused programs and facilities, a Volunteer Services Advisory Board shall be responsible for the oversight and assistance with the management of volunteer programs related to the Pueblo Youth First Fund. Board members shall be Parks and Recreational Department employees and persons in the community who are experienced in and are advocates of volunteer services and programs.

(b) The Board shall develop and maintain policies and procedures in dealing with volunteer programs and services, with staff assistance.

(c) Approved volunteers in select volunteer programs that work with youth under the age of twenty four (24), shall be entitled to City of Pueblo benefits and shall be deemed employees of the City only for the purposes of medical reimbursement under workers’ compensation for any injuries sustained by the volunteer while engaged in performance of any authorized volunteer service for the city, including the operation of city vehicle and equipment. Volunteers may receive mileage reimbursement, if in the performance of volunteer services and if properly authorized and licensed. Such volunteers shall also have liability protection as normally afforded to City employees, as provided by Colorado state immunity laws. Such other benefits may be authorized by law, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Council or by policy and procedure.

(See full City of Pueblo Chapter 11 Ordinance online at Pueblo City Codes for the rest of the 30 some page ordinance language that remains unedited other than a few minor changes to allow for the Pueblo Youth First wording but is in the petition packet)

NOTE TO STAKEHOLDERS AND THOSE WHO WANT TO HELP:

THE REVENUES FROM RETAIL MARIJUANA ARE EXPECTED TO BE WELL OVER A MILLION PER YEAR, AND WILL BE DIRECTED TO YOUTH PROGRAMS IF WE GET ON THE BALLOT AND WIN - IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP COLLECT SIGNATURES (WE NEED 1300 OR SO VALID, AND 2K TO MAKE SURE WE ARE ON THE NOV BALLOT) AND/ORWITH ANY OTHER MARKETING BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER 3RD, LET US KNOW. MESSAGE US OR CALL JENNY 719-423-0386.

NOTE WE ARE USING SOME OF THE MONEY RAISED FROM OUR ADMIN’S SIGNATURE COLLECTING FOR PRINTING AND OTHER COSTS - AND THERE’S ALSO PAID PETITION JOBS AND WHILE VOLUNTEERING WITH US YOU CAN GET PAID FOR FIVE HONORABLE STATE PETITIONS THAT PAY $1-2 A SIGNATURE OR AN AVE OF $100-200 OR MORE A HALF TO DAY OF WORK, AND TAHT WORK FINISHES THE END JULY / PAY IS TWICE A WEEK / BUT DOES REQUIRE A 1099/WITHDRAW OF TAXES FOR THOSE ON BENEFITS TO KNOW.

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2 weeks ago

Jenny Paulson

IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW... SANCHO'S ON EAST 4TH JUST REACHED OUT TO SO MANY. ...

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🔥🔥 🔥 NAME THE BEST RESTAURANT TO GET A BREAKFAST BURRITO ..

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PUEBLO'S YOUTH FIRST 2020 ACT - FINAL / SUMMARY OF THE INTRO TO THE ORDINANCE THAT IS SUBJECT OF THIS PETITION / ANY CHANGES DUE TUES AT NOON - EXACT LANGUAGE HEREIN (MESSAGE US WITH CHANGES/SUGGESTIONS AND TO VOLUNTEER TO COLLECT SIGNATURES THROUGH JULY 24TH TO GET US ON THE NOV 2020 BALLOT

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WARNING: IT IS AGAINST THE LAW:

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SUMMARY OF THE ORDINANCE THAT IS SUBJECT OF THIS PETITION:

AN AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 11 OF THE CITY OF PUEBLO CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PROVIDE THAT ALL FEES, TAXES AND ANY OTHER SOURCES OF REVENUES TO THE CITY OF PUEBLO FROM RETAIL MARIJUANA, EXCEPT FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES OF THE PARTICULAR SERVICES, BE DIRECTED INTO A SPECIAL ACCOUNT WITHIN THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF PUEBLO, IN A FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE “PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST FUND,” WITH ALL REVENUES DEDICATED TO NONPROFITS AND AGENCIES COMMITTED TO BROAD-BASED PROJECTS, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON THE MOST AT-RISK, AT-NEED CHILDREN, YOUTH AND TRANSITIONARY-AGED YOUNG ADULTS; AND THAT A “PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST ADVISORY COMMISSION” PROVIDE OVERSIGHT; GUIDED BY A SUBCOMMITTEE OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS; AND A COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND SERVICES ALLOCATION PLAN; SERVED BY A PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST PROGRAM DIRECTOR; AND WITH QUARTERLY AND ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDITS OF ALL FUNDS AND PROGRAMS, TO ENSURE THAT THE CONCERTED PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST PROGRAM IS MANAGED IN A MANNER ACCOUNTABLE TO THE GOALS OF THIS ACT, HEREBY CALLED “THE PUEBLO YOUTH FIRST ACT OF 2020;” WITH ALL FUNDS, PROGRAMS, PARTNERSHIPS AND CONTRACTS, SUBJECT TO FINAL APPROVAL BY ANY AUTHORITY AS MANDATED BY LAW.

To the City Council of Pueblo, Colorado:

PETITION TO INITIATE

We the undersigned registered voters of the City of Pueblo, Colorado, pursuant to Article XX of the Constitution of the State of Colorado, Article 18 of the Charter of Pueblo, and applicable laws of the State of Colorado, do hereby petition the Council to adopt the People’s amendment to Chapter 11 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pueblo, and direct the City of Pueblo to follow any mandated procedures or to submit the full text to follow, to a vote of the registered electors of the City of Pueblo at the Regular Municipal Election to be held on November 3, 2020 or on a following Special Election date.

A statement of the reasons for the proposed action as contemplated in the petition is as follows:

• The People of Pueblo believe, and research evidences, that children and youth growing up in Pueblo, and young transitionary-aged adults residing in Pueblo, are more likely to experience harm, than if they resided elsewhere, due to excessive poverty, crime, violence, harmful substance use (now at an epidemic rate), unintended pregnancies, contact with child welfare, law enforcement and the criminal justice system; and suspension, expulsion and school dropout.

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• Already at a disadvantage, Pueblo’s youth and young adult population has been further traumatized by the Covid-19 pandemic, being recently displaced without warning from in-person schooling, in-person higher education, and is now facing diminishing career and job opportunities, thus the People come forth with this compassionate and comprehensive response, hereby known as the “Pueblo Youth First Act of 2020,” to address the pressing needs of this generation, providing support for the immediate expansion and creation of projects, programs, and services, to turn the current tide of despair, into hope.

• While the People recognize that there are some successful local programs in place, they, as a whole, are not of an adequate scale to allow to for major change in such a troubled community, and, in comparison to opportunities in more proactive cities, Pueblo lacks a comprehensive continuum of effective strategies and the adequate funding for such a concerted, broad-based network of evidence-based youth development projects, programs and services, with a special focus on Pueblo’s most at-risk children, youth and transitionally-aged young adults, most impacted by cultural issues, poverty and discord.

• By enacting this Act, without an increase in costs, fees or taxes to businesses or consumers, the City of Pueblo shall be directed to earmark all revenues from retail marijuana, except for the administrative expenses of the particular services, and to remit monthly into a fund of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Pueblo, hereby known as the “Pueblo Youth First Fund,” (“Fund”) of an amount estimated by Pueblo’s Mayor in his State of the City address in January, 2020, to be well over one million dollars annually, previously placed into the City’s General Fund and/or other accounts for any purposes they so desired.

• The Pueblo Youth First Fund, holding all such revenues, and to include additional leveraged funds, shall be disbursed in part to expanded and new youth-focused Parks and Recreation Department programs and services, and to other nonprofits and agencies committed to Pueblo Youth First’s concerted projects, programs and services, especially targeting Pueblo’s most at-risk, at-need children, youth and transitionary-aged young adults, and their parents or guardians, with any final approval of any acts or contractual agreements, by Council or any other authority as required by law.

• To create the Pueblo Youth First Fund, the full text of which follows, amends Chapter 11 of the City of Pueblo code of ordinances, to mandate that, except for the City’s expenses to defray the costs of the particular municipal services, all excess funds from any source of revenue from retail marijuana to the City of Pueblo, shall be directed to the Pueblo Youth First Fund within the City’s honorable youth and family-focused Parks and Recreation Department that already has the staffing for, and manages, at least one learning center, other facilities, and broad-based educational and recreational projects, programs and services.

• This proposed earmarking of funds, if approved by voters, is in accordance of all withstanding laws, including the laws of Colorado which permit the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, transfer and sales of retail marijuana products under Article XVIII of the Colorado State Constitution, and Colorado Retail Marijuana Code (C.R.S. 12-43.4-101, et seq), and, C.R.S. 29-2-114, which authorizes the State of Colorado, Pueblo County, and the City of Pueblo, to levy, collect, and enforce fees, revenues and taxes related to marijuana, providing that local home rule cities, such as Pueblo, may make certain specific local decisions regarding the regulation thereof.

• Such local decisions, as approved by Council, in Chapter 11, Retail Marijuana, of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Pueblo, which are only being amended by the People to allow for the creation of the Pueblo Youth First Fund, to earmark specific revenue to benefit children, youth and transitionary-aged young adults, with only minor changes of the language of the City approved regulations, in adherence to the legal precedence provided by other municipalities and counties in Colorado, which have already, within legal state guidelines, allowed that a portion or all of their revenues from marijuana, be dedicated to one or more special funds, with marijuana related revenues, earmarked for select community-based programs and projects.

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• Other cities and counties in Colorado have set the precedence of dedicating marijuana funds, including the City of Aurora, which purposed millions of dollars of marijuana related revenues for a recreation center for families, a gym for the homeless, and other projects, but it was right here locally, that Pueblo County became the first local level governmental entity in the country, to dedicate marijuana revenues to scholarships for Pueblo County high school graduates, after the approval of county-wide voters in 2015, for a new excise tax on the first sale of marijuana, which now provides over 2 million dollars per year for such.

• While this Pueblo Youth First Act of 2020 provides for scholarships as well, it is most focused on a broad range of Youth First-style approaches, proven successful in other crime ridden communities, included, but not limited to: health and well being; substance abuse prevention and treatment; out-of-school education; life skills classes; recreation and outdoor programs; after-school homework assistance; mentorships and counseling; job preparedness and internship programs; college readiness; trade certificate and higher education scholarships; diversion programs; and for feasibility studies into the issues of transportation to and from program locations; the creation of, or expansion of and funding for speciality learning centers; the possibility of providing grants for new small, alternative school(s) for at-risk youth and transitionary-aged young adults; and the possibility of providing partnership funding for local and/or regional youth and young adult diversion program(s), with halfway housing.

• If approved by the electorate, approaches proposed by this Pueblo Youth First Act of 2020, shall be enacted with careful thought and planning, to be modeled in part after broad-based, concerted youth-orientated programs long established in Oakland, Calif, and in other cities that followed Oakland’s lead, all with similar Youth First-style Acts, the a most recent one approved by voters in Richmond, Calif, in 2018, where evidence proves that such programs provide for a more effective coordination of city, nonprofit and other agency services, better planning, and leveraging of significant additional resources and partnerships.

• The success of Oakland’s Youth First programs, now in over 25 years of operation, preventing substance abuse, promoting healthy behaviors, maximizing student success, thus producing significant positive outcomes for youth, is evidenced in an audit with: a) 84% of those involved in Youth First showing increased college readiness; b) 92% showing increased knowledge of career paths; c) 85% showing an increased sense of empowerment; d) 86% showing improved decision-making and goal setting; e) 85% showing a greater sense of confidence and self-esteem; and f) 81% expressing having greater connections to caring adults. +

• In contemplating the Pueblo Youth First Act of 2020, local voters may also refer to the San Francisco Children and Youth Fund, passed by the electorate in 1991, which further evidences how programs from dedicated Youth First-style funds help to maximize impact in a community, there, supporting hundreds of youth-based programs for educational support; enrichment, leadership and skill building; justice services; mentorship; out of school time; youth workforce development; family empowerment; and outreach; with all combined to contribute to public safety and overall quality of life.

• The City of Richmond, Calif’s model shows how out-of-school support services and work programs benefit youth and youth adults, helping guide them to be successful in school, prepared to succeed in the workplace, and to live in stable, safe and supported families and communities. Pueblo may follow Richmond’s lead, creating Pueblo Youth First evidence-based programs, also focusing on youth ages 16 to 24, who often lack skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in school and employment, helping with responsibility, organization, time management and good work habits, with a focus on low-income and youth of color, disproportionately affected by lack of education and unemployment, with a dropout rate typically double to triple that of Caucasians, as is also the case in Pueblo.

• Providing for the Pueblo Youth First Fund may be legally enacted by a vote of the People, because the City of Pueblo, in approving Chapter 11 of the Code of Ordinances, while restricting that a portion of fees from both retail and medial marijuana, be defrayed for the costs of the particular municipal services, but unlike the County, the City has not yet directed the use of excess revenues, and has historically yplaced such revenues for general use, thus they shall instead, be legally diverted by the vote of the People.

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• The Pueblo Youth First Act of 2020 is also in accordance with Article V of the Colorado Constitution, which reserves citizen initiative and referendum powers, allowing registered voters in any municipal or county jurisdiction, to propose and vote on municipal laws written by the People and presented to the People, without changes or approval by local government, and provides that the manner of excising such said powers be further prescribed by general local laws.

• In Pueblo’s case, Article 18 in the City of Pueblo Charter, furthermore provides for the local referendum and initiative process, which allows citizens to propose, create or amend any City of Pueblo ordinance, thus authorizing the process in which this petition of the People, may direct the City of Pueblo to follow any mandated procedures, or to submit the full text to follow, to a vote of the registered electors, and if approved by the electorate, shall go into effect, and, according to Article 18 of the City of Pueblo Charter, cannot be repealed or amended except by another electoral vote.

• This petition comes forth at a time of a city-wide and nation-wide crisis due to issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, with Pueblo’s most at-need left without access to the types of concerted programs and services readily available in more proactive cities, and, during this crisis, the People have put a greater scrutiny on the actions of local elected officials, who have historically and recently continued to neglect Pueblo’s most pressing issues, and instead, have exercised a pattern and practice of inequitable budgeting, repeatedly misdirecting public funds, with a continual misuse of legislative power, thus ,this Act is brought forth to provide for a Pueblo First Youth Fund to mandate, by the voter’s of Pueblo, a more equitable distribution of revenues, to place Pueblo’s children, youth and transitionary-aged young adults, as the City’s first priority.

• This proposal also comes forth after decades of elected officials proposing to Pueblo’s well meaning electorate, ballot items traditionally vague in nature, lacking in accountability, and resulting in conflict with the best interests of taxpayers, with an extreme recent example, scrutixzing by the People, being the City’s debacled Street Utility Enterprise, approved by voters in 2017, that hasn’t yet and likely won’t provide for comprehensive street repair projects voters expected, with funds already diverted for other purposes, and with fees already raised from their promised just $1 to now $3 per residence (worse for apartment owners, businesses, etc), and with a current focus on road projects prioritizing exclusive areas, rather than the most at-need neighborhoods.

• In addition, the People have further scrutinized how, even with a new Mayor, that he and Council have continued the tradition, budgeting for unnecessary pet projects, rather than providing for the fundamental needs of the community, with several extreme recent examples of their misaligned values, evident in their 2020 budget, approved in the fall of 2019, prior to the Covid-19 crisis, in which they approved funding for a proposed new $200,000 “executive golf course bathroom facility,” and a near future approved $5,000,000 elite City of Pueblo golf clubhouse, while neglecting the most at-need citizens and neighborhoods in Pueblo.

• This Pueblo First Act of 2020 changes the tide, providing honorable accountability measures, with tight checks and balances, with any funding proposed herein, subject to the oversight of the Pueblo Youth First Advisory Committee, with guidance from a youth and young adult subcommittee, with the continual input from citizens, businesses and neighborhoods, with the support of a professional Program Director, and of Parks and Recreation Department staff, who shall assist with a Community Assessment and Services Allocation Plan, to oversee the process by which funds shall be spent, with quarterly and annual outside audits, to ensure accountability to the goals of this Act, with any final approval as mandated by law.

• Should the People’s proposed amendments to Chapter 11 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pueblo be challenged, precedence has already been set in Colorado courts, that views citizen created legislation, and the powers of the initiatives and referendums, as integral to Colorado’s democratic process, which has been supported by judges, as a direct check on the exercise of legislative power by elected officials, thus allowing that local government, directly accountable to the People, must follow any mandated procedures, or refer proposals such as this, to a vote of the People, ensuring that legislative authority truly does come from the will of the People.

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• In addition, if challenged, a severability clause provided herein, protects this People’s petition, providing that if any parts of this proposal are in conflict, or that if any part, sentence, subsection, clause or phrase in this amended of the Chapter 11 of the City of Pueblo Code of Ordinances, is for any reason to be held invalid, that such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of the ordinance, and that it be the intention of the People that the City would have adopted this amended ordinance had such not been unknowingly included herein.

The following registered electors shall represent the signers of this petition in all matters affecting the same:

Jenny (Jennifer) Paulson; 423 W. 21st Street, Pueblo, CO 81003

Emily Rose Roeder; 207 Townsend Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81004

The full text of the proposed Ordinance, that is subject of this petition, is as follows:
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