Public asked to weigh in on proposed NML beggar ban

       A proposed no-panhandling ordinance that would include the “No Man's Land” area of the Westside will be the main subject of discussion at a public meeting Tuesday, June 12 at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St.
       The scheduled time frame is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The meeting is being organized by the Avenue Merchants, which represents business people along Colorado Avenue west of 31st Street; the Grandview Neighborhood Watch, representing the adjacent residential area; and the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside.
       Invited to the meeting, in addition to citizens, are elected officials and law enforcement representatives from Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and El Paso County, according to a meeting flyer. All three governments have some areas of jurisdiction between 31st and Colorado and the High-way 24/Manitou Avenue interchange (nicknamed No Man's Land).
       For that area as well as the downtown, Colorado Springs City Council is considering a no-panhandling law as a way to curb persistent problems with transiency and crime. A main goal of the meeting is to find out, “Does the Westside want it?” the flyer states.
       The agenda sets 30 minutes for speakers in favor and 30 minutes against. Afterwards, meeting organizers will “compile public comment and finalize [a] proposal,” the flyer states.
       Steve Cox, chief of staff for Mayor Steve Bach, recently announced that his office plans to submit a draft no-panhandling ordinance for discussion at the informal City Council meeting June 25, with a potential vote at the formal meeting July 10.

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