Election in spotlight at Oct. 17 OWN forum

       Including two state ballot questions and a race for three District 11 school board seats, the coming election will be in the spotlight at a public forum hosted by the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) Thurs-day, Oct. 17.
       The meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       “OWN hopes to have pro and con speakers on both ballot questions and participation from as many D-11 board candidates as possible,” according to a story in the volunteer group's latest Westside Story newsletter.
       The last day to vote will be Nov. 5, with mail-in ballots to be sent to registered voters Oct. 15.
       Amendment 66 is a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that asks voters for a $950 million tax increase for state support of schools.
       Proposition AA asks for a statewide 15 percent excise tax on wholesale sales of marijuana and a 10 percent sales tax (increasable to 15 percent) on retail sales of marijuana.
       The question was initiated onto the ballot on almost straight party-line votes in both houses in the last session of the Colorado Legislature, with only two Republicans (both in the Senate) in favor and no Democrats opposed.
       Candidates for the D-11 board include incumbents Al Loma, Charlie Bobbitt and LuAnn Long. Challengers are Jim Mason, James Tucker and Linda Mojer.
       The meeting is also slated to offer an update by the Avenue Task Force on the Westside Avenue Action Plan (focusing on improvements along Colorado Avenue between 31st Street and Manitou's Highway 24 interchange). Stormwater issues could also be discussed, according to the Westside Story.
       OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside.

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