Frequently Asked Questions
Do you support Safe Injection Sites?
I do not support Safe Injection sites. No city across America, including Denver, has been untouched by the opioid epidemic and by the devastating losses experienced by those dealing with substance use disorder. However I believe that a more comprehensive approach to addressing this issue - one that deploys multidisciplinary treatment and support - is required.
Do you support the Right to Survive initiative?
I do not to support the Right to Survive initiative. While I’m a passionate advocate of efforts to end homelessness, I do not believe this initiative helps to solve this complicated issue.
Do you support conversion therapy?
I do not support conversion therapy, nor would I ever support public funds being used for it. Humans need love and care and support to be the best versions of their unique and diverse selves.
Do you support increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour at DEN?
Yes. We must pay our employees a living wage to help close the gap between wages and cost of living in Denver.
Do you support the Let Denver Vote ballot initiative?
Yes. I believe that allowing the citizens to pass a ballot measure to allow them future input on any municipal investment in bringing the Olympics to Denver is important.
Where do you stand on abortion?
I am pro-choice and feel strongly a woman should have rights to decisions regarding her body.
Where do you stand on Ban the Box?
I support efforts to Ban the Box, ending discrimination against people with conviction and incarceration histories, primarily in the areas of hiring and housing policy.
Do you support the I-70 project?
I do not support the I-70 project as it is being constructed. I supported the Denver plan, which would have re-routed the highway to I-270 and I-76. This would have allowed for the reconnecting of historically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Denver. If elected, I will continue to advocate for an improved solution, and hold the city, CDOT and all partners accountable to do right by Denver’s citizens.
What challenges do you think first responders (inc. fire, paramedic and dispatch + police) face in Denver and how are you prepared to support them?
It starts with resources, support and leadership. I know for example the fire department was supposed to have paramedic dispatch years ago, but it never happened, so they end up taking their big trucks out as first responders, when a paramedic dispatch was more appropriate. I'd like to make that collaboration actually happen so our fire resources are directed where they make sense.
As for policing - we need more personnel, and we are headed that direction. We will be staffed up in the next couple years after Chief Pazen asked for a budget increase. But again we need to pair our police with more mental health providers and work on diversion from the jails. 25% of the people in jails really shouldn't be there, and the sheriffs and jail system are another place we need to work to complete reforms and have good leadership. Jails are overcrowded, and new deputies aren't being appropriately trained. They've seen constant recommendations for changes that leaves our deputies in a constant state of flux. Public safety is a core service of our community, and we need a safe city in order to be a high quality of life city.
Where does Jamie stand on immigration?
I have committed my support to the Denver Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Ordinance which was approved by Denver City Council in 2017. My commitment is as follows:
Ensuring the welfare of our immigrant community is important to me.
I will comply with federal law but will not - as the Ordinance states - assist with civil federal immigration enforcement beyond what the law requires. The means I will abide by existing city policy which prohibits the detention of individuals beyond their sentence, unless a judicial warrant is presented.
In addition to the above, I support the other provisions of the Ordinance which prohibit City employees from collecting information on immigration or citizenship status, prohibit the sharing of any other information about individuals for purposes of immigration enforcement, and prohibiting access to secure city areas or facilities by federal officials absent a judicial warrant.
I recognize that when immigrants fear city involvement in immigration enforcement, they are less likely to trust the city, to report emergencies, or to testify or appear at court. Our entire city is safest when everyone trusts the city and utilizes law enforcement agencies.
Finally, it's important to note that I have met with staff of the City's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs to understand current issues and opportunities, among them the need to provide more support to individuals working to obtain citizenship. I am committed to this effort and to ensuring quality of life for all in Denver.
What was your role with the Tiny Homes Village?
· In August of 2016, I met Don Burnes, of the Burnes Center on Homelessness and Poverty at DU. He and I met because we were both speakers at TedX RiNo.
· During and after the TedX event, we spoke about collaborating together on a homelessness summit and some other efforts. Don told me he was part of another group that had been brainstorming some ideas to advance homeless solutions in Denver, including tiny homes, and wondered if we could partner. He came back to me after speaking with them and said indeed we could, and that the idea was to host a forum in RiNo in December 2016 to discuss this topic. The organizers began pulling together the forum, and I worked on logistics. I got Andy Feinstein to donate EXDO Event Center, and the RiNo BID donated money to cover the costs of the event.
· The event - called Move Along to Where - brought in more than 600 people. I opened the event and it was a panel discussion with questions from the audience. Tiny homes were mentioned.
· Following the event, a new group formed with the idea of making the tiny homes happened. They had spoken with the Urban Land Conservancy - who had the land across from the 38th and Blake Station - about putting the village there, but they had work to do with the neighborhood to get support and with the city to get zoning addressed.
· They came to me to discuss this - I was very supportive - but knew I'd need to first get my Exec committee behind it and then the board and then the community. Our first step was to have me and my exec board meeting with ULC and the organizers of the village to get questions answered and work out a Good Neighbor Agreement. We did that, and then proceeded to sign a letter of support after getting my full board on board.
· Part of the requirement of the GNA was that we had to hold public meetings and engage with immediate neighbors. RiNo hosted the meeting - we had well over 100 people there and have video of the whole thing - as well as engagement with surrounding property owners - most of whom were none too pleased at the beginning.
· Meanwhile, I was working with the City - Brad Buchanan and the Mayor's office - on the zoning challenges, and had conversations with both expressing our support and working on solutions.
· When we eventually got the green light, the organizers sent me an application/process to get appointed to the advisory council for the Tiny Home Village. The council I applied to be on was not initially the residents council, but the resident's invited me to sit on their council, and so in those initial months of moving in I met with them weekly to help them address issues, concerns, get resources, etc.
· I also led an effort to create them an art fence that was a community effort, funded by the BID. This came from them telling me they felt like they were living in a fish bowl with the chain link fence. We also helped a couple folks get to employment, resources, etc. We also had the villagers sell their art and works in our retail store.