investigative team releases report into 2019 death of Elijah McClain
investigators tasked with reviewing the 2019 death of Elijah McClain
released the results of their review to the city Feb. 22 and made a
presentation to Aurora City Council. In the interest of transparency, city
management publicly disclosed the findings immediately. The investigators
will return to City Council at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, to take council
questions. The meeting will be held virtually and will be publicly
available at AuroraTV.org and
Comcast Channels 8/880.
The City Council
commissioned the independent investigation team in July 2020. The team, led
by Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of the Washington Lawyers' Committee
for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, was tasked to investigate the actions
of police, firefighters and paramedics in response to the case and the
subsequent investigation; create a factual timeline of events; review
relevant policies, procedures and practices; and make recommendations to
guide the city in the future.
investigation is one of multiple ongoing investigations and reviews being
conducted in response to the death of Mr. McClain. The Colorado Attorney
General’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation. The U.S.
Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice and FBI are conducting a federal
civil rights investigation. The Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment is conducting a licensure investigation into the use of
District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District declined to pursue
criminal charges against any public safety personnel involved in the case,
and the Adams County coroner ruled the cause of death inconclusive. Aurora
does not have authority or control over either office.
Help shape the transportation
goals of Arapahoe County
To understand community priorities related to 24 key transportation
corridors in Arapahoe County, a survey is gathering input to inform
future multimodal improvements and priorities. Share your thoughts
through March 19.
To better serve
the community and provide access to as many residents as possible, the city
of Aurora’s 2021 e-cycling events will be held at Techno Rescue—the city’s
e-cycling partner—at their Aurora facility.
pricing for electronics recycling for Aurora residents and nonresidents
will be available on the following dates:
• March 1 to 13
• April 26 to May
• Aug. 30 to Sept.
• Dec. 27 to Jan.
The facility is
located at 3251 Lewiston St., Suite 10. During event dates, Techno Rescue
will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
items—desktop computers, laptops, cellphones, tablets, gaming equipment,
consumer electronics and similar—are accepted. A fee of $5 will be charged
per household/vehicle. Learn more, including pricing for additional select
electronics, at AuroraGov.org.
As a reminder,
electronics tossed in the trash not only cause serious environmental
problems, but also are banned from landfills in Colorado. The city of
Aurora’s e-cycling events are supported by Environment Aurora, a citywide
effort to think green.
Council members are
eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those
conversations can occur. The format and structure of town meetings is
virtual during the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit AuroraGov.org/Council to confirm meeting dates and find
information on how to join. If you don't know your council ward, go to AuroraGov.org and click on "Property Info."
Ward I (Crystal
Murillo) - Thursday, March 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Ward II (Nicole
Johnston) - Thursday, March 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward III (Marsha
Berzins) - Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward IV (Juan
Marcano) - Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward V (Alison
Coombs) - Wednesday, March 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Ward VI (Françoise
Bergan) - Wednesday, March 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
At Large (Angela
Lawson, Allison Hiltz, Curtis Gardner) - Thursday, March 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
City Council Study
Monday, March 1,
View this council
study session online at AuroraTV.org or on cable channels 8 and 880.
City Council Special
Study Session (Virtual)
Tuesday, March 2, 6
The City Council
will ask questions of the independent investigative team that recently
reviewed the 2019 death of Elijah McClain. View this council special study
session online at AuroraTV.org or on cable channels 8 and 880.
Mayor Mike Live
Friday, Feb. 26, 3
Nancy Wishmeyer will join the mayor to talk about the city's use of CARES
Act funding, and Aurora Golf Marketing Specialist K-Lo Rivale will discuss
why there's never an off-season for hitting the links in Aurora. Join the
conversation with your questions for the mayor or his guests.
Gen Z Interpretation
of the Letter from Birmingham Jail
Thursday, Feb. 25, 6
Dr. Janiece Mackey,
youth from YAASPA (Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political
Activism), and the Aurora branch of the NAACP will present on the Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic Letter from Birmingham Jail. Hosted by
the Aurora Police Department and city of Aurora, and sponsored by ReACT
(Responding to Aurora's Critical Topics).
Available on Zoom (passcode 236467) or by calling in to
Black Employees for
a Better Aurora (BEFABA) Annual Black History Month Celebration
Friday, Feb. 26,
Join this annual
celebration by the Black Employees for a Better Aurora (BEFABA) under the
theme "The Black Family – Representation, Identity, and
Diversity." To be entered into a drawing, please RSVP to email@example.com.
Available on Zoom starting at 11:45 (passcode 974597) or by
calling in to 669.900.9128
A-Town!" Aurora Arts District Cleanup
Saturday, Feb. 27, 8
to 11 a.m.
Sponsored by The
People's Building, this volunteer effort will clean up trash between
Chester Street and Florence Street in Original Aurora.
Do you remember your
high school sweetheart? Are you ready to see them again at your reunion?
After two decades of failed relationships, Peter returns to his high school
reunion hoping to rekindle his romance with Kari, the girl he abandoned
after an unexpected pregnancy. As the night progresses, both Peter and Kari
face the consequences of choices made long ago...and the daunting prospect
of starting again. Depending on the public health guidelines as opening day
approaches, this production could be live or virtual.
The Aurora Office of
International and Immigrant Affairs, Aurore Fire Rescue and Si La Bul are
offering a four-part webinar series called English 911 for non-English
speaking residents who feel as if they are not prepared to communicate in
English during an emergency. The session is provided in English, and
recordings with translated captions will be provided in following weeks.
Celebrate the Aurora
Cultural Arts District every month on the first Friday with virtual events
hosted by The People's Building. March features a live-captured music
set from the Daryl Gott Jazz Quartet and a virtual, 360-degree gallery
exhibition from the whimsical graphic artist Joe Murray of Auberon Design.
Ask questions of a
CPA concerning forgiveness of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Round
1,and ask questions about the current PPP Round 2. Part of the Aurora-South
Metro Small Business Development Center's Leading Edge webinar series. No
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., free testing for COVID-19 is provided to anyone
who wants to be tested, especially those who have symptoms. No appointment
is necessary. No doctor referral, no health insurance and no proof of
identification are required. Online registration in advance is preferred but is not
Aurora Center for
Active Adults parking lot, 30 Del Mar Circle, at Del Mar Park
in Aurora Exhibit
Online through May
The Aurora History
Museum is showcasing and celebrating the wide variety of faiths and
religious experiences of Aurorans in the new exhibit “Religious Diversity
in Aurora.” Explore photos of over 140 houses of worship in the city and
learn about other people’s beliefs and traditions.