Majority of voters want to remove ‘Stapleton’ from neighborhood organization name, but effort falls short

The attempt to change the name of Stapleton United Neighbors fell short by 38 votes.

Stapleton residents gather for a community meeting and a vote on whether to rename "Stapleton United Neighbors" to "Central Park United Neighbors," May 15, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; stapleton;
Stapleton residents gather for a community meeting and a vote on whether to rename “Stapleton United Neighbors” to “Central Park United Neighbors,” May 15, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Stapleton United Neighbors will keep its name after a vote to change its name failed to get enough votes trigger the change, the group said Friday.


Federal lawsuit alleges labor misconduct at Denver beauty salon

A lawsuit filed by a former beauty salon company with Denver metro area locations is filing a lawsuit alleging wage theft.

Ella Bliss Beauty Bar on Broadway, May 18, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; commercial real estate;
Ella Bliss Beauty Bar on Broadway, May 18, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

When Lisa Miles was hired as a nail technician at Ella Bliss Beauty Bar in March 2016, she was told she would earn $3.90 in commission for a $78 combination manicure and pedicure service.

But that, according to a lawsuit filed by Miles in federal court on Thursday, never happened. She ended up getting just 85 cents in commission from those services, and receiving no additional payment for additional duties.


Antonio Méndez will challenge Wayne New for city council in District 10

Antonio Méndez organized a 64-county tour of Colorado for Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne soon after she was appointed, to help introduce her to the state and vice versa.

Antionio Méndez, May 18, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; election; city council; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
Antonio Méndez, May 18, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

When he served as deputy chief of staff to Colorado’s lieutenant governor, Antonio Méndez organized a 64-county tour of Colorado for Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne soon after she was appointed, to help introduce her to the state and vice versa.

Now, Méndez, the 33-year-old executive director of Serve Colorado, says he plans to embark on a miniaturized version of the tour as he launches his campaign for Denver’s City Council District 10, challenging Councilman Wayne New.

(We reported earlier this month on two other District 10 challengers, Chris Hinds and Patrick Key — that’s a pretty crowded 2019 race.)

“I want to go around my district to every different neighborhood and listen to people,” Méndez told Denverite.



National Western construction is happening now, and Elyria-Swansea is already feeling change

“I tell people, why should I leave? Why can’t I make my neighborhood better?”

Elyria-Swansea, May 15, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; elyria swansea; development; gentrification;
Elyria-Swansea, May 15, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

David Trujillo paused for a moment from his work late one afternoon. He leaned against his pickup truck, loaded with logs and scrap that he had collected in his route through northeast Denver.

Here, at the edge of Elyria-Swansea, he saw the future: rows of orange construction cones and fences where the demolition crews had started their work. He was staring at the frontier, where the beginning of a huge city project met the edges of a neighborhood that has changed relatively little.

“It won’t be long,” he said. “I’ve been here 40-odd years.”