Affiliate of Pikes Peak Community Foundation

PO Box 904, Colorado Springs, CO 80901     info@csdiversityforum.org

Public Affairs

25-44 Year Old Survey
In the Spring of 2012 the Public Affairs committee partnered with Global Exchange Group LLC and the Pikes Peak Library District to conduct an exploratory survey 480 local 25-44 year olds to assess the social and cultural strengths of the Pikes Peak region and its appeal to people ages 25 to 44. Results will be available for community use on the Pikes Peak Library District website. The survey was offered in English, Spanish and Korean. Background information about this survey.

Volunteer Boards & Commissions
We value diverse representation in local government. We encourage anyone interested in giving their time to a position with the potential to have great and long lasting impact on our community to apply for seats on the City and County Boards and Commissions.
El Paso County Volunteer Boards and Commissions
City of Colorado Springs Boards, Committees and Commissions
In addition to Boards and committees the City of Colorado Springs offers numerous opportunities to get involved in our community

Elections
Election Education Forum - Tuesday, March 12
Hear from and interact with City Council candidates in all six districts, watch as candidates debate and field media questions, and bring some questions of your own!

Tuesday, March 12, 5:15-8:30pm
Stargazers Theatre, 10 Parkside Drive, 80910
Free & open to the public, snacks and beverages available for purchase 

      Voter registration
     CSDF encourages voter registration and offers opportunity at major events to register voters in partnership with local organizations.
 
Colorado Secretary of State Elections and Voting
El Paso County voter registration
City of Colorado springs Voter Registration
     
      Diversifying polling places

     In 2010 73% of El Paso County polling places were located in churches. This is more than double the percentage in any other    
     Colorado county. CSDF along with numerous community partners met with the County Clerk and agreed to research and vett a
     list 
of alterative polling places as a volunteer service to the County Clerks office. The list was provided to the County Clerk to help        diversify polling locations. 2012 El Paso County Polling Places  

Redistricting
CSDF is working with community partners,
The Council of Neighbors and Organizations, Citizens Project, Colorado Common Cause, the Black/Latino Coalition, and the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region to up-date the process for redistricting Council districts 
using best practices. We will present four opportunities for community input prior to presenting our recommendations to City Council:

  • Monday, February 25, 7:30 PM, Westside Community Center, 1628 W Bijou St.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 7 PM, Stetson Hills Police Station, 4110 Tutt Blvd.
  • Thursday, February 28, 7 PM, Colorado Springs Fire Station 18, 6830 Hadler View
  • Saturday, March 2, 10 AM, Deerfield Hills Community Center, 4290 Deerfield Hills Rd.    
     Each discussion will begin with an overview of the current process, followed by a discussion on how the process might be improved

Background
CSDF supported the expansion of the number of Council districts in our community to properly represent the population growth in our community from 45,500 in 1950 to 418,000 now. In November 2010, voters approved a charter amendment to increase the number of district Council representatives from four to six, with a corresponding reduction in at-large representatives from five to three. This change goes into effect in 2013. The City Clerk (appointed by the Mayor) is tasked by City Charter with drawing the new districts as follows:  

The City Clerk presented the new district maps drawn only using census population figures as required. At a public meeting, CSDF Public Affairs Committee Chair presented a set of alternate maps along with supporting materials for consideration by the City Clerk prior to making her final decision. The CSDF map submission included consideration of recognized neighborhoods, socio-economic status and minority communities. 

During a media conference on Tuesday, November 13th, City Clerk Sarah Johnson unveiled the final City Council district map for the April 2013 Municipal Election. Voters approved a move from four City Council districts to six with the implementation of the new form of government in 2011. The  City Charter and Code require that the City Clerk redistrict City Council districts every four years. Redistricting is required to ensure that districts are contiguous and equal in population. Read More
The New York Times designed a new app using census data which shows detailed information about the populations in each community - you can use this map to see how the new district maps break down: click here

Issues
Immigration reform: Colorado Springs Diversity Forum supports the Colorado Compact    
Supported PPRTA continuation of the 1 cent tax to fund transportation improvements throughout the community.
Presented report on the results of the Health Care Exchange presentations produced by CO-PIRG

Issues
Immigration reform: Colorado Springs Diversity Forum supports the Colorado Compact    
Supported PPRTA continuation of the 1 cent tax to fund transportation improvements throughout the community.
Presented report on the results of the Health Care Exchange presentations produced by CO-PIRG
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