Denver City Council Open Comment: Pet Abuse, Senior Homelessness, Wage Theft

Editors note:  In July of 2016 Denver City Council began hearing its first general public comment session from members of the public speaking for three minutes on city matters of choice, but only during the first Monday meeting of each month.  Prior to this new procedure- approved May 23, 2016 – the public was only allowed to comment on agenda items.  

On September 18, 2017, the Council announced a second opportunity to participate in public comment, the third Monday of the month. 

Because this public comment session is not televised nor recorded, we at The Nation Report felt it important to document for readers, issues that were most raised by members of the public that follow our mission statement. 

To sign up to speak for the public comment session, you can email Legislative Services at, or call 720-337-2000, or sign up in person in Room 451 of the City and County Building.  The sign-up period begins at 12 p.m. on the Friday before the first scheduled council meeting of every month.

Jeff Hersch of Denver told the Denver City Council on Monday that his concern for freezing dogs drew little response from police, and that after submitting a complaint, the subjects of the complaint turned on him.

His concern came from witnessing the dogs of his neighbor, chained up outside on cold days, even when the temperature was 20 degrees outside.  Hersch pleaded with city council to adopt more specific regulations, and not leave up to the discretion of police officers whether there are safety risks for pets.

Hersch also requested that city council act on the business of “flipping” dogs through online classified sites that he says are unregulated, and therefore out of control.  Puppy mills that breed dogs for profit are able to use online classifieds at will, and are able to use these fora for unlimited and un-monitored access to buyers.

Hersch works for the nonprofit

Chairman Seku, a former candidate for Denver mayor expressed concern for those experiencing homeless, especially senior citizens, “They really need some relief.”

About 50 people from the group Criminal Colorado arrived in green t-shirts.  Some arrived in the “ant-theft mobile.”  The organization exposes wage theft in the construction industry.  Those who spoke represented carpenters who raised issues of  unfair wages, and employers illegally refusing overtime pay.

Adrianna Hernandez spoke in defense of her father, “I think it’s unfair that thousands of carpenters are not given enough benefits to sustain our lives, nor are they granted fair wages to provide for their families.  Payroll fraud is stealing.  This harms the middle class, the workers, the taxpayers.  So this directly affects everybody in this community including myself and you.  My dad needs help.  Carpenters need your help.”

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