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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Naming The New Jail

For some reason I don't think that my suggestions are going to be considered....

Forget the U.S. Senate appointment. Don't even think about which Coloradan is up for the next job in President- elect Barack Obama's administration.

The real intense lobbying at Denver's city hall involves something completely different: naming rights for the new Denver Justice Center Complex, which voters approved in 2005.

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper in November solicited suggestions, and people funneled petitions to a task force the mayor formed to deal with the issue. The mayor, after consulting with the task force, plans to forward the finalists to the City Council for final approval in the spring.

There's a big push to name the detention facility after the Van Cise family, which has had three influential lawyers in Denver, including former district attorney Philip Van Cise, who prosecuted mobsters and the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.

Another group, which includes Gov. Bill Ritter and Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, wants to name the new courthouse after the late Dale Tooley, who headed the district attorney's office from 1973 to 1983.

And those factions are just the most vocal. Anyone could submit a suggestion if they provided at least 100 signatures and a reason why the suggested individual should be honored.

Pool of candidates

Sue Cobb, the mayor's spokesperson, said the task force received five submissions for the courthouse and six for the detention center, all of which met the criteria for consideration.

"I've been working on this for the last year," said Cindy Van Cise, whose great-grandfather, grandfather and father are all considered legal luminaries in Denver.


Unknown said...

How about the Robert E. Lee Brick Plantation Memorial Building?


The Honorary Corrections Corruption of America Holding Cell Building.


The Making Money off of the Misery, Destruction, and Suffering of the Common Coloradoan is Cool Building


Unknown said...

How about the Everyone is Guilty is Except for Me Place for Moral Hypocrisy?


The Greed is Good, Vengeance is Better Denver Injustice Center


The Denver Metro Area for the Promotion and Continuation of the Cycles of Poverty, Violence, and Class Rigidity?


Anonymous said...

The building should be tore down and a parking garage should be built there. By no means ever named after ex prosecutors or present prosecutors, until the corruption in Colorado government is cleaned up.
Who thought the center was needed?? Who is going to pay for it??? My suggestion would be to round up all the people who are involved in corrupt practices and lock them in the new center and throw away the key. Name it , THE HOUSE OF CORRUPTION. MAYBE IT WASNT BUILT BIG ENOUGH? djw

Anonymous said...

For some reason I don't think my suggestions are going to be polite. (!!!)

How about:

Phramed and Phucked Phelon Phacility.

I'm sick of these pompous jerks. I'm literally feeling ill.

"They must find it difficult ... Those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority." -Gerald Massey

Anonymous said...

how about....
invesco your life at mile high...


you will be back dentention center and court house


get some of our tax dollars back by getting qwest,xcel,countrywide,
or one of the many others who like to splash there name on things to pay to put there name on this building...

as in
qwest house of crime,

xcel cell house of denver,

countrywide crime and court facility..

come on let us get some of our millions spent on this back and sell the naming rights its only right...

Anonymous said...

Denver mayor Hickenlooper should be charged and convicted for soliciting ............. suggestions.

Rill Bitter Corruption Center

Think about the 'Mitch' one.

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