IN THE HEADLINES
August 22, 2019
Aurora leaders say fixing intersection is a top priority after two deadly crashes in two months
August 12, 2019
LETTER: Re-elect Francoise Bergan for Ward VI
Over the past few months, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates to City Council for Aurora.
I would like to confidently recommend Francoise Bergan for re-election in Ward VI.
Francoise has had great impact in the quality of life of Ward VI residents with improved traffic control, by bringing a recreation center facility into the Ward limits, the beautification of neighborhood parks and trails as well as median landscaping.
When it comes to safeguarding our property values in Ward VI, Ms. Bergan has advocated on behalf of her constituents and neighborhoods for Xcel transmission line mitigation monies; helped organize neighbors to address drainage/black ice issues in newer developments within the Ward.
In addition to that, she’s supported changes to marijuana city ordinances in regards to nuisance and abatement and has been a constant presence at neighborhood watch meetings.
— Astrid Storey, Aurora, via letters@SentinelColorado.com
August 7, 2019
NEW LOOK FOR AURORA: City finalizes regulations spelling out how new growth in Aurora will take place
A majority of fellow council members disapproved of those changes, with concerns that they weren’t realistic. Councilwoman Francoise Bergan, who represents southeast Aurora, said that region of the city saw a Safeway grocery store go under because it was built before there were enough residents to support it.
March 11, 2019
Francoise Bergan Kicks off Campaign for Aurora City Council
The incumbent council member for southeast Aurora officially launched her push for re-election on Thursday evening in front of a standing-room house of community leaders. Her supporters included Centennial’s Mayor Stephanie Piko, Aurora Mayor pro-tempore Bob Roth, and Camp Bow Wow founder and University of Colorado Regent, Heidi Ganahl, among others.
Constituents took turns at the microphone to describe the considerable work Bergan has undertaken as their council representative to improve traffic safety near neighborhood schools, even working crosswalks during the morning rush. They described her involvement in helping shed light on the issue of illegal marijuana grow houses, introducing an ordinance to strengthen health protections for future renters, and made it easier for law enforcement to hold landlords accountable. They spoke of her involvement with the community, coordinating with the city’s public services, and meeting with neighborhood groups to alleviate local concerns. Dignitaries Ganahl, Piko and Roth delivered equally glowing accounts of Bergan’s character, dedication and tenacity.
Then Bergan heralded Aurora’s historic accomplishments, such as the Anschutz Medical Campus, the massive Amazon fulfillment center and Buckley Air Force Base—all contributing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to the local economy. She noted the accomplishments specific to her ward: improved traffic control, increased public safety, neighborhood parks and trails, median landscaping—and a recreation center already in the bid process for design. She outlined a litany of first-term learnings, from water rights to collective bargaining to zoning and land use. And she illuminated the challenges council will face to prioritize public safety, roads and infrastructure, strong retail and commercial development, responsible energy development and vibrant housing—all the while balancing the budget and planning for an inevitable market downturn.
She sees an optimistic future spurred by projects like the 1,500-room Gaylord Rockies Resort (already booked through 2022) and the sprawling Aurora Highlands development that will rival Highlands Ranch. Overall, she painted a rosy vision for a city on the cusp of greatness, if the appropriate leadership is in place.
March 11, 2019
Francoise Bergan launches Aurora re-election bid
Aurora City Council member Francoise Bergan kicked off her re-election campaign last week to continue to represent Ward 6 in the southeast part of the city.
Her supporters, her campaign said, include Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko, Aurora Mayor pro-tempore Bob Roth and University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl.
December 20, 2018
Francoise Bergan re-enters council race
Bergan told the Sentinel she filed her intent to run for the seat once again last week.
WALKING THE WARD
We had the groundbreaking ceremony on March 19 for Aurora's first Inclusive playground at Red-tailed Hawk Park in Ward Six. This project is an example of how one boy's (Ashaun) wish can be the catalyst for wonderful things to happen. This will be a place for children of all abilities to play together. I am so proud to know how many families will benefit from this collaborative project.
Thanks to Rotary Club of Aurora and Make-a-Wish Foundation, as well as Arapahoe County Open Space and the City of Aurora for making this wish a reality. Also, thanks to Aurora's Art in Public Places Commission for selecting this site for your next public art project. Congratulations to Ashaun and his parents and all the families who will enjoy the playground for years. It opens this summer 2019. Hope to see you there soon!