Sexy Pizza's Kayvan Khalatbari on Why He's Running for Denver City Council

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Kayvan Khalatbari.
Kayvan Khalatbari has his hands in many projects. His restaurant chain, Sexy Pizza, now has three locations in Denver, and he co-owns Denver Relief, one of the oldest pot stores in the city. Add in Sexpot Comedy (his live-comedy promotion gig), multiple charity efforts and a national cannabis consulting firm and Khalatbari, 31, has one colorful LinkedIn account. And if he wins an at-large seat on Denver's city council this May, his list of job titles will get even longer.

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Marijuana Business Is America's Fastest Growing, Says Industry Report
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Marijuana is the fastest growing industry in the U.S. So says a new report by California's Arcview Market Research. And while the study, spotlighted in a summary on view below, doesn't exactly qualify as an objective third-party report (it was largely funded by cannabis-biz outfits, including several in Colorado), the point of view espoused shows how eager ganjapreneurs are to build upon their previous economic victories.

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Marijuana: Adams County Holds Pot-License Lottery, Wheat Ridge OKs Regs, Pueblo Delays

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Chronic Therapy is one of five dispensaries in Wheat Ridge, and it won't have new competition anytime soon after the City Council's vote last night.
The city councils of Wheat Ridge and Pueblo held meetings last night to determine the fate of proposed cannabis restrictions in their respective cities, but only one of them ended with a resolution. Meanwhile, Adams County is scheduled an afternoon announcement for the first ten dispensaries to be licensed there.

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Prison Video Visitation Biz Cashing In on Misery, Report Claims

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For a fee, family members can now "visit" an inmate from home.
Jails across America are turning increasingly to private companies to cure the headaches posed by family members seeking to visit incarcerated loved ones. But the solutions developed by the emerging "video visitation industry" come at a steep price -- including the stiff costs shouldered by inmates' families, complaints about poor quality and other impacts that may actually discourage inmate visits, according to a new report on the industry.

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Oil & Gas Industry: $11.79M Spent on Statewide Offices in 2014 Campaign -- and That's Not All

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The industry upped its stake in Colorado elections to a slick $11.8 million in 2014.
The oil and gas industry raised a massive war chest last year in anticipation of a showdown over anti-fracking ballot initiatives that failed to materialize -- and then spent freely on advertising, contributions to PACs and candidate committees, as well as general promotion of the industry's issues and causes across a wide spectrum of Colorado state races, according to a new report by Colorado Ethics Watch.

How significant is the industry's investment in fracking in Colorado? CEW's analysis pegs the overall oil-and-gas spending on statewide offices in 2014 at $11.79 million, compared to around $400,000 in each of the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. The figures don't include United States Senate or congressional elections.

See also: How Colorado became ground zero in America's energy wars

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Baker Who Wouldn't Make Cake for Gay Couple Says Commissioner Compared Him to Nazis

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Lawyers for a Christian bakery owner who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple are calling out a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for a comment she made in which they say she compared the baker "to slave owners and perpetrators of the Holocaust." At a July hearing, Commissioner Diann Rice said it was "despicable" to use religion to justify discrimination, and she used slavery and the Holocaust as examples.

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BiggerPockets Uses Denver Base to "Democratize" the Real Estate Business

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Joshua Dorkin, founder and CEO of BiggerPockets.
When Joshua Dorkin caught the real estate bug, he found out that being smart wasn't enough -- you have to know the business. But the resources he found were expensive or out of reach, so he decided to "democratize" the real estate business by starting BiggerPockets, an online community that makes real estate information easily accessible.

While he was building BiggerPockets, Dorkin was living in southern California with his soon-to-be-wife. They decided to make the move to Denver after visiting a friend who lives here. "It looked like a great place to be and a great place to build a business," Dorkin says. And the real-estate business is certainly booming here.

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Best Cities to Find a Job in 2015 -- and Colorado Places' Falling Scores

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How easy is it to find a job in three major Colorado cities? Tougher than it was last year, according to a new study by WalletHub. Denver, Colorado Springs and Aurora are included in the survey, and all three have slid considerably since the previous story. Continue to see the top ten and Colorado's entries, complete with photos, WalletHub data from this year and last, plus the study's methodology. To read the original post, click here.

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With Developers Jazzed About Five Points, the Rossonian Hotel Could Soon Be Hopping Again

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Eight-year-old Darrell Anderson should be asleep in his bed, but instead he's sneaked a block north in his jammies to the corner of 27th and Welton streets, where he's now hiding out behind liquor boxes, waiting patiently for the wooden door to swing open, waiting for a glimpse into the place to be in Denver: the jazz club at the Rossonian Hotel, a tiny, triangular first-floor ballroom filled with good sounds, good company and more than a little magic.

See also: Brick by Brick -- A New Development in Five Points Could Help the City Sell the Old Rossonian Hotel

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Denver Development Up 20 Percent in 2014, City Eager for More Projects

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Development projects were up 20 per cent in 2014
Denver is growing, with new office, retail and housing projects going up all the time. You don't do more than look around the city to realize that, but according to the Denver Office of Community Planning and Development, 2014 saw 20 percent more development projects within Denver city limits than 2013. And the CPD says it is taking steps to improve services as the department continues to work with more people on more projects.

See also: My Denver, My Dream for How to Keep It Great

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