Friday, May 16, 2008
Letters To the Editor
Blame Victims of Dense Infill
THE CONDO project at 2000 Gold is another attempt by out of state, larger-city developers to bully their way into growing towns like Albuquerque. Their failed attempts elsewhere should not be introduced here. ...
There are, hopefully, some zoning regulations that should be enforced without blaming the neighborhoods for being the bad guys. ... I know our City Council will see through all their shenanigans.
Albuquerque has always been a “green” friendly place. That's even before the notion of being “green” was heard of or taken over by politics and profiteers. One thing is certain though, if any developer runs into budget constraints, the first thing to go is the green-friendly and other perky things.
The developers of 2000 Gold should be free to build their great facility in another location — perhaps where it is needed and wanted. Albuquerque and its neighborhoods want development but in the terms established by laws and statutes.
Luckily, the Environmental Planning Commission has denied the requests of the 2000 Gold project. The attempts of the developers to sway public opinion, the mayor, the City Council, or anyone else in the process have not gone unnoticed, as well as not being appreciated or convincing. ...
Realtor Creates Problem for The Alibi and Councilors’ Office:
Biased Letter Contains Misinformation
May 25, 2008
When I attempted to respond to the City Council to voice my opposition to a letter from Chris Lucas published in a recent issue of the Alibi, I received the following curt response from a City Councilor’s Policy Analyst:
While we appreciate hearing from you, Councilor Benton and the other city councilors are not allowed to receive communication on pending appeals, which are considered quasi-judicial matters. I have forwarded your email to Crystal Ortega, Clerk of the Council, who will note receipt of the email and place a copy of it in the official case file; however, it will not be distributed to councilors. I am also contacting the Alibi to ask them to print a clarification about this issue.
Should you have any questions about the appeals process, please feel free to contact one of the senior members of the Council staff - Bruce Thompson, Senior Policy Analyst (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Laura Mason, Director of Council Services (email@example.com).
Policy Analyst - City Councilor Isaac Benton, District 3
Albuquerque City Council
The provocative letter of Chris Lucus that ran in the Alibi follows:
Green as Gold
By the way, I came upon the fact that Mr. Lucas is a Realtor. Numerous members of my Neighborhood Association know him as one. You can Google or AOL search his name (for the Albuquerque area) and locate some links connecting him to his real estate adventures. Moreover, it is well know around the neighborhoods that Chris utilizes the unethical and sociopathic practice of spinning facts and statistics, in real estate/developer lingo as in his original letter to you, only to suit his special interests and collusive relationships.
I appreciate your attention to this matter,
Sam Mayer, 1701 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
It is such a shame that your retraction note regarding an erroneous letter that you published (v.17 No. 20 / May 15 - 21) has not received as much attention as the author's original comments. His sociopathic spinning of real estate and developer jargon and statistics has misled your readers and created chaos in the City Councilors' offices.
( Here's a link to the insane original posting: Green as Gold
I hope this can be remedied. The retraction of Mr. Lucas' outrageously biased and inaccurate letter should be front page news or at least a feature article. I believe your readers expect that what the see in your publication is verified and truthful. Clearly, in this instance, it is far from that.
Resident/owner and taxpaying voter
1701 Silver Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106