Construction fun at Lead and Vassar
Thank you to Cyrus Gould for sending us this postapocalyptic photo. Here’s to hoping Lead will soon be the most beautiful, “parkway-feeling” street we’ve ever seen.
ABQ Danger Map! Survival Guide 2011! Click! Drag! Zoom!
ABQ DANGER MAP!: Albuquerque is a big old city trapped in a small town’s body. That’s part of its charm. And its danger, too. With that in mind, the Alibi’s street-smart city masters mapped out Burque’s danger zones. Discover which roads have the most car crashes, which corners host the most homicides, and which neighborhoods house the most sex offenders. Explore it all on our spiffy interactive map. Hopefully, it’ll help keep you safe in your daily exploits around the city. Good luck. You’re gonna need it.
City fines itself for water wasting
The other day I was fined for having water flowing from my yard into the street. Now, I'm not complaining—wasting water is bad, especially since New Mexico is in an extreme drought. But guess who is wasting the most water ... not me, not your annoying neighbor who never fixes the sprinklers. No, it's the city.
According to KRQE, in the last year the City of Albuquerque has racked up a hefty fine of over $21,000 from the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Authority. Even more surprising than the fine is that the areas where the most water is wasted are not large city parks or grassy areas, but street medians. Wow Albuquerque, it may be time for some new sprinklers, don't you think?
What’s Up With APD’s “Police Service Aides”?
When I returned to my car after dinner Downtown last night, I saw a peculiar kind of police car idling behind my own. Instead of the authoritative “POLICE” banner plastered across the side of a white Crown Victoria, this car was a Chevrolet Impala with the smaller and less-imposing words “Police Service Aide” painted on the doors. Luckily, the presence of this official didn’t seem to have anything to do with my car. But for those curious about who these individuals are and what they do, here are the details.
According to an e-mail from APD Public Information Officer Nadine Hamby, Albuquerque’s 25 Police Service Aides exist to “assist citizens in traffic control, traffic crashes, [and] towing vehicles.” APD’s website says that in addition to assisting officers with traffic accidents, they are also responsible for helping deal with “misdemeanor offenses, delivery of paperwork, [and] parking enforcement.”
For those who let up on the accelerator when they see a Police Service Aide car in the rearview mirror, rest easy. Service Aides can’t arrest anybody and they can’t pull you over, said Hamby.
Police Service Aides must attend Albuquerque’s Police Academy to land a job as a Service Aide, and they must meet all the physical fitness requirements that those applying to be a full-fledged police officer must meet. While the disqualifications for past drug use are slightly less strict for Service Aides as they are for police officers, the requirements in other areas are the same.
“[Service Aides] are also between the ages of 18 and 21,” Hamby said. “Most of [them] are college students and eventually become officers.”
Albuquerque's 311 Hotline: It’s No Longer Their “Pleasure to Serve You” at Night
Bad news for those Albuquerque residents needing information about city services late at night or early in the morning—the city announced yesterday that it was cutting hours for the 311 Citizen Contact Center service, which allows Albuquerque residents to call for information about City-sponsored events and services as well as report the problems they want taken care of.
The new hours for 311 are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, while on Sunday the hours are further shortened to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a little more than half of the original 24/7 operating time, but according to an announcement on the City of Albuquerque's Website, less than two percent of calls to the 311 line came after 9 p.m. The news release stated that the city will save $500,000 by closing the call center overnight.