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What’s up with county bond 5?

The Alibi loves bikes. What could be better for our country’s health and the environment than everyone getting out of their cars and powering themselves to work?

It’s part of why we’re not crazy about the Paseo and I-25 interchange revamp. That’s going to suck up so much money. Why not put that cash toward public transit, bike paths or other creative solutions to our vehicle-based problems? When you make the road bigger, it just fills up with more cars.

The city isn’t the only entity pitching funds toward the overhaul, though it’s certainly putting up the most. The county may toss in $5 million, depending on what voters say today.

But here’s the thing: The ballot language on county bond 5 doesn’t say a thing about Paseo. Instead, it says the bond puts cash toward road repair and bike paths. It’s a $10 million bond—and half of it goes to Paseo.

Sneaky.

We say vote for it anyway. BernCo residents shouldn’t suffer potholes and dangerous conditions for cyclists because of this shady business. Still, it’d be nice if the ballot language was clearer.

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Screw the campaign commercials

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Chris Rock’s satirical campaign commercial: “A special message for white people.”

Even I’m sick of them. And I love this stuff.

I hear lots of people talking about how they’re all burned out on political candidates and their endless bickering. This is the most expensive election of all time. And where did that money go? Ads. Lots and lots of ads.

But even if you don’t care at all about who’s the next president, senator, county commissioner, whatever, there are a few other issues on the ballot today that are worth your attention.

Do you think Albuquerque’s minimum wage should go up $1? Our election team does, and here’s why.

Do you think Albuquerque should spend $50 million on rebuilding the Paseo and I-25 interchange? We didn’t. Here’s why.

And what about those amendments? Three of the five are about strengthening the Public Regulation Commission. They probably stem from the disaster that was Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. The Alibi’s endorsement crew likes all the amendments, especially the one that pulls the Public Defender’s Office out from under the thumb of the guv. (You may not care about that agency today, but you will if you ever get in trouble with the law and you can’t afford a private attorney.)

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Go vote! The polls are open all day!

You’ve got until 7 p.m. to cast your ballot at any of these 69 polling locations. If you got your absentee ballot in the mail, but you haven’t turned it in yet, you can drop it off at the County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. That’s in City Hall (1 Civic Plaza) on the sixth floor.

You do not have to bring ID.

If you have any problems at the polls, call these voter protection hotlines:

English

1-866-OUR-VOTE

(1-866-687-8683)

Spanish

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA

(1-888-839-8682)

Here’s what the Alibi thought of the candidates and the issues you’ll see on your ballot today.

V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012
Georgia West
Margaret Wright

News Feature

Next Gen Justice

Young women tackle reproductive equity

Girl Tech participants say the “if, how and when” decisions about having kids should be left to mothers.

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Answer Me This

Special Election Edition!

What do you know about voting on Election Day? We’ve got all the answers.

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V.21 No.42 | 10/18/2012

Council Watch

Rain on Downtown’s Parade

Twinkle Light Parade moves to Nob Hill, strip clubs are scrutinized, and the city bans spice and bath salts.

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V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012

Ortiz y Pino

The Right is Lying About Obamacare

One of the most puzzling aspects of the election for Jerry Ortiz y Pino is the way Republican candidates and conservative super PACs are deliberately painting our Affordable Care Act as a boogeyman.

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Council Watch

Council chambers were three-quarters full of people wanting to comment about several issues. Some were in support of more money for the zoo, others protested Mayor Richard Berry’s recent award from the New Mexico Freedom of Open Government for bringing more transparency to the city’s government website. And one person spoke from her heart about supporting Thursday, Oct. 11, as National Coming Out Day, a national observance celebrating people who are publicly LGBTQ. 2012's theme is "Come Out. Vote." to encourage folks to cast a ballot in November for politicians who support equality. The day was launched in 1988 by a psychologist from New Mexico, Robert Eichberg.

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Council Watch

Coming Out, Touching Down

Citizens show up to Council chambers to talk National Coming Out Day. Councilor Michael Cook wants to make it easier for balloons to land around the city.

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V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012

Council Watch

Hot in Here

The Council gives a thumb’s up a landmark designation at Bataan Memorial Park but won’t support Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Day.

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