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V.25 No.5 | 2/4/2016
Bestfrens
Illo by Tamara Sutton

Pets

Homeless, but Not Hopeless

Local organizations help homeless pets and their owners

Animals can be a huge source of comfort and companionship for the homeless, and it is an incredibly simple act to grab an extra bag of kibble the next time you're at the grocery store and to drop it of at a food bank on the way home.
V.25 No.2 | 1/14/2016

Council Watch

City Council Lite

Voting, electrical Lines, homelessness on agenda

Gotta give some kudos to the council for the patience it takes at some meetings to listen to some citizen commenters.
V.24 No.48 | 11/26/2015
Rey Rogers

Council Watch

Goodbye, Rey

Councilor Garduño’s departure and other council business at the Nov. 16 meeting

Rey Garduño says goodbye, Holly Holm gets her own month and more news from the last city council meeting.
V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015

blog

Letters From Downtown

Signs of Compassion

When you work Downtown, when you're here day after day, you deaden a bit to some of the things you see. A couple huddled in a doorway on a cold November morning, a worn-out blanket barely covering them; cops on bikes pulling a homeless man up off of the sidewalk, a puddle of vomit at his feet; an elderly gentleman in suit and tie, stalking down the street and shouting curses at the demons leaking from his head; none of these things provoke a second glance after a while. There's a lot of suffering here for sure and very little that one person can do. A dollar here, a dollar there, maybe that helps a bit, but the overall feeling is one of powerlessness, and slowly you become hardened to it.

Today, though, I noticed this sign in the window of Lindy's Diner, and that numbness thawed just a little bit. No, Lindy's isn't going to solve the problems of homelessness and hunger. And one single meal on one single day isn't "enough." But it is something, a reminder that hardness isn't the answer, that compassion is. And that even if we can never do enough, we can, and should, still try.

V.24 No.21 | 5/21/2015
Human and Homeless

Editorial

The Need for Change

The mayor’s anti-panhandling initiative distracts from the real problem of homelessness

According to Samantha Anne Carrillo, the mayor’s new anti-panhandling initiative is a band-aid solution at best.
V.24 No.18 | 4/30/2015
Ty Bannerman

Council Watch

Homes for the Homeless?

The council questions the Albuquerque Housing Authority

This week, an update from the Albuquerque Housing Authority and a farewell to the Downtown Business Improvement District.
V.24 No.13 | 3/26/2015
Robert Maestas

Council Watch

Retaining APD’s Finest

The Council looks into how to keep a stable police force on the streets.
V.24 No.10 | 3/5/2015
Amelia Olson

Opinion

The Women of Tent City

Our reporter speaks with the women who lived in a recently disbanded homeless encampment.
“Camp Faith”
Ty Bannerman

Opinion

Letter from Tent City

The camps may move, but the problem of homelessness remains

The battle over an enclave of homeless people goes back and forth, but the root problems remain the same.
V.24 No.5 |

news

The Daily Word in plane crashes, Lance Armstrong and Tent City 2

The Daily Word

It’s Wednesday, Februrary 4th.

And the growing number of dash cams in Taiwan means you can watch terrifying footage of a plane crash.

And everyone’s friendly in Albuquerque!

Except for this (alleged) murderer.

But we’re working on our homelessness problem! By kicking people out of the parks and making them leave their make-shift shelters.

Thanks to this map, it’s easier than ever to find your nearest neighborhood goat.

BREAKING NEWS: LANCE ARMSTRONG LIED ABOUT A THING

Finally, did you know you can make a microphone out of a pencil and a matchbox? YOU TOTALLY CAN!

Have a great day!

V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Dec. 11, 2014

What do you know about last week’s Albuquerque and New Mexico news? Find out with the Alibi pop quiz.
V.23 No.36 |

Opinion

County Commission Offers Alternative to Berry's Tender Mercies

On Friday, Aug. 29, Mayor Richard J. Berry made history. In his YouTube communiqué debut, Berry became the first Albuquerque mayor to veto an election amendment. According to Berry's statement, R-14-91 contained proposals he couldn't "in good conscience" allow Albuquerque citizens to vote on. Translation: Berry claims his ethics prevented him from permitting us to weigh in at the polls on a) raising sales tax one-eighth of a centto fund social services for the addicted, homeless and mentally illand b) to reduce criminal penalties for the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

R-14-91 also contained ballot initiatives to a) grant the City Council approval authority over the Mayor's hiring of police and fire chiefs, b) change the voter-initiative process to prevent costly special elections and c) a bond proposal to fund "metropolitan redevelopment." In layman's terms, Berry's veto was a political strong-arm tactic to get the City Council to drop the tax increase and penalty reduction initiatives. Otherwise, these other three issues wouldn't get to voters. And it worked. On Wednesday, Sept. 3, the Council compromised (read: caved).

And that, as they say, could have been that. But on Friday, Sept. 5, the Bernalillo County Commission issued a press release calling for voter input on the tax increase and marijuana penalty reduction initiatives that Berry nixed. In the release Commission Chair Debbie O’Malley said, “It’s critical that we hear directly from the people about how to move forward on these two issues that have such a major impact on our community. We need to look for ways to divert people with serious mental illness out of jail and into treatment instead. This issue impacts all of us and Bernalillo County residents are ready to talk about solutions.”

In the same release, Commissioner Maggie Hart-Stebbins states, “Better access to mental health services and marijuana penalties are clearly on the minds of Bernalillo County residents. Both of these issues have a significant impact on public safety and county government so it makes sense to give the voters a say in this community discussion.”

The County Commission will convene on Monday, Sept. 8, at 10am to make a final decision on which questions voters will get to address. That's where you come in. O'Malley and Hart-Stebbins want your input on the tax and marijuana penalty initiatives. Based on the overwhelmingly critical responses to Berry's veto video and the veto post on his Facebook page, many of you have something to say. So say it. If the Commission adds these initiatives to the ballot, all Bernalillo County residentsnot just city folkwill have an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in creating local public policy.

These are difficult times for our city, and we appear to be at a crossroads. It's easy to be cynical. But rather than reposting memesespecially those featuring Mark Twain's belief that voting makes no differencetake a few minutes this weekend to engage your representatives on issues that matter to you. To facilitate that conversation, scroll on for quick links to contact O'Malley and Hart Stebbins. Use your voice. It's more powerful than you know.

Click here to email Debbie O'Malley or call her at (505) 468-7027.

Click here to email Maggie Hart-Stebbins or call her at (505) 468-7108.

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