A major revamp of the city’s zoning code, significant changes to how pawnbrokers can do business and stopping vehicle solicitations drew a good size crowd for the City Council meeting. Some items got heard and even less got passed as the grinder of democracy made a little more sausage.
Millions spent for federal police oversight, hundreds of police complaint cases heard and a denied request for an investigation into an unjust drug sting are just some of the issues recently tackled by members of the Albuquerque City Council.
A small post-eclipse crowd greeted city councilors at their Aug. 21 regular meeting. With no red-hot topics, councilors trekked through an easy agenda that included a new innovative public lighting plan, a halt to some road construction and grant dollars for senior citizen projects.
Proposed changes to campaign finance reporting rules attempt to update sections of the Campaign Reporting Act that have been invalidated in court, but some are concerned the rules will force disclosure of people who want to remain anonymous, violating their First Amendment rights.
Six Albuquerque mayoral candidates faced off last week in one of the first forums of the campaign, answering questions on a wide range of issues like community policing, immigration and economic development.
Amidst so many similar planks in platforms that appear, on the surface, to mirror each other, it’s reasonable to fear that progressive and centrist voters will split the vote unnecessarily, giving right-leaning candidates the advantage they need to win the race and ultimately continue the failed policies of the Berry administration.