Steppin' in It
By Laura Sanchez
At the June 6 meeting, councilors passed a 30-day ban on fireworks in the Bosque as well as open burning throughout the city. Gas and charcoal grills are allowed.
Other bills that passed unanimously include Councilor Martin Heinrich's bill supporting the state's effort to set up a technology master plan, Councilor Miguel Gómez's bill allocating money to match a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Councilor Eric Griego's bill to improve pedestrian safety at the sports facilities near University and Avenida Cesar Chavez.
Councilor Michael Cadigan's bill waiving impact fees for technological development near Double Eagle II airport passed 8-1, Councilor Debbie O'Malley opposed. Questioning the city's millions in subsidies to Eclipse Aviation and related businesses, O'Malley said, "I hope it doesn't become the biggest boondoggle ever."
Two election bills—Griego's call for public campaign financing and Councilor Sally Mayer's bill requiring photo voter ID—were both postponed for a second hearing.
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