Arrrrr, Me Hearties!
By Laura Sanchez
Regrettably, councilors failed to conduct their business in buccaneer lingo on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sept. 19. But they didn't completely forego lusty swordplay. Councilor Debbie O'Malley asked why the $500,000-plus for the Tricentennial Towers the city is building at the I-40 and Rio Grande intersection didn't come before the Council. John Castillo of the Municipal Development Dept. said the money came from a variety of sources, including G.O. bonds, rather than the 1 percent for the arts funding overseen by the Council.
Many community leaders supported Councilor Eric Griego's bill initiating planning for a more prominent and appropriate memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which passed unanimously as did Griego's bill setting new requirements and incentives for renewable energy.
Several councilors moved bills implementing the extension of University Blvd. south to the Mesa del Sol area. Councilor Tina Cummins moved a bill providing a $300,000 appropriation to the Emergency Shelter Services Program Strategy for the Women's Community Association.
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