By Laura Sanchez
Councilors plowed through piles of legislation at the June 19 meeting before recessing for July. Councilor Isaac Benton proclaimed July 1-7 Independents Week, honoring local independent businesses, and took up the challenge--along with fellow Councilors Martin Heinrich, Ken Sanchez and Debbie O'Malley--to see who could spend the greatest percentage of their weekly budget at local stores.
Councilor Craig Loy moved a bill setting up funding and personnel to survey existing programs designed to integrate schools into their communities. Although several community representatives urged more local input, the bill passed unanimously.
In other actions, councilors approved bonds for new city buses, designated City Council districts as the boundaries used to determine the density of community treatment programs, approved a transfer of vacant land for expansion of the international market area around Ta Lin Supermarket and renamed Civic Plaza the Mayor Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza.
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