Alibi V.16 No.32 • Aug 9-15, 2007 

Answer Me This

What do you know about last week?

The news just keeps on coming. Some days you pay attention. Some days you don't. Look here in every Alibi to refresh your memory about what's going on in your community. Don't worry if you don't know all the answers—there's a cheat sheet at the end.

1) After a gang-related shooting killed a 12-year-old, the Westside's Tres Volcanes neighborhood started a citizen patrol using their own cars with signs posted in them and yellow lights on top. The effect is:

a. Residents feel safer, but nothing much has changed.

b. The number of calls to police have dropped by half.

c. APD lessened the amount of cop cars patrolling the area.

d. Break-ins and vandalism increased anyway.

2) An assisted-living home with fewer than three residents is governed by which regulations:

a. They have to have a business license.

b. They have to undergo an annual inspection and ensure 24-hour resident supervision.

c. Employees must be certified nurses.

d. None of the above.

3) Mayor Martin Chavez is attempting to repair his shaky relationship with the City Council by:

a. Buying all councilors box seats at the Isotopes.

b. Promising to include them in press conferences about city issues.

c. Hosting a weekly luncheon with three councilors at a time.

d. Vowing to attend Council meetings personally.

4) The Department of Transportation awarded the contract to extend the Rail Runner into Santa Fe to Twin Mountain Construction and the HERZOG Group. It's going to cost:

a. $115 million

b. $50 million

c. $625,000

d. $6 million

Answers

1) B. After only two months of the neighborhood crime watch, the monthly average calls to police dropped from 16 to seven, says Capt. Conrad Candelaria of the Westside Area Command. Take that, criminals.

2) D. Though residents sometimes pay as much as $5,000 a month and the businesses are for-profit, there are no regulations and no oversight for assisted-living homes with one or two residents.

3) C. Both the Council and the mayor came up with environmentally minded standards for new buildings this month—independently. Albuquerque's taxpayers essentially payed for the same work to be done twice over because of an ever-widening valley between Chavez and the councilors. He's hoping to bridge the gap with weekly lunches.

4) A. The contract is for $115 million. Work will begin in September and should be finished in November 2008.