City Council chambers were three-quarters full of people wanting to comment about several issues. Some protested Mayor Richard Berry’s August award from the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government for bringing more transparency to the city government website. And one person spoke from her heart about supporting Thursday, Oct. 11, as National Coming Out Day, an observance celebrating people who are publicly LGBTQ. 2012's theme is "Come Out. Vote." to encourage folks to cast a ballot in November for politicians who support equality. The day was launched in 1988 by a psychologist who lived in New Mexico, Robert Eichberg.
Councilor Michael Cook introduced a bill to open up more land for balloon landings. The bill would allow hot-air balloons to touch down on home and business property to compensate for dwindling open tracts in the city (see this week's feature, page 38). The measure must first make it through the city’s Environmental Planning Commission, so it will not help this year’s pilots.
Several items were deferred—