Albuquerque's immigrant-friendly status is causing trouble that reaches down from the federal level, and may prevent the city from accessing federal grants having to do with everything from increased police staffing to the testing of rape kit evidence. In order to get a better handle on this complex, culture-changing series of events, Weekly Alibi spoke with a number of city and government leaders on the subject, including City Councilors Pat Davis and Klarissa Peña.
Public safety, education and finances were the big themes at this 30-day session. And although the Lujan Grisham administration had several successes during this year’s short-lived session, the Dems in charge also faced a couple of notable letdowns.
Trip by City Councilor Peña has raised concerns after it cost was revealed; DOJ threatens to withhold anti-crime grants; federal judge approved a settlement that ended a 40-year-old civil case that enforced reforms in New Mexico's prisons.
Help plant over 300 trees at the 3rd Annual Bosque Planting Day on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9:30am to 3pm. RSVP by emailing Alejandría at firstname.lastname@example.org, grab your gardening gloves and get on down to Bosque Cultural Healing Garden Project for a day of reforestation with volunteers revitalizing the Albuquerque Bosque. It’s free and open to arborists of all ages.