albuquerque city council


V.20 No.38 | 9/22/2011

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Under the Big Eyes

As the city plays a game of red light, green light with intersection cameras, voters will have their say during the Tuesday, Oct. 4 elections. Public opinion will be taken into account, but in the end the fate of the red-light cameras rests with the City Council. The vote will be considered “advisory,” yet councilors will be hard-pressed to ignore your advice.

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Dear City Council,

There’s a hopelessness floating around Albuquerque. Our wallets are slim. That’s part of it. As a result, citizens might not turn out to the vote centers in 2011. Seats could change hands over a few scores of ballots cast by those who still believe. Let’s hope that red-light camera issue draws people to polling locations on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The clerk’s making it easy this year, too. We can vote at any of 49 spots around the city. Check out our endorsement guide, complete with council recommendations, a breakdown of proposed bonds and a clip-n-save cheat sheet, all below.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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District 2: North Valley

The Alibi endorses: Debbie O’Malley

Councilor Debbie O'Malley, who's running unopposed this year, says the relationship between Democratic councilors and the mayor has grown increasingly strained. "The ideology starts to take over. We started seeing this first with the immigration issue." When the Council tried to get the city's budget together, the partisan divide became clear. "The budget was it. That was like, Yeah, there are Republicans and Democrats on that Council."

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District 4: Far Northeast Heights

The Alibi endorses: Brad Winter

It's fair to say that challenger Bill Tallman has experience in city government. Stretching back decades, he's worked for various administrations around the country, typically for cities smaller than ours. But it's also fair to say Tallman doesn't know much about Albuquerque. That’s just part of why the Alibi was swayed to endorse incumbent Brad Winter.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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District 6: Nob Hill and the International District

The Alibi endorses: Rey Garduño

You've got to hear unopposed incumbent Rey Garduño talk about the International District. Most of the editorial staffers at the Alibi have had a hard time adjusting to the term that replaced the War Zone. The new name went on like a glossy coat of paint on a busted fence—or so we thought. By the end of our endorsement interview with the councilor, we were sold.

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District 8: Northeast Heights

The Alibi endorses: Greg Payne

This is a tough one.

In one corner, we've got Trudy Jones, a friendly, knowledgeable councilor with few accolades and a problematic position on APD. In the other, there's Greg Payne, a lively contender who says the Council has to do more to get in front of this police-shooting issue. He's got political experience, too. But it's not all good experience.

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Bonds

General obligation bonds are debt the city takes on and promises to pay back with interest. These bonds are paid with property taxes, and typically, new ones are issued when old ones are paid off. That way, property taxes don’t increase.

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Vote on Tuesday, Oct. 4

The City Clerk’s Office is changing it up this year. You can vote at any of 49 centers throughout the city instead of being required to vote at one predetermined location on election day. (Two were yet to be announced at press time. Check cabq.gov/clerk for updates and an interactive map.) Pick the place that’s most convenient for you and head on over between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

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Print-n-Save Voter Guide

District 2: Debbie O’Malley
District 4: Brad Winter
District 6: Rey Garduño

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V.20 No.20 | 5/19/2011

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The Daily Word with AIDS Cures, North Pole Takeovers, Kids Named “Like”

The Daily Word

Iran is building missle launch bases in Venezuela.

The HIV “immunity gene” may have cured this 45-year-old man of AIDS.

Mitt Romney raises a cool $10 million in eight hours for his presidential campaign.

Get the hell out, Santa; Denmark plans to claim the North Pole.

Remember that ridiculous McDonald’s beating video? Two of the teens have been charged with hate crimes.

A California bill could allow parents to edit their children’s Facebook pages.

...And this Facebook-addicted couple names their baby “Like.” Wow.

There are other ways to show your best friend you care instead of decapitating him with a chainsaw

Seth MacFarlane plans to reboot “The Flinstones.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger admits to fathering a child with his household staffer.

Albuquerque City Council took no action to extend a red light camera contract with Redflex.

Let’s all mourn the death of the world’s oldest panda. She was 34!

V.20 No.7 | 2/17/2011
Smart birds: Pigeons are trainable and have been used as messengers during times of war.

Animals

Pigeon Problems

A dove by any other name would be as revered?

Yesterday’s Daily Word provided a link to a KRQE story about the City’s Council’s introduction of a bill aimed at cracking down on pigeon poop. The pigeon nuisance abatement ordinance would make feeding and keeping the birds a finable offense.

I have mixed feelings about this issue. Obviously there’s an overpopulation problem in Albuquerque, and I’ve seen people feeding the pigeons. Since moving into my Downtown house a year and a half ago, I’ve witnessed the level of neighborhood pigeon crap increase dramatically. At some point last year four birds took up residence in the rafters in the back of my house. I think the pigeons are cute, but the mess they make at my back door is filthy and disgusting. I can’t get too mad at them, though, and here’s why. Several years back NPR ran an interview with Andrew Blechman, author of Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird. Learn all about these interesting birds here.