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V.29 No.12 | 3/19/2020
Councilors Davis, Jones and Benton
Eric Williams Photography

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The Council in March

COVID-19, emergency powers and a new councilor

March came in like a lamb and will go out like a lion because, in our unprecedented times, local governments are infused with national and global concerns. The March 16 Albuquerque City Council meeting was held in a vacant chamber due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
V.29 No.9 | 2/27/2020
City Councilors Davis, Jones and Benton
Eric Williams Photography

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Proclamations, Travel, Crime

Council moves forward in 2020

February brought a mixed bag of weather to the Albuquerque City Council as it adjusted to a newly elected member and an empty seat left by Councilor Ken Sanchez’s January death.
V.29 No.5 | 1/30/2020
Councilors Davis and Jones
Eric Williams Photography

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The Legacy of Councilor Sanchez

Plus a new member, the gavel and nuclear power

During the Jan. 22 Albuquerque City Council meeting, one could almost see the spirit of Councilor Ken Sanchez present as the local body politic took care of city business during the first meeting of 2020.
V.28 No.51 | 12/19/2019
Brad Winter
Eric Williams Photography

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The Lion in Winter

Council says goodbye to Bregman’s replacement

Albuquerque City Council said goodbye to its longest-sitting member, while welcoming onboard a new Council member. Then, the body politic gave a shout-out to some very good soccer champs—all at its December meetings.
V.28 No.47 | 11/21/2019
The Albuquerque City Council meets.
Eric Williams Photography

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A Multitude of Governance

City Council acts on a variety of items

November happenings at the Albuquerque City Council table included a shout-out to the Rock Your Mocs movement, more closed captioning on public TVs and bucks for a public engagement campaign to attract young professionals.
V.28 No.41 | 10/10/2019
City Councilors Davis, Jones and Benton
Eric Williams Photography

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Zoning, Guns, Traffic and Parties

Councilors Hear From Citizens, Debate Measures

A full house of citizens greeted the Albuquerque City Council as it worked on development rules, traffic on the one-ways and sports tourism as hot topics of discussion.
V.28 No.39 | 9/26/2019
City Councilors Peña, Sanchez and Harris
Eric Williams Photography

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Gun Reform, Burque Style

Council seeks solutions to violence

Albuquerque City Councilors will soon debate a trio of firearm bills.
V.28 No.25 | 6/20/2019
The Albuquerque City Council
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No to Ranked Voting, Yes to NBC

Your City Council keeps governing

The Albuquerque City Council served up a fat stack of agenda items at its nearly six-hour June 17 regular meeting. The Council does not meet during July so they had to tie up all the city business that must be done
V.28 No.22 | 5/30/2019
Councilors Peña, Sanchez and Harris
Eric Williams Photography

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The Council Approves

Mayor’s budget survives, mostly intact

Have you been asking yourself how the more than $1 billion dollars described in Mayor Keller’s budget will be spent by the City of Albuquerque in its fiscal year 2020 budget? Weekly Alibi was curious so we took a look at the over $1 billion budget that was approved by the Council at its May 20 meeting.
V.28 No.20 | 5/16/2019
The Albuquerque City Council
Eric Williams Photography

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Municipal Election Looms

Even-numbered council districts prepare

This November, 2019, voters will decide who will take four seats at the Albuquerque City Council table.
V.28 No.19 | 5/9/2019
City Councilors Davis, Jones and Benton
Eric Williams Photography

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Asylum, Keller, Comcast

Council approves funds, Mayor approves

It was a packed room filled with lovers and a few haters that greeted the Albuquerque City Council at its May 6 regular meeting.
V.28 No.16 | 4/18/2019
City Councilors Davis, Jones and Benton
Eric Williams Photography

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Plastic, Police and People

Council handles local and global issues

Albuquerque city political leaders have been busy this April, passing a more effective police oversight ordinance, saying no to some single-use plastics, and pondering the mayor’s proposed $1.1 billion budget.
V.28 No.13 | 3/28/2019

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The Council and the Police

Ordinance governs oversight board

Maybe it was the planet Mercury going retrograde that inspired one citizen to sing for the Albuquerque City Council during its special meeting to discuss amendments and hear public input on updating the Civilian Police Oversight Ordinance.
V.28 No.12 | 3/21/2019
City Council President Klarissa Peña
Eric Williams Photography

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The Council in March

City lawmakers on sovereignty, downtown, TV and the police

As the March winds wailed and blustered, Albuquerque became the first city in the US to officially recognize Native American governmental sovereignty. Councilors put the brakes on Downtown traffic and seek your input on proposed revisions to the city’s civilian police oversight ordinance.
V.28 No.9 | 2/28/2019
City Councilors Borrego and Peña
Eric Williams Photography

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Burque vs. Plastic

Proposed ban expensive, but may save Earth

Toss that straw and it could add to the at least 8 million pieces of plastic added daily to the oceans, contributing to an estimated 269,000 tons of mini, micro, small and large clumps of plastics filling up our oceans. While we are not an ocean community, our fragile desert landscape is filling up with plastics just as fast. But do paper containers or bags work well for transporting liquid red or green chile?