politics


V.28 No.16 | 4/18/2019
City Councilors Davis, Jones and Benton
Eric Williams Photography

Council Watch

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

Council Watch

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

Council Watch

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.11 | 3/14/2019

News Interview

Talking with Donkeys

Democrats revisit recent successes and envision a hopeful future

Weekly Alibi met with Democratic Party communications director Joel Kasenetz and the current chair of the party, Marg Elliston to discuss the legislature, the state and the future.
V.28 No.10 | 3/7/2019
Jeff Apodaca
Eric Williams Photography

News Interview

The Valid Contrarian, Part II

Apodaca dishes on statewide issues

We present part two of our long conversation with Jeff Apodaca, New Mexico citizen and acute political observer.
V.28 No.9 | 2/28/2019
City Councilors Borrego and Peña
Eric Williams Photography

Council Watch

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?
V.27 No.50 | 12/13/2018
Klarissa Peña
Eric Williams Photography

Council Watch

Peña, Lobbyists and Appointments

The Council is on a roll

The Albuquerque City Council’s powerful president's gavel was passed to Klarissa Peña, driver of a vintage pink Cadillac whose cruising she helped to legalize.
V.27 No.49 | 12/6/2018
APD continues to move toward a community policing model
Cabq.gov

Council Watch

Police Oversight Plan Progresses

Harness re-appointed, Ginger positive and more APD buzz

Civilian police oversight is a difficult task at best and for the better half of 2018 the agency and the board have been struggling to keep up.
V.27 No.48 | 11/29/2018
The young farmer contingent in DC
National Young Farmers Coalition

Fresh Off the Farm

Why Hasn’t the New Farm Bill Passed Yet?

And why should you care about it?

Though the Farm Bill usually cruises through both the Senate and House with bipartisan support, the chambers have failed to find agreement in 2018, leaving many programs without funding.
V.27 No.45 | 11/8/2018
Councilors Benton and Borrego
Eric Williams Photography

Council Watch

APD Improves, Hope Works

Also, litter is out and cruising is okay

Albuquerque City Councilors plowed through a lengthy agenda sprinkled with cool cars, less litter and houses of hope.
V.27 No.42 | 10/18/2018
Brad Winter and Diane Gibson

Council Watch

TaskUs, Netflix and Voting

Council also works to end domestic violence

Council proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness month, approves the next step in handing out a $6 million industrial revenue bond package for TaskUs and gets ready to debate giving $4.5 million to Netflix.
V.27 No.38 | 9/20/2018
City Councilors Brad Winter and Klarissa Peña
Eric Williams Photography

Council Watch

Buzzing Through Interpretation

Council works on issues related to helicopters, communication and jobs

Motorcycles, more about helicopters and hundreds of new jobs highlighted the chatter of a quick and easy Sept. 17 Albuquerque City Council meeting.
V.27 No.37 | 9/13/2018
The Albuquerque City Council
Eric Williams Photography

Council Watch

Whirlybirds and Proclamations

City Council met after Labor Day

If one listened carefully at the City Council meeting you might have heard the buzz of about $5.2 million flying towards a new police department helicopter.
V.27 No.35 | 8/30/2018
Councilors Benton and Davis pledge allegiance to the flag
Eric Williams Photography

Council Watch

Hope, Revitalization and Thanks

Council meets to strengthen city

Several million dollars in hope is on its way to north Downtown after the Albuquerque City Council approved a project that will bring a chance for a better life to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
V.27 No.34 | 8/23/2018
Eric Griego speaks about the Democracy Dollar petitions
Marjorie Childress

Council Watch

Democracy Dollars Debate

Council, Commission discuss campaign reform

An idea to bring about a small amount of campaign reform to city elections has taken up the attention of both the Bernalillo County Commission and the Albuquerque City Council at their recent meetings.