Rain on Downtown’s Parade
Did Nob Hill steal the annual Twinkle Light Parade out from under Downtown and Old Town? Councilor Isaac Benton took Cultural Services Director Betty Rivera to task about the location switch at the Monday, Oct. 15 meeting. Rivera explained the route change happened after business owners complained about blocked roads and said parade watchers just wanted to come in their stores to use the restroom, not to buy goods or services. Rivera said Cultural Services decided to adopt the roving Summerfest model and try different neighborhoods. Councilor Rey Garduño said Nob Hill did not actively petition for the change, but the area is happy to host. The parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 5:15 p.m. It will start at Central and Washington and proceed to Johnson Field at the University of New Mexico.
Councilors postponed a decision on zoo admission fees so they can come to a compromise with the city’s administration. The Mayor’s Office already raised the price from $7 to $10 for adults. At the last meeting, Councilors Ken Sanchez and Debbie O'Malley said that was too high. Both sides agree that the zoo needs more revenue ASAP in order to keep up with much-needed maintenance. They just can’t agree how to get there. The measure will be back on the table in a couple of weeks.