Alibi V.13 No.3 • Jan 15-21, 2004 

Council Watch

Begging the Question

Erni says just because antifreeze tastes good, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
Erni says just because antifreeze tastes good, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

The year's first meeting began with Councilor Miguel Gomez's proclamation in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Two marches were announced. On Thursday, Jan. 15, New Mexico Vecinos United is sponsoring a rally and march beginning at City Hall at 2 p.m. On Sunday, Jan.18, a march sponsored by NAACP-Albuquerque and other local and state groups assembles at 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of University Boulevard and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

Mayor Martin Chavez vetoed a bill allowing only three members of any single profession to serve on city boards and commissions on grounds that the city charter allowed him to nominate whomever he wanted. The veto stood unchallenged by councilors, allowing unlimited mayoral realtor and developer nominations, subject to council approval.

Eleven speakers protested shipments of nuclear waste through the Big I to the WIPP site near Carlsbad, as well as an amendment by Sen. Pete Domenici that banned testing of the waste. And the Casa San Ysidro museum received continued support.

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