Monday, December 21, 2009

2010 City Council Committee Appointments

Albuquerque City Council President Ken Sanchez has appointed me to serve on the following Committees;
Land Use, Planning, and Zoning, Chairman
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
Public Safety
Regional Transit District
Community Schools
Committee on Guidelines for Negotiations
New Mexico Municipal League
Explora

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Voting Record; City Council Meeting 12/07/09


EC-09-600
Veto Message on R
-09-329: Relating to Fund 305; Designating Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) from the City Council Projects Activity in Fund 305 to be Used by the Economic Development Department to Contract with the Steps/Southeast Team for Entrepreneurial Success (A.K.A The Sirolli Project) for Operational Support in Fiscal Year 2010 (Garduño)
Motion: Override
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-01
Appointment of David S. Campbell to the Position of Chief Administrative Officer
Motion: Confirm
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-02 Appointment of Darren P. White to the Position of Chief Public Safety Officer
Motion: Confirm
Voted: Against
Status: Passed

O-09-92 Adopting Land Use Assumptions Pursuant To The State Development Fees Act And Section 14-13-1-4 ROA 1994 Concerning The Planned Growth Strategy (Benton)
Motion: Do Pass as Amended
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-296 Nuisance Abatement at 406 Veranda NW (O'Malley, by request)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-341 Adopting The 2010 Action Plan and Program Investment Summary For The Expenditure of Community Development Block (CDBG) Grant, Home Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Shelter Block Grant (ESG) Funds and Providing An Appropriation To The Department of Family and Community Services (Benton, by request)
Motion: Do Pass as Amended
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-348
Appropriating Funds To The Capital Implementation Program For The
2009 General Obligation Program (Harris, by request)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-1 Relating To Capital Projects; Creating An Unser Boulevard Extension Project - Compass Drive To Lyons Boulevard; Appropriating Funds In The Transportation Infrastructure Tax Fund 340 (Lewis)
Motion: Do Pass as Amended
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-2 Supporting City of Albuquerque Downtown Action Team Mainstreet Project In Applying For New Mexico Main Street Appropriation FY 10 Funds (Benton)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

To view defferals and consent agenda votes, click here. To view the bills and agenda, click here.


Friday, December 11, 2009

City Councilor Rey Garduño is Bartending at O'Neils

O'Niell's Pub is proud to announce a holiday-season fundraiser for Nob Hill Mainstreet. This organization’s goal is to ramp up the revitalization of Nob Hill, and that’s a goal everyone in Albuquerque can rally around – just ask Nob Hill’s own Rey Garduño, who will be serving beers from behind the bar as our special guest bartender for the fundraiser, starting at 5 p.m. on December 12.
When you come by, just add your name to O'Niell's mailing list and we’ll donate $3.00 to Nob Hill Mainstreet for everyone who comes! That's right - your presence alone will raise money for this worthy cause. Pull up a seat and share your thoughts about our unique neighborhood with neighbors, local business leaders and your representatives in government.
O’Niell’s is committed to transforming Nob Hill into the Southwest’s premier place to live, shop, and enjoy the arts. With your help, we know it can be done! We hope to see you there!

O'Niell's Pub
4310 Central Ave SE
December 12, 2009
5pm - 8pm

Nob Hill Main Street in the New York Times and New Mexico Business Weekly


Last week, Governor Richardson came to Scalo's in Nob Hill and asked New Mexicans to spend $25 at 2 local stores this month. With the prevelance of local shops in Albuquerque, it is important to spend money there because the money stays in our communitiy and local economy.

I would also like to encourage folks to spend money in local shops, not only this month but year round. Local small business is a major part of our local economy and the strength of our local businesses translates to the health of our local economy. I am lucky to represent an area that consists of amazing local shops, restaurants, and other businesses in Nob Hill and the International District.

Gov. Richardson Asks New Mexicans to Shop Locally

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: December 3, 2009
Filed at 9:16 p.m. ET

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday urged New Mexicans to spend $25 at each of two local stores this month, an initiative that could have a $27 million economic impact on the state in December.
Richardson, who spoke at a restaurant in Albuquerque's Nob Hill shopping area, said that for every $100 spent locally, $68 stays in that community. That compares to $43 remaining in the community for every $100 spent in national chain stores, he said.
Because small- and medium-sized businesses are prevalent in New Mexico, shopping locally would help the state's budget shortfall, Richardson said.
''This is a way we can pump tax money, gross receipts funds, into our state and at the same time make a difference and help our local businesses,'' he said.
While Albuquerque, Santa Fe and cities around the country have asked shoppers to spend their dollars at local stores, New Mexico's ''$25 2 Main Street'' campaign makes it one of few states -- alongside Vermont and Utah -- to offer a statewide push, said Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

from the New York Times, read the rest here.

Read the New Mexico Business Weekly arcticle here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Senator Tim Keller Introduces State Investment Legislation


Recent headlines of the misuse of public funds by government have dismantled the communities trust in our government and it's officials. With new minds entering leadership roles that had been dominated by Good Ol' Boy politics, legislation and policies are begininng to be put in place to re-establish transparent government and the publics trust. One step in the right direction was my "Sunshine Bill" which directed the City to post important information on the City's website. Click here for the bill and more info. This measure will be operational on the City's website in the spring.

My colleague, Senator Tim Keller, who represents NM Senate District 17 which includes areas of Council District 6 and the International District, has proposed legislation to address the lack of confidence in our governance. Senator Keller's legislation restructures the State Investment Council, reforms the Chief Investment Office, and would allow the Attorney General to prosecute for investment fraud.

These proposals are being discussed at this afternoons Investments Oversight Committee. To read the full Democracy for New Mexico write up, click here.

Monday, November 16, 2009

International District Featured in Alibi


Here is a link to the Alibi's feature "The Writing on the Wall." It speaks to the revitalization and beautification of the International District. Specifically, John Lorne who has completed some murals in the International District. The article also mentions GO Bond money that City Councilor Rey Garduño secured for additional beautification and urban rehabilitation projects.

photo from Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Councilor Rey Garduño Unhappy with Loss of Capital Money

District 6 City Councilor Rey Garduño is upset with the City of Albuquerque's Administration and their management of community projects that he received State Capital money for planning and design. Since his election, Councilor Garduño has worked with the Asian Community Albuquerque to help them build a Center of their own. Through two State Legislative sessions he has gained financial support from several State Senators and Representatives for the project.

This issue of tracking State money and holding the City accountable was one reason for Councilor Garduño to propose and eventually pass his "Sunshine Bill." With the passage of this bill, this issue would be addressed much sooner as the information of this money will be accessible by anyone and will force the City of Albuquerque to be held accountable for movement of these projects.

Now, this money, along with millions more for Councilor projects is being taken back by the State to reduce their own budget deficit. Below is a story from KOB which features Councilors Rey Garduño and Debbie O'Malley.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

City Councilor Rey Garduño's "Sunshine Bill" Delayed By Three Councilors

Albuquerque, NM – At last night’s City Council Meeting, Councilor Rey Garduño was supported by four other councilors in pulling his “Sunshine Bill” out of the Finance and Government Operations Committee, including Councilors Brad Winter, Michael Cadigan, Debbie O'Malley, and Isaac Benton.

“When it was interfered with in Committee by external influences, I felt that I should move it out of Committee and have the discussion in front of the full Council. It speaks volumes about how we, as Elected Officials, intend to conduct the City’s business," said Councilor Garduño.

However, when he asked for it to be placed on the agenda for immediate action, Councilor Trudy Jones asked for a Fiscal Impact Analysis be done first. The request needs to have signatures from three Councilors. Councilors Ken Sanchez and Don Harris also signed the request. Councilors Sanchez and Harris also tried delaying the bill in Committee.

“I am concerned that this ‘Sunshine Bill’ is being impeded by setting up straw men in the guise of a financial impact analysis," said Garduño. "The information and reports to be made available to the public through this bill should already be at city staff's fingertips--if its not we have a problem."

"There should be minimal if any fiscal impact to the city to place this information on the website," Garduño continued. "It is one thing to champion transparent and accountable government, but it’s another to make it an actual reality."

When the Fiscal Impact Analysis was requested it automatically gives the bill a deferral to the next scheduled Council Meeting. The next scheduled Council Meeting is Wednesday, October 7th. The meeting was moved from Monday to Wednesday due to the Municipal Election on October 6th.

Councilor Garduño introduced the Sunshine Bill to call for the City to be more open and transparent when it comes to the taxpayer’s money. The bill directs the City to post valuable information on the City’s website about six key areas: A list of all City contracts; a list of existing IRB’s, TIDD’s, and PID’s; a report of all Capital Outlay projects; a list of all City employees that are currently receiving a pension from PERA; the Quarterly Budget to Actual Expense Report for all operating funds; and an online form to make public records requests.

"This ‘Sunshine Bill’ speaks to the very heart of what taxpayers have been asking for. All of us, as residents of the City of Albuquerque, deserve to know how our money is being spent,” Garduño said.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Photos from the 1st Annual International Festival

Welcome to the International Festival
Nancy Bearce, president of the La Mesa Community Improvement Association and the Council District 6 Coalition on Neighborhood Associations
Steve Whitman, facilitator at STEPS
City Councilor Rey Garduño addresses the crowd
State Senator Tim Keller addresses the crowd


The NACA Rock Band, Native American Community Academy
The future looks bright in the International District
The Bicycle Rodeo, teaching safe bicycle riding
Couple of the booths
A packed house under the performance tent
Students from the National Dance Institute



Thursday, September 17, 2009

ABQ International Festival, Saturday Sept. 19th

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Please join us for this great event and enjoy the following performances;

On Stage in the Big Tent

10:00am: Alpha Blue Trio - Rockin’ Desert Country Blues

10:20: Wagogo – World Beat

10:40: National Dance Institute of New Mexico– student dance program

11:00: Elected Officials (Mayor Chavez, Councilor Garduno, Comm. Stebbins, Sen. Keller)

11:30: USA Dance - formation dance group

11:40: Wat Buddhamongkolnimit - Thai dancers and musicians

12:00: Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus – a cappella chorus

12:30: Jo’I A-na-da-lv-I - Cherokee singers

12:45: Jessica Lopez – ABQ Slams - poet

1:00: NACA Rock – Native Rock

1:30: Hip Hop Conglomerate – NickFury/HOPE/Saywut?! beatbox/breaking/hip hop

2:00: Miyagi Ryu Nosho Kai - Okinawan Dance School

2:30: Van Hine Temple - Vietnamese dancers

2:40: Los Amigos of New Mexico - Latin American Music

3:00: Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies - NM Music

3:30: Kalakriti Dance Company – Dance from India

4:30: Tijerina Band – Original Blues & Rock

Orbit (Isotopes Mascot) around the site 1:00 – 2:00

Lion Dancers around the site at 12:00 pm

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE CITY COUNCILOR REY GARDUÑO INTENDS TO BRING SUNSHINE TO CITY GOVERNMENT

Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque City Councilor Rey Garduño has introduced a bill calling for the City to be more open and transparent when it comes to the taxpayer’s money.

Recently, the headlines have been filled with accounts of corruption and misuse of our public funds. Councilor Garduño’s bill, R-09-319, brings sunshine and a proactive approach to restoring the public trust in how the City of Albuquerque spends it’s money.

“As a Councilor, I hear first hand the public’s distrust of local government and I want to shed sunshine on how our government operates for the taxpayers of the City of Albuquerque. After all, we do work for them,” Councilor Garduño said.

The bill directs the City to post valuable information on the City’s website about six key areas of City Government: A list of all City contracts with contractors’ name, amount, term, service, contact information; a list of existing IRB’s, TIDD’s, and PID’s with their amounts and quarterly updates; a report of all Capital Outlay projects including State grants; a list of all City employees that are currently receiving a pension from PERA; the Quarterly Budget to Actual Expense Report for all operating funds; and an online form to make public records requests easier for all residents.

The Sunshine Bill was to be heard and voted on at the Finance and Government Operations Committee on Monday September 14th but this important bill was tabled because Councilors Ken Sanchez and Don Harris voted against approval at the request of the City Administration. Councilors Michael Cadigan and Debbie O’Malley voted for approval, since the vote resulted in a tie, the bill remains in committee.

“Tabling a bill whose intent is to bring transparency and good government to the city of Albuquerque continues the cycle of local government being unaccountable to its residents,” said Councilor Garduño.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Councilor Rey Garduño Featured on Duke City Fix

The Crosswalk Wars: Garduño Steps In


NOB HILL--City Councilor Rey Garduño has entered the fray of what might be called The Crosswalk Wars of Nob Hill. He is about to introduce a resolution in the City Council that would establish two more traffic signals, one at Central and Wellesley. and the other at Central and Morningside. A City Council resolution would be a way to out-flank the city administration which says that any more signals in Nob Hill are not warranted.

If ever a city street needed a crosswalk more than Nob Hill's Central Ave., I would be hard pressed to name it. It is one of the busiest streets for both vehicles and pedestrians in the entire state. Yet there is but one designated crosswalk of any kind between Richmond and Washington, a distance of almost exactly one mile. That crosswalk is the stoplight at Central and Carlisle.

Read the rest here.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Aug. 17, 2009 City Council Voting Record

EC-09-503 Second Supplemental Agreement Between City of Albuquerque and American Red Cross Mid Rio Grande Chapter Extending Time of Performance and Increasing the Amount of Funding of their 2008 Emergency Minor Home Repair Agreement
Motion: Approve
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-527 Recommendation of Award of Newcast/Digital Broadcast for a GOV TV Broadcast Video Server Solution
Motion: Approve
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-541 Mayor's Recommendation of SMPC, P.A. for Architectural Services for Huning Highlands Fire Station 2
Motion: Approve
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-549 Development Agreement with Barelas Community Development Corporation to Fund the Construction of an Affordable Single-Family Housing Unit in the Barelas Neighborhood
Motion: Approve
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-204 F/S Providing for the Removal of Non-Native Trees and Illegally Dumped Debris From the Tijeras Arroyo (Harris)
Motion: Do Pass as Substituted
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-214 Relating to Capital Projects; Expanding the Scope Of The 2007 Open Space Land Acquisition Project, Activity #7354180, to Set Aside $400,000 For The Acquisition Of Open Space In The Tijeras Arroyo (Harris)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-261 Requesting the Metropolitan Transportatin Board of the Albuquerque Metropoltan Planning Area to Reclassify Southern Avenue as an Urban Collector Roadway between Eubank Boulevard and Juan Tabo Boulevard (Harris)
Motion: Do Pass as Submitted
Voted:For
Status: Passed

R-09-294 Calling For Transparency In the City of Albuquerque's Affordable Housing Program; Directing the Administration To Establish A Website (Benton)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-295 Approving The Petition And Application of Jth, LLC, For Formation of The Volterra Public Improvement District; Determining The Real Property To Be Included Within The District And The Purposes For Which The District Is Being Formed; Approving The General Plan, Rate, Method of Apportionment And Manner of Collection of A Special Levy To Be Imposed Upon Real Property Within The District, And Approving A Development Agreement For Implementation of The District; Providing For Governance of The District (Harris)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-306 Requesting A Review of Educational Access Television Services Previously Provided
By The Tal-Net Cable Television Channel; Reserving Funds And Designating
Previously Appropriated Funds (Benton)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-311Designating Previously Appropriated Funds For An Appraisal and Title Search of The
City View Mobile Home Park Property (Benton)
Motion: Do Pass as Amended
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-320 Authorizing The City of Albuquerque To Submit A Request To The Mid-Region Council of Governments To Add Federal Transportation Funding For The Reconstruction of Lead & Coal Avenues To The FY 2010 To FY 2015 Transportation Improvement Program For The Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area As Required By Council Bill No. O-07-89 (Benton, Garduño)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

Note:
Bills that were deferred;
O-09-69, 70, 71, 72 These are the impact fee moratorium bills.
O-09-83 Amends Code of Ethics of the City Charter to Preclude the use of Elected City Officals on City advertising.
R-09-267 Defining process for future consideration of Rail Transit System in Albuquerque.

Click here to see items on Consent Agenda and the entire Action Summary.

Friday, August 14, 2009

REPOST: 3rd Annual New Mexico Black Expo, Sept. 5, 2009

Albuquerque, NM—The 3rd Annual New Mexico Black Expo will take place from 10am-6pm on Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at Civic Plaza, Downtown Albuquerque (3rd & Tijeras). The New Mexico State Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) is sponsoring and facilitating the Expo, which is in its 3rd year. The NM Black Expo is designed BY the African American community FOR the New Mexican community and is FREE and open to the public. In the past few years, the NM Black Expo has brought critical information and service providers that both originate in and are targeted towards the African American community. The Expo promotes Black businesses and entrepreneurs along with artists and entertainment to showcase African American talent and resources to the larger New Mexican community statewide. The NM Black Expo has hosted free HIV/AIDS and other health screenings, educational workshops and has registered voters in past years.

Previous musical and entertainment acts have included JMAR, Sweetlife, MIXX’D, Disciples of Chaos (Step & Dance Team), Gabi Rojas (Contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance”, FOX), Voices of Purpose (Gospel) and God’s House Church Choir. This year the Expo will continue to bring some of New Mexico’s most talented African American acts as well as cultural enrichment performances that include African drumming and dance. As is par for the course for previous Expos, there will be food vendors specializing in African American and traditional African/West Indian cuisine and more.

NM Black Expo 2008 hosted over 45 different informational tables that included higher education, faith-based organizations and non-profits. An additional 17 business vendors took part in the Expo marketing their goods and services to Expo goers as well. The NM Black Expo has entertainment and activities targeted to young and old alike and is FREE and open to everyone. Please come support the African American community of New Mexico and celebrate our contribution. For more information and updates on the developing schedule of events contact Hakim Bellamy at the NM Office of African American Affairs at (505) 222-9442 or edwardh.bellamy@state.nm.us. To reserve a booth space as a commercial vendor or an informational booth go to www.regonline.com/BlackExpo or call 866-219-4582. Limited space is available! And as a special gift to the children who can drag their families out of bed and down to the EXPO early...Radio Disney will be the featured entertainment from 10am-12pm and give out free prizes to the first 200 youth!!!

New Mexico Black Expo 2009

Saturday, September 5th

10 am– 6pm

Harry E Kinney Civic Plaza, Albuquerque, NM

(3rd & Tijeras)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Video Series on Health Care Reform

Below are great videos, from SWOPblogger, that have great interviews regarding the Health Care debate (or lack of debate).

The interviews were conducted by a dear friend and contsituent, Aurea out of SWOP. Aurea interviewed fellow District 6 constituents Karen Cathey and Enrique Cardiel, APS School Board Member Lorenzo Garcia, New Mexico State Representative for District 13 Eleanor Chavez, and myself, Albuquerque City Councilor for District 6 Rey Garduño.

Watch and join the debate by commenting here or on SWOPblogger.








Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pedestrian Lighting in Nob Hill

Below are a couple of photos from my walk around the eastern part of Nob Hill this morning. Pedestrian lights are being installed from Jackson to Morningside along Central. Phase 2 would continue the lighting westward to Girard.
If you have questions or comments regarding the lighting, I would love to hear them.

Monday, August 10, 2009

ABQ Climate Action Plan


The City of Albuquerque's Climate Action Plan has finally been released and here is the link.
The Administration will be hosting Town Hall Meetings throughout the month of August to gain community input into the Climate Action Plan; below is the list of meetings, with the meetings that are in or near District 6 in bold:

Tuesday, August 11 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Don Newton Community Center
4900 Kachina NW 87120

Saturday, August 15 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cherry Hills Library
6901 Barstow St NE 87111

Tuesday, August 18 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Palo Duro Senior Center
5221 Palo Duro NE 87110

Wednesday, August 19 - 6:30 - 8: 30pm
Cesar Chavez Community Center
7505 Kathryn SE 87108

Tuesday, August 25 - 6:30 - 8:30pm
Bear Canyon Senior Center
4645 Pitt NE 87111
Wednesday, August 26 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
LOBO A & B in the UNM SUB
University of New Mexico 87131

Thursday, August 27 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Los Volcanes Senior Center
6500 Los Volcanes NW 87121

Saturday, August 29 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Rd. NW 87104

Monday, August 31 - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Manzano Mesa Center
501 Elizabeth SE 871203

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Deferral of Impact Fee Waiver Bills

At the August 3rd City Council Meeting, City Councilor Rey Garduño moved a deferral of the four Impact Fee reduction bills (O-09-69, O-09-70, O-09-71, and O-09-72). Councilor Garduño cited the memo from Council President Isaac Benton, Councilor Debbie O’Malley, and himself for justification of the deferral.

The Councilors request a rewrite of the Fiscal Impact Analysis for each of these bills which addresses, at a minimum, the following:

  • An estimate of the increase in the number of residential building permits that will be issued by the City month by month during the term of the reductions based solely on the proposed reductions in impact fees. This estimate should break out the number of Green Path (100% waiver) building permits and non-Green Path (50% waiver) building permits. The estimate should be at least partially based on the experience of other communities similar in nature to Albuquerque that have reduced impact fees.
  • An estimate of the increase in the number of commercial building permits that will be issued by the City month by month during the term of the reductions based solely on the proposed reductions in impact fees. This estimate should break out the number of Green Path (100% waiver) building permits and non-Green Path (50% waiver) building permits. The estimate should be at least partially based on the experience of other communities similar in nature to Albuquerque that have reduced impact fees.
  • An estimate of the fiscal impact to the City based on the gross receipt and property tax revenue gains solely from the increased number of residential and commercial permits issued as a result of the proposed reductions versus impact fee revenue lost as a result of the proposed reductions. Please include an estimate of the number of reduced fee permits that must be issued to reach breakeven.
  • A table showing impact fee waivers to date and estimated additional impact fee waivers as a result of the proposed impact fee reduction bills.
  • A plan, including the estimated amounts required and funding sources, necessary to offset the loss of impact fee revenues as a result of the proposed reductions.
  • An estimate of additional administrative costs to operate the reduced fee program.

A Fiscal Impact Analysis was submitted to the City Council along with each of the bills referenced above; however, those analyses contained mathematical errors, were unclear on the potential fiscal impact to the City in terms of lost impact fee revenue, incorrectly assumed that the total number of building permits issued by the City represented the number of building permits that would be generated as a result of the reduction in impact fees, did not provide an estimate of the number of building permits issued as a result of the incentive created by the impact fee reduction, and did not address the potential economic impact to builders and homebuyers.

As the initial Fiscal Impact Analyses were prepared by the Administration, the memo formally requests that the responsible party, in this case the Planning Department, prepare a revised Fiscal Impact Analyses for O-09-69, O-09-70, O-09-71, and O-09-72, as required in F/S R-08-176.

The City Council voted unanimously for a two-week deferral and expects the analyses to be done before the next City Council Meeting on August 17, 2009.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rock Out


Great Event this Saturday!


SouthWest Organizing Project is sponsoring an event called “Rock Out”, which will be a free all ages event. It's purpose is to entertain and to educate young people on how to get involved in their community and to seek out opportunities that they can apply to their future. Local bands, poetry slam, art showcase, and a B boy/B girl battle will provide entertainment.

There will also be organizations and universities to hand out material and information to young people. Our goal for this event is to celebrate youth, their talents, and skills, while providing them with resources they need to help them become successful adults.

When: Saturday, August 1st
Where: Washington Middle School Park (on the northwest corner of 10th and Park)
Time: 3pm-7pm

Emma at emma@swop.net or 505-353-2941.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Swuppets

from SWOPblogger

"Swuppets" was made by the SWOP Youth Interns. Great tool for teaching folks about government. Who ever did the voice overs did an amazing job! (wink, wink ;)

Monday, July 27, 2009

East Gateway Sector Plan

Dear East Gateway Sector Development Plan Participants:

The first draft of the Plan is now available for your review. Please allow yourself plenty of time to review Plan contents. The Plan has 10 chapters of varying lengths and appendices for background information. Please be sure to read Chapters 1 and 2 which explain the purpose and goals of the Plan and Chapters 5 – 10 which include proposed zone changes for some non-residential properties, transportation and public facilities project proposals.

HOW TO GET THE PLAN
Electronic: http://www.cabq.gov/planning/long-range/eastgatewaysdp.html.
Paper: City of Albuquerque Planning Department, 600 2nd St NW, 3rd floor reception desk or call Paula Donahue to get copies.


HOW TO SEND COMMENTS
Please send comments to Paula Donahue by Friday, August 7, 2009:
pdonahue@cabq.gov or
City of Albuquerque Planning Department
600 2nd Street NW, 3rd floor
Albuquerque, NM 87102.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR…

Public meeting
Manzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center
thursday, August 20, 2009
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 P.M.

If you have questions call Paula Donahue at 924-3932.

from the City of Albuquerque Planning Department

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Albuquerque Community Fruit 2009


Here is a great link to SWOPblogger.

Albuquerque Community Fruit harvest and distributes extra fruit to community members that are in need. Check the link and get involved!

Please contact abqfruit@gmail.com or call
(505)232-0540 and leave a message for Elizabeth.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Voting Record: City Council Meeting, June 22, 2009

Here are Councilor Garduño votes for June 22nd City Council Meeting:

R-09-280Adopting A Proposition To Be Submitted To The Voters At The Next Municipal Election Concerning The Imposition Of A Quarter Of One Percent Transportation Infrastructure Gross Receipts Tax (Benton)
Motion: Do Pass as Amended
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-269Concerning a Municipal Bond Election To Be Held In The City of Albuquerque At The
Next City General Election; Submitting To A Vote of The Qualified, Registered Electors
and Nonresident Municipal Electors At Such Election Certain Questions For
Authorizing The Issuance of General Obligation Bonds In Varying Principal Amounts
and For Specified Public Purposes (Sanchez, Garduño)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-282 Concerning The Regular Municipal Election To Be Held In The City of Albuquerque,
New Mexico On Tuesday, The Sixth of October 2009 (Benton, by request)
Motion: Do Pass as Amended
Voted: For
Status: Passed

P-09-1 Charter Amendment Proposals To Be Submitted To The Voters At The October 6,
2009 Regular Municipal Election (Winter)
Motion: Do Pass as Substituted, as Amended
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-281Amending The Adopted Capital Implementation Program of The City of Albuquerque
By Approving A New Project and Providing For Appropriation of Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funding
To The Aviation Department Capital Program (Benton, by request)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-275Amending The East Gateway Interim Design Regulations, Extending The Moratorium
and The Term of The Interim Design Regulations For The Sector Planning Area
(Harris)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-224 Amending The Adopted Capital Implementation Program of The City of Albuquerque
By Approving New Projects, Supplementing Current Appropriations and Changing The
Scope of Existing Projects (Harris)
Motion: Do Pass as Amended
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-277 Authorizing The Director of Council Services To Enter Into An Agreement With A Firm
Or Individual To Provide Rail Yard Project Management Services; Designating Up To
Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) In Previously Appropriated Funds For That Purpose
(Benton)
Motion: Do Pass
Voted: For
Status: Passed

O-09-74 Amending Chapter 4 Article 10, ROA 1994 In Order To Provide A Schedule For The
Submission and Review of Applications For The Establishment of Tax Increment
Development Districts In The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Declaring a
Moratorium On The Formation of New Tax Increment Development Districts and New
Public Improvement Districts Until January 1, 2010; Providing For A City Council
TIDD/PID Coordinator (O'Malley)
Motion:Do Pass as Amended
Voted: For
Status: Passed

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Voting Record: City Council Meeting, June 15, 2009

Here is how City Councilor Rey Garduño voted at the June 15, 2009 City Council Meeting;

EC-09-372 Notification of Executed Collective Bargaining Agreement with AFSCME Local 1888
Motion: Approve
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-373Notification of Executed Collective Bargaining Agreement with AFSCME Local 2962
(Clerical/Technical)
Motion: Approve
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-374 Notification of Executed Collective Bargaining Agreement with AFSCME Local 624
(Blue Collar)
Motion: Approve
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-375 Notification of Executed Collective Bargaining Agreement with AFSCME Local 624 (Transit)
Motion: Approve
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-401 Approval of the Non-Signatory Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building
Lease with Aerolitoral, S.A. de C.V. dba Aero Mexico
Motion: Approve
Voted: Against
Status: Passed

EC-09-464 Resource Management Plan for Tijeras Arroyo Biological Zone
Motion: Receipt be noted
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-488 Revolving Loan Development Agreement with Barelas Community Development
Corporation to Fund the Construction of Five Affordable Single-Family Housing Units in
the Barelas Neighborhood
Motion: Not Approve
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-465 FY/09 DFCS Goal 1, Priority Objective #1 Report Regarding the Teen Center
Motion: Receipt be noted
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-466 Social Service Contract with New Mexico Xtreme Sports Association to Operate a
Teen Arts and Entertainment Center in Albuquerque
Motion: Approve
Voted: For
Status: Passed

O-09-82 Authorizing The Issue and Sale of The $41,645,000 City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tax Refunding Revenue Bonds In Two Series
Motion: Do Pass as submitted
Voted: For
Status: Passed

EC-09-516 Development Agreement with Sawmill Community Land Trust Utilizing Workforce
Housing Trust Funds in the Amount of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000) for
the Construction of a 46-Unit Affordable Multi-family Rental Development Project for
Low- and Very Low-Income Persons
Motion: Approve
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-274 Providing Support For The Albuquerque Gospel Music Festival And Designating The
Use Of $40,000 In Previously Appropriated Funds To The Cultural Services
Department (Harris, Benton)
Motion: Do Pass as amended
Voted: For
Status: Passed

R-09-280 Adopting A Proposition To Be Submitted To The Voters At The Next Municipal Election
Concerning The Imposition Of A Quarter Of One Percent Transportation Infrastructure
Gross Receipts Tax (Benton)
A motion was made, that the rules be suspended for the purpose of placing
R-09-280 on the June 22, 2009 Special City Council meeting agenda.

Voted: For
Status: Passed

To see the entire Consent agenda, Deferred items, and how other Councilors voted click here.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Pridefest Weekend

Last night at Morningside Park in Nob Hill, City Councilor Rey Garduño spoke to the crowd at the LBGT candlelight vigil.


Here is the schedule of events for the rest of the weekend, provided by Self Serve in Nob Hill.

Friday, June 12
4:30- 7 pm ABQ Dyke March returns! details at firewomyn.com
5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Attractions, Booths, Pride Concert; Expo New Mexico
8 pm at Exhale: See Shannell from RuPaul's Drag Race, Burlesque, Drag and more! 21+ buy tickets now!


Saturday, June 13
10:30 a.m. Pride Parade- Watch at Self Serve with DJ Nicolatron, meet new friends, byo breakfast and beverages, water and sunscreen provided.
10:30 a.m.-8:00 pm Self Serve is OPEN for business! Stop in after the parade... and visit our Pridefest booth
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pridefest; Expo New Mexico, Visit the Self Serve Booth!
8 p.m. Fire Womyn Dance Party at Black Bird Buvette with Outdoor Stage! 509 Central Ave NW btw 5th & 6th,
See beatboxer Saywut, September Smith and more! details at firewomyn.com


Sunday, June 14
7:30 pm NM Gay Men's Chorus Concert: As Gay as it Gets
For more info and tickets, go to abqpride.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thursday 6/11, Dedication of GLBT Memorial Sculpture in Nob Hill

from Democracy for New Mexico

From Albuquerque Pride: Every year the Albuquerque Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community commemorates pride and identity with Pridefest. Pridefest is comprised of a wide variety of events including pageants, concerts, family activities, dancing and the most fun parade in all of New Mexico. The first Albuquerque Pridefest event took place in 1977 with fewer than 100 participants. Last year an estimated 30,000 people attended the three‐day Pridefest which is run and organized by Albuquerque Pride, a not for profit organization. Continue reading here.

Thursday schedule of Pride events:
6:00 PM: Morningside Park GLBT Memorial Art Sculpture Dedication
6:30 PM: Pride Candlelight Vigil
9:00 PM: Reception at Albuquerque Social Club

Additional Pridefest events will take place Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Click for a complete schedule of 2009 Pride events.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nob Hill is Awarded the Main Street Program


The MainStreet Program is coming back to Historic Nob Hill. The New Mexico MainStreet Program is a grassroots economic development program that assists communities in revitalizing their traditional commercial neighborhoods and is a division of the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
After an extensive application process, Secretary Fred Mondragon came to Scalo's and awarded Nob Hill as an addition to the New Mexico MainStreet Program.
On Thursday May 28, 2009 the Nob Hill Neighborhood Association will be hosting a meeting to share how this will help revitalize Nob Hill. It will be held at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church from 6:30 to 8:30.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Environmental Justice Tour 2009

Here is a link to SWOPblogger, where Aurea put together a video from their EJ Tour in April. The video includes comments from Albuquerque City Councilor Rey Garduño. Enjoy.

photo from 2007 US Social Forum, from sarahruthvg's @ flickr

Monday, May 4, 2009

APS Holding Public Workshops on 2009-10 Budget


Get involved the APS budget process! Ensure the money is benefitting our students. APS is holding workshops on budget process. The last workshop, on May 14 will be held in the International District. Below is more info...


Albuquerque Public Schools will be hosting a series of workshops to offer parents, staff and the community an opportunity to learn more about the APS 2009-10 budget. The first workshop is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, at Mountain View Elementary School, 5317 2nd St. SW.

“As part of our transparent budget process, it is critical for the district to inform the public of some difficult choices we will be forced to make, and to take public input,” APS Superintendent Winston Brooks said. “We have a uniquely challenging year ahead of us.”

The workshops will give participants an overview of the budget, including projected revenues and expenditures; APS' focus on classroom resources; history and forecasts; anticipated student growth; capital construction; and changes from the 2008-09 budget.
A question and answer period will follow.

Other workshops are scheduled as follows:

7 p.m., Thursday, May 7
APS Aztec Complex
2611 Eubank NE

7 p.m., Tuesday, May 12
Taylor Middle School
8200 Guadalupe Trail NW

5 p.m., Thursday, May 14
Van Buren Middle School
700 Louisiana Blvd. SE
photo from Kittroid on Flickr