Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-Newsletter – Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

IDO Training Sessions and Study Halls and Community Planning Area (CPA) Training Sessions Starting this Week

Mayor Keller and the City of Albuquerque want to help you learn more about the new land use, zoning, and planning regulations that are part of the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO), before it becomes effective on May 17. It’s important to know how to use the new regulations and how they may impact your property or your part of town. Come to a daytime or evening IDO training session at a location convenient to you. Learn more

This week’s CPA Training Session, for the Mid-Heights CPA:

· Thursday, Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo Blvd. NE

This week’s Training Session and Study Hall:

· Friday, Jan. 19, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., at Plaza del Sol, 600 2nd St. NW, Basement Hearing Room.

Neighborhood Association Meetings Across Town

· Sawmill Area NA, Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m., Sawmill Lofts. E-mail:sanaboard for more information.
· Santa Fe Village NA, Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:00 p.m. E-mail:judahjam for more information.
· Los Duranes NA, Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Los Duranes Community Center. E-mail: lee for more information.
· Hodgin NA, Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Hodgin Elementary Cafeteria. E-mail: hodginna for more information.
· District 4 Coalition of NAs, Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. E-mail:michael for more information.
· Elder Homestead NA, Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6:00 p.m., Cesar Chavez Community Center. E-mail: carlpennington1004 for more information.
· Santa Barbara Martineztown NA, Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6:00 p.m., 1420 Edith NE. E-mail: sbmartineztown for more information.
· South Broadway NA, Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6:00 p.m., South Broadway Cultural Center. E-mail: sbnaabq for more information.

Cruising Task Force Seeks Applicants and Recommendations on Responsible Cruising

Community members are being sought to apply and serve on the newly created Cruising Task Force, where they can offer recommendations and explore options on responsible cruising in the city of Albuquerque. The Task Force will have 10 members total, three of whom will be car club representatives and three of whom will be merchant representatives. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in the future of cruising and classic cars in our community! Application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 31, and you can apply at:

Behavioral Health Subcommittees Seeking Community Applicants

Resumes are being accepted for subcommittees as part of the Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI), a joint effort between the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and University of New Mexico Hospitals. Subcommittee members will help prioritize behavioral health spending across four areas: Crisis Services; Prevention; Intervention and Harm Reduction; Supportive Housing; and Community Support. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to:bhinitiative no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2.

Community Policing Council (CPC) Meetings This Week

· Northwest Area Command CPC, Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 6:00 p.m., NW Substation, 10401 Cibola Loop NW.
· Southeast Area Command CPC, Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6:00 p.m., Cesar Chavez Community Center.
For a complete listing of all CPC meeting dates, times, and locations,

LEGO Club Brings Toy-Building Fun to Los Griegos Library Every Third Thursday

Are you a LEGO-loving kid at heart? Why not join in the all-ages fun this Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Los Griegos Library, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and play for an hour? The library provides the LEGOs to any kid over 5 years, so leave yours at home (to step on barefoot later!) and come play! for more information on library events and programs.

DreamBuilder Classes Offered to Spanish-Speaking Community Entrepreneurs

DreamBuilder is a program, hosted by the WESST, that teaches business skill development for entrepreneurs, covering topics such as: starting a small business, running an existing small or medium business, and ways to support and increase success and income. The upcoming DreamBuilder curriculum will be taught in Spanish, as a way to encourage development of more Spanish-speaking businesses within the Albuquerque Community. To sign up for this class, visit:

Reminder: Westgate Library Closed for Remodeling

Just a reminder that the Westgate Library is currently closed for remodeling. It is expected to reopen in the spring. We will keep you posted!

Vanessa Baca

Neighborhood Communication Liaison, Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC)
City Council Department
(505) 768-3331 Office

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Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Monday, January 8, 2018

City Services on Monday, January 15 in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Some city offices will be closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on Monday, January 15. Some services, such as 311, bus and Sun Van paratransit, and trash and recycle pick-up, will offer regular service that day. For a complete listing of services offered,

Reminder to Neighborhood Associations – Be Alert to Fraud Attempts

Albuquerque Police Department was contacted recently by two neighborhood associations who had fraudulent attempts made on neighborhood association board members to send or transfer money. We encourage you to establish a process for any type of financial transaction, and to confirm all requests for money transfers that you or your board members receive are from credible sources or individuals.

City Traffic Construction Reports Available Online

Ever wonder where the different construction projects are happening across town, so you can plan your drive and avoid if possible? Now you can view all construction traffic reports online via the Department of Municipal Development’s (DMD) interactive map! You can also view and download PDF reports as well. Visit:!

Veteran’s Integration Centers Offering Free Community Shuttle Service

The Veteran’s Integration Centers are now offering a free community shuttle service for people who utilize community service providers. The service is available to all who may need it, and priority is given to individuals who have a voucher. The voucher can be obtained through Case Managers or Social Workers at community service providers. To learn more about this program, e-mail: wendy.webber or visit:

Neighborhood Association (NA) Meetings Across Town

· Anderson Hills NA, Monday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. E-mail:jlapitz for more information.
· Silver Hill NA, Monday, Jan. 8 at 7:00 p.m., Heights Community Center. E-mail: ja.montalbano for more information.
· Semillas y Raices, Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 6:00 p.m., Art Center Square (AC2), NE corner Mountain and Broadway. E-mail:s33dsnroots for more information.
· Wells Park NA, Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m., Wells Park Community Center. E-mail: wellsparkna for more information.
· Huning Castle NA, Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7:00 p.m., Albuquerque Country Club. E-mail: hcnaalert for more information.
· Barelas NA, Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6:00 p.m., Barelas Community Center. E-mail: info for more information.
· South Valley Coalition of NAs, Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m., Bernalillo County Sheriff’s South Area Command. E-mail:rmahoney01 for more information.
· Mossman South NA, Saturday, Jan. 13 at 10:00 a.m. E-mail:pcotterellmsna for more information.

Community Policing Council (CPC) Meetings This Week

· Foothills Area Command CPC, Monday, Jan. 8 at 6:00 p.m., Holiday Park Community Center.
· Northeast Area Command CPC, Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m., North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center. NOTE: APD Chief Geller will be in attendance at this meeting.
· Southwest Area Command CPC, Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6:00 p.m., Patrick J. Baca Library.
For a complete listing of all CPC meetings each month, visit:

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. March Takes Place on Saturday, Jan. 13

The annual March and Commemoration Ceremony in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. takes place Saturday, Jan. 13, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Civic Plaza. To volunteer, register for the March or a Vendor table, or to simply learn more, visit:

Oasis Albuquerque Hosting Mosaic Art Show by Local Artists

The Oasis Albuquerque, a non-profit group promoting successful aging and healthy living, is hosting a free art show from January 11 through April 20. The show, featuring local and statewide artists, focuses on mosaic, stained glass, glass time, ceramics, porcelain tiles, sculptures, and many other art forms. The art show kicks off with an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Oasis Art Gallery, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. To learn more, visit:

Community Economist Offers Presentations on Well-Being and Happiness to Neighborhood Associations

The community-focused presentation “Happiness and Well-Being Measures and Public Policy” is a free service offered to all neighborhood associations by economist Doleswar Bhandari. Mr. Bhandari, also a member of the Loma Del Rey Neighborhood Association, developed the presentation to help promote neighborhood well-being and promote participation in the government process, social capital, and public policies. If your neighborhood association is interested in having him present, e-mail: doleswar

Humanities Council Offering Exhibition on Ernie Pyle, Roving Journalist from Albuquerque

The New Mexico Humanities Council is hosting a two-month exhibition on the life and work of Ernie Pyle, Albuquerque’s best-known WWII journalist. Pyle traveled alongside American infantry during the war and wrote about the day-to-day life of the average American soldier, bringing their lives, worries and daily problems to the American people. To learn more about the Pyle exhibit, visit:

Vanessa Baca

Neighborhood Communication Liaison, Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC)
City Council Department
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Citizens can recycle their Christmas trees and lights for FREE !

Treecycling White Sheet 2018.pdf

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Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017

Residents can Recycle Their Real Christmas Trees for Free

The Solid Waste Management Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, and PNM will offer free annual treecycling that turns your real tree into mulch, available to residents at no charge, while supplies last. Residents can drop off their trees at Eagle Rock Convenience Center, Montessa Park Convenience Center and Ladera Golf Course from Tuesday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 14, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Call 311 for more information or visit:

Vehicle Theft Prevention and Safety Tips from The National Crime Prevention Council

During the winter months, it’s tempting to leave your car to warm up in the morning. But that’s an easy target for a car thief. Here are some tips on keeping you and your car safe this winter:
· Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when are away from it, even for a moment.
· Keep valuables out of sight or in the trunk. Purses, credit cards, and cell phones in plain view only help attract thieves.
· Always roll up the windows and lock your car, even if it is in your driveway, garage, or in front of your home.
· Don’t leave your keys in your vehicle. It’s surprising how many people still do that, and it’s just another easy way to get your car stolen.
· Never leave the registration or title in your car. If stolen, it makes it easier for the thief to dispose of your vehicle. It can also make you a target for identity theft
· Be alert when approaching your car and have your keys in your hand. Immediately leave the scene to get help if you have any concerns for your safety.
· Only park your car in busy, well-lighted areas.
· Install a mechanical locking device – a club, a collar, or a J-bar – to your car’s steering wheel, column, or brake
· If your vehicle has an alarm or other anti-theft device, use it.

Revisit Hogwarts and Harry Potter This Week at The Kimo Theater for the Family Film Festival!

As part of the Kimo Theater’s Family Film Festival, they invite you to join them Wednesday, Dec. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 30 and binge-watch all seven Harry Potter films FOR FREE! Two films per day will be shown, starting at 1:00 p.m. and at 5:00 p.m., starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. To learn more about the film festival and the Kimo Theater, visit:

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Hosting High School Talent Show Competition for 2018 Black History Festival – Enter Today!

The local Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is holding their annual Talent Show Competition for high school students 9th grade through 12th grade, during the 2018 Black History Festival in partnership with New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee, and are seeking entrants! The categories are: music; poetry/spoken word; dance; and visual arts, with the Grand Prize of $1,000. Deadline to register is January 19, 2018. Register online at:

City Closures on New Year’s Day 2018

All city offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. Regular city services such as bus, Sun Van, trash and recycle pickup, and 311, will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2. For a complete listing of city closures on New Year’s Day, visit:

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

During the holidays, it’s easy to forget that they may not be happy occasions for everyone. Why not visit the neighbor you haven’t seen in awhile and drop off some homemade cookies? Or perhaps take a moment to check on neighbors who live alone, who are elderly, or who have family serving in the military and can’t be there for the holidays. Sometimes even just a short visit can make someone’s day brighter.

The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) wishes everyone a joyous New Year! We look forward to continuing our work with residents and neighborhoods in 2018! Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve, enjoy New Year’s Day, and see you next year.

Vanessa Baca

Neighborhood Communication Liaison, Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC)
City Council Department
(505) 768-3331 Office

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Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Monday, December 18, 2017

You’re Invited to a Community Forum with Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez

The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s (D.A.) Office invites you to a Community Forum with D.A. Raul Torrez on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m., North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel NE. D.A. Torrez will discuss his current and future plans to address crime in the Albuquerque community. E-mail: tbui for more information.

Neighborhood Associations Being Targeted By Scammers – Be Alert!

The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) warns neighborhood associations to be aware of scam attempts going on across town. Reports from several associations to APD indicate that calls and e-mails are being sent requesting association board members to transfer funds. The e-mails appear to come from association e-mail accounts, but have been found to be fraudulent. APD reminds you to always confirm the validity of any request for money or fund transfers, and to confirm with other board members any and all financial transaction requests. Visit: to learn more about crime prevention.

A Very Star Wars Christmas Brings Darth Vader Along for the Holiday Season

Did you ever wonder how Darth Vader spends the holiday season? The South Broadway Cultural Center features a musical parody A Very Star Wars Christmas, starting Friday, Dec. 22 and Saturday, Dec. 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day. To buy tickets and learn more,

Holiday Hours for City Departments Available Online

All city offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, to in observance of Christmas Day. Regular city services such as bus, Sun Van, trash and recycle pickup will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 26. For a complete listing of city closures on Christmas Day, visit:

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pets

We love our furry babies and want to spoil them, particularly during the holidays. But not everything that is good for humans is good for cats and dogs. Below are some tips for keeping our fuzzy friends healthy and safe through the holiday season:
· Securely anchor your Christmas tree so that it can’t be tipped over and fall, possibly causing injury.
· Keep poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly far away from pets. These plants are highly toxic.
· Beware of putting up tinsel, as cats love its sparkle, but if swallowed, can cause stomach obstructions, vomiting, and possible emergency surgery.
· Don’t leave lighted candles around pets, as they could knock them over and start a fire.
· You know not to feed your pet chocolate or anything with xylitol, but grapes, onions, fatty and spicy foods, and chicken bones are also not good pet snacks.
· If having a party or celebration, consider keeping your pet in his or her own quiet room and space. Not all dogs and cats do well around lots of people, and some may try to escape when letting guests in or seeing them off.
· Pets are terrified of fireworks, so on New Year’s Eve, keep them in a safe, escape-proof area.
· Keep your veterinarian’s number close at hand, as well as any 24/7 animal emergency clinics, if necessary.
· As always, remember to microchip your pet and keep an identification tag on them at all times, in case they run off or are lost.

Get Involved With Your City Government

Ever wanted to learn more about how city government works or how policy is created? Interested in finding out how different departments operate? Now is the time to get involved! You can join a Policy Team, serve on one of 60+ committees and boards, volunteer, or even apply to work with the City of Albuquerque. Visit: and learn how you can make a difference!

ART Lanes for Buses Only – Please Drive with Caution

The Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) has started limited service on Central Avenue, and drivers are reminded that the ART bus-only lanes are for buses and emergency vehicles only, not for regular car traffic. Drivers caught in the ART bus-only lanes will be ticketed by Albuquerque Police Department. For more information on the ART bus lanes, or general information, call the ART hotline at (505) 398-4ART, or visit:

Holiday Storytime at South Broadway Library Features Two Classic Christmas Tales

Join the staff at the South Broadway Library on Thursday, Dec. 21, 3:00 p.m., and enjoy family storytime to get you into the holiday spirit! The Polar Express, that classic holiday train story, and The Farolitos of Christmas, Rudolfo Anaya’s beautiful story of a little girl’s holiday traditions, will be read, followed by fun arts and crafts! Visit: for more information.

The Office of Neighborhood Coordination wishes you, your family and your loved ones, a safe, healthy and happy holiday!

Vanessa Baca

Neighborhood Communication Liaison, Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC)
City Council Department
(505) 768-3331 Office

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Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Monday, December 11, 2017

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Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Monday, December 4, 2017

Correction to December Neighborhood News – Green Waste Pickup

The Green Waste pickup article in the December Neighborhood News has been corrected to reflect that green waste must be put into separate trash bags and placed five (5) feet from trash and recycle bins for pickup. A corrected PDF version is attached and the updated online link is available here:  We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.


Bikeshare Program Looking to Expand and Needs Your Input!

The Rio Metro Regional Transit District is looking to expand the bikeshare program beyond downtown in 2018, and would like your feedback on future bikeshare station locations. They are accepting feedback and suggestions at the following venues:

  • Nob Hill Shop N’ Stroll, Thursday, Dec. 7, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., in front of Slice Parlor Pizza.
  • Rio Metro Open House, Friday, Dec. 8, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Mid-Region Council of Governments, 809 Copper NW.
  • By e-mail to:

For more information on the bikeshare program, visit:


Brainfuse HelpNow Digital Service Provides Live Tutoring Online For all Ages – English and Spanish, Too!

Have you gone online to check out Brainfuse HelpNow yet? This free academic service supports numerous learning needs, and provides services such as live homework help, skills building and tutoring for kindergarten through college-level, 7 days a week, testing and video tutorials, study assessment and learning tools, and an adult learning center for those preparing for GED and USCIS citizenship. Services are offered in both English and Spanish. Accessthis free amazing online learning tool at:


Presbyterian’s Center for Community Health Hosting Open House

The new offices of the Presbyterian Center for Community Health will be on display Thursday, Dec. 7 from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., as part of their community open house, and you’re invited! The Center works to expand community health by emphasizing healthy eating, active living and avoiding unhealthy substances. The new offices are located at 8120 Constitution Place NE, 1stFloor, Suite 120. RSVP to:


Coloring for Grown-Ups at Erna Fergusson Library Offers Artistic Stress Relief

Do you enjoy coloring? Indulge your artistic side the first Sunday of each month from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. by joining the Coloring For Grown-Ups event at the Erna Fergusson Library at San Mateo and Comanche. Bring your friends, destress, and relax while coloring beautiful designs and patterns. All materials provided. To learn more about this, and other great programs offered at all our city libraries, visit:


Online Crime Mapping Tool Gives Up-To-Date Information on Crime in Your Neighborhood

Have you used Albuquerque Police Department’s (APD) Crime Mapping Tool yet? This free online tool allows you to see what types of crime are happening in specific neighborhoods across town. It is updated regularly, so you might want to bookmark it and check it regularly. Or you can sign up for alerts! Visit: to learn more.


Neighborhood Association (NA) Meetings Around Town

  • Holiday Park NA, Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m., Holiday Park Community Center. E-mail: for more information.
  • Southwest Alliance of Neighborhood (SWAN), Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m., Alamosa Community Center. E-mail: for more information.
  • Raynolds Addition NA, Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m., Washington Middle School Library. E-mail: for more information.
  • West Old Town NA, Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 p.m., Los Duranes Community Center. E-mail: for more information.
  • Victory Hills NA, Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m., Loma Linda Community Center. E-mail: for more information.
  • District 7 Coalition of NAs, Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m., YMCA, 4901 Indian School NE. E-mail: for more information.
  • Santa Barbara Martineztown NA, Thursday, Dec. 7 at 4:00 p.m., Santa Barbara Community Center Meeting Room. for more information.
  • Silver Platinum Downtown NA, Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m., Imperial Building Community Room. E-mail: for more information.


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Are you part of an existing neighborhood association, or considering starting a new one? Why not look into having a post office box specifically for your association’s mail and correspondence? It makes it much easier for your elected board members to send and receive correspondence, and allows more than one person to access information. This can be helpful if you have new board members, or if board members are out of town. It also makes it safer for any financial transactions to be sent to a post office box.



Vanessa Baca

Neighborhood Communication Liaison, Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC)

City Council Department

(505) 768-3331 Office

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