Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Monday, November 20, 2017

Luminaria Tour Tickets Go On Sale This Friday!

Friday, Nov. 24 at 10:00 a.m. is the day tickets for the annual Luminaria Tour go on sale! This yearly Christmas Eve tradition is one of Albuquerque’s favorite holiday events, and tickets sell out quickly, so get yours online at:

No Bus or Sun Van Service on Thanksgiving Day

The City Transit Department (ABQ RIDE) will not offer bus or Sun Van paratransit service on Thursday, Nov. 23, in honor of Thanksgiving Day. Regular service will resume on Friday, Nov. 24. For more information on bus schedules and services, visit:

Neighborhood Meetings Across Town

· Albuquerque Meadows NA, Monday, Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m., Albuquerque Meadows Clubhouse. E-mail: stetson414 for more information.
· Sawmill Area NA, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Sawmill Lofts. E-mail:sanaboard for more information.

Community Policing Council (CPC) Meetings Around Albuquerque

· Northwest Area Command CPC, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 6:00 p.m., NW Substation, 10401 Cibola Loop NW.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Essential in Winter Months
The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information at the UNM College of Pharmacy reminds residents that carbon monoxide poisoning is a frequent concern in the winter months. As temperatures cool and heaters are turned on, make sure your carbon-monoxide monitor has fresh batteries, or consider having one installed if you don’t already own one. To learn more about carbon monoxide poisoning and what you can do to keep home safe this winter, visit:

Albuquerque Rapid Transit Invites You To Ride the ART Bus!

ABQ RIDE invites the public to join them at ART Start on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 10:00 a.m., and be the first to ride the ART bus! The bus ride starts at the BioPark Station, on Central Avenue between New York and Tingley. There will be special announcements, cookies, and free swag while it lasts. Parking is available on the east and west side of the BioPark. To learn more about the ART project, visit:

Winter Safety Tips For Your Pets

Cats and dogs can and do feel the cold, just as humans do, and hypothermia is a very real danger to them. To keep your furry friends warm, safe, and healthy this winter, here are some tips:
· Keep your pets indoors in the winter when you’re not home.
· If pet water bowls are outdoors, check them frequently to make sure the water has not frozen.
· Don’t leave animals in closed cars in the winter. A car can become dangerously cold and can be just as deadly to an animal as in the summer.
· Keep anti-freeze away from children and animals! Anti-freeze has a sweet taste that can attract them, and ethylene glycol is extremely poisonous.
· If your pet has walked on salted or de-iced surfaces, clean them immediately with warm water and don’t let them lick their paws. These substances are toxic to animals.
· Check your pet’s paws frequently for balls of ice or snow that can form there. Rinse with warm water to remove.
· Pets that are outdoors often seek warmth and protection on or near a car’s engine. Bang on your car hood or honk the horn before starting the engine.
· If your pet must be outdoors, insulate his or her bed with straw, and switch it out if it becomes damp.
For more winter pet safety suggestions and information,

No Trash or Recycling Pick-Up on Thanksgiving Day

The Solid Waste Department will not collect trash, recycling, or large items on Thursday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day. Residents who have trash pick-up on Thursdays are asked to put their trash and recycling out on Friday, Nov. 24, when regular pick-up service will resume. For more information,

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Ever wonder what to do with all those plastic grocery bags? Why not put them out in a container in front of your house for use by neighbors walking their dogs who forgot clean-up bags? This provides a great way to keep your neighborhood clean and pleasant, and is a neighborly thing to do!

The Office of Neighborhood Coordination wishes you and your loved ones a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving 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 November 6, 2017

Tonight’s Hearing on the IDO

Don’t forget! Tonight is the second full City Council hearing on the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO), 5:00 p.m., in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers, 1 Civic Plaza NW. Parking below Civic Plaza will be validated, and you can sign up for general comment between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. General Comment is limited to 30 speakers. You can also sign up to speak during the agenda items any time before the item begins. See the agenda here.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony Honors Those Who Serve

The New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial will hold a special ceremony honoring all service members from all branches on Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. A parade and live music will be part of the ceremony. Take this opportunity to thank a veteran! Visit: to learn more.

Property Tax Outreach Meetings Offered to the Public through November

The Bernalillo County Treasurer’s Office will hold a series of free seminars on property tax, how it is collected and utilized, and answer questions, at a series of open meetings throughout November and into early December. The first meeting takes place Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Palo Duro Senior Center, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. To learn more about property taxes, visit:

Special Meeting on IDO Scheduled for Monday, Nov. 13

The City Council has called a Special Meeting for the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) to hear Ordinance O-17-49, Resolution R-17-213, and Resolution R-17-240, scheduled for Monday, November 13, 5:00 p.m., Vincent E. Griego Chambers, 1 Civic Plaza NW. The meeting will provide the public and the Council with an additional opportunity to review and discuss the IDO. Parking below Civic Plaza will be validated. Sign-up for public comment from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. To learn more about the IDO, visit:

Neighborhood Association (NA) Meetings Around Town

· Holiday Park NA, Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:00 p.m., Holiday Park Community Center. E-mail: jlosmo for more information.
· Southwest Alliance of Neighborhoods, Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:00 p.m., Alamosa Community Center. E-mail: johnnyepena for more information.
· Nor Este NA, Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m., North Domingo Park Multigenerational Center. E-mail: jwg2001a for more information.
· Raynolds Addition NA, Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m., Washington Middle School Library. E-mail: tilleyra for more information.
· Barelas NA, Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:00 p.m., Barelas Community Center. E-mail: info for more information.
· Quaker Heights NA, Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:00 p.m., Taylor Ranch Community Center. E-mail quakerheightsabq for more information.
· South Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office South Area Command. E-mail:rmahoney01 for more information.
· Huning Castle NA, Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m., Albuquerque Country Club. E-mail: hcnaalert for more information.
· Mossman NA, Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m., Heights Christian Church. E-mail: mossmanneighborhoodassociation for more information.
· Seven Bar North NA Annual Meeting, Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho. E-mail: jack for more information.

“ReportIt” Offers Online Property Storage and Tracking

The online inventory tool “ReportIt” is a free cloud-based system that allows residents to upload photos of property and valuables, serial numbers on equipment and vehicles, descriptions of property, and photos of valuables, in the event of property theft. Having this information allows the police to return property if it is ever recovered after a theft. Visit: to set up your free account today!

Project Kick-Off Meeting for Central Avenue Median Landscape Construction at Baca Library on Thursday, Nov. 9

Central and Unser landscaping construction will kick off soon, and residents are invited to attend the project kick-off meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m., Patrick J. Baca Library, 8081 Central NW. The public are asked to review design options, select plant and shrubbery choices, and provide public comment. For more information, contact nancymontano or jellison.

Community Policing Council (CPC) Meetings Around Town

· Southwest Area Command CPC, Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6:00 p.m., Patrick J. Baca Library, 8081 Central NW.
For a complete listing of all CPC meetings, visit:

Regular Bus and Sun Van Service Available on Friday, Nov. 10 for Veteran’s Day

ABQ RIDE will offer regular service for both buses and Sun Vans on Friday, Nov. 10, Veteran’s Day. This includes commuter service and Rail Runner service. To learn more about ABQ RIDE bus and Sun Van services, visit:

UNM Alumni Association Seeks Award Nominations

Are you a UNM alumni or do you know one? Nominate them for the UNM James F. Zimmerman, Bernard S. Rodey, and Erna S. Fergusson awards! Deadline for nomination is Friday, Nov. 10, so get that nomination in today! Visit: to see how to nominate.

Vanessa Baca

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

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Meet your Bernalillo County Treasurer Nancy Bearce during the BernCo Treasurer’s 2017 Senior/Multigenerational Center Outreach series of meetings beginning on Tues., Nov. 14. See the list below for times and locations:


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District 2 Newsletter – Another NeighborWoods Project!

Hello Neighbors,

I am happy to announce a call for applications for another NeighborWoods Project in District 2! Our Albuquerque neighborhood forests make Albuquerque more resilient, livable, and beautiful. The project includes assistance with selecting, planting, and maintaining up to 100 street trees along street fronts their neighborhood. Read more and apply online – the deadline is Friday, November 17.

Legislation of Interest
The next City Council meeting is Monday, November 6 at 5:00 pm in the Vincent Griego Chambers, basement level of City Hall.

Send written comments to Crystal Ortega, Council Clerk:
By email: cortega
By mail: P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque NM 87103

The legislative process always includes amendments, and anything of this magnitude will have many. Indeed, the IDO and zoning in general are complicated, but the existing system is even more complicated and problematic. Importantly, and unlike the current outdated zoning system, the IDO (as does our Comprehensive Plan) will have strong provisions for ongoing public discussion and improvement processes.

As co-sponsor, I strongly believe that we need to move forward on this legislation rather than adding to the already heavy load of issues that the new mayor will take on. As Councilor Diane Gibson stated recently, “I think if we wait until it’s perfect, we’ll be waiting a long time.”

Upcoming Events

Community Discussion Thursday, November 9, 6-8PM Heights Community Center

Over the summer, the comments received during the weeklong series of “Central Good to Great” workshops have been compiled into a draft document ready for review & comment now.

Join us for a community consultation with a diverse group of people to discuss the draft, what’s most important to you, what’s missing and how together we can make this emerging plan reflect community priorities you help set and where it can go from here to guide City investments and decision making to make this part of the city even greater!

Community Announcements/Resources


  • Project List
  • 12th & Sawmill: Construction of this long-awaited project is scheduled to begin October 30!
  • 14th & Lomas Bike Blvd Crossing: This project is currently being engineered.
  • Santa Barbara Martineztown Pedestrian Improvements: The study is underway, with a public meeting to follow. Installation of lighting at the Edith underpass is scheduled to begin November 16.
  • Rio Grande Boulevard Complete Street Test Project: The final report of the monitoring study for the test project is complete (click here to read). As the study concluded that traffic speeds were reduced without significant impact on traffic operations, the consultant will complete plans for a permanent configuration of three lanes. Some “tweaks” to the existing configuration will be made based on observations and comments from the public, the City’s traffic engineers and the consultant. We are working to coordinate resurfacing of the street, which was previously postponed, with installation of the permanent striping plan.

Isaac Benton
City Councilor, District 2

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Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Monday, October 23, 2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? As information hacks and data breaches become more common, it’s important to learn how to protect yourself and your family when online. Visit: to learn more.

Sign Up for SCAN and Register Your Home Security Camera Today!

Have you signed up yet for the Security Camera Analytical Network (SCAN) yet? This new security camera mapping tool is available through a partnership between the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, and is designed to help police and prosecutors investigate and prosecute criminals. If you would like to sign up your home security camera in SCAN, visit:

Family and Community Services Hosting Five Public Meetings on 5-Year Planning Process

The Family and Community Services Department is starting its 2018-2022 Consolidated Planning Process, and wants your input at a series of public meetings this week. Meetings will be held at a variety of times, and at the following community centers: Alamosa, John Marshall, César Chávez, Los Griegos, and Holiday Park. For a complete listing of dates, times, and locations for all the public meetings, visit:

Early Voting for City Run-off Election Starts Wednesday, October 25 Through Friday, November 10

Early voting for the City’s Run-Off Election starts this week! Wednesday, Oct. 25 through Friday, Nov. 10, you can cast an early vote at various locations throughout the City. The election itself takes place Tuesday, Nov. 14. For a complete listing of early voting and Election Day polling locations, visit:

Neighborhood Association Meetings Across Town

· Palomas Park Neighborhood Association, Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. E-mail wmarsh7 for more information.
· Historic Old Town Property Owners Association, Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m., High Noon Restaurant in Old Town. E-mail:historicoldtown for more information.
· International Healthy Coalition, Thursday, Oct. 26 at 9:00 a.m., Wilson Middle School Library. E-mail: sunflowersforchange for more information.
· Quintessence Neighborhood Association Fall Picnic, Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1:00 p.m. Quintessence Park. E-mail: qna.abq for more information.

ABQ RIDE Honors Veronica E. Velarde Tiller, PhD at 2017 Wall of Fame Ceremony

This year’s Wall of Fame ceremony honors Dr. Veronica E. Velarde Tiller, a trailblazing educator and writer who penned Tiller’s Guide to Indian Country: Economic Profiles of American Indian Reservations. The book is the definitive source on each Native American tribe for businesses, government, libraries, and even the U.S. Supreme Court. You are invited to join in the celebration of her life and work at the Alvarado Transportation Center on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 11:00 a.m., 100 1st St. SW. Visit: to learn more about this annual community event.

Harvest Fest and Halloween Parade in Alvarado Park This Sunday!

Bring your family to the Harvest Fest and Halloween Parade at Alvarado Park this Sunday, Oct. 29. This free community event will feature safe trick-or-treats for your children, a children’s costume parade, vendors selling locally made foods and crafts, and best of all, this event benefits the American Cancer Society! The Harvest Fest is sponsored by the Alvarado Park Neighborhood Association, Mile-Hi Neighborhood Association, and Mark Twain Neighborhood Association. E-mail: dmc793 to learn more.

Albuquerque Block Captain Conference Brings Together Neighborhood Safety Leaders on Saturday, Oct. 28

There will be a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain Conference on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the APD Police Training Academy, 5412 2nd St. NW, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. If you or one of your neighbors is a block captain or is interested in learning more about this essential neighborhood role, e-mail: ssink for more information.

Halloween Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Honors Fallen Deputy’s Training Program

The Elk’s Lodge, at 2430 Centre Ave. SE, will host a fundraising Halloween Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, benefitting the Deputy James McGrane Jr. Street Survival Training Program. Deputy McGrane was a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy who was killed in the line of duty when he made a traffic stop in Tijeras in March 2006. To learn more about the Street Survival Training Program established in his name,

Video Tips for Home and Front Door Safety

Commander Paul Szych of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) teamed up with KOB Channel 4 awhile back to demonstrate why it’s important to secure your front door. Check out the video on the ONC YouTube Channel at:

Community Policing Council (CPC) Meetings This Week

· Valley Area Command CPC, Police Training Academy, 5412 2nd St. NW. E-mail: rowymakr for more information.
For a complete listing of CPC meeting dates, times and locations, visit:

Vanessa Baca

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

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DRAFT – Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Monday, October 16, 2017

IDO Will Be Considered at City Council Meeting Tonight, Monday, Oct. 16

The proposed Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) will be heard by the full City Council this evening at 5:00 p.m., Vincent E. Griego Chambers at City Hall. Written comments will be taken and considered at any time. To read the draft, look at zoning maps, and much more, visit:

Community Policing Council Meetings Around Town

· Northwest Area Command, 6:00 p.m., Northwest Substation, 10401 Cibola Loop Nw.
· Southeast Area Command, 6:00 p.m. 6:00 P.M., César Chávez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE.
For a complete list of all CPC meeting times, dates, and locations, visit:

Fiesta de Barelas Offers Neighborhood Fun This Weekend

Come to the neighborhood of Barelas on Saturday, Oct. 21 and join in the annual Fiesta de Barelas, 1024 4th St. NW, from 10:00 am – 3:00 p.m.! This annual community event features local artisans, great food trucks, and an opportunity to see the beautiful Barelas neighborhood. to find out more!

Free VIN Window Etching Event Hosted by APD on Saturday, Oct. 21

Window etching of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is one great deterrent to auto theft. The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) is hosting a VIN etching event this weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Home Depot, 1220 Renaissance NE, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The window etching is free and residents must bring current vehicle registration. For more information on auto theft prevention, visit:

Community Baby Shower for New and Expecting Parents

Family and Community Services is hosting a Community Baby Shower on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Baca Library, Central and Unser. This event, geared toward new and expecting moms and dads, will provide free information and representatives from health, social service, and cultural agencies focusing on well-being of young families. Giveaways, refreshments, gifts and other fun surprises will also be provided. And yes, bring your baby! Visit: to learn more.

Soda Pop With a Cop Hosted by Sonic and APD

Want to get to know your Northeast Area Command police officers? Like soda pop? Then come on over to Soda Pop With A Cop on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Sonic, 825 Eubank NE (near Lomas), and meet the officers and members of the Police and Community Together (PACT) team, and share your ideas about community policing in Albuquerque. Visit: to learn more.

Neighborhood Association Meetings Around Town

· Albuquerque Meadows Residents Association, Monday, Oct. 16 at 6:00 p.m., 7112 Pan American Fwy NE. E-mail: stetson414 for more information.
· Classic Uptown Neighborhood Association, Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. E-mail: cuna for more information.
· Sawmill Area Neighborhood Association, Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Sawmill Lofts, 1802 Bellamah NE. E-mail: sanaboard for more information.
· Los Duranes Neighborhood Association, Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Duranes Senior Center, 2920 Leopoldo NW. E-mail: lee for more information.
· District 4 Coalition of Neighborhoods, Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m., North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center. E-mail:michael for more information.
· Elder Homestead Neighborhood Association, Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m., César Chávez Community Center. E-mail:carlpennington1004 for more information.
· Santa Barbara Martineztown Neighborhood Association, Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m., 1420 Edith NE. E-mail: sbmartineztown for more information.
· South Broadway Neighborhood Association, Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:00 p.m., South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE. E-mail:sbnaabq for more information.
· Westgate Heights Neighborhood Association, Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m., 9901 Benavides SW. E-mail: westgate9901 for more information.
· Fair West Neighborhood Association, Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m., EXPO New Mexico Alice K. Hoppes African-American Pavilion. E-mail:dorothykerwin for more information.
· Ladera Heights Neighborhood Association, Saturday, Oct. 21 at Ladera Golf Course, Banquet Room. E-mail: aludi415 for more information.

ABQ Hours Exchange Promotes Community Involvement

Heard of ABQ Hours Exchange? It’s a non-profit, time-banking organization that brings people together to exchange services instead of paying someone for it. The concept is simple: if you have a skill or service you can provide someone, register online and be matched with others who need your skill or service, and who can provide a skill or service in return. To attend the upcoming orientation on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Center for Peace and Justice, and to learn about this innovative service, visit:

Nob Hill Harvest Festival Celebrates Autumn Bounty

The Nob Hill Harvest Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 21 at 122 Wellesley SE at 3:00 p.m. Join in this celebration of fall bounty, and enjoy seasonal treats, activities for the kids, a beer and cider garden, and much more. Visit: for more information.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Looking to get to know folks in your neighborhood? Why not organize a play-date with other parents and kids; sponsor a monthly book club; do a weekly dog walk with others who have furry children; start a lunch group once a month; or get other neighbors to help sponsor a movie night in a nearby park? These are fun events that include families and individuals, and it’s an interesting way to meet people without having to attend a meeting. Using social media sites such as Facebook or Nextdoor are great ways to spread the word about these events!

Vanessa Baca

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

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WPNA September 2017 Minutes

Photo credit — Wells Park NA Instagram


Hi everyone!

Please click the link below for the minutes from last month.  Some highlights from the discussion include:

  • We continue to have conversations with Councilor Benton about the proposed park project
  • Neighbor of the Year Award — Do you or someone you know volunteer a lot in Wells Park?  Then we want to recognize them for all of their hard work.  Email us at with your nomination today!
  • Johnny Tapia had a celebration on 9/23 at Civic Plaza!  Were you part of the celebration?  Then post a pic on our new Instagram!

WPNA Minutes September 2017

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