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 Importantly, and unlike the current outdated zoning system, the IDO (as does our Comprehensive Plan) will have strong provisions for ongoing public discussion and improvement processes.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

Projects

  • 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.

Sincerely,
Isaac Benton
City Councilor, District 2
http://www.cabq.gov/council/councilors/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: https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/national-cyber-security-awareness-month-2017 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: www.cabq.gov/SCAN

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: https://www.cabq.gov/family/news/notice-of-public-community-meeting

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:http://www.cabq.gov/voting-elections/election-information/voting-locations-2017-election

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: www.cabq.gov/transit 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, visit:www.deputymcgrane.com

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4iJPeSmDXI

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:https://www.cabq.gov/police/community-policing-council

Vanessa Baca

Neighborhood Communication Liaison, Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC)
City Council Department
(505) 768-3331 Office
www.cabq.gov/neighborhoods

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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:
www.abc-zone.com/document/abq-ido-lupz-draft

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:https://www.cabq.gov/police/community-policing-council

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. Visit:www.facebook.com/CASA-Barelas-1019038908164631 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: www.cabq.gov/police/crime-prevention-safety/auto-theft

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: www.abqlibrary.org 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: www.cabq.gov/police 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: www.abqhours.org

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: www.nobhillharvestfest.com 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
www.cabq.gov/neighborhoods

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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 wellsparkna@gmail.com 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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Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News – Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

ABQ RIDE Invites You to a Public Meeting For On-Street Parking on Central Avenue

The Transit Department (ABQ RIDE) invites the public to attend a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Hiland Theater, 4800 Central SE, Studio F & G, to get input regarding on-street parking on Central between San Pasquale and San Mateo. The meeting takes place from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and the public is encouraged to attend, provide comments, and ask questions. If you cannot attend, please send feedback to Lawrence Kline at: lkline. To learn more, visit: www.cabq.gov/transit/news/central-avenue-accessible-on-street-parking-meeting

APD Encourages Residents to Use “My Property Locker” for Registering Valuables

Heard of “My Property Locker?” It’s a free, online service that you can use to register your valuable belongings. Simply sign up on the secure and encrypted website, register your possessions, and explore the other features that are available. This is an excellent way to help law enforcement in the event of a robbery. Visit: www.mypropertylocker.com to learn more.

Incremental Development Training Workshop Coming Up Tuesday, Oct. 24

Are you a planning, construction, design, or real estate professional, or hoping to become one? Do you want to be the developer that works with your neighborhood to put up a desirable building or use the vacant lot down the street? Why not attend the Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop at the CNM Workforce Training Center on Tuesday, Oct. 24? You’ll get specialized training on creating small projects that are residential, commercial or mixed-use. To learn more and to register, visit:www.incrementaldevelopmentabq.com/events/2017/10/24/small-scale-development-workshop

Annual Balloon Fiesta Brings Color and Increased Traffic to Albuquerque

It’s October, and that means hot air balloons in our beautiful city! It also means heavier traffic in and around the Balloon Fiesta Park and surrounding surface streets like Alameda, San Mateo, and Edith, as well as others. We encourage you to be aware of traffic around that area and keep an extra sharp eye out for extra cars and vehicles. If you’re heading out to Balloon Fiesta Park, remember there is designated parking, and consider using park-and-ride to make the trip out there a little easier. For a full listing of events, shuttle services, and much more, visit: www.balloonfiesta.com

Community Policing Councils Invite You to Attend!

Have you attended one of the community policing council (CPC) meetings that happen each month across Albuquerque? These CPCs work to ensure improved and positive relationships between the police and the community by sharing ideas and feedback for law enforcement streamlined processes and improved policy. Public participation is essential for the CPCs to be effective and create substantial involvement across Albuquerque.
· Foothills Area Command CPC, Monday, Oct. 9 at 6:00 p.m., Holiday Park Community Center.
· Northeast Area Command CPC, Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m., North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center.
· Southwest Area Command CPC, Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6:00 p.m., Patrick J. Baca Library.
For a complete listing of all CPC meetings through the end of the year, visit:https://www.cabq.gov/police/community-policing-council

Transit App Helps You Get Around During Balloon Fiesta

Have you downloaded the ABQ RIDE app to your smartphone yet? This free app makes it easy to get around town using public transportation, and during traffic-heavy Balloon Fiesta, it can make getting around Albuquerque a breeze! The app has real-time tracking of all city buses, a Google Trip Planner, access to other city apps, and much more. The app can be downloaded to your Android or iPhone at: www.myabqride.com and clicking on “Transit Mobile Apps.”

Neighborhood Association Meetings Around Town

· Silver Hills Neighborhood Association, Monday, Oct. 9 at 6:00 p.m., Heights Community Center. E-mail: ja.montalbano for more information.
· Southwest Alliance of Neighborhoods, Monday, Oct. 9 at 6:00 p.m., Alamosa Community Center. E-mail: johnnyepena for more information.
· Anderson Hills Neighborhood Association, Monday, Oct. 9 at 7:00 p.m. E-mail: jlapitz for more information.
· Semillas y Raices, Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:00 p.m. E-mail:s33dsnroots for more information.
· Wells Park Neighborhood Association, Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. E-mail: wellsparkna for more information.
· Huning Castle Neighborhood Association, Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m. E-mail: hcnaalert for more information.
· Barelas Neighborhood Association, Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:00 p.m. E-mail:barelasna for more information.
· South Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. E-mail: rmahoney01 for more information.

El Camino Real Trade Fair Takes You Back in Time

Want to step back in Albuquerque’s history? Attend the El Camino Real Trade Fair at the Gutierrez-Hubble House on Saturday, Oct. 14 and experience what life was like in the 1800s along El Camino Real. Living history re-enactments, weaving demonstrations, locally made artwork, children’s activities, and much more, will be on hand, so get lost in Albuquerque’s past! Visit:www.bernco.gov/elcaminorealtradefair to learn more.

Tips for Calling 911

Calling 911 is something we hope never to have to do, and yet we will all likely have to call at some point. Here are some suggestions on how best to communicate with a 911 operator:
· Do your best to stay calm. The calmer you are, the more accurate information you may be able to give to your 911 operator.
· If you’re in a situation where someone’s life or well-being is at stake, or a property crime is happening in front of you, don’t wait for someone else to call. Call 911 immediately.
· Tell the 911 operator who answers your call exactly what is going on, in as much detail as possible.
· 911 operators are trained to ask you specific questions, but it is ok if you don’t know the answer. Just say “I don’t know” and keep going.
· Give the exact address or cross streets where help is needed. If possible, give the full address including apartment or suite numbers, trailer space numbers, etc.
· Tell the operator the number you are calling from. If you’re not at the same address as the emergency, give the address where you are located.
· When calling 911, do not hang up. It’s important to remain on the line and let 911 staff know what is going on and where, or to ensure fire or police personnel can locate you and the emergency situation.
· 911 calls are routed by type of emergency situation – fire to AFD, criminal activity to APD. That is why it’s important to be as specific as possible.
· If you are not sure what kind of situation you are reporting, it’s better to call 911 and have the call rerouted to the non-emergency dispatch if necessary.

“KittenZilla” Adoption at Animal Welfare

Have you been wanting to adopt a kitten? Now is your chance! All kittens 6 months and under are adoptable at Animal Welfare, and it’s only $50 to adopt two! Save two furry lives by adopting some sweet kitties today! Visit: www.cabq.gov/pets to learn more!

Vanessa Baca

Neighborhood Communication Liaison, Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC)
City Council Department
(505) 768-3331 Office
www.cabq.gov/neighborhoods

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Weekly E-News – Monday, October 2, 2017 – Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC)

Election Day is TOMORROW Tuesday, Oct. 3

The 2017 Albuquerque Municipal Election takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 3. View an online Voters’ Guide from the League of Women Voters at:http://www.lwvabc.org/elections/index.html
For a complete listing of all voting locations, visit: http://www.cabq.gov/voting-elections/election-information/voting-locations-2017-election#election-day-locations

REMINDER: Bernalillo County Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program Deadline Extended to October 9

The Bernalillo County Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program is accepting applications through Friday, Oct. 9., from local and county residents and neighborhood associations. $25,000 is available for grants to recognized neighborhood coalitions and associations within the city and county. Projects must provide a public benefit, be free and open to all neighborhood residents and implemented by community members to qualify for funding. To apply, visit:bernco.gov/planning/neighborhood-associations.aspx

Electronic Copies of your Insurance Card & Registration Are Acceptable

The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) wants you to be aware that you are not required to carry paper copies of your insurance card and registration in your vehicles. Your insurance card and registration can be secured on your smart phone either within the provider’s app or as a picture on your phone. As always, the electronic versions must be with you while driving, legible, signed, current, and showing the correct information. APD encourages you to maintain these documents electronically on your phone for crime prevention purposes. Questions? Contact your nearest substation and ask for a member of your Police and Community Together (PACT) Team.

Resources Available for Landlord-Tenant Disputes

If you or someone you know is having landlord-tenant disputes, there is free legal advice available online through Law Access New Mexico. This telephone legal service provides free legal advice, in both English and Spanish. You can call 1-800-340-9771 or visit: www.lawaccess.org to learn more.

Community Resources for Youth

There are so many great resources available for youth in our community, among them, before and after school programs, food services, free computer and fitness classes, homework help, help with drug abuse and gang intervention, and GED classes. Visit: https://cabq.gov/family/public-classes-education-recreation/youth-programs to learn more about these programs and how you can help youth in our city.

Neighborhood Association Meetings Around Town

· Raynolds Addition Neighborhood Association, Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m., Washington Middle School Library. E-mail: tilleyra for more information.
· West Old Town Neighborhood Association, Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6:00 p.m., Los Duranes Community Center. E-mail: bengpl150for more information.
· Victory Hills Neighborhood Association, Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m., Loma Linda Community Center. E-mail: eebrecht for more information.
· Downtown Neighborhood Association, Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6:45 p.m., Lew Wallace Elementary School. E-mail: holly.siebert for more information.
· Westside Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m., Don Newton Taylor Ranch Community Center. E-mail:jfworrall for more information.
· District 7 Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7:00 p.m., YMCA, 4901 Indian School NE. E-mail:davidh.d7 for more information.
· Silver Platinum Neighborhood Association, Thursday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m., Imperial Building Community Room. E-mail:rc for more information.

Volunteer Fair at Cherry Hills Library on Saturday, Oct. 7

Are you interested in one of the many volunteer opportunities here in Albuquerque? Attend the Volunteer Fair at the Cherry Hills Library on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m, and learn how you can give back to your community. Over a dozen non-profit agencies will be in attendance. Visit: http://libevents.abqlibrary.org/event/3286856?hs=a to learn more.

Rebates Available For EPA-Approved Showerheads and Toilets through ABCWUA

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) offers rebates for installation of EPA-approved showerheads, and low-flow toilets and urinals. If you would like to earn some money back by upgrading your water-using household appliances, visit: http://www.abcwua.org/Showerheads_and_Toilets.aspx

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is suffered by millions of people each year, from all walks of life, ages, cultures, and backgrounds, and is often kept a secret. By bringing attention to this ongoing problem, it makes victims feel safe to go to the authorities and protect themselves. There are many things you can do to honor victims of domestic violence now in October:
· Donate or volunteer with organizations that help victims of domestic violence.
· Wear purple, the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
· Speak out. Talking with family and friends helps erase stigma and shows support to survivors.
· Read a book. GoodReads has a book group “Reader with a Cause,” that raises awareness of domestic violence.https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/114966-reader-with-a-cause
· Learn about resources available for victims, and share this information with your family, friends and community.
· Call the APD Victim Assistance Unit at (505) 243-2333 if you know a victim of domestic violence.
To learn more about domestic violence awareness, visit:https://www.cabq.gov/police/crime-prevention-safety/personal-safety/domestic-violence

Sara Mancini

Manager, Office of Neighborhood Coordination
Phone: 505-768-3105
Email: saramancini
Website: www.cabq.gov/neighborhoods

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District 2 Newsletter

Hello Neighbors,

The next City Council meeting is Wednesday, October 4 at 5:00 pm in the Vincent Griego Chambers, basement level of City Hall:  Agenda.

Legislation of Interest

  • Integrated Development Ordinance – IDO:  An updated zone conversion map has been added to the website, along with the official Land Use Planning & Zoning (LUPZ) committee draft.  Staff responses to public comments have also been updated.  The next hearing will be Wednesday, October 11 at 5:00 pm in the Council Committee Room, 9th floor of city hall.
  • Neighborhood Recognition R-17-233 (Benton) will be heard at next Wednesday’s Council meeting.  R-233 establishes that no new recognized or non-recognized neighborhood associations shall be created by the City under the existing Neighborhood Association Recognition Ordinance, unless in compliance with certain interim procedures, during a time in which the ordinance is updated by the City. This will not impact any existing associations as they are currently configured.

 

Upcoming Events 

  • Hurricane Maria Relief/Concert at Casa Barelas:  I grew up in Puerto Rico and was saddened to see the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Maria.  The challenges of disaster recovery are much greater on this heavily populated island.  I wanted to bring your attention to a local fundraiser for Puerto Rico disaster relief on Sunday, October 8 and I hope to see you there.
    • Friday October 6 at 2nd Presbyterian Church, 7 pm is a benefit for Puerto Rico Hurricane relief featuring Guillermo Figueroa, Valerie Turner,  Mariano Morales, members of Los Pleneros de la 21, and others (flyer attached)
    • Saturday October 7 at 7:30pm at the Los Pleneros de la 21 Concert at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, we will be collecting donations for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief (flier attached for concert)
    • Tonight at The Cooperage, 9 pm concert by Son Como Son is a benefit for Hurricane Reflief (flier attached)
    • If you’d like to contribute money online, here is a list of relief organizations:http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/can-help-hurricane-victims-puerto-rico/
  • ARTBeat on the Street Events:  Please support our Central Avenue businesses!
  • Downtown Growers’ Market:  Saturdays 8 am – noon thru November 4binson Park
  • ABQ365 Events:  Year-round events in Albuquerque
  • ABQtodo:  More year-round events in Albuquerque

Community Announcements/Resources

Projects

  • Project List
  • 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.
  • North 4th Street Alameda Drain Trail Crossing:  Construction is scheduled to begin September 18.
  • Kirtland Dog Park: Construction has begun on this long-awaited project!

 

Sincerely,
Isaac Benton
City Councilor, District 2

http://www.cabq.gov/council/councilors/district-2

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