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Do the ethics of our political leaders matter to the citizens of Albuquerque?

  • Oct 8, 2013 · 7:00 PM

Do  the ethics of our political leaders matter to the citizens of Albuquerque?  Are the leaders the ones who set the ethical atmosphere of the city?

What kind of future do you want for Albuquerque?   What is your political philosophy and the vision for Albuquerque?

Berry wants to commercialize the bosque.  Do we  want concrete and buildings over undeveloped land in an ever-increasing commercialized society?  Google Mayor Berry bosque.

There have been numerous lawsuits which the city has lost costing taxpayers $44 million in only 4 years.  In fact this could reduce our bond rating, something that recently happened for the U.S. for the first time,  causing the city to have to pay a higher interest rate on the municipal bonds.  When the interest rate goes up, it’s more money out of the taxpayer’s pocket and in effect a hidden tax increase. Google city of Albuquerque lawsuit.

The morale at the police and fire departments is low.   Even though taxpayers authorized the funding  for  more police officers, we have less of them now than before because many of the good cops are quitting.  We are down to less than 800 officers and there are only 7 individuals in the  police academy right now.  Google Eye on Albuquerque.

And what really happened to Mary Han, the civil rights attorney that the police department called a suicide at the scene? Attorney General Gary King says,   “We have completed our review of the circumstances and APD’s handling of the death scene and we found that it was terribly mishandled due to inappropriate directions from high-ranking police and civilian administrators with the City of Albuquerque,”    www.nmnn.net/press/NMAG081613.pdf‎   Google Mary Han Albuquerque. 

Property crime rates have gone up.  Is this the kind of police protection we want in Albuquerque?  Are we safer than before?  Google Albuquerque crime rate.

There are no effective inspections of reroofs in Albuquerque. When your reroof has code violations or leaks, the city will not effectively  address them with the roofing company.  They will falsely report on the permit, and as part of public record,  that there were no code violations.  That is if the roofer even got a permit.  The Domingo Baca Multigenerational  Generational Center had to be shut down on July 24, 2012 because the roof was leaking so bad.  This was a brand new building at the time.  This is particularly disturbing because the Mayor, prior to being a politician, was a construction entrepreneur.  The Mayor says he’s transparent.  Go to http://cabq.gov/planning/developers/forms/building-forms-and-reports and go to “KIVA All Building Permits” for current permits and “All Permit Data” for prior to June 2008.  Where are all of the reroof permits?  Do an official  public records request and you will find they are not there anymore and they will not provide the records.

Is this the kind of leadership you want in Albuquerque?  Is it “anybody but Berry” in order to preserve the quality of life and safety  that we once had in Albuquerque. Remember Bush at one time had an approval rating of 90%.

Albuquerque is voting for the  mayor, some city counselors and bonds.  The ELECTION DAY is October 8 and EARLY VOTING STARTS SEPTEMBER 18.

Do you want to VOTE ABSENTEE?  Follow the directions at http://www.cabq.gov/clerk/voting-elections/election-information/election-information/absentee-voting

You can also find voting locations there for early voting, which is going on right now,  and voting locations on October 8th at http://www.cabq.gov/voting-elections/election-information/voting-locations

A sample ballot can be viewed at  http://www.cabq.gov/voting-elections/documents/sample-ballots-2013-regular-municipal-election.pdf

It’s  a good time to have  a discussion about what’s happening politically in Albuquerque. 

Feel free to include your comments with supportable information to share.  

What kind of future do you want for Albuquerque?  The choice is yours to put your political philosophy into practice.

The last day to vote is October 8.  There won't be an actual physical meeting on this date.  The purpose is to  promote awareness of some of the issues and for individuals to think about their personal philosophy on the topic.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A history lesson on the ethics of our police department. See the February 24th article.

    http://eyeonalbuquerque.blogspot.com/

    February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A child has died after failing to get help from this government. Does anybody care? If a child can't get help, do you think you will be able to when you need it?

    http://eyeonalbuquerque.blogspot.com/2014/02/1-hour-44-minutes.html

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dianne, thanks for the update. Vulgar language is not a problem. Vulgar ethics IS the problem. I hope you are doing well.

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Update on how our city has progressed. I'm not much for reading comments or following blogs but fell upon this site. Apparently I'm not the only one concerned about the ethics. It appears it's mostly police and government leaders who are posting comments. The articles are spot on from what I've seen first hand. The comments are informative but you may need to get past the vulgarities. http://eyeonalbuquerque.blogspot.com/

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody Know where we are meeting?????

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mark, re: your comment about ABQ home values, who would want to own real estate, commercial or residential, in a state where there are few laws to protect the owners and the few laws that are on the books are disrespected, blatantly by our mayor and his cronies, and to a lessor degree by the state? Look at all of the empty, and sometimes boarded up, commercial buildings, some of them recently built. It's starting to look like Detroit. Smart people are leaving and ABQ will be a community of people who can't leave and the unethical rats and their soldiers.

    Then look at the over 50% increase in property taxes, assuming you haven't bought your home prior to 2005. It's a larger increase in taxes if you bought your home after the 2005 tax lightening legislation where they now use the sale price of the home to assess taxes. Berry was in the legislature at the time of that bill. It's how they bait and switched us without even allowing the citizens to vote on the tax increase.

    October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a radical sexist suggestion. It seems rare that a female politician or business leader is a crucial figure in corruption. I think we should stop voting for OWGs, regardless of party, & only vote for MMWs (Modern Multicultural Women), regardless of party. If ABQ or the country were run by women, I honestly believe there would be a higher ethical standard & less corruption.

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Keep in mind that if Berry gets less than 50% of the vote, there will be a runoff. Even though Berry has spent about $2 per person on ads vs. Dinelli's $1, a vote against the unethical cobwebs is all that's needed to let them know that the throne isn't as secure as he and Don Harris think it is. Their arrogance and willingness to disregard the law and citizen's rights that I have seen directly is astounding. I wonder how much the citizens/taxpayers really realize what these "leaders" are doing to this city. It's a sad day for this city if he gets reelected. Unfortunately I think most citizens/taxpayers have no idea what is happening. It's a slow, but ultimately, revealing deterioration. It's also going to impact our home values.

      October 4, 2013

    • Mark H.

      News last night said ABQ is one of the slowest areas in the country for recovery of home values after the 2008 melt down. That seems odd, since our avg values did not drop as much as many other areas.

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mark, that's why I posed the philosophical question do ethics matter? The combination of leaders who are Tea Partiers that appear as moderate Republicans in front of the camera and citizens/taxpayers who don't have the time to look underneath the facade of "King's Clothes" they wear, you end up with people like Berry and Don Harris getting reelected. Don Harris has already had one recall attempt. I think they are actually worse than Tea Partiers. They don't reduce head count and instead hire their unethical cronies, having the same philosophy as they do, and doing further damage to the city.

    October 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      All I can say is a change in leadership will clean out the unethical cobwebs that now exist. Rotation is better than no change. Without a minimum standard of ethics, which currently doesn't exist, we have only further destruction of the city, all to the benefit of the OWG's in control. Are these "leaders" someone who can be trusted planning the future of this city, especially given that Berry is part of the construction good ole' boy network?" It's a sad situation for Albuquerque as it slowly crumbles before our eyes.

      October 4, 2013

  • Mark H.

    So what is one to do when none of the options are desirable? I'm tempted to vote for Heh as a protest vote, knowing he'll lose, but not adding to Berry's windfall. But is that really any different from abstaining? Result is the same. I may be totally wrong, but Dinelli strikes me as an old-school political type, more likely to become a dictator than a unifying, galvanizing leader who would create a more organic team working toward common goals of value to the citizens. If any of you have more knowledge of Dinelli or Heh that could shed light on their inclinations, please share.

    October 4, 2013

  • Mark H.

    King's declaration that the Han investigation was bungled is quite damning of the city's capacity for legitimate law enforcement and prosecution of crimes. The possibility that a renegade police element knew of or was complicit in an assassination in highly disturbing. The unsurprising concentration of ultra-right-wing radicals in many police forces puts the burden of proof on the city. If Berry wanted to show leadership, he would take this head on, turning over every stone to find any conspiracy or to prove there was none. Since Han was a civil rights attorney, Berry could even invite FBI involvement. Absent that level of attention, he contributes to the appearance of his own complicity.

    October 4, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Back to Berry, developers like him are behind many of the long-term problems in cities across the U.S. Short-term profits from sprawl always override long-term balance and sustainability. That said, I haven't seen the rapacious inclinations I would have expected from a developer. His leadership/management style seems less MacArthur-like (dictatorial) than his predecessor's. A MacArthur style has its benefits in a severe crisis situation, and I liked many of Chavez' ideas and initiatives, but he obstructed the development of an effective team among his top subordinates. Berry, from what I have heard, is a much better team builder who empowers city officials. I don't know how effectively he has held them accountable. He is sometimes accused of being too hands off, opposite of Chavez.

    October 4, 2013

  • Mark H.

    As for Heh, he seems to have no deep or systematic thoughts on anything. He's been a cop and has ideas for fixing APD. Maybe a senior position over or within the APD would make more sense for him.

    October 4, 2013

  • Mark H.

    From what I can gather about the mayoral candidates, none is worth a vote. I often end up voting for the lesser of evils, but in this case, I'm unable to convince myself of which is least bad. Incumbents always have the burden of whatever did not go well under their watch. Dinelli and Heh point to the serious issues with APD, that not only speak to a pathological culture in the APD, but have cost citizens a lot of money and--probably more significantly--deprived us of the level of professionalism and effectiveness we require of law enforcement. On the other hand, I see nothing in Dinelli's past or statements that strongly indicates he would be up to the challenge of healing APD while also running a city.

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are we meeting? Are we meeting 10/8/13 The last meeting seem to go well at Kung Fu Cowboys ...great reviews

    October 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is no meeting place. It is to announce the date and a few of the issues that are of concern about the leadership.

      October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm confused as to whether or not I'm confused. If there won't be an actual physical meeting on Oct. 8, why are we in need of a location?

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't we meet at our usual location?

    September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      This is not the monthly meeting. That will be the following Tuesday, October 15.

      September 19, 2013

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