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.
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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.