Co-sponsored legislation to add positions in Animal Welfare
Improved personal privacy for clients at Winter Homeless Shelter
Funded the design and construction of the Los Altos pool building.
Sponsored and passed R-15-275 to increase wages for paramedic fire cadets and probationary firefighters
Sponsored R-16-38 connecting retention pay and future pay raises for the APD Command Staff (above Commander) to the meeting of the deadlines of the Court Appointed Settlement Agreement
Rehabbed tennis courts at Stardust Skies Park
Purchased computers and surveillance equipment for APD NE and SE Command
Led the Pay Equity Task Force and developed the City’s Pay Equity initiative
Partnered with the UNM-US Attorney in the HOPE initiative for Naloxone availability, KANW forum, Drug Take Back days
Repaired long-standing plumbing issue at Fire Station 13
Sponsored Women’s Rally at Civic Plaza in January, 2017
Sponsored R-14-146 establishing the Mile-Hi District and launching multi modal traffic operation improvements
Hosted visit by Dan Burden from Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to advise on traffic improvements in the Mile-Hi District and suggestions for safety at Mark Twain elementary school
Chair of the Winrock TIDD Districts 1 and 2
Sponsored and passed R-15-148 requiring APD to provide separate accounting for expenditures related to the Court Appointed Settlement Agreement
Sponsored Sexual Assault Awareness Rally at Civic Plaza in April, 2017
Funded new furniture and computers for the McKinley and Snow Park Community Centers
Co-sponsored the Reaffirmation of Albuquerque as an “immigrant friendly” city
Hosted D7 Town Halls, two times yearly since taking office
Sponsored and passed R-14-102 supporting interest and fee caps on predatory lenders
Replanted Zuni Park to the meet the expectations of residents
Sponsored Science Rally at Civic Plaza in April, 2017
Erected fencing for the Jerry Cline Park playground
Co-sponsored NE Command Officer Appreciation Day
Conducted an APD survey to determine why officers choose early retirement
Sponsored M-14-3, Supporting Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Products
Built in ADA compliancy and purchased book return/sorter for Tony Hillerman Library
Sponsored Women’s Equality Day event in June, 2016
Upgraded APD NE Command HVAC and general renovations
Added amenities for Lobo Little League’s Challenger League for disabled children
Co-sponsored Officer Appreciation Day SE Command with Councilor Trudy Jones
“Pizza Days” for afterschool programs at Snow Park and McKinley Community Centers
Installed school cross lights at San Pedro and Constitution in partnership with APS
Repaired the barricade in Stardust Skies North
Participated in the Point in Time homeless persons count
Repaired lighting in Vista Verde Park
Replaced benches and tables in Taylor Park
Removed the old der Wienerschnitzel (Lomas) … (at last!!!)
Replaced very old playground equipment in Hoffmantown Park
Constructed crosswalk at Lester Ave for elderly and disabled to access shopping
Assisted Vortex in their relocation to the district
Implemented short term flooding solutions in Pueblo Alto neighborhood. Funded a long term solution to start in fall of 2017
Established Mile-High District, slowed speeding traffic, added bike lanes.
Installed pedestrian refuges and speed boards/radar signs on Comanche for traffic calming and safety
Replanted medians along Comanche
On-going improvements and maintenance for arroyos (working with AMAFCA)
Replaced very old playground equipment at Stardust Skies Park
Conducted a Pedestrian/Traffic study in Uptown area. Installed wayfinding signs, traffic light timing adjustments, reconfigured Louisiana off ramp
Partnered with County on a Tiny Home Village pilot
Installed effective traffic calming on Washington NE
Installed additional lighting in Lafayette Park
Funded a public art installation on Comanche
Conducted traffic study at La Corrida Rd
Headed the Naloxone initiative requiring placement in city buildings and APD vehicles
Cleaned out long-forgotten area presenting fire and health hazard near Winter Avenue
Constructed traffic calming at Montclaire and Shepard - Purchased mobile speed trailers for APD NE and SE Command
Sponsored R-16-86 that would call for a ballot question on ART
Sponsored and passed O-16-17 ensuring greater independence of the City Auditor’s office
Funded critical initiatives by ABC Community Schools multiple times
Hosted Sister City Lusaka, Zambia, students and their high school teacher, Lawrence Tembo, during their visit to City Hall in April, 2016.
Resurfaced many D-7 residential streets after too many years of neglect
Sponsored the tree dedication to the memory of Bill Hoch
Moving District 7 forward
There is more to do…
My office is gaging neighborhood interest in the creation of a bike shop near McKinley Middle School to be staffed by City Parks & Rec and volunteers. It would be modeled on the Esperanza Bike Shop near west Central. This is a place where tools and an inventory of used bicycles are available. The emphasis is on kids and bike safety. It is where people (adults and children) may work on their own bicycles or get advice and assistance from staff. Bike rodeos and bicycle safety classes are frequently held.
Improvements to mobility around the Uptown area are needed as Winrock builds out and more businesses move in. Pedestrians and autos alike need an alternative to Louisiana. Fortunately there already exists a series of streets encircling the area – “the Loop.” We have installed way-faring signage along the Loop road but more improvements are needed to make the area more walkable and accessible to drivers.
The Los Altos pool building must be replaced. We have secured $6 million to remove and reconstruct a new structure that will be fully ADA compliant, include a meeting room, children’s water feature, better accommodations for staff, and more. The pool is in excellent shape and will not be replaced. I will continue to lead the effort for construction and ensure the pool is closed for a minimal period of time.
People living in Albuquerque without homes continue to be a complex, difficult issue. I have supported many efforts in providing more affordable housing, transitional housing, and alternatives to the traditional model. Affordable housing helps prevent growing the homeless population and supportive services are critical for the successful outcomes for people housed in any model.
Parks in District 7 are some of the oldest in the city. While we have been responsive to the needs of our parks, a single very expensive essential remains unmet. The irrigation in many parks is very old and must be replaced. This will be a goal in my next term.
Rebuilding Albuquerque Police Department is ongoing. It requires continual oversight and attention by City Council. I have participated in nearly all meetings with APD, APOA (police union), DOJ and City Legal department. If re-elected, I plan to continue my involvement until we have met or exceeded the Court Appointed Settlement Agreement.
Nothing is more important than the success of our schools. I have served on the ABC Community Schools board since taking office. The board consists of representation by Bernalillo County, APS, CNM, UNM, United Way, City of Albuquerque and business leaders. ABC Community Schools is a partnership with non-profit providers to Albuquerque’s children in connecting students and families with solutions to overcome barriers to learning. A data-driven initiative, ABC Community Schools has shown remarkable results -- better reading and math scores, attendance, state grades, and more family and community engagement. I have been proud to serve and fully intend to continue in the future.
My intention, if re-elected in October, is to continue to use traditional as well as innovative means to build our local economy.
I have sponsored and supported efforts to bring business to Albuquerque and help local businesses to expand with Local Economic Development Act funding. CSI aviation, Rural Sourcing Inc. (software developer), Skorpios Technology, Comcast, New Mexico Food Distributors have all entered into binding agreements with the city that leverages LEDA funding with employment positions. All agreements have clawback provisions that ensure the city's investment in the event the business defaults on the agreement.
Mark Twain, Alvarado, Fair Heights (now renamed Mile-Hi) neighborhoods and I have worked to brand and promote the Mile-Hi District, between Lomas and Haines along San Pedro. Improvements made so far have attracted interest in new businesses setting up shop and developers looking for project sites. This is good for District 7 and good for Albuquerque’s economy.
Lifting our economic future also must include fighting poverty. We must expand opportunities for the lowest income earners in our community. I am advocating for a reasonable interest, short term loan option administered by a third party for City employees. There is no liability for the City and very minimal cost limited to setting payroll distributions to the lender from the employee’s pay checks. This has been done in other communities with remarkable results. Employees are less likely to “payday lenders” and, in fact, there is evidence that in one New Mexican community employees paid off their triple digit interest loans with such third party loans.
Our economy must be fair to workers regardless of gender. I passed the Gender Pay Equity ordinance that requires all City vendors to report what they pay employees based on job category and gender. Vendors who are within 7% (one third of the current disparity) may receive a preference in obtaining a City contract.