EXPAND Community Policing and ReducE Gun Violence

Today, we are rebuilding APD. We’re hiring more officers and rather than fighting DOJ reform, working to implement the changes the settlement requires, including better training for our officers. With Mayor Keller’s leadership, we are turning commitments to community policing into reality, including doubling and tripling shifts of bike patrols to our police force in District 2. To reduce gun violence, we must take action as a city. I recently sponsored and passed a “red flag” resolution, urging the state to act to remove guns from dangerous people. Now we need to go further to keep our families safe. I support:

  • Hiring more officers— to reach Mayor Keller and our city’s goal of 1,200 officers by 2021 (we are at over 1,000 now because of better officer pay provided by Council action, which is an increase of 300 since the lowest point of the Berry years);

  • Continued investment in community policing, and establishing even more bike patrols throughout the city, with an emphasis on Downtown, the Central corridor, and Wells Park;

  • Substantially reducing homelessness and addressing mental health and addiction issues, strengthening the strategic collaborations already happening with APD’s Albuquerque Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) teams, nonprofits like Cuidando los Ninos, New Day, Health Care for the Homeless, along with the social workers and behavioral health clinicians working with Albuquerque Street Connect’s teams;

  • Fast-tracking the 24/7 centralized homeless shelter proposed by the Keller administration— funding that is dependent on your vote on the bond ballot this November;

  • Reducing gun violence; building upon the public demand to ban assault weapons; and finding creative ways to work within and around state preemption laws that prevent cities from regulating firearms, including banning guns from city facilities, special taxation with proceeds going to public health, and requiring assault weapon liability insurance.

Here’s what I’ve done: I supported DOJs intervention, sponsored and passed strong civilian police oversight; funded the Downtown Clean & Safe program and worked with APD to establish the Downtown Public Safety District; added bicycle patrols; sponsored the Behavioral Health Task Force and in partnership with the County opened a new crisis triage center at MATS; sponsored funding for HopeWorks Village, 42-unit supportive housing shelter; fought for the new emergency rescue units at Fire Station 2 (University/Gibson) and Fire Station 4 (I-40/4th) that have greatly improved response times; and sponsored the bipartisan resolution in 2013 urging the state to pass background checks for gun sales (now accomplished).

HARNESS New Opportunities TO CREATE Jobs

Film is a big deal for Albuquerque and New Mexico. In March, Netflix announced they will be making a $1B investment and opening production studios in Albuquerque, adding 1,000 jobs a year. Now NBC Universal is making a $3B investment. Having spearheaded the city’s purchase of the Railyards in 2007, I’m especially excited about our partnership with CNM to build a film institute onsite. A redeveloped and vibrant Railyards will spur jobs, new housing stock, grocery stores, and other small business jobs for our district.  I support:

  • Expansion of the Railyards Market, with surrounding housing and small businesses, and opening a new Zocolo; 

  • Community Workforce Agreements to create over 1,000 union jobs at the Railyards and ensure quality development on that site and at the BioPark;

  • Continued expansion of the film industry in the district, bringing critical jobs to Albuquerque;

  • Identifying more Metropolitan Redevelopment incentives for sites like East Downtown, the Brown property on North 4th, and South Broadway, with mixed use commercial and mixed-income residential options.

Here’s what I’ve done: In 2007, I led the $8.5M public purchase of Albuquerque Railyards and its historic preservation, which included aggregating funding for the purchase of the property and established a community-based oversight board. Fully funded the Railyards Market within the City operating budget starting in 2017, Barelas Main Street, 516 Arts, Globalquerque and the Downtown Arts and Cultural District; spearheaded the purchase and redevelopment that includes the El Vado Motel —which also supports many small, local entrepreneurs; sponsored the new metro redevelopment the mixed-use Zocalo project at 4th and Lead, sponsored the purchase of the Brown Property, as well as designation of the South Yale, North 4th, Historic Central Corridor and North Corridor metropolitan redevelopment areas.

LEAD ON Clean Energy and Sustainability

Our goal is to make Albuquerque the cleanest, most sustainable city in the Southwest. Sustainable and clean energy sourced by wind and solar combined with stronger energy conservation will best serve us in the long term, and provide better and safer jobs than the fossil fuel industry.  Leading in water, environmental, and other conservation also positions us better economically. I’m working closely with Mayor Keller to electrify our city fleets, increase solar power for city operations, bring cost-saving energy efficiency improvements to low-income communities, and generally protect our unique environment along the Rio Grande. To that end, I support: 

  • Making Albuquerque the most energy-efficient city in the country, with a focus on helping low-income households and all city buildings reap the benefits of energy efficiency;

  • Modernize and incentivize electric vehicles, for use by all residents;  

  • Continue Albuquerque’s path toward renewable energy by negotiating more wind and solar from PNM and taking advantage of Albuquerque’s solar energy advantage;

  • Banning additional single-use plastics like styrofoam and straws that are not biodegradable; 

  • Updating the City’s renewable energy code to the 2018 modern international standard that will save huge percentages of building energy use.

  • Reforesting our dwindling urban shade canopy with drought-resistant trees by planting 3,600 trees in D2 over the next 4 years;

  • Constructing modern infrastructure that slows and captures stormwater and returns it to our aquifer.

Here’s what I’ve done: I co-wrote and passed our city’s first renewable energy standard (25% by 2025); sponsored our 3% capital set-aside for conservation and renewables; helped launch a program putting solar on city buildings; supported clean transportation options, affordable housing, and urbanism that benefit working people; co-sponsored Albuquerque’s single use plastics ban; and sponsored the City Council legislation that supports Governor Lujan Grisham’s 2019 “Energy Transition Act,” and the accelerated closure of coal power plants. In 2014, I was instrumental in getting funding for a permanent City Forester. I’ve fought against Berry’s Bosque Vision in“Albuquerque The Plan” which would have turned our Rio Grande Bosque into a theme park, and Santolina (and its previous iteration, “SunCal”), a massive westside sprawl development, corporate give-away and threat to the valley’s water supply.

STRONG Investments in our older and historic neighborhoods

I’m an architect and I care about well-built and designed neighborhoods and communities—and District 2 has great neighborhoods, urban and rural. We must build more affordable housing and housing rehabilitation, infrastructure, and incentivize infill development, which supports small businesses serving neighborhoods. Growth must be carefully focused in our part of the City—that is the reason I support zoning reform focused on community self-determination, bringing the City together with our neighborhoods and trusted local developers who are willing to invest in them. Going forward, I support:

  • New metro redevelopment incentives on the North 4th corridor and East Downtown;

  • Utilizing federal Opportunity Zones for the Railyards, Downtown Warehouse District to reduce taxes and accelerate development;

  • Annual updates to the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO), all made in direct collaboration with individual neighborhoods;

  • Restoring all individual neighborhood policies from Sector Plans into the IDO.

Expand Pre-Kindergarten 

We must double-down on Pre-Kindergarten and early childhood education for all families. Pre-K is one of the most tested programs in the country, with proven positive impacts on graduation rates and earning potential later in life. Pre-K is among the very best investments we can make to ensure success for our children. I support: 

  • Increased funding for Albuquerque PreK so that every family who wants Pre-K has it;

  • Support efforts at the state to create wage parity between public and private Pre-K providers so those who are entrusted with our children earn a decent wage;

  • Change or expand hours at community centers to better accommodate Pre-K;

  • Identify locations on city-owned property where new Headstart and Pre-K buildings can be placed;

  • Expand the Community Schools Partnership with APS, and the hours its schools are available to the public.