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February/March 2016

2016 Legislative Priorities In January of 2016, Mayor Richard J. Berry outlined his top legislative priorities for the City of Albuquerque for the 2016 Regular Legislative Session of the New Mexico Legislature. The Mayor requested the legislative branch’s support to bolster public safety and assist those in mental health crisis in Albuquerque by approving: • Return to Work: This legislation will allow retired municipal police officers and other retired law enforcement personnel in New Mexico to return to work while still collecting their retirement pensions. Legislation will not damage PERA’s pension solvency. While the Albuquerque Police Department is continuing its robust recruitment efforts to reach 1,000 officers Return to Work is imperative to bring experienced officers back into the department. • Assisted Outpatient Treatment: Senator Mary Kay Papen’s legislation helps individuals in mental health crisis that have a propensity to do harm to themselves or others. This bill would not mandate treatment but would instead expand and augment services available, provide easier paths towards treatment and divert individuals from possible jail time or self-harm. • Violence Against Police Officers as Hate Crimes: The City supports legislation to make any aggressive or violent act against a law enforcement officer a Hate Crime. • Tougher Three Strikes Law: The City supports the enhancement of the Three Strikes Law which would lead to lifetime imprisonment of a violent felon that has been convicted of a violent crime on three separate occasions. • Constitutional Amendment for Bonds: The City would like to see a Constitutional Amendment to keep violent criminals off the streets while their cases are pending. • Gang Enhancement Laws: As part of the effort to keep criminals off city streets, Mayor Richard J. Berry supports the Gang Enhancement Laws to create stricter laws. These laws will make it tougher for gangs, gang violence and organized crime to exist. • Enabling Legislation for Teen Curfew Laws: Mayor Richard J. Berry believes that it is important for municipalities around New Mexico to have this enabling legislation passed so each community can make decisions that are best for their communities. • Right to Work: This legislation affords an individual the right to choose whether or not they would like to participate in a union. This legislation does not outlaw unions or collective bargaining. It will help to create new jobs and spur economic opportunities according to data. continued on page 2

Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 CONTENTS - Neighborhood News February/March 2016 Edition - Volume 32, No. 2 Published Monthly “Dedicated to providing information about City Government and Increasing Communication between Neighborhood and/or Homeowner Associations”

Message From the Mayor- continued from Front Page

• Capital Outlay Requests: The request is for funds to purchase additional police SUV’s and Camera Units that can be placed in parks and neighborhoods; both would be purchased to go towards the effort to keep our city safe by increasing security and police presence in residential areas. o Police Cars: The request is for Ford Explorers at $43,374 each which include the necessary turnkey equipment for law enforcement. o Mobile Camera Units: Real Time Crime Center Mobile Camera Trailers that are equipped with multiple cameras and license plate readers that cost $48,703.20 per unit. The city currently has six units that rotate around the city to monitor crime and illegal activity in public areas as requested.

Inside This Edition Message from the Mayor.................................. 1/2/3 APD Crime Prevention..............................................4 Office of the Attorney General Hector Balderas, Department of Family and Community Services .5 Parks and Recreation Department...................... 6/7 Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA), ABQ Film.....................................................................8

Albuquerque Housing Authority...................................9 Planning Department....................................................10 February/March 2016 Calendar/Legend...................11 EPC Cases.......................................................................12 ABQ RIDE.............................................................. 13/14 Indian Moon Neighborhood Association........... 14/15 NM State Association of Parliamentarians................15


Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 Return to Work for Police Officers Passes its First House Committee Statewide Support for this Common Sense Legislation is Growing On January 28, 2016, the State of New Mexico House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee approved the passage of “HB171, Return to Work” (RTW) for law enforcement officers on a 5-3 vote. Mayor Richard J. Berry explained: “This legislation has been crafted in a way that every legislator can vote for it and feel good about their decision, not only does it protect and even enhance pension solvency, it helps large and small communities attract police officers and sheriff deputies to keep our families safe.” During committee testimony several key points were clarified about this legislation including; • The bill does not impact PERA solvency. In fact, the expert actuary study commissioned by the City of Albuquerque shows that the pension solvency will improve if this legislation passes. • The bill is for law enforcement only, including municipal police, sheriff departments and state police. • There is strong support for this legislation from all over New Mexico including 20 Mayors, the Sheriffs Association, State Police, the Municipal League and the Business Community. • The myth that this is legislation is only needed to address an officer shortage in Albuquerque was debunked as law enforcement leaders from around the state testified that they need help with law enforcement shortages as well. • In Albuquerque: o All RTW officers will return to the front lines of police work, protecting neighborhoods and families throughout the city. o There will be a maximum of 100 RTW officers for the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). o RTW officers can only return for a maximum of five years. o RTW officers will actually pay into the system even though they will receive no addition benefits. o At APD, there will be no promotional opportunities for RTW officers but smaller communities and Sheriff Departments will be able to attract officers for both rank and file and leadership positions. o APD has a plan to get up to the 1,000 officers that a recent expert study showed were needed, but that will not be accomplished in the near future without this legislation. • Most other states, including every surrounding state to New Mexico, allow some type of RTW or deferred retirement plan for police officers – it is sound public safety policy.


Neighborhood News - February/March 2016

APD Crime Prevention Submitted by Steve Sink Telephone Scam Awareness

o Verify the jurisdiction and initiate a call to them. Always contact parents to confirm the child’s location. Never offer names of grandchild rather ask for their name and a fact that only they would know.

Related Issues

Hundreds of scam phone calls are being made to Albuquerque residents every day and it appears these calls continue to be on the increase. The callers claim to represent a variety of interests, ranging from important governmental services, court proceedings, promises of riches and family members in trouble. They attempt to catch us off guard and provoke worry, hesitation and action. The threat of jail, financial destruction and the demise of a family member tend to get our attention. The scammer’s have a fundamental goal – separate you from your money. They disguise this attempt in a variety of ways. However, there can be a very easy way to avoid becoming a scam victim in today’s world. If someone initiates a call to you and they want to give you a prize or demand money for any reason that is the beginning of a scam. We can no longer trust an incoming call as legitimate. Review the following information and learn to control the telephone and reduce the possibility of becoming a scam victim.

- Never send money or provide credit card information based on a telephone call. Always verify first. - If a caller claims you have won a prize but you must pay a fee discontinue the call immediately. - If you don’t recognize a telephone number - don’t answer the phone. If a message is left from an unknown number do not return the call. - If you get a scam call, report it to the NM Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-678-1508. - If you think you have been a victim of a scam call the following numbers: o Albuquerque Police Department Telephone Report Unit at 505-768-2030 to file a police report.

Recently Reported Telephone Scams

o Contact your bank or credit card company if these accounts are involved.

• IRS/U.S. Treasury – The caller claims you are delinquent in your taxes and must pay by a prepaid cash card, credit card or through Western Union immediately to avoid arrest, deportation, loss of license, etc. o The IRS and/or the U.S. Treasury will never call you directly if problems exist with your taxes. They will never use scare tactics or threatening language. If you feel like looking into the matter, call your tax preparer or contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 for accurate information.

o Contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-800-269- 0271. o Contact one of the Credit Reporting Agency’s to place a Fraud Alert on you.

• Failure to Appear for Jury Duty – The caller demands you pay a court issued fee to settle a warrant for your arrest. They demand you purchase a prepaid cash card for restitution or you will be arrested. o Jury duty obligations will always be sent to you. If you want to officially check your status contact Metro Court at 505-841-8151 or District Court at 505-841-8400.

Equifax at 1-800-525-6285.

Experian at 1-800-397-3742.

Trans Union at 1-800-6807289.

These are currently the most common telephone scam attempts. There will undoubtedly be different ones in the future. Stay alert and remember if you receive a call from an unknown number and they want money immediately for any reason – this is the start to a scam. Control your phone and don’t be a victim.

• Hi, Grandma/Grandpa, I’m in Trouble – Caller claims to be a grandson or granddaughter who have been arrested or detained. The location refers to Mexico, Canada or states a long distance away. Callers will pose as the family member or as an official representative of the reported jurisdiction. They will ask you not to contact the child’s parents. The reason for arrest varies, but the scam attempt is the same – money must be sent immediately to post bail and/or to pay court costs.

APD Crime Prevention Unit at 505-244-6644.


Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 Office of the Attorney General Hector Balderas Submitted by James Hallinan

• FTC complaint form and hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877382-4357).

SCAM ALERT: Attorney General Warns New Mexicans of Craigslist Apartment Rental Scams

Department of Family and Community Services Submitted by Bobby Sisneros

Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert in response to a recent uptick in reports of Craigslist Apartment Scams from consumers across New Mexico. This scam typically occurs when someone is looking for an apartment or house to rent on Craigslist. The “landlord” will not be available to show the property personally as they claim to be out-of-town, but they promise a great deal on the rent. Typically, the person posting the photo and ad does not own the property. The scammer will request deposit money to be sent to another state or country. Once that money is gone, it’s gone for good.

A Hidden Gem Waits for You Community Centers help develop a stronger environment for everyone to live in while providing direct benefits for children. Studies show that youth who are involved in community events are more likely to develop greater problem solving and leadership skills (Brennan and Barnett 2009; Brennan, Barnett and Baugh 2007; Brennan, Brennan, Barnett, McGrath 2009; Crooks, Chiodo, Thomas and Hughes 2009; Ludden 2011; Pearrow 2008; Wilson, Minkler, Dasho, Wallerstein and Martin 2008).

“Right now scammers are targeting college students, working professionals and families across New Mexico who are looking for a good deal on rent,” said Attorney General Balderas. “Never wire money or send prepaid debit cards in response to Craigslist ads and never give out your financial information online. Protect yourself so you don’t become a victim.”

The Department of Family and Community Services offers 22 Community Centers for residents to utilize for FREE of charge. Each Center provides individuals an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities. While each Community Center provides a different set of opportunities they all serve their goal of providing individuals the option to either improve their physical health through an exercise facility or to brush up on their professional development in a computer lab.

Craigslist can be a great place to find products or services however it can be used to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. Here are some helpful tips for spotting and avoiding apartment scams on Craigslist: • Ask to see the potential landlord’s ID – record all the information you can from it. • Use a browser to search for the landlord’s name after you get their information. Be sure to add quotes around their name. You can add the words “fraud” or “scam” at the end of your search terms. • Use reverse directory look up if the person has given you their telephone number. It’s important to double check that they are who they say they are. • Visit the local county courthouse to look up property ownership for the apartment in question. Who really owns it? Is it the person who claims to be the landlord on Craigslist? Or someone else? • Scan any provided photographs carefully. Do they match up with what you’ve seen in person? Do they look like they all came from the same place? • If they don’t ask for an application or permission to check your credit then that’s a red flag! • Considering the current state of our economy and the rise in foreclosures, ask the landlord if they’re current on their mortgage payments and then get their answer in writing. • Consider additional methods for obtaining a rental, i.e., real estate agent, going through a rental agency, etc…

During the summer months, Community Centers become a hub of youth actives. The Department of Family and Community Services encourages families to take advantage of their local Community Center. Here are a few examples of services provided at various Centers. Visit <> for a list of activities at your Community Center. Youth Programs • Before and After School Program • Hip Hop Dance • Karate • Ballet Folklorico • Dance • Basketball (Check with center for details.) Adult Programs • Basketball (Check with center for details.) • Fitness Center • Ballet Folklorico • Cardio Kickboxing The Department of Family and Community Services Community Center’s has something for everyone. Come take advantage of your Center today.

If you believe you have been a victim of a scam on Craigslist you should notify: • The New Mexico Office of the Attorney General 505-2229100. • Internet Fraud Complaint Center <>.

For details, more information or to find the nearest Community Center please visit <>.


Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 Parks and Recreation Department Submitted by Jen Samp Recreation Aquatics Open Space Sports/Tennis Parks GolfABQ February 20, 2016 Reducing Hazards to Birds at the Open Space Visitor Center Saturday from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Who: Adults What: Give the birds that pass through your yard a special valentine by making the windows in your home bird safe. This event will show how important this problem of birds colliding with windows has become as we urbanize more of the bird habitat. The Collision Magazine published by the Environment for the Americas will be given out to all attendees. Participants will learn how to evaluate windows around their home as to their risk to birds. Different window treatments will be discussed. A howto-make session will conclude this event and we will give everyone the opportunity to make a window strike prevention craft. Where: 6500 Coors Boulevard NW between Montano Road NW and Paseo del Norte NW at the end of Bosque Meadows Road NW. Look for the Flyway art installation. Contact: 505897-8831.

First Day of Class • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Goggles may be used. • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7–10 feet, retrieve a ten pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. • Tread water for two minutes using only the legs. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive an American Red Cross Universal Certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. Where: Please sign up at the pool where the class will be held; if we don’t have enough participants before the first day of class the class may be canceled, so sign up early! West Mesa Pool, 505-836-8718.

February 21, 2016 Family Friendly Sunday: Paint the Town Red at the Open Space Visitor Center Sunday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Who: Children six and older and their families What: Put on your apron and get ready to paint the town and its surrounding landscapes red. Together we will concoct a collection of natural red dyes and then create love notes to nature. You will learn what plants and minerals to mix and mash into paints and how to apply them on paper to create basic landscapes. If you love nature and art this is the workshop for you. It’s fun for the whole family of six+ year olds. Space is limited, so please pre-register at 505-897-8831. Where: 6500 Coors Boulevard NW between Montano Road NW and Paseo del Norte NW at the end of Bosque Meadows Road NW. Look for the Flyway art installation. Contact: 505897-8831.

February 27-28, 2016 High Desert High School Rugby at Balloon Fiesta Park Saturday-Sunday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Who: Open to Spectators. What: Rugby Tournament. Where: Balloon Fiesta Park. February 27, 2016 No More Stories Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Open Space Visitor Center Saturday from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Who: Adults What: In No More Stories, David D’Agostino and collaborating artists use hand built wood constructions, natural elements, ceramic forms, paintings, drawings and video to unfold the layers and complexities of species decline and habitat encroachment in New Mexico. D’Agostino finds that the intimacy of Albuquerque’s Open Space lands evokes a sense of public familiarity for honest engagement about species health and long term vitality. ‘No More Stories’ invites us to see nature in ways we might not have considered before - not only highlighting nature’s great beauty, but also its malformations, stress and shadows. Meet the artists—David D’Agostino, Kelly Brewer, Noah Philips and Mango Katz Where: 6500 Coors Boulevard NW between Montano Road NW and Paseo del Norte NW at the end of Bosque Meadows Road NW. Look for the Flyway art installation. When: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 9 a.m. Exhibit on display through April 3, 2016. Contact: 505-897-8831.

February 22 - March 3, 2016 West Mesa Pool, American Red Cross Lifeguard Class, West Mesa Pool Monday-Thursday from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Who: Ages 15 and older. What: American Red Cross Lifeguard Class Before Class Starts • You must register for the course prior to the first day of class. The fee is $50.00. • You must download the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual and purchase a Resuscitation Mask. The mask is $15 and available at the facility where the course is being held. • You must be at least 15 years old by the last scheduled date of the class in order to enroll.


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Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 Where: 6500 Coors Boulevard NW between Montano and Paseo del Norte at the end of Bosque Meadows Road. Look for the Flyway art installation. Contact: 505-897-8831.

Parks and Recreation Department - continued from page 6 February 29-March 10, 2016 Highland Pool American Red Cross Lifeguard Class, Highland Pool Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Who: Ages 15 and older. What: American Red Cross Lifeguard Class.

Weekday Specials, #GolfABQ, All Four CABQ Golf Courses Includes green fee, bucket of balls, hot dog and a drink. Monday: Los Altos - $30. Tuesday: Ladera - $30. Wednesday: Arroyo del Oso - $30. Thursday: Puerto del Sol - $20.

Before Class Starts • You must register for the course prior to the first day of class. The fee is $50.00. • You must download the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Manual and purchase a Resuscitation Mask. The mask is $15 and available at the facility where the course is being held. • You must be at least 15 years old by the last scheduled date of the class in order to enroll.

Bike Clinic (Open Shop), Esperanza Bicycle Safety Education Center Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and on Sunday Noon -7 p.m. Who: Youth and Adults What: Public access to all of the tools and guidance that you need to maintain your bike! This is a non-RSVP, first come-first serve time for you to learn all of the details about your bike in a friendly and inviting environment. Where: 5600 Esperanza NW. Contact Information: <>, 505-224-6668.

First Day of Class • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Goggles may be used. • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7–10 feet, retrieve a ten pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds. • Tread water for two minutes using only the legs.

Campaign Initiated to Ensure Park Security Mayor Richard J. Berry and the Parks and Recreation Department are pleased to introduce new safety resources for our parks system. The additional security measures that will be implemented in our parks are as follows:

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive an American Red Cross Universal Certificate for Lifeguarding/ First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

• Two security guards that will patrol in “Parks and Recreation Enforcement Vehicles” after hours to deter illegal activity and enforce park hours. Security personnel will have a direct line of communication with each other as well as the Albuquerque Police Department.

Where: Please sign up at the pool where the class will be held; if we don’t have enough participants before the first day of class the class may be canceled, so sign up early! Highland Pool, 505-256-2096.

• “Flash-Cams”, motion activated cameras, will be installed to give audible warnings and take pictures of anyone in the parks after hours. Pictures taken can be reviewed by both park security and the police.

All Year Long, 25 Cent Night, All Open City Pools Fridays from 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Who: Open to the Public. What: Entry is only 25 cents every Friday Night! Come swim for a fraction of our regular admission! West Mesa will be 50 cents. Where: All open City of Albuquerque Pools. Contact Information: Please go to <> for specific pool hours or call your nearest pool!

This campaign is in an effort to discourage and deter bad behavior in our parks. The City would like to remind the community to continue notifying authorities by calling 505-242-COPS if they suspect illegal behavior. The funding for these additions came from the City of Albuquerque General Fund costing a total of $68,000. The vehicles were located within the city’s existing motor pool of cars, so no additional funding was needed for that element of the campaign.

Yoga with a View, Open Space Visitor Center Sundays from 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Who: Adults What: Begin Sundays with a relaxing outdoor meditation at 8:30 a.m., followed by an invigorating YOGA session at 9 a.m. Your first class is $5, subsequent classes are $15 and if you buy in bulk, they’re even less. Class fees include a donation to the Open Space Alliance.

Public parks add to the quality of life for residents, often being walking distance from homes. These resources are implemented to ensure that citizens feel safe while at home and enjoying recreational activities in their neighborhood parks.


Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA) Submitted by Amanda Bustos

date, time, location, agenda and meeting minutes. We also have Commendation and/or Complaint Forms in English and Spanish at every Library, Community Center and Police Substation as well as online at <>. If you are on social media we welcome your thoughts, ideas and discussions on our Facebook page <> and Twitter account <> or if you prefer to contact us via e-mail at <>. If you have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact our office directly at 505-924-3770.

Civilian Police Oversight Agency The Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA) is an independent agency that receives and investigates commendations as well as complaints filed by individuals against the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) and its employees for misconduct. The CPOA is a team made up of two Senior Administrative Assistants, four Independent Investigators, a Community Engagement Specialist, a Data Analyst and an Executive Director.

Next Meeting: Police Oversight Board Friday, March 11, 2016, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. One Civic Plaza NW in the Vicente E. Griego Council Chambers

The CPOA is led by Executive Director, Edward Harness, a graduate of Marquette University Law School with an undergraduate degree in Management of Criminal Justice Operations. Mr. Harness comes to Albuquerque from Milwaukee, Wisconsin after 15 years of successfully running his own private practice. With a plethora of experience in Law and Law Enforcement, Mr. Harness made the decision to pursue the Executive Director position after faithfully following the developments on Police Oversight on a national level and saw an opportunity to make a meaningful difference here in Albuquerque. His long term goal for the CPOA includes focusing on the Department of Justice (DOJ) Settlement Agreement and building a working relationship between the Agency and the Albuquerque Police Department to move towards the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. From an immediate point of action, Mr. Harness is looking forward to guiding the Agency to help facilitate the Police Oversight Board (POB) carry out its full function as envisioned under the new City Ordinance.

ABQ Film Submitted by Laura Cummins Did You Know..... According to Moviemaker Magazine, “Albuquerque Is On Fire.” We were recently ranked number five in the magazine’s annual “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker: Top Ten Big Cities”. So what is it that makes Albuquerque so exceptional? Beyond the prevalent tax incentives offered by the State to promote filming and hire New Mexico crew, the Albuquerque Film Office works to keep the city film friendly by minimizing the impact that filming has on the citizens. In an effort to integrate filming within the communities, the city encourages productions to award a $100 donation to the affected neighborhood associations for every day of filming. The Program was started in 2008 and has since raised $103,460 to help neighborhood associations.

The Police Oversight Board (POB) replaces the Police Oversight Commission (POC) and oversees the CPOA per City Ordinance. The board is made up of nine volunteer citizens appointed by the City Council. The POB meets every month, typically the second Thursday with subcommittees including: Case Review Committee (CRC), Community Outreach Committee, Personnel Committee and Policy and Procedure Committee, all of which meet in-between each monthly meeting. The POB reviews civilian commendations or complaints against APD and makes disciplinary recommendations to the Chief of Police based on the CPOA’s independent investigations. The POB also reviews and analyzes policy suggestions, studies and data trends as well as recommends policies related to trainings, programs and procedures or other matters relating to APD.

Another Program that has helped in Albuquerque’s success is the Film Crew Advancement Program which facilitates on-thejob training and reimburses productions 50% for all local crew members’ labor if the production promotes them. Last year alone productions such as Gold starring Mathew McConaughey, the Indie Film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot starring Tina Fey and Comancheria starring Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges were just a few of the films that Albuquerque served as a location for. A number of series filmed here as well, such as the spin-off Better Call Saul, Graves and The Nightshift. With 300 days of sunshine and a diverse array of landscapes, Albuquerque is an ideal place to film. In fact, we have doubled for a number of different locations such as Mexico, Afghanistan, Germany, Las Vegas and even other planets – to name a few. Our city is truly an amazing place, not only just to film in, but to live, work and play in – and it’s only getting better.

To join any of these police oversight discussions you are invited and welcome to attend any of our meetings open to the public. For your convenience we will always list the meeting


Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 Albuquerque Housing Authority Submitted by Brian Eagan

Albuquerque Housing Authority Empowering people in our community through affordable housing and self-sufficiency opportunities


You are invited to attend this FREE seminar – open to the public Thursday, March 3, 2016 From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (repeats on Thursday, June 2, 2016) at the Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA) Office in the Carnis Salisbury Building, Manuel Cordova Conference Room at 1840 University Boulevard SE, <> The workshop is open to all Landlords and Tenants of any income level, from anywhere in New Mexico. Advance Reservations are encouraged for this FREE workshop. Walk-ins without a reservation will be accommodated on a space available basis – first come, first served; limited to 45 attendees. Please e-mail Mundy Boen at <> to make a reservation or call her office at 505-764-3915. Topics include: 1. Landlord rights and responsibilities. 2.

Tenant rights and responsibilities.


Evictions (and the basic process for going to Metropolitan Court).


Security Deposit disputes (when can a landlord keep a deposit vs. pay a refund).


How to request repairs from your landlord (need to make request in writing - not just by phone).

Attorneys from Law Access New Mexico will present a slide show with information on New Mexico law governing landlord/tenant relationships and will then answer general questions from the audience. Please bring a pen and paper to take notes. A printed copy of the slide show will be handed out. The workshops offer legal information rather than personal legal advice. Workshops are sponsored by: Law Access New Mexico and funded by the City of Albuquerque and hosted by AHA. For FREE legal advice: on Landlord/Tenant law, call Law Access NM at 505-998-4LAW (4529) or 1-800-340-9771 (toll free). For information on Law Access NM, please see <>. Please contact Law Access NM to submit a request for reasonable accommodation of a disability (for example: if you need a sign language interpreter to be able to ask questions). Law Access New Mexico also offers FREE legal advice by telephone in many different languages (Se Habla Español) to people statewide on a variety of legal topics (including family law: divorce, child support and custody issues). Call 505-998-4LAW (open Monday to Friday) or see their website for details on the legal advice helpline. Directions and FREE Parking: the AHA Office is located on the east side of University Boulevard SE, one and a half blocks north of Gibson Boulevard SE – near the Albuquerque Sunport, east of I-25. There is FREE wheelchair lift van accessible parking in the AHA Office lot at the front door. Please enter using the south doors. The AHA Office is situated along ABQ Ride bus route #16 and the office is ADA accessible.


Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 Planning Department Submitted by Mikaela Renz-Whitmore ABC-Z: COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE FEBRUARY 2016

Many thanks to all who attended our Comprehensive Plan Meetings in January. Four public meetings were held January 27 and 28 in various locations in the City and County. Approximately 200 people came to learn more about the Comp Plan and to provide comments. Each meeting included an overview of the Comp Plan with stations on various chapters in the Plan followed by group discussion. The full presentation and display boards are available here: <>. WE’D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU! The Comp Plan Public Review Draft is available online and available at the project webpage: <>. Printed display copies of the proposed Comp Plan update are also available in public libraries and city community, multi-generation centers and senior centers. E-mail comments to: <>. • The project team received comments in early February 2016 and are revising the draft for submittal to the City’s Environmental Planning Commission at the end of March for a public hearing on May 5, 2016. • Comments received anytime after mid-February 2016 will be considered for revisions throughout the review and approval process. LEARN MORE For more information and to sign up for updates, please visit <> or <>.

Planning Department Submitted by Melissa Perez

Planning Department – Administration Division

Did You Know? Ever wonder if you can keep or house chickens at your home? The answer can be found in the Comprehensive City Zoning Code. According to the Zoning Code, the keeping of chickens, for non-commercial purposes is permitted under most residential zoning designations. Animals must be controlled so that they cannot graze on any other premises. To read more about the zoning designation for your home visit <https://www.>.


Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 17 - 29 Wednesday, February 17 • DRB - 9 a.m. • VAC Community Policing Council Mtg. - 10 a.m. • AHA - 12 p.m. • City Council - 5 p.m. • District 4 Coalition - 6:30 p.m. • East Gateway Coalition - 6:30 p.m.

1-3 NO MEETINGS IN MARCH FOR: • North Valley Coalition • District 6 Coalition • East Gateway Coalition • DRB - March 30 (Spring Break) Tuesday, March 1 • SWAN - 6 p.m.

4 - 15 Monday, March 7 • City Council - 5 p.m. • FHAC Community Policing Council Mtg. - 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 • NEAC Community Policing Council Mtg. - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9 • DRB - 9 a.m. Thursday, February 18 Wednesday, March 2 • LUCC - 3 p.m. • SEAC Community • DRB - 9 a.m. • NWAC Community Policing Council Mtg. • SWAC Community - 6 p.m. Policing Council Mtg. Policing Council Mtg. - 6 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 23 • Westside Coalition Thursday, March 10 • BOA - 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. • District 7 Coalition • EPC Public Hearing - 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 24 - 7 p.m. • South Valley Coalition • DRB - 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. DON’T FORGET ON.. Thursday, March 3 Sunday, March 13 • EPC Case Distribution Tuesday, March 15 Daylight Saving Time - 3 p.m. • ZHE - 9 a.m. Begins

16 - 31 Wednesday, March 16 • DRB - 9 a.m. • VAC Community Policing Council Mtg. - 10 a.m. • AHA - 12 p.m. • District 4 Coalition - 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 • SEAC Community Policing Council Mtg. - 6 p.m. • St. Patrick’s Day Monday, March 21 • City Council - 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 • BOA - 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 23 • DRB - 9 a.m. Thursday, March 24 • District 8 Coalition - 7 p.m.

2016 CALENDAR/LEGEND AHA - Albuquerque Housing Authority, Carnis Salisbury Building, Manuel Cordova Conference Room, 1840 University Boulevard SE BOA - Board of Appeals, Plaza del Sol Hearing Room Basement Level, 600 Second Street NW City Council - Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers, Basement Level, City Hall District 4 Coalition - North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, Classroom 4, 7521 Carmel Avenue NE District 6 Coalition - EXPO New Mexico, Alice B. Hoppes African American Building (Enter Gate 3, San Pedro NE & Copper NE) District 7 Coalition - Sandia Baptist Church, 9429 Constitution Avenue NE, 2nd Floor (follow the signs) District 8 Coalition - Holiday Park Community Center, 11710 Comanche Road NE East Gateway Coalition - Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth Street SE EPC - Environmental Planning Commission, Plaza del Sol Hearing Room, (Basement Level), 600 Second Street NW EPC Case Distribution - Planning Department, Plaza del Sol, Hearing Room, (Basement Level), 600 Second Street NW Foothills Area Command - Holiday Park Community Center, 11710 Comanche Road NE North Valley Coalition - North Valley Senior Center, 3825 Fourth Street NW Northeast Area Command - North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Avenue NE Northwest Area Command - Don Newton-Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina Road NW Southeast Area Command - Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE Southwest Area Command - Alamosa Community Center, 6900 Gonzales Road SW Valley Area Command - Los Duranes Community Center, 2920 Leopoldo NW LUCC - Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission, Plaza del Sol, Hearing Room, (Basement Level), 600 Second Street NW SVCNA - South Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, Sheriff’s Department South Area Command, 2039 Isleta Boulevard SW SWAN - South West Alliance of Neighbors, Alamosa Multi-Purpose Center, Room A, 6900 Gonzales Road SW Westside Coalition - Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina Drive NW ZHE - Zoning Hearing Examiner Office - Plaza del Sol Building, 3rd Floor, ZHE Hearing are held in the Plaza del Sol Hearing Room, (Basement Level), 600 Second Street NW


Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 EPC Hearing Notice All written materials including petitions, legal analyses and other documents should be submitted to the Planning Department at least ten days prior to the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) Public Hearing in time for full consideration by staff and presentation to the EPC at its Study Session. Except in circumstances, the EPC will consider limited clarifying written material only if it has been submitted to the EPC and any known opposing party at least 48 hours prior to the Public Hearing. In quasi-judicial proceedings - all communications - whether written or oral with the EPC shall be through the Staff of the Planning Department. The EPC Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in the Planning Department Hearing Room, (basement level), 600 Second Street NW for the following case: Northwest Villa De Villagio, Westside Coalition of NA’s (neighborhood/homeowner association/coalition); 16EPC-40001, 40002, 40003, Project #1002132 (case #’s); Approximately 2.6 acres located on the east side of Unser Boulevard NW between Summer Ridge Drive NW and McMahon Boulevard NW (location of request); A-11 (zone atlas page #); Consensus Planning, Inc. at 505-764-9801, agent for Guardian Storage (applicant or agency and phone #); Requests an Zone Map Amendment from SU-1 for Mixed Use C-1, O-1 to SU-1 For Mixed Uses for C-1, O-1 and Storage Uses Indoor and a Site Development Plan for Building Permit and Subdivision for a proposed self-contained, climate controlled storage building with retail shops and the office along the western side of the structure facing Unser Boulevard NW (action requested); Vicente Quevedo at 505-924-3357, e-mail: <>. (City staff planner) Tuscany, Villa De Villagio, Westside Coalition of NA’s; 16EPC-40006, Project #1006973; Approximately .94 acres located on the east side of Unser Boulevard NW between Crown Road NW and McMahon Boulevard NW; A-11; Joshua Skarsgard at 505-262-2323, agent for Century Bank; Requests an Amendment to the Site Development Plan for Building Permit for a proposed Advance Auto Store with no drive thru lanes; Maggie Gould at 505-924-3910, e-mail: <>. Paradise Hills Civic, Westside Coalition of NA’s; 16EPC-40004 and 40005, Project #1008528; Approximately 5.9664 acres located on the west side of Golf Course Road NW (10301 Golf Course Road NW) between McMahon Boulevard NW and Irving Boulevard NW; A-12; Tierra West, LLC at 505-858-3100, agent for Palmilla Commercial, LLC; Requests an Site Development Plan for Subdivision and Building Permit for proposed cottage buildings are an expansion to the existing facility which provides a full range of care for elderly residents from independent living to assisted living and Alzheimer/Dementia care with eight duplex cottages (five of which are existing); Maggie Gould at 505-924-3910, e-mail: <>.

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Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 ABQ RIDE Submitted by Rick De Reyes ABQ Rapid Transit Moves Forward All great cities have vibrant neighborhoods and effective public transit. Experience has repeatedly shown that cities that invest in bus rapid transit create inviting walkable neighborhoods and spawn a wave of local private development. With community help the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project continues to move forward toward construction and completion. With the recommendation of $70 million in federal grant funds included in President Barack Obama’s Budget in February 2016, the ART Project will enter the first phase of construction by late-May. As we move forward to construction - it’s important to know that one lane will be open in each direction during business hours in front of businesses. We are also working with businesses to host events on Central Avenue to make sure people know they are open and welcome customers. The latest station designs and roadway alignments can be viewed on the project website <> and represent four years of public input and ideas. These updated documents at 60-90% design completion, incorporate lighting designs, cross sections and alignments along Central Avenue. ART will provide quick and efficient transit service with increased dependability and timeliness. By purchasing fare tickets at nearby kiosks, ART will reduce how long the vehicle is standing still to pick up passengers which will greatly improve service of speed. This combined with advanced signal timing and a dedicated lane allows the ART to move more easily through the city. ART while designed to look and operate like trains is a considerably less costly alternative to light rail. The ART Project will contribute to the character of Central Avenue by widening sidewalks and/or adding landscaping wherever rightof-way allows, making all sidewalks ADA accessible and improving pedestrian lighting to create a walkable corridor. These and other ART streetscape improvements may slow traffic somewhat but will also increase the safety of pedestrians and bicycle users and make businesses more “visible”. This type of environment attracts people and businesses. Rapid Transit Projects like ART have a proven record of stimulating development and redevelopment of neighborhoods in other cities. For instance an article in Albuquerque Business First said in the first year that Fort Collins, CO operated its rapid transit system, it attracted $150 million in associated development along its transit corridor. A Forbes magazine article said Cleveland’s $250 million investment in putting its HealthLine down a main corridor has generated $5.8 billion in development since opening in 2008. That’s $114 for each transit dollar invested. To further our public outreach efforts we will hold five public input sessions in late February and early March. These meetings will give an overview of the designs and station updates, explain construction phasing, and allow people an opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts about the construction.

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Credit: < criminal-defense/criminal-offense/differences-betweentheft-burglary-robbery>.

Here is the meetings schedule: • Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Special Collections Library, 423 Central Avenue NE (at Edith Boulevard NE) • Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., Immanuel Presbyterian Church/Fellowship Hall, 114 Carlisle Boulevard SE (at Central Avenue SE) • Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Albuquerque Police Community Substation, 2060 Central Avenue SW (at Rio Grande Boulevard SW) • Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Patrick J. Baca Library, 8081 Central Avenue NW (at Unser Boulevard NW) • Thursday, March 3, 2016, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Alice K. Hoppes African American Pavilion, EXPO New Mexico (San Pedro Drive NE and Copper Avenue NE across from the Expo N.M. Pavilion Stage)

The crimes of theft, robbery and burglary are commonly lumped together because most people believe they involve the unlawful taking of someone else’s property. While theft and robbery are very similar crimes that involve the taking or attempted taking of personal property, burglary is slightly different. Let’s take a look at each of these crimes, what they have in common and how they differ. Theft Theft is sometimes known as larceny, petty theft, grand theft or by similar names, depending on the state in which you live and the circumstances of the crime. Theft is one of the most commonly committed crimes. To commit a theft, you have to take someone else’s property without the owner’s consent and with the intention to permanently deprive the owner of its use or possession.

Please learn more about ART at <> or on the ART Facebook page at <>.

• Property. Theft involves the taking of personal, tangible property. You can’t be convicted of theft if, for example, you try to take someone else’s land, even though other criminal charges might apply. Theft usually involves money, physical goods or any other physical object you can move or transport.


CORRECTION to FAQ from January/February 2016 Neighborhood Newsletter Q: Is it true that there will be a continuous median from Tramway Boulevard to Unser Boulevard to accommodate the ART bus lanes on Central Avenue? A: No. Three areas along the corridor are set to keep their medians; the median from Spruce Street to University Boulevard by request of the Sycamore Neighborhood Association and the University Heights Neighborhood Association, the median from University Boulevard to Girard Boulevard will remain and the median from San Mateo Boulevard to Louisiana Boulevard will remain. However, the University Boulevard to Girard Boulevard section and San Mateo Boulevard to Louisiana Boulevard section will see new, signalized intersections installed and some current median openings will be closed. ART bus lanes will be distinguished in the roadway by terracottacolored pavement which will be distinguished from general purpose lanes by rumble strips.

• Wrongful. When you commit a theft, you act against the owner’s interests. Taking an object with the owner’s permission is not theft, unless you use deceit or trickery to try to convince the owner to allow you to have control over the item. For example, if your friend gives you her bicycle because you asked to borrow it, this isn’t theft. However, it is theft if you ask to borrow the bicycle and intend not to return it. • Deprive. To commit a theft you must take property with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of it at the time of taking. Robbery Theft is taking something that doesn’t belong to you, but a robbery is taking something from a person and using force or the threat of force to do it. Robbery, like theft, involves taking someone’s property without the owner’s consent but it has some elements that theft doesn’t require.

Indian Moon Neighborhood Association Submitted by Lynne Martin

• Person. You cannot commit a robbery unless you take something from someone else. This includes taking property that someone else is holding as well as taking property that is within his or her control. Property within someone else’s control includes, for example, property located in a safe that a convenience store employee can access.

Crime Prevention Thought of the Day: Many times when we are out with the community we hear someone say they were robbed when it is actually a burglary or a theft. The same goes for what a theft is considered and what a burglary is considered. There are major differences between all three.

• Violence. Robbery is a violent crime, but that doesn’t mean the victim has to suffer any type of injury. It’s enough to commit a robbery if you use any type of force to take property from someone. This includes taking property if you use

Below is an article by Criminal Defense Lawyer that will help spell out the differences.


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Neighborhood News - February/March 2016 Saturday, April 9, 2016, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon), MCM Elegante Hotel, 2020 Menaul Boulevard NE.

Indian Moon NA - continued from page 14 the threat of violence. It also includes using violence or the threat of violence to take property that is under the victim’s control even though it isn’t necessarily in that person’s possession. For example, forcing a bank clerk to open a bank vault to take money is robbery, even though the clerk doesn’t physically possess the currency.

$50 Early Bird Registration or $60 at the door includes continental breakfast and course materials. Access the Early Bird Registration Form at <> or e-mail <>. Concurrent sessions are being offered. All courses are appropriate to any level of experience and are taught by Professional and Registered Parliamentarians in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, Eleventh Edition.

Burglary Though burglary is often a crime that involves theft, you don’t necessarily have to take any property to be convicted of this crime. To commit a burglary you must enter a structure or dwelling with the intent to commit a crime within it. You can be convicted without actually committing a crime within the building and the crime you intend to commit does not have to be theft or robbery.

Program 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Session 1 GENERAL SESSION Will Your Organization Be Here in Ten Years???, Adam Hathaway, PRP 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session 2 Course A: Committees: The Secret Solution, Jan Strand, PRP Course B: Using the Agenda to Your Advantage, Valoree Althoff, PRP 11 a.m. – 12 Noon Session 3 Course A: Advantages and Pitfalls of Virtual Meetings, Daniel Ivey-Soto, PRP Course B: Your Part in a Productive Meeting, Barbara Posler, RP

• Structure. In past years burglary crimes most often targeted breaking into someone else’s home. Today, burglary laws are much broader. You can commit burglary if you enter into any structure with the intent to commit a crime inside. For purposes of burglary laws, a “structure” includes nonresidential buildings, natural formations such as caves and even temporary structures such as tents. • Breaking. Some people mistakenly believe that you have to use force or violence to enter a structure in order to commit a burglary but that isn’t the case. You can commit a burglary even if the only force you use to enter a building is pushing open a door or slightly lifting an already unlocked and open window.

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Course A: Course B: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Course A: Course B: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Course A: Course B:

• Entry. You can be convicted of burglary even if you don’t completely enter into a structure. For example, lifting up a window and extending your arm, or an object, to take something from inside is enough to commit a burglary. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your local Area Command.

NM State Association of Parliamentarians Submitted by Janice Strand

Registration Session 1 Leadership Excellence. Adam Hathaway, PRP The Money...Making a Plan and Tracking the Funds. Jan Strand, PRP Session 2 Governing Documents and the Law. Daniel Ivey-Soto, PRP Nominations: Successful Changing of the Guard. Solveiga Unger, PRP Session 3 Presiding over Main Motions and Amendments. Valoree Althoff, RP Executive Session: Behind Closed Doors. Barbara Posler, RP

Educational publications will be available for sale at this event; cash and checks are accepted.

2016 Annual Smart Meetings Seminar “Revitalize Your Membership”

For additional information, call Jan Strand, NMSAP Treasurer at 505-821-5227 or by e-mail at <>.

Albuquerque neighborhood association members annually attend this seminar and respond that they gained information useful to their association. Encourage your association members to attend and bring back new ideas!!!! If your association is dwindling in membership get new ideas for increasing membership! If people complain about how the meetings are conducted encourage them to attend this seminar and get ideas for different meeting procedures!!

The Albuquerque Parliamentarian Unit (APU) offers short twenty-minute parliamentary programs to organizations. Contact Darlene Couchman, APU President at 505-821-2421 or <> to schedule a program at your meeting or contact Jan Strand, Treasurer of the New Mexico State Association of Parliamentarians at 505-821-5227 or <>.


Neighborhood News - February/March 2016

Neighborhood News is published monthly by the Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC), a division of the Planning Department, City of Albuquerque. Articles and information from neighborhood associations and others are welcome. ONC reserves the right to edit and/or reject any submissions.

City of Albuquerque Richard J. Berry, Mayor Robert J. Perry, Chief Administrative Officer Planning Department Suzanne Lubar, Planning Director Brennon Williams, Associate Director Office of Neighborhood Coordination Staff Stephani Winklepleck, Neighborhood Liaison Dalaina Carmona, Senior Administrative Assistant Newsletter Editor: Dalaina Carmona (Please send submissions as e-mail attachments in a word document to: and Questions or Comments - direct them to: City of Albuquerque Planning Department Office of Neighborhood Coordination, Room 440 Plaza del Sol Building, 600 Second Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87102 Phone: 505-924-3914 1-800-659-8331 (TTY) Fax: 505-924-3913 ONC Website: < office-of-neighborhood-coordination>

Related ONC Links URL for printable Annual Report Form (pdf): <> URL for neighborhood association individual maps: <> URL for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Neighborhood Newsâ&#x20AC;? ONC newsletter: <> URL for current Department Directors List: <> URL for Important Telephone Numbers List: <> URL for On-going Sector Plans and other Planning Projects: <> URL for Building and Safety Permit/Application Information: <>

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