Local Government – City and County

See November 2019 Election Bonds and Questions below!

Albuquerque City Council

 Image of Albuquerque City Council District Map

2018 Council Group Photo

Image of City Councilor Brad WinterBrad Winter – District 4   caption:Find your district

City Councilor Trudy Jones.Trudy Jones – District 8  caption:Find your District

Albuquerque City Council web links:

For more information on the Albuquerque City Council go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/council

For Council meetings, agendas, and minutes, go to:  https://cabq.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

For an explanation of all Committees the City Council participates in, go to:  http://www.cabq.gov/council/committees

 

Bonds and Questions on November 2019 Election

2019 G/O Bond Information

Information about proposed 2019 G/O Bonds.

2019 Local Election Information

Public Safety Bonds

Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $8,590,000 of its general obligation bonds to plan, design, develop, study, construct, modernize, automate, renovate, rehabilitate, recondition, landscape, furnish, enhance and otherwise improve, and to acquire land, buildings, property, vehicles, apparatus, and equipment for, police and fire department facilities? To view the full resolution, go to: https://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-180enacted.pdf

Senior, Family, Community Center, the Homeless, and Community Enhancement Bonds

Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $21,705,000 of its general obligation bonds to plan, design, develop, construct, demolish, equip, reconstruct, renovate, rehabilitate, expand, repair, study, landscape, streetscape, enhance and otherwise improve, and to acquire property for, city-owned community centers including those for families, youth, senior citizens, the homeless, and for other community enhancement projects? To view full resolution, go tohttps://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-180enacted.pdf

Parks and Recreation Bonds

Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $16,830,000 of its general obligation bonds to study, map, plan, design, develop, construct, rehabilitate, renovate, expand, furnish, equip, enhance and otherwise improve, and to acquire property, vehicles and equipment for park and recreational facilities, including public parks and facilities within those parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, sports fields, other recreational facilities, open space, medians, bikeways, bosque lands, and trails?  To view full resolution, go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-180enacted.pdf

Energy and Water Conservation, Public Facilities, and System Modernization Bonds

Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $10,420,000 of its general obligation bonds to modernize, make energy and/or water-efficient, upgrade, equip, improve, acquire, plan, design, survey, develop, construct, rehabilitate, renovate, expand, furnish, enhance and otherwise improve, and to acquire property, vehicles and equipment for, public buildings, facilities, and systems? To view full resolution, go tohttps://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-180enacted.pdf

Library Bonds

Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $8,765,000 of its general obligation bonds to acquire property, study, plan, design, develop, construct, reconstruct, renovate, rehabilitate, modernize, preserve, automate, upgrade, landscape and otherwise improve, and to acquire books, media, and equipment for, public libraries? To view full resolution, go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-180enacted.pdf

Street Bonds

Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $32,930,000 of its general obligation bonds to study, plan, design, develop, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, renovate, automate, modernize, sign, enhance, landscape and otherwise improve, and to acquire property and equipment for municipal streets and roads, interstate roadways and interchanges, medians, trails, bikeways, walkways, sidewalks, railroad crossings, and bridges? To view full resolution, go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-180enacted.pdf

Public Transportation Bonds

Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $3,130,000 of its general obligation bonds to plan, design, develop, construct, rehabilitate, renovate, expand, recondition, modernize, automate, study, furnish, enhance and otherwise improve, and to acquire property, vehicles, and equipment for public transportation facilities? To view the full resolution, go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-180enacted.pdf

Storm Sewer System Bonds

Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $11,210,000 of its general obligation bonds to plan, design, develop, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, renovate, expand, extend, enhance, study, monitor and otherwise improve, and to acquire property and equipment for the storm sewer system?  To view the full resolution, go tohttps://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-180enacted.pdf

Museum and Cultural Facilities Bonds

Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $1,790,000 of its general obligation bonds to study, plan, design, develop, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, renovate, repair, refurbish, modernize, preserve, maintain, expand, enhance, landscape and otherwise improve, and to acquire artifacts, exhibits, furnishings and equipment for City-owned museums and cultural facilities?  To view the full resolution, go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-180enacted.pdf

Affordable Housing Bonds

Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $5,050,000 of its general obligation bonds in support of the Workforce Housing Act to provide resources for the construction and rehabilitation of high quality, permanently affordable housing for low to moderate working families, including affordable senior rental?  To view full resolution, go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-180enacted.pdf

Metropolitan Redevelopment Bonds

Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $8,080,000 of its general obligation bonds to plan, design, study, construct, develop, demolish, reconstruct, rehabilitate, renovate, modernize, preserve, secure, expand, equip, landscape, streetscape, repair, enhance, acquire or otherwise improve non-right of way and right of way land, property, facilities or infrastructure owned by the City of Albuquerque for Metropolitan Redevelopment Projects within adopted Metropolitan Redevelopment Areas in order to implement the objectives of the New Mexico Metropolitan Redevelopment Code? To view full resolution, go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-180enacted.pdf

Office of the City Clerk/ (505) 924-3650/ cityclerk@cabq.gov

Transportation Tax Renewal

Information about the upcoming ballot measure to renew the Transportation Tax.

2019 Local Election Information

What is the Transportation Tax?

Shall the City of Albuquerque renew a one-quarter of one percent transportation infrastructure gross receipts tax which shall be dedicated specifically and only for the following uses: Not less than 57% for road infrastructure improvements; 5% for trails and bikeways; and 38% for transit? To view the full resolution, go to:  https://www.cabq.gov/vote/documents/r-160enacted.pdf

Office of the City Clerk/(505) 924-3650/cityclerk@cabq.gov

Proposed Public Finance Updates

Information about the Proposed Public Finance Updates in the 2019 Local Election.

What are the proposed updates to Albuquerque’s Public Finance System?

Shall the City of Albuquerque adopt the following amendments to update the language of the Open and Ethical Elections Code, which provides for public financing of City candidates: clarify the use of in-kind contributions, increase how much seed money a candidate can collect, provide definitions for “election cycle” and “candidate,” require candidates to follow public financing contribution limits for one year before asking for public funds, increase funds for publicly financed mayoral candidates and set a minimum distribution for council candidates in districts with fewer than 40,000 registered voters, enforce City Clerk’s administrative rules, and allow the City Council to amend the Open and Ethical Elections Code by ordinance with a  vote of a majority plus two of the entire membership of the Council?

Democracy Dollars

Information about the proposed Democracy Dollars initiative.

2019 Local Election Information

Shall the City of Albuquerque adopt the following amendments to update the language of the Open and Ethical Elections Code, which provides for public financing of City candidates: provide eligible city residents with Democracy Dollars, to contribute to their choice of qualified candidates, which the candidates could redeem with the City Clerk, up to a limit, for funds to spend in support of their campaigns, as directed by the City Council, and increase the funds for publicly financed mayoral candidates?

 

2019 City Council Meetings

The next City Council meeting to be announced.

June 3rd, ABQ City Council will vote on three bills.  Adding new city council districts and rank choice voting can result in a City Council run with a Democrat majority forever resulting in Republican voters being shut out.  Do we want to be like Los Angeles?  To read the proposed bills, go to https://cabq.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx and click on “Agenda” for June 3rd.

Brad Winters is supporting O-19-60.  Should we be using scarce police resources for this purpose?

O-19-60 Amending Chapter 8, Article 2, Part 4, Section 6 Of The Revised  Ordinances Of Albuquerque (The “Traffic Code”) Relating To Racing On Streets And Drag Racing; Prohibiting Racing Or Drag Racing On City Streets; Prohibiting Spectating Of Racing Or Drag Racing Or Spectating  (This bill was passed)

Councilor Issac Benson wants to expand the number of city council districts which likely will increase the number of democrat councilors and districts.

P-19-2 Adopting A Proposition To Be Submitted To The Voters At The November 5, 2019 Regular Local Election Proposing To Amend Article IV, Sections 1, 2, And 3 Of The Albuquerque City Charter Concerning Council Districts  (This bill was postponed until June 17, 2019. )

Councilor Don Harris has proposed “Ranked Choice Voting”.  It eliminates the runoff between the top candidates of different parties so if the top two vote-getters are Democrats, then it is simply becomes a Democrat winner take all.  Considering GOP turnout in past local elections, this bill has the potential to reduce conservative or Republican voices regarding the vast number of issues our City Council votes on.

P-19-3 Adopting A Proposition To Be Sent To The Voters At The November 5, 2019 Regular Local Election Proposing To Amend Article II, Section 8, Of The Albuquerque City Charter Concerning Ranked Choice Voting (Harris)  (This bill was postponed until Jne 17, 2019.  The City Council is divided on whether they should arbitrarily decide to make this change or leave it up to the voters)

The emails and phone numbers of the ABQ City Councilors are listed below:

Email Councilor Ken Sanchez: kensanchez@cabq.gov

Contact Policy Analyst Elaine Romero:
eromero@cabq.gov
(505) 768-3183

Email Councilor Isaac Benton: ibenton@cabq.gov

Contact Policy Analyst Diane Dolan:
ddolan@cabq.gov
(505) 768-3186

Email Councilor Klarissa Peña: kpena@cabq.gov

Contact Policy Analyst Cherise Quezada:
cquezada@cabq.gov
(505) 768-3127

Email Councilor Brad Winter: bwinter@cabq.gov

Contact Policy Analyst Dawn Marie Emillio:
dawnmarie@cabq.gov
(505) 768-3101

Email Councilor Cynthia Borrego: cynthiaborrego@cabq.gov

Contact Policy Analyst Susan Vigil:
susanvigil@cabq.gov
(505) 768-3189

Email Councilor Pat Davis: patdavis@cabq.gov

Contact Policy Analyst Sean Foran:
seanforan@cabq.gov
(505) 768-3152

Email Councilor Diane Gibson: dgibson@cabq.gov

Contact Policy Analyst Charlotte Chinana:
cchinana@cabq.gov
(505) 768-3136

Email Councilor Trudy Jones: trudyjones@cabq.gov

Contact Policy Analyst Aziza Chavez:
azizachavez@cabq.gov
(505) 768-3106

Email Councilor Don Harris: dharris@cabq.gov

Contact Policy Analyst Bonnie Suter:
bsuter@cabq.gov
(505) 768-3123

May 6, 2019 – Albuquerque City Council approves $250,000 of your hard-earned tax dollars to pay for the housing of “illegal” aliens who have already broken federal laws.

May 6, 2019 – Albuquerque City Council approves a plastics ban

O-19-48 (Adding A New Article 17 To Chapter 13, ROA 1994, Limiting The Use Of Plastic Single-Use Carryout Bags; Limiting The Use Of Plastic Single-Use Straws; Limiting The Use Of Polystyrene Single-Use Containers; Creating An ‘Albuquerque Clean & Green Business’ Program; Providing For Administrative Regulations To Carry Out The Provisions (Benton, Davis, Gibson, Borrego)  Please read the Economic Impact Analysis and the Ordinance at https://cabq.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3828813&GUID=26772AC4-D6AB-4B56-8896-0EEDA2E65FE6

April 15, 2019 – City Council to vote on banning plastics. 

City Council staff said it would cost more to switch over to greener options:

  • To convert from plastic bags to biodegradable option, it would cost about 2 cents per bag
  • To convert from plastic straws to biodegradable option, it would cost about 1 cent per drink
  • To convert from foam cups to a recyclable option, it would cost about 1 cent per drink
  • To convert from foam containers to a recyclable option, it would cost about 12 to 20 cents per item 

See Albuquerque Journal article at https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/city-councilors-host-town-hall-about-proposed-single-use-plastic-ban/5299294/.

Here are some facts to consider:

  • Ordinance, O-19-48, to ban the use of many common plastic items including bags, straws and to-go containers would require customers who request a paper bag to be charged 10 cents each.
  • This ban would have little or no environmental impact. In 2016, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency studied the country’s waste stream and found that plastic bags made up less than one percent of overall waste.  Since the purpose of this bill is to reduce environmental impact, it doesn’t make sense.
  • Alternatives to plastic bags may actually be more environmentally costly. The bill will push many shoppers into using paper bags, which studies have shown use significantly more water and greenhouse gases to produce in comparison to plastic bags.
  • It will increase the costs of small businesses and ultimately customers will have to pay more as well.
  • It will be a burden on low-income families.
  • Whatever happened to the individual’s freedom to choose how they want to address this issue? 

See Albuquerque Journal article at https://www.abqjournal.com/1277284/plastic-bag-bans-hurt-more-than-they-help.html.

February 20, 2019 – TONIGHT – City Council considers a total, massive ban on all plastic bags, straws, etc. not only in stores but restaurants.  This is another disaster proposed by the left-wing city councilors.  Email, call, or talk with all these councilors about how ridiculous this entire proposal is and taxpayers will have to pay for it, of course.  And to add, insult to injury, they want us to pay 10 cents for every paper bag.

2018 City Council Meetings

Albuquerque City Council Meeting of March 5, 2018

Results of City Council Meeting of March 5, 2018:   Among other items, Council voted to increase your Gross Receipts Tax by three-eight’s of a percentage point to address the city’s $40 million dollar deficit. See https://www.abqjournal.com/1150042/straight-party-voting-may-return-to-new-mexico.html

Background Information:  The proposed increase may not seem like much but if you look at the increase in state, county, and local taxes since the year 2000, the gross receipts tax rate has increased by over 50%.  Measure 0-18-9 was sponsored by Councilors Trudy Jones and Ken Sanchez.  Mayor Tim Keller has indicated he will sign such a measure (see March 2, 2018 Albuquerque Journal).  If Mayor Keller signs the increase, it will take effect July 1, 2018.

Brad Winter District 4 Councilor (https://www.cabq.gov/council/find-your-councilor/district-4) voted against this measure.

Trudy Jones, District 8 councilor, voted for the tax hike.

Albuquerque City Council – Finance & Government Operations Committee Meeting of March 26, 2018

March 26, 2018   City panel approves immigrant resolution

Here are key excerpts from the Albuquerque Journal report on this resolution:

The resolution cleared the council’s Finance and Government Operations Committee with a do-pass recommendation and will now go before the full council. Councilors Pat Davis and Klarissa Peña, the bill’s sponsors, along with Ken Sanchez and Brad Winter voted in favor of the measure.

 “It isn’t just a policy,” Marian Mendez-Cerna of El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos. “It means that we will hold our elected officials accountable to do their part to ensure the city isn’t complicit in enforcing federal detention programs.”

Albuquerque for years has had in place a resolution declaring the city as friendly toward immigrants. But under prior Mayor Richard Berry the city also carved out a small space within the Prisoner Transport Center in Downtown for immigration agents to check the immigration status of arrestees. It’s not clear when the last time the space was used for that purpose.

Davis and Peña’s resolution states that such a practice would not be allowed. It also states that no city employee will inquire about someone’s immigration status.

So immigration agents won’t be able to use the space marked aside by the prior administration if the resolution passes. The resolution would also prohibit city employees from notifying immigration agents about someone’s pending release from custody.

See:  https://www.abqjournal.com/1151010  for the full story.

Here are concerns about becoming a sanctuary city:

  1. Attraction of gangs and other criminals to Albuquerque.
  2. Increasing taxpayer burden on illegals who need welfare and other social services.  Taxpayers will have to pay for the increased education costs.
  3. Potential increase in crime (See 1-17-2018 article, “New Research:  The Impact of Illegal Aliens on Crime Rates, etc>) at https://crimeresearch.org/2018/01/impact-illegal-aliens-crime-rates/
  4. Albuquerque is in non-compliance with federal law and is subject to loss of federal funds.
  5. Republican Council Member Brad Winter voted in favor of this resolution.  Without his vote, it appears the measure would not have passed.  We would like to know why he supported this measure.
  6. For a personal look at legal vs. illegal immigration, see April 8, 2017 article “The Very Real Differences Between Legal and Illegal Immigration” at http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/04/the_very_real_differences_between_legal_and_illegal_immigration.html

Questions:  (1) Is offering protection to illegal aliens (including those who have committed crimes) the best way to care for the welfare of the citizens of Albuquerque?  (2) Is this approach fair – allowing those who broke the law to do so and have priority over other aliens who follow the laws and procedures so that they may come here lawfully? 

Albuquerque City Council Meeting of April 2, 2018

OUR CITY COUNCIL STRIKES AGAIN!!!

The city council has decided to vote to decriminalize marijuana.  An excerpt from the Albuquerque Journal states, “The proposal put forward by city council members Pat Davis and Isaac Benton would amend Albuquerque’s criminal code by making it a citable offense to possess an ounce (28 grams) of pot and paraphernalia without a valid medical marijuana referral. Authorities could issue a $25 ticket but no jail time.”  To see the full article, go to:   http://www.theeagle.com/news/nation/albuquerque-city-council-to-vote-on-decriminalizing-pot/article_aae8a8e2-9c19-5d74-b41c-c900b50666f7.html

Here are some of the possible impacts from this measure, if approved by Mayor Tim Keller:

  1. Increase in crime
  2. Increase in homelessness
  3. Increase in medical and other costs to take care of people
  4. For companies that drug test, marijuana smokers may lose their jobs thus contributing to unemployment
  5. Marijuana can be a gateway drug to harder drugs. Do we have an opioid or drug problem in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County?  Do we have a boatload of problems in our public schools?  In Colorado, they are now finding students with marijuana in schools.  Driving in Colorado can be hazardous to your health.
  6. Increase in drug dealers and gangs.
  7. Up to at least age 26, marijuana can have a detrimental effect on young and developing brains.

Where does your city Councilor stand on this topic?  How did he or she vote?  If you don’t speak up, prepare to see our out-of-control City Council do more damage to the City of Albuquerque.

Albuquerque City Council Meeting of April 16, 2018

The Albuquerque City Council meeting routinely approved Mayor Keller’s appointments to agencies and boards.  However, the “hot button” topic of the night was the following resolution:

R-18-7 C/S Strengthening Albuquerque’s Status As An Immigrant Friendly City, Promoting Public Safety, Safeguarding The Civil Rights, Safety And Dignity Of All Our Residents And Creating An Environment Conducive To All Victims Of Violent Crime Seeking Assistance (Peña, Davis)

R-7 and R-7 Approved Committee Substitute  This measure passed with the three Republicans (Brad Winter, Trudy Jones,and Don Harris) voting against it.   The bottom line is “illegals” win and U.S./NM citizens lose. 

This resolution does not address the potential adverse impacts on U.S./NM citizens who are here legally, pay their taxes, and obey the law.   Do we have a crime problem?  Do we have a gang and drug problem?    Legal immigrants are always welcome.  Please remember that elections do matter.

Go to:  https://cabq.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3311864&GUID=AFC9DEDE-CC21-427E-8699-A30A8ACF2FD7 to read the entire resolution.

Albuquerque City Council Meeting of May 7, 2018

In addition to the approval of a number of Mayoral appointments and zoning issues, there were two proposed  ordinances that were discussed and need to be followed:

R-17-234   Requesting That The U.S. Department Of Justice Provide An Accounting Of Certain Operations By The Federal Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives (The “ATF”) And The United States Attorney’s Office For The District Of New Mexico In Albuquerque; Requesting A Congressional Hearing Into Certain ATF Operations; And Requesting That The ATF Abstain From Certain Future Such Operations That Are Detrimental To The Albuquerque Community (Davis)

 A motion was made by Vice-President Harris that this matter be Withdrawn by Sponsor. The motion carried by the following vote: 

R-18-21 Urging The New Mexico State Legislature To Support And Enact “Medical Aid In Dying (MAID),” Also Known As The End Of Life Options Act (Gibson, Benton)                                                                                                     A motion was made by Councilor Gibson that this matter be Passed. The motion carried by the following vote:                                                                                                                                                        For: 9 – Sanchez, Harris, Benton, Peña, Winter, Borrego, Davis, Gibson, and Jones

Albuquerque City Council Meetings of May 21 thru August 20, 2018

  • All Mayor Tim Keller proposed appointments to Boards and Commissions have been approved.
  • Selection of City Auditor tabled. See OC-18-6  (May 21, 2018)
  •  $91,200,000 General Obligations Bonds Series 2018 A & B Bond Sale motion  by Vice-President Harris that this matter be Receipt Be Noted was carried by the following vote: For: 9 – Sanchez, Harris, Benton, Peña, Winter, Borrego, Davis, Gibson, and Jones.  See EC-18-120.  (August 6, 2018)
  • Grant Agreement With The U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services (HHS), Early Head Start Program and Appropriation to  Department Of Family And Community Services beginning in Fiscal Year 2019 passed City Council.  The motion carried by the following vote:  For: 9 – Sanchez, Harris, Benton, Peña, Winter, Borrego, Davis, Gibson, and Jones.  See R-18-38.   (August 6, 2018)
  •  Mayor Tim Keller’s Veto of  TopGolf USA (O-18-19) was overridden by City Council.  The following vote:   For: 7 – Sanchez, Benton, Peña, Borrego, Davis, Gibson, and Jones  Against: 2 – Harris, and Winter.  See EC-18-169.  (August 6, 2018)
  •  City Council passed Motion to Support to Pursue Legal Action Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors. The motion carried by the following vote:    For: 9 – Sanchez, Harris, Benton, Peña, Winter, Borrego, Davis, Gibson, and Jones.  See R-18-39.    (August 6, 2018)
  •  Lease Agreement between City of Albuquerque and Regents of the University of New Mexico, a body corporate of the State of New Mexico, on behalf of the UNM Hospitals’ public operation of the Maternity and Family Planning Program Attachments: See EC-164 (August 13, 2018)
  • Lease Agreement between City of Albuquerque and Regents of the University of New Mexico, on behalf of the UNM Hospitals’ public operation of the Maternity and Family Planning Program  Attachments: EC-165  See EC-18-165. (August 13, 2018)
  • The Intent Of The City Of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Subject To The Satisfaction Of Certain Conditions, To Issue Metropolitan Redevelopment Bonds In An Aggregate Principal Amount Not To Exceed $30,000,000 In Connection With The Acquisition, Construction And Equipping Of The Bank Of The West Center Project For The Purpose Of Inducing Roma Fourth Capital, LLC, A New Mexico Limited Liability Company, Or Its Successors And Assigns, To Locate The Project In The City And To Develop The Project In The City As Described In The Project Plan (Benton, by request)  Attachments: R-42 See R-18-42. (August 18, 2018)
  • Katy Duhigg appointed to the Position of City Clerk.  See EC-18-203 (August 20, 2018)

 

Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners

Lonnie C. TalbertLonnie C. Talbert, District 4

Purpose  – The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners consists of five elected members who are each limited to two, four-year terms. Each commissioner represents one of the county’s five districts. Commissioners are responsible to voters; however their duties are defined and controlled by state law.

  • Serves as the County Canvassing Board (for elections), Board of Finance (for county funds) and Zoning Board (for zoning approvals, hearings and appeals).
  • Has final authority for county government budget.
  • Affirm property tax rates and has the power to levy special taxes (gross receipts, hospital tax, road levies, gasoline tax, liquor excise tax, and other).
  • Issues general obligation bonds after voter approval.
  • Determines county appropriations and expenditures.
  • Passes ordinances and resolutions (local laws).
  • Develops joint projects and agreements with other government entities.
  • Makes appointments to various boards and commissions.
  • Creates fire districts and levies fire protection tax.
  • Establishes zoning and business regulations.

Our District 4 Commissioner is Lonnie Talbert.  Commissioner Talbert’s web site is: https://www.bernco.gov/District-4/about-the-commissioner.aspx.  For map of District 4 go to: https://www.bernco.gov/District-4/district-map.aspx

Purpose:  The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Commission is a joint City/County Commission made up of elected officials for the purpose of discussing topics of common interest, long-range goals, community needs and other items as requested by the respective bodies. The ABCGC makes recommendations to those bodies. The Chair of the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners appoints the four commissioners. The City Council President appoints the four city council members, subject to approval of the council; the Mayor also sits on this committee.The Chair of the ABCGC alternates each year beginning in January, between the city and the county. The ABCGC meets on a regular basis.

The following are selected items from the Bernalillo County Commission meetings.  To see all of the agenda and action items plus minutes and subcommittees, go to http://bernco-lb-668729606.us-east-1.elb.amazonaws.com/boards-commissions/default.aspx.   For the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Commission go to http://bernalillocountynm.iqm2.com/Citizens/Board/1051-AlbuquerqueBernalillo-County-Government-Commission-ABCGC.  

Bernalillo County Commission Meetings:

August 20, 2019.    The meeting tonight will include voting on the Sick Leave bill which is described in more detail on our “Alerts” page.   The County Commission passed the plastics ban but deferred the sick leave mandate now known as the “Paid Time Off” bill until this meeting.  Please be sure to let your county commissioners know how you feel – this is a job killer bill!!

April 3, 2018  Purpose of the meeting is FY 19-20 budget hearings.  Please note that this will be Rev. 6 to the meetings schedule.  Please check to see if there are further revisions.  To see the full schedule of meetings for 2018 go to:  Meeting Information – https://www.bernco.gov/boards-commissions/bernalillo-county-board-of-commissioners.aspx.

April 12, 2016.  The Bernalillo County Commission approved a resolution that makes the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Government Commission (ABCGC) the group that will vet behavioral health projects and programs.  The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Government Commission created four subcommittees that will be presented with recommendations on behavioral health services in four areas: Crisis Services, Community Supports, Housing, and Prevention, Intervention and Harm Reduction. The subcommittees, which include community representatives, will come up with the recommendations to present to the ABCGC for review and evaluation.

June 26, 2018.  Motion to approve Administrative Resolution AR 2018 – supporting sensible gun violence reduction measures.  (Sponsor: Commissioner Hart Stebbins) failed.  MOVER:  Maggie Hart Stebbins, SECONDER:  Debbie O’Malley, Ayes : O’Malley, Hart Stebbins, NAYS:  Quezada, Talbert, Smith

June 26, 2018.  Collective bargaining agreements with Albuquerque Area Firefighters Local 244, Bernalillo County Chapter Motion to approve the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Albuquerque Area Firefighters Local 244, County Chapter and Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement FY 2020 with Bernalillo County AFSCME 18, Local 1460 Blue Collar approved.

June 26, 2018.  Bernalillo County Clerk, Linda Stover would like to announce that a Mobile Voting Unit will be utilized for the 2018 General Election.  Motion heard.

June 28, 2018.  Meeting cancelled.

July 31, 2018.  Closed door meeting to discuss County Manager Employment Extension Agreement.

August 14, 2018AMAFCA 2018 General Obligation Bond Question Motion to approve Administrative Resolution AR 2018-57 authorizing AMAFCA question to be presented to the qualified electors of Bernalillo County, New Mexico on the ballot for the 2018 Regular General Election concerning the proposed issuance of General Obligation Bonds by  AMAFCA passes 5/0.

August 14, 2018.  Extension of the County Manager’s Employment Agreement Motion to approve the Employment Extension Agreement with Julie Morgas Baca to serve as the County Manager through October 3, 2022  adopted  unanimously.   Mover:  Lonnie C. Talbert, Vice Chair,  Seconder:  Steven Michael Quezada, Chair, Ayes:  Quezada, Talbert, O’Malley, Hart Stebbins, Smith

August 21, 2018.   Motion to approve Administrative Resolution AR 2018 – authorizing Democracy Dollars question to be presented to the qualified electors of Bernalillo County, New Mexico on the ballot for the 2018 Regular General Election concerning the proposed amendment to the City Charter by adding Democracy Dollars to the city’s Open and Ethical Elections Code.  Motion Defeated (2/2).   Mover: Maggie, Hart Stebbins, Seconder: Debbie O’Malley, Ayes: O’Malley, Hart Stebbins, Nays: Quezada, Smith, Excused: Talbert

September 13, 2018. 

October 23, 2018.  The Commission approved Dr. William B. Pratt, a Democrat, to replace Representative Larrañaga until January 1, 2019.  This happened because the Democrat majority voted “for” Dr. Pratt and the two Republicans voted “no.”  The voting record was as follows: ADOPTED [3 TO 2];  MOVER: Maggie Hart Stebbins, Member SECONDER: Debbie O’Malley, Member; AYES:  Quezada, O’Malley, Hart Stebbins and NAYS:  Talbert, Smith.  Conclusion:  A person who does not know our district and its needs will be “representing” us and presenting a point of view that the majority in our district do not agree with.  Vote for Republicans!!!

The next meeting will be November 13, 2018

Location:  Vincent E. Griego Chambers

One Civic Plaza NW   Albuquerque, NM 87102-9854

Go to http://bernalillocountynm.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx for the agendas.