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Celebrate New Mexico’s iconic food at Sept. 27 special event

Bernalillo County – Historic Bridge MainStreet is seeking chile and salsa competitors for the South Valley Chile Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 27. The Chile Fiesta is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gateway Park, 100 Isleta Blvd. S.W.

Participation is limited to 10 chile and 10 salsa competitors in each class. Competitors will provide samples to the public and panel of judges. The registration fee is $25.

The event will also feature local craft brewers, arts and crafts, entertainment, and children’s activities in this free fall family festival.

This event is offered by the Historic Bridge MainStreet Program, the South Valley Economic Development Center, the Mixing Bowl, and Bernalillo County. To register, contact Ernie Rivera at 505-217-2463 or email

Hello Neighbors,

Legislation of Interest

O-14-15, which I am co-sponsoring with Council President Ken Sanchez, is on the agenda again for Monday, August 18. This bill would immediately suspend the operation of the Police Oversight Commission pending the establishment of a new oversight system. I deferred the bill at the last meeting in order to draft a floor substitute clarifying the intent that, during the suspension of the POC, citizen appeals of IRO decisions would be assigned for review by a hearing officer, as opposed to City staff.

Also on Monday’s agenda for final action is R-14-89, designating funds for the continuation of the Heading Home program. Heading Home has provided housing and case management services to medically vulnerable homeless people for the past three years. My co-sponsors are Councilors Winter and Peña. Continue Reading »

Dr. Farrah Gray, Eddie Corley, Jr, and Rita Powdrell to Speak at the 2014 New Mexico Black Expo’s Economic Empowerment Day

Albuquerque, NM – Dr. Farrah Gray, a self-made millionaire, Eddie Corley Jr, a successful New Mexico business owner, and Rita Powdrell, an historian and business owner, are three of the main speakers scheduled to speak at the 2014 Black Expo’s Economic Empowerment Day. The New Mexico Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) is hosting and celebrating its first annual Economic Empowerment Day at the 2014 NM Black Expo. The event will be held on August 29, 2014 from 9:00am until 4:30pm at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Albuquerque. Continue Reading »


2014 Market Schedule:

•Downtown Growers’ Market in Robinson Park- Saturday 7am to 12pm

•Uptown Growers’ Market in Uptown shopping center parking lot- 7am to 12pm

•Railyards Market at 777 1st St SW- Sunday 9am to 3pm

•San Pedro Market at Mark Twain Elementary School -Sunday 9am-12pm

•Presbyterian Growers’ Market in the hospital parking lot- Tuesday 7am to 12pm

•NE Heights Market at the Albuquerque Academy- Tuesday 3pm-6pm

•Downtown Growers’ Market on Civic Plaza- Wednesday 11am to 2pm

•Nob Hill Growers’ Market in Morningside Park- Thursday 3pm to 6:30pm Continue Reading »



Draft Station is the name of the new brew pub, which also serves food, but is not yet licensed to sell wine, is open as of last Friday. They feature maybe 14 different craft brewed beers. They are part of the Chama Brewing Co group of restaurants.

It is located in the space that was once the Rte 66 Malt Shop, about 100 yards west of Laguna/15th St. NW on Central. It has a very nice outdoor patio and sleek, and comfortable furnishings. Oh and lots of TV’s tuned to sports stations, but no sound on.

At the moment, the food they are serving (almost instantly in our case) is prepared next door at Garcia’s and the full menu is available. When 5 Guys Burgers opens in the building that was once the body shop next door, their food will also be served.

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest offers great family entertainment this Saturday August 9, 2014, and all the fun is free!

Albuquerque Downtown Summerfest returns to Civic Plaza this Saturday, August 9, from 5 pm – 10:30 pm. We can look forward to live music concerts including the headline act Sheila E. An Emmy nominated solo artist, Sheila E is well known for her many musical talents as a percussionist and drummer. This multi-talented artist also writes, produces and has her own music label! Since the young age of 17, she has recorded and toured with famous musical artists such as Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, and Stevie Wonder. Continue Reading »

Hello Neighbors,

Legislation of Interest

P-14-4 (Sanchez) will be heard at the Council meeting next Monday, August 4. This bill is a proposition to be submitted to the voters that would amend the City Charter to change the Direct Legislation By Voter Initiative so that proposed measures would be submitted to the voters only at general or regular municipal elections rather than requiring a special election within 90 days of the petition. This proposition would also change the calculation for the minimum number of petition signatures so that the number is consistently based on 20% of number the voters in the last regular Mayoral election. (The current requirement is the greater of 20% of the number voters in the last Mayoral election OR 20% of the average number of voters in the last four regular municipal elections.)
Also on Monday’s agenda is O-14-15, which I am co-sponsoring with Councilor Ken Sanchez. This bill would immediately suspend the operation of the Police Oversight Commission pending the establishment of a new oversight system.
I am introducing, along with cosponsors Klarissa Peña and Brad Winter, R-14-89 to designate funds for the continuation of the Heading Home program. Heading Home has provided housing and case management services to medically vulnerable homeless people for the past three years. This bill will be heard at the August 18 Council meeting.

Project Updates

Projects List Thank you for your patience as we continue to update the website with all of your projects!
Barelas Pedestrian Bridge Ribbon Cutting: August 9, 11:00 AM

Upcoming Events & Meetings

NM Black Expo Entertainment Event: August 30, 10 AM – 10 PM
Rail Yards Market: Sundays 9 AM -3 PM through November 2, 2014
Downtown Grower’s Market: Wednesdays 11 AM – 2 PM @ Civic Plaza; Saturdays 7 AM – 12 PM @ Robinson Park
Cultural Services Calendar & 516 Arts Calendar: August 2014


Isaac Benton

City Councilor, District 2

Please come join us for Keep Albuquerque Beautiful’s 5th Annual Company’s Comin’ Community Clean-Up on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Help us prepare for the more than 700,000 visitors expected to enjoy the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Attached please find the Group Registration Form. The deadline for the registration is September 12, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. If your neighborhood is interested in keeping Albuquerque beautiful, please complete the registration form and either mail or email to my attention.

If you have any questions, please call 505-761-8334.

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