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Hello Neighbors,

City Council Services has been working to improve the Council website, and my office is assisting by providing information to keep my pages up-to-date. Additionally, in order to make it easier for you to stay informed, I will be sending a regular District 2 e-newsletter. Each newsletter will include updates on legislation, District 2 projects, and upcoming events. There will be two newsletters each month, one the week before every Council meeting. (City Council meets every 1st and 3rd Monday except for July when we are in recess.)

Our first newsletter follows. I hope that you will find this service valuable. If you are not an official neighborhood association contact and you do not wish to receive future newsletters, please reply with a request to be removed from the list.

Best regards,

Isaac Benton

City Councilor, District 2

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Legislation of Interest

· Agenda for upcoming council meeting: June 2, 2014

· On Monday’s agenda, M-14-5 (Winter, Benton) calls for the City, State, and Bernalillo County to form a task force to discuss joint funding and collaboration opportunities and propose recommendations to address mental health issues. A bipartisan group of elected officials from each of the three governmental entities have been meeting to establish a Work Group and a Task Force. Apply to Serve on the Task Force on Mental Health (or get more information).

· Additionally, R-14-55 (Peña, Sanchez, Benton) proposes to commission a study to assess the gaps in the City’s funding for inpatient and outpatient mental health services, services related to homelessness, the developmentally disabled, substance abuse and at-risk populations.

· Also on Monday’s agenda, R-14-59 (Benton, Gibson) relates to PNM’s proposed plan to replace energy from the San Juan generating station. It urges the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) to include as much renewable resources as is consistent with the needs of good environmental stewardship, system reliability, economic development and customer affordability; require that PNM consider all options to reduce the carbon-dioxide emissions; and consider in their analyses of PNM replacement power proposals the total environmental, health and societal costs of coal and nuclear produced energy.

· On May 19, City Council considered two proposals related to the appointment of the Police Chief. Both bills proposed a charter amendment that must be approved by voters. Council passed P-14-1 (Sanchez, Winter), specifying that the appointment of the chief of police and fire chief will require the advice and consent of the City Council. Councilor Benton’s amendment to this bill would also allow Council to remove a chief for cause with a 2/3 majority vote. This proposed charter amendment will be on the ballot in the November elections.

· Also on May 19, City Council passed M-14-3 (Benton, Gibson) expressing support for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered products to inform consumers about the content of food products.

Project Updates

· Project List Thanks for your patience as we continue to update the website with all of your projects!

· Downtown Neighborhoods Area Traffic Plan This project is being revived!

· Sawmill Wells Park Traffic Plan This project is being revived!

· Rail Yards: The next Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee (LUPZ) hearing on the Master Plan is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11 at 5:00 pm. LUPZ meets in the Council Committee Room on the 9th floor of the City/County building at 1 Civic Plaza.

· Rio Grande & Candelaria Roundabout: In March of this year, the City reapplied for the federal safety grant to fund this project in order to extend the deadline for the project. The State once again awarded funds for the roundabout and increased the award for the total estimated cost. This means that $500,000 of City funds will not be required for the roundabout and can be made available for other City transportation projects. On May 19, 2014 City Council passed R-14-60 reaffirming that the construction of a roundabout at Rio Grande and Candelaria is a City project.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

· NM Fashion Week: May 29-31

· Downtown Neighborhoods Area Traffic Study Presentation: June 5, 6:00 PM

· Sawmill Wells Park Area Traffic Plan Presentation: June 12, 6:00 PM

· Rail Yards Market: Sundays 9 AM -3 PM through November 2, 2014

· Cultural Services Calendar & 516 Arts Calendar: June 2014