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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.

P-14-4 (Sanchez) will have its second and final hearing at the meeting on Monday. 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.)

Council will also vote on P-14-6 (Garduño), which proposes to ask voters if the City Council should adopt legislation to reduce penalties for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

Project Updates

Projects List Thank you for your patience as we continue to update the website with all of your projects!
Downtown Neighborhoods Area (DNA) Traffic Study: The final report has been posted online. On Monday, Council will act on R-14-94 adopting the plan as the transportation policy for the DNA.
Downtown Walkability Study: Video of Jeff Speck’s July 31 presentation is available, along with the slides, online. Don’t miss the New Mexico In Focus interview, also online.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Planning Meeting for Promise Zone Designation: August 28, 5:30 – 7:00 PM in the City Council Committee Room
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


Isaac Benton

City Councilor, District 2