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Hello Neighbors,

You may have noticed a new section, Community Announcements, in the last newsletter. This section highlights useful community information, such as a monthly feature From the City Forester, included today. I hope you enjoy this addition!

Next week we have two Council Meetings scheduled. Both begin at 5:00 pm:

– Monday, September 15: A regularly scheduled Council meeting. See the Agenda.

– Thursday, September 18: A special Council meeting to discuss the Police Oversight Ordinance.

This week’s Legislation of Interest section includes a detailed description of amendments I am proposing to the most recent draft of the Police Oversight Ordinance, which Council will consider at a Special Meeting next week. This bill is extremely important for moving forward with an improved civilian police oversight system and I feel that it warrants additional attention here.

Legislation of Interest

9/15/2014: Council will act on R-13-240 (Sanchez) at Monday’s meeting, which reaffirms that improvements in the Bosque should be consistent with the Middle Rio Grande Ecosystem Bosque Biological Management Plan, the Bosque Action Plan, and the Middle Rio Grande-Albuquerque Reach Watershed Restoration Action Strategy.
9/15/2014: Council will also act on R-14-105 on Monday. I am sponsoring this bill to identify important principles of law enforcement for the City of Albuquerque.
9/18/2014: O-14-13 (Garduño, Winter), establishing a new police oversight body, will be considered at a Special Meeting scheduled for next Thursday, September 18. A new floor substitute has been prepared for consideration at this meeting. I am preparing amendments to the floor substitute that would make the following changes:
Require independent legal counsel for the oversight agency be funded through the City Attorney’s office;
Require development of a separate APD community outreach program aimed at soliciting public input and building community trust;
Specify that investigation report and findings shall indicate whether within the past year there were any IA investigations or supervisor generated complaints against officer(s) involved in the incident being investigated or that are otherwise relevant to the subject matter of the investigation, the general nature of the prior investigations or complaints, and whether they resulted in any discipline;
Stipulate that quarterly reports to the City Council shall include an oral presentation at a Council meeting with the opportunity for questions from Councilors;
Change the membership of the POC to seven at-large members, allowing for Councilor recommendations and requiring a 2/3 majority of the Council for appointment of a member;
Allow for removal of a POC member for cause by a vote of at least seven Councilors;
Permit prior POC members to serve on the POC in the future;
Require that if an investigation cannot be completed within nine months, a report on the reasons be presented to the POC;
Clarify that an initial investigation must occur before any mediation; and
Change the names proposed for the oversight agency and commission to avoid confusion.
10/06/2014: Council’s Finance & Government Operations Committee (FGO) voted to send R-14-102 to Council Without Recommendation; it will be on Council’s October 6 agenda. This resolution, which I am co-sponsoring with Councilors Diane Gibson, Garduño and Peña, supports interest and fee caps on non-bank lending institutions in New Mexico.
Coming soon: I will be sponsoring Complete Streets Legislation to ensure that streets are designed and built to efficiently serve all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists, by adopting best practice standards for streets that serve motorized and non-motorized travel.

Project Updates

Projects List Thank you for your patience as we continue to update the website with all of your projects!
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.
Sawmill Wells Park Area Traffic Plan: On Thursday, October 9 the EPC will consider these proposed transportation amendments to the sector plan. See the official notice at this project page for additional information.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

ABQ CiQlovia: September 21, 10 AM -3 PM
National Wildlife Refuge Birthday Celebration: September 27, 9-12
Can You See Us NOW?: September 28, 2014. Bicycle Parade begins at 1:00 pm.
Downtown Walking Tour: Saturdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. through November 22; corner of 1st & Central
Cultural Services Calendar: September 2014
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

Community Announcements

From the City Forester: Elm Trees
ABQ Service Exchange: A Service Exchange for the Greater Albuquerque Area
A Waterwise Guide to Trees: From the Water Use and Conservation Bureau, New Mexico Office of the State Engineer


Isaac Benton

City Councilor, District 2