Making Our Home Safer Together

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Hello Albuquerque, 

As we approach the end of summer, there is much to be grateful for. I’m thankful for our kids being back in school, in person, and our wonderful educators who guide them everyday. I’m thankful for the opportunities we have to come together as a community, like the New Mexico State Fair, Lobos wins, and Balloon Fiesta around the corner. And I’m thankful for everyone who continues to make smart decisions to keep one another safe and healthy, like getting the vaccine, staying home when they are sick, and getting tested. 

As we near fall, we continue to tackle priority issues in our City, and I am incredibly hopeful about the progress we are making to create a safer, more inclusive Albuquerque. Last week, we wrapped our Metro Crime Initiative (MCI) meetings in which we brought leaders and experts from across the criminal justice system together to lay out the tangible ways we can fight crime, together and from all sides. In the coming days, we will present the agenda developed through MCI—action items that we will pursue now to make real fixes to a broken criminal justice system in the short term. 

I know that homelessness and lack of affordable housing is a challenge many are thinking about, and like crime, we’re tackling the problem from different angles. It’s why our administration has committed more to housing than ever in Albuquerque’s history. In addition to the Gateway Center moving closer to operation, this week, I overviewed ABQ at Home, our $550 million 4-pronged approach to housing access and affordability. From building hundreds of new affordable and market-rate housing units, to increasing our investment in supportive housing vouchers by 73%, and providing grants to help Burqueño’s with home repairs and renovations; we’re helping families find and keep their homes.

Thank you Albuquerque, for all you do to make our City a great place to live. If you’re able to get involved, I invite you to visit ChooseOne.us to find a way you can give back. Whether you’re looking for a new job and would like to serve, or can volunteer your time, I encourage you to choose one thing you can do to make a positive impact.

Sincerely,
Mayor Tim Keller

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One Albuquerque Newsletter

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Hello Albuquerque,

As we get ready to lift capacity restrictions and fully reopen our City this week, I am filled with gratitude for every Burqueño who helped us get here. The last fifteen months have provided so many challenges, but time and time again I’ve seen our community tackle them head on. Thank you for all you’ve done to get us to where we are today. Thank you for getting vaccinated, for volunteering your time and helping out neighbors in need. From the start, Albuquerque has been a national leader in our response to the pandemic, and we are ready to recover and continue to make Burque the best, healthiest city in the region.

This weekend, my family and I are excited to watch fireworks return to the Duke City. We have been enjoying all the fun summertime activities Albuquerque has to offer like the splash pad at Civic Plaza and flying kites at the park in our neighborhood. For parents or caregivers, I want to remind you that the City has great programs at our community centers and other facilities for children. My kids love going to summer rec and have brought home great art projects and stories daily. There are still spots open for families that need support or are just looking for fun new ways to keep kids active in the summer. Visit yc.cabq.gov to register and to see all the enriching programs available for kids. 

Although our city is buzzing with excitement, I know this week does not come without pain and heartache. So many in our community lost friends and family to COVID-19. We honor the lives lost throughout the pandemic and hold their loved ones in our hearts. Liz and I were also deeply saddened by the ballooning accident that took the lives of five beloved community members over the weekend. This is a terrible tragedy for our city and the ballooning community worldwide. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in mourning. 

Albuquerque is strong and resilient because of our people. It is an honor to be your Mayor. 

Mayor Tim Keller

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Water Utility Authority Update

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UPDATE: June 23, 2021

Utility Ceases River Diversions in Response to Ongoing SW Drought

Because of the current drought and the associated decline in river flows, the Water Authority stopped diversions of surface water from the Rio Grande earlier this month. The curtailment likely will last until November, and the utility’s service area will rely exclusively on groundwater in the interim.

This week’s heat wave is a reminder that Bernalillo County and most of New Mexico remain in severe to exceptional drought,” said Steven Michael Quezada, Chair of the Water Authority governing board. He explained that flows of native Rio Grande water will therefore be too low in coming months to allow diversion of the utility’s imported San Juan-Chama surface water.

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IDP Begins Media Campaign to Deter Illegal Dumping

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Media Campaign to Deter Illegal Dumping

Bernalillo County – The Illegal Dumping Partnership (IDP) has begun a media campaign to educate the public about the serious problem of illegal dumping throughout the city and the unincorporated areas of the county.  The vision of the IDP is to maintain a clean, safe, healthy environment and prosperous community free of liter, engaging and educating the community, changing behaviors, and utilizing resources. 

The campaign consists of television and radio ads, plus outdoor digital billboards, to make people aware of how illegal dumping is affecting neighborhoods throughout the county and city. In addition, social media will also be used to engage the community.

The education and outreach campaign is bilingual and drives awareness to www.ihavetrash.com or www.tengobasura.com which have resources available for trash disposal. Many of these services are free and available curbside, yet many residents are unaware of the options.

“Initiatives like this one will make the public even more aware of how prevalent illegal dumping is in our community and how citizens can be part of the solution,” said IDP Chair Lucas Tafoya. “The support and development of this campaign is thanks to funding from BernCo Commissioners, Albuquerque City Councilors, a NM Clean and Beautiful grant, BernCo Planning and Development and BernCo Public Works. This is an important collaboration which aims to promote pride in a clean and healthy community.”

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