We hope you are enjoying autumn in Albuquerque. From the golden leaves to balloon filled skies to roasting green chile, there are so many reminders of how truly unique and beautiful this city is.
This year’s Balloon Fiesta saw a record number of attendees, with over 316,000 visitors traveling through Sunport alone. The annular solar eclipse added another outstanding show, an event my family won’t soon forget. We are so grateful for the hard work of our City team and the entire community who made this year’s Fiesta a success.
We also celebrated two years of the Albuquerque Community Safety Department this fall. This department is the first of its kind, dispatching trained responders to 911 and 311 calls for mental and behavioral health, substance use, and homelessness. The stories that the community and our responders share about the department show how this approach is working in Albuquerque, and I invite you to read about a recent call below.
Every day, I see the work our community is doing to fulfill the promise of Albuquerque, writing new chapters in our story. While we certainly have our challenges, there is so much to celebrate and that’s what fuels us as we work towards a better city for our families. We appreciate everyone who shares this vision and drive with us, and we are looking forward to what the future has in store.
To help increase the Tree Canopy in our urban area, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) offer “Treebates” to offset part of the cost of planting a new low or medium water usage tree. The “Treebate ‘can also be used to help cover the costs of tree maintenance. As our communities grow, we see the increase in streets, roof tops, and parking lots, etc. All these hard, paved surfaces cause “the heat island effect” warming our cities by as much as 10 degrees. Trees are a great natural tool to help mitigate the heat island effect, and keep our cities clean, beautiful, and healthy! Choose from our list of 20 beautiful trees to increase your tree canopy! Visit www.505Outside for details.
First, we would like to wish our students and families a wonderful start to the new school year. We hope you had the opportunity to enjoy our city throughout the summer; whether that was paying a visit to our BioPark, dancing at Summerfest, or taking part in one of our many youth summer programs.
As summer comes to a close, we remain steady on our path to making Albuquerque the best place for families to live and work. This means not only investing in quality of life projects, but it also requires expanding career opportunities for Burqueños. This month, we announced the arrival of Maxeon Solar Technologies to Mesa Del Sol, which will bring over 1,800 jobs and $4.2 billion in economic impact. Our status as a sustainable leader is a major aspect of Maxeon’s decision to reshore to Albuquerque, and we look forward to working with them to create more jobs and spur economic prosperity in our community.
Heading into the Labor Day weekend, we also reaffirm our commitment to supporting our unions as they call for fair wages and safe working conditions. Earlier this month, we attended several union events including AFSCME’s hiring fair, the Local Carpenters Union’s Solidarity Day, and the Film & TV Expo. While all of these unions have their own focus, they are each a crucial part of our community, advocating for the folks who are literally building our city and keeping it running. We are grateful for their work, and will continue to do what we can at the City level to make sure our laborers – and their families – thrive here.
We hope everyone has a safe and restful Labor Day weekend. We look forward to all the promising possibilities the rest of the year holds.
Let’s cut to the chase. We’re experiencing some of the hottest temperatures in our city’s history. While we’re working to provide immediate solutions through cooling centers and Operation Cool Down, we are affirming our commitment to keeping Albuquerque safe and healthy as we deal with the effects of climate change. We will continue investing in our future by building affordable and sustainable housing, reducing emissions, and making sure our green spaces are plentiful.
And it’s all part of making Albuquerque the best place for families. We are working each and every day to deliver on this promise. For instance, this evening we’re celebrating the completion of Phase I of the Los Altos Park improvements, taking a step forward in expanding access to quality outdoor spaces and recreation throughout our city. Later this week, you will also hear more about the vision for the Rail Trail which will connect our communities and provide more opportunities for Burqueños of all ages to work and play.
As we implement solutions for the now, we’re setting solutions for the future in motion. We are grateful to everyone who drives our city forward, and we will continue working to fulfill the promise of Albuquerque.
The changes in the City’s zoning code adopted by City Council have been incorporated into the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO). The changes go into effect July 27, 2023.
Staff will hold training sessions on the IDO, including new changes, in early Fall.
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