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October 22, 2021
Hello Albuquerque, 

We just got the good news—Albuquerque is far exceeding estimated economic growth, and outpacing our neighbors including Austin, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Oklahoma City, and Phoenix in key economic measures like construction job growth. Recently released data shows that Gross Receipts Tax (GRT), a key measure of economic activity, exceeded expectations. GRT growth from this August was 22.7% higher than August 2020, and 20.9% higher than pre-pandemic August 2019. Those numbers come on the heels of remarkable growth in July; incredibly strong growth for the first two months of this fiscal year.  Beating the projections is welcome news, but it doesn’t come as a total surprise. 

When the pandemic hit, we stepped up to save lives and livelihoods, expanding essential services, investing over $300 million into New Deal-style infrastructure projects, and getting relief money, rental assistance, meals, and childcare services out to the small businesses and working families who needed them. We knew that if we stuck together to make it through the worst, we could prime Albuquerque for recovery. Today, Burqueños’ wages are up, construction is underway on projects ranging from affordable housing to road repairs, and we’re bringing thousands of new jobs to our city as national employers invest in Albuquerque.

Another recent game-changer: For almost two months now, first responders of the new Albuquerque Community Safety department (ACS) have been out in the field, taking dispatch calls from 9-1-1 as an official 3rd public safety branch. With backgrounds in behavioral health, social work, and street outreach, these first responders are taking hundreds of non-violent calls out of APD and AFR’s queues so that police officers and EMTs can focus on violent crime and medical emergencies instead. 

Want to know what it’s like to ride along with ACS? The Washington Post published a story on ACS’ impact on their front-page last week, with a first-hand account of a day on the job, and how this trauma-informed public health response can make lasting change in our city. 

Yesterday, I sat in on a training with ACS’ newest class of responders. They’re passionate about making our city safer and healthier for all of us. If you’re interested in being part of our recovery and jumpstarting your career, take a look at the positions that we’re hiring for at ACS and other City departments.

Your Mayor,
Tim Keller

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Cibola Loop Multi-generational Center Update from Councilor Borrego


Councilor Borrego speaks at Cibola Loop Multigenerational Center Press Conference on October 14th

The Cibola Lp. Multi-Generational Center’s first ‘floor/stage’ of construction is estimated to cost $14.2 Million.  There is currently $500,000 from the 2021 NM State Legislature remaining after design (2019 Voter Bond Election at $1.5 million, 2019 State Legislature $600,000) to construct the Center.  The total design cost is $2.1 Million and requires 2 years to complete, with another ¾ of a year remaining toward the full design’s finalization. The first floor or ‘stage’ of the Center’s design is currently complete to the point that construction of the first stage can potentially be undertaken with adequate funding.

The 2021 November Bond Election under the title “General Obligation Senior, Family, Community Center, Homeless, and Community Enhancement Bonds” includes $6 Million to construct the Cibola Lp. Multi-Generational Center.  Should the bond proposal be approved by voters, total secured construction funding will total $6,600,00. Please encourage your state Senator(s) and Representative(s) to fund the Cibola Lp. Multi-Generational project at the  2022 NM State Legislative Session.

 The Council District 5 office applied to Senator Martin Heinrich and Senator Ben Ray Lujan to consider dedicating $3 million toward the acquisition of an additional piece of property at the Cibola Lp. complex and the installation of hydrology features.  Sen. Heinrich and Sen Lujan are championing the federal dedication of funds to the project to ensure the Center’s structure, once constructed, adequately drains to avoid undermining its foundation.

Should the November bond election for Senior, Family, and Community Center’s be approved by voters, the Cibola Lp. Multi-Generational center’s construction funding will be approximately half secured.  We look forward to identifying future funding sources through collaborations with our state and federal legislators and you to complete the construction of this wonderful new amenity to District 5.

APD NW Area Command September 2021 Newsletter

First, I would like to say I am glad to be the commander for the Northwest Area Command, and thank you for
the support you have provided to the area command
and officers. A little about me, I started with the
Albuquerque Police Department in 2001 after serving two years as an officer in Roanoke City, Virginia, where I started my law enforcement career. Over the course of my career at APD I worked as an officer in Field Services Bureau (FSB) until 2008 in Southeast, Valley, Foothills and Southwest Area Commands. I was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and to lieutenant in 2014, where I supervised teams in FSB in multiple area commands. In 2018 I was promoted to commander and spent the last three years in the Special Operations Division (SOD).

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Commander Arturo Sanchez

District 5 Fall Open House


District 5 Community Members and Neighborhood Leaders,

The September 23rd District 5 Council Meeting commencing at 6:00p.m. via. Zoom was packed with essential information on police, fire, and health public safety updates.  It also included briefings on  important District 5 projects such as Unser Blvd.’s expansion, and Cibola Lp. Housing component and Multi-Generational Center.  Unfortunately, the meeting did not live stream due to technical difficulties.  Now it is available for view at:

Please express your comments on the meeting or any other topic you want addressed to  Council President Borrego looks forward to your post meeting feedback and appreciates your interest and involvement in crime, District 5 road and other projects she steadfastly works to manifest and create.

Cynthia D. Borrego, MPA

City Council President, District 5
Office: (505) 768-3178

Making Our Home Safer Together


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 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.

Mayor Tim Keller

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