Breaking Ground on Westside’s New Multi-Gen at Cibola Loop

ALBUQUERQUE – Mayor Tim Keller and City leaders will host a groundbreaking for the construction of a new multigenerational center in northwest Albuquerque located near Cibola Loop and Luna Park NW. The planned facility will offer direct access to city services and programs for Albuquerque residents including youth, seniors, and adults.

WHO:Mayor Tim Keller;
Anna Sanchez, Director of Senior Affairs;
Area Elected Officials
WHAT:Cibola Loop Multigenerational Center Announcement
WHEN:Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.   
WHERE:   Cibola Loop NW & Luna Park NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114

From the HOA Board: Westside Boulevard Speeding and Lighting Issues

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The Westside Boulevard Expansion project has created difficult problems for many of our HOA members that can, and must, be fixed.  For at least two years, many of our HOA homeowners who live in the vicinity of Westside Blvd. have had to live with the daily threat and disturbance of dangerous speeding that occurs on this one mile stretch of road. 

At night, they have had to listen to, and sometimes wake up to, the noise of high speeding and apparent street racing.  And very high speeding doesn’t occur just at night.  Day or night, our homeowners are rightly concerned that one day a speeder will come crashing through their wall, into their backyard, and possibly into their house.  Many of us who do not live on Westside know this problem as well.  We, too, have seen drivers travel at high speed, sometimes well over twice the speed limit.

It is time the speeders are stopped.  For years, some of our HOA members have tried repeatedly to get City officials to take action to curb the speeding.  City officials recognize there is a serious problem.  They have talked at times of posting speed vans and radar signs.  Yet the speeding has continued. 

The good news is that the Northwest Area Command has now made a concerted effort to significantly increase traffic stops on Westside.  According to their figures, they have made 159 stops on 19 different days during the period from November 6, 2023, to March 8, 2024.  Apparently, they are policing the south side of Westside, while Rio Rancho is policing the north side.  We are not aware at this time of traffic stop figures from Rio Rancho.

We can assume that the concerted traffic stop efforts of Northwest Area Command are ongoing.  Yet, despite these traffic stops, speeding appears to remain out of control.  Our HOA members continue to report excessive speeding and noise at night, and we continue to observe excessive speeding during the day.

It is time that more effective measures are taken to rein in the excessive speeding on Westside.  In addition to the traffic stops, it is time to put Automated Speed Enforcement cameras on Westside.  There are 20 such cameras currently at work in Albuquerque.  Apparently they work well and, as of last Fall, 95,000 citations were issued using 17 cameras. 

The Seven Bar HOA Board have created an online petition demanding that the City of Albuquerque commit more resources, including ASE cameras, to help put a stop to the everyday excessive speeding on Westside.  We encourage all of you to sign the petition.

Our HOA members who live in the vicinity of Westside also have another problem to deal with as a result of the Westside expansion.  The expansion project has brought light pollution into their yards and their homes.  While it is unfortunate that there are some 40 new streetlights on this mile-long stretch of road, these lights do not conform to New Mexico State law or local law.

New Mexico is a State that rightfully prides itself on its dark skies.  In 2000, New Mexico enacted the Night Sky Protection Act to help preserve its dark skies.  The Act covers outdoor lighting, including street lighting.  It applies throughout the State, not just in rural areas.  It covers new lighting fixtures, such as the dozens of new streetlights on Westside. 

The Act’s primary means of night sky preservation is to require adequate light shields so that light is directed downward, and not beyond the property boundaries of the light source.  The Act also allows counties and communities to enact ordinances that are even more stringent.  There are many New Mexico cities and counties that now have ordinances requiring adequate shielding of lights.  For example, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Village of Corrales, Bernalillo County, and Valencia County have such ordinances.

Many of these ordinances also recognize the benefits of shielding in addition to night sky preservation.  They recognize the benefits of preventing glare and promoting safety.  For example, Santa Fe’s outdoor lighting ordinance states its purpose is to regulate outdoor lighting “in order to reduce light pollution, reduce or prevent glare, reduce or prevent light trespass, conserve energy, promote a sense of safety and security and ensure aesthetically appropriate outdoor lighting in keeping with the character of Santa Fe.”

Our HOA members have repeatedly pleaded with City officials to properly shield the new Westside streetlights.  They have lived for at least a couple of years with light trespassing into their yards and homes.  They have been told that the issue would have to be considered by the Department of Municipal Development.  But that was nearly a year ago.  Why the delay?  Why are these lights not properly shielded, as required by State and local law?

We have included a demand in our petition that the City of Albuquerque fully shield the Westside streetlights as required by law. 

Please sign this petition. Please also consider attending the Constructive Conversations session with Mayor Keller and Councilor Lewis on Tuesday, May 28th, 5:30 pm, Cibola High School cafeteria. The petition will be submitted at that time, and we hope to have a strong presence from Seven Bar North.

Bike To Wherever Day is May 17

Bike to Wherever Day is May 17! Join us in biking to…wherever! Bike to work, the grocery store, your favorite business, your school, your friend’s house, or just wherever. We’re celebrating biking no matter where you go! You can visit a pop-up table on Friday, May 17 to pick up FREE SWAG and learn about biking in Albuquerque. Learn more and commit to ride at www.bikethruburque.com

Bernalillo County Clerk Reminds Residents About Same-Day Voter Registration and In-Person Absentee Voting for Upcoming Primary Election

The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office reminds residents that, as the May 7 deadline for both online and paper voter registration approaches, constituents are encouraged to register and update their voter information to ensure their voices are heard in the upcoming June 4 Primary Election. For those who may miss the deadline, there’s no need to worry. Beginning on May 7, same-day registration will be available at the Clerk’s Annex, located at 1500 Lomas NW. This will provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to register and cast their vote on the very same day. The Clerk’s Annex will be open for same-day registration and in-person absentee voting from May 7 through May 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Following this initial period, additional locations will be made available for early voting, along with the continuation of same-day registration from May 18 through June 1. For trusted information on elections and voting in Bernalillo County, visit: Bernalillo County Clerk | Linda Stover (berncoclerk.gov)

Mayor Keller Invites You to Constructive Conversations

Hello Albuquerque,

I’d like to invite you to join me and your City Councilor for “Constructive Conversations,” a new series of community meetings to foster dialogue as we work together to shape the future of the built environment in Albuquerque. Throughout the month of May, we are hosting these meetings in each City Council district to talk about infrastructure, placemaking, and the projects that improve quality of life for our families.

Please come to your district’s meeting and share your ideas and priorities for building projects in your area. These events are free and open to the public, and RSVP is required. If you are unable to attend in person, I encourage you to submit your comments and questions in our suggestion box. Check out the meeting schedule below. 

Together, we can move Albuquerque forward. I hope to see you soon. 

Sincerely, 

Mayor Tim Keller

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