|In the bosque|
Hundreds of concerned Duke City residents recently jammed into a public hearing on Mayor Berry's controversial redevelopment plan for the bosque--the ribbon of green vegetation that extends for 200 miles along the river and through the heart of ABQ.
Hundreds more are expected when there's another public hearing on the proposal at the ABQ Museum September 18. Berry did not show for the first one meeting, opting to send representatives to deal with the combative crowd.
So why are so many citizens giving Berry some rare grief? Reader and environmentalist Roxanne Allen frames it this way:
One of the reasons for that lack of debates is the stingy number of mayoral forums. Gosh, we used to have a dozen or more back in the day. With Berry nursing a big lead in the polls he has copped out on a number of forums. Then there's the apathy. For example, groups like Temple Albert that usually sponsor mayoral debates are taking a pass this year.
As for TV debates, there are going to be three of them but two are buried in the Sunday ghetto--KOB will host one at 10 a.m. Sunday September 22, KOAT will have theirs at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 29. KRQE won't even have one.
Public TV KNME will have a mayoral debate at 7 p.m. on September 30, but the station lacks the audience of the other networks. That debate will also be up against Monday night football.
Why can't the major TV stations surrender one hour of prime time to give the public a real chance to get a look at the candidates for mayor of the state's largest city? There's no good reason--except that it woulds cost them a couple of bucks.
THE HEH RIDE
In Tuesday's Albuquerque Journal, the paper reported how ‘the slow-recovering" economy claimed another victim: the John Brooks Supermart in SE ABQ is closing.
Heh's pull-no-punches, populist approach has appeal, but who's hearing it? Not many. The 66 year old retired APD sergeant has negligible campaign funds, but he does have fire in the belly--a rare commodity indeed in the sleepy world of city politics.
Heh is polling in the low single digits, but his aggressive approach is what some Dems say Pete Dinelli needs to do to rescue his longshot campaign.
We're starting to hear from the pack of city council candidates. Six council seats are up for election this cycle:
11 candidates for Albuquerque City Council took the stage to appeal for votes and talk a little bit about how to improve the city’s economy. NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association, hosted the event so many of the candidate’s responses were about development and how city government could help.
The council is controlled 6 to 3 by the GOP. The Dems say they have a shot at turning that into a 5-4 majority for their party.
Joe, you wrote that Mike McEntee was an aviation consultant. He has actually been employed with the City of Abuquerque's Municipal Development Department for the past several months as a project coordinator...
And if Mac doesn't jump, maybe we can bring back 2010 GOP congress nominee Jon Barela to fall on his sword?
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