1 VOTERS GUIDE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF CENTRAL NEW MEXICO Copyright Prepared by the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico Education Fund LWVCNM: 2315 San Pedro NE, Suite F-6, Albuquerque, New Mexico (505) Fax: (505) ALBUQUERQUE MUNICIPAL ELECTION A Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, October 6, This Municipal Election will fill the office of Mayor, the City Council positions from the odd-numbered districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. Voters will also be voting on ten municipal bond issues and ten city charter propositions/amendments, as well as a Transportation Infrastructure Gross Receipts tax. To read the full language of the propositions, go to the League website Qualified registered voters within the City limits are eligible to vote in this election. All eligible voters can vote for the Mayor, on the municipal bond issues and on the city charter propositions/amendments and ballot propositions. If you live in an odd-numbered district you will also be eligible to vote for a City Council candidate from your district. If you have a question concerning the election, please check the City s election web site at: To find your precinct number, please phone the Albuquerque City Clerk s office at several days ahead of election day due to heavy phone traffic. You may also call the League office at REGISTERING TO VOTE VOTING INFORMATION Anyone who wants to vote in this election must be registered to vote in the City of Albuquerque. You must be registered to vote with the County Clerk by Tuesday, September 8, to vote in the October 6 Municipal Election. If you are not already registered to vote, you may obtain a voter registration application form from various places, including the Bernalillo County Clerk, all public libraries and the Motor Vehicle Division offices. The County Clerk s address is One Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM The County Clerk s office is located on the 6th floor at the intersection of Fifth and Marquette. For questions about voter registration call the County Clerk s office at OPEN AND ETHICAL ELECTIONS CODE AND PUBLICLY FINANCED CANDIDATES The Open and Ethical Elections Code establishes voluntary limits on campaign spending and equal public financing of campaigns for mayoral and city council elections. Participation from the candidates is voluntary. To qualify to receive funding from the public financing fund, candidates have to gather $5.00 donations from 1% of the registered voters in their district. The $5.00 donations collected by the candidates are deposited in the public financing fund that is supplemented by contributions from the City s operating fund. In general, candidates who elect to participate in public financing receive from the fund $1.00 for every registered voter in their district to fund their campaign for public office. In exchange for getting disbursements from the fund, candidates are not OCTOBER 6, allowed to accept or spend private campaign contributions. The participating candidates may accept in-kind contributions totaling a value not to exceed 10% of the amount the candidate received from the Open and Ethical Election Fund. Pursuant to City Charter Article XVI, Section 17, the following have qualified as participating candidates and have agreed to the terms and conditions of the Open and Ethical Elections Code: Mayoral Candidates: Richard Berry, Martin Chavez and Richard Romero. Council Candidates: District 1, Ken Sanchez; District 3, Isaac Benton; District 5, Dan Lewis; District 7, Michael Cook; District 9, Don Harris. VOTER IDENTIFICATION Is identification required when I register? You need to present identification when you register to vote only if you are registering for the first time in your county and you register by mail. If you do not submit the proper identification, you will be asked to provide it before you vote in your first election. Accepted identification if you are registering for the first time by mail includes a copy of any current and valid photo ID, a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or any other government document that shows your current and valid name and address. If you do not provide the required identification before Election Day, you will be required to show identification at the polls or provide copies when you mail your absentee ballot. What identification is required when I vote? The voters of Albuquerque passed an amendment to the Election Code of the Albuquerque City Charter on This is your free copy of this guide to the election. TABLE OF CONTENTS INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL MAYORAL CANDIDATES... 4 MAP COUNCIL DISTRICTS... 5 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES BOND ISSUES PROPOSITIONS TRANSPORTATION TAX The League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico is a non-partisan organization that provides information about political issues and candidates for public office in order to promote greater citizen responsibility and participation in government. Because the League is nonpartisan, it DOES NOT support or oppose any political party or candidate. It does publish and distribute factual information for citizens to use when preparing to vote. The information in this Voters Guide was obtained by means of questionnaires sent to all the candidates. Their answers are printed exactly as received by the League. Because of space restrictions, candidates are limited to a specific number of words. Also, lists are converted to paragraphs and responses are converted to normal text. Certified write-in candidates will have only their names listed. All candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the October 6, 2009 ballot. Disclaimer The information in this Voters Guide has been carefully assembled and compiled to assure maximum accuracy. However, the LWVCNM and the LWVCNM Education Fund assume no responsibility either for correctness of all the information or for errors or omissions. In instances where there is a question of potentially defamatory content, the League will defer to the opinion of counsel. October 4, 2005, that requires voters in a city election to provide a photo identification card prior to voting. In the event a voter cannot produce a photo identification card, he/she will still be allowed to vote by provisional ballot. The identification requirements are as follows: 1. When a voter approaches the Election Clerks at the polling place, the voter must identify himself or herself by stating his/her name. 2. The Election Clerks will locate the voter s name in the election rolls and ask the voter for one identification card containing the voter s name and photograph. 3. The photo identification may include, but is not limited to, any of the following types of cards: issued by a government agency (e.g., passport, city/county/state/federal ID badge, state identification card) a driver s license student identification card commercial transaction card such as a credit or debit card an insurance card a union card a professional association card the photo identification card issued by the City Clerk (only issued when other photo ID is unavailable). This list is not exclusive. If the voter is able to present an identification card that contains the voter s picture and name he/she should be issued a regular ballot. What if I do not have a Photo Identification? If the voter is unable to provide a photo identification card, he or she is still allowed to vote on a provisional
2 Page 2, Voters Guide ballot. The voter will be given a provisional ballot to complete, and it will be placed in an envelope and returned to the City Clerk s office. The voter then must come in person to the Clerk s office with photo identification that will allow the Clerk to determine if he/she is the actual voter. The vote may then be counted by the municipal canvassing board. VOTING BEFORE ELECTION DAY Absentee Voting Any person qualified to vote may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee voting does not require photo ID. Apply by phone, , or by mail for an absentee ballot with the Albuquerque City Clerk s office, located in the basement of One Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM The City Clerk s office will verify the application information and mail your absentee ballot to you. Friday, October 2, is the last day the City Clerk s office will mail out absentee ballots. The ballot contains instructions for completion and return. Beginning September 9, if you have received your absentee paper ballot, you may also cast that ballot in person at the City Clerk s office. Your completed ballot must be received in the City Clerk s office no later than 7:00 p.m., on Election Day, Tuesday, October 6. Absentee ballot packets delivered in person to the City Clerk s office must be delivered by the voter or by members of the voter s immediate family. Immediate family means spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters. EARLY VOTING Any person qualified to vote may vote early in person on a paper ballot. Early Voting is available at four locations: the City Clerk s office, One Civic Plaza, Basement, Fifth and Marquette the City of Albuquerque Record Center (Micrographic Center), 604 Menaul Boulevard NW (West of the intersection of 6th and Menaul) Uptown: APS City Center, 6400 Uptown Blvd NE, Suite 540 Westside: Ladera Plaza, 5300 Sequoia Rd. NW, Suite G Early voting at all locations begins at 8:00 a.m. on September 16 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2. The hours of voting will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. When voting early, your ballot will be counted with the rest of the ballots on election night. You do not need to give a reason to vote early. Your own convenience is reason enough. WRITE-IN VOTING Write-in voting is permitted as long as the Office of the City Clerk certifies the person you are voting for as a write-in candidate. VOTING OFFENSES Voters are obligated to report voting offenses to the City Clerk or the District Attorney. Voting offenses are: any form of campaigning within 100 feet of a building containing a polling place using or possessing or carrying alcoholic beverages within 200 feet of a polling place false voting, such as voting or offering to vote although not qualified or voting in a precinct where not registered, voting in another s name, voting more than once during a single election, or asking or assisting another person in committing a voting offense ELECTION DAY On October 6 the polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Your registration card carries your precinct number where you are registered. If you do not know your precinct number, the City Clerk ( ) or the League of Women Voters ( ) can identify your precinct for you. Watch the Albuquerque Journal for a list of polling places and their addresses. Translations will be available by telephone. If you would like assistance at the polls in the form of an interpreter for Keres, Navajo, Tiwa or Spanish speakers, please call the City Clerk s office, , on Monday, October 5 or on Election Day, Tuesday, October 6. RUN-OFF ELECTION If no candidate for City Council or Mayor receives 40% of the vote cast in the October 6 election, the two candidates who received the highest number of votes will be on the ballot for the run-off election. If needed, a run-off election will most likely be held on November 24, subject to approval by the City Council. Voter registration for the run-off election will close October 27. ELECCIONES MUNICIPALES DE ALBUQUERQUE - 6 de octubre de 2009 CONTENIDO INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL CANDIDATOS PARA ALCALDE... 4 MAPA-DISTRITOS DEL CONCEJO MUNICIPAL... 5 CANDIDATOS PARA CONCEJALES MUNICIPALES EMISIONES DE BONOS PROPUESTAS Y ENMIENDAS A LOS ESTATUTOS DE LA CIUDAD IMPUESTO AL TRANSPORTE ELECCION MUNICIPAL DE ALBUQUERQUE 6 DE OCTUBRE, 2009 Una elección municipal se llevará a cabo el martes, 6 de octubre de Esta elección municipal designará los puestos de los concejales municipales de los distritos nones - 1, 3, 5, 7 y 9. Los votantes también votarán sobre cuestiones de bonos municipals enmiendas a los Estatutos de la Ciudad y una propuesta de renovar el impuesto al transporte. Los votantes ya registrados, calificados para votar dentro de los límites de la ciudad, pueden votar en esta elección. Todos los votantes registrados y calificados pueden votar por las cuestiones de bonos municipals y por las propusetas de papeleta. Si Ud. vive en un distrito con número par, también puede votar por un candidato para concejal municipal de su distrito. Si Ud. tiene cualquier pregunta acerca de la elección, puede llamar a la Oficina de la Escribana de la Ciudad a: , o puede ver el website de la elección en Para encontrar el número de su precinto, dado el gran número de llamadas telefónicas durante el Día de Elección, favor de llamar a la Oficina de la Escribana de la Ciudad al con algunos días de anticipación. La Liga de Mujeres Votantes del Nuevo México Central (LWVCNM por sus siglas en inglés) es una organización NO PARTIDARIA que provee información sobre la política y sobre los candidatos con el fin de promover mayor responsabilidad y mayor participación en el gobierno. Siendo no partidaria, no apoya ni se opone a ningún partido o candidato. Publica y distribuye informaciones útiles para los ciudadanos que se preparan para votar. La información en esta guía de votantes se obtuvo por cuestionarios enviados a todos los candidatos. Sus respuestas están impresas exactamente como fueron recibidas por la Liga. Debido a las restricciones de espacio, las respuestas de los candidatos han sido limitadas a una cierta cantidad de palabras. Además, convertimos respuestas de forma listada a párrafos, y otras respuestas a un texto normal. Los candidatos añadidos certificados tendran sólo sus nombres publicados. Se publica todos los candidatos aquí en el orden que aparecen en la papeleta del 6 de octubre de Advertencia La información en esta Guía del Votante ha sido compilado cuidadosamente para asegurar que esté correcta. No obstante, la LWVCNM y el Education Fund de la LWVCNM no se hace responsable por el contenido de la información ni tampoco por errores u omisiones. En aquellas ocasiones en que haya dudas sobre información que potencialmente sea difamatoria, la Liga se adhiere a la opinión jurídica. INFORMACION SOBRE LA VOTACION INSCRIPCION El que quiere votar en esta elección tiene que estar registrado para votar en la Ciudad de Albuquerque. Para votar en la Elección Municipal que se llevará a cabo el 6 de octubre, hay que registrarse en la Oficina de la Escribana del Condado de Bernalillo antes del martes, 8 de septiembre. Si aún no está registrado para votar, puede obtener una solicitud para registrarse en varios lugares, incluyendo, la oficina de la Escribana del Condado de Bernalillo, la oficina de la Liga de Mujeres Votantes, todas las bibliotecas públicas, y el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados. La dirección de la Oficina de la Escribana del Condado es: One Civic Plaza, NW, Albuquerque NM 87102, sexto piso, ubicada en la esquina de la calles Quinta (5th) y Marquette. Para preguntas sobre la inscripción para votar, puede llamar a la Oficina de la Escribana del Condado, teléfono: CODIGO DE ELECCIONES PUBLICAS Y ETICAS Y CANDIDATOS FINANCIADOS CON FONDOS PUBLICOS En 2005 los votantes de Albuquerque votaron de manera abrumadora por una enmienda a los Estatutos de la Ciudad que establece el Código de Elecciones Públicas y Éticas. Dicho código establece límites voluntarios a gastos de campañas e igualdad de financiamiento con fondos públicos para las campañas de eleccion de alcalde y consejales municipales. La participación de los candidatos es voluntaria. Para calificar para la recepción de fondos del fondo público de financiamiento, los candidatos tienen que reunir donaciones de $5.00 dls del 1% de los votantes registrados en sus distritos. Las donaciones de $5.00 dls colectadas de los candidatos son depositadas en el fondo de financiamiento público a las cuales se añaden contribuciones del fondo de operaciones de la ciudad. En general, los candidatos que escogen participar en el fondo de financiamiento público, reciben $1.00 dólar por cada votante registrado en sus distritos para financiar sus campañas para cargos
3 públicos. A cambio de recibir desembolsos del fondo mencionado, no se permite a los candidatos aceptar o gastar contribuciones privadas para sus campañas. Los candidatos que participen, pueden aceptar contribuciones de la misma especie, que en total no sumen más del 10% de la cantidad que recibió el candidato del Fondo de Elecciones Públicas y Éticas. Según los Estatutos de la Ciudad, artículo XVI, sección 17, los candidates siguientes han calificado como candidatos participantes y han consentido a los términos y condiciones del Código de Elecciones Públicas y Éticas: Candadatos para Alcalde: Richard Berry, Martin Chávez, y Richard Romero. Candidatos concejales: Distrito 1, Ken Sanchez; Distrito 3, Isaac Benton; Distrito 5, Dan Lewis; Distrito 7, Michael Cook; Distrito 9, Don Harris. IDENTIFICACION DEL VOTANTE Se require identificacion cuando me registro? Hay que presentar identificación cuando se registra para votar sólo si está registrándose por primera vez en su condado y lo hace por correo. Si Ud. no manda la identificación necesaria, se le pedirá antes de votar en una elección. La identificación que se acepta si está registrándose por primera vez por correo, incluye una copia de identificación con foto válida y corriente, recibo de pagos por servicios domésticos (utility bill), un estado de cuenta de banco, cheque del gobierno, cheque de pago del trabajo, o cualquier otro documento del gobierno que muestra su dirección y nombre válidos y corrientes. Si no provee la información requerida antes del día de la elección, tendrá que mostrar su identificación en las casillas de la elección, o proveer copias de identificación cuando envia su papeleta por correo. Qué tipo de identificación necesito cuando voy a votar? Los votantes de Albuquerque aprobaron una enmienda al Código de Elecciones de los Estatutos de la Ciudad el 4 de octubre de 2005 que require que los votantes en una elección de la Ciudad presented una identificación con foto antes de votar. En el caso que un votante no pueda presentar una identificación con foto, se les permitirá votar via papeleta provisional. Los requisitos de identificación son los siguientes: 1. Cuando un votante se aproxima a los encargados de la elección en las urnas, el votante debe identificarse diciendo su nombre. 2. Los encargados de la elección buscarán en sus registros el nombre del votante y pedirle una identificación que contenga el nombre y la foto del votante. 3. La identificación con foto puede incluir, pero no se limita a cualquiera de las siguientes: Una proporcionada por un organismo gubernamental (por ej., pasaporte, brazalete federal, estatal, del condado o de la ciudad; identificación proporcionada por el estado) Una licencia de manejar Una identificación estudiantil Una tarjeta de transacciones comerciales como una tarjeta de crédito o débito Una tarjeta de seguros Una tarjeta de sindicato Una tarjeta de membresía de una organización profesional Una tarjeta de identificación con foto proporcionada por la Escribana de la Ciudad (sólo proporcionada cuando no se tenga disponible otra identificación con foto) Esta lista no es exhaustiva. Si el votante puede presentar una identificación que contenga la foto y nombre del votante, éste debe recibir una papeleta normal de elección. Qué sucede si no llevo identificación con foto? Al votante que no presente identificación con foto se le permitirá votar con papeleta provisional. El votante llena la papeleta provisional, se sella en un sobre y se entrega a la Oficina de la Escribana de la Ciudad. Terminado esto, es preciso que el votante se presente en la oficina de la Escribana con una identificación fotográfica adecuada para permitirle determinar que esa persona es el votante. El voto entonces puede incluirse en el conteo de la mesa registradora municipal. VOTACION ANTES DEL DIA DE LA ELECCION Votación-en-ausencia Cualquier persona calificada para votar, puede hacerlo por papeleta-en-ausencia. El votar así no requiere identificación con foto. Puede solicitar la papeleta por teléfono, llamando a , o por correo a la oficina de la Escribana de la Ciudad de Albuquerque (City Clerk s office), localizada en el sótano de One Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM Esta oficina verificará la información de su solicitud y le enviará su papeleta-en-ausencia. El último día que las papeletas podrán ser enviadas es el viernes 28 de septiembre. La papeleta-enausencia contiene instrucciones para llenarla y devolverla. Ya no es necesario certificar su papeletaen-ausencia. Comenzando el 5 de septiembre, si ha recibido su papeleta-en-ausencia, podrá devolverla en persona a la Oficina de la Escribana, en vez de mandarla por correo. La papeleta ya llenada con su voto, tendrá que haberse recibido en las oficinas de la Escribana de la Ciudad (City Clerk) antes de las 7:00 PM del día de la elección, el 2 de octubre. Los paquetes de la papeleta-en-ausencia que se entreguen a la oficina de la Escribana de la Ciudad de Albuquerque, tienen que ser entregadas por el votante o por miembros de su familia inmediata (esposo/a, hijos, padres, hermanos). Votación Temprana Cualquiera persona calificada para votar, puede votar temprano en persona con una papeleta de papel. La votación temprana require de identificación con foto. La votación temprana estará disponible en cuatro lugares: La Oficina de la Escribana de la Ciudad (City Clerk s Office), One Civic Plaza, sótano, calles 5th y Marquette Centro de Documentos de la Ciudad de Albuquerque (City of Albuquerque Record Center - Micrograph Center), 604 Menaul Blvd. NW (al oeste de la esquina 6th y Menaul) Voters Guide, Page 3 Uptown: APS City Center, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, oficina 540 Westside (al oeste de la ciudad): Ladera Plaza, 5300 Sequoia Rd. NW, Suite G La votación temprana en todos los lugares comienza a las 8:00 AM del miércoles 16 de septiembre y termina a las 5:00 PM del viernes 2 de octubre. Las horas de votación serán de las 8:00 AM a las 5:00 PM, de lunes a viernes. Cuando Ud. vote temprano, su papeleta será puesta en un sobre oscuro y será contada con las otras papeletas en la noche de la elección. No es necesario dar ninguna razón para votar temprano. Su propia conveniencia es suficiente. VOTACION POR CANDIDATOS AÑADIDOS Se permite votar por candidatos añadidos ya que la persona por quien vota estará ya certificada como candidato/a añadido en la Oficina de la Escribana de la Ciudad. OFENSAS DE VOTACION Los votantes están obligados a denunciar ofensas de votación a la Oficina de la Escribana o al Abogado del Distrito. Las ofensas de votación son: Cualquier forma de campaña dentro de los 100 pies de un edificio que contenga un lugar de votación. Usar, poseer o traer bebidas alcohólicas dentro de los 200 pies de un lugar de votación. Votación falsa, por ejemplo, votar o ofrecer de votar aunque no esté calificado, o votar en un distrito donde no esté registrado, votar con nombre de otra persona, votar más de una vez durante una elección, o pedir o asistir a otra persona en cometer una ofensa de votación. DIA DE LA ELECCION El 2 de octubre, las casillas para votar estarán abiertas desde las 7:00 AM hasta las 7:00 PM. Su tarjeta de registro lleva el número del distrito donde está inscrito. Si no sabe ese número, podrá conseguirlo llamando a la Oficina de la Escribana de la Ciudad ( ) o a la oficina de la Liga de Mujeres Votantes ( ) donde le podrán decir cuál es su distrito. Además, podrá buscar en el periódico Albuquerque Journal por una lista de lugares de votación y sus direcciónes. Traducciones estarán disponibles por teléfono. Si usted desea asistencia en las casillas para votación por keres, navajo, tiwa o español, por favor, llama a la Oficina de la Escribana ( ) el lunes, 5 de octubre, o en el día de la elección, martes 6 de octubre. ELECCION DE DESEMPATE Si ningún candidato para el concejo municipal o alcalde recibe cuando menos el 40% del voto en la elección de 6 de octubre, los nombres de los dos candidatos que reciban el mayor número de votos aparecerán en la papeleta de la elección de desempate. Si es necesario, una elección de desempate probablemente se llevará a cabo el 24 de noviembre, sujeto a la aprobación del Consejo Municipal. La inscripción de votantes para la elección de desempate terminará el 27 de octubre. Spanish translation: Christine Nelson and LM García y Griego, UNM Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers are not a President or senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
4 Page 4, Voters Guide MAYORAL CANDIDATES This is a four-year term. Must be at least eighteen years of age, a United States Citizen, a registered, qualified elector and resident of the city prior to the date of filing the Declaration of Candidacy. Must submit a petition containing signatures of two percent (2%) of the qualified electors to the City Clerk within a period specified by the City Charter. Salary: $106, Describe your specific experience and abilities that prepare you to be Mayor of Albuquerque. (75 words) What are your two highest priorities for the city as a whole and why? What future issues should the city begin addressing? (75 words) What will you do to promote responsible economic development and job creation/retention in Albuquerque? What do you consider to be responsible economic development? (75 words) How will you work with city councilors, neighborhood groups, and other citizens to accomplish goals and build confidence in our city government? Please be specific. (75 words) Richard ROMERO Throughout my career in public service, as an educator, State Senate leader, veteran and small business owner, I have crossed ideological divides to get things done. I have the courage to successfully take on corrupt politicians and big challenges. I have managed large institutions and work well with others. I have served in the State Senate, as President Pro Tem, APS Teacher, HS principal and Assistant Superintendent, in the US Air National Guard, and USAF. My highest priorities are public safety and economic vitality. I will work side by side with others to make Albuquerque a safe city with first-rate infrastructure, reliable and clean government and a skilled creative workforce essentials for growing our economy. Albuquerque will be a community where our children pursue their dreams, where our skilled workforce and good government attract green industry, build local businesses and where our kids, parents and grandparents feel safe everywhere. During my term, business investments will grow because Albuquerque is safe, pay-to-play has stopped, the workforce is skilled, and rules are fair. I will promote responsible economic development that balances recruitment with support for locally-owned businesses, ensures maintenance of Albuquerque s natural splendor and provides good jobs. I will restore the City s Planning Department and put business processes online. I will make Albuquerque a model of renewable energy, saving millions in operations while.... Working together requires reversing the insatiable need to take credit for all that is accomplished. Respect will be the norm at City Hall. I will meet often with the region s leaders. I will give others credit and invite them to recognition events. I will not willfully humiliate people. I will participate at community meetings -- even those I do not control. I will move on issues of agreement and work to resolve the rest. Martin CHAVEZ I was founding Director of the NM Worker s Compensation Administration, State Senator for five years and Mayor for twelve years. I have guided this City through both good and difficult times and in this difficult time, no one is better equipped to lead Albuquerque. The City now has its best credit rating in history, the most police on the street, recognition as a national leader in the solar industry, film production and a greening economy. Public Safety is my first priority. I ll add 100 officers in 18 months, improve our Family Advocacy Center, work with our schools and advocate tougher penalties for repeat offenders. We ve built a great economy even in this recession. For the future, I will assure that we lead the nation in a green economy and allow small businesses to thrive. I ll grow our film industry so our kids will have a future right here at home. Responsible economic development is bringing high paying, environmentally pristine jobs to Albuquerque; we ve made great progress. Schott Solar, Fidelity, Albuquerque Film Studios and the rebirth of Eclipse are just a few examples. I will continue to support local businesses by making it easier to do business in the City, give a 5% credit for City RFPs to local businesses, and keep taxes at the current level. Forbes didn t rank us number one for no reason! I will continue to hire administrators that are good communicators, collaborators and that reach out to the various stakeholder groups that impact our community. I will remain the most accessible Mayor in our modern history. Whether it be 311, growing our police and fire departments, cleaning up and landscaping our City, balancing our budget, helping animals, expanding our museums and amenities, I will continue to demonstrate that local government can be effective. Richard BERRY With 25 years of business experience, a degree in finance and administration from UNM and as a two term state representative I bring a unique set of experiences and skills to this race that are unmatched by my competitors. We have created high paying jobs through our family construction business and have built budgets that we had to live by. My can-do attitude and philosophy of collaboration will prove valuable as we move Albuquerque forward. 1. Public safety, because a high quality of life entails feeling safe in your home and too many people today do not feel safe. 2. Job creation and economic development, because a brighter future for us all requires high paying employment opportunities. Our city will grow, either systematically or in a haphazard fashion. We need dynamic planning for growth while being good stewards of our natural resources and with an eye towards sustainability and livability. We must create a more business friendly environment to attract new businesses and incentivize existing small and large business to grow. Keep taxes low. Promote higher utilization of local businesses through our city purchasing departments and put existing tax dollars to work creating jobs and improving public safety and our quality of life. Responsible economic development creates a growing tax base without putting taxpayers at undo risk. It relies on healthy private/public relationships. Progress requires inclusion of stakeholders to reach a common goal. A place at the table for differing opinions should be the norm rather than the exception. Confidence in city government will stem from an understanding that we are not all going to agree on every issue every time, but that my administration will look for opportunities to work with other elected officials, civic leaders, businesses and neighborhood groups to come to consensus on important issues. Ricky Lee BARBER WRITE-IN CANDIDATE Donna ROWE WRITE-IN CANDIDATE CANDIDATES RESPONSES AND WORD LIMITS: The responses of candidates to our questionnaire are printed exactly as received by the League. The League assumes no responsibility for the content of any candidate s reply. Further, the League publishes this information neither to endorse nor reject the views of any candidate. The League has in no way edited for meaning, grammar, punctuation, or spelling. Because of space restrictions, the League has pre-advised the candidates of the word limits on the responses.
5 Voters Guide, Page 5 TE 25 CITY COUNCIL DISTRICTS RSTA 7 BLAKE 2ND STOCK GARFIELD 25 INT 40 ER CENTR 6 GIBSON ST AT AL E SOUTHERN ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL SUNPORT Albuquerque City Council Districts BROA COORS DWAY RIO BRAVO GUN CLUB BRENTWOOD HILLS EUBANK ARENAL INDIAN SCHOO L WYOMING GE US GIRARD BRID CANDELARIA MENAUL LOMAS MP STANFORD UNSER GOFF GE INTERSTATE 25 87TH YUCCA BRID CA YALE ISCO 3 TER EWA L BLU TRA CEN MONTGOMERY 8 CONSTITUTION TAIN GLENDALE TRAMW AY SPAIN ATR MOUN SAN ANTONIO JUAN TABO ANO RIA VENTURA INTE H A LOUISIANA 2 ELA PASEO DEL NORTE 4 25 CARLISLE ND TRAMWAY ELENA ACADEMY GR RIO CA I-40 ORT 40 L TE TRA A T CEN RS N OSU RAI DE AN R SE N U R AREDLANDS AIRP PASEO DEL V O L C AN RI O VE R SC TH RI ST JOSEPHS DE MONT FORTUNA 98 T H E SE 5 SEQUOIA INT DI DA DEL NORT PASEO E EDIT RA ME AD PA DELLYNE LA ALA SAN MATEO SE LRO AT DOUBLE EAGLE AIRPORT ADI CO PAR OR S IRVING CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES This office is a four-year term. Must be at least eighteen years of age, a United States citizen, a registered, qualified elector of the city and a resident of the city for at least one year prior to the date of filing their Declaration of Candidacy. Must submit a petition containing the signatures of two percent (2%) of the qualified electors to the City Clerk within a period specified by the City Charter. Salary: approximately $10,608 with $21,216 for City Council President. Describe your specific experience and abilities that prepare you for the office of Albuquerque City Councilor. (75 words) What are your two highest priorities for the city as a whole and why? What future issues should the city begin addressing? (75 words) What will you do to promote responsible economic development and job creation/retention in Albuquerque? What do you consider to be responsible economic development? (75 words) How will you work with other city councilors, the mayor, neighborhood groups, and other citizens to accomplish goals and build confidence in our city government? Please be specific. (75 words) Economic development is critical to the success and stability of the future of Albuquerque. We must work to create, diversify and enhance job growth and to promote business development and stability. City leaders have worked to create a diverse economic base. Albuquerque has strong high-tech industry, research institutions, efficient transportation system, a trained workforce and many small and local business. We must continue to strive to create new and high paying jobs. I have served in elected office for twelve years. The way you accomplish your objectives and goals his working together and communicating. I have worked with Mayors, Councilors, Commissioners and Neighborhood Groups in building confidence in Albuquerque. I have attended hundreds of neighborhood association meeting to listen to the voices and concerns of local residence. United as a community their his very little we cannot do. We control our future and destiny for this great city. DISTRICT 1 Ken SANCHEZ Having served eight years on the Bernalillo County Commission, completing by first term on the Albuquerque City and serving as Chairman of the Budget Committee, I have the knowledge, experience and dedication to continue to serve during these difficult economic times. I also serve on the Water Authority and the Albuquerque/ Bernalillo County Government Commission Committee. I am Vice President of Gilbert Sanchez Tax and Accounting, President of Ken Sanchez and Associates Realty and licensed... My highest priorities for the city of Albuquerque are public safety and building a stronger and more sustainable community. If we have a safe community we have a prosperous city. We must continue to higher the brightest and the best to work and serve on the Albuquerque Police and Fire Department. The city should look at increasing the number of Police Officers to We need to work with Bernalillo County to create one communication...
6 Page 6, Voters Guide CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES Describe your specific experience and abilities that prepare you for the office of Albuquerque City Councilor. (75 words) What are your two highest priorities for the city as a whole and why? What future issues should the city begin addressing? (75 words) DISTRICT 3 What will you do to promote responsible economic development and job creation/retention in Albuquerque? What do you consider to be responsible economic development? (75 words) How will you work with other city councilors, the mayor, neighborhood groups, and other citizens to accomplish goals and build confidence in our city government? Please be specific. (75 words) Isaac BENTON I am nearing the completion of my first highly-productive Council term. My prior experience as an architect/planner in my own private practice has served me exceptionally well on the Council. It provides the fiscal, human resources and administrative perspective of a small businessperson. My business regularly dealt with the City s planning, zoning, neighborhood involvement, transportation, housing, public facilities, infrastructure and development processes. Much of District 3 s unique needs revolve around these City functions. The City must address public safety and transportation as its top priorities. With economic challenges come concerns about crime, personal and property safety. With the Rio Grande dividing our city, we face lost productivity and quality of life due to traffic congestion and a jobs/housing imbalance between east and west. Our key future issues revolve around sustainability: water, energy and food. I support local agriculture, a strong water budget, and planning for better transportation. I will promote home-grown industry and enterprise. These demand an educated, well-trained workforce. Lifelong learning opportunities are needed; the City can contribute by better utilizing our community centers and libraries in partnership with UNM, CNM, and APS. Small businesses thrive in complete, walkable neighborhoods, along vital transit and commercial corridors we must continue to rebuild our city s fabric accordingly. Responsible economic development requires strong analysis and accountability from recipients of government incentives, not handouts. I was unanimously elected Council President this year, an indication of my evenhanded ability to reach across philosophical lines. I am open-minded to the mayor s and others initiatives, basing my decisions on the quality and thoughtfulness of the individual proposals. Neighborhoods and citizens expect the same of my initiatives, and I always strive to openly communicate with them. These are the balanced roles our city fathers intended for the Council and Mayor. Alan B. ARMIJO I am in my 7th year as a Bernalillo County Commissioner, the last 6 as Chairman. I served on the ABQ City Council , its President twice. Chaired the Water Authority 3 years, been a community volunteer, a teacher, coach and lobbyist. These positions have given me the experience to be able to work with and for people, to listen and work on issues that affect our communities. District 3 has many needs. Public safety is a top priority. Overall, environmentally viable economic development is important for our city to continue as a vibrant, wonderful place to live. We need to address infrastructure needs; streets, water and sewer lines, especially in our older neighborhoods. We need to enhance programs for our youth and senior citizens. Revitalizing older neighborhoods and enhancing others need to be addressed. I have a history of promoting economic development in our community. Temper-pedic, Shamrock Foods and Verizon are but a few of the companies I have worked to bring to ABQ. Currently, I am in discussions with 2 solar companies and a movie studio to establish businesses here. I will continue to seek environmentally friendly companies to provide jobs for our citizens. Smaller, local businesses will benefit by providing services to those companies. My past experiences as an APS teacher, coach, lobbyist, as an elected official, and community volunteer have taught me to be a consensus builder. I work hard to make sure different groups are in a win-win situation. I strongly believe that an elected official needs to listen first, ask others their needs and take action. I have successfully followed this philosophy in my work with citizens, neighborhoods, legislators, councilors, and commissioners. DISTRICT 5 Dan LEWIS I own two small businesses that provide jobs, goods, and services that people need. I taught high school and hold a secondary teaching licensure in New Mexico. I m a pastor of a local church, a husband, and a dad. I look at the need for jobs, to get our economy healthy, provide safe neighborhoods, efficient roads and quality parks and athletic fields, and I sincerely believe that we have to do better. Jobs are my top priority. I will promote an environment where small businesses flourish. The city must spend within its means and remove obstacles that impede the creation of jobs by small businesses. Public safety is also a top priority. I will promote safer neighborhoods through community awareness. In the future the city must focus on transportation infrastructure and ensure we deliver on basic services first. As the city grows, government has the tendency to swell. I will make sure we stop the unnecessary expansion of city government, cut wasteful spending, and keep taxes low. We will get lean and focus on what is absolutely necessary to stay healthy. I ll remove undue regulations on business and homeowners and encourage partnerships with the private sector that bring quality jobs to the city. I ll establish a fresh perspective and an attitude of collaboration with fellow councilors, the administration, county commissioners, and state and regional government. I ll focus on what we agree on, help others succeed, and work tirelessly on the needs and concerns of my district. Michael CADIGAN I have been City Councilor for District 5 for eight years. I have knowledge of the city s operating and capital budgets necessary to get things done. Over eight years, District 5 has received more than its proportional share of capital spending for roads, parks and public safety. I know where wasteful spending is and how to eliminate it. I have long relationships with other elected officials that help get things done on the Westside. Transportation and Crime. We have come a long way with Westside roads, Paseo, 4-lane Montano and Unser. But there is much to do. Rebuild Paseo/ I-25/Jefferson, complete Unser, expand Rapid Ride, bus service and bike trails to the Northwest. We must act to stop the wave of property crime by putting more officers on the street and involving our neighborhoods in community policing efforts. We must do a better job of enforcing existing laws. We must bring new economic base jobs -- jobs that pay well and provide benefits (not minimum wage call-center jobs). We must do more to support local small businesses, especially on the Westside. We will create a city office of small business development to provide technical assistance and advice and locate financing for new and existing small businesses. We should target tax incentives toward keeping existing jobs and growing our tourism and renewable energy sectors. I have worked with the council and the Mayor to bring public financing and significant ethics reform to City government. We will bring more openness and accountability to our budgeting process by requiring greater line-item detail in budgets and by eliminating the Mayor s authority to overspend budgets. We will stop the practice of doubledipping by high paid city employees and focus spending on basic city services like fire, police, parks, and solid waste.
7 Michael COOK David GREEN CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES Describe your specific experience and abilities that prepare you for the office of Albuquerque City Councilor. (75 words) I grew up in Albuquerque and am a small business owner, employer, and Certified Financial Planner. I am an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army. My wife Julie and I have raised three sons in the general Uptown neighborhood. I have served as a member and chairman of the Police Oversight Commission, an officer of District 7 s Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, and served our youth as a coach and mentor. WRITE-IN CANDIDATE What are your two highest priorities for the city as a whole and why? What future issues should the city begin addressing? (75 words) DISTRICT 7 As City Councilor, I will focus on public safety and planning for our transportation infrastructure into the future. I also believe it is important to have a fiscally disciplined approach to city spending. For the future we need to address how to accommodate an aging population and the concerns and services they require. What will you do to promote responsible economic development and job creation/retention in Albuquerque? What do you consider to be responsible economic development? (75 words) I will help foster small business growth which is critical to create local jobs. Responsible economic development includes helping businesses understand the necessity of contributing to finance the infrastructure that helps avail their services to the public. I think that such infrastructural support has to be fair and not be so extreme that we destroy the economy we are trying to grow. Voters Guide, Page 7 How will you work with other city councilors, the mayor, neighborhood groups, and other citizens to accomplish goals and build confidence in our city government? Please be specific. (75 words) This is a very important aspect of why I am running for councilor. Our present council representation has been marked by acrimony and hostility toward others in government and within our community and neighborhood organizations. I will set a new, collaborative tone and reach out to my fellow councilors and the executive branch. I will also strive to collaborate with our county and state governments to achieve a better result for all concerned. DISTRICT 9 David BARBOUR I have an understanding, care, and concern for Albuquerque. As a former degreed software engineer I have the attention to detail and ability to analyze issues and discover solutions. I have concern for citizens, small business and the environment. I am not beholding to any large corporations or developers. The world is at a crossroads with global warming, extreme water and food shortages looming. My governance experience includes boards of my church and housing cooperative. 1. Energy use We must reduce our use of fossil fuels through improved building efficiency and building a comprehensive and working public transportation system 2. Water We must ensure Albuquerque has a sustainable pollution free supply of water for all its citizens Albuquerque must begin to address urban sprawl. Peak oil is coming soon and we are not ready. Responsible economic development consists of rebuilding the main street economy. This means working with and supporting public transportation, infill, the arts, small business, local agriculture, green business, and energy efficient buildings. I will ensure we have a complete well-managed public transportation infrastructure that all citizens can depend upon. I will redevelop the Eastern Gateway making it a vibrant, safe showcase for the city. Councilors must remember that they have dual roles in government, both as representatives of districts and as leaders of the city as a whole. Likewise, the mayor may sometimes need to be reminded that the needs of the whole city outweigh the needs of one area. My door will always be open to the citizens of District Nine, regardless of the scope of their problem. There ll be no passing the buck to disinterested city departments. Don HARRIS I am the current City Councilor running for re-election. Before that, I worked in the City Attorney s office as part of the Safe City Strike Force, and working with land use matters. As a City Councilor, I sponsored the study that led to more police officers, began the revitalization of East Central, began the project to protect and acquire the Tijeras Arroyo, and I worked with other Councilors and the Mayor to cut taxes twice. (1) Public Safety and (2) Economic Development. Public Safety because so much of what we all care about (such as jobs, education and the environment) cannot be enjoyed if we do not feel safe. Public Safety affects everything, and is the foundation of our quality of life. Economic Development is crucial for the City to grow well, and provide good jobs for its residents, and careers for our children and grand children. We need to work with the state government and private industry to continue to recruit businesses to locate here or relocate here. We need to continue to offer assistance and incentives for new business development, such as the new business incubator which recently opened. Responsible economic development is ensuring that the public receives definite benefit for incentives (such as tax abatements) that businesses often receive to build or expand in Albuquerque. I have held dozens of public meetings on the East Central redevelopment alone, which included over 1000 unique participants. That transparent, bottom-up governance is how to build a better City and better City government. Disagreement and tension are necessary, and in fact desirable, in a democracy based on checks and balances. However, the Council and the Mayor must do a better job of being more diplomatic with regard to those disagreements. VOTERS GUIDE, 2009 Prepared by: The League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico LWVCNM Co-Editors: Andrea Targhetta and Josephine Porter Webmaster: Cheryl Haaker Spanish Page Translation: Christine Nelson, Manuel Garcia y Griego Bonds: Karen Wentworth Propositions: Gayle Prinkey and David Campbell Distribution: Diane Goldfarb Assistance: Jan Bray, Dede Eckles, Jennice Fishburn, Janet Ford, Margaret Krahenbuhl, Michelle Meaders, Marilyn Morgan, Terry Quinn, Vivian Skadron, Delores Watkins and the many other volunteers who help with proofing and distribution. Information Sources: Albuquerque City Clerk s office; Albuquerque City Council s office; Albuquerque Charter Review Commission; City Council Services
8 Page 8, Voters Guide BOND ISSUES Ten General Obligation (G.O.) bond questions will appear on the Oct. 6, 2009 election ballot. The total amount of the proposed capital projects is $159,940,000 for the two-year bond cycle. The projects have been grouped according to their general purposes into ten ballot questions. These G. O. bond projects are grouped by purpose so that voters have the option of approving one purpose and not another. Once approved, the funds must be used for the approved purpose only. The projects proposed for voter approval were selected through a planning process that involves the Mayor, City Council and the public. GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS AND TAXES There are several types of bonds, the most significant being General Obligation bonds and Revenue bonds. In this election, the ballot questions deal only with G. O. bonds. A bond represents a debt for money borrowed by a government to finance capital improvement projects. The government promises to repay the amount borrowed, plus interest over a period of time. General Obligation bonds require approval by the voters. Historically the City of Albuquerque has limited the size of requested G. O. bond issues in order to keep the City s property tax rate level from one bond issue to the next. The G. O. bonds issued by the city are paid from property tax revenues. New 2009 GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND QUESTIONS PUBLIC SAFETY BONDS Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $8,444,000 of its general obligation bonds to design, develop, study, construct, modernize, automate, renovate, rehabilitate, recondition, landscape, furnish, enhance and otherwise improve, and to acquire land and buildings, vehicles, apparatus, and equipment for, police and fire department facilities? Apparatus Replacement.... $2,000,000 Fire Station Rehabilitation... $500,000 Sixth Area Command, Phase II.... $3,200,000 Marked Police Vehicles... $2,500,000 District 1, Shawn McWethy Substation.... $10,000 District 7, APD Facilities Renovation / Upgrade... $150,000 1% for Public Art... $84,000 TOTAL $8,444,000 SENIOR, FAMILY, COMMUNITY CENTER AND COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT PROJECT BONDS Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $22,736,000 of its general obligation bonds to design, develop, construct, demolish, equip, reconstruct, renovate, rehabilitate, expand, repair, study, landscape, streetscape, enhance and otherwise improve, and to acquire land for, City-owned community centers including those for families, youth, senior citizens, and economic development; and for community enhancement projects? Renovations, Additions and Security Improvements: Existing FCSD Facilities.... $600,000 Holiday Park Community Center... $1,000,000 Westgate CC Reconstruction... $4,000,000 Los Duranes CC Reconstruction, Phase I... $5,000,000 Mesa Verde Community Center... $1,000,000 Pat Hurley Community Center... $500,000 Storehouse Facility... $1,000,000 Renovation of Downtown Cultural Facility for Teens, Phase II... $1,300,000 Senior Center Rehabilitation... $500,000 Bear Canyon Senior Center... $1,000,000 North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Facility... $4,000,000 District 1, Community / Senior Center / Neighborhood Enhancements $390,000 District 2, Public Facilities.... $300,000 District 2, Economic Development... $100,000 District 3, Community / Senior Center / Neighborhood Enhancements $100,000 District 4, North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center... $750,000 District 6, Community / Senior Center / Neighborhood Enhancements $100,000 District 7, Community / Senior Center / Neighborhood Enhancements $20,000 District 8, Community / Senior Center / Neighborhood Enhancements $600,000 District 9, Community / Senior Center / Neighborhood Enhancements $250,000 1% for Public Art... $226,000 TOTAL $22,736,000 bonds are issued as older bonds are retired, keeping the City s debt service levy at a fairly constant level. The bonds are called General Obligation because payment of the debt service (principal and interest) is a general obligation of the City and its property owners. That is, the bonds are backed by the full faith and credit of the City. The City receives only about 30% of the property taxes paid by the typical Albuquerque homeowner; almost 70% goes to other governmental and educational entities. The City property tax rate will not increase for these G.O. bonds. PARKS AND RECREATION BONDS Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $34,405,000 of its general obligation bonds to study, map, plan, design, develop, construct, rehabilitate, renovate, expand, furnish, landscape, protect, enhance and otherwise improve, and to acquire land, vehicles and equipment for, park and recreational facilities, including public parks and facilities within those parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, open space, medians, bikeways, bosque lands, and trails? Recreation Fields - Vista del Norte & Osuna.... $3,400,000 New Community Park Development.... $2,300,000 New Neighborhood Park Development... $2,500,000 Pat Hurley Park... $500,000 Martineztown Park, Phases II & III.... $300,000 Ventana Ranch Community Park.... $6,600,000 Bullhead Park... $1,500,000 Sandia Vista Park... $1,000,000 City Wide Forestry... $500,000 Park, Park Management Facilities & Park Amenity Renovation... $1,750,000 Swimming Pool Renovation & Development... $2,000,000 Recreation Facility Development & Renovation... $1,500,000 Ladera Golf Course Irrigation Improvements... $1,500,000 Jerry Cline Recreation Center... $1,200,000 Open Space Facility Renovation... $500,000 Bosque Restoration & Revitalization... $200,000 Open Space Land Acquisition, Fencing, & Protection... $2,935,000 District 1, Park Improvements and Amenities... $400,000 District 2, Park Improvements and Amenities... $300,000 District 3, Park Improvements and Amenities... $100,000 District 4, Playground Equipment.... $100,000 District 5, Rancho Encantado Park... $450,000 District 5, Seville Park... $450,000 District 5, Chantilly Park... $50,000 District 5, Park Hill Park... $50,000 District 6, Park Improvements and Amenities... $500,000 District 7, Parks Improvements and Amenities.... $330,000 District 8, Park Improvements and Amenities... $400,000 District 9, Park Improvements and Amenities... $750,000 1% for Public Art... $340,000 TOTAL... $34,405,000 Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage. Dwight D. Eisenhower
9 BOND ISSUES Voters Guide, Page 9 ENERGY AND WATER CONSERVATION, PUBLIC FACILITIES, AND SYSTEM MODERNIZATION BONDS Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $16,257,000 of its general obligation bonds to modernize, make energy- and water-efficient, upgrade, equip, improve, acquire, design, survey, develop, construct, rehabilitate, renovate, maintain, expand, furnish, equip, enhance, and otherwise improve, and to acquire land, vehicles and equipment for, public buildings, facilities, and systems? Vehicle Set-Aside... $500,000 Vehicle & Equipment Set Aside... $1,000,000 Kennel Renovation... $1,500,000 Media Resources / GOV -TV Facility Upgrades and Replacements... $300,000 Replacement Vehicles (DMD)... $100,000 City Building Improvement and Rehabilitation... $750,000 High Flow Fixture Replacement... $400,000 Roof Repairs for City Facilities... $500,000 Security Improvements and Rehabilitation... $150,000 Parking Facilities Rehabilitation & Upgrade... $150,000 Los Angeles Landfill Remediation... $750,000 Environmental Equipment Improvements and Rehabilitation.... $500,000 Montessa Park Gambusia Pond Renovation.... $200,000 Vehicle Replacement: FCSD... $100,000 Citizen Relationship Management (CRM) / 311, Phase $300,000 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Phase 3... $1,800,000 3% for Energy Conservation (F/S O-06-34)... $4,746,000 Fuel Tank Replacement... $1,500,000 Electronic Plan Review... $400,000 KIVA, Phase III... $250,000 Albuquerque Geographic Information System... $200,000 1% for Public Art... $161,000 TOTAL $16,257,000 LIBRARY BONDS Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $5,101,000 of its general obligation bonds to study, plan, design, develop, construct, reconstruct, renovate, rehabilitate, modernize, preserve, automate, upgrade, landscape and otherwise improve, and to acquire books, media, and equipment for, public libraries? Library Materials... $2,000,000 Library Materials - International District Library... $250,000 Library Automation... $650,000 Main Library Roof Repair... $1,100,000 Library Building Renovation... $150,000 Feasibility Study - Northwest Library... $100,000 Feasibility Study - Council District 6 Library... $100,000 Public Library at Central & Unser... $650,000 District 7, Libraries... $50,000 1% for Public Art... $51,000 TOTAL $5,101,000 STREET BONDS Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $31,435,000 of its general obligation bonds to study, design, develop, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, renovate, automate, modernize, sign, enhance, landscape and otherwise improve, and to acquire land and equipment for municipal streets and roads, interstate roadways and interchanges, medians, trails, bikeways, walkways, sidewalks, railroad crossings, and bridges? Reconstruction of Lead and Coal Avenues... $4,000,000 Advance Trans. Planning & Eng. (Streets)... $250,000 Advance Right-of-Way Acquisition (Streets).... $750,000 Major Paving Rehabilitation... $325,000 Intersection Signalization.... $1,750,000 Safety & Intersection Improvements... $1,500,000 Bridge Repair.... $1,000,000 NW Arterial Roadway Improvements... $1,000,000 SW Arterial Roadway Improvements.... $1,000,000 Traffic Sign Replacement / Lighted Street Signs / Pavement Markings... $500,000 Sidewalk Improvements... $750,000 Street Lighting... $500,000 Public Works Funding (Streets)... $735,000 Albuquerque Traffic Management System... $1,000,000 Atrisco Drive, SW... $1,000,000 Neighborhood Traffic Improvements... $225,000 Median, Streetscape & Off Street Trail Renovation.... $750,000 Median Landscaping - Candelaria / San Mateo to Eubank... $1,000,000 Median Landscaping - Eubank / Constitution to Montgomery.... $1,250,000 Intersection Level of Service (LOS) Project Implementation.... $500,000 Trails and Bikeways... $430,000 Singer Bridge Widening.... $300,000 Unser Boulevard Reconstruction... $200,000 Alameda Boulevard Widening... $250,000 Alameda Boulevard Widening - San Pedro to Wyoming... $1,450,000 Barelas Pedestrian & Traffic Calming Improvements... $250,000 1% for Impact Fees... $1,584,000 West Central Metropolitan Redevelopment Area... $1,500,000 New York Metropolitan Redevelopment Area.... $1,000,000 East Gateway Metropolitan Redevelopment Area / Sector Plan... $1,500,000 Menaul Boulevard Corridor Plan.... $75,000 North Fourth Street Corridor Improvements... $500,000 District 1, Street Projects.... $200,000 District 2, Street Projects.... $300,000 District 3, Street Projects.... $800,000 District 4, Street Projects.... $150,000 District 6, Alley and Pathway Beautification... $250,000 District 6, International District Improvement... $150,000 District 7, Street Projects.... $450,000 1% for Public Art... $311,000 TOTAL $31,435,000 In joining a political party, people shouldn t have to swear everlasting agreement with every jot and tittle of their party s policy manifesto. Debate, disagreement, and argument are good for democracy not bad. William Watson PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BONDS Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $7,828,000 of its general obligation bonds to design, develop, construct, rehabilitate, renovate, expand, recondition, modernize, automate, study, furnish, enhance and otherwise improve, and to acquire land, vehicles, and equipment for public transportation facilities? Revenue Vehicles Replacement / Expansion.... $4,000,000 Park and Ride Development, Rehabilitation, and Equipment... $500,000 Bus Shelter Development... $250,000 Transit Technology Upgrades and Improvements.... $500,000 Transit Facility Rehabilitation... $1,500,000 Maintenance Equipment Upgrades and Improvements... $500,000 Transit Security Equipment Upgrades and Improvements... $500,000 1% for Public Art... $78,000 TOTAL $7,828,000
10 Page 10, Voters Guide BOND ISSUES STORM SEWER SYSTEM BONDS Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $13,837,000 of its general obligation bonds to plan, design, develop, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, renovate, expand, extend, enhance, study, monitor and otherwise improve, and to acquire land and equipment for the storm sewer system? NPDES Storm Water Quality... $500,000 District 3 Storm Drain Improvements... $3,000,000 Emergency Action Plans... $300,000 Pump Station Rehabilitation... $1,550,000 Moon Street S.D., Central to I-40, Phase II... $2,700,000 Storm Drainage Rehabilitation.... $500,000 Update Storm Drainage Master Plan... $200,000 Coal Storm Drain Rehabilitation and Extension.... $500,000 Central Storm Drains from California to San Pedro... $1,400,000 Replacement of Arroyo Dip Crossings... $300,000 Advanced Planning and Engineering (Hydrology)... $350,000 Fortuna Storm Drain... $1,500,000 South Broadway... $900,000 1% for Public Art... $137,000 TOTAL $13,837,000 ZOO, BIOLOGICAL PARK, MUSEUM, AND CULTURAL FACILITY BONDS Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $9,797,000 of its general obligation bonds to study, design, develop, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, renovate, repair, refurbish, modernize, preserve, maintain, expand, enhance and otherwise improve, and to acquire artifacts, exhibits, furnishings and equipment for, the municipal zoo, botanic garden, aquarium, and City-owned museums and cultural facilities? Tingley Beach... $500,000 Renovation & Repair (BioPark)... $950,000 Asia / Tigers... $1,000,000 Insectarium, Phase II... $750,000 Japanese Garden / Sasebo Exhibit... $2,300,000 KiMo Theatre HVAC Replacement and Exterior Rehabilitation... $500,000 Albuquerque Museum Development, Phase 2... $3,500,000 Albuquerque Museum Collection Development... $50,000 Albuquerque Museum History Exhibit Renovation, Phase 1... $150,000 1% for Public Art... $97,000 TOTAL $9,797,000 AFFORDABLE HOUSING BONDS Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $10,100,000 of its general obligation bonds in support of the Workforce Housing Act to provide resources towards the construction and rehabilitation of high quality, permanently affordable housing for low to moderate working families, including affordable senior rental? Affordable Housing... $10,000,000 1% for Public Art... $100,000 TOTAL $10,100,000 PROPOSITIONS The Albuquerque City Council passed an ordinance to have the City Charter reviewed, forming the Charter Review Task Force in Ten (10) recommendations were presented by the City Council to the Mayor as amendments to the City Charter. The Mayor vetoed these amendments, and on August 4, 2009, the City Council elected to override his veto, placing them on this year s Municipal Election ballot. Each proposition/amendment will be voted on separately. To read the full language of the propositions, go to the League website Proposition 1 Amending the City Charter to provide a new section listing and briefly summarizing all of the provisions in the City Charter that govern elections. Explanation of Proposition No. 1 If passed, this proposition would make it easier to locate election laws in our City Charter. Currently those laws are scattered throughout. It would summarize and indicate where to find all provisions in the City Charter that pertain to governing elections in Albuquerque. Proposition 2 Amending the City Charter to provide that the salaries of the Mayor and City Councillors shall be determined by a Citizens Independent Salary Commission appointed by the City s Accountability in Government Committee. Explanation of Proposition No. 2 Currently Councillors receive a yearly salary that is one-tenth of the Mayor s yearly salary with the Council President receiving twice the amount of the other councillors. If passed, the independent salary commission would determine the salaries of the Mayor and the City Council. The Commission will have five members selected by the Accountability in Government Committee, and members will serve for four years. Their recommendations will be brought to the citizens for a vote. Any changes in salary will not go into effect for elected officials during their current term and will begin after the next election. Proposition 3 Amending the City Charter to provide that the City Clerk shall have a term that coincides with the term of the Mayor and that the Clerk shall only be removed earlier upon a finding of cause made both by the Mayor and six City Councillors. Requiring six City Councillors to confirm the City Clerk s appointment by the Mayor. Clarifying that the City Attorney, Chief Administrative Officer and deputy administrative officers but not department heads are appointed subject to the advice and consent of the City Council and cannot serve for more than 45 days without their names being submitted to the City Council for confirmation. Explanation of Proposition No. 3 If passed, this proposition would provide that the City Clerk serve the same term of office as the Mayor and be selected and appointed through an open and competitive hiring process conducted by the Mayor with the advice and consent of two-thirds of the entire membership of the Council. Proposition 3 also gives the City Council authority to remove the Clerk for cause by a two-thirds majority vote. Currently, the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the City Council, appoints the City Clerk. Proposition 4 Amending the process to amend the City Charter by: fixing the number of signatures to petition for a change in the Charter at 20% of the number of voters in the last four regular municipal elections; requiring the City Attorney to review any proposed petition; requiring approval of six City Councillors to propose a Council initiated amendment to the City Charter; requiring the City Council to hold at least two public hearings on the proposed amendment; requiring the ballot on a proposed amendment to the City Charter to contain a summary of the proposed amendment reviewed by the City Attorney for accuracy; allowing the City Clerk to correct errors and omissions in the City Charter and delete provisions declared to be illegal. Explanation of Proposition No. 4 If passed, this proposition would not change the current charter amendment process, but would define the process with more specificity and clarify amendment
11 PROPOSITIONS Voters Guide, Page 11 procedures. Currently, there are two separate procedures to seek amendment of the Charter: by citizen petition or by the City Council. This amendment would clarify these two procedures spelling out that a majority of the city council plus one vote must approve a charter amendment proposed by the Council itself. If passed Proposition 4 would authorize the City Clerk, subject to the approval of the City Attorney and City Council, to correct clerical errors and delete provisions in a proposed amendment that have been ruled invalid. Proposition 5 Amending the budget process to provide that the Mayor prepares the biennial capital improvements budget for submission to the Council. Setting specific dates for City Council action on the Mayor s annually proposed operating budget. Explanation of Proposition No. 5 The basic checks and balances in the existing Charter continue, but specific calendar dates have been added to clarify and expedite the budget process. Proposition 6 Amending the City Charter to provide that enforcement of the Open and Ethical Elections Code shall be a civil process conducted by the Board of Ethics and Campaign Practices rather than a criminal process conducted by the City Attorney. Explanation of Proposition No. 6 This takes the City Attorney out of the enforcement process. Ordinances already in effect, consistent with the Election Code, will govern these matters and be handled by the Board of Ethics and Campaign Practices. Proposition 7 Amending the City Charter by adding a new Article providing that the City Council is the City s ultimate planning and zoning authority, including the adoption and interpretation of the Comprehensive Plan and the Capital Improvement Plan. The Council is also the City s ultimate authority with respect to interpretation of adopted plans, ordinances, and individual cases. The Mayor is responsible for overseeing the implementation, enforcement, and administration of land use plans. Explanation of Proposition No. 7 This proposition clarifies the respective roles of the Mayor and the City Council in reference to planning and zoning. The Council is legislative in its function while the Mayor oversees and enforces laws as the executive branch of the City s government. Proposition 8 Amending the City Charter by adding a new Article providing that the City Council shall by ordinance establish a process for addressing disputes between the City Council and Mayor over their respective duties under the Charter. That process shall include the creation of a three member committee to resolve allegations of a violation; one member appointed by the Council, one member appointed by the Mayor and the third member appointed by the first two. Explanation of Proposition No. 8 If passed, this addition to the Charter will deal with disputes between the legislative branch and the executive branch of our City government. It will establish a three-person arbitration committee to address any disputes that may arise. Proposition 9 Amending the City Charter to provide that the petition to become a candidate for Mayor requires the signatures of three thousand (3,000) registered city voters and to become a candidate for City Council requires the signatures of five hundred (500) registered voters residing in the district which the person desires to represent. Explanation of Proposition No. 9 This Charter amendment changes the amount of signatures from a percentage to an actual number needed on a petition to become a candidate for Mayor. It also changes the amount of signatures needed on a petition to become a candidate for City Council to a definite number. This equalizes the signatures needed for each district, making it more specific. Proposition 10 Amending the City Charter to provide that the City Attorney shall have a term that coincides with the term of the Mayor and that the City Attorney shall only be removed earlier upon a finding of cause made both by the Mayor and six City Councillors. Requiring six City Councillors to confirm the City Attorney s appointment by the Mayor. Explanation of Proposition No. 10 If passed, this proposition would provide that the City Attorney serve the same term of office as the Mayor and be selected and appointed through an open and competitive hiring process conducted by the Mayor with the advice and consent of two-thirds of the entire membership of the Council. Currently, the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council appoints the City Attorney. Proposition 3 also gives the City Council authority to remove the City Attorney for cause by a two-thirds majority vote. TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE GROSS RECEIPTS TAX Proposing To Impose A One-Quarter Of One Percent Transportation Infrastructure Gross Receipts Tax Which Shall Be Dedicated Specifically And Only For The Following Uses: Not Less Than 31% For Road Rehabilitation; Not More Than 15% For Road Deficiencies; 13% For Road Maintenance; 5% For Trails And Bikeways; And 36% For Transit. No Portion Of The Revenue Generated By The Transportation Infrastructure Gross Receipts Tax Shall Be Used To Build Or Operate Any Rail Transportation System Until Such A System Is Approved At A Separate Election By The Voters Of The City Of Albuquerque. Background Since 2000 the City has imposed a voter approved one-quarter cent Transportation Infrastructure Tax that provides funding for road rehabilitation, road maintenance, road deficiencies and transit operations. The existing Transportation Infrastructure Tax contains a sunset provision and the current tax will expire on December 31, If passed this proposal will extend the one-quarter cent tax. Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. Franklin D. Roosevelt
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