Monday, December 13, 2004

Upcoming Meetings - Your Support Requested

The Albuquerque City Council will be holding a short meeting on Wednesday, December 15 at 4 p.m. (note the change in time from the normal 5 o'clock start time) in Council Chambers for the purpose of electing its officers for next year. During the "public comment" portion of the meeting, representatives from the 4th Street & Montaño Area Improvement Coalition will be addressing the Council regarding the Mayor's recent attempt to re-stripe the Montaño corridor.

We need to demonstrate to the Council that this is NOT a "City of Albuquerque vs. Village of Los Ranchos" issue (as the Mayor would like to portray it), nor is this a "West Side vs. North Valley" issue. As we recently articulated in our Community Visioning Report (http://www.cabq.gov/council/communityvisioningreport.html), we are all about finding solutions to the crisis in our Area that will benefit all of Albuquerque. We need the Council to support the ideas contained in our Community Visioning Report. Please try to attend the City Council meeting to show your support (and bring some friends and neighbors)! Your presence WILL make a difference and will show the Council that we are united and determined to make positive changes to our Area.

We plan on making the following points at this Wednesday's City Council meeting:

--We want a COMPREHENSIVE solution to the 4th Street and Montaño area crisis that is good for all of us, including West Side commuters. This solution must be a well-informed one that involves a great deal of public input from all affected stakeholders.

--We want whatever happens on Montaño, and at the 4th & Montaño intersection, to support revitalization on 4th Street.

--We want to be part of a positive process and want to work with City Government to help improve Albuquerque...Mayor Chavez's recent effort to re-stripe Montaño on a Saturday with less than 24 hours notice circumvented due process.

--Widening Montaño without substantial improvements at the 4th and 2nd Street intersections will exaggerate safety and congestion while doing little or nothing to help West Side commuters.

--Our Coalition insists on a comprehensive, independent, well funded study of the 4th Street and Montaño corridors.

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Also, the Village of Los Ranchos is hosting a public forum on the Montaño issue, Monday evening December 13th, 7 p.m. at the Village Hall on Rio Grande.

P.S. - Please spread the word! Forward a link to this blog to all who you think might be interested in what we're doing. Thanks!