“One Albuquerque” Should Be “Only In Albuquerque”

Mayor Tim Keller has taken photo ops to an all new level by attending protest rallies to speak at, attending marches, attending heavy metal concerts to introduce the band, running in track meets and participating in exhibition football games as the quarterback and enjoying reliving his high school glory days, and posting pictures and videos on his FACEBOOK page.

Mayor Keller has found one height and one event he should cancel and not attend.

Mayor Tim Keller and the City have announced that on Sunday, April 28, 2019 the city of Albuquerque is hosting a release party in honor of their new Albuquerque Police Department One Albuquerque t-shirts.

The T-Shirt release party is being at the Canteen Brewhouse on Aztec.

Carlos Contreras, CABQ Director of Innovation and Marketing, said:

“We’re just trying to bring the community together with some of the departments that work here at the city and go home every day as city residents.”



This event location sends the wrong message to the public that its OK to pick up a T-Shirt, have a few brews and then drive home.

New Mexico and Albuquerque have some of the highest DWI rates in the country.

Things got so bad a number of years ago that the state outlawed “drive up” package liquor sales.

The T-Shirt event release is being held on a Sunday no less when liquor sales are not allowed until 11:00 am.

Mayor Tim Keller should change the logo from “One Albuquerque” to “Only in Albuquerque”.

Distributing the APD T-Shirts by Mayor Keller at DWI check points when a driver is released from custody so they will have something to wear would be a lot more appropriate.

Hell, you could even have both Mayor Keller and Chief Michael Geier autograph the T-Shirts in black Magic Marker Sharpie before they are given out.

The Keller Administration also wants to “bill” for services rendered when the Albuquerque Fire & Rescue Department (AFRD) responds to a car crash or vehicle fire.

The proposal is for the AFRD to send a bill to the insurance companies.

So, if there is a DWI crash after the event, and someone is wearing the T-Shirt. no doubt the City can send the bill to the driver presuming they are still alive.

Did I go too far?

“So Very Sorry For Your loss. Please Give This Bill To Your Relative’s Insurance Carrier.”

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.