2021 Memorial Day Dinelli Family Tribute

Each Memorial Day, I am compelled to pay tribute to members of my family who have given so much and sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms and to protect this great country of ours. All these family members were born and lived in New Mexico, two were born in Chacon, New Mexico and the rest raised and educated in Albuquerque.

One gave the ultimate sacrifice during time of war.

My father Paul Dinelli and my Uncle Pete Dinelli, for whom I was named after, both served in the US Army during World War II when the United States went to war with Italy, Germany and Japan. The United State was at war with Italy during World War II. My father and uncle were first generation born Americans and the sons of Italian immigrants who settled in Albuquerque in the year 1900 to live the American dream. My Uncle Pete Dinelli was killed in action when he stepped on a land mine. My father Paul Dinelli was a disabled American Veteran when he returned to Albuquerque after World War II.

My uncles Fred Fresques and Alex Fresques, my mother’s two brothers, also saw extensive combat in World War II. My Uncle Alex Freques served in England and was in the Air Force. My uncle Fred Freques saw extensive action in the US Army infantry to the point that he refused to talk about what he saw to to anyone. After the war, my Uncle Fred returned to Albuquerque and raised a family in Barelas. Over many years, my Uncle Fred was active in the Barelas Community Center and was a trainer for the “Golden Gloves” competition teaching young adults the sport of boxing.

My father in law, George W. Case, who passed away a few years ago at the age 93, served in the United States Navy during World War II and saw action while serving on a destroyer. My father in law George Case was so proud of his service that he wore a World War II Veterans cap every day the last few years of his life. After the war, my father in law George Case returned to Albuquerque was married to my mother in law Laurel Del Castillo for 50 years, raised a family of 4 girls. George eventually owed a liquor store for a few years and then went on to build, own and operate the Old Town Car wash and was in the car wash industry for a number of years.

My nephew Dante Dinelli, was born and raised in Albuquerque and joined the service a few years after graduating from Cibola High School. Dante served 20 + years in the US Navy, retired as a Chief Petty Officer and to this day still works in a civilian capacity for the Navy.

My two nephews, Matthew Barnes and Brandon Barnes, the sons of my younger sister, Pauline were born and raised in Albuquerque and went to Bosque Prep. Mathew is a Major and Brandon is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and both are climbing the promotion ladder in the Marine Corps. My nephew Captain Brandon Barnes is a graduate of the US Naval Academy. My nephew Major Matthew Barnes graduated from UNM with honors and served a tour in Afghanistan and is currently on a tour of duty.

To all the wonderful and courageous men and women who have served and continue to serve our country to protect and secure the promise of freedom and the ideals upon which the United States was founded upon, and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, I thank you for your service to our Country.

Your service and sacrifices to this great country of ours will never be forgotten. God bless you all and God Bless this great country of ours!

Mayor Tim Keller Qualifies For Ballot, Short On Qualifying $5 Donations; Sheriff Gonzales Still Struggles With Petition Signatures And $5.00 Qualifying Donations; Sais Not At All Likely To Make Ballot

From April 17 to June 19, 2021, publicly financed candidates for Mayor must gather both 3,000 signatures from registered voters within the City and 3,779 qualifying donations of $5.00 to secure $661,309.25 in public financing.

EDITORS NOTE: Privately financed candidates for Mayor must gather more than 3000 nominating petition signatures from registered voters within the City from June 8 – August 10, 2021.

PROCESSED PETITION SIGNATURES:

As of May 28, following are the updated City Clerk numbers for Processed Petition Signatures starting with the candidate with the most and ending with the least collected:

MAYOR TIM KELLER

Required Petition Signatures: 3,000
Verified Petition Signatures: 3,219
Rejected Petition Signatures: 446
Remaining Petition Signatures Needed: 0
Percentage of Verified Petition Signatures Met: 100%

SHERIFF MANNY GONZALES

Required Petition Signatures: 3,000
Verified Petition Signatures: 2,098
Rejected Petition Signatures: 294
Remaining Petition Signatures Needed: 902
Percentage of Verified Petition Signatures Met: 70%

PATRICK BEN SAIS

Required Petition Signatures: 3,000
Verified Petition Signatures: 543
Rejected Petition Signatures: 478
Remaining Petition Signatures Needed: 2, 957
Percentage of Verified Petition Signatures Met: 18%

NICHOLAS BEVINS

Nicholas Bevins has announced his withdrawal from the race and is no longer listed on the City Clerk’s tally.

https://www.facebook.com/Nicholas.D.Bevins

PROCESSED $5.00 QUALIFYING CONTRIBUTIONS

As of May 24,with more $5.00 qualifying donations, following are the updated City Clerk numbers for Processed $5.00 Qualifying Contributions starting with the candidate with the most collected and ending with the least collected:

MAYOR TIM KELLER

Required $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 3,779
Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 3,034
Rejected $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 214
Remaining $5.00 Qualifying Contributions Needed: 745
Percentage of Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 80%

SHERIFF MANNY GONZALES

Required $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 3,779
Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 2,110
Rejected $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 154
Remaining $5.00 Qualifying Contributions Needed: 1,669
Percentage of Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 56%

PATRICK BEN SAIS

Required $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 3,779
Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 3
Rejected $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 1
Remaining $5.00 Qualifying Contributions Needed: 3,776
Percentage of Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 0%

https://www.cabq.gov/vote/candidate-information/2021-candidates/petition-qualifying-contribution-tally-1

COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS

It is now official that Mayor Tim Keller has made the ballot having collected the 3,000 qualify nominating petition signatures. With 21 days remaining to collect $5.00 qualifying donations, Mayor Tim Keller is in a very good position to collect the remaining $5.00 qualifying donations. The Keller campaign has collected 3,034 of the 3,779 required or 80% with 745 qualifying donations remaining to be collected. Collecting the remaining 745 donations is very doable, but still difficult, and will require collecting an average of at least 37 donations a day as a cushion for the next 21 days.

MANNY GONZALES

With 21 days remaining to collect both qualifying petitions signatures and the $5.00 qualifying donations, it is likely that Sheriff Manny Gonzales is beginning to panic so much so that he announced on May 25 on his FACEBOOK page:

“𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩! We need more signatures and $5 dollar contributions to get on the ballot. … .”

https://www.facebook.com/MannyForABQ

Gonzales has collected 2,098 of the required 3,000 signatures, or 70%. Gonzales needs to collect another 902 verifiable signatures, which is doable, but it is cutting it short timewise given the disqualification of 478 signatures he has collected.

The more serious problem for Gonzales is that his campaign is struggling to collect the verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions. The Gonzales campaign has collected 2,110 verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions or a disappointing 56% and he needs to collect another 1,669 donations or at least 79 to 80 qualifying donations a day for the next 21 days.

If Gonzales does not qualify for public finance, he could declare he will seek private financing and stay in the race but it will be a major setback to his campaign. Gonzales will no doubt ramp up private donation efforts but donors will be reluctant to contribute to both him and a measured finance committee. Another impact of failure to qualify for public finance will be to dry up private contributions to the two measured finance committees set up to promote him.

Sources are also saying that Republican political operative and consultant Jay McClesky, known for his nasty slash and burn tactics, is managing the Gonzales campaign and for that reason may be trying to turn things around for the Sheriff by tapping into Republican support for Gonzales. Mc Clesky managed both former Republican Mayor Berry’s campaigns for Mayor as well as both campaigns for Republican Governor “She Who Shall Not Be Named”.

THE CHALLENGES WE FACE

The city is facing any number of problems that are bringing it to its knees. Those problems include the coronavirus pandemic, business closures, high unemployment rates, exceptionally high violent crime and murder rates, continuing mismanagement of the Albuquerque Police Department, failed implementation of the Department of Justice reforms after a full six years and millions spent, declining revenues and gross receipts tax, increasing homeless numbers, lack of mental health programs and little to none economic development.

The city cannot afford another mayor who makes promises and offers only eternal hope for better times that result in broken campaign promises. What is needed is a mayor who actually knows what the hell they are doing, who will make the hard decisions without an eye on the next election, not make decisions only to placate their base and please only those who voted for them. What’s needed is a healthy debate on solutions and new ideas to solve our mutual problems, a debate that can happen only with a contested election.

There is plenty of time for other candidates to run as privately financed candidates and raise private campaign donations. Privately Finance Candidates for Mayor must also gather 3,000 signatures from registered voters within the City. The time for privately financed candidates for Mayor to collect signatures is from June 8 to August 10, 2021.

Anyone one interested in running for Mayor and who has a real love for this city and is concerned about what is happening is encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s office.

The link to the city web site for candidates is here:

https://www.cabq.gov/vote/candidate-information/2021-candidates

https://campaignfinance.cabq.gov/PublicSite/SearchPages/CommitteeSearch.aspx

Two Trump Probes Are Now Criminal; Der Führer Trump Begins To Lay Ground Work For Defense He Is A “Politcal Prisoner” Once Tried, Convicted And Jailed

On Tuesday, May 26, the New York Attorney General’s office announce that it is conducting a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business empire. It is a major expansion of what had previously been a civil probe. Fabien Levy, a spokesperson for Attorney General Letitia James, said in a statement:

“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the company is no longer purely civil in nature … We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan [District Attorney.]”

Link to quoted source material is here:

https://www.krqe.com/news/national/ny-attorney-general-says-trump-org-probe-is-now-criminal/

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has also been conducting a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization for over two years. Mew York Attorney General Letitia James and District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. are both Democrats. Attorney General James gave no explanation for what prompted the change in its approach to the investigation or why it chose to announce it publicly. CNN was first to report the development. District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. also declined to make any comments.

It was in November of 2019 that the New York Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas to local governments for records pertaining to Trump’s estate north of Manhattan, Seven Springs and a tax benefit Trump received for placing land there into a conservation trust. The New York Attorney General also looked at similar issues relating to a Trump office building in New York City, a hotel in Chicago and a golf course near Los Angeles.

The New York Attorney General civil investigation and the Manhattan District Attorney’s criminal probe had overlapped in a number of areas. Both the investigations have included examining whether Trump or his businesses manipulated the value of assets by inflating them in some cases and minimizing them in others to gain favorable loan terms and tax benefits.

MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES GRAND JURY ON TRUMP

On May 25, the Washington Post reported that the Manhattan District Attorney has convened a “special grand jury” that is expected to decide whether to indict former President Donald Trump, other executives at his company or the business itself, or his family members, should prosecutors present the panel with criminal charges, according to two people familiar with the development.

According to the report, the panel was convened and will sit 3 days a week for six months. The 6-month special grand jury is much longer than a traditional New York state grand-jury of 3 months used to charge an array of felonies, indicating the volume of evidence expected to be presented. Special grand juries are convened to participate in long-term matters rather than to hear evidence of crimes charged routinely.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has been investigating the Trump organization for over 2 years. The convening of the special grand jury is the clearest indication that the District Attorney’s Office has found evidence of a crime by the former president, his business associates or even his two sons Don an Eric Trump or his daughter Envanka Trump and her husband Jared Cushner. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office investigation has included a look at hush-money payments paid to women on Trump’s behalf and the propriety of tax write-offs the Trump Organization claimed on millions of dollars in consulting fees it paid, including money that went to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office investigation is complicated and expansive. According to the Washington Post, the District Attorney investigators are known to have scrutinized Trump’s business practices before he was president, including whether the value of specific properties in the Trump Organization’s real estate portfolio were manipulated in a way that defrauded banks and insurance companies, and if any tax benefits were obtained illegally through unscrupulous asset valuation.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is reportedly examining the compensation provided to top Trump Organization executives. The District Attorney’s investigation has focused in recent weeks on the Trump Organization’s longtime finance chief, Allen Weisselberg. His former daughter-in-law, Jen Weisselberg, has given investigators reams of documents as they look into how some Trump employees were compensated with apartments or school tuition. Weisselberg was subpoenaed in the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation and testified twice in 2020.

Link to quoted source material is here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-investigation-grand-jury/2021/05/25/5f47911c-bcca-11eb-83e3-0ca705a96ba4_story.html

DER FÜHRER TRUMP LASHES OUT

Late Tuesday May 25, in a statement issued, Der Führer Trump had this to say:

“[The seating of the grand jury is] a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history. … This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors. … Our Country is broken, our elections are rigged, corrupt, and stolen, our prosecutors are politicized, and I will just have to keep on fighting like I have been for the last five years!”

NOT THE FIRST TIME PROMOTING THE BIG LIE

On July 15, 2020, in an exclusive wide-ranging interview with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, President Trump was asked if he was “a good loser”. Trump said that he wasn’t a good loser and he went on to add that he thinks “mail-in voting is going to rig the election.” This led Wallace to ask whether Trump may not accept the results of the election and Trump said “We’ll have to see.”

https://time.com/5868739/trump-election-results-chris-wallace

On September 23, Trump was asked at a press conference if he would “commit to a peaceful transferal of power” if he lost the election, Trump said:

“Well, we’re gonna have to see what happens. … You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. The ballots are a disaster … Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a peaceful … there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation.”

Trump engaged in repeated attacks on mail in voting as a pathway to voter fraud. It was a claim that was unsubstantiated and was an outright lie that Trump kept repeating.
In April, 2020 Trump responding to a question about Wisconsin wanting to go to mail-in ballots said:

“Mail ballots are a very dangerous thing for this country, because they’re cheaters. … They’re fraudulent in many cases.”

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/07/829323152/fact-check-is-mail-ballot-fraud-as-rampant-as-president-trump-says-it-is

Trump laid the foundation to dispute the election outcome with his incessant lies that “mail-in ballots” would result in a rigged election. Trump’s false claims were used as an excuse for the Republican Party to purge voter-registration rolls, limit mail-in ballots, close polling stations in minority areas and challenge in-person voting by minorities. The best example was in the state of Texas where Governor Abbot ordered only one polling place or drop off for ballots per county that has millions of residents and requiring hours of driving to hand deliver ballots.

Election experts say Trump’s critiques of mail-in voting was just another one of his many lies. Instead, they said mail-in voting was expected to improve voter turnout on the whole and there was little evidence that it will have a partisan effect by benefitting one party over the other.

The experts were proven right. Mail in voting improved voter turnout overwhelmingly. On October 19, 2020, it was over 71 million people had cast their ballots with early voting or mail in voting around the United States, surpassing the 58.3 million total pre-election votes cast in 2016. That’s almost half of the total presidential votes cast in 2016.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/27/politics/early-voting-key-states/index.html

On November 12, the Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and the election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees issued the following joint statement that the “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history:

“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result.”

It was on Wednesday, November 15 that Trump said the election was stolen and said:

“This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen. We can’t let it happen for our country. … And this election has to be turned around because we won Pennsylvania by a lot and we won all these swing states by a lot.”

COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS

As the ancient saying goes:

“The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.”

One thing is for certain is that after a full 4 years in office and 7 months after losing the 2020 election, the wheels of justice are turning slowly when it comes to Der Führer Trump. It appears likely that bank accounts, financial documents, loan applications and tax returns are providing the necessary “grinding” material to form the basis of criminal grand jury indictments against Trump. Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank have turned over all of Trump’s financial records that have been combed over and reviewed by both federal and New York State prosecutors. Then you have Trump’s former private attorney and fixer Michael Cohen whose offices and home were raided and volumes of documents seized to add to the grinding material.

Trump has gone out of his way to create lies out of whole cloth that the election was rigged and fraudulent with not a single scintilla of evidence. True to form, Trump is laying the ground work for his defense once indicted as he lays plans for his political comeback by saying:

“…[This is] a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American history. This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors. Our Country is broken, our elections are rigged, corrupt, and stolen, our prosecutors are politicized, and I will just have to keep on fighting like I have been for the last five years!”

In the event that Trump is in fact charged, convicted and sentenced to prison for any number of counts of securities fraud, tax evasion, financial fraud on loan applications, insurance fraud, or tax fraud, he will likely proclaim he has been unfairly treated by the courts and persecuted. If jailed and sentenced, Trump will proclaim that he is a “political prisoner”, that he has been unjustly prosecuted for his political belief’s, none of which will have anything to do with the likely charges he is faced with for crimes he committed before being elected president in 2016.

The cult organization known as the Republican Party will believe him. Now that Der Führer Trump is hinting he wants to run again for President in 2024, all of his supporters will proclaim if he winds up behind bars that he is a “political prisoner” on the same level as South African President Nelson Mandela.

You can envision his Republican cult supporters protesting and carrying around signs “FREE FÜHRER TRUMP!, FREE FÜHRER TRUMP” . Then again, Der Führer Trump may try to flee to Russia, or North Korea and seek “political asylum” from his buddies Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong-un in exchange for all the secrets he knows.

If in fact there is equal justice under the law, and that no one is above the law, Der Führer Trump will be moving his residence from the State of Florida and back to the State of New York to live in the gated community known as the “Attica Corrections Facility” to live out his remaining years and with members of his family in the “Attica Family Trump Wing”.

A link to a related blog article is here:

Trump: The Once And Future Fascist Who Wants To Be President Again; US Military Loyalty To Democracy; Trump Needs To Be Moved To A Gated Community

Keller’s ART Work That Keeps On Taking And Destroying Historic Route 66; Bus Ridership Plummets By 61% With 0.20% Population Use

Fine art is said to be the type of gift that keeps on giving over many years and is appreciated by its owners and the public. It is said that you never buy art for an investment and only if you truly like it because you may never find another buyer once you become tired of it. Business administration principals provide the basic understanding about running a successful business to make a profit and not to destroy a business.

Mayor Tim Keller attended Notre Dame where he studied Art History and he went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration with honors from the Harvard Business School. You would think Keller actually learned something about art as well as business administration given what his education cost him.

In the city of Albuquerque, and in Keller’s own warped “BURQUE” world, the city’s fine ART work is a poorly designed bus system along central that has destroyed many a thriving businesses. The ART bus line operates in the “red” and continues to be a drain on city resources with few riders.

PAINTING THE TOWN RED

It has been reported that the city is continuing with its efforts to try and make the disastrous and poorly designed ART Bus along central more user friendly, this time with red paint. On Tuesday, May 25, city maintenance crews began to paint ART Bus lanes with a bright red. The paint job will be in areas along Central Avenue to signal the areas where busses go in either direction in one lane so as to make it easier for other drivers to avoid driving head on into the buses. The central blocks are in east downtown, west downtown and the area in front of UNM which has already been painted.

The city’s Transit Department Director Danny Holcomb said the red lanes had to get federally approved before the work could begin and he said:

“This is the same funding we got for the entire ART project. … We had some money left over, and we wanted to do as many safety improvements as we can. … “We’re moving the stop bars back a little bit on the intersection so if you’re on a lane next to a bus, you can actually see the bus next to you while you’re making your left turn or u-turn.”

In addition to making safety improvements, the city needs to hire more bus drivers. People can apply on the city’s website.

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/art-lanes-get-bright-red-makeover/6121700/?fbclid=IwAR0_qchk2xBK11leXKT_RRL8hTDcYd9r8JamCREvfuKyE0-PFVDgrmF1ixw#.YK5SFWWVq68.facebook

2020 CITY OF ALBQUERQUE PROGRESS REPORT AND TRANSIT BUDGET

On March 2, the City of Albuquerque released the biennial progress report for 2020. It’s a summary of progress across eight major goals set by the city council, compiled by the Indicators Progress Commission (IPC). The survey was conducted by the respected and highly accurate Research and Polling. According to the polling under Infrastructure, the city’s bus ridership per capita is less than 1% and is reported to be an extremely disappointing 0.20% for the integrated transportation system.

https://www.petedinelli.com/2021/05/25/taking-the-pulse-of-a-city-2020-albuquerque-progress-report-and-2019-citizens-satisfaction-survey-2020-census-and-data-book-highlights/

The city’s Transit Department provides fixed routes in the form of ABQ Ride and the rapid transit (ART) bus service and Para-Transit (SunVan) service for the mobility impaired population.

The fiscal year 2022 approved budget for the Transit Department Operating Fund is $49 million, an increase of $1.7 million or 3.5% above the Fiscal year original budget. The transit department employs 574 full time employees. In 2020, the ART bus line was reported to have a total of 814,295 boarding’s for the entire year, Rapid ride had 152,381 total boarding for the year and commuter total boarding were 98,000.

Pages 161 to 164, City of Albuquerque budget:

https://documents.cabq.gov/budget/fy-22-proposed-budget.pdf

Historically, city bus ridership has plummeted.

According to one report, the 2020 bus boarding’s were down a whopping 43% over previous year or 3.9 million fewer boarding’s. Boarding’s were down by 61% since 2012 peak which is 7.9 million fewer boarding. While ridership plunged, the Transit Department’s budget increased by 28%

https://www.abqreport.com/single-post/abq-bus-system-near-collapse-ridership-down-61-percent

COMMENTARTY AND ANALYSIS

Might as well call ART the “red line” that destroyed historic route 66, and Mayor Keller has had a lot to do with that.

Mayor Tim Keller a few months after being elected announced that the ART Bus project was “a bit of a lemon”. Instead of abandoning the project, Keller made the deliberate decision to finish the ART Bus Project. Keller spent over half of his term to complete the ART Bus project and the city is still trying to make it work.

Since starting service November 30, 2019, the ART buses have had accident after accident and upwards of 25 major accidents and upwards of 30 minor accidents. The accidents range from a minor “fender benders” to more serious crashes, including two that temporarily sidelined two buses. Multiple crashes have resulted in damage to other vehicles, including at least 3 that involved Albuquerque police officers. There have also been crashes involving pedestrians, one of which left an 18-year-old woman dead.

Notwithstanding all the accidents, and the proof of a poorly designed project, Keller refused to shut down the bus line and find alternative uses for the bus stop platforms. Berry’s Boondoggle became Keller’s Crisis Project that has now destroyed historic Route 66.

https://www.abqjournal.com/…/car-crashes-into-art-bus…

Keller with great bravado ordered the filing of a breach of contract lawsuit against the bus manufacture saying in part:

“We’re no longer going to be guinea pigs [for the bus manufacturer] anymore … Obviously, we very concerned about what we’ve been put through as a city … I think down the road, we’re interested in being fairly compensated for what we have been misled on these buses.”

A few weeks later, Keller settled the case with a mutual dismissal of claims. Absolutely no damages were paid to the city by the bus manufacturer, even for the loss revenue to the city for the delay.

The ART Bus was temporarily suspended as a result of the corona virus pandemic. During the temporary closure of the bus line, the Keller Administration began spending in January, 2021 over $200,000 more to construct “pin curbs” which are concrete edging to form barriers to boundaries for the dedicated bus lanes to prevent vehicles from traveling into the dedicated lanes.

The ART Bus project will never be appreciated let alone used and is a failure from the standpoint of business administration as ridership continues to plummet. Keller’s taste for ART is a waste of investment.

Links to related blog articles are here:

Dinelli Blog Articles On ART Bus Project Listed

Taking The Pulse Of A City: 2020 Albuquerque Progress Report And 2019 Citizens Satisfaction Survey; 2020 Census And Data Book Highlights

Severely Pared Down “Community Safety Department” Launched; “Ambassador Program” Launched; Hope Springs Eternal Both Will Succeed

On April 27, Mayor Tim Keller announced the appointment 3 top managers for the newly created “Community Safety Department” (ACS). ACS will include trained social workers, housing and homelessness specialists, violence prevention and diversion program experts.

The department once fully implemented will give 9-1-1 dispatch an option when a community safety response is more appropriate than a paramedic, firefighter or armed police officer. The goal of the ACS is to bolster and expand investments in violence intervention, diversion programs and treatment initiatives.

https://www.cabq.gov/mayor/news/mayor-keller-announces-top-leadership-team-for-innovative-new-albuquerque-community-safety-department?fbclid=IwAR2r3goYDBk_nrDwkK6jkAKW9JQga6YqJ-_HSgIKCMpt0OWKSyyAjNzd33s

https://www.informationark.com/?p=31536

MANAGEMENT TEAM ANNOUNCED

Following are the 3 appointments announced:

Mariela Ruiz-Angel, Director of Albuquerque Community Safety

Mariela Ruiz-Angel was born and raised in the border city of El Paso, Texas. Ruiz-Angel holds a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources and a Master of Social Work in Leadership and Administration. Prior to her appointment as Director of ACS, Ruiz-Angel was the City Coordinator for the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA). In her new role leading the third branch of public safety, Ruiz-Angel is working to ensure that the department follows through with its mission of advocating and promoting a citywide culture that values the voices of all residents. She brings to the City of Albuquerque an extensive background in education, business development, and corporate customer relations.

Jasmine Desiderio, Deputy Director of Policy and Administration

Jasmine Desiderio previously served as the Project Director of a Native American Youth Suicide Prevention program, where her roles included strategic action planning, policymaking, program development and evaluation, community outreach and engagement, data surveillance, grant administration and training facilitation. Desiderio holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Guidance from New Mexico Highlands University, and a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Criminology from the University of New Mexico. She is currently in the Organization, Information and Learning Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of New Mexico. Desiderio has eight years of experience in coordinating multidisciplinary, interservice and interagency teams to strategically design and implement injury prevention services ranging from crisis intervention, suicide prevention and postvention programs in northwestern New Mexico.

D’Albert Hall, Deputy Director of Field Response

D’Albert Hall comes to Albuquerque by way of Las Vegas, Nevada. Hall holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in social welfare and a Master of Arts in Sports Management. Prior to his appointment, Hall was employed as a Family Service Specialist and Child Development Specialist for Clark County Department of Family Services. There he addressed mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse, physical abuse and child abuse/neglect concerns. Much of his time was spent working with families in their homes or at an emergency shelter. He provided treatment and behavioral intervention to abused, neglected and abandoned children, many of whom are behaviorally or emotionally impaired or medically fragile. Hall provided crisis intervention, family and child counseling and mediation principles and techniques.

https://www.cabq.gov/mayor/news/mayor-keller-announces-top-leadership-team-for-innovative-new-albuquerque-community-safety-department?fbclid=IwAR2r3goYDBk_nrDwkK6jkAKW9JQga6YqJ-_HSgIKCMpt0OWKSyyAjNzd33s

Mariela Ruiz-Angel, Director of Albuquerque Community Safety, said in the fall of 2021, dispatchers will be able to send ACS first responders, along with police and firefighters to an emergency. She had this to say:

“This time a year ago, our administration realized that we needed to start thinking about something different than just a police officer or a firefighter when we went out to 911 calls. I think we’re going to be able to go to a lot of different types of calls. … Those would include abandoned vehicles, one of our top calls that we see, doesn’t always require a badge or a gun.

For years I think nationwide we’ve asked officers and even firefighters to be our protectors to be our social workers, to be our healthcare workers. I mean, we’ve asked so much of them and the reality is that we have actual experts that are equipped and trained on how to do this, and so we really do believe that this will allow for police to have, to have some of those calls that do again take time and that they’re just not expert in to then refocus their work on violent crime and let ACS really take on what they’re experts, on which is behavioral and mental health.

This is about making sure that we meet community where they are at, and that we’re not necessarily experts in what they right? In their lives, or we want to bring them to the table to let us know, are we doing this right, are you feeling like you’re being heard. “

The link to quoted source material is here:

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/albuquerque-community-safety-department-plans-to-adapt-to-needs-of-the-city/6121694/?cat=500

SEVERLY PAIRED DOWN NEW DEPARTMENT

It was on Monday, June 15, 2020 Mayor Tim Keller announced plans to create a new Albuquerque Community Safety Department (ACS). It was proposed in part as a response to police shootings happening throughout the country, especially after the killing of African American George Floyd. Keller proclaimed it was the “first of its kind” department in the country. Keller received national news coverage on the concept, including the in the Washington Post. It turns out the only “first of its kind” aspect was a department. Using social workers to take call for service instead of cops has been going on for years in other major cities.

The new department as originally announced was to have 192 positions with 32 people for each of the 6 area commands, staffed around the clock, to respond to tens of thousands of calls for service a year. The estimated annual cost of the new department was $10,201,170. The ACS as Keller originally presented to the public was to have social workers, housing and homelessness specialists and violence prevention and diversion program experts. They were to be dispatched to homelessness and “down-and-out” calls as well as behavioral health crisis calls for service to APD. The new department was to connect people in need with services to help address any underlying issues. The intent is to free up the first responders, either police or firefighters, who typically have to deal with down-and-out and behavioral health calls.

On Thursday, September 3, Mayor Tim Keller released his proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The new city department was pared down significantly to $7.5 million in personnel, equipment and contractual services. Not a single licensed mental health professional, social worker, councilor, housing and homelessness specialists and violence prevention and diversion program experts were included.

Keller cut the new ACS Department from the originally suggested 192 positions to 100 employees with 60 positions taken from other city departments. The 100 employees included 40 transit security officers, 13 security staffers from the Municipal Development Department, 9 parking enforcement workers, 6 crossing guard supervisors and one from the city’s syringe cleanup program.

On October 15, the proposed Keller budget for the new department was slashed to the bone from $7.5 million to $2.5 million for fiscal year 2021. The City Council removed virtually all of the positions originally proposed by Keller. Cut from Keller’s proposed budget for the new department were 83 employees and a $7.5 million cost. The staffing cut include 53 security personnel, 9 parking enforcement employees and 6 people from the city’s crossing guard program.

During last year’s budget process, the Albuquerque City Council severely parred down the proposed new department. The new department as originally proposed by Keller was to have 192 employees, Keller cut it to 100 positions and then the City Council gutted it to 13 positions. The projected budget went from $10.9 Million as originally proposed by Keller then it was reduced to $7.5 Million, the City Council then slashed the budget further to $2.5 Million.

The 2022 proposed city budget provides for a Community Safety budget of $7.7 million with 61 total employees across a range of specialties in social work and counseling to provide behavioral health services.

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

On May 5, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) announced the creation of an new “Ambassador Program”. The Ambassador Program has assigned to it upwards of 18 police officers and city employs. The goal of the Ambassador Program is to bridge the gap between police and communities that may not completely trust officers.

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/apd-launches-ambassador-program-to-build-trust-with-various-communities/6097864/?cat=500

APD spokeswoman Rebecca Atkins said the APD officers assigned to the Ambassador Program will receive advanced training in community relations and will take concerns to APD Police Chief Harold Medina once a month. According to Atkins, the Ambassador Program will start with five groups: the Asian, Hispanic, Black and Native American communities, and the LGBTQ community.

She said the initiative is aimed at establishing “clear, consistent lines of communication” with those that have not had formal relationships with law enforcement in the past. Officers will also work on recruiting to diversify the department.

Chief Medina had this to say in a news release:

“We know there are diverse groups and viewpoints even within these communities,” “Our goal is to build relationships and address concerns about the inequalities in our community. This is a way for our officers to lend an ear and bring those concerns to the appropriate parties so we can help make necessary change. … [The Ambassador Program is aimed at] clear, consistent lines of communication. … We know there are diverse groups and viewpoints even within these communities. … Our goal is to build relationships and address concerns about the inequalities in our community. This is a way for our officers to lend an ear and bring those concerns to the appropriate parties so we can help make necessary change.”

CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC

Members of the Black New Mexico Movement, an advocacy group, said they were cautiously optimistic that the program will help mend relationships. The Black New Mexico Movement was organized and participated in many protests against racial injustice and the killing of George Floyd.
Torrance Green of the Black New Mexico Movement had this to say:

“I mean, everything so far sounds good, looks good. It’s happening. At this point, it’s the first step. … We’ll see what happens next, we’ll see what happens in the future. But, it’s good to see the see city, APD, working together– looking for a solution and at least trying.”

La’Quonte’ Barry, an organizer with the Black New Mexico Movement, said he likes the idea of the program and has been pleased with the response from APD. He said that after a car drove through a protest on Central across from UNM in September last year, Medina called him personally. Barry added:

“He was upset about that … About three days later, we met up and had a conversation, and that’s when everything started to go into more of what we want, and how we can be an assistance to what they already have.”

Barry had his own history with police at protests. He was charged with carrying a gun on school property in July after he and another activist with the Black New Mexico Movement took guns to Civic Plaza, not realizing they were banned. The case has been dismissed.

Barry said that he has told APD Chief Medina that protesters want to be able to gather and march without the heavy police presence that gives the impression that the group is violent or aggressive. Since his conversation with Chief Medina, Barry said the police presence at protests has been greatly diminished.

“That’s what our movement was about, the community approach … It wasn’t about being violent; it was about getting answers. And that’s where we are now: We’re getting answers; we’re speaking to people.”

Link to news source for quotes:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1521136/apd-launches-community-ambassador-program.html

FAILED PROGRAMS TO BRING DOWN VIOLENT CRIME

In 2019, in response to the continuing increase in violent crime rates, Mayor Keller scrambled to implement 4 major crime fighting programs to reduce violent crime:

1. The Shield Unit

In February 2018 the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) created the “Shield Unit”. The Shield Unit assists APD Police Officers to prepare cases for trial and prosecution by the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office. The unit originally consisted of 3 para legals. It was announced that it is was expanded to 12 under the 2019-2020 city budget that took effect July 1, 2019.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1325167/apd-expands-unit-that-preps-cases-for-prosecution.html
2. Declaring Violent Crime “Public Health” issue

On April 8, 2019, Mayor Keller and APD announced efforts that will deal with “violent crime” in the context of it being a “public health issue” and dealing with crimes involving guns in an effort to bring down violent crime in Albuquerque. Mayor Keller and APD argue that gun violence is a “public health issue” because gun violence incidents have lasting adverse effects on children and others in the community that leads to further problems.

3. The “Violence Intervention Plan” (VIP program)

On November 22, Mayor Tim Keller announced what he called a “new initiative” to target violent offenders called “Violence Intervention Plan” (VIP). The VIP initiative was in response to the city’s recent murders resulting in the city tying the all-time record of homicides at 72 in one year. Mayor Keller proclaimed the VIP is a “partnership system” that includes law enforcement, prosecutors and social service and community provides to reduce violent crime. According to Keller vulnerable communities and law enforcement will be working together and building trust has proven results for public safety. Mayor Keller stated:

“… This is about trying to get these people not to shoot each other. …This is about understanding who they are and why they are engaged in violent crime. … And so, this actually in some ways, in that respect, this is the opposite of data. This is action. This is actually doing something with people. …”

4. The Metro 15 Operation program.

On Tuesday, November 26, Mayor Tim Keller held a press conference to announce a 4th program within 9 months to deal with the city’s violent crime and murder rates. At the time of the press conference, the city’s homicide count was at 72, matching the city’s record in 2017.

Before 2017, the last time the City had the highest number of homicides in one year was in 1996 with 70 murders that year. Keller dubbed the new program “Metro 15 Operation” and is part of the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) program. According to Keller and then APD Chief Michael Geier the new program would target the top 15 most violent offenders in Albuquerque. It’s the city’s version of the FBI’s 10 most wanted list.

Links to news coverage are here:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1394576/city-launches-violence-intervention-program.html

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/mayor-keller-touts-new-plan-to-tackle-violent-crime/5561150/?cat=500

COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS

The new Community Safety Department and the Ambassador Program are the 5TH and the 6th major initiatives Mayor Tim Keller has implemented in the last two years in an attempt to bring down the city’s high violent crime rates as he promised to do in 2017 when he ran for Mayor. Based on the city’s high violent crime and murder rates, it appears Keller’s previous programs have been a failure.

The Albuquerque Community Safety Department (ACS) is a department that is supposed to be a solution to reduce APD’s calls for service involving mental health calls and to transfer such calls to another civilian department with mental health experts to deal with those in crisis. It is a department that must be equipped to respond to 911 calls related to addiction problems and behavioral health issues, or it will fail and fail miserably and may even result in a social worker getting killed.

A key component of the new department is to have trained and licensed mental health care professionals. The ACS department as presented in the original proposed budget did not address behavioral health care and long-term counseling nor solutions. Without considerably more licensed health care professionals, the new department is relegated to be a “pickup, delivery or referral” of people in crisis to take them either to jail or to a hospital. In order to be successful, the Mayor’s new department needs to deal with the city’s long-term behavioral health system needs and programs that are desperately needed now and in the future.

No doubt in Mayor Keller’s heart hope springs eternal that the new Community Safety Department and the Ambassador Program will both succeed to some extent before the November 2 municipal election where Keller is seeking a second 4-year term. The cold reality is that time is running out on Keller and 5 month before an election is not enough time to have any significant reduction in violent crime.

The link to a related blog article is here:

Publicity Stunt Keller’s “Community Safety Department” Gutted By City Council; New Department Goes From 192 Positions To 13 Positions; $10.9 Million Projected Budget Goes To $7.5 Million, Cut To $2.5 Million; Still No Mental Health Officials

May 24 City Clerk Petition And Qualifying Contribution Tally For Mayor

From April 17 to June 19, 2021, publicly financed candidates for Mayor must gather both 3,000 signatures from registered voters within the City and 3,779 qualifying donations of $5.00 to secure $661,309.25 in public financing.

EDITORS NOTE: Privately financed candidates for Mayor must gather more than 3000 nominating petition signatures from registered voters within the City from June 8 – August 10, 2021.

PROCESSED PETITION SIGNATURES:

As of May 25, following are the updated City Clerk numbers for Processed Petition Signatures starting with the candidate with the most and ending with the least collected:

MAYOR TIM KELLER

Required Petition Signatures: 3,000
Verified Petition Signatures: 2,832 (Before: 2,729)
Rejected Petition Signatures: 385
Remaining Petition Signatures Needed: 168
Percentage of Verified Petition Signatures Met: 94% (Before: 91%)

SHERIFF MANNY GONZALES

Required Petition Signatures: 3,000
Verified Petition Signatures: 1,678 (Before: 1,639)
Rejected Petition Signatures: 203 (No change)
Remaining Petition Signatures Needed: 1,322
Percentage of Verified Petition Signatures Met: 56% (Before: 55%)

PATRICK BEN SAIS

Required Petition Signatures: 3,000
Verified Petition Signatures: 479 (Before: 453)
Rejected Petition Signatures: 420 (Rejected: 391)
Remaining Petition Signatures Needed: 2,547
Percentage of Verified Petition Signatures Met: 16% (Before 15%)

NICHOLAS BEVINS

Nicholas Bevins in a recorded message last week on his Facebook page said he was withdrawing from the race because the pandemic and the special election congressional race made it too difficult to collect nominating signatures and he did not see a path to collecting the required 3,000 petition signatures to make the November ballot by the June 19 deadline. You can review the official withdrawal here on his FACEBOOK page:

https://www.facebook.com/Nicholas.D.Bevins

PROCESSED $5.00 QUALIFYING CONTRIBUTIONS

As of May 24,with more $5.00 qualifying donations, following are the updated City Clerk numbers for Processed $5.00 Qualifying Contributions starting with the candidate with the most collected and ending with the least collected:

MAYOR TIM KELLER

Required $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 3,779
Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 2,665 (Before: 2,527)
Rejected $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 192 (Before 185)
Remaining $5.00 Qualifying Contributions Needed: 1,114 (Before 1,252)
Percentage of Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 71 %

SHERIFF MANNY GONZALES

Required $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 3,779
Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 1,792 (Before: 1,724)
Rejected $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 93
Remaining $5.00 Qualifying Contributions Needed: 1,978 (Before: 2,055)
Percentage of Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 47%

PATRICK BEN SAIS

Required $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 3,779
Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 3
Rejected $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 1
Remaining $5.00 Qualifying Contributions Needed: 3,776
Percentage of Verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions: 0%

https://www.cabq.gov/vote/candidate-information/2021-candidates/petition-qualifying-contribution-tally-1

MAYOR TIM KELLER

Thus far, and based on the 26 remaining days to collect signatures and $5.00 qualifying donations, Mayor Tim Keller is in the most comfortable position to collect both nominating petition signatures and $5.00 qualifying donations. The Keller campaign has collected 94% of the necessary nominating petition signatures and 71% of the $5.00 qualifying donations with 1,114 remaining donations to be collected. Collecting the remaining 1,114 donations is doable, but still difficult, and will require collecting an average of 43 donations a day for the next 26 days.

SHERIFF MANNY GONZALES:

Based on the 26 days remaining, it appears that Sheriff Manny Gonzales is having difficulty in collecting both the nominating petition signatures as well as the $5.00 qualifying donations. Gonzales has collected 56% of the required 3,000 signatures and needs to collect another 1,322 more, which is doable over the remaining 26 day remaining to collect.

However, Gonzales is struggling to collect the verified $5.00 Qualifying Contributions and has collected 1,792 or 47% and needs to collect another 1,978 donations or at least 76 donations a day for the next 26 days. If Gonzales does not qualify for public finance, he could declare he will seek private financing and stay in the race but it will be a major setback to his campaign. Gonzales will no doubt ramp up private donation efforts but donors will be reluctant to contribute to both him and a measured finance committee. Another impact of failure to qualify for public finance will be to dry up private contributions to the two measured finance committees set up to promote him.

Sources are also saying that Republican political operative and consultant Jay McClesky, know for his slash and burn tactics, is managing the Gonzales campaign and for that reason may be trying to turn things around for the Sheriff by tapping into Republican support for Gonzales. McClesky managed both former Republican Mayor Berry’s campaigns for Mayor as well as both campaigns for Republican Governor “She Whose Shall Not Be Named”.

PATRICK BEN SAIS

Based on the numbers for PATRICK BEN SAIS, it is not at all likely he will even make the ballot.

MEASURED FINANCE COMMITTEES

As of May 25, there are 4 measured finance committees with the following donors :

1. RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR A BETTER ALBUQUERQUE: $550 CASH BALANCE FROM 2 DONORS

STATED PURPOSE: “SUPPORT ALBUQUERQUE MAYORAL CANDIDATE WHO WILL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR IT’S CITIZENS AS WELL AS OPPOSE CANDIDATES THAT ARE DETRIMENTAL TO THE FUTURE GROWTH AND SAFETY OF ALBUQUERQUE”

The chairperson of the “Retired Law Enforcement for a Better Albuquerque is Jason Katz and the Treasurer is listed as Sistine Jaramillo. Upon information and belief, Jason Katz is a former and retired Chief Deputy of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and is a longtime supporter and has worked for Gonzales. No background information could be located on Sistine Jaramillo.

DONORS

On April 12, Jason Katz donated $300
On May 3, Michael L. Chavez, listed as retired donated $250.

https://campaignfinance.cabq.gov/PublicSite/Reports/FetchReportToPDF.aspx

2. SAVE OUR CITY: $16,495 CASH BALANCE FROM 2 DONORs

https://campaignfinance.cabq.gov/PublicSite/SearchPages/OrganizationDetail.aspx?OrganizationID=7109

STATED PURPOSE: TO ADDRESS THE SERIOUS CRIME AND LEADERSHIP PROBLEM IN ALBUQUERQUE

The Chairperson of “Save Our City” is Sam Vigil and the Treasurer is Republican State Representative Bill Rehm. Sam Vigil is the husband Jacquiline Vigil who was gun down in her car backing out of the family home driveway in the early morning hours as she was leaving for the gym. Republican New Mexico State Representative Bill Rehm, District 31, Bernalillo County, has been a State Representative since 2006. Rehm retired in 2000 from BCSO Sheriff’s office as Captain. Rehm is considered a reliable conservative supporter of law enforcement efforts in the New Mexico Legislature

https://www.abqjournal.com/2381547/vigil-forms-political-action-committee-to-defeat-keller.html

DONORS:

On April 14, ADMIRAL BEVERAGE CORPORATION, BUSINESS/GROUP INFO: GREG BROWN BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTION contributed $15,000.00

On April 15 ADAM CHAVEZ, EMPLOYER: Mining/Energy MUTUAL DRILLING COMPANY ASSOCIATED CANDIDATES contributed $1,500.00

https://campaignfinance.cabq.gov/PublicSite/Reports/FetchReportToPDF.aspx

3. BUILD BACK ‘BURQUE: $0.00 CASH BALANCE REPORTED AND NO DONORS LISTED

https://campaignfinance.cabq.gov/PublicSite/Reports/FetchReportToPDF.aspx

As of April 26, one measured finance committees has been formed to support Mayor Tim Keller’s bid for a second 4 year term . The Measured finance committee is identified as “ BUILD BACK ‘BURQUE”.

STATED PURPOSE: “Support mayor Tim Keller’s re-election to a second term for the city of Albuquerque”

The Chairperson for “Build Back ‘Burque” is Michelle Mayorga. According to the American Association of Political Consultants “Michelle Mayorga has spent nearly 2 decades working on campaigns, progressive issues, and in local and national administrations. She previously served as Western Field Director at the AFL-CIO, Western Political Director at the DCCC, and Coordinated Director for the Democratic Party of New Mexico in 2012.”

https://theaapc.org/awards/40-under-40/class-of-2016/michelle-mayorga/

The Treasurer for “Build Back ‘Burque” is Robert Lara. Mr. Lara is a licensed New Mexico attorney and is the former State Treasurer of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

https://campaignfinance.cabq.gov/PublicSite/SearchPages/OrganizationDetail.aspx?OrganizationID=7112

4. ABQ FIREPAC:NO CASH BALANCE AND NO FINANCE STATEMENTS FILED

On May 12, a fourth measured finance committee named ABQ FIREPAC when it filed its registration with the city clerk. The stated purpose is to “ SUPPORT CANDIDATES WHO SUPPORT PUBLIC SAFETY & FIRE FIGHTER ISSUES”. What this measured finance committee is the local firefighter’s union. Every election year, the local firefighters get very involved with municipal elections with endorsements and contributing to campaign efforts. The fire fighters union not only provides campaign materials such as sign, but also provide volunteers for phone banking and other activities. Four years ago, ABQFIREPAC reported that it raised and spent $67,000 on the Mayor’s and City Council races.

https://campaignfinance.cabq.gov/PublicSite/SearchPages/OrganizationDetail.aspx?OrganizationID=7121

Search web page with name of measured finance committee in the below link:

https://campaignfinance.cabq.gov/PublicSite/SearchPages/CommitteeSearch.aspx

COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS

The two measured fiancé committees set up to promote Sheriff Gonzales have raised a paltry $17,050 combined with one single donation of $15,000. The measured finance committee needs 75 more $15,000 donors and raise about $1,125,000 before they can really help Gonzales. It is not at all likely they will be able to raise the amount of public financing of $661,309.25 that is available. It is the $661,309.25 in public finance that would make Sheriff Gonzales a viable candidate. As a candidate for Sheriff, Gonzales neve came close to raising such a large sum of money. Keller on the other hand has done it. Both the measured finance committees for Gonzales are headed up by individuals who are ostensibly volunteers, totally unaccustomed to or who do not have access to the type of massive political contributions necessary to run a Mayor’s race.

Mayor Tim Keller’s measured finance committee identified as “ BUILD BACK ‘BURQUE” on the other hand has two highly connected individuals in the Democratic Party. Further, the Chairperson for “Build Back ‘Burque” is Michelle Mayorga and she has 20 years’ experience working on campaigns, progressive issues, and in local and national administrations. It’s likely “Build Back Burque will be relying upon Mayor Tim Keller’s contribution list of donors that contributed hundreds of thousands in campaign donations to his campaigns for State Senate and State Auditor. Keller’s measured finance committee may have not raised anything to date, but that will change dramatically as the race heats up.

THE CHALLENGES WE FACE

If things continue as they are, there will be only 2 candidates for Mayor out of the 4 announced, who will make the November 2, ballot. Further, it is more likely than not that Mayor Time Keller will be the only candidate that will qualify for public finance, with Sheriff Manny Gonzales falling far short of collecting the 3,779 qualifying $5.00 donations. It’s a damn shame.

The city is facing any number of problems that are bringing it to its knees. Those problems include the coronavirus pandemic, business closures, high unemployment rates, exceptionally high violent crime and murder rates, continuing mismanagement of the Albuquerque Police Department, failed implementation of the Department of Justice reforms after a full six years and millions spent, declining revenues and gross receipts tax, increasing homeless numbers, lack of mental health programs and little to none economic development.

The city cannot afford another mayor who makes promises and offers only eternal hope for better times that result in broken campaign promises. What is needed is a mayor who actually knows what the hell they are doing, who will make the hard decisions without an eye on the next election, not make decisions only to placate their base and please only those who voted for them. What’s needed is a healthy debate on solutions and new ideas to solve our mutual problems, a debate that can happen only with a contested election.

There is plenty of time for other candidates to run as privately financed candidates and raise private campaign donations. The time for privately financed candidates for Mayor to collect signatures is much later from publicly finance candidates. That time is from June 8 to August 10, 2021. Privately Finance Candidates for Mayor must also gather 3,000 signatures from registered voters within the City.

The commencement time for privately finance candidates to collect the 3,000 nominating petition signatures for Mayor is later and is June 8 to August 10. Privately finance candidates can collect donations at any time.

Anyone one interested in running for Mayor and who has a real love for this city and is concerned about what is happening is encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s office.
The link to the city web site for candidates is here:

https://www.cabq.gov/vote/candidate-information/2021-candidates

https://campaignfinance.cabq.gov/PublicSite/SearchPages/CommitteeSearch.aspx