Progressive Democrat Pete Dinelli Interviewed By Conservative Rio Grande Foundation Paul Gessing On The Topic “Homeless Policy And Issues”; Links to Related Blog Articles

On September 19, 2023, I appeared and was interviewed for 40 minutes by Paul Gessing with the Rio Grande Foundation on his weekly program known as “Tipping Points New Mexico”. The topic of discussion was “Homeless Policy And Issues.”

The Rio Grande Foundation is conservative leaning.  I have been a Democrat all of my life and I am a Progressive Democrat. I have known Paul Guessing for at least 25 years.  During that time we have had spirited discussions on various issues, but this was the first time I have ever appeared on his program.

Over the last 6 years, I have researched, authored and published on my blog many blog articles on the topic of the unhoused which was the reason Paul Guessing invited me to appear on his program.  Because of the allotted time, we were only able to touch on in general terms the city’s homeless crisis, what  Mayor Keller Tim Keller and his administration and the Albuquerque Police Department are doing and what the city is spending to assist the unhoused.  Below are links to two blog articles that go into greater detail on homeless policy and issues.

I do hope you have the time to listen and find the program informative.

Below are links to two blog articles that go into greater detail

Many thanks to Paul for having me on his program and having the discussion.

The link to the Youtube interview is here:

The link to the audio file:

The links to the two related Dinelli blog articles on the unhoused are here:

Mayor Tim Keller’s Shotgun “All the Above Approach” To Homeless Crisis: Millions For Services, Shelters, Housing, Zoning Amendments; “HOUSING FORWARD ABQ” Plan Based On False Presumptions

Judge Enjoins City From “Enforcing Or Threatening To Enforce” Laws Against Homeless To Displace Them From Public Spaces, Seizing And Destroying Homeless Belongings Without Warrant, Mandates Post-Deprivation Hearings; Injunction Usurps And Interferes With City’s Legitimate Enforcement Of Public Safety Laws; City Will And Should Appeal; County Sheriff Should Start Arresting And DA Should Start Prosecuting

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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.