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Below is a list of  recent blog articles published since January 1, 2024 you might find interesting (NOTE; The list does NOT include 2024 NM legislative updates published):

Conservative City Council Continues With Personal Vendetta Against Mayor Tim Keller And His Progressive Agenda; Council Proposes Sweeping City Charter Amendments To Impact Mayor Keller Re-Election Chances And To Give City Council More Power Over Appointments If He Is Re Elected, Which Is A Big If


New Mexico Supreme Court Again Revises Pre Trial Detention Rules; Court Reflects Sensitivity To Revolving Door Accusations


APD Has Achieved Compliance Levels Mandated By Court Approved Settlement Agreement; City Should Seek Immediate Dismissal Of Case And Not Be Required To Waite 2 More Years


APD’s Performance Base Budget Statistics Reflects APD Falling Short On Its Public Safety Mission; 15 Years of Sworn Personnel Meltdown Under Mayors Berry and Keller; APD Sworn Goes From 1,100 To 856 With Zero Growth; Exploring Reason For Meltdown; Citizens Satisfaction Survey: Public Has Lost Confidence In APD


ABQ Journal Dinelli Guest Opinion Column: “Survey Says Public Has Lost Confidence In APD”; Mayor Tim Keller Should Be Denied A Third Term


Key Takeaways From US Supreme Court Arguments On Trump’s Absolute Immunity Claims; Court Likely To Send Back To Lower Courts; Trump Supreme Court Disciples Give Trump Another Gift Of Delay


Gov. MLG To Call Special Session On July 18; Focus To Be Public Safety; Special Session Should Include Creating State Wide Mental Health Court For Civil Mental Health Commitments To Assist Mentally ILL,  Drug Addicted And Unhoused


ABQ Journal Dinelli Guest Opinion Column: “Lawmakers should set up statewide mental health court”; Related Column: Laws, Statistics, and Resources Needed To Create 14th Judicial District Court For Mental Health Commitment Court


Albuquerque Journal Pete Dinelli Guest Opinion Column “Chief Medina Should Be Fired And Prosecuted In Connection to Crash”


US Supreme Court To Hear Trump’s Claims Of Immunity from Criminal Prosecution; Republican US Supreme Court Trump Disciples Hand Trump “Gift Of Delay”


Trump Sweeps March 5 Super Tuesday Republican Primaries; Supreme Court Rules State’s Can Not Disqualify Trump From Ballot; Update On Trump’s Criminal Charges And Civil Cases; Criminal Convictions Will Likely Not Make Any Difference As Trump Becomes Presumptive Republican Nominee


Gov. MLG Signs 4 Public Safety Measures; Special Session Still Under Consideration; Convene Special Session To Enact “Omnibus Gun Control And Violent Crime Sentencing Act” And Expand Existing Mental Health Court Statewide


APD Releases 2023 Crime Statistics Reflecting 19% Decline In Homicides; Reflects National Trend Not Success Of Mayor Tim Keller’s Programs To Bring Down Crime


Convening Special Session Of NM Legislator For Public Safety Must Include Expanding Existing Mental Health Court; Create New 14th Judicial District Court With 3 Regional Divisions For Mental Health Commitment Hearings; Build Regional Treatment Facilities And Hospitals For Mandatory Treatment Ordered


Governor MLG Considers Calling Special Session To Deal With Public Safety Issues; It’s About Time!


Video Of DWI Arrest Reveals How DWI Dismissal Bribery Corruption Scheme Worked; Hideous Shake Down By One Of Albuquerque’s  Finest Caught On Tape; Fully Investigate, Prosecute And Disbarment Only Beginning To Restore Faith In APD And Criminal Justice System


Mayor Keller Proclaims Critically Injured Driver Involved In Chief’s Accident “Wrong Place At The Wrong Time”; APD Family Ride Policy Under Scrutiny After Chief Medina’s Weekend Crash; Both Keller And Medina Are Embarrassment With Their Words And Actions


Released Video Of Chief Medina’s Car Crash Contradicts Medina’s Version Of Events; Medina And Keller Claim Medina Victim; APD Launches Internal Affairs Investigation And Motor Unit Investigation;  Place Medina On Administrative Leave And Request BCSO Or State Police To Investigate Incident


2024 NM Legislature Update: What Passed, What Signed, What Failed


DWI Defense Attorney Had 88% DWI Dismissal Rate Involving Officers Under Federal Investigation; 40 More Cases Dismissed Bringing Total To 195; APD Investigation Team Announced; Case Dismissal Time Line; APD Had No System To Track Cops Failure To Appear; Medina “Pivots, Deflects, Lays Blame, Takes Credit” And He Should Be Removed As Chief


ABQ Journal Guest Opinion Columns: “Mayor Keller and Chief Medina Must Be Held Accountable For DWI Scandal”; “Lack Of Leadership Has Ruined Moral Within APD”; Will City Council Vote No Confidence In Medina?; Keller Should Terminate And Replace APD Chief Harold Medina


City Council, Public Defender and County Sherriff John Allen Push Back At Chief Medina And Mayor Keller Over Who Responsible For APD Police DWI Bribery Scandal; “Pivot, Deflect And Blame” Is Name Of Game For Keller And Medina; Time  For Mayor Keller To Invite Chief Medina To A “Geier Walk In The Park”


“Dynamic Duo Of Police Reform” Mayor Tim Keller and Chief Harold Medina “Decry APD Corruption” They Allowed To Fester; Both Enter “Spin Cycle” Saying They Are Washing Stain Of Corruption Out Of APD; Both Break Silence  And Pivot, Deflect And Refuse To Admit Management Failures In APD DWI Bribery Scandal; Accuse City Council Of Unethical Conduct


ABQ City Councilors React To APD Bribery Scandal By Complaining Mayor Tim Keller Did Not Communicate With Them; Alarming Disclosure Made That Scandal Problem Goes Back A Decade; Council Fails Leadership Role To Make Demands To Address Scandal Itself; The DWI Unit Should Be Dismantled And Reconstituted With All New Staffing To Restore Credibility  


FBI Agents Raid The Homes of 3 APD Police Officers, 1 Criminal Defense Attorney Ostensibly Over Scheme To Dismiss DWI Cases; DA Forced To Dismiss 152 DWI Cases; Mayor Keller Should Dismantle And Reconstitute Entire DWI Unit;  Scandal Discredits APD’s Professed Values of “Pride, Integrity, Fairness And Respect”


Murders In City Down By 20%; First Decline After 5 Full Years Of Historical Highs; Clearance Rates Up After Historical Lows; Old Fashion Police Work Brought Homicides Down, Not Keller’s “Show And Tell” Programs Of “Trying To Get People Not To Shoot Each Other”; Juveniles Involvement Concerns APD And District Attorney


Despite Democrats Holding 5-4 City Council Majority, Conservative Republican City Councilors Dan Lewis and Renee Grout Elected President and Vice President Of City Council; Progressive Democrat Mayor Tim Keller Now Faced With New Conservative Majority; “Rubber Stamp Trio” Of  Progressive Democrats Joaquin Baca,  Nichole Rogers, Tammy Fiebelkorn Will Likely  Be Marginalized By Conservative Majority


APD Praised In Status Hearing Over Reform Efforts; APD Reports Use Of Force Cases Are Down; Reflection The DOJ Reforms Are Working; Full Compliance Of Court Approved Settlement Expected By 2026; City Should Move To Dismiss Case Sooner Rather Than Later


APD Takes Over Police Use Of Force Cases From External Force Investigations Team; Sharp Turn Around From When DOJ Threatened To Seek Contempt Of Court For APD’s Willful Failure To Investigate 667 Use Of Force Cases; Case Backlog Down To 197 Cases; City Should Move To Dismiss Case Because Of 94% Or Better In Compliance Levels

APD Takes Over Police Use Of Force Cases From External Force Investigations Team; Sharp Turn Around From When DOJ Threatened To Seek Contempt Of Court For APD’s Willful Failure To Investigate 667 Use Of Force Cases; Case Backlog Down To 197 Cases; City Should Move To Dismiss Case Because Of 94% Or Better In Compliance Levels


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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.