Nov 23

October 2014 Newsletter

Academy Acres North Neighborhood Association Inc.

October 2014 Newsletter


I want to thank everyone who took the time to attend and contribute to our September Membership Meeting. I followed up with APD about the speeding problem on Barnhart. I requested a “Speed Enforcement Vehicle”. This parked vehicle would take license plate pictures and record the vehicles speed. Sharanne Press our Crime Prevention Specialist says APD abandoned the “Speed Enforcement Vehicles” some time back and redirected the resources to the “Bait Car Program”. However, she will schedule the automated speed sign for Barnhart. If we drive Barnhart drive at 25 MPH, this will surely slow down some of the speeders passing through our neighborhood. Community safety concerns can be directed to Sharanne Press at 796-1915 or spress@cabq.gov.

► Fred Aiken our Treasurer got a note from a neighbor about a man trying to break into their house on the 6600 block of Avenida La Costa. Tuesday around 11:00 AM a man  rang the doorbell, walked to the driveway and then back to the front door where he tried to kick the door in several times. He was not able to enter the house. The individual was muscular. He was wearing a black tee shirt, black shorts and had short dark hair. It makes no difference daytime or night, if you are home or away, be safe, keep your home secured.

► Interested serving on the Police Oversight Board? The application process is open till November 30, 2014. The POB will provide policy guidance and civilian oversight to the Albuquerque Police Department. The selection of applicants to this nine person board will be made by the City Council. Appointees will serve up to three year staggered terms and will be eligible for reappointment. Eligibility qualifications are as follows: not employed by law enforcement for one year prior to the appointment, successfully pass a background check, a personal history of not submitting unsubstantiated complaints against APD, a demonstrated ability to make mature impartial decisions, commit to transparency and impartial decision making, and a resident of Albuquerque. Download an application from http://www.cabq.gov/council/albuquerque-police-oversight-board-application .

► Albuquerque Police & Community Relations Collaborative will have a meeting on October 27, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center. This meeting will seek input from residents in developing sustainable strategies and plans between the mental health community, related mental health providers and APD.

►Would you like to make public comment on the proposed Ordinance O-14-27, the Complete Streets Ordinance? The meeting will be held in the Council Committee Room, 9th Floor of the City/County Government, 1 Civic Plaza NW at 6:00 PM Wednesday November 5, 2014. This ordinance will try to establish safe use of our streets with equal consideration for all modes of transportation.

► A Journal Newspaper billing scam is currently in progress. If you receive a “Notice of Renewal” it may not be legitimate. If the bill appears bogus, like no customer account number, out of state Area Code or payments mailed to Oregon, it is a scam. To verify your billing information with the Journal call 823-4400. I would also like to mention the featured scam of the week can be found in the Journal Money Section C on Sundays.

► I wanted to pass along concerns raised by the City’s Neighborhood Coalitions of which our neighborhood is a member. These are city wide issues, the City of Albuquerque needs to address: APD Reforms, Transparency in Government – Unresponsive Government – Obstruction, Water-Including the Kirkland AFB Spill, Office of Neighborhood Coordination, Education, Economic Development, Mental Health Services, Land Use Policies and Plans-Affordable Housing- Code Enforcement, Open Space Acquisition and Management, Unused and Underused City Property-Transportation and Infrastructure. The concerns encompass almost every City Department. Detailed information about these issues are available from Roger Mickelson at FHVHARoger@aol.com.

► Our Neighborhood Association Board is still actively seeking a President. If you are interested, don’t hesitate to call me at 821-0393 or email to abqaanna@gmail.com.

► Take time to vote in next Tuesday’s election on November 4th.  Polls are open 7 AM -7 PM. Sample ballots are available at the NM Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.state.nm.us .

Get out and enjoy the great fall New Mexico weather.


Jake Tellier

Academy Acres North Neighborhood Association