Bring ABQ to Life with Creativity, Community, and Culture

TURN CITY HALL "INSIDE OUT" TO EMPOWER COMMUNITIES
Make city government more accessible by moving services into our neighborhoods, community centers, and schools. Transform city decision making to enable citizen "bottom up" governance and participatory budgeting to ensure neighborhoods have meaningful input.

CHAMPION OUR CREATIVITY & CULTURE
Support the makers, artists, and performers who light up our city by investing in community hubs—Westside gathering spaces, a downtown arts center, vastly expanded use of the Rail Yards—to support year-round collaborative projects and installations.

MAKE THE BEST OF A.R.T. AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Make A.R.T. work for riders and businesses by alleviating left hand turn and dedicated lane problems. Then let’s extend to a city wide Rapid Ride upgrade that connects Cottonwood to Coronado, CNM, the Sunport, and regional transit.

CHAMPION OUR DIVERSITY
Differentiate ourselves as an inclusive city that demonstrates racial and gender equity in our hiring and contracting; and embraces all our residents, including immigrants, refugees, those who identify as LGBTQ, urban Native Americans, and families who’ve just moved here and who’ve been here for generations; restore our city’s brand around our authentic self - a national leader for multi-cultural communities.

STAND UP FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS
Close the city’s pay equity gap until wages between men and women are 100% equal. Ensure gender equity in city staffing and contracting. End the city’s rape kit backlog by prioritizing funding to #endthebacklog over vanity projects. Preserve and protect our full range of reproductive rights and options that are some of the country’s strongest. Strengthen anti-domestic violence and human trafficking programs in APD. Promote family-friendly policies within the city, including accommodations for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace and in the justice system. Implement sick leave and family leave guarantees along with incentives for city contractors to support these policies.

POWER ABQ WITH SOLAR AND WIND
Become an international leader in innovative renewable energy that powers our great city. Put solar panels on every city builder and make Albuquerque “energy neutral.” Provide incentives to renewable energy companies to work here, hire here, and build a company here. Sign on US Conference of Mayor’s climate change initiatives. Enhance and champion Albuquerque’s Bosque and arroyos into protected Green ABQ Corridors.

ENSURE RACE AND GENDER EQUITY
I believe in deliberate and directed race and gender equity management. This means being explicit with respect to race equity data across three areas: 1) city hiring at every level from the frontline to upper management to make sure city employees mirror the city population and lead the way when it comes to representing historically underrepresented minority groups, 2) city contracting and procurement to understand if our practices and actual awards demonstrate race equity, 3) achieve a 100% pay equity level at each strata of city employment across race and gender, 4) developing rules, ordinances, policies and procedures to annually track progress with respect to items 1, 2 and 3.

ANIMAL WELFARE
I plan to implement reforms that will improve the quality and efficiency of the Animal Welfare department, including professional decision making by veterinarians, and reform financial practices and reorganize the budget structure to accommodate the cost of surgical supplies, along with other general needs. A transformation in workplace culture, with an emphasis on fairness in hiring and employment, will empower employees to be fully engaged without fear, with an increased emphasis on humane care of shelter animals. As Mayor, I will also expand the excellent spay/neuter program, which reduces suffering through population control.  One way our program can be elevated is by increasing the scientific monitoring of the trap, neuter and release program. As well, increases in surgeries will require additional post-surgery recovery areas that can handle the larger volume of animals who will be coming out of surgery. Greater honesty with adopters about the histories and needs of animals will ensure happy forever-homes and reductions in releases of volatile pets. Strengthening the field division, which contains animal-control officers, are imperative to public safety.