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.
CONNECT HEALTH, HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
Create community paramedicine and engagement teams to bring aid directly to street corners, homes, and public spaces throughout the city. Prioritize anti-poverty, behavioral and mental health, diversion, and more ‘housing first’ programs in coordination with the county. Support other agencies and fund addiction treatment, poverty alleviation, and anti-domestic violence programs to reduce recidivism so we can reduce crime in the first place.
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.
STEP UP FOR THE NATIVE AMERICANS OF ALBUQUERQUE
As mayor, Tim will ensure that our urban Native American communities have access to quality city social services, in their own neighborhoods and communities. He also respects and strives to understand the intersectionality between our Native communities, behavioral health and social inequity.
As a state senator he has strong track record championing sovereignty and personally helped fund the Albuquerque Indian Center, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and First Nations Health clinic. Professionally, Tim worked for dozens of tribes in New Mexico and around the country for six years prior to becoming Auditor. In his current role he has continued to protect sovereignty and fought for proper funding of native American services from the state. Finally, as Auditor, his office released a statement on the need of governments across New Mexico to take seriously the input of our Native American communities when it comes to our natural heritage and water resources, as indigenous communities have a history of being responsible stewards of our natural environment.
As Mayor, he will make the historical relatively ineffective task forces permanent by institutionalizing them and requiring transparent regular meetings to provide formal connection between city hall and our Native American communities. Tim will also support Native American cultural and historical educational initiatives, and cornerstones of the Albuquerque native American community such as the Native American Community Academy, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, First Nations and Albuquerque Indian Center. Tim also aims to bring the city into balance with our diverse population when it comes to contracting with Native American businesses and Native American hiring.
POWER ABQ WITH CLEAN ENERGY
With our abundant sunshine and wind, Albuquerque shouldn’t just be powering ourselves with clean energy, we should be an industry leader for the nation and the world. Our city should be an innovation center for emerging technologies that can help tackle climate change while providing a blueprint for communities everywhere to earn big returns on their clean energy investments.
As Mayor, I will build Albuquerque into a magnet for solar and wind industry investments. I will produce savings on our utility bills and earnings on local energy generation. And I will help create the kind of career-track jobs that will allow our children to stay here and raise their own families.
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.
Implement reforms that will improve the quality and efficiency of the Animal Welfare department, including professional decision making by veterinarians. Reform financial practices and reorganize the budget structure to accommodate the cost of surgical supplies, along with other general needs. Transform workplace culture, with an emphasis on fairness in hiring and employment to empower employees to be fully engaged without fear, with an increased emphasis on humane care of shelter animals. Expand the excellent spay/neuter program, which reduces suffering through population control. Elevate our trap, neuter and release program by increasing the scientific monitoring. 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.
One special aspect of Albuquerque is our high proportion of military veterans and our rich military tradition. Supporting our veterans is critical to having a healthy and prosperous city. I believe in furthering recent efforts to help veterans find transportation to and from our city’s VA hospital and increasing veteran appreciation efforts such as the veterans walls in our senior centers. Our city also has a world class veterans memorial that I hope to integrate with our after school and summer programs. As a State Senator I was able to pass the veterans procurement preference which has been a game changer for veteran owned businesses. As Mayor I will work to enable similar programs for city contracts so that we can give our Veterans a helping hand with real customers and real support when it comes to starting up a business. Similarly, I will refocus many of our economic development incentive programs toward local small growing businesses. This will help connect veteran businesses with the same type of economic development incentives that large out of state companies currently access. Finally, I hope to include more veterans in city government to help utilize their skills and training to better everyday operations of the city.
ZONING AND THE IDO
City zoning and planning efforts are intended to balance needed growth and important quality of life amenities with respect for and preservation of traditional communities, unique neighborhood identity and equity. City zoning and planning regulations have become a long standing labyrinth of red tape that hindered both of these goals for decades. One interim solution to this challenge was Sector plans which I helped as State Senator with both the East Central Gateway community and the International District.
Today the city is in the midst of a massive redesign of zoning and planning efforts manifested in the IDO (integrated development ordinance). Conceptually, the need for an IDO is long overdue as hundreds of overlapping and conflicting codes impact, confuse and delay all decisions making; and often harm the very neighborhoods they are supposed to help. Over the course of the last six months I have had the chance to listen to the concerns of hundreds of citizens of Albuquerque regarding the pending IDO plan. The current plan, which is hundreds of pages long, has been criticized by both developers and neighborhoods for different reasons. I believe that the plan is important in terms of needed streamlining and reduction of red tape.
However, there have been serious concerns raised by neighbors and businesses that should be addressed in advance of finalizing the plan. Specific zone changes and specific neighborhood changes that contradict existing sector plans and community input can be addressed. While I believe the overall all goal of streamlining and cutting red tape out of our current nearly unworkable zoning code is needed and important, it should not have to come at the cost of these neighborhood concerns.
In total I have received about a dozen pages of requested changes to the plan from various communities. Compared to a document hundreds of pages long, I think these requests seem reasonable and should be considered, and do not seem to contradict the broader concept or goals of the plan. Because of this, I believe we really can do better than the current version of the IDO, and I hope the new administration has a say before it is finalized. Much like I was able to do in our State Senate, and as Auditor with promulgation of the Audit rule, I believe that executive leadership can go a long way, and I would love the opportunity to fix these issues. Our city should not rush into a new plan until the new administration has a chance to demonstrate leadership and iron out these remaining concerns, so that we can move forward with plan that actually works for all of us.
GO FOR GOLD IN BICYCLE FRIENDLINESS
Albuquerque has made great strides to being a more bicycle-friendly city, and we have miles and miles of amazing trails and bicycle-friendly roadways, including the Bicycle Boulevards initiative. Bicycling has obvious benefits to the health of our communities, and it can help reduce transportation costs and pollution. However, there is still a long way to go. Currently, the Bicycle League of America ranks New Mexico 40th for bicycle friendliness, and Albuquerque has received a “Bronze” rating. It’s time we strive for the gold.
Let’s step up and make Albuquerque a great city for cycling transportation and recreation. We can work to implement our city’s bicycle plan with an eye towards race equity, support and promote our cycling community, conduct traffic analyses to produce more bicycle-friendly development, and enforce the traffic laws which protect our city’s cyclists. We need complete transit links, and education for cyclists and drivers as part of standard MVD training. Finally, we have to enforce the laws at the intersection of motor vehicles and bicycles, and get full bike lanes on every paved arroyo in ABQ. This is how we can make a difference, and make Albuquerque a nationally recognized hub for cycling for recreation and transportation.
OUR PARKS, OPEN SPACE, AND TRAILS
The City of Albuquerque is a strong and special place. Although we face immense challenges such as high crime rates, the need to create more job opportunities, and the need to improve our schools, we have a common thread that brings all of Albuquerque together. Our system of parks, Open Space and trails is one of our greatest strengths. The city manages approximately 300 parks; 29,000 acres of Open Space; over 170 miles of trails, and 12 public swimming pools and multiple recreation and tennis facilities serving residents of all ages. These quality of life resources must be protected, supported and utilized to address some of our residents’ basic needs: Safety and Social Equity, Health and Wellness, and Conservation.
Safety and Social Equity: Public recreation alleviates juvenile crime (more data at www.nrpa.org). Parks and Open Space should be ¼ mile or walking distance from every home. The Rio Grande Bosque (Rio Grande Valley State Park) runs through low income communities in the near north valley, central, and south valley area of Albuquerque. Access to our open space and education of our youth is essential to combat “nature deficit disorder” where urban kids do not have experience with nature and outdoor recreation. Partnerships between Open Space and APS and our Charter Schools such as the South Valley Academy should be emphasized to connect our youth with nature.
Health and Wellness for All Ages: Kids spend 6.5 hours a day on screen time according to 2014 figures. The cost of childhood obesity is $100 billion annually (more data available at www.nrpa.org). The benefits of recreation and outdoor activities for teens include improved moods, relieved stress and reduced depression. Bicycling, canoeing, hiking and observation of wildlife is not only a natural benefit for our residents but an eco tourism draw for visitors. Albuquerque is a city with almost 365 days of sunshine, our parks, Open Space and trails system is a draw for retirees to relocate here, in a community which provides healthy activities for seniors including walking, outdoor education, socialization and volunteer opportunities.
Conservation: The City Goals Committee established the goal in 1960, “to preserve the unique natural features of the metropolitan area by achieving a pattern of development and open space respecting the river, mesa, mountains, volcanoes and arroyos.” This goal was embraced and supported by a grassroots effort of our community in the 1960s and 1970s. This commitment continues today and has succeeded in creating the existing Open Space System. Albuquerque’s Open Space Program is nationally recognized and must be supported. In partnership with Bernalillo County, we can create an Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Open Space system working toward regional acquisition and management. The continuation of this enlightened view of quality development allows growth that respects the natural environment and results in high quality development as well as positive economic development that respects our unique environment.