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District 2 Newsletter 8/14/15

Hello Neighbors,

Legislation of Interest
• Youth Curfew R-15-234 (Sanchez) will be on the agenda at Monday’s Council meeting. I am opposed to this legislation. I am concerned that putting youth into the criminal system early in life will not result in reducing juvenile crime; rather, providing early childhood education and predictable work schedules would help parents raise law-abiding children.
• Fair Workweek O-15-57 (Peña, Benton) will be withdrawn at the meeting on Monday. My and Councilor Peña’s press release on the matter is attached.
• Food Trucks O-15-36 (Benton): The LUPZ committee voted unanimously to move the bill to Council and recommended approval. This will be on the agenda for the Wednesday, September 9 Council meeting.
• Secondary Dwelling Units O-14-20 (Benton) was referred back to the EPC. Hearings will be scheduled in the future.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

• Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART): The City has applied for the federal Small Starts grant, which would fund approximately $80 million of the estimated $100 million project. Stay informed and involved! Public discussion sessions are scheduled for next Tuesday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 19.
• Cultural Services Events: August 2015
• Rail Yards Market Sundays 9am – 1pm May through October

Project Updates
• Projects List
• 12th & Menaul: The early stages of the Indian Pueblo Development Corporation (IPDC) are underway. The City’s design team continues to work with IPDC and other stakeholders to complete the design of the City’s street project.

Community Announcements
• From the City Forester: Rain, Rain – Don’t Go Away!
• For more tree resources, check out Think Trees NM!
• Neighborhood Traffic Management Program: The City has launched a webpage that contains the Policy Manual itself, an online system for applying for management of speeding, cut-through and other traffic problems in your neighborhood, and contact information for further information. Visit the site at
• Boards and Commissions Vacancies

Isaac Benton
City Councilor, District 2

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