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Dec. 23, 2020 Community Hall Newsletter

This week, Mayor Tim Keller announced: Community Involvement Campaign; APD Town Hall; Updates on Local Covid Rates and Enforcement; $250,000 in CARES Funds to Non-Profits Serving Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; $2.5 Million in CARES Funds to Communities Overlooked by Previous Funding; Move to Purchase Gibson Medical Center; Delivery of PPE to Local Small Businesses; New Minority Business Development Center; Grand Opening of Zocalo Lofts Multi-Use Project; and APD Anti-Crime and Violence Intervention Highlights.

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Good evening Albuquerque,

I want to start by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Like Thanksgiving, this holiday will be a lot different than normal, but it is important that we continue to make informed decisions to keep our community safe and healthy.

My family is missing getting together with everyone for the holidays, but we have found ways to keep some of our traditions alive, like going up to the Jemez for our tree. I know a lot of families are also coming up with new traditions like virtual get-togethers with those who live far away or quiet trips around town to look at lights with just the people you live with. I know this is a difficult thing to do, but we are so grateful to everyone making sacrifices for our family, friends, neighbors and front line workers.

As I reflect on 2020, there’s no doubt these were unprecedented times from a global pandemic to a powerful fight against racial injustice. Facing these challenges revealed even more of the fundamental Albuquerque resilience that we all know so well. The ways we stepped up together for our community through every challenge this year has made me more proud than ever to live here.

Remember to wash your hands frequently, mask up any time you leave home, avoid large gatherings, and leave some hand sanitizer next to the milk and cookies for Santa.

Happy Holidays,

Mayor Tim Keller