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SweetCaroline commented on Ben Roberts's blog post Soon to be ex-Mayor Marty holds pay increases until after City election.
"These positions were 'at will' of Mayor Marty. These new raises he handed out at the last minute help boost their retirement through PERA because their retirement pay is based upon their last salary amount."
Oct 24, 2009
ramon t commented on Ben Roberts's blog post Soon to be ex-Mayor Marty holds pay increases until after City election.
"These raises smell really bad. Though I have to say the IT folks with the city and APS are woefully underpaid. I have received several calls over the past few years from the City and APS inquiring if I would be interested in open positions. Once…"
Oct 22, 2009
Robert S. commented on Ben Roberts's blog post Soon to be ex-Mayor Marty holds pay increases until after City election.
"good news is that transition is over on December 1st so it's fair game after then to determine the worth/loyalty of those employees to Berry's administration. If people are worried about putting people ahead of politicis in a lame-duck…"
Oct 22, 2009
Masshole in Fringecrest commented on Ben Roberts's blog post Soon to be ex-Mayor Marty holds pay increases until after City election.
"Actually, the article said that some of these employees had language in their contracts that prevented them from being terminated during the transition (i'm thinking of the IT guy, specifically). Time will tell."
Oct 22, 2009
Oliver commented on Ben Roberts's blog post Soon to be ex-Mayor Marty holds pay increases until after City election.
"While this looks bad, for sure, could it be that we're making mountains out of molehills? It's not like these people will continue to serve under Berry. If not, they'll enjoy these raises for at most a few weeks, then have to hit the…"
Oct 22, 2009
abqmom commented on Ben Roberts's blog post Soon to be ex-Mayor Marty holds pay increases until after City election.
"this junk just keeps happening and we are powerless to stop it...Marty and pretty much the entire government knows it."
Oct 22, 2009
Ben Roberts commented on Ben Roberts's blog post Soon to be ex-Mayor Marty holds pay increases until after City election.
"That wasn't really the point I was trying to make. I don't see those employees as deserving of punishment for Marty's political machinations."
Oct 21, 2009

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Soon to be ex-Mayor Marty holds pay increases until after City election.

Posted on October 21, 2009 at 11:30am 9 Comments

An article in this morning's Albuquerque Journal (yes you will need to log in or use the "Free Trial" link on that page to read the article) notes:



"About a week after the city election, a handful of city employees received pay raises, including a 67 percent bump for an aide to the mayor. Scott Forrester, an assistant to Mayor Martin Chávez, whose term ends Nov. 30, saw an increase in… Continue

El Rey Theater - Put Your Cleanup Where Your Mouth Is!

Posted on March 7, 2008 at 11:00am 6 Comments

For all those who have spoken about how sad it is that the Golden West burned and the El Rey and Launchpad have suffered damage, a chance to get in and do something about it, for the El Rey at least.



I received the following email from the City, specifically the Mayor's office, today.



Dear community volunteer:



The following volunteer opportunity might be of interest to you. Please share this list with your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, youth group,… Continue

Form Based Code followup - Sometimes City officials do listen!

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

So I had blogged previously about the proposed Form Based Code which City Councillor Isaac Benton has proposed as an addition to Albuquerque's zoning codes.



Among other things I thought that there needed to be more community input and time for reflection and refinement of the code… Continue

How Do You Like, or Not Like, Your Neighborhood Association?

Posted on January 17, 2008 at 2:53pm 22 Comments

Lately I've heard a lot from people who say their Neighborhood Association is broken.



There are widespread conflicts between board members, rival warring factions, seemingly everything but the actual engagement of weapons.



Or the opposite - total disengagement, people who don't even know they have a neighborhood association. Or when it meets. Or what it does. Or doesn't do.



I've got my own… Continue

Form Based Code Public Meeting - A Summary and My Take

Posted on December 17, 2007 at 12:11pm 14 Comments

I've been meaning to write a follow up post to this one about the public meeting on December 8th regarding the new Form Based Code which Albuquerque City Councillor Isaac Benton is trying to get enacted.



Below are my observations… Continue

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At 11:32pm on February 20, 2008, Amanda said…
yup, i suppose, by the law of averages, we both would have gotten robbed or carjacked delivering pizza by now if we hadn't become office monkeys when we did. sigh.
At 4:22pm on February 5, 2008, Andrea Lin said…
Hi there. Yep, I hear the coals of PL are still indeed smoking.... I hope the marshmallows are good. :-)

Just talked to a certain "JK" the other day, actually and it was good to hear he's still sane.
At 9:20am on November 29, 2007, PidderBear said…
Not new...they did it last year. I think it was Deanna that had some shots of it over at Flickr. I've left a comment with her and will share on the info if she was the one!
At 9:04am on November 29, 2007, PidderBear said…
Ben, heard anything about "Aquacita of Lights "
this year? I thought it was in the valley area around UNM somewhere....
At 12:41pm on November 22, 2007, Ben Roberts said…
Hey, I haven't read his latest one, I'm about 1/2 way through Shadow in Summer, probably finish it this week, maybe today even, I'm really enjoying it though. Both stylistically and for the world he creates. A lot of interesting threads there I'm still picking at for myself.

And yeah, sounds like we did go to school together. Nice to hear from you.
At 2:56pm on November 21, 2007, Mikaela Renz-Whitmore said…
What'd you think of Daniel's new book? Betrayal in Winter? Did you get to it yet?

Didn't we go to school together? I was Mikki then...
 
 
 

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