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Where I Live:
Formerly ABQ, now Los Angeles.
About Me:
I'm a 30-something foreign national who lived in ABQ from 1993 to 2010.
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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 5 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 4 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 20 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 12 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 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 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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