What's going on, Albuquerque?
The sick leave ordinance is a bad bad ordinance. I'm all in favor of employees receiving sick leave but the way this one is written it is both bad for businesses and even some employees. I've been part of meetings with my company trying to determine what we are going to do if this goes through. Said company already has a generous PTO program and this just has everyone from HR, To IT to Legal scratching our heads.
Maybe APD can set up a watchtower on top of the tallest building to monitor all the crime. Or maybe we should just use it as a backdrop for the bat signal.
Would have liked a reminder of the mayoral forum that took place Tuesday night and which was telecast on KNME, I understand. I missed it live but watched a recording later. Can be viewed at several sites. Here is one:
Regarding service animals, what's especially frustrating is the proliferation of phoneys makes things even more difficult for those who genuinely rely on the tasks a trained service animal performs. Shop and restaurant owners must allow service animals, even when there is no legal or authoritative way to distinguish between true service animals and poorly-trained pets wearing fake vests.
We've recently walked out of places after some dangerous situations with phony service dogs, which were clearly not trained to perform any type of service, much less behave in public or around children or other dogs. It's frustrating all around...
Not content to destroy the character of Central with ART, our Mayor of Things wants to double down with a new, taller "skyscraper". About 18 years ago the City held a series of design charrettes for Downtown revitalization. They were moderated by Pasadena urbanist architect Stefan Polyzoides who called our existing tallest building and attendant hotel building the worst thing to happen for Downtown development. The Albuquerque Plaza building measures over 350.000 square feet so a new tower would be at least that much. The Q1 Colliers report for Albuquerque shows Downtown vacancy at over 30%, the highest of any of the listed sub-markets. I'm interested to see what provisions the propsals will make for parking. Generous parking provisions are a common aspect of Class A office space.
Hunter: I think Mayor Berry represents the developers and that's it.
"(Skyscraper) Project proposals were accepted up until a month ago, but the submissions have remained a secret even from the mayor and his staff.Project proposals were accepted up until a month ago, but the submissions have remained a secret even from the mayor and his staff." If you believe that Berry doesn't know about who submitted proposals, then I have a skyscraper project in downtown ABQ that won't need taxpayer subsidies at all. (You don't think the mayor's wife construction company is bidding,do you?) Maybe the tourist attraction will be a synthetic ice skating arena in the basement. To go along with the bowling alley next to the railroad tracks...
Amazing how many legal hurdles the sick leave ordinance initiative has to endure to survive on the ballot. Of course, the Mayor and his trusty aide Montoya are trying their best to ensure the initiative is on the ballot (Not).
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