Morning Fix: Opportunity Untapped? The Vision Thing

    •    Accused by some of lacking "the vision thing," Mayor Berry publishes "ABQ, The Plan."  A Few Ideas.  Nice Drawings.  No Money.  Not a cent.


    •  
 "Right-to-life" group hauls doctor in front of licensing board for calling 911 from clinic.

    •    Local funeral home director beats up his wife, then tries to run over two policemen.  And this is just the latest of his legal problems.  On the other hand, I doubt his customers have come forward with any complaints.

    •    A couple knocks off two CVS pharmacies in the northeast heights within 15 minutes.  Police later found them in the North Valley with the loot:   2500 Oxycotines.  It's always the last thousand pills that trip you up!

    •    More excitement in the Heights!  Two houses catch fire.  Nobody hurt.

    •    Voting for the APS bond election is tomorrow!  $368M worth of school renovation projects are on the ballot.  Please find some time to vote.  Here's where & other info.

    •    Residents claim victory over Smith's gas station at Carlisle and Constitution NE…but the pumps are still running.

    •    State Senator John Ryan (R-ABQ) proposes bill allowing Sunday bar sales to to start at 10:00AM, rather than the current 12:00.  Says the measure is good for business.  In these tough economic times, it is reassuring that Ryan has his eye on the highball.  And yes, 10:00AM bar patrons are an untapped opportunity.

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Comment by Hunter on February 4, 2013 at 10:06am

John Ryan brings us another example of economics, New Mexico Style.  While I don't have any particularly strong feelings either way about earlier Sunday sales, I resent the justification that this would be a boost to the economy.  For individuals, money is a zero sum game.  Spending more at a bar or restaurant means less spent at the grocery store, school lunches, medical expenses, etc.  As long as the Legislature keeps coming up with these VooDoo economic "solutions" we can expect to see our economy continue to deteriorate.  Coincidence that this originates in the Senate where the Pro-Tems daughter is a lobbyist for the Restaurant Assn?  (see today's Monahan) 

Comment by Benny the Icepick on February 4, 2013 at 12:12pm

//it is reassuring that Ryan has his eye on the highball//

Comment by Dee Cohen on February 4, 2013 at 12:14pm

Salazar's customers have complained. They've had major licensing problems for a couple of years with families unable to bury loved ones or get death certificates. Trouble for Salazar Funeral Home.

Comment by once banned twice shy on February 4, 2013 at 12:47pm

You know, I called councilor Benton's office when I learned there was to be a gas station on the corner of Carlisle and Constitution.  His assistant was very nice and said that yes, they were concerned, too, but that the lot was zoned for such business and that, without support from the neighborhood associations, there was very little Benton could do.  She said they had contacted both neighborhood associations affected and neither seemed bothered in the least by a gas station on that corner.  So there it sits and it isn't going anywhere.  So the dingdongs in the neighborhood associations are really to blame in this particular scenario. 

Comment by Johnny_Mango on February 4, 2013 at 2:28pm

Dee- I was thinking of his customers who were dead and buried.  The living complain; the dead rest in peace.

Comment by Lahjik on February 4, 2013 at 5:40pm

So, am I the only one seeing the "OBAMA SAYS BAN GUNS!  FIGHT BACK!" ad on this page?  I realize that 2nd Amendment issues are going to bring out the extremes of both sides, but it does kind of seem like the "The gubmint is a-cummin' fer mah GUNS!" crowd has become more shrill and pathetic even than the few out there pitching for the gubmint to actually take all their guns.  I kind of figure that the morons who were pitching buy gold!!! on Fox last year are now directing all their effort to buy guns this year. 

Comment by shotsie on February 4, 2013 at 5:48pm

"Still, Berry has made it a priority in recent budgets to shift some of the city’s operating money back into big capital projects – reversing a trend from before he took office, when City Hall often took revenue earmarked for capital and used it to prop up the basic operating budget instead.

Moving some of the money back is how the city was able to contribute $50 million to the reconstruction of the Paseo del Norte and Interstate 25 interchange, for example."

How about NOT raiding one pot of money for the other?  For example, that $50M for Paseo should come from a bond program, as well as these ideas.  If the voters like it, then we'll increase our property tax base.  Otherwise, not.  Since our revenues from sales taxes are down, then I don't see how we're able to pay for Paseo (or these projects) without increasing revenue from somewhere else (like raising the sales tax, again.)  And $30M for a 50 mile bike path?  Building out Coors/Unser roads so they can handle tourist bikers?  Yeesh...  (I'll take a sports complex over this plan....)

Comment by hettie on February 4, 2013 at 8:40pm

THANK YOU for the reminder about the bond election--it totally slipped our minds around here, but we'll be there tomorrow!

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