Real Solutions. Real Change.
> We need to make Our Neighborhoods Safe
Develop a specific plan to combat crime and have the resources to implement it.
More community patrol officers need to be assigned, the hours of operation and number of police personnel at the in-district James Dwyer Memorial Police substation need to be expanded, and plans for crime reduction need to be developed based on neighborhood crime patterns.
Proactive measures such as improved lighting have been proven to reduce crime and should be implemented, starting with higher-crime hot spots.
We also need to be smart about how we structure the composition of personnel within the Police department. Hiring more police service aides not only allows officers to spend more time on the streets, acting as a deterrent and going after criminals, it creates a pipeline of qualified people to potentially become officers.
Adopt a proven public-health approach to curb our epidemic of violence.
We need to disrupt the causes of criminality if we want to have a sustainable reduction in crime. We know that lack of economic and educational opportunities, and addiction are all underlying social problems, but the Cure Violence model has found that – in some neighborhoods – there is a “contagion” of criminal behavior that tips the balance and accounts for a disproportionate amount of crime. To reduce crime, their prevention model trains people to go into these identified areas and introduce methods to disrupt and prevent violence. Cure Violence methodology has been used in more than 25 cities across the U.S. In one neighborhood in Baltimore (comparable in size to Albuquerque) Cure Violence led to a 56 percent drop in homicide incidents, and a 34 percent drop in nonfatal shootings.
> We need to address the Crisis of Homelessness, Addiction, & Mental Illness
Coordinate and consolidate services for the Homeless.
Albuquerque has a plan to create a 24-hours a day, 7-days a week shelter that also includes access to behavioral health services and addiction treatment, in partnership with city and county first responders. The bond to fund that shelter is on the ballot in November and is a good first step towards addressing the homeless crisis.
Provide affordable housing through a strong program of housing set-asides to prevent the working poor from falling into homelessness.
We also need to prevent people from falling into homelessness because of illness, unplanned financial burdens or job loss. Many people experience these situations but some have an inadequate financial cushion to stay in their homes during these tough times. In more than 500 communities, an “inclusionary housing” program has been instituted where new apartment developments set aside a certain percentage units that are affordable to people at lower incomes or the developer pays fees, which the city would put toward affordable housing elsewhere in the city.
Partner with the county, state and federal government to create a convenient and affordable network of public and private services to effectively treat addiction and mental illness for all Albuquerque residents.
> Let’s improve the Quality of Everyday Life in District 8
Upgrade or expand Our Community Resources.
Ensure that our parks and dog runs are clean and inviting and that we have libraries, as well as community centers, with a full range of programs for children, teens, adults, and seniors.
Keep our Streets Safe
Reduce speeding on our main roadways and neighborhood streets. Improve street lighting, signs and visibility at hazardous intersections.
Give Adequate Notice of Zoning Hearings and Development Plans that impact the District.
Everyone should have a voice about the future of their community.
> I will stay engaged with the residents of District 8
I pledge to host town halls, attend neighborhood association meetings, hold office hours in the district, and respond quickly when you reach out to me.
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