I am writing to you today on behalf of the ATP Albuquerque City Council Team to request that you personally take action to write/email/call the Mayor and eight of our nine City Councilors to thank them in your own words for the recent resolution that was proposed and adopted concerning Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia Labs. Too often, our City leaders hear only complaints and requests from the public, so let's take this opportunity to thank them for 'doing the right thing'.
A significant and somewhat controversial vote was taken by our City Council on Monday night Oct. 18th to recognize the importance of Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia Labs, and show continued support of their missions and express appreciation for the continued positive impact they have on our community and local economy.
The text of the resolution, voting details and the letter from Mayor Berry to City Council President Sanchez to launch the resolution are included at the bottom of this email (at the time of this email, the city website shows the bill has passed the Council, and I expect the Mayor's final signature shortly).
Here are the Mayor and Councilor contact details:
Mayor Richard Berry (505) 768-3000 firstname.lastname@example.org
D1 - Ken Sanchez (505) 768-3183 email@example.com
D2 - Debbie O'Malley (505) 768-3159 firstname.lastname@example.org
D3 - Isaac Benton (505) 768-3186 email@example.com
(*note - Mr. Benton did not attend this meeting and did not vote)
D4 - Brad Winter (505) 768-3101 firstname.lastname@example.org
D5 - Dan Lewis (505) 768-3189 email@example.com
D6 - Rey Garduņo (505) 768-3152 firstname.lastname@example.org
D7 - Michael Cook (505) 768-3136 email@example.com
D8 - Trudy Jones (505) 768-3106 firstname.lastname@example.org
D9 - Dan Harris (505) 768-3123 email@example.com
(you can use the map on the ABQ City Council website http://www.cabq.gov/council/ to find your district)
We encourage you to view for yourself the discussion and tension the councilors had in reaching the final vote by watching the GOVTV web rebroadcast of the meeting at this website:http://www.cabq.gov/govtv/ . Scroll down to the middle of the web page and click on the link for the Oct 18th City Council Meeting. The full meeting ran 1 hour 53 minutes, and the critical councilor discussion starts at about 1h:38m and runs for 12 minutes to the final vote. The first 5 minutes of this section are Councilor Garduņo's (sometimes referred to as "Grandstand Garduņo) attempt to amend and water down the resolution, and when this fails to garner any support, he chastises the other councilors citing the many complaints he has received from constituents in his district and the councilors fears to 'raise their voice'/take a stand.
The introduction made by councilors Winter and Lewis to explain and support the bill starts at 1h:10m and runs for 4 minutes. There were 13 public speakers, mostly against the resolution, and that section starts at 1h:15m and runs for 23 minutes. I wouldn't be surprised if you view the entire meeting, and this bill in particular, that you become motivated to attend future meeting and speak your own views!
Good writing, speaking, and best regards,
Text of the bill
Sponsored by D4-Brad Winter and D5-Dan Lewis
Brought to the council for immediate action Oct. 18, 2010
For: 8 - D1-Sanchez, D2-O'Malley, D4-Winter, D5-Lewis, D6-Garduņo, D7-Cook, D8-Jones, D9-Harris
Excused: 1 D3-Benton (not in attendance)
RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE AND SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES IN THE DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT THAT IT HAS ON THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE.
WHEREAS, Kirtland Air Force Base has a long and distinguished record of providing leadership and support to United States Armed Forces who fight and sacrifice to keep America and the world free and safe; and
WHEREAS, the total value of Kirtland Air Force Base's economic impact is approximately $5.6 billion; and
WHEREAS, Kirtland Air Force Base employs nearly 25,500 individuals with high paying and highly skilled jobs in Albuquerque; and
WHEREAS, Sandia National Laboratories performs major research and development functions in the areas of homeland security, energy, science and environmental technologies, and economic research; and
WHEREAS, Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Labs play a key role in supporting our country's national security objectives and freedom around the world.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNING BODY OF ALBUQUERQUE THAT
Section 1. The City of Albuquerque expresses its appreciation to Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Laboratories. The City continues to support their mission and recognizes the vital contribution these patriotic service members and civilians make to our local economy and freedom.