Thanks to All for a Great Annual Meeting!

Hello Neighbors!

LWNA was proud to see so many of you, as well as our esteemed guests (including folks from Ladera Heights), at our Annual meeting on September 15th. We had a good turnout and lively discussions!

Some of the highlights included:

Informative and spirited discussions with State Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas and State Senator Jacob Candelaria about issues of concern to our members; a presentation from Brad Malone, Voter Outreach Coordinator; and crime prevention tips and Q&A with Pete Gelabert, APD Crime Specialist.  Elaine Romero, Policy Analyst for City Councilor Ken Sanchez, filled us in on the latest landscaping, stop-light and sign projects in our neighborhood:

 

Two new members, Connie Gilman and Catherine Garcia, were voted onto the board of LWNA and Steve Collins and Shariesse McCannon were re-elected for another term.  Along with mid-term member Karen Buccola, these folks make up your 2016-2017 board.

And, most importantly, neighbors got to mingle and meet (and eat), talk to their representatives, express their concerns and share their suggestions. Overall, it was a great event and we were so glad to see you there!!! THANK YOU!

LWNA Annual Meeting Agenda (Sept. 15)

Dear Neighbors,

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the annual meeting!  Please help us spread the word to your neighbors as well.

We are still in need of a few folks willing to become board members – if you are interested or just curious, post a comment or send an email and we’ll be happy to give you the 4-1-1. It’s only the energy of volunteers that keeps Ladera West Neighborhood Association going!

Here’s the Agenda for the Annual Meeting: Sept. 15, 2016, Ladera Golf Course, 6:30 p.m:

AGENDA

Meet and Greet (snacks and beverages provided)

6:30: Call meeting to order

  • Welcome and overview of the past year – Hope Eckert
  • Distribution/Summary/Acceptance of the minutes – Steve Collins
  • Treasurer’s Report – Shariesse McCannon
  • Election of Board Members
    • OPEN POSITION 1
    • OPEN POSITION 2
    • Shariesse McCannon – Reelection
    • Steve Collins – Reelection

Presenters:

7:00: Pete Gelabert, APD Crime Prevention Specialist and Northwest Area Commander John Sullivan

7:10: Brad Malone – Bernalillo County Voter Outreach Coordinator

7:20: City Councilor Ken Sanchez and Policy Analyst Elaine Romero

7:30 Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas

7:40: State Senator Jacob Candelaria

Adjourn

Fun in the Neighborhood

Hello Neighbors!  Have you seen the sign outside the golf course for “Thirsty Thursdays”?   Well, one of our board members has recently been attending and reports that a good time is had by all.  This sounds like a good way to relax and meet some neighbors (and it’s within walking distance!).  From Shariesse:

Every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. you can enjoy the sunset and golf course views, music, food and beverage. The new concessionaires, Bill Harvey and Jerome Espinosa, are there to greet you. Frank Romero, Food and Beverage Manager, and his staff are friendly and attentive. They offer a food special such as nachos, tacos, and more, but the full menu is available. They also offer beer and drinks specials. There is a disc jockey, and he takes requests and plays everything from a-lil-bit-rock-n-roll to a-lil-bit-country. Once the cold weather sets in, Thirsty Thursdays will be held inside the banquet room. Meet up with a neighbor and enjoy an evening on The 19th Hole!

AND, DON’T FORGET OUR ANNUAL MEETING AT THE GOLF COURSE ON THURSDAY, SEPT. 15 at 6:30 P.M.!

Annual Meeting and Board Elections (Sept. 15)

Hello Neighbors!

Our annual meeting is just around the corner and it promises to be another lively and educational forum.  Come join us THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th at 6:30 at the Ladera Golf Course banquet room.  This is a great event for meeting your neighbors and getting updates from – and having the ear of – your local officials.  This year’s agenda includes our City Counselor Ken Sanchez (and his amazing Policy Analyst Elaine Romero); Brad Malone, Voter Outreach Coordinator for the City (need to register?  want to work the polls?); Pete Gelabert, APD Crime Prevention Specialist  (you’ve been meaning to start a neighborhood watch….) and more to come.  We would be grateful if you would spread the word to any neighbors you may know!

In addition to information and conversations with our officials, it’s time to elect your board!   This year’s positions are as follows:

Board position – vacant – open for election

Hope Eckert – up for reelection

Shariesse McCannon – up for reelection

Steve Collins – up for reelection

Karren Buccola – middle of term/no election

If you’d like more information on what it takes to be a board member or you’re interested in running, please let us know.   We’ll be positing a more detailed agenda closer to the meeting.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Difference Between a Neighborhood Association and a Homeowner’s Association (HOA)

Hello Neighbors!

When we were distributing the Ladera West newsletters recently, we ran into a few neighbors who had questions as to what type of organization we are, and we often get emails asking about our “powers” as an association.  So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to explain the difference between a Neighborhood Association (which we are), and a Homeowner’s Association (which we are not).

A homeowner’s association is a much more formal organization, usually created by a developer for a specific subdivision or project. The association provides for the maintenance of the development’s common grounds and amenities (like landscaping or a pool).  All homeowners are members and must follow the codes, covenants and restrictions (CC&Rs) governing the development, as well as pay association dues (usually monthly).   That is why an HOA can tell you what colors you can paint your house and can fine you for violating the CC&Rs.  (There actually is at least one HOA within the LWNA boundaries.)

In contrast, a neighborhood association (like LWNA) is a totally voluntary organization. Neighborhood associations are organized into sections of a city with a common identity and are  started by volunteers from the neighborhoods themselves.  In Albuquerque, the Office of Neighborhood Coordination helps groups organize and provides resources.  Neighborhood associations offer a place to meet neighbors, exchange information, create projects and priorities, and advocate for issues important to the neighborhood. While there may be dues (much less than HOA’s – in the case of LWNA only 10$ per year per household), participation is voluntary. The association is provided direction by a Board, whose members are elected by the paid members of the association. All board members are volunteers who have chosen to devote some of their time to the betterment of the neighborhood.

Recognized neighborhood associations, such as Ladera West, also give citizens a voice. Neighborhood associations greatly improve the two-way communication between the city and its residents. They also send representatives to other advocacy organizations, such as the West Side Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, who coordinate on behalf of several neighborhoods to communicate concerns and advocate to our elected government representatives at all levels.

We are happy to have you as a member of LWNA!!!

resource: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/cmo/page/difference-between-neighborhood-association-and-homeowners-association

 

Summer Events at the Petroglyphs

Hello Neighbors!

Summer is almost here, so at the suggestion of one of our neighbors, we thought we’d share the activities taking place at the Petroglyph National Monument, just down the street.  There are all sorts of festivities throughout the summer and most of them are free!

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Summer Programs 2016 (1)

Clean Up Recap and Yard Sale Days Info

Hello Neighbors!

Last Saturday, April 30th, LWNA participated in the Great American Cleanup.  We are grateful for the wonderful volunteers (both in getting out the newsletters and at the clean-up itself) and for the City crew who went above and beyond picking up our trash bags by helping us clear out the tumbleweeds (i.e. fire hazard) in the arroyo and open space.  If you weren’t able to make it, we’re looking forward to next year’s event and will hopefully see you there!

Not only did we get the neighborhood looking great, we had a chance to chat and get to know our neighbors.  Check out the pictures from the event, below.

We also wanted to give you an update on the “yard sale days.” Clear out those closets and get ready for the sale weekend – beginning Thursday May 19th.  Have your sale as few or many days as you want – it’s up to you.  We will be advertising on craigslist, nextdoor and our marquees. So, with a neighborhood full of sales and free advertising it’s the perfect time to Spring clean and make a little bit of money!

Looking forward!

 

Neighborhood Clean Up Saturday April 30th

Dear Neighbors,

Just a friendly reminder about the Great American Cleanup which will take place this year on Saturday, April 30th.

Here’s the agenda:

anytime between 9:00 – 11:00: pick up your supplies (plastic bags, gloves, snacks and beverages) at Riconada Park; you’ll let the LWNA board members know what areas of the neighborhood you’ll be cleaning so that we can send a truck by to collect the city-issued bags after the clean-up.

anytime between 9:00 – 12:00: clean up the area of the neighborhood you selected and leave the bags at the end of the streets.

12:00 and forward: enjoy the fruits of your labor by admiring how nice the neighborhood looks!

While it’s not mandatory to sign-up ahead of time, it will help us get a head-count for supplies (and snacks!). Planning on participating? Sign up here:

Save the Date – Great American Cleanup April 30th

Hello Neighbors! Happy (almost) Spring!

The Great American Cleanup is a nationwide program in which over 20,000 communities participate. You can find out more about the Albuquerque program here. This year, as it has for over 2 decades, Ladera West Neighborhood Association will be participating in the clean-up, which will take place this year on Saturday, April 30th.

While we’ll send a reminder closer to the date, here is the tentative agenda:

anytime between 9:00 – 11:00: pick up your supplies (plastic bags, gloves, snacks and beverages) at Riconada Park; you’ll let the LWNA board members know what areas of the neighborhood you’ll be cleaning so that we can send a truck by to collect the city-issued bags after the clean-up.

anytime between 9:00 – 12:00: clean up the area of the neighborhood you selected and leave the bags at the end of the streets.

12:00 and forward: enjoy the fruits of your labor by admiring how nice the neighborhood looks!

While it’s not mandatory to sign-up ahead of time, it will help us get a head-count for supplies (and snacks!). Planning on participating? Sign up here:

Do You Know Our City Councilor?

As part of our responsibilities as LWNA Board Members, we frequently have the opportunity to meet with our City Councilor, Ken Sanchez. Before getting involved with the neighborhood association, however, most of us did not know much about our City Councilor or how to get in touch with him. So to make it easier for you to talk to Councilor Sanchez should the need arise, here’s our first-hand knowledge of Councilor Sanchez and our experience working with him.

Ken Sanchez has been working for the West Side since 1995, first, serving as Bernalillo County Commissioner from 1995-2002 and then serving as our Albuquerque City Councilor from 2005 to the present. He is currently in his third term as City Councilor for District One.  During his time in office, there have been a number of great improvements to our neighborhood that Councilor Sanchez has helped with. These include:

  • The opening of Rinconada Park, Ouray Dog Park, and making Ouray Road improvements,
  • Coordinating with the community and Shariesse McCannon for the recent renaming of Ouray Road to “Bob McCannon Parkway,” in honor of the great community advocate,
  • Ongoing maintenance and improvements at Ladera Golf Course to keep the course up to par (pardon the pun) as one of the Westside’s gems and recreational spots,
  • Helping address speeding problem on Atrisco Drive NW,
  • Working with the community to help address pedestrian and bicyclist concerns, such as adding bicycle lanes and improving pedestrian access,
  • Preserving open space near the Petroglyph Monument, and
  • Helping to bring the Community Stadium to the West Side, which hosts football and track with Albuquerque Public Schools.

We also understand he is currently working to ensure a new baseball complex adjacent to the Community Stadium on 81 acres of the city’s land is constructed, which would host tournaments and games for both adults and our youth.

His staff has also been incredibly helpful whenever we have questions or comments to bring to the Councilor’s attention. We highly recommend talking to Councilor Sanchez’s policy analyst, Elaine Romero, who has always made herself available to us and usually attends meetings when the Councilor is unavailable. Speaking of meetings, you can usually find either Councilor Sanchez or Elaine Romero at the West Side Coalition Association meetings, which your LWNA Board members attend as well. We are always available to make an introduction, so just let us know you are coming or say hello when you are there. You can also get ahold of Ms. Romero directly at 768-3183 or via e-mail at eromero@cabq.gov. Or, try attending a City Council meeting. They usually meet twice a month on Mondays at 5:00 pm, and members of the public are always welcome to attend as well as provide public comment.

Get to Know: The Albuquerque Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Hello Neighbors!

What happens when the unthinkable happens? Neighbors help neighbors through every kind of disaster that nature or humans create. Sometimes, all that is needed is a friend to listen as we try to understand what we experienced. But, often we need an army of trained volunteers.

The Albuquerque Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) is that army. CERT Volunteers are trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and medical aide. Even when there is (fortunately) no tragedy with which to assist, CERT Volunteers are out there assisting us by being present at safety fairs and other events, helping provide medical aide, and educating the public on safety and preparedness.

Are you interested in becoming involved? CERT classes meet for about 20 hours to learn the basics and provide CERT certification. CERT classes aren’t only FREE; but, you go home with $80 in equipment that will help you help your neighbors in a disaster. Thereafter, more specialized courses are available to help you reach your personal goals. CERT is managed through the city’s Emergency Management Office. To learn more about CERT and upcoming classes check out the CERT website at https://www.cabq.gov/emergency-management-office/citizen-preparedness/community-emergency-response-team or call Fred Hogan at (505) 833-7247. (This website also provides links to all things emergency management should you want to learn more without joining CERT.)

 

The State of the Neighborhood

Happy New Year Neighbors!

We hope you and yours enjoyed warm and wonderful holidays.  As we look forward to the year ahead, we thought we would take a little time to reflect on what we as a neighborhood accomplished in 2015.

There were some big events in our neighborhood which wouldn’t have been possible without your support:

And, perhaps more quietly in the background, your LWNA Board and your neighbors were busy:

  • Attending Westside community meetings and events to represent and advocate for Ladera West, including the Walmart Market facilitated planning meetings, Westside Day at the Roundhouse, the monthly West Side Coalition meetings and the APD Northwest Area Command Appreciation BBQ.
  • Making calls, sending e-mails and talking face-to-face with City personnel to get broken street lights fixed, garbage removed from Ladera Golf Course, open space fences repaired/replaced and the arroyo at Ronda De Lechusas and Bob McCannon Parkway (formerly Ouray) cleaned up.  Did you know that the 3-1-1 homeless program participated in that cleanup?!
  • Creating a “handy person” list for the neighborhood.
  • Writing and hand-delivering over 1,000 LWNA Newsletters twice over the past year! (as well as maintaining and constantly updating this website)
  • Keeping each other posted on safety issues and lending each other a helping hand through the nextdoor.com website as well as just getting out and cleaning up our yards and the neighborhood on a daily basis – THANK YOU!!!

As we look forward to the year ahead, we’d like to ask you for your help.  As our Association takes on more projects and more means of communication (this website, the newsletters, constantly updated marquees), we could really use a few more sets of hands (there are 5 board members).  If you’d be willing to help distribute the next Newsletter, coordinate or participate in neighborhood events (such as starting a neighborhood watch or helping with the Great American cleanup), or just have a good idea to share, please fill out the form below.

Looking forward to a great year!!!

 

 

APD Citizen’s Police Academy

Hi Neighbors!

You may recall that the LWNA board recently had the opportunity to talk directly with APD NW Area Commander, Dodi Camacho, and share our concerns at the September LWNA meeting. In addition, we had the pleasure of speaking with several other officers at the NW Area Command Citizen Appreciation event. Openly talking to our law enforcement officers in welcoming and often cheerful situations goes a long way to creating the community familiarity that benefits our neighborhood.

Now, it can be your turn. APD offers a 12 week Citizen’s Police Academy at the Albuquerque Police Academy. In each of the 24 classes, you will meet with a specific division from 6 to 9 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This includes officers from Narcotics, Homicide, K-9, Crime Lab, SWAT, and so many more. You will learn how APD works for you, and its philosophy, policies, and guiding principles. At the end of the program, you will graduate and be offered a chance to ride with one of Albuquerque’s finest for a day and to participate in APD’s Volunteers Services Program.

APD is currently registering for the 49th Citizen’s Police Academy. Classes are FREE and informative. Classes are at the Albuquerque Police Academy at 5412 2nd NW. You must be 18 and pass a background check. You can register at the Citizen’s Police Academy website at https://www.cabq.gov/police/programs/citizen-police-academy or by contacting the Academy’s coordinator Officer Sharon Saavedra at (505) 224-6641.

Have a great new year!!!

Neighborly New Year

Hello Neighbors and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  Need a New Year’s Resolution?  Resolve to be an even better neighbor in the upcoming year.

How?  Here are some ideas to get you started in your quest for neighborly improvement:

  1. Get to know your neighbors by getting involved.  Become a block captain and get a neighborhood watch started (find info on how here).  Host a block party, or be sure to attend when your neighbors organize one.  LWNA also hosts several events throughout the year, including the annual meeting (September) and neighborhood participation in the Keep America Beautiful cleanup (April).  Even a friendly hello or quick wave while you are picking up your mail can change your mindset and your neighbors’.
  2. Stay in-the-know.  Keeping up on what is happening in our neighborhood helps us be good neighbors.  There is more going on in our neck of the woods than just the new Wal-mart store opening (which, by the way, opens mid-January).  Pets get lost every week, town halls are scheduled regularly, and infrastructure routinely needs maintenance.  The LWNA Website and e-mail list are great places to keep up to date on what is going on in the neighborhood, as well as figure out how to report streetlight outages and overgrown arroyos.  Click the “join” page up top to be added to the email list and/or the join the blog on the top right. For more hands-on online involvement, try Nextdoor.com or their downloadable app.  (Nextdoor is a social networking site that allows neighbors to post about matters pertinent to their neighborhood, report lost dogs, etc.  Many LWNA residents are on that site and it is a great place to both ask questions your neighbors may know the answer to, and give valuable information such as lost dog or wild animal sightings.)
  3. Holiday decorations are beautiful, but lights in your eyes as you sleep are a recipe for a grumpy neighbor.  When installing decorations, be sure lights are not directed into your neighbor’s bedroom windows.  If you know your neighbor has a bedroom facing your home, turn your holiday lights off before you go to sleep.  And when the holidays are over, be sure to properly dispose of your tree and lights.  Unfortunately, trees and lights cannot be placed into the blue recycle bins, but Ladera Golf Course sponsors a tree-drop off every year. While this year’s dates aren’t posted yet, check the City’s site for an update: https://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/events/christmas-tree-recycling.

If you can think of other neighborly suggestions, feel free to post a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

Happy New Year from LWNA!

Helpful and Handy Holiday Hints

Hello Neighbors!

As you clean up your homes before company arrives for the holidays, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:

  1. Yard Waste. City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Residential Customers can take advantage of free green waste pickup. Green waste will be collected on your regular trash collection day during the weeks of November 30 – December 4 and December 7 – December 11. Green waste consists of leaves, grass, brush, and similar yard clippings. Place your green waste in trash bags and bundle your branches (cut down to a maximum of 4-feet in length) and place them on the curb at least 5 feet away from the trash container. This service is free, so don’t miss out! More information can be found here.
  1. Home Goods. Clearing out closets or cupboards and have items to donate? Most local charities have a home pick-up service which allows you to schedule a date for them to pick-up your unwanted items. We regularly see notices in the mail from some of the larger charity groups, but many of your favorite charities offer the same service. Even Animal Humane has a pick-up service! Most charities have information about donation pick-up services directly on their website, or you can use a site like http://donationtown.org/charity/ to find charities that will pick up your donations for free.
  1. Food. Did you know that food is one of the things we throw away the most? Instead of letting food expire, consider cleaning out your cupboards this holiday season and donating your non-perishable goods to a good cause. Food drives are easy to find and there are plenty of charities out there who will gladly accept your donations. Have a spoiled pet with extra food? Animal rescue groups accept pet food donations, as do many shelters and other food charities since pets go hungry too. One example is the Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs meal delivery program, which ensures that seniors can provide nutritional meals to their companion pets at no additional cost to their food budget. For drop off locations for the Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs meal delivery program, visit https://www.cabq.gov/seniors/stop-senior-hunger.
  1. Home Maintenance. Many of us have home repair or maintenance projects that we don’t want to do, or we can’t do ourselves. Fortunately, our neighbors have shared the contact information for people and services they have used with success. From cleaning yards, to building fences, to hauling away junk, there’s a handyperson for any job. If you need to get your home in order before company arrives for dinner, you can start your search with the Handy Person Referral List we have compiled.  And if you have a great person or company you want to add to the list, send their information our way.

Happy Holidays from Ladera West Neighborhood Association!

Start a Neighborhood Watch on Your Street

Hello Neighbors!
Some of you have been asking about starting a neighborhood watch. Right now, there aren’t any in Ladera West, but if you have the motivation and a few interested neighbors, you can start one on your street. The board of LWNA is also willing to help you get started in any way we can, just ask! Here’s the original post about starting a watch, complete with the APD contact and link to more information:

Ladera West Neighborhood Association

Have you been thinking about having a neighborhood watch on your street?  It’s a great idea, and fairly easy to implement.  At the annual meeting APD Crime Prevention Specialist Pete Gelabert explained the process.  You basically need a block captain and some willing neighbors on your street (they are organized by individual streets) who will keep their ears and eyes open and report suspicious activity.  You can find more information from APD on starting a neighborhood watch program here.

Once your street decides to create a program, contact Pete Gelabert at pgelabert@cabq.gov and he will come out and talk to your group, provide materials, etc.

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Ladera West Neighborhood Association Update

Hello Neighbors!

We hope you have been enjoying Fall in New Mexico – the smell of roasting chiles, the balloon-filled sky and the change in the weather…

There have been some changes to the LWNA, including the election of new board members and the addition of the position of Vice President.   The board was thrilled to see so many of you at the annual meeting and is excited to get to work.  The new board consists of:

Hope Eckert – President
Vanessa Chavez – Vice President
Steve Collins – Secretary (after serving tirelessly as the association’s President for 3 years, Steve graciously accepted the position of Secretary to allow others to serve as President)
Shariesse McCannon – Treasurer
Karen Buccola – Member

The board met on October 13th, and in addition to electing the officers, set its Mission Statement and goals for the year.  We hope to accomplish our mission of “Working together to build a better neighborhood” by fostering community spirit, increasing LWNA membership, and beautifying the neighborhood.  To that end, we are striving towards having the biggest and best “Keep America Beautiful” Neighborhood Cleanup ever!  This will happen in April and will be paired with a fun community activity (details to follow, but what do you think of a potluck?).   If you have ay ideas or would like to help organize, please post a comment and we’ll be in touch!!!

The board would like to thank Sue and Ike Gilmore and Marian Meyer (and Barry King) for their many years of serving on the board and for their continued dedication to the neighborhood.

Bob McCannon Parkway Dedication

WHEREAS, Robert McCannon lived in the Ladera West neighborhood off of Ouray Road since 1987 during which time he was a dedicated volunteer to the community and worked with all levels of government[] to make his community a beautiful and safe place to live; and

WHEREAS, Bob and his wife Shariesse McCannon started the Ladera West Neighborhood Association in 1988, always serving on the board and serving the community as president of his neighborhood association for several decades, and at all times working with elected officials, the police department, and other neighborhood associations to better the Westside and the City of Albuquerque; and

WHEREAS, Bob also worked with multiple Mayors, the members of the Albuquerque City Council, and the Parks and Recreation Department to renovate and keep the Ladera Golf Course “up to par” and see its revitalization with a new irrigation system…

Thus begins the Resolution, spearheaded by our dedicated City Councilor Ken Sanchez, and passed earlier this year, to dedicate and rename Ouray Road to honor the memory of LWNA’s long-serving President, Bob McCannon.

On Tuesday, September 29th there was a dedication ceremony for the newly signed “Bob McCannon Parkway,” attended by Shariesse and Bob’s family, community leaders, friends and neighbors.  It was a warm and moving celebration of someone who helped all of us here in Ladera West so much, and we were pleased to be a part of this tribute.

If you were unable to be there, please share in the celebration through some photos of both the dedication and the new street signs:

On behalf of LWNA, we thank Bob and Shariesse for their years of dedication!!!

Thanks to All for a GREAT Annual Meeting!!!

Hello Neighbors!

LWNA was proud to see so many of you, as well as our esteemed guests (including folks from Ladera Heights), at our Annual meeting on September 22nd.   We had a packed house, with over 50 people in attendance!

Some of the highlights included:

Informative and spirited discussions with State Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas, City Councilor Ken Sanchez and APD NW Area Commander Dodi Camacho about APD and other crime prevention issues:

A lively presentation about 3-1-1 services from Ms. Esther Tenenbaum, Division Manager of 311 Citizen Contact Center followed by a question-and-answer session (complete with prizes!):

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A new member, Karen Buccola, was voted onto the board while the entire Association thanked outgoing board member Marian Meyers and former board members Ike and Sue Gilmore.

Councilor Sanchez and others reminded us all what a great leader we had in our former long-time Board President Bob McCannon (and now we can all remember him as we drive down the newly named “Bob McCannon Parkway”).

And, most importantly, neighbors got to mingle and meet (and eat), talk to their representatives, express their concerns and share their suggestions (we will post follow-ups to all the suggestions and handy-person referrals we got in future posts).

Overall, it was a great event and we were so glad to see you there!!!  THANK YOU!  See you at the Great American Cleanup in April!

 

REMINDER – Annual Meeting is TOMORROW (Sept. 22)

Hello Neighbors!

Just a reminder – Tuesday, September 22 (tomorrow!) is our Annual Meeting (at the Ladera Golf Course banquet area) at 6:30 and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Annual Meeting Agenda for September 22nd

Hello Neighbors!

Tuesday, September 22 is our Annual Meeting (at the Ladera Golf Course banquet area) and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Here’s the agenda:

6:30 – 6:45: Meet and Greet:  This is a chance to mingle with your neighbors, the board members and our state and local representatives while enjoying snacks and beverages.  You’ll have an opportunity to share your ideas, any handyman referrals you may have and pay your annual dues (required for voting members).

(Approx) 6:45 – 7:00: Opening remarks by LWNA Board President Steve Collins and our State and City representatives – State Senator Jacob Candelaria , State Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas  and City Counselor Ken Sanchez.

(Approx) 7:00 – 7:30: Presentation about 3-1-1 from Ms. Esther Tennenbaum, Division Manager of 311 Citizen Contact Center followed by a question-and-answer session.  Come learn how much 3-1-1 really has to offer – you’ll be surprised (addressing weed and zoning issues, helping with lost pets, getting large items hauled away, providing guidance on adding improvements to your property, and more!)

(Approx) 7:30 – 7:45: LWNA business meeting including the election of 2 board members (interested in volunteering?), the announcement of Bob McCannon Road, and a vote on the proposed bylaws change to add a Vice President to the board as needed (to Article VI, Section 2, a second sentence shall be added: “At the board’s discretion the office of Vice President may be added as needed.” Article VI, Section 3, shall be amended to read: “The term of office for the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer shall be one (1) year.”)

Adjournment

We have been working hard to make this meeting both useful and enjoyable – hoping to see you there!!!

 

COMING SOON! LADERA WEST ANNUAL MEETING – SEPT. 22

Hello Neighbors!

Our Annual Meeting is fast approaching and we’re hoping you’ll join us (and not just for the snacks and drinks we’ll be providing this year!).

Our goal is to provide you with useful information, give you a chance to meet your neighbors, share ideas for the neighborhood and voice your concerns. Since last year’s annual meeting, we started a website, cleaned the neighborhood, tried to positively influence the new Walmart development, wrote and distributed a neighborhood newsletter, sponsored neighborhood-wide yard sales and more!

PLEASE come to the Ladera West Neighborhood Association’s Annual Meeting, being held on Tuesday, September 22 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Ladera Golf Course meeting room.

We’re planning on a nice meet-and-greet to start, followed by a short but very informative presentation about 3-1-1 from Ms. Esther Tennenbaum, Division Manager of 311 Citizen Contact Center. Did you know you can get large trash hauled, zoning questions answered, lost dogs reported and more through 3-1-1?

At the meeting we’re also going to vote on a minor bylaw revision (we’d like to add the position of Vice President to give the board even more support), and then have an open forum to give you the opportunity to voice your concerns and ideas for LWNA. We’ll also be collecting information about “handy”-people you know so we can start a list of folks who can do yard work, home repairs and more.

You can also share that information here:

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!!

Save the Date! LWNA Annual Meeting Tues. Sept. 22

Hello Neighbors!

Can you believe that this time last year we didn’t have this website?  Well, since last year’s annual meeting we started this website, cleaned the neighborhood, tried to positively influence the new Walmart development, wrote and distributed a neighborhood newsletter, sponsored neighborhood-wide yard sales and more!   We really appreciate those of you that have joined the Association, checked out the website, came to the Great American Cleanup (and have and continue to pick up trash in the neighborhood any ‘ol time) and many other small acts that make a positive difference.  We’d like to ask one more thing of you….

PLEASE come to the Ladera West Neighborhood Association’s Annual Meeting, being held on Tuesday, September 22 from 6:30 – 8:00 at the Ladera Golf Course meeting room.   We all know how hard it is to find time for a meeting after a busy day of work and family, but we’re hoping you will find it worthwhile.  We’re planning on a nice meet-and-greet to start, where you can meet your neighbors and the Board while enjoying some snacks and drinks.  We are going to have a couple of short presentations about things you may find helpful (did you know 3-1-1/the City can get your large trash hauled off without you having to drive it to the dump?). We’ll end with a quick annual meeting and a chance for you to voice your concerns and share creative ideas for how to improve the neighborhood.   Even if all the time you have in the year is this 1.5 hours, we would love to meet you and want to hear from you!

Stay tuned for more details to come….

 

Summer in the Neighborhood

Hello Neighbors and HAPPY SUMMER!

Summer is in full swing and we’d like to give you some ideas of things to do and ways to stay safe during this great time of year.  If you have other ideas you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them – please post a comment!

There’s a great place to spend some time this summer right here in our very own neighborhood – the Ladera West Golf Course!   If you’ve never been or haven’t been back in a while, here’s a review from neighbors who recently went:  “The Ladera Golf Course has undergone some great renovations lately. It has a new sprinkler system throughout the course resulting in more grass and tremendously improved playing conditions, enhanced paths, and new golf carts. It is in the best condition we’ve seen it in since moving here. It is also home to geese, ducks, rabbits, and other wildlife, making for a fun day on the course.” Sounds like fun!  (In addition to the golf course, we have the great Riconada Park and the Ouray dog park, both within Ladera West).

Did you know that Albuquerque boasts one of the most robust trail systems in the U.S.?   And one great one starts right outside our own doors!  Take a walk, run or bike ride along Unser north to Mariposa Park in Taylor Ranch, or head south and hop on the I-40 bridge behind Wal-mart to ride into the Bosque (just be sure to pace yourself on the ride back – the slope is steeper than it looks).   You can even lock up your bikes at the Bio Park and make a day of it!

Outside of the neighborhood there are activities galore – from Summer Fest to zoo music for the entire family, Explora summer camp & swimming lessons at public pools for the kids, and farmers markets providing local produce & crafts (if you haven’t checked out the Downtown Grower’s Market on Saturdays or the Rail Yards Market on Sundays, these are the two biggest and best – and close to home!).   The City of Albuquerque has a complete listing with links here.

What are some of your favorites or hidden gems?

And…since the kids are out of school and outside having fun, we want to help make sure they’re safe.  APD’s Northwest Area Command has distributed a “summer safety tips for kids” handout. Check it out here.

Speaking of APD distributing useful safety handouts, they’ve been doing this regularly on the website www.nextdoor.com.  This is a social-media-like site for neighbors to communicate.   In some ways it’s great – you get real-time notification of safety issues, lost and found dogs, suspicious activity and more.  (At other times there may be a spat among neighbors, which is less fun.)  LWNA does not endorse or oppose the site, but wanted to make you aware in case you want to check it out and decide for yourself.

Have a GREAT summer neighbors, have fun and stay safe!

Cleanup Day Recap and Yard Sale Update

Hello Neighbors!

Last Saturday, April 25th, LWNA participated in the Great American Cleanup.  While we were hoping for more than the 13 volunteers that came, we were grateful for them and managed to pick up 30 bags of trash in a few short hours!  If you weren’t able to make it, we’re looking forward to next year’s event and will hopefully see you there!

After the cleanup we enjoyed a picnic lunch provided by LWNA, which gave us a chance to chat and get to better know our neighbors (and neighborhood issues).   Check out the pictures from the event, below.

We also wanted to give you an update on the “yard sale days.”  We originally had posted that we would advertise for neighborhood-wide sales on June 6th, but we have expanded that to June 5th and/or 6th so those of you that want to start on Friday will also be covered by the advertising.  Scroll down to the very next post to see the updated details.

Looking forward!

Neighborhood Yard Sale Days – June 5th/6th!

Hello Neighbors!

Are you thinking about clearing out some of that clutter as you tackle Spring cleaning? Well, we’ve got just the thing! (Speaking of Spring cleaning – a big THANK YOU to those of you who participated in this year’s Great American Cleanup – we’ll be posting photos from the event soon).

This year Ladera West will be starting an annual “Neighborhood Yard Sale Days.”  The idea is that if we all have sales on the same day(s) we can generate much more traffic (and make more $)!  LWNA will be advertising the neighborhood-wide yard sales for Friday and/or Saturday, June 5th/6th.  We’ll post this on the marquee signs, on this website, on www.nextdoor.com, as well as post an ad on Craigslist closer to the date.  You can also help spread the word!

We’re also looking into getting a charity to pick up any unsold items folks may want to donate – if you’d be interested, please post a comment so we’ll know if this would be worthwhile.  Thank you!

Looking forward to seeing you on the 5th/6th!

Neighborhood Cleanup Reminder – This Saturday!

Hello Neighbors! THIS SATURDAY (April 25th) is our Neighborhood Cleanup and Volunteer Lunch!!!  Have you been meaning to do this in the past but weren’t able to? Well, make this the year!  Even if you only have an hour to spare, it will make a difference and is appreciated!  Here’s the schedule:

Anytime between 9:00 – 12:00: pick up your supplies (plastic bags, gloves and beverages) at Riconada Park; you’ll let the LWNA board members know what areas of the neighborhood you’ll be cleaning so that we can send a truck by to collect your bags after the clean-up.

Between 9:00 – 12:00 – clean up the area of the neighborhood you selected and leave the bags at the end of the streets.

12:00 – come back to the park for a picnic lunch provided by LWNA and take some time to socialize with your neighbors, meet the board members and get some handy handouts on the Association, crime prevention and other good neighborhood resources.

While it’s not mandatory to sign-up ahead of time, it will help us get a head-count for supplies (and lunch!). Planning on participating? Sign up here:

Neighborhood Cleanup and Volunteer Lunch

Hello Neighbors! Happy Spring!

It’s almost time for our Neighborhood Cleanup and Volunteer Lunch!!!   As Ladera West has every year, this year we are again participating in The Great American Cleanup.   It will be on Saturday, April 25th.  And, as an added bonus, this year we’ll be ending the cleanup with a picnic lunch!

While we’ll send one more reminder closer to the date, here is the agenda:

9:00 – 12:00:  pick up your supplies (plastic bags, gloves and beverages) at Riconada Park; you’ll let the LWNA board members know what areas of the neighborhood you’ll be cleaning so that we can send a truck by to collect your bags after the clean-up.

9:00 – 12:00 – clean up the area of the neighborhood you selected and leave the bags at the end of the streets.

12:00 – come back to the park for a picnic lunch provided by LWNA and take some time to socialize with your neighbors, meet the board members and get some handy handouts on the Association, crime prevention and other good neighborhood resources.

While it’s not mandatory to sign-up ahead of time, it will help us get a head-count for supplies (and lunch!). Planning on participating? Sign up here:

Coming Soon – The Great American Cleanup!

Hello Neighbors!  Happy Spring!

The Great American Cleanup is a nationwide program in which over 20,000 communities participate.  You can find out more about the overall program here.  This year, as it has for over 2 decades, Ladera West Neighborhood Association will be participating in the clean-up, which will take place this year on Saturday, April 25th.

While we’ll send a reminder closer to the date, here is the tentative agenda:

9:00 – pick up your supplies (plastic bags, gloves and beverages) at Riconada Park; you’ll let the LWNA board members know what areas of the neighborhood you’ll be cleaning so that we can send a truck by to collect your bags after the clean-up.

9:00 – 12:00 – clean up the area of the neighborhood you selected and leave the bags at the end of the streets.

12:00 – come back to the park for a picnic lunch provided by LWNA and take some time to socialize with your neighbors, meet the board members and get some information on crime prevention and other good neighborhood resources.

While it’s not mandatory to sign-up ahead of time, it will help us get a head-count for supplies (and lunch!).   Planning on participating?  Sign up here:

West Side Day at the Roundhouse, Spring Clean Up and MORE!!!

Hello Neighbors!

Have you had enough of the winter doldrums and are ready to “Spring” into action?!?! Many of you have expressed an interest in getting more involved in the neighborhood. Well, you’re in luck –  there’s plenty of upcoming activity for the West Side!

The big kick-off is West Side Day at the Roundhouse – a chance to meet your representatives, take a tour and celebrate our late LWNA President Bob McCannon’s street naming.  See the flyer below for details and schedule.  (Other events are constantly updated under the “Events” tab to the right – check back often to see what’s new!)

Want to do something in the neighborhood itself?  Great!  April 25th is the Great American Cleanup and LWNA will be sponsoring a clean-up and other activities.  Stay tuned here for more details.  Don’t want to wait that long to get to work?  You can always help beautify the neighborhood in 15 minutes.

If you’re tired of solicitors or people who speed down your street, “Slow down Albuquerque”  and “Stop! No soliciting” signs are available for pick up at the APD Northwest Command Sub-Station, 10401 Cibola Lp NW (across from Cibola H.S.), 768-4850.  If you’re having trouble with litter or zoning problems, you can report those to the City.   There is a Senate Bill, 382, sponsored by our Senator, Jacob Candelaria, that would provide more enforcement of ordinances; contact Senator Candelaria to express your support.

Do you have other ideas for neighborhood activities or would you like to get more involved?  Great!  Send the LWNA board a message and we’ll get right back to you!

Looking forward to a great Spring in the neighborhood!

15 Minutes to a More Beautiful (and Valuable) Neighborhood!

Hello Neighbors!

Here it is, the start of 2015, and many of us have been thinking about new year’s resolutions, or just general things we’d like to take care of this year.  One thing you may have been thinking about is your home and our neighborhood.  Well, here’s some inspiration to help put those thoughts into action:

Did you know that a nearby property’s overgrown weeds, peeling paint, or clutter can knock 5 to 10% off the sale price of your home?!*  With just a little work we can all help beautify the neighborhood, and increase our property values!

If you’re like me (the Webmaster), it might bug you a bit to see weeds and litter in the neighborhood (especially when you know you’d never litter yourself).  You might also feel like you shouldn’t have to pick up other people’s trash or help your neighbor pull weeds. We hear you.  But, if we all put those thoughts aside, we could get a long way towards keeping our neighborhood clean and increase our own homes’ values to boot!   (By the way, those of you out there picking up trash – your neighbors see you and appreciate you!!!)

Do you have 15 minutes to spare?  Recently the trash in the arroyo at the intersection of Ouray and Ronda De Lechusas was really bugging me, so I decided I would take two gloves, one plastic bag and 15 minutes of my time and see what could be accomplished. This is the before and after of those 15 minutes:

Yuck:

 Ouray

 

Less Yuck:

Ouray3

If you have 15 minutes to spare, think about those weeds you’ve been meaning to pull or that trash along the sidewalk to the park…..together we can make a difference!

(You can report major trash and weed issues to the City by calling 3-1-1 or filling out the online form)

*Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-hurts-home-value-2013-5?op=1

Tree and Light Recycling

Happy New Year Neighbors!

We hope you and yours have had a safe and happy holiday season.   To start off the new year, the city is offering free tree recycling (and free wood chips) – one location is right down the street at Ladera Golf Course!  (You can also recycle your lights.)  Here are the details:

The Solid Waste Management Department, Parks and Recreation and PNM will recycle Christmas Trees and Christmas Lights for FREE at three separate locations in Albuquerque beginning January 2, 2015.

PNM Vegetation Management crews and Parks and Recreation staff will grind trees into chips, which can then be used as mulch to provide a better growing environment for plants and landscapes. Residents can pick up the freshly ground wood chips for use in their home landscapes free of charge while supplies last.

After dropping off their Christmas tree, residents may deposit their Christmas tree lights into marked containers for recycling. Christmas tree lights should never be placed into the blue recycling carts that residents use at their homes.

Trees and lights may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Friday, January 2 through Sunday, January 11, 2015 at:
•Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE, 873-660
•Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE, 857-8318
•Ladera Golf Course, Coors and Ladera NW, 888-8115

Please remove all bags, tree stands, decorations and lights from trees before dropping them off to be mulched. Limit 5 trees per resident, no commercial customers.

End of the Year Wrap-Up and the Year Ahead

Dear Neighbors:

As 2014 comes to a close, we’d like to thank you for your participation in the LWNA and enthusiasm for our new website.   Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent newsletter by signing up for the blog, joining our mailing list, or sending in your membership dues.  In the past year, LWNA has continued to advocate for the neighborhood and worked to keep it a clean and safe place.  In the year to come, we look forward to participating in the Great American Cleanup in April and National Night Out in August, as well as many other neighborhood projects.   We also plan on continuing to update this site with useful information and community events.

Many of you have followed the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Store at Ladera and Unser with great interest.  The Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) had its meeting on the proposal on December 11th.  Several neighbors and the LWNA Board participated through meetings and written submissions.   In the end, the proposal was accepted, with a few accommodations made for the appearance of the facade and accessibility for bicycles.  The complete reports are attached:  here and here.

We wish all of you a happy and safe New Year!  (For some great safety tips for the holiday season, check out the Northwest Area Command December Newsletter on our Neighborhood News page!)

Update on Walmart Grocery and Next Steps

Dear Neighbors:

By now you may know that a Walmart Neighborhood Store (grocery store-only version of Walmart) is slated to go in the lot along Unser and Ladera, as well as several smaller businesses.  On Monday, December 1st, a facilitated meeting was held with representatives of the development company. The participants at the meeting shared their perspectives and concerns, including the need for a grocery store, concerns about the traffic planning, and concerns about alcohol sales.  This is the full report from that meeting.

The next, and most crucial step in the process for this proposed development, is a hearing before, and approval from, the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC).  Specifically at issue is a zoning variance that would allow packaged liquor sales.  If you would like to have your voice heard, you must send your comments to Maggie Gould at the EPC by the end of this week (by Dec. 5th).  She can be reached at mgould@cabq.gov or 505-924-3910.   If you would like to attend the meeting, it starts at 8:30 a.m. on December 11th and is located at the Plaza Del Sol Hearing Room, Lower Level, 600 2nd Street NW.  This is the full agenda for that meeting.  (The project at issue is Project No. 1003275.)

The LWNA and other neighborhood associations will also be providing feedback to the EPC, taking into consideration our recent poll and feedback from the neighborhood.

Welcome to the New Ladera West Neighborhood Association Website and Blog!

Hello Neighbors and Welcome!

The Ladera West Neighborhood Association (LWNA) has started this website to reach out to our fellow neighbors, provide resources and give us a way to further communicate. We’re glad you found us!  Feel free to pass this website on to your neighbors.

As you will see, this front page works like a blog – there will be occasional posts with neighborhood news and events (and you can scroll down to see previous posts).  If you’d like to recieve an automatic e-mail notice when there is a new post, join the blog through the handy “follow this blog” link to the right.

If you look to the top of this page, you will see links to other pages on this site – crime prevention, useful links, etc.  This website is for your benefit, so if you have ideas of other things you’d like to see on it, please post a comment and let us know!

Finally, if you’re not already on it, LWNA has an e-mail distribution list maintained by our President, Steve Collins.  He sends out occasional e-mails with important neighborhood information, events and crime alerts.  If you’d like to get on that distribution list, go to our “join” page.

THANK YOU AND WELCOME!!!!

(fyi, both the blog and e-mail distribution lists are for internal use only)

Start a Neighborhood Watch on Your Street

Have you been thinking about having a neighborhood watch on your street?  It’s a great idea, and fairly easy to implement.  At the annual meeting APD Crime Prevention Specialist Pete Gelabert explained the process.  You basically need a block captain and some willing neighbors on your street (they are organized by individual streets) who will keep their ears and eyes open and report suspicious activity.  You can find more information from APD on starting a neighborhood watch program here.

Once your street decides to create a program, contact Pete Gelabert at pgelabert@cabq.gov and he will come out and talk to your group, provide materials, etc.

Ladera West Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting

The Ladera West Neighborhood Association (LWNA) Annual Meeting was held on September 23, 2014 at the Ladera Golf Course. APD Northwest Commander Dodi Camacho and Crime Prevention Specialist Pete Gelabert spoke about crime and crime prevention issues. You can find tips to help prevent mailbox thefts on our Crime Prevention page.

Elaine Romero, Policy Analyst for Councilor Sanchez, spoke about traffic, median, weed and other neighborhood issues.

The attendees shared their concerns and successes over the past year, including having Ouray renamed in honor of the late LWNA President, Bob McCannon.

The Board members were elected for another term and one new board member was elected to the board.

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