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.

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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.)