“Make-Your-Own” Cleanup

Hello Neighbors!

As you know, our scheduled clean-up this past April had to be canceled due to bad weather. However, we’ve seen some of you around cleaning up on your own (thank you!), AND we have the garbage bags and gloves left-over from the canceled clean-up, so we thought we’d extend the offer to bring the supplies to you and let you clean-up when and where you choose.

Here’s the Official Announcement: Let’s show our community pride! Volunteer Clean Up: All August 2017.  Here is your chance to help clean up our neighborhood. You can choose the time & place and we furnish the bags & supplies. Just email Shariesse McCannon (shariessemccannon@gmail.com) or text her at 220-1776 with your address and number of bags/pairs of gloves you need and she’ll drop them off! Thank you for helping us beautify the neighborhood! Steve Collins, LWNA President

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Neighborhood Clean-up THIS Saturday! *POSTPONED

Hello Neighbors! The clean-up on APRIL 29th is POSTPONED due to the inclement weather.  We’ll try and reschedule.

Great American Clean Up – Saturday, April 29th, 9am to 12pm (come for as little or as much as you can, it all makes a difference!). Meet at Rinconada Point Park (Bob McCannon Pkwy & Painted Rock) for bags & supplies.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!!  The LWNA Board

Spring is in the Air!

Hello Neighbors and Happy Spring!

We hope you have been enjoying the (mostly) nice weather and are looking forward to Spring activities and Spring cleaning (notice the great work the City did on the quick water?)!   Speaking of which, here are some notable events:

Great American Cleanup – this will be Saturday, April 29th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  We will have more details as the date gets closer and hope to see many of you there.

Ladera Medians Update – The City of Albuquerque is having a meeting to review the landscaping on the Ladera medians, Atrisco to Ouray. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Don Newton / Taylor Ranch Community Center.

Bernalillo Open Space Activities – Did you know that the County has a great agenda of free activities and training programs at the open space ?  You can check out the events and register here.

If you’re looking for ideas to help with Spring Cleaning, you can re-visit our earlier post about “making the most of waste” for ideas and information on clearing out green, hazardous and other trash.  We’ll let you know when the next curbside green waste day will be.

Looking forward to seeing you in April!

Happy and Safe Holidays from Ladera West

Hello Neighbors!  The Ladera West Neighborhood Association wishes you a Joyful Winter Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year!

Have you noticed how nice the neighborhood is looking? We are grateful to the City of Albuquerque, the Westside Coalition of Neighborhoods Association, and our neighboring Associations for working together to beautify the Westside. Thanks to the efforts of our bordering neighborhood association, Ladera Heights, new sculptures were installed just east of the golf course on the west side of Ladera Blvd; we have flowers year round (in the form of beautiful 5-foot tall steel sculptures). By spring, the road work on Ladera Blvd in front of Ladera Golf Course will look similar to the section of Ladera Blvd between Bob McCannon Pkwy and Unser Blvd with a landscaped median and bike paths. We also look forward to the City of Albuquerque continuing the median work on Unser Blvd from Montano to I-40.

In addition to enjoying the beauty this holiday season, we want everyone to stay safe.  Check out our “crime prevention” page for tips during the holiday season and year round.  A few biggies this time of year – even though we’re all in a hurry, never let your car warm-up unattended; if you’re sending checks or gift cards, don’t put out your mail after the mail has been collected for the day (and check your mail every day); and arrange with your neighbors to keep an eye out for packages left at each others’ doors.  This is also a great way to get to know your neighbors (and maybe share some holiday cheer or goodies as well).

See you all in 2017!

 

 

 

Making the Most of Waste

Hello Neighbors! In this post we visit issues of waste and provide some helpful guidance in how to dispose of it:

Mutt Mitt Station:  

A board member, Connie Gilman, recently started the process of getting a Mutt Mitt Station placed in our neighborhood park, Rinconada Point Park (these are the stands that have bags for dog waste). It may take up to 2 months to have the station approved and put in place. It should be a great addition to the park.

Albuquerque’s Green Waste Recycling:

Green waste collection will be December 9th and 16th.  Place bags of green waste (leaves, grass, and brush) in trash bags weighing less than 40 lbs. on the curb, 5 ft. from trash container. Branches must be cut to 4-ft. lengths and bundled securely.

The city takes green waste to a composting facility. Once composted, compost is sold at the Montessa Park Convenience Center, but you can choose to compost your own leaves and grass using moisture and time. The City has provided information to get started at https://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/recycling/yard-waste.

 Curbside Recycling:

Use your blue garbage bin for recycling common household items. For a list of what can go in the bin go to https://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/recycling/residential-curbside-recycling

Other Types of Waste:

Electronic Waste (E-Waste):

We are so dependent on our electronic gadgets. But, what to do with that old telephone, VCR, computer, or camera? (Did you know research has estimated that nearly 75 percent of old electronics are in storage in part because consumers are uncertain of how to manage these materials and E-waste that is not recycled often ends up in landfills.?)

The City recycles electronic waste at the Eagle Rock Convenience Center for a fee of $5.25 per secured load.

Household Hazardous Waste:

Please call the Household Hazardous Waste Hotline at 505-349-5220 for more details about recycling all of those odd items.

Pharmaceutical Waste:

Pills (only) can be brought to APD Southwest Area Command Station at 6404 Los Volcanes Rd NW.

Other prescriptions and sharps (such as needles and razors) must be carefully disposed of. The City of Albuquerque provided very specific details about how to accomplish this in a safe manner:  http://www.cabq.gov/police/programs/pharmaceuticals

 

Ladera West Neighborhood Association Officers

Hello Neighbors,

In mid-October, the officers had their first meeting since our annual meeting in September. Our goal was to organize the board for the following year.

The first item of business was to assign titles to our officers. The Ladera West Neighborhood Association officers are:

President – Steve Collins

Vice-President – Karen Buccola

Treasurer – Shariesse McCannon

Secretary – Catherine Garcia

Member at Large – Connie Gilman

We also discussed the continuation of the web site. The board decided to continue the web site until the next annual meeting and Hope Eckert has agreed to stay on as Webmaster.  Thus far, the web site has focused on local government resources and activities. In the coming year, we will observe how the neighborhood uses electronic media. Thus, we need your input. Do you enjoy these web site posts? What improvements should be made to make the web site more beneficial to you? How do you think we can increase the number of neighbors that enjoy the web site posts? Please send you comments:

Voter Information

Hello Neighbors!

Election time is upon us, and no matter your political perspective, this election is important on not only a national, but local level. Many judicial, state government, and other races are contested and your vote counts!  Here’s what you need to know (courtesy of BernCo):

Visit www.bernco.gov/MyVoteCenter for election information, early voting locations and more

  • Early Voting Convenience Centers Open on Saturday, Oct. 22
  • All early voting locations will be open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., from Oct.22 to Nov. 5, with three exceptions:
    • Clerk’s Annex, 1500 Lomas Blvd. NW, opens Oct. 11, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8p.m. until Nov. 5;
    • Desiderio Community Center in Tohajiilee, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. 8a.m. – noon;
    • Isleta Recreation Center, Building 60, Tribal Road 40 on the Isleta Pueblo, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

On Election Day, Nov. 8, all 69 locations will be open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Visit www.bernco.gov/myvoterinformation on a computer or mobile device to check voter
registration status, view a sample ballot, request an absentee ballot, or find a nearby polling location.

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