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

Time for Neighborhood Beautification!

Hello Neighbors!

We have two exciting upcoming events that promise to make the neighborhood even more lovely….

First and foremost, we hope you will join us for the:

GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Saturday, April 29th, 9am to 12pm (whether you have an hour or 3, your help makes a difference!)Volunteers meet at Rinconada Point Park (Bob McCannon Pkwy & Painted Rock) for bags & supplies. This is a great time for everyone to pitch in and clean up your own street as well as surrounding open spaces. Imagine if each person gave one hour, how beautiful our neighborhood would be?

Next, our LWNA board Vice-President, Karen Buccola, recently attended the Ladera Medians planning meeting.  She is happy to report that the meeting turned out to be a collaborative effort to design the medians and choose the plants, with everyone pleased with the results.  The actual work will start in August and take 3 months to complete. We’re all looking forward to seeing these improvements!

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!

Upcoming Events in the New Year

Happy 2017 Neighbors!  We hope you and yours had happy and safe holidays.

Speaking of holidays…Do you still have that “live” Christmas tree?  Well, you can bring it right down the street to Ladera Golf Course for tree-cycling, where there will also be a place to recycle lights.   Just make sure to take everything off the tree first and drop it off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 15.

Once the decorations are out of the way, perhaps you’d like to have your 2017 concerns for the community heard by your elected officials.  Our Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas is having a Town Hall meeting where you can hear his plans for the new Legislative Session and share your concerns and ideas.  It will be Saturday, January 21 from 2-4 in the Ladera Golf Course banquet room.  (If you can’t attend the Town Hall but would like your feedback passed on, contact Board Vice-President Karen at kbucco@comcast.net).

Next, mark your calendars for Thursday, February 16, 2017 – this will be Westside Day at the Capitol – details will follow in a later post. And, it’s never too early to plan to attend this year’s Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 29, 2017!

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:

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

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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