Friday, May 29, 2009

The Velodrome is rotted & ABQ has spent the money approved for it

marjorie says...

In the ongoing saga of the Buena Vista street residents and the BMX stadium, the coverage by television news has generally been pretty poor. Going back to 2007, when residents filed a suit against the city, television news never showed the actual physical reality of the situation. Instead, they'd do close-ups of the stadium or the neighbors.

KRQE's coverage a couple of nights ago changed that, and I recommend watching it. KRQE did some excellent reporting between that spot and one last week in which they informed us that the Velodrome intended for the same site as the bicycle park has rotted away and the bond money approved by the city to put it in place has been spent.

Richard Dineen, ABQ city planning director, told KRQE that the BMX stadium was administratively moved to its current location, after it was approved by the EPC for another spot, because it worked better for the overall plan of the site--which is largely about the Velodrome. And, he said, if he knew then what he knows now he'd have given neighbors more notice before moving the BMX stadium.

As KRQE reported, the Velodrome was acquired in 1999 by a non-profit and improperly stored. $2 million in bond money to install the velodrome was passed by voters in 2003. The city learned in late 2004 that the Velodrome was unusable due to rot. And the $2 million has been spent elsewhere.

(Yes, I bolded that to make sure it sinks in)

The city still moved the BMX stadium in 2005. And watching the KRQE coverage gives one a sense of ramifications for the neighborhood...which is why the City Council, led by Council President Ike Benton, is now proposing moving the stadium or somehow mitigating the problem.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Eat Drink Marry

marjorie says...

There are all kinds of things I could comment on, but all I can really think about at the moment is the upcoming nuptials of m-pyre's own Maggie Mae this weekend in Duck, North Carolina. The Outer Banks, precisely.

If after reading m-pyre all these years you hadn't clued in yet to how fabulously organized and creative Maggie is, you'll for sure get it after looking at Eat Drink Marry, her wedding blog.

Eat Drink Marry is the culprit for Maggie's absence on m-pyre lately. Obviously, she has other things on her mind. But I for one hope she keeps on over there after the fact. It's amazing, so why stop now?

By the way, Mikaela will be joining the festivities also, so it's an m-pyre reunion. One of my favorite things. She's bringing along Eric and their new family member, Umea.

Another m-pyre regular, our fabulous Gene, will be the officiant. Yes, that means he's marrying the couple!

And occasional m-pyre commentator and fellow blogger at Alterdestiny, Erik Loomis, is also making his way to the Outer Banks. There will be a few m-pyre fans from Albuquerque there as well, but since they are stubborn LURKERS, you wouldn't know who the heck I'm talking about.

I hear we are going Ocean Kayaking. Yes, capitalized. If I survive, pictures of it all will be forthcoming. And then, I promise, back to politics.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The value of a good editor

marjorie says...

"Must be good to never have to explain anything to an editor."

That's the blurb describing the commentary by Alamogordo Mayor Steve Brockett published in the New Mexico Independent today, about how Joe Monahan got a few things wrong when it comes to his commentary about PreCheck.

Anyhow, that little blurb basically captures my sentiment when it comes to anonymous sources.

The Brockett commentary is more than worth the read, quite insightful all around--covering both the topic of Monahan and how tax increment financing can be a useful tool for smaller towns trying to create jobs.