ABQ Forward Together: Choice (:30)

THE CHOICE FOR MAYOR.

STATE AUDITOR TIM KELLER. CHANGED HIS OFFICE TO FOCUS ON CLEANING UP POLITICAL CORRUPTION.

COUNCILOR DAN LEWIS. VOTED FOR AND SUPPORTS THE FAILED POLICIES OF MAYOR BERRY.

Mayor Berry’s “ABQ: The Plan” advocated for non-essential projects like a white-water rafting complex at Balloon Fiesta Park, a boardwalk in the Rio Grande Bosque, and regional sports parks.  In 2011, City Councilor Dan Lewis voted to support Mayor Berry’s pet project, “ABQ: The Plan” over core infrastructure projects like fixing the I-25/Paseo del Norte interchange. To fund these projects required passing a bond – which voters overwhelmingly rejected.

Timeline

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April 24, 2011, Albuquerque Journal, “What’s your vision for Albuquerque?” Mayor Berry releases his vision for “ABQ: The Plan”

August 1, 2011, City Council meeting

Dan Lewis voted against the amendment to put $50 million towards fixing the Paseo del Norte interchange. A link to bill R-11- 253 and actions can be found here.

August 8, 2011, Albuquerque Journal, “Paseo’s $25 Million Down Payment.”  Lewis votes to split funding between the Paseo interchange fix and a sportsplex.

October 4, 2011, Albuquerque Journal, “ABQ: The Plan Nixed
62% of voters rejected Mayor Berry’s “ABQ: The Plan” to pair funding of the Paseo interchange fix with a sportsplex.   

LEWIS LED THE EFFORT TO DRASTICALLY CUT THE NUMBER OF POLICE, MAKING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS LESS SAFE

City Councilor Dan Lewis served as Council President from 2013 and 2016, was Chairman of the Finance Committee in 2012 and 2015 and Chairman of the Budget Committee in 2011 and 2013.

When Dan Lewis was first elected in 2009 there were 1,110 sworn police officers (page 34). By 2015, that number fell to 832 (page 8). That is a 24 percent decrease in the number of cops. 

During Lewis’ time on the Albuquerque City Council, from 2009-2016, violent crime has increased by 53% and property crime by 32%. In 2009, the year Lewis was elected, there were 4,082 violent crimes reported and 29,140 property crimes reported.  In 2016, there were 6245 violent crimes reported and 38,528 property crimes reported. 

Timeline

In 2010, Councilor Lewis prepared a budget that included across the board cuts, including a cut to first responder’s pay. Cutting pay would reduce an officer's retirement resulting in a large number of officers retiring.  

“Councilor Dan Lewis is offering his own budget plan. It calls for graduated pay cuts that would average about 2.14 percent.”

The number of officers has been decreasing since 2010. The vast majority were the results of retirement or resignation. 

In 2015, Councilor Dan Lewis sponsored the FY15 budget proposal, which states, “the most significant impact to the FY/15 budget is the net deletion of 100 vacant police officer positions.” [page 08]. See the 2015 budget here and the budget proposal Lewis sponsored here

In 2017, in the midst of an officer shortage, Councilor Dan Lewis voted against longevity pay for officers.

“Councilors voted 8-1 to approve the budget Monday, with Councilor Dan Lewis casting the lone opposing vote.”
“Longevity pay is intended to encourage more APD officers to stay in the department. The stipend would begin when an officer has served for eight years and increases with length of service.”

TIM KELLER. FOR CHANGE. MORE POLICE. FOR ALBUQUERQUE. TIM KELLER FOR MAYOR.