Mr. Berry's campaign platform was built upon four main ideas: 1) reducing government, 2) increase Albuquerque's economy, 3) improve government transparency, and 4) reduce crime. These promises made to the citizens of Albuquerque led over 36,000 people to vote for him leading him to victory over the 29,000 who voted for incumbent Martin Chavez, and Richard Romero's 17,000 votes.
On this platform, Mr. Berry promised a lot of things. As we look back to where we were three years ago in anticipation of next year's mayoral race, the data is stunning in that Mr. Berry's failures never seem to end. Over his four goals, things are worse than they were when he took office.
GOAL: Mr. Berry wanted to reduce the size of government.
RESULT: Under Mr. Berry's definition of reduction, that means fewer employees. And in his first year he deleted 162 vacant positions. (www.cabq.gov/mayor)
BUT: Employee retirees and resignations are out pacing new highers. There is a personnel crisis in the city's public safety agencies and there are still collective bargaining groups that do not have contracts. Mr. Berry has indeed reduced the the labor pool of city employees and he has reduced the quality as well.
GOAL: Bring businesses to Albuquerque
RESULT: The only results Mr. Berry can claims is that he has been working with John Garcia, his Economic Development Director, to develop a plant to get the local economy back on track and lot of rhetoric before trade groups and special interest organization.
BUT: There has been a net job loss since Berry took over and NMGRT revenues have continued to plummet. The headlines for the city and the region are horrific:
"New Mexico is a “death spiral state”(http://www.bizjournals.com/"NM dismal for “economic freedom" (http://www.bizjournals.com/
albuquerque/news/2012/11/26/ forbes-nm-worst-death-spiral- state.html)
"No Growth in Albuquerque job Market" (http://www.bizjournals.com/
RESULT: Mr. Berry did in fact revise the city’s website.
BUT: In every significant event which has challenged this city, Mr. Berry has feigned ignorance and has been obvious in what can only be gross ineptitude or deception.
In a recent high profile case, the Mayor stated “There’s a lot of questions, and they’re valid questions. It’s an important issue. It’s one that has obviously interested the community. Which is why I’ve order an investigation.”But Mr. Berry was not talking about unlawful and ghoulish conduct by APD brass at Mary Han’s crime scene, he was talking about Darren White’s conduct at an accident scene involving Mr. White’s wife.
With regards to Ms. Han’s crime scene which continues erode and tarnish this city, Mr. Berry hides in a most NONTRANSPARENT fashion behind lawyers and defendants. (http://www.kob.com/article/
When confronted with the obvious chaos and failures of APD, Mr. Berry vetoed the DOJ investigation instead of being transparent and inviting them in to help restore faith and trust amongst the community with APD. (http://www.koat.com/news/new-
GOAL: Address property crime.
RESULT: Our city, Our property plan.
BUT: Property crime rates continues to climb.
AND he abandons his own plan.
-No legislation changes
-No partnering with other agencies or multi-jurisdictional approach.
-Computerized modeling not deployed and failed to anticipate APD’s own issues
-APD releases firearms not in compliance with federal regualtions.
-Nite Detectives squad is a failure.
And worst of all, he has lost the largest police department in the state to the total and complete scrutiny of the US Department of Justice. Despite the counsel of experienced political, business, and community leaders, Mr. Berry has stood by APD’s Ray Schultz while the department collapsed. APD loses more officers to retirement and resignation every day, new recruits are few and far between, and now Mr. Schultz has completed his destruction of the department by laying blame upon the rank and file officers and detectives instead of taking personal responsibility. The individuals pictured above are responsible for this mess. Mr. Berry, Mr. Perry, Mr. White, Mr. Schultz, and Ms. Levy.
MR. MAYOR, IT IS CLEAR YOU ARE WITHOUT ANY ABILITY TO RUN THIS CITY. PLEASE RESIGN!!!
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