Albuquerque's mayor Berry has done a belly dance around the tent sin city camp. This is just ugly to begin with but add a ding-dong berry to the mix and it becomes un-stomach-able. Meanwhile, you have Gordon Eden who was quick to back a bad shooting but doesn't do anything about illegal camping within the city limits who are blocking a sidewalk.
Okay, so nothing here is within the norms of everyday thinking people. The local community are complaining about crime and the infestation of the "criminal element." Where is this group of people using the restroom at? Where are they dumping their trash? Where are they getting money to do what they do? They are victimizing a strong traditional Hispanic community; the Barelas community.
So what does the city leaders do? Pretty much nothing. They cater and coddle the homeless who are committing illegal acts. Why doesn't the city take a stand on issues; the occupants are clearly wrong. When it comes to certain issues the city should handle, that are legitimate, they don't? The answer for us here at the Eye is clear; it is incompetent leadership.
Go give the warning to show you are compassionate. Give and offer resources; there are between 30 and 40 different agencies who help feed, cloth, shelter, provide legal assistance, access to telephones, etc... here in the Metro area. After offering the olive branch, it is time to take care of business. This is a life-style choice not a mandate. The city is now going to spend over one million dollars to "help" them. What about the community that was victimized? What about the rest of our poor who are truly trying to escape poverty? No, the city is going to waste money on people who do not want help but to be left alone to live a life on the streets.
Many of the poor simply need a hand up and not a hand out. With $1,000.000.00 you could give 200 families $5,000.00 each or 1,000 individuals $1,000.00 each. But the city will waste it on bureaucracy and city red tape. In the end none of our homeless will truly see a penny.
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Bring in a few troopers in: issues citation, arrest and/or issue criminal summons to the offending parties. Call in a trash truck and haul it all off or tag it into the APD evidence.
This is a form of civil dis-obeisance and cannot be tolerated.
And the leadership of Albuquerque cannot understand why people do not want to move here, why businesses do not want to move here and why they cannot staff the APD fully. Albuquerque is in desperate need of competent leadership. Maybe next time, huh?