Council Bill CS R-18-7 passed Monday night, strengthening Albuquerque’s Sanctuary City status. The Ordinance vote was 6-3 (democrats to republicans, respectively).
Sponsored by Klarissa Pena and Pat Davis. 4 other Councilors voted in favor of the resolution: Isaac Benton, Cynthia Borrego, Diane Gibson and Ken Sanchez. Republican Councilors Brad Winter, Trudy Jones and Don Harris (district 9) voted in opposition to the measure.
The resolution states that Albuquerque is a “safe place for immigrants from all countries, as well as for war refugees, people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.”
If you’re curious, City Councilors are elected in staggered 4-year terms. Terms end in November, with the swearing-in ceremony generally scheduled in early December. The terms for Council Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 began December 2017. The terms for Council Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 began December 2015.
In other news, 5 days ago Mayor Keller decriminalized marijuana. Didn’t hear a peep about that. The fine for possession of up to 1 oz of marijuana is now $25. Our last mayor vetoed the measure in 2015.