ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – From renewable energy, to homelessness, to APD’s agreement with the Department of Justice, Mayor Tim Keller covered Albuquerque’s biggest challenges in his second State of the City Address.
For a second year, a heavy metal entrance kicked off Mayor Keller’s State of the City Address. Again, the biggest issue to be addressed is Albuquerque’s crime problem.
“For the first time in a decade, this year we’re going to have bike patrols in every area command across the city,” says Keller.
To help free up APD resources, the city wants to make a big step in fulfilling the agreement with the DOJ regarding APD reform. The current agreement asks APD to follow a list of 276 requirements.
Keller announced the city plans on asking a court to suspend or take out 67 of them. Some of that includes work with field training officers and improving their tactical division.
The city’s Chief Administrative Officer believes that’s an area where APD is already in compliance.
“These are all areas where we’ve made enough progress and we’ve been in operational compliance long enough that we want to go ahead and try to assess ourselves and continue to be transparent to the public but not have that outside oversight,” says Sarita Nair.
Another topic mentioned today, renewable energy.
“We are announcing that just by 2030, not that far way, we are going to be the largest 100% renewable cities in the country,” says Keller.
Keller also says the city has spent $25 million on solar panels on nearly every city owned building.
Another big point, ending the homeless problem. Just this week, HUD’s new report put New Mexico at the top of the list for the highest rate of homelessness in the country.
Mayor Keller says the new $30 million gateway homeless shelter is expected to break ground next winter, with no location set just yet.
The city also plans to build 120 new housing units for low income families.
The city is still conducting an online survey for a few more days to ask the public where to put that shelter. As for the DOJ agreement tasks, the city plans to ask a judge to hear their motion next month.
Mayor Keller also mentioned APD will clear all 5,000 untested rape kits by this spring.