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Would you like to have a new street tree?

The DNA has received a grant from the PNM Foundation to provide street trees at selected house lots within the DNA boundary.

You can sign up to be considered for a new street tree if:

  • The space between your sidewalk and curb (right-of-way) is 28 inches wide or more.
  • You are willing to sign agreements between yourself and the City of Albuquerque and the DNA, to water the tree on a scheduled time table and keep it alive.

To sign up for a tree, email and provide your name(s), street address, telephone numbers, email address and width of your right-of- way.

We know that there will be more house lots needing a street tree than the grant monies will provide. Selection of the actual recipients of a tree will be made by the DNA Street Tree Committee.  They will use on-site investigation and evaluations to make a selection. Your on-line request will certainly be a factor for the STC’s consideration.


Below is the VACCPC agenda for our next meeting on Thursday, June 23rd starting at 5:45 pm at the Los Duranes Community Center.  Your participation with questions, concerns, ideas and solutions are critical to the success of APD’s implementation of Community Policing.
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Hello Neighbors,

I spoke recently at a press conference on behavioral health sponsored by the City and Bernalillo County on Civic Plaza. We’re working closely with UNM Hospital and many others in the provider and consumer community to create a system that will better fund, coordinate and implement critical services in our urban region.
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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

June 1, 2016


The June 2016 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Sixth Street Studio of the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval.


Board Chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 7:05. Board members in attendance: Reba Eagles, David McCain, Dick Deichsel, Chan Graham, Margaret Connealy, Noelle Baroody, Israel Chavez, Rowan Wymark, Rick Miera, Gabe Campos and Holly Siebert. Four board members were absent. Eight other neighbors and guest speakers also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.


Introductions were made. The agenda was approved. The May 4 minutes were approved.


Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of May 2016, there was $10,803.73 in income, including $10,550 in home tour sales. Expenses totaled $6139.57, including $5623.18 in home tour expenses. The May 31 balance was $33,902.64. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.



            Charlie Wisoff described his startup website ( ( as a way for people to “understand what’s happening in their community” and “connect with others who care about similar issues”. People can find like-minded people and look for people with particular skills. He described the site as similar to facebook or nextdoor, but for civic organizations. He passed out brochures and solicited sign-ups.



Felipe Rael described GAHP as a 25-year old not-for-profit concerned with affordable housing. They are proposing to build a four-storey, 110-unit apartment complex on the site of a parking lot at the corner of 8th and Silver. The economic model is similar to the Silver Moon (10th and Central): mixed income with employed tenants paying 30% of their income. Ron Witherspoon from Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Architects presented a site plan but had no elevation drawings. The project will need funding from MFA and a county bond issue. Monarch Properties is proposed to manage the complex. There will be very limited on-site parking, similar to Silver Moon. No zone changes are needed but Mr. Rael asked DNA for an opinion letter. Construction is proposed to be completed in 2018. There was a discussion of the County bonds and questions about parking and including requirements that New Mexico subcontractors be given preference in the bidding.


501 (C) 3

            Gabe Campos said that only one neighborhood association in the city has 501(c)3 tax status. Gabe and Chan Graham will present the pros and cons of the issue at our July meeting.



Dick Deichsel reported on the last meeting of the Valley Area CPC. At that meeting, Dick raised the question of a downtown patrol officer being reassigned to the SWAT team. APD responded that some SWAT officers are on call for patrol emergencies. APD representatives said that APD got much positive national feedback for their handling of the violence after the recent Trump rally. Dick said that one officer said his Department of Justice-mandated training helped him to collect himself when he was hit by a rock. Dick also discussed the high school training of Police Service Aides and the program that allows a PSA to become a sworn officer after three years on the job.



            The manager of Lipstick Bail Bonds (8th and Lomas) was invited to this meeting but did not attend. The business is clearly outside of the 500-foot maximum distance (from Metro Court) allowed in the Sector Development Plan. Dick Deichsel moved and David McCain seconded a motion for DNA to send a letter to the City expressing opposition to the location. There was a short discussion of the issue, including the fact that the business operators should have been denied a business license in the first place. The motion passed.


Chan Graham said that some of the trees recently planted on the demonstration block (14th between Lomas and Fruit) have not been properly watered. To resolve this issue, Chan described a product called “Treegator” which is filled with water once a week and dispenses water slowly for a week. Dick Deichsel moved and Chan Graham seconded a motion for DNA to provide $50 to each homeowner who receives a tree from the DNA tree project. The money is intended to offset the cost of watering. The motion passed.


Susan Deichsel reported that the renovation of Mary Fox Park (14th and Roma) is complete. But the wisteria on the gazebo are still encroaching on the trees. Dick Deichsel will call the City Forester about the issue. Susan proposed a short celebration (party?) for the reopened park, tentatively scheduled for a weekend evening after July 4.


Holly Siebert announced that the Public Relations Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at Duel microbrewery (606 Central SW). The purpose of the meeting is to begin planning the National Night Out scheduled for the first week of August.


Israel Chavez proposed that DNA form a committee to identify groups and solicit proposals for grants from DNA. He suggested some form of partnership with the Albuquerque Community Foundation. Several people volunteered to form this committee: Israel and Susan Deichsel and Margaret Connealy will meet to begin this process.


Margaret Connealy asked again about forming a Green Committee for issues like solar panels in historic districts and encouraging bike racks in front of businesses. Margaret reported that Alice Bergman has asked about the excessive nighttime neon lights in the Watson Building at 16th and Lomas. Susan Deichsel said that overly bright lighting is covered in the Sector Development Plan.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:40.


Respectfully submitted,

David McCain


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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

May 4, 2016
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We were so fortunate to receive some pretty incredible artwork from the Lew Wallace Elementary school students of the houses featured in the 2016 Mother’s Day Home Tour. Have a look!

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Courtesy of Treasurer Dick Deichsel

2016 BUDGET update

April 2016 Treasurers Report

Hello Neighbors,

Legislation of Interest

    • ART Transit Advisory Board O-16-12 (Sanchez, Harris) creates a special private-interest transit advisory board for business and property owners only along the ART route. The purpose of the Board would be to develop short term solutions to issues that arise during construction of ART and to form long term strategies for coordinating operation of the line with business activities up and down the Central Avenue corridor and on Louisiana to the Uptown Transit Station.  We already have a citizens’ Transit Advisory Board.  I encourage all citizens to participate in our TAB, including business and property owners. I oppose a separate Board that benefits a specific class of residents. This bill is on the agenda for the meeting this coming Monday, May 2.

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    Downtown Neighborhoods Association

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Monthly Meeting

    April 6, 2016 
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