Details: There are two proposals currently before the Albuquerque City Council that amend the zoning codes to allow government sanctioned homeless tent encampments throughout the city. The proposals are supported by Mayor Keller and ostensibly a majority of the City Council.
Background: Conveniently, councilors that are sponsoring these proposals are exempting their districts from creating the encampments in their own districts, instead requiring more tent encampments in Northwest Albuquerque’s District 5, represented by City Councilor Dan Lewis. He called out his colleagues for their hypocrisy:
“These encampments are often ridden with unsanitary conditions, drug abuse, physical abuse and victimization of the most vulnerable…are not safe or compassionate and…subject [homeless people] to harm, disease, illness and hopelessness," he said. If the encampments are developed, he predicts that "Albuquerque is on its way to looking like Seattle and other large cities."
Sustainable planning?: William Huntsman, a formerly homeless Albuquerque resident, echoed Lewis, saying "I have spent many years on the streets, and I can tell you, most of the people are coached and directed to go to Albuquerque. It is not by chance or accident. Want to solve this problem? Do your homework. ABQ is a 'target-rich environment.’”
“Abolish the sanctuary city status that Albuquerque currently enjoys…is painfully clear that the status isn't working.” said Hunstman.
San Fransicko imports: Meanwhile, Michael Shellenberger, a Progressive advocate running against California Governor Newsom, in a tweetstorm this week exposed the bigger agenda behind other left-wing proposals that include tent encampments with a "living lot”, described as people who “live in light vehicles, recreational vehicles, or tents would be given a piece of property— mixed-use zones and non-residential zones — to live on with little regulation.”
Curiously, he remarks that George Soros is "far and away the largest funder of progressive criminal justice advocacy in the US, and one of the largest funders of Newsom and progressive district attorneys..." Soros has contributed significantly to Democrat candidates in New Mexico, notably donating six figures to Raul Torrez in 2016. Torrez is currently running to become the next Attorney General in New Mexico...