‘Safe Outdoor Space’ Bill Referred to Albuquerque City Council

Two weeks ago, the Albuquerque City Council passed a law to prevent what they call “safe outdoor spaces,” but just yesterday Mayor Tim Keller vetoed it. The city council originally passed a law authorizing these spaces in June, but about a month later reversed their decision, saying the public was afraid these spaces would become like the now closed Coronado Park. Councilman Brook Bassan was one of 6 votes. which adopted the moratorium against “safe outdoor spaces“. “It’s abundantly clear that the majority of Albuquerquens oppose their existence. The mayor has made it clear that he was in favor of safe outdoor spaces from the beginning,” Bassan said. Now that Keller has vetoed the moratorium, the legislation returns to council where they will have the option to override his veto. Councilor Pat Davis was one of three in favor of “Safe Outdoor Spaces” in the 6-3 vote. . The same people who helped us pass it also got rid of the bill that said we should make rules for spaces. Now they want to repeal it because there are no rules. I don’t want to see us repeal it. I want to see us make it work,” Davis said. KOAT also reached out to Mayor Tim Keller for an in-person interview about his veto. is not helpful to our community’s trust in municipal government for the city council to change its position after just two months. In the United States, we need more, not less, tools at our disposal to tackle the growing homelessness crisis.” Last June, Councilor Bassan supported these spaces. Now she hopes the 6 votes against them will stand firm. I sure hope the six councilors who voted to pass the moratorium will stay strong and vote to override the mayor’s veto,” Bassan said. If the city council overrides the veto, what will the money be used for ‘Safe Outdoor Spaces’ be used for?Councillor Dan Lewis has proposed a new bill that would keep all $750,000 in the homeless support services department.The bill would use the money to fund services housing and accommodations for the homeless, near homeless, or dangerously housed veterans in the city. The bill also specifies that none of the money will be used for “outdoor space sure”.

Two weeks ago, the Albuquerque City Council passed a law to prevent what they call “safe outdoor spaces,” but just yesterday Mayor Tim Keller vetoed it.

The city council initially passed legislation allowing these spaces in June, but about a month later reversed its decision, saying the public feared the spaces would become like the now closed Coronado Park.

Councilman Brook Bassan was one of 6 votes that passed the moratorium against “safe outdoor spaces”.

“It’s abundantly clear that the majority of Albuquerquens oppose their existence. The mayor has made it clear that he was in favor of safe outdoor spaces from the beginning,” Bassan said.

Now that Keller has vetoed the moratorium, the legislation returns to council where they will have the option to override his veto. Councilor Pat Davis was one of three in favor of “Safe Outdoor Spaces” in the 6-3 vote.

“Six councilors will have to override the mayor’s veto. It was first passed with six votes in order to shut down these safe outdoor spaces. The same people who helped us pass it also got rid of the bill that said that we have to make rules for spaces. Now they want to repeal it because there are no more rules. I don’t want to see us repeal it. I want us to make it work” , Davis said.

KOAT also reached out to Mayor Tim Keller for an in-person interview on his veto. He was unavailable, but his office made this statement.

“It does not help our community’s confidence in city government for the city council to change its position after only two months. In Albuquerque, like almost every major city and town in the United States, we need more, not less, tools at our disposal to tackle the growing homelessness crisis.

Last June, Councilor Bassan supported these spaces. Now she hopes that the 6 votes against them will remain firm.

“I have absolutely changed my mind. I originally co-sponsored the ‘safe outdoor spaces’ legislation. I do hope that the six councilors who voted to pass the moratorium will stay strong and vote to override the veto. of the mayor,” Bassan said.

If the city council overturns the veto, what will the money for ‘safe outdoor spaces’ be used for?

Councilman Dan Lewis has proposed a new bill that would keep all $750,000 in the homeless support services department. The bill would use the money to fund housing and shelter services for people who are homeless, near homeless or dangerously housed veterans in the city.

The bill also specifies that none of the money will be used for “safe outdoor space“.