Monthly Archives: October 2019

Uber Safe Ride Options for the Halloween Season

“Take a Ride on Us” Uber Rides for the Halloween Season

The “Take a Ride on Us” program gives the community a safe ride option to avoid driving under the influence during the times in which high alcohol consumption is common.

  • Safe rides are available from noon on Friday, Oct 25th through 3 a.m. on Nov 1st.
  • Customers will need to download the Uber app and use the code ABQTREAT19 to receive a credit of up to $10 off for one trip throughout Bernalillo County.
  • The maximum number of rides available is 1,000 and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The credit can only be used for rides, not Uber Eats, and the discount does not cover tip.
  • The average Uber ride in the Albuquerque area runs less than $10. If the cost for the ride exceeds $10, the patron will have to cover the remaining amount.

“Take a Ride on Us” is the creation of Cumulus Media Albuquerque. The program has seen massive success through partnerships with the Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (ENDWI), Ron Bell Injury Lawyers, the City of Albuquerque Department of Family & Community Services and Uber.

Bernalillo County has contributed $80,000 to this effort, helping to pay for the first $10 of each Uber ride. The county’s financial contribution comes from liquor excise taxes – additional taxes that New Mexico retailers and consumers pay when purchasing alcohol. Funds provided by Bernalillo County for this effort will help fund the program until the end of the current fiscal year, June 30, 2020.

Since the program’s inception in the summer of 2017, “Take a Ride on Us” has provided a safe ride option to nearly 20,000 riders in the Albuquerque Metro area.

Tipping Points | Creative Economy Resources for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs

Attention Fair West Creatives and Artists!

Tipping Points is a new initiative curated by the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services and Economic Development departments. This program aims to connect local musicians, visual and performing artists, artisans, and other creative entrepreneurs to resources and services that will help them get to the next level and make a living doing what they love.

You are welcome to participate in one of two in-person gatherings taking place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Convention Center. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

  • Engage with 50-100 artists like yourself  to refine your most pressing needs regarding your creative practice. You’ll participate in small group clinics to sense-make and fine-tune your challenges and come up with actionable ways to move forward.
  • Learn about professional development opportunities to support you with new ideas, strategies and meaningful time to connect with other artists from all disciplines.
  • Connect with resources and services to help you get to the next level.

In order to express your interest in attending, please complete this short questionnaire – – by November 1.

You will be notified via email to confirm your participation in one of the Tipping Points convenings by November 13th.

For more information Contact Dr. Shelle Sanchez
City of Albuquerque, Cultural Services Department

Early Voting From Oct 19th to Nov 2nd

The 2019 Local Election takes place Tuesday, November 5 and residents can vote early at several locations starting Saturday, October 19th to November 2nd.

Nearest Fair West voting location is: Central Mercado – 301 San Pedro Dr. SE Suites B, C, D and E. Open Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

For a complete listing of early voting dates, times, and locations, visit:

2019 Local Election Ballot Questions

League of Women Voters and the Bernalillo County Clerk Voting Guide [PDF]

FWNA Board Meeting Sunday October 20th

The Fair West Neighbor Association Board Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 20th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Sundowner Apts. (front meeting room) at 6101 Central Ave NE, 87108.

The 10/20 board meeting has been opened up to Fair West neighbors to observe. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination has agreed to give us a facilitator to help with this new meeting format. Kathleen Oweegon, who helped us with the State Fair parking meetings, has agreed to be our facilitator.

Please RSVP to Kathleen Oweegon at (505) 242-6141 or so she can set up properly for the amount of people who will be there. Thank you!

Itinerary includes:

  • A plan to update the bylaws
  • Approve a budget for the Scary Supper
  • Develop a process for expenditure reimbursement.
  • Approve of Neta from Kaps and Eric Sutton to the board

Sundowner Location

You Are Invited to Plan the Plan!

A public collaboration to design the Community Planning Area Assessments

The City of Albuquerque’s Planning Department is inviting the public to attend one of several “Plan the Plan” meetings to talk about how Community Planning Area assessments could and should work and to collect feedback that best represents our neighborhood and community’s needs.

Come and see initial results of the needs assessment that will help determine the order of which area goes first. Your input will help shape staff’s recommendation of the order to City Council, who will make the final decision.

The next Plan the Plan Meeting happening nearest to Fair West Neighborhood is:

Tuesday Oct 15th 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
International District Economic Development Center
111 Wyoming Blvd DE 87123

The City of Albuquerque is also offering civic skills workshops focused on the planning history and how Albuquerque has countered negative impacts of planning with economic development and Metropolitan Redevelopment projects along with a new zoning ordinance.

Thursday, Oct 24th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
NM Asian Family Center
115 Montclaire Dr SE 87108

Tuesday Oct 29th 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
International District Economic Development Center
111 Wyoming Blvd DE 87123

  • Lunch or Dinner will be served in the first 30 minutes of each session so be sure to arrive on time.
  • Activities for youth 6+ will be available.
  • Spanish interpretation will be available. If interpretation is needed for other languages, please contact Francine Pacheco at at least 48 hours before the meeting.


“Plan the Plan” flyer in English (PDF)
“Planear el Plan” volante en Español (PDF)

Can’t make any of these meeting dates or times? Send your ideas to  Or come meet with staff. (Friday afternoons are dedicated to “office hours.”

You’re Invited | District 6 Council Candidate Public Forum 10/10

Bring your questions and get to know our District 6 City Council candidates: Gina Naomi Dennis and Pat Davis.

The Nob Hill and University Heights Neighborhood Associations are hosting a public forum where you can meet the candidates and pose questions that are important to you. The forum will be conducted by the League of Women Voters.

District 6 Council Candidate Public Forum
Thursday, October 10th, at 6:00 pm
Monte Vista Christian Church [See Map].

The two candidates are:

  • Pat Davis, current City Councilor, has held the office since 2015.
  • Gina Naomi Dennis, president of District 6 Coalition, a coalition of the neighborhood associations in the council district.

Both candidates have qualified for the public option to finance their campaigns. They have satisfied the qualifying period and are official candidates.