District Events
District Events

- Town Hall Meeting for District 17

  • PB&J, 209 San Pablo SE
  • Join Senator Tim Keller for a Legislative Town Hall Meeting for District 17 on
    Sunday, Feb. 9th,
    12:00 Noon – 1:30
    PB&J, 209 San Pablo SE.
    Pizza will be provided.

    We hope to see you there!

- International District Job Fair: 1/29/2014 10am-2pm, African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE


Senator Tim Keller

for a

Town Hall Meeting


District 17


Sunday, February 24, 2013
1:30pm -3:30pm


Emerson Elementary School
Room TBD
620 Georgia Street SE Albuquerque, NM 87108

We hope to see you there!

2013 International District and Asian American Day
Senator Tim Keller

cordially invites you to

International District Day


Asian American Day


Tuesday, February 26, 2012

10 am - 4 pm

The Roundhouse

Old Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe, NM

Join us in Santa Fe at the New Mexico Legislature as we celebrate and advocate for District 17 communities, Far East Central ABQ, and the International District. For more information or to get involved please contact Senator Tim Keller's Office at 986-4726 or emailinfo@timkellerfornewmexico.com

2012 Summer/Fall Neighbhorhood Update

- Construction on East Central & Southern: Central around Elizabeth and Juan Tabo, and Southern from Eubank to Juan Tabo is engulfed in construction. These improvements are part of the East Central Gateway Sector Plan approved by City Council, and associated bond funds approved by voters last year. I have been in strong support of new medians and landscaping for these roads and pushed our city hard over the last few years to get them in the bond issue. Thanks largely to the efforts of Councilor Harris with help from his assistant, Isaac Padilla, our community is finally getting these improvements! However, with these improvements come some challenges. I have spoken with many of you who are unhappy with some of the new access and turn-in points. I’ve shared these concerns with Councilor Harris who says the traffic safety code unfortunately requiresthe new ingress and egress features. For more information, please see the attached documents and visit http://www.cabq.gov/council/current-projects-and-studies/east-central-sector-redevelopment-plan. You can also contact Councilor Harris at (505) 768-3123.

- Jet Fuel Leak Legislative Hearing, October 19th: The most recent data shows the jet fuel leak from Kirtland Air Force Base larger than previously thought. As a result I am holding a legislative hearing for the community and all parties involved at 3:30 on October 19th at UNM's Centennial Engineering Center, Stamm Room 1044, 300 Redondo West Drive NE. Details for the hearing will be posted in October at http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committeedetail.aspx?CommitteeCode=STTC . For more information on the leak, visit http://www.kirtland.af.mil/environment.asp

EarEarly Voting: starts on Oct. 20th and goes until Nov. 3rd.

  • Siesta Hills Shopping Center, 5405 Gibson SE
  • (on Gibson and Valencia across from the old Lovelace Hospital)
  • Central and Juan Tabo Plaza, 11816 Central SE
  • (on the SW side and around the corner from The Dollar Store)

Election Day, Nov. 6,Locations Have CHANGED: State law has changed to enable voting at any location our county. This means we can vote any one of the early and same day locations around the city. However, some of the locations have changed, soyour standard location might not have voting services available anymore. Voting locations in our area for both the Primary and General Election are (address and maps herehttp://www.bernco.gov/vcc):

  • Hayes Middle School
  • Manzano Mesa Elementary
  • Manzano High School
  • Kennedy Middle School
  • Highland High School
  • Van Buren Middle School
  • The State Fair Grounds (enter from San Pedro)
  • Siesta Hills Shopping Center
  • Central and Juan Tabo
Past Legislative Results
Over the last four years, I have tried to boldly challenge the status quo by leading efforts to create local careers, reform broken government, build a globally competitive education system, establish equitable healthcare, and design stronger communities. I have been fortunate to pass over 20 pieces of legislation. A few of the highlights include the In-state Preference law for New Mexico companies, anti-corruption laws for the State Investment .
Council and the 40% solar rebate for homeowners.

In 2011, I was grateful to pass a substantial job creation measure that gives preference to local New Mexico companies who do business with city, county, education and state entities. The In-State Preference Bill, which earned bipartisan support, also closes loopholes that allowed out-of-state firms to easily obtain state contracts. The new law is expected to bring at least $30 million dollars back home and create an estimated 10,000 new jobs.

In 2010, I worked very hard to develop and pass necessary anti-corruption legislation to reform our State Investment Council (SIC). The SIC manages our state’s $15 billion endowment, and was rife with scandal and corruption that cost New Mexico hundreds of millions of dollars. These new anti-corruption laws have already resulted in comprehensive reform of the SIC and I’m hopeful the structural changes will prevent abuse and corruption in the future.

In 2009, I authored the new solar law that gives a 40% rebate to home owners who invest in solar related improvements to their homes. For more information on passed legislation over these past four years, visit www.timkellerfornewmexico.com.

District Improvements
We continue to make progress in revitalizing our diverse district. Over the last four years I’ve been proud to secure an additional $1 million in capital funding to improve our district schools and to support the establishment of our new PB&J Early Childhood Development Center. I have also supported two new community health clinics, the expanded MATS detox center, multiple community garden projects, the East Central Gateway and International District Sector Plans, the Asian American Center plans and the condemnation of rundown apartment and hotel buildings.

I also advocated against the new casino deal at Expo NM due to the lack of community input and the missed opportunity for a comprehensive redesign of the State Fairgrounds. Ultimately, a new 25-year lease was granted by the Governor’s administration to the Downs to build a new casino. The process for awarding the contract was done in such a way that the Legislature did not have a vote in the decision. I am continuing to fight for the interests so many of you have expressed and am currently proposing legislation to change the governance structure at Expo NM and broaden the financing options available for improvement of the grounds.

Our state government recently completed the redistricting process required by federal law based on 10 year census population changes. The Legislative maps have been redrawn for the coming decade. The new map is available at www.nmlegis.gov. As a result, District 17 will gain (precinct 275) of the Elder Homestead neighborhood, Princess Jean neighborhood (precinct 542) and Mesa Village (precinct 476) and will lose the southern half of Willow Wood (precinct 324) and Fair West Neighborhood (precinct 476).

Kirtland Air Force Base Jet Fuel Leak
Finally, multiple governmental entities continue to cooperate to remediate the jet fuel leak at Kirtland Air Force Base. The Federal Government recently committed up to $40 million to fund the clean-up efforts and recent estimates have moved the remediation timeline up from 40 years to 10 years. For more information visit: http://www.kirtland.af.mil/environment.asp.

Communication and Feedback
I greatly appreciate your continued input on issues facing our district and our state. Please feel free to contact me at 332-9441 or tk@timkellerfornewmexico.com and stop by my office (#300) if you make it up to Santa Fe during the session. Our next Town Hall will take place on March 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Hawthorn Elementary (420 General Somervell Street NE) and I hope to see you there. It has been a great honor and pleasure representing you for these past four years and I look forward to running for re-election in District 17 this year.

On a personal note, 2011 was a special year for me; I married Elizabeth Kistin in September! Elizabeth was born and raised in Corrales and looks forward to continuing to meet folks in our community.

Recent Happenings

Kirtland Jet Fuel leak: community members and I have been keep a close on the quality of our water supply and working with officials at KAFB to deal with this environmental catastrophe. KAFB is committed to fast track resolving the problems but admits it will take time. The state of NM will keep them on task. As you know they have drilled 113 monitoring wells which is the first step to remediation. These wells should be online by November and will then be able to make out plan for the future. Additionally the CDC is doing an independent water and environmental study due out this fall. See details at http://www.kirtland.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-110412-031.pdf

New Early Childhood Center: the UNM center on San Pablo SE will have an accompanying branch of the highly successful PB&J early childhood and family support program. This program which in part is funded by capital outlay from our state, is expected to come online this winter.

New Housing in Trumbull: the city and private partners have been working to produce subsidized single family and multi-family housing in the vacant lots in Trumbull. Units are available now for ownership or rent. Contact ABQ Housing Partnership for details (505) 262-9697 http://www.abqgahp.org/

Growers Market at Wilson Park: We are fortunate to have the Grower's Market in our neighborhood at Wilson Park. The Grower's Market opening day will be Tuesday, June 7, 2011 and will run through Sunday, November 13, 2011. Grower's Market will be every Tuesday from 7a-12n and Sunday from 10a-4p. S. San Pedro Neighborhood will have a booth at the market for residence to sell their fruits & vegetables. Please contact Reyna Juarez at 712-6445 or reynaluz@comcast.net

Curb Side Cuisine: Congratulations to STEPS and the curbside cuisine program brinign great food and entrepreneurship to our community. Come visit for lunch on Wednesday’s outside of Talin market http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/167359366653165

Long Term Neighborhood Planning

Our communities have been hard at work on extensive long term planning process, one for the International District (Councilor Garduno area) and the East Central Gateway (Councilor Harris area). This is a critical process that will determine how funds are spent in our neighborhoods and our input is welcome:

East Central Gateway is finished, see http://www.cabq.gov/council/current-projects-and-studies/east-central-sector-redevelopment-plan for more information. Note, the City has put many of the improvements (lighting and medians) on the October city bond issue which you will have chance to vote on in a few months.

International District is nearly complete, see http://www.cabq.gov/planning/long-range/InternationalDistrict.html for more information. Projects will be up for integration into the 2013 bond issue.

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