Don Harris, Albuquerque City Councilor, District 9

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About Don Harris Councilor Don Harris was first elected in 2005 to the Albuquerque City Council, but this is not his first position as a public servant. Councilor Harris has served his community as New Mexico’s Assistant Attorney General and as Assistant Albuquerque City Attorney representing law enforcement. Councilor Harris began practicing law after graduating from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. He continues this work as a private attorney along with his duties as a City Councilor. Improving the lives of children is an important issue in his professional and personal life. Councilor Harris has focused his attention on the need for foster parents and the adoption of children with special needs. Councilor Harris has been a foster parent himself on several occasions and adopted his last foster child into his home. This sense of family has driven him to fight for the families of District 9 through several projects including building new parks, community centers, and making the area more inviting. Ensuring sufficient fire protection through the construction of a new fire station and strong coordination with the Albuquerque Police Department are crucial factors in providing a safe environment for all the residents of Albuquerque. In 2009, Councilor Harris won re-election to a second term as your District 9 councilor. Listed below are his current committee assignments, in addition to these Councilor Harris was Council President in 2010.

About Don Harris Councilor Don Harris was first elected in 2005 to the Albuquerque City Council, but this is not his first position as a public servant. Councilor Harris has served his community as New Mexico’s Assistant Attorney General and as Assistant Albuquerque City Attorney representing law enforcement. Councilor Harris began practicing law after graduating from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. He continues this work as a private attorney along with his duties as a City Councilor. Improving the lives of children is an important issue in his professional and personal life. Councilor Harris has focused his attention on the need for foster parents and the adoption of children with special needs. Councilor Harris has been a foster parent himself on several occasions and adopted his last foster child into his home. This sense of family has driven him to fight for the families of District 9 through several projects including building new parks, community centers, and making the area more inviting. Ensuring sufficient fire protection through the construction of a new fire station and strong coordination with the Albuquerque Police Department are crucial factors in providing a safe environment for all the residents of Albuquerque. In 2009, Councilor Harris won re-election to a second term as your District 9 councilor. Listed below are his current committee assignments, in addition to these Councilor Harris was Council President in 2010.

Students, city councilor advocate for new community center amid pushback
01/14/2019
Students, city councilor advocate for new community center amid pushback

Students, city councilor advocate for new community center amid pushback

There is new pushback against the plan for a $5.5 million community center at Central and Tramway, but a city councilor is fighting back, claiming it will fill a gap in services for hundreds of children and adults.

Although we have had and will continue to have our differences, the City is moving in the right direction.  We all need ...
01/13/2019
Mayor Keller talks teamwork in first State of the City address

Although we have had and will continue to have our differences, the City is moving in the right direction. We all need him to succeed.
https://www.abqjournal.com/1267767/mayor-keller-talks-teamwork-in-first-state-of-the-city.html

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller wants to more than double the number of housing vouchers the city distributes, expanding the rental assistance to another 1,000 individuals who may have no other place to sleep at night.…

After years of hard work and community support and involvement, the new Singing Arrow Community Center is coming.https:/...
01/11/2019
Controversial ABQ community center gets key approval

After years of hard work and community support and involvement, the new Singing Arrow Community Center is coming.
https://www.abqjournal.com/1266805/controversial-abq-community-center-gets-key-approval.html

A controversial community center project in Southeast Albuquerque took a significant step forward Thursday, with city's Environmental Planning Commission unanimously approving the associated site plan. The City of Albuquerque's proposed Singing Arrow Community Center —…

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/albuquerque-city-councilors-request-3-million-to-train-new-officers/5090841/?cat=50...
10/01/2018
Albuquerque city councilors request $3 million to train new officers

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/albuquerque-city-councilors-request-3-million-to-train-new-officers/5090841/?cat=500

Making Strides to increase the size of our Police Force and make Albuquerque safer. Thank you Councilor Cynthia Borego for Co-Sponsoring this important legislation.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Albuquerque City Council will vote Monday on a measure to fund a Lateral Police Officer Class for the Albuquerque Police Department. 

https://www.abqjournal.com/1227709/city-may-fund-another-police-academy-class.htmlProud to be Co-Sponsoring this legisla...
10/01/2018
City may fund another police academy class

https://www.abqjournal.com/1227709/city-may-fund-another-police-academy-class.html

Proud to be Co-Sponsoring this legislation with my friend, Councilor Cynthia Borego. We will never stop working to make Albuquerque safer.

City councilors will consider a bill Monday that would give $3 million to the Albuquerque Police Department in order to fund an additional class of approximately 40 lateral officers. In a news conference Sunday afternoon,…

Embudo Canyon Neighborhood Association - ECNA
09/12/2018

Embudo Canyon Neighborhood Association - ECNA

Councilor Harris asked us to share this letter about his position on the county's Tiny Home Village Project.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1189609/city-targets-dilapidated-commercial-buildings.htmlThe Franklin Plaza center has been ...
07/01/2018
Red-tagged: City targets dilapidated commercial buildings

https://www.abqjournal.com/1189609/city-targets-dilapidated-commercial-buildings.html

The Franklin Plaza center has been a blight on east Central for a long time. After a year and a half of work, I sponsored and passed the Dilapidated Commercial Building Ordinance, O-17-34, which was inspired by Franklin Plaza and many other dilapidated structures along east central. We now have tools to do something about this problem. I want to thank Councilor Davis for co-sponsoring the legislation with me and Mayor Keller for taking a personal interest in this important issue affected the health, safety and quality of life for our City and especially the neighborhoods near east Central Avenue.

Pilot program gives owners 60 days to fix up run-down properties

06/27/2018
Mayor Tim Keller

Mayor Tim Keller

Block by block, we’re stepping up and starting to take our city back, red tagging abandoned properties that are dangerous for our neighborhoods.

City Councilor Don Harris of District 9, visiting with neighborhoods on National Night Out which was held on August 1, 2...
11/08/2017

City Councilor Don Harris of District 9, visiting with neighborhoods on National Night Out which was held on August 1, 2017.

On Halloween afternoon, Lt. Simmons and fellow APD Officers accompanied McGruff the Crime Dog to handout Blue Line Glow ...
11/07/2017

On Halloween afternoon, Lt. Simmons and fellow APD Officers accompanied McGruff the Crime Dog to handout Blue Line Glow Sticks and Halloween safety information to the kids at Singing Arrow Community Center.

I am republishing my City page, and I have unpublished my campaign page.  Here I am with my wife Valerie and my...
10/21/2017

I am republishing my City page, and I have unpublished my campaign page. Here I am with my wife Valerie and my granddaughter Anastazia after taking the Oath of Office for my fourth term. I am very humbled that the people of District 9 desire me to continue to serve.

Join Councilor Don Harris for his Annual District Wide Event!  This will be a free fun-filled evening for all ages to en...
05/10/2017
District 9 Annual Event — City of Albuquerque

Join Councilor Don Harris for his Annual District Wide Event!

This will be a free fun-filled evening for all ages to enjoy. We hope to see you there!

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center Gymnasium
501 Elizabeth St SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123

Contact: DawnMarie Emillio
[email protected]
(505) 768-3123

Bring the family out for a free fun-filled evening! Activities include fire truck, face painting, photo booth, and more! Free hot dogs, chips, and drink will be provided!

01/24/2017
Public Meeting: Development of Singing Arrow Community Center — City of Albuquerque

When: February 7, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Singing Arrow Community Center
13001 Singing Arrow Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123

Public Meeting: Development of Singing Arrow Community Center Opportunity for community members to provide input on the design of the proposed improvements at Singing Arrow Community Center https://www.cabq.gov/council/find-your-councilor/district-9/events/public-meeting-development-of-singing-arrow...

Visit New Mexico
01/06/2017

Visit New Mexico

On January 6th, 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state in the union. Happy Birthday New Mexico! #NewMexicoTRUE

Timeline Photos
11/11/2016

Timeline Photos

Albuquerque Police Department
10/28/2016

Albuquerque Police Department

Saturday: Officer/Community Appreciation Day.
It's at Manzano Mesa Community Center. There will be free food, fun for everyone, and lots of fellowship. NinjaCore & Max's Magic Shop are also providing free entertainment. The magic show is at 10:30 a.m.
Everyone is welcome! We hope to see you there.

City Councilor Pat Davis
10/27/2016
City Councilor Pat Davis

City Councilor Pat Davis

8 months ago, Councilor Don Harris asked me to partner with him to clean up some of our city's biggest eyesores. After many drafts, lots of meetings with property owners and neighbors our Vacant Building Ordinance will go to committee tomorrow for hearings. KOB-TV Caleb James took a look at some of those properties and what this bill will do. (Thanks, Don!)

Join Councilor Don Harris for his Annual District Wide Event!  This will be a free fun-filled evening for all ages to en...
08/30/2016
District 9 Annual Event — City of Albuquerque

Join Councilor Don Harris for his Annual District Wide Event! This will be a free fun-filled evening for all ages to enjoy. Come hungry, we will be serving free hot dogs, chips, and drinks. Activities for the kids; fire truck, face painting, and photo booth.

We hope to see you there!

When: Sep 13, 2016 - 5:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Where: Manzano Mesa Park
501 Elizabeth St SE
Albuqerque, NM 87123

Contact: Dawn Marie Emillio
[email protected]
505-768-3123

District 9 Annual Event https://www.cabq.gov/council/find-your-councilor/district-9/events/district-9-annual-event District 9 Annual Event 2016-09-13T17:30:00-06:00 2016-09-13T19:30:00-06:00 When Sep 13, 2016 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM Where Manzano Mesa Multi-generational Center 501 Elizabeth St. SE Albuq...

Always such a great time for National Night Out!
08/04/2016

Always such a great time for National Night Out!

Councilor Don Harris joined Mayor Richard Berry, Parks and Rec., and the Open Space Division at a press conference this ...
06/23/2016

Councilor Don Harris joined Mayor Richard Berry, Parks and Rec., and the Open Space Division at a press conference this morning, where Mayor Berry signed the 2% land acquisition for Open Space legislation, which Councilor Harris sponosred.

Community Meeting with the Department of Justice and the APD Independent Monitor, Dr. Ginger, U.S. Attorney Damon Martin...
06/15/2016

Community Meeting with the Department of Justice and the APD Independent Monitor, Dr. Ginger, U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez, along with APD Chief Eden

Looking for something fun and educational for your children this summer? The Albuquerque Police Department offers a free...
05/18/2016
Junior Police Academy — City of Albuquerque

Looking for something fun and educational for your children this summer? The Albuquerque Police Department offers a free Junior Police Academy.

When: June 13th – June 17th
Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Albuquerque Police Academy – 5412 2nd Street NW 87107

Please visit the below link for more information and application form.

http://www.cabq.gov/police/programs/junior-police-academy

Junior Police Academy This innovative program introduces children to the fascinating career of law enforcement and is sure to have a positive impact for years to come. Next Session When June 13-17, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Where Albuquerque Police Academy5412 2nd Street NWAlbuquerque, New Me...

Albuquerque Police Department
04/12/2016

Albuquerque Police Department

Today we dedicated a permanent memorial for our fallen Officer Daniel Webster. He was shot during a traffic stop October 21, 2015. Officer Webster later died due to his injuries.

He was a hero who served our community and country in many ways. He will be forever in our hearts.

City Councilor Don Harris paid for the memorial and the City's Department of Municipal Development helped in a multitude of ways.

We will never forget our gentle giant.

Please visit the memorial. It's at the corner of Central and Eubank where Ofc. Webster was shot. This corner also symbolically and literally unites our Southeast and Foothill Area Commands.

Was honored to be invited to the 2016 opening day ceremonies for Zia Little League.
04/02/2016

Was honored to be invited to the 2016 opening day ceremonies for Zia Little League.

Thank you to the Juan Tabo Hills Neighborhood Association for inviting Representative Jim Dines and myself to speak at y...
03/24/2016

Thank you to the Juan Tabo Hills Neighborhood Association for inviting Representative Jim Dines and myself to speak at your meeting tonight. Your input and work in the community is greatly appreciated.

Thank you District 9 residents and business owners that came out to The East Gateway Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Pla...
03/04/2016

Thank you District 9 residents and business owners that came out to The East Gateway Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan Public Meeting. Your input is invaluable in this process.
Special thanks to the speakers tonight-Andrew Webb and Shanna Schultz, city council staff. As well as Rebecca Velarde, MR Director.

City of Albuquerque Planning Department
03/03/2016

City of Albuquerque Planning Department

Are you part of a neighborhood association and often wonder about answers to frequently asked questions? The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) can assist.

The ONC has published an FAQ page on the City's website to discuss the most frequently asked questions with answers. These questions focus on topics that affect neighborhood or homeowner associations.

To learn more, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/planning/planning-faqs/office-of-neighborhood-coordination-faqs

City Councilor Pat Davis
03/02/2016
City Councilor Pat Davis

City Councilor Pat Davis

Even the Albuquerque Journal is on board (and that doesn't happen with me very often!)

East Gateway MRA Plan Public Meeting at Manzano Mesa Multignerational Center, March 3rd from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. https://ww...
02/12/2016
East Gateway Metropolitan Redevelopment Plan — City of Albuquerque

East Gateway MRA Plan Public Meeting at Manzano Mesa Multignerational Center, March 3rd from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

https://www.cabq.gov/council/find-your-councilor/district-9/events/east-gateway-mra-plan-public-meeting

Please review the MRA Plan webpage at: https://www.cabq.gov/council/find-your-councilor/district-9/current-projects/east-gateway-metropolital-redevelopment-plan

East Gateway Metropolitan Redevelopment Plan This webpage provides information about the Proposed East Gateway Metropolitan Area Redevelopment Plan. This draft Plan would be the culmination of a process begun in 2009. Community meetings were held from 2009-2010 to gather suggestions and concerns fro…

Great turnout at the Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Committee meeting tonight.
01/14/2016

Great turnout at the Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Committee meeting tonight.

01/12/2016
City of Albuquerque - Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Committee

City Council’s Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 13, starting at 5 p.m. in the Council Committee Room, 9th Floor of City Hall.

Please click on the below link to review the agenda.

If you would like to sign up to provide comment, you may do so at the staff table opposite the hallway doors.

https://cabq.legistar.com/DepartmentDetail.aspx?ID=20556&GUID=F25DD4C3-2866-4E68-B1AF-0AB41469873C&R=ab7a6c27-d78a-4e64-8e48-1af843e8d897

Albuquerque City Councilors just signed a proclamation naming November "Holly Holm Month" in the City of Albuquerque.
11/17/2015

Albuquerque City Councilors just signed a proclamation naming November "Holly Holm Month" in the City of Albuquerque.

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