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COPS is returning to the Q, though the Duke says nay

Posted by on February 13, 2014 | Comments Off on COPS is returning to the Q, though the Duke says nay

COPS coming back to Albuquerque

From the Associated Press: A decade after Albuquerque’s mayor banned “Cops” from filming in New Mexico’s largest city, the reality show is returning.

But this time, it is partnering with the county. And a spokeswoman for current Mayor Richard Berry made it clear the city still wants no part in the show that follows officers making drug busts and responding to calls in mostly run-down, crime-ridden neighborhoods.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said Thursday that the show will begin filming with his department in April for its 26th season, to air this summer.

One of television’s original reality shows, “Cops” used to film Albuquerque police officers. But former Mayor Martin Chavez put an end to that partnership more than a decade ago, saying the show portrayed the city in a bad light.

A spokeswoman for current Mayor Richard Berry says the city was not approached about participating when the production returns.

“Had we been,” said Erin Thompson, “Mayor Berry has made it clear that he would have declined, as he is concentrating his efforts on opportunities to highlight Albuquerque as a center of innovation, arts and diversity which we believe will bring consistently positive attention to Albuquerque as a model place to live and do business. ”

While the show has become one of the longest-running in U.S. history, it has over the years drawn fire from critics who say it shows street crime without putting it in a broader context of contributing social conditions.

Houston said the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department is excited to be part of the show. It’s a great way to showcase the county’s high quality deputies, he said.

The Albuquerque Police Department, meantime, is struggling to repair its reputation. The department currently is under a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into allegations of excessive force and three dozen shootings by officers since 2010.

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Call to Public Access Action Albuquerque

Posted by on November 3, 2011 | Comments Off on Call to Public Access Action Albuquerque

VIDEO UPDATE:

ALBUQUERQUE, YOUR public access channel 27 and Encantada channel 26, as brought to you by Quote-Unquote Inc., is threatened with extinction after 30 years of serving the community with a free-speech broadcast outlet.

In a bid to replace the existing operations and telecasts available from QUQ, uPublicTV has been awarded the negotiable $387,000 first year contract by the city of Albuquerque. A move perplexing to QUQ and their supporters, in part because their own contract bid would cost the city $117,000 less.

Opponents to the change debate the viability of the programming contract with uPublicTV because the organization is cited as holding a contract for a city funded education channel that failed to ever air any content. Further outrage is brewing as many view the switch as an attack on free speech as QUQ has allegedly come under fire by the city for its liberal content – and the move is being seen as a form of censorship for its seeming lack of economical and logical basis.

Read a comprehensive article covering both organizations in the current issue of The Weekly Alibi here.

QUQ has a chance at survival if the City Council and the Mayor’s Office agree to appeal the award to uPublicTV at the November 7 City Council meeting.

To learn about the campaign to save QUQ visit their website, Facebook page and see the call to action from, Media Literacy Project here:

If you are an Albuquerque resident call City Council at 505-768-3100 and leave a message in support of Quote-UnQuote. City Council has the final say on all contracts. Look up your city councilor here at this website http://www.cabq.gov/council/ (Ask for a review of the Public Access RFP Process).

If you are an Albuquerque resident you can also attend the Monday, Nov. 7 City Council meeting. This will be in the Griegos Chambers of One Civic Plaza at 5pm.

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Pigeonhole This

Posted by on February 18, 2011 | One comment

Bert is gonna be all over this – Like Mayor Berry (a.k.a. The Duke) on pigeon poop, Sesame Street’s resident pigeon lover may soon be on the case!

Much like Susana Martinez and Jan Brewer before her, poo-pooing all over human rights the immigrant situation, an infestation of pigeons are crapping hazards down all over our fair city and the government is about to intervene (with our input).

Mayor Berry & co. want to control the pigeon situation for our protection. The birds are over breeding causing health and safety concerns for the Q and beyond.

Bert is not likely gonna sit for any of this. Not only is he open to all race, creed, color, orientation and fabrics, he also LOVES the poop machines that are pigeons.

We expect a certain long faced, orange nosed celebrity sighting of the muppet variety in the Q shortly, as The Duke will soon put out the force on pigeon hoarders, boarders and subsidizors.

Keep your eyes peeled for Bert wearing an “FTS” sticker on his iconic stripped shirt over classic white Turtle-neck. He’s sure to protest at city hall with an entire flock of his feathered lovers in tow.

In the meantime read-up on the problems pigeons unleash on our fair city here and submit thoughtful and realistic ideas on how to control the pigeon population here before the fuzzy-white-haired, friend to all animal friends, Bob Barker descends and is mistakenly taken out by a hunt-happy Sarah Palin on her next visit here to endorse something Susana.

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A Message From The Duke

Posted by on January 21, 2011 | 3 comments

Inset Portrait by Kim Jew

“The Mayor wants to assure you that the film industry has been great for Albuquerque. It has had a positive impact on our economy and has created numerous jobs from carpenters to local vendors. There will be many proposals before the legislature between now and the end of the session. We have confidence that the legislature, the administration and the industry will get together and reach a solution that will continue to attract the film industry to New Mexico.” – Tito O. Madrid, Director of Constituent Services, Office of Mayor Richard J. Berry

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Duke in the City

Posted by on March 25, 2010 | One comment

Duke Berry

New Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry ain’t messin’ around. From disbursing night time crime fighters onto the streets to shinning the bright light of day on underground criminals Duke is on the job!

So much in fact that our local crime stoppers is running short on funds. In his efficient, effective and appropriate use of media and publicity Berry has so far been reaching into the community to clean out the bottom of the barrel with the help of its citizens.

So whether it’s your Abulita making the calls, reformed rule breakers or just plain tattlers it’s the tips from the community that will help the Duke continue to make a difference in metro crime.

Call 843-STOP to report a crime or tips to solve existing cases.

And please DONATE to Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers.

 KOB

Links: Crime Stoppers NM, KOB, KOAT

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