June 15, 2022

Officials Ignore Pleas to Expand Access to Public Hearing 

Albuquerque, NM—The Bernalillo County Commission is refusing to provide the greatest accessibility to the public by not allowing the public to attend the upcoming Santolina hearing scheduled for June 28 at 2pm over Zoom as they have done in the past throughout the pandemic. This is despite multiple requests from immunocompromised community members who want to participate, but fear for their health during this time of rising Covid-19 cases in Bernalillo County and across the state of New Mexico. The public deserves the greatest accessibility to attend this public hearing and their public safety should be kept at the forefront during these ever-changing times. 

Despite requests for public health accommodations, the County is insisting on holding this hearing in-person only at 415 Silver SE, Albuquerque, even though the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread, with people having to stay home either because they are sick, or are caring for family members, or have been exposed/tested positive and are quarantining in line with current CDC guidelines. .