Vote YES on EC-12-67
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Mayor Richard J. Berry
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Michael D. Cook
Debbie O'Malley
Isaac Benton
Brad Winter
Ken Sanchez

Vote YES on EC-12-67

    1. Erica Jones
    2. Petition by

      Erica Jones

      Albuquerque, NM

 

I urge you, my City Councilor, on April 2nd to vote in favor of the Cable Franchise and Hearing Board's recommendation to unanimously award the new Public Access TV contract to Quote-Unquote, Inc. through 2017, for the remainder of the current Comcast Franchise agreement period.

The Cable Board is by City Ordinance 13-5-2-1 the only group with the authority to make recommendations to the City Council in the best interest of both the cable channels and cable subscribers.

It is unfair and non-transparent to have a randomly appointed, ad-hoc committee making recommendations to the City Council and/or Mayor's office regarding their perceived best use for the public channels when there is, by law, a group created to perform this precise responsibility.

The ad-hoc committee's recommendation was to award the contract to an organization which is a non-performing, highest bidder with no experience in operating a TV station. Quote-Unquote, Inc. deserves a fair and just opportunity to bid on running the public access TV channels in Albuquerque.

Quote-Unquote, Inc. has proof (over 1,500 documents acquired through the IPRA--the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act) which reveals a number of irregularities that the City of Albuquerque Procurement Office engaged in. Some issues that will be brought up before Council are:

1. "Behind Closed Doors / Unethical Dialogue between Bidder and City"--The process that Quote-Unquote endured was unfair due in part to what can now be seen as unethical conversations between the administration and uPublic regarding the RFP. This in turn gave uPublic an unfair advantage in the procurement process over all other bidders.

2. "Bidder Making False Statements about Its 501(c)3 Tax-exempt Status"--The ad-hoc committee knowingly looked past the material misrepresentation of GCMA dba uPublicTV's 501(c)3's IRS tax-exempt status. They claimed on their application in the Summer of 2011 that they did indeed held IRS tax-exempt status, when in reality their status was revoked in Spring of 2011, a fact easily verified on the IRS website accessible to the public.

3. "Violation of the Anti-donation Clause"-- The City of Albuquerque knowingly awarded public funds to build-out uPublic's privately owned property. This violates the anti-donation clause and further questions the integrity, credibility, and transparency of public funds being administered through the City of Albuquerque.

Given the above legal irregularities and mishandling of the RFP process, Quote-Unquote, Inc. and the broader Albuquerque community urge City Councilors to Vote YES on EC-12-67, the Cable Franchise and Hearing Board’s unanimous recommendation to award the Public Access TV contract to Quote-Unquote, Inc.

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Sincerely,

 

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    1. Community Media Supporters-- Help us reach 300 signatures!

      Erica Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Hello community media supporters!

      Thank you for signing our petition. It helps a great deal in getting this message to our city councilors just how important an asset Quote-Unquote has been for the last 30 years to the community. Quote-Unquote has trained over 9,000 videographers, worked with over hundreds of local non-profit partners and has successfully developed a strong media education training department for our producers & volunteer interns to utilize media for social change.

      With that said, I am asking you to help share this online petition to link to your Facebook, listservs, and wherever else to spread the good word and to reach at least 300 signatures.

      Also, please mark your calendars for the April 2nd City Council meeting. This meeting is at 5pm in the basement chambers of 1 Civic Plaza (5th and Marquette). We ask you to wear RED to show the councilors just how large our community force is here in Albuquerque! :)

      As always, keep on keepin' on.

      In community,
      Erica Jones

    2. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Astrid J ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because the voice of the community is slowly being silenced across the nation. We hear about a half dozen TeaParty persons protesting at a town hall yet there is barely any coverage of thousands of people gathering on a cold winter's day. I want Albuquerque to stand up and speak up and say, "We believe that our communities have a right to a voice, and we believe that public access television is vital to that voice and we will not silence it." I want Albuquerque to be an inspiration to all those who are fighting to not allow the corporate-person's dollar-speech overpower the living-breathing person's voice.

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    • Charles Powell ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      I strongly believe in the public having access to communication resources. Quote-Unquote has a long proven record of allowing voices that would otherwise not be heard.

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    • Laura Maclay ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      Public Access TV gives all of us the opportunity to get involved in making our own shows. They have great training classes and also internships. We should continue funding Quote-Unquote with our local taxes.

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    • Thomas Dorsey SANTA MARGARITA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      There's no such thing as "too much information". And I don't like cronyism. We need More involvement in All our communities, not less.

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    • Marianne Dickinson ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      Far too many irregularities have marred this procurement process---the only appropriate thing to do is to extend the QUQ contract. If changes are desired in their operations, negotiate those in a transparent, public process.

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