Friday, May 13, 2005
It is hard to know what to think about Mayor Chavez. Sometimes, like when he worked with UNM activists to reach an agreement on rights and guidelines for demonstrations, he seems to be great. Then he is apt to turn around and champion the opposite side of a civil rights issue. Like yesterday, he called the ACLU to task for filing for an injunction to prevent the seizure of vehicles from those arrested for DWI for the first time. (This is arrested for DWI, not convicted). The other policy concerns the use of remote or "spy" cameras to catch "red light runners."
"I've had it. I'm sick of it," Mayor Martin Chavez said Wednesday after ACLU attorneys filed a motion for an injunction. "On my watch, we are going to have these laws." And the response of his Republican ally, City Councilor Craig Loy, did not help his standing in the liberal community: "To the ACLU, no laws are good laws."
Well, like I said, I don't quite know what to think about the man. In the past I have made fun of his claiming credit for every last nice thing in the city...including this spring's surprising snow storm. And the above statements show plenty of ego. Still...there is a lot that is right with Albuquerque, and he is the Mayor.