Keller vetoes moratorium on Safe Outdoor Spaces

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller is trying to stop the city council from stopping city-sanctioned homeless camps.

Last week, Albuquerque city councilors passed a moratorium on the application process for Safe Outdoor Spaces. Keller has now vetoed that legislation.

“With several Safe Outdoor Spaces permitted or pending, I am also not encouraged by the likelihood of exposing the city and the community to prolonged legal issues,” Keller wrote in his veto. “For these reasons, I am exercising my veto authority… I have consistently advocated for an all-of-the-above approach to address homelessness in Albuquerque.”

The city council will act on this veto at their next meeting on Sept. 7.