I would like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year! As I enter my 11th year as mayor, I very much remain honored, humbled, and proud to be able to serve Los Ranchos. My passion for our community is as strong as it was 11 years ago. We have a great business, residential and agricultural community that is robust and vibrant and it will only continue to get stronger and flourish in the coming years. Our administration and staff are unequalled in their passion and desire to improve Los Ranchos for the betterment of all.
We have set some lofty goals for 2015 and a long-range plan through 2020. We have designed a road map for our employees that will ensure the timely success of our goals.
Our Village is among the strongest if not the strongest municipality in the state when it comes to financial stability.
I am very encouraged with the progress of our Fourth Street Revitalization effort. It has received an enormous amount of support and input. Our design team has been carefully listening to our community and adjusting the project design accordingly. I am further encouraged by the amount of enthusiasm our business community has shown for this project.
We all should be so proud of our businesses that were mentioned and highlighted numerous times in the latest “Best of the City Awards” in the recent issue of Albuquerque The Magazine. As reflected in the centerfold in this issue of the Village Vision, Los Ranchos businesses were mentioned over 30 times, garnering numerous awards in various categories.
Imagine when you combine the synergy of all of our businesses with the creation of a distinct and unique shopping district along Fourth Street, Los Ranchos will be a dominant force among the metropolitan area shopping destinations. To add to this strength as a destination, we have several businesses that adjoin Los Ranchos such as Farm and Table and El Bruno’s. Additionally, I would like to welcome Weck’s as the latest entrant into Los Ranchos. Weck’s is moving into the old JB’s restaurant near the corner of Fourth and Osuna.
Los Ranchos has a great opportunity in the coming years to meld our unique residential lifestyle with our business community. Our elected leaders in the eighties were forward thinking when they annexed Fourth Street into the Village. Unfortunately, I feel they failed all of us when they did not provide these same businesses with ordinances and a support system to take advantage of being part of a unique community. It is my desire to rectify this and give to our business community the same support that has made our residential community so unique.
Our revitalization efforts will not happen overnight. I am confident that if we all share a vision and pull together as a team we will make Los Ranchos a residential and business destination that future generations will be proud of.
I can’t help but remember when I saw my first “Best of the City” nearly 10 years ago. I was disappointed to see that the few mentions our businesses had, listed Albuquerque as their address. Now Los Ranchos is a prominent fixture in the Magazine. I can’t wait to see where we will be at in the next ten years.
I wish a Happy New Year to all of our residents and businesses. Thank you for your continued support.
- Larry P. Abraham, Mayor