All About CUNA
CUNA stands for Classic Uptown Neighborhood Association
CUNA was founded in 1998 by concerned residents who wished to advance the interests of our neighborhood in terms of crime prevention, quality of life, and representation to the city. Originally chartered by the City of Albuquerque and recently incorporated by the State of New Mexico as a not-for-profit organization, CUNA continues to work on behalf of all the neighborhood's residents.
The association's name was derived via public discussion in 1998. Residents liked being geographically identified with "Uptown." Since there already was an Uptown neighborhood association, we added the word "Classic" which was derived from the name of the old Classic Hotel in our neighborhood (now Sheraton Uptown.)
CUNA holds an annual meeting in October and elects a slate of officers to the executive board. Anyone may run for executive board by being nominated for a position in advance of the meeting. Self-nominations are OK. Other general meetings are held periodically and announced by flyer, member email, and socia media (NextDoor.com.) The executive board usually meets monthly, and is generally open to the public during the first portion of the meeting. (The board may go into closed executive session when confidentaility needs to be respected.)
Besides meetings, CUNA has sponsored neighborhood activities like the annual National Night Out picnic, crime prevention and awareness (CUNA WATCH,) the Little Free Library, and other events like street clean-up and free document-shredding, (See the Gallery for photos.) CUNA board members also receive updates from the City and County on local issues of neighborhood concern, and attend public meetings to represent our neighborhood's concerns and best interests.
CUNA Executive Board 2016. Pictured, front: Andrea Sterling, vice-president; back, L to R: Dave Comer ex-officio bd. member and CUNA photo-guy, Robert Lah secretary and CUNA webmaster, Barbara Lah, Ron Bahm, and Dennis Peckinpaugh board members at large, David Haughawout, President/Treasurer
Some other things CUNA has done for the neighborhood:
Seemingly small, but important things, like...
Work with Counselor Gibson, APS, and City of Albuquerque to repair/replace broken pedestrian safety fences across from Sandia H.S.
Provide "Slow Down Albuquerque" signs for traffic safety
Help resolve some group-home concerns
Report burned-out street lamps
Call attention to vegetation obstructing traffic signs
Report a trespasser living in a vacant home
Bring informational speakers to annual meetings on topics like crime prevention, the effects of drought on neighborhood trees, the Winrock development project.
Represent CUNA on recent controversial zoning change proposals
MEMBERSHIP IN CUNA
Membership dues in the Classic Uptown Neighborhood Organization are minimal: $10 per household per year; $20 for businesses. You do not have to own a house to be a member. If you rent a house or apartment unit, you can still be a member.The membership year runs from October of the current year to October of the following year. Voting rights are extended to all adults residing at a given member address. Your membership includes free admission to the annual picnic, but, more importantly, helps fund the various projects supported by the neighborhood association. CUNA receives no money whatsoever from the City of Albuquerque, and is dependent on member dues to fund ordinary expenses like printing, mailing, and office supplies. You can also donate money to CUNA for specific programs like the Little Free Library, CUNA WATCH, or other projects you support.Press the "CONTACT" button at the head of this page to acccess email and phone information regarding membership.