Category «Meeting Recap»

September 26, 2019

Las Cruces’ First Consolidated Election County Clerk Amanda Lopez-Askin and Deputy County Clerk Lindsey Bachman spoke about the upcoming consolidated election—what this means is that Las Cruces will sort of fold all of their (off-year) elections onto one ballot (School Board and Soil & Water Conservation District used to be separate elections). They also explained …

August 22, 2019

Be in the know about Community Schools David Greenberg, the Las Cruces Public Schools Community Schools Director, discussed with everyone what the Community Schools program does. The purpose of a Community School is to create a neighborhood hub that provides community engagement, family engagement, social services, and health services within the schools to help students/families …

June 27, 2019

Update from Cabinet Secretary of Workforce Solutions: Bill McCamley Having just arrived in town from Albuquerque, Bill McCamley said it felt good to be home. He recently moved to Santa Fe to serve as Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Workforce Solutions and said he love-love-loves working with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “She is a …

May 23, 2019

Retake Our Democracy Founders of Retake Our Democracy, Roxanne Barber and Paul Gibson, explained the purpose of their organization, which is to educate, activate, and organize to ultimately create social, racial, environmental, and economic justice at local, state and national levels. “We believe that lasting social change is borne out of local activism, and to …

April 25, 2019

Doña Ana Communities United Explains their Timebank Project We had several people who work for DACU explain the purpose of their work. Doña Ana Communities United (DACU) creates welcoming spaces for all people, especially those whose voices and stories go unheard. We build genuine relationships, carry out uplifting projects, and engage with local government. DACU …

March 28, 2019

Legislators Talk about Successes and Disappointments As has become a PVA tradition, we invited our local NM legislators to the meeting to give us a summary of their experience at the Roundhouse during the session. We were happy to have four legislators able to attend: Representatives Micaela Lara Cadena, Nathan Small, and Rudy Martinez, and …

February 28, 2019

Legislative Response Team Rolls On February 2019 UNIFIED ACTIONSign up for the Legislative Response Team, Cont.Sponsored by the PVA Executive Committee, www.pva-nm.org Read about this Unified Action or sign up here. Health Security Act has a Real Chance this Year As a big picture, it’s known that the US spends way more by far, more …

September 23, 2013

“Ski” Szymanski, from Silver City, talked to us about the Proposed Diversion of the Gila River. In 2004  Congress passed the Arizona Water Settlements Act (AWSA) that authorized diversion of the Gila River if New Mexico agreed to buy water from Arizona to replace what we take out of the river. The AWSA provided $66M …

August 22, 2013

We need to raise the gross receipts tax Las Cruces City Manager Robert Garza explained why the 0.375 gross receipts tax (GRT) increase is needed to keep Las Cruces running normally. In 2004 the state legislature exempted food and medicine from taxation and promised to pay cities what they lost in revenues. In 2012 this …

April 25, 2013

Las Americas Works for Immigrant Rights Katie Hudak, executive director, described the work of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, which covers family-based immigration, victims of crime including battered women, asylum cases, human trafficking, and immigration fraud. The center, located in El Paso, can and does serve clients from everywhere. One client, Emilio Gonzales, is an …