Category «Meeting Recap»

May 24, 2012

Voting Convenience Centers Bring Electronic Age to Doña Ana County Elections County Clerk Lynn Ellins explained benefits of the change from 129 voting places around the county to 39 Voting Convenience Centers. By reducing the number of polling places, the county will save $135,000 in payments to poll workers. The difficulties with provisional ballots will …

April 26, 2012

National Monument Proposed for Doña Ana County Treasures Standing beside a 6-foot poster depicting Geronimo, the Butterfield Trail, and a few more  of Doña Ana County’s many historical, cultural, and environmental treasures, Nathan Small of New Mexico Wilderness Alliance spoke in support of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument proposal. Nathan summed up the history of the proposal beginning …

March 22, 2012

February Unified Action Follow-up: The Sheriff’s Standard Operating Procedures Mariaelena Johnson of CAFé (Comunidades en Acción y de Fé) reported that attendance for the presentation to the County Commission on February 28 was “amazing” and the feedback from the commissioners has been positive. Meetings for community input and a commissioner’s work session are being scheduled. …

February 23, 2012

Rudderless Ship—Legislative Update from Cervantes, Fischmann and Nuñez Representatives Joseph Cervantes and Andy Nuñez and Senator Steve Fischmann gave their candid takes on the 30-day session. They agreed it was a leaderless session, and beyond that they agreed to disagree on numerous points. The 30-day session is devoted to the budget and the governor’s agenda. …

January 26, 2012

Join the Legislative Response Team To Make a Difference Jim Moore explained that the Legislative Response Team weighs in on critical issues under consideration during the legislative session in Santa Fe. Team members call or email legislators (usually their own) and make their positions known. Past issues have included minimum wage, the environment, energy policy, …

October 26, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Movement—An Ordinary Citizen’s POV Claudia Piper spoke eloquently about the Occupy Wall Street Movement and its status in Las Cruces. She outlined some of the urgent, untenable problems facing our nation. She spoke of her experience with past movements for change including the anti-Vietnam War movement, and she emphasized the massive commitment …

September 22, 2011

What keeps you awake at night? Sarah Nolan, director of Communities of Action and Faith (CAFé), spoke of her personal journey from Vado (class of ’99, Go Panthers!) to the University of San Francisco and back to Vado. She grew up in Vado unaware of being poor and first learned about the devastating poverty along …

August 25, 2011

What Everybody Needs to Know About Redistricting Demographer Jim Williams shed light on the state redistricting process, noting that behind every district—no matter how plain or gerrymandered its borders—lies a story. He acknowledged that New Mexico will experience “a lot of heartburn over redistricting” because of the very uneven population growth in the state over the past …

June 23, 2011

America Votes Jennifer Ford of American Votes gave a whirlwind tour of the organization’s thorough-going analysis of voter turnout in New Mexico for the 2010 midterm election and their plans to coordinate voter turnout efforts in the 2012 election. For more information send email to Jennifer, call her at  505-243-9579, and visit America Votes online. Jack Soules …

May 26, 2011

Intro to Impact Fees Bob Hearn presented a concise, dispassionate overview of impact fees—a widely used means of funding the public infrastructure that’s required when a city’s population grows. Las Cruces does not currently have impact fees but will no doubt be considering the issue in the near future, since the current system is clearly not …