1420 Cerrillos Rd
On April 23rd, David Coss, former mayor of Santa Fe will speak to our group about some of the programs that were started under his administration. Of special interest to us is the Living Wage Ordinance that he started. In addition to many issues of importance to Santa Fe is his active involvement in environmental issues. He will take many questions from the audience and is happy to be speaking to activists’ groups.
BIO: David Coss, was born in Carbondale, Illinois, and moved to Santa Fe in 1959. He was elected mayor of Santa Fe in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Prior to his mayoral terms, he was elected to the City Council in 2002 representing District 3.
Mayor Coss made his priorities creating jobs, strengthening the local economy, and continuing programs and funding that improved Santa Fe’s physical environment- parks, trails, and the Santa Fe River- to enhance everyone’s quality of life. He wanted Santa Fe to become the sustainability and alternative-energy capital of the country. Mayor Coss considered supporting local businesses, enforcing the Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance, and maintaining affordable housing programs integral to strengthening Santa Fe’s economy and supporting local working families.
Mayor Coss holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University. After completing his master’s degree, Mayor Coss worked as a surface water scientist for the state of New Mexico. During this time, he became active in his union and worked to create the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and became Director of the Environmental Protection Division within NMED.
In 1995, Mayor Coss became Santa Fe’s Public Works director, where he was instrumental in creating the Santa Fe River Masterplan and worked on the river restoration between St. Francis Drive and Camino Alire.
As City Councilor, Mayor Coss co-sponsored Santa Fe’s Living Wage Ordinance, a landmark law which has drawn national and international recognition. He also co-sponsored the Neighborhood Bill of Rights, which empowers local residents to maintain the integrity of their neighborhoods; and Santa Fe Homes, requiring all new developments built within the city to
include 30% affordable housing.
Mayor Coss remains active in Santa Fe groups and causes. He is current Chair of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, and has sued Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration, claiming the Motor Vehicle Division has stopped applicants from obtaining driver’s authorization cards and non-Real ID identification cards even though they met all requirements. He joins six other individuals, the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness and the immigrant advocacy group Somos Un Pueblo Unido in the suit.
Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican