Who is running for Sheriff? Come to our candidate forum for Santa Fe Sheriff and find out! We will take questions from the audience and look forward to having a very informative discussion with these democratic candidates.
What: 2018 Spring SCC Meeting
When: Saturday, April 21st at 10 a.m. Registration will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. prior to the meeting. We are still working on a pre-registration opportunity for the Friday night before the meeting.
Where: Ralph Edwards Auditorium, Truth or Consequences Civic Center, 400 W 4th St., Truth or Consequences, NM 87901.
What are you doing this Summer? Come Join Team Lujan!
Join Congressman Lujan and his campaign team this Sunday @ 1:30 pm.
Get involved……get experience and get ready to rumble.
BECOME A BEN RAY FELLOW
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 1:30-2:30pm
Ben Ray Lujan- HQ
Meet Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and learn about his school credit-based, unpaid, 8-week fellowship! As he leads the fight to take back the House, you can join his team and work 1 on 1 with former Capitol Hill and Obama and Bernie campaign leaders.
MAKE HISTORY. APPLY HERE.
Questions and RSVP? Email us at Grassroots@BenRLujan.com
Interested in a 28 th Amendment to Reverse Citizens United?
Join us on April 22 for a unique opportunity to meet with Jeff Clements of American Promise. Let’s reclaim our democracy!
New Mexico is slated to have one of the most expensive election years coming up in 2018. This is the new normal but with your help we can end the domination of big money in our elections with a nationwide movement for political equality. The New Mexico legislature recently passed HJM 10 with cross-partisan support, thanks to effective and sustained grassroots
pressure. Now it's time to double down and create champions in Congress to win a 28th Amendment so that people – not money, not corporations, not special interests – govern. Please join citizen leaders in hosting Jeff Clements of American Promise. Learn how American Promise is working toward winning a 28 th Amendment to reverse the effects of Citizens United and restore our democracy.
Free event open to the public!
Co-sponsored by NM MOP, Common Cause New Mexico and American Promise
Sunday, April 22, 2018
3 to 5 pm
Aldea Community Center, 3 Nuevo Milenio, Santa Fe
Contact Ishwari Sollohub, (505) 231-1697, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Clements is a founder and President of American Promise and co-founder of Free Speech for People. He is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. In his legal career, he has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and has served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts.
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
Please Join Us
FOR AN EVENING WITH
Democrat for Commissioner of Public Lands
Wednesday, April 25
Four Seasons Resort
All are welcome to attend!
Garrett’s passion for the Land Office stems from his career exploring and conserving New Mexico’s state trust and national public lands.
Garrett spent most of his career as the owner of a small travel company, helping people explore public lands around the world. Before becoming the Executive Director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, he was the SW Director of Trout Unlimited’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project as well as Trout Unlimited’s New Mexico Public Lands Coordinator. He is outspoken against the transfer of national public lands to individual states.
Garrett was born and raised in New Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. He has a deep appreciation and understanding of core New Mexican cultural values. Garrett lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Annie, and daughter Ava.
For more information or to RSVP please contact Adrian Angulo at email@example.com
Contributions can be made out to: VeneKlasen for Our Future, PO Box 40578, ABQ, NM 87196
The men and women of AFSCME Local 3999, public employees delivering essential services to the City of Santa Fe, presented a pay-equity proposal to the City Finance Committee on April 23, and will present to the full City Council on April 25, 2018.
The proposal follows a process set out openly in the current bargaining agreement between AFSCME and the City. It has previously been presented to the Mayor, the Chief of Staff, and to Mr. Abeyta, the chairman of the Finance Committee.
If adopted by Council, the proposal ensures that all of AFSCME’s nearly 800 represented employees will earn over than $13 an hour by 2019. Currently, 179 city employees earn less than $13 an hour.
The union proposal calls for using monies already budgeted, but not spent, in the current 2018 fiscal year for a “merit-pay” pilot project, and requests additional funds be budgeted to make the raises permanent and recurring.
Because the previous city manager failed to bring forward a merit-pay proposal from the city, the union collective bargaining agreement guarantees the Local an opportunity to present a proposal for spending the merit-pay budget to the full council.
Half of the City’s AFSCME union employees make less than $16 an hour. 28% make less than $14 an hour. The sliding scale raise targets the lowest paid employees to receive the highest percentage raise. Many of these employees are already compressed at the low ends of their pay scales and struggle to flourish under Santa Fe’s high cost of living.
Under this equity-pay proposal every employee in the bargaining unit will receive at least a $1.00 per hour increase by July 2019.