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.
Monthly meeting of the Executive Committee. Committee members include the Chair, Vice Chair, Executive Officers, Ward Chairs, and Ward Vice Chairs.