Please join us today, Wednesday, October 17, at 6 pm to look at solutions to the affordable housing shortage in Santa Fe. The forum will be held at the Center for Progress and Justice on 1420 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe.
The 2016 City of Santa Fe Affordable Housing Plan identifies as many as 5,300 residents who are extremely cost burdened, meaning they pay more than 50 percent of their [usually quite low] incomes for housing. The proportion of affordable rental units is significantly lower than the number of families who need them (28% of units compared to 47% of renters). Our panel will discuss what we must do to assure that our residents have affordable places to live, that they are accessible to jobs, groceries, and other necessities, and that transportation options are available and reasonably priced.
Panelists include Senator Nancy Rodriguez (District 24), Chair of the Mortgage Finance Authority Act Oversight Committee; Renee Villareal, City Councilor (District 1), chair of the Community Development Commission and member of numerous Council committees; Alexandra Ladd, Special Projects Manager for the City of Santa Fe’s Office of Affordable Housing; Carol Luna-Anderson, Executive Director of The Life Link, a Santa Fe nonprofit offering permanent supportive housing to formerly homeless people; Kim Shanahan, Executive Officer of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association; and Tomás Rivera of Chainbreaker Collective, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that works to expand access to affordable transportation and support economically and environmentally sustainable communities for low-income people in Northern New Mexico.
Voting has begun! Head to the County Clerk’s office at 102 Grant Avenue in Santa Fe for Absentee In-Person Voting. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM. It will also be open for voting on Saturday, November 3, 10 AM – 6 PM, but not on any other Saturdays.
Early voting at the early voting sites runs October 20 – November 3. We’ll post those sites closer to the date.
Today is the last day to register to vote in November’s midterm election. You can register or check your registration at NMvote.org or at the County Clerk’s office on 102 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe. Registration closes at 5 pm. Today is also the first day for absentee in-person voting, which extends through November 3, 8 am – 5 pm. This means you can go to the County Clerk’s office and fill out your ballot. You do not need to provide a reason to vote absentee in-person.
You can also vote absentee by mail. Submit your request as early as possible to ensure sufficient turnaround time. The last day the County Clerk can send out Absentee Ballots is Friday, November 2. Click here to request an Absentee Ballot Application online or call the County Clerk’s office at 505-986-6280 for an application.
Early voting at convenience centers around Santa Fe County will be October 20 – November 3, 12 noon – 8 pm Tuesday through Friday, and 10 am – 6 pm Saturday (no early voting on Mondays). Here are the early voting sites:
- Abedon Lopez Community Center – 155A Camino De Quintana, Santa Cruz
- Christian Life Church – 121 Siringo Road, Santa Fe
- Edgewood Elementary School – 285 Dinkle Road, Edgewood
- Max Coll Corridor Community Center – 16 Avenida Torreon, Eldorado
- Pojoaque County Satellite Office – 5 W. Gutierrez, Ste. 9, Pojoaque Pueblo Plaza
- Santa Fe County Fair Building – 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe
Join Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and New Mexico for All as we knock doors to help elect Democrats up and down the ticket this year. Grab a pair of comfortable tennis shoes and a friend — there’s no better way to make a difference than by talking to voters one-on-one!
Meet at noon this Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2006 Botulph Road. Sign up here.
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Candidate Forum for Land Commissioner and Secretary of State this Wednesday, October 3, 6:30 pm at Santa Fe Community College. Please come support our candidates – Stephanie Garcia Richard for Land Commissioner and Maggie Toulouse Oliver for Secretary of State. Let’s fill the room with enthusiastic Democratic voters for Stephanie and Maggie! Two great candidates who will make a difference for New Mexico.
In New Mexico, eligible voters must be registered 28 days before the general election. The deadline this year is Tuesday, October 9. If you turned 18 recently, changed your name, moved, or haven’t voted in recent elections, then go to NMvote.org to register or confirm your registration. #BeAVoter #NMVote2018
You are warmly invited to join Rep. Ben Ray Luján Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5 – 6:30 pm, at 1420 Cerrillos Road for conversation and frito pies.
Suggested donation is Host $5, Guest $2.
Afterwards, stay for our Forum on Jobs Creation in New Mexico with a distinguished panel of local experts at 6:30 pm.