Santa Fe Municipal Elections
The Journal North reports on the [click for full article]
Charter Amendment Forum
"While Santa Fe voters will go to the polls March 4 to pick a new mayor and select city councilors, they’ll also vote for or against nine proposed amendments to the city charter, which essentially serves as the city’s constitution.
The most controversial of the proposals is Amendment 9, commonly referred to as the “strong mayor” amendment. Unlike other charter change proposals, it wouldn’t go into effect until 2018.
In addition to making the mayor a full-time position, Amendment 9 gives the mayor supervisory authority over the city manager, attorney and clerk, and the ability to suspend or fire them without city council consent. It also requires the mayor to work with city staff on developing a budget and to identify his or her legislative agenda for the upcoming year.
A companion proposal, Amendment 8, “The Mayor’s Voting Powers” amendment, would give the mayor the right to vote on any matter coming before the city council. Currently, the mayor votes only to break a tie except in certain, rare circumstances.
The strong mayor amendment was debated during a forum sponsored by the Santa Fe Neighborhood Network earlier this week. Arguing in support of the measure were Houston Johansen, a 2012 city council candidate, and Paul Hultin, who heads a political action committee called Vote for 9 for a Full-time Mayor.
The Neighborhood Network urges voters to study the Charter Amendments and to VOTE on March 4th.
Panel of experts from Common Cause, Neighborhood Network, Charter Commission, League of Women Voters answered questions regarding the proposed Charter Amendments to the Santa Fe Charter.
Sam Pick and Steven Farber were on hand to discuss why they are opposed to the 'Strong Mayor' Amendment; Houston Johansen and Paul Hultin spoke in favor of the 'Strong Mayor' Proposal.
These Amendments will have far-reaching effect on the way Santa Fe is governed.
Jim Harrington, Common Cause and
Neighborhood Network Board Member
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The Network is to work for the political, social and economic empowerment of neighborhoods in Santa Fe and Santa Fe County; to help enhance neighborhood character and quality of life; and to assure that neighborhood residents are given a prominent role in participating in and commenting on projects and proposals that will affect them.
The mission of the Neighborhood Law Center is to preserve, protect and enhance Santa Fe's social environment by providing legal resources for neighborhood associations in support of meritorious community-wide civic causes.
Santa Fe Neighborhood Network 2014 Officers
- President - Cheri Johansen
- Vice President - Marilyn Bane
- Secretary - Ann Yarick
- Treasurer - Ellen Bacigalupa, Joyce Roberts