Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz announced this morning on KRSN that he will seek election to the council seat he was appointed to three years ago after Gov. Susanna Martinez appointed Jim Hall to fill a vacancy in House Dist. 43. That seat was held by Rep. Jeannette Wallace who died from an illness.
“It has been an honor to represent the people of Los Alamos County for the last three years,” Izraelevitz said. “This is where my wife and I have raised our three boys over the last 18 years, in a safe environment with great schools and community amenities. I have been privileged to work on Council toward preserving and enhancing this quality of life. I have done my best to be a good steward of the resources available to the County and to invest these in the thoughtful improvement of our community.”
Izraelevitz describes his three years on council as “momentous,” and said he believes this has been a constructive period in the community’s history.
“One where we have made great strides in economic development, improved county services and staffing, and added to the quality-of-life of our citizens,” he said. “In the past three years, we have seen the consolidation of county facilities back at a single site, a more business-friendly atmosphere such as streamlined and clearer building and sign permitting processes, the Trinity Site project finally coming to fruition, a revitalized Ashley Pond Park and strategic investments in the White Rock community. However, there is more work to be done, we have to help our local business community adjust to the new environment, make strategic investments from limited resources, and strive toward improvements and efficiencies in our delivery of services.”
Izraelevitz is one of the most enthusiastic users of social media to educate and interact with the citizenry. He developed the LAVision2020 Facebook group, which has grown over the last two years to become a place for objective information and respectful dialogue within the community. Many ideas suggested in the group have made their way to Council discussions.
“This is another example of how our community is an active and engaged one, and is eager to better understand and impact the priorities and trade-offs that our councilors have to make,” Izraelevitz said. “I have always respected this charge, and have based my decisions on careful study and assessment of the issues involved. I believe that public officials should be clear and explicit about their decision-making, so I have been very diligent in explaining the reasoning supporting my decisions on council.
“Even with the ups-and-downs in LANL funding, we still have an enviable financial status compared with most communities. This has permitted us to invest in ourselves to restore infrastructure that was left to degrade over many years, from roads, to public buildings, to civic jewels such as Ashley Pond. I have looked at each such investment with a critical eye, looking at the relative utility vs. cost, and not all of my votes have been popular ones, even with my fellow councilors. I don’t expect to have as much flexibility as we have had in the past, so future investments will have to take a holistic, strategic view that covers multiple strategic goals, rather than individual investments that are unrelated.
“County-supported projects such as the Trinity Site Revitalization and the new New Mexico Consortium building tell future business investors that Los Alamos County is on a positive trajectory, that we are increasing retail activity and diversifying our economy in a way that builds on our strengths. I strongly believe that the Trinity Site project will be a strong net positive to our community, not only as a model of how public school assets can be used to provide operational funds, but also as a way to retain consumer dollars and change spending habits. These trends will be a catalyst for future development, and we must continue to prepare our development code, housing stock, and transportation network for this future.
“Los Alamos has been the economic engine of Northern New Mexico because of its strong science and technology assets, both in terms of unique facilities as well as world-class staff,” Izraelevitz said. “In order to attract and retain this staff, we must have a vibrant community with outstanding schools, attractive housing options, and recreational facilities and services that support modern lifestyles and expectations.”