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Letter to the Editor: Charter Revision Not Citizen-Sensitive

on October 20, 2012 - 10:53am
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos

WHEREAS two [2 (!)] of the seven current Councilors were not elected by the voters and both will still be seated for another two years without being subjected to voter approval even after we vote in the upcoming general election, (remember that the councilor appointed by the Councilors before these two was not reseated by voters at the end of his term); and

WHEREAS it is possible for the Council to have none of its members voter-elected, but all self-appointed by those seated and remain so for nearly two-years until some of “their” terms end; and


Jim Hall Reponds to Financial Disclosure Issue

on October 20, 2012 - 10:38am

ProgressNow NM issued the following press release to media outlets Friday:

"Candidate claims to have "no contact" with PACs, but finance reports tell different story"

"State Rep. Jim Hall recently took it upon himself to publicly declare in the Los Alamos Daily Post, "I have had no contact with any PAC." And, in Jim Hall's world, he hasn't. But public records tell a different story.

"Campaign finance reports filed by the Governor's PAC, Susana PAC, show a $2,500 contribution to "Jim Hall for State Rep" on May 22, 2012. However, Hall's reports don't show any contributions from the PAC or in


Hall Agrees to Garcia Richard's Invitation for Final Debate

on October 19, 2012 - 10:59am

Stephanie Garcia Richard

Staff Report

Republican Rep. Jim Hall, candidate for House Dist. 43 was unable to attend the Santa Fe League of Women Voters forum in Santa Fe Wednesday.

"I notified the League Monday that an unforeseen personal issue came up that I had to attend to and informed them that I would not be able to make the forum," Hall said this morning.  

He pointed out that Richard Garcia was unable to attend Tuesday's Los Alamos Kiwanis debate and had a representative substitute for her.

Rep. Jim Hall

"The League does not allow substitutes so I provided them with some of my


Letter to the Editor: The Irony of it All

on October 19, 2012 - 8:34am
By Chief MAC (Doug MacDonald)
Ret. Los Alamos Fire Chief

I understand the Los Alamos Government Review Initiative’s (LACRI) are in opposition of the proposed amendments the Charter Review Committee (CRS) has recommended to the initiative and referendum provisions of the Charter; under the premise that the proposed signature requirements of 15 percent and timeframes of 60/90 days for referendums/initiatives are onerous.

I find LAGRI’s posture troubling. In January 2010 I attended a public meeting scheduled by the County Council.

The single topic of the meeting was to discuss LAGRI’s

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' on Charter Ballot Questions

on October 19, 2012 - 6:43am
By Kevin Holsapple
Los Alamos

Amongst the various elective office contests and ballot questions on the slate for November's election are four local Charter ballot questions deserving of your attention and affirmation.
They deal with making improvements to the County Charter provisions dealing with citizen initiatives, referendums, recalls, and future Charter revisions.
A group formed by the County Council called the Charter Review Committee (CRC) performed a comprehensive review of the County Charter over the past few years, held a whole bunch of public meetings to collect ideas

Public Invited to Hall Campaign Rally with Governor

on October 19, 2012 - 6:20am

ELECTION 2012 News:

Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Los Alamos Sunday afternoon to attend a Campaign Rally for Republican Rep. Jim Hall, candidate for House Dist. 43. 

Community members are invited to this event, which takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hilltop House Hotel and includes food, drinks and live music.

Jefferson Byrd to Hold Townhall Oct. 24 in Los Alamos

on October 18, 2012 - 1:17pm

GOP News:

District 3 Republican Congressional Candidate Jefferson Byrd will hold a Townhall in Los Alamos next week.

The community is invited to join Byrd at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Los Alamos GOP Headquarters, 1362 Trinity Dr, Suite D1.


Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Changes Rectify Shortcomings

on October 18, 2012 - 11:11am

By Ken Milder
Former County Councilor

When changes to our County Charter are proposed, I usually look at such proposals with a somewhat jaundiced eye.

Our Charter, after all, has served us well, with only minor changes, for nearly 45 years.

This is true for the most part. But, after so many years we start to see what works and what does not.

For many years the initiative, referendum, and recall provisions of the Charter have lacked clarity and, at times, inhibited the community’s effort to proceed with needed improvements.

The proposed changes rectify those shortcomings.

The grouping