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 petitions
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.
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.
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 of the Charter
ALBUQUERQUE—U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced Wednesday that Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathon M. Gerson will lead his office’s efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. 6 general elections.
As the District Election Officer for the District of New Mexico, AUSA Gerson is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.
The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring
State Nation Politics
From left, student government representative Santana Garcia-Chang serving as moderator, Republican Marc Clay, Republican Steven Girrens, Democrat Kristin Henderson, Democrat Michael Redondo and Democrat Pete Sheehey. Photo by Bonnie Gordon
By Bonnie J. Gordon
Education was the topic of a forum for Los Alamos County Council Candidates sponsored by the UNM-LA Student Government Association Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Candidates Marc Clay, Steven Girrens, Kristin Henderson, Michael Redondo and Peter Sheehey attended the forum. Candidate Vincent Chiravalle was unable to attend.
The Los Alamos Daily Post is running four un-scientific Facebook candidates polls.
The questions are (Click each question to go to the Facebook poll):
As with most things on Facebook, the votes are viewable by the public. Make sure to press the “Like” button at the top of the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page while on the page.
Multiple votes for a single council candidate will be dropped from totals,
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba Counties
As a mother and a teacher, I find the recent tactics employed by Reform New Mexico Now unacceptable, no matter how grave the stakes are in our race for State House.
Many of you have received the recent mailers claiming I would support the largest tax increase in New Mexico history, yet none of the attacks cite actual facts.
That is because it couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is that since 2010, I have stood up for taxation reform that would
From left, hostess Frances Kendall, Ann Wells, Moderator Bob Wells and Mary Ella Buckland at Oppenheimer Place during Saturday’s candidates chat. Photo by Don Kendall/ladailypost.com
In an effort to ensure that all residents at Oppenheimer Place, known as the “senior condos” have every opportunity to be informed voters, they organized and hosted two “chat with the candidates” events.
Frances Kendall and Bob Wells hosted a tea and cookies event Saturday in which residents chatted with County Council candidates and Dist. 43 House candidate
When I was selected to join the Charter Review Committee, I approached the task very cautiously and conservatively because any changes that might be recommended required a very thorough vetting process to ensure the right decisions were made to our community’s fundamental law.
My fellow committee members were equally dedicated, and we had many open and transparent discussions at public meetings that explored the issues from all aspects, bringing out researched facts and practical examples of what needed to be changed.
In the end, our report to council
As part of the ballot for the November election, Los Alamos voters are being presented with proposed changes to the Initiative, Referendum and Recall provisions of the Charter, and the process for future Charter amendments.
We fully agree with the notion that changes to the Charter should only be made after thoughtful and deliberate consideration.
The Charter Review Committee provided that analysis after months of open and respectful dialogue.
We support the proposed
By Robert Pelak
I recently participated in a League of Women Voters forum to express my opposition to the four proposed amendments to the Los Alamos County Charter that are on this year’s election ballot.
The Los Alamos Daily Post recently published a letter from Kyle Wheeler stating that, at that forum, I said that “the way the Charter Review Committee grouped the items makes sense.” I am writing this letter to explain that the above statement is
an exaggeration of my comments. I do not support the way these amendments have been grouped and I oppose the tremendous toughening
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.
Webster’s definition of hope is “to cherish a desire with expectation of fulfillment,” but hope is not a plan.
Regrettably, this country’s foreign policy has been largely based on hope during the past three plus years, and it shows.
People can desire this, and hope for that, but without good policies these things can never be fulfilled, and the recent violence in the Middle East reinforces this indisputable truth.
The brutal murder of our Ambassador and three other Americans in Libya by radical Islamists, along with the
Nation Politics Columns
The charter amendments on the ballot group the various processes for initiative, referendum, recall, and future charter amendments into more sensible groupings within the charter, so if you want to start a petition to recall an elected official or start some other petition, and these amendments pass, the process for how you do it will be spelled out more clearly within the charter.
The amendments clarify and unify the process. Even Rob Pelak agreed at a recent League of Women Voters Forum that the way the Charter Review Committee grouped the items makes sense.
County Opinion Politics
Developing a vibrant, diverse private sector economy is critical to getting New Mexicans back to work.
While our national labs and large, multi-state corporations are important to our economy, 98 percent of New Mexico businesses are small or medium sized with less than 100 employees.
To create jobs, policy makers must focus on our local businesses and give them the tools they need to grow and compete.
Key to the success of any small business is a fair tax code that lets it compete with the multi-state competitors down the
Among the many important decisions facing us as a community this November, is the issue of several proposed amendments to our County Charter.
Much has been written about the process by which these amendments were composed, aside of whether each is a good idea or not.
In a subsequent column we will discuss the merits of each proposed change, but here, let’s talk about the process itself, and specifically logrolling, because we want to correct some erroneous comments in this area.
By Lawry Mann
The four amendments to the Charter seem reasonable to me. For more than two years, they have been discussed in open meetings by the Charter Review Committee and the County Council.
The Charter Review Committee was selected by the Council to represent a wide cross section of our community. Many meetings were held by the Committee so the public could present and persuade.
The Charter Committee members themselves had many different viewpoints. The amendments, the product of all those meetings, were presented to the County Council.
After vetting the proposals