The Santa Fe County Commission has voted unanimously to place a ballot question to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana before City of Santa Fe voters in November. However, there’s the matter of whether there’s enough space on the County’s ballot for the proposal. The Secretary of State seems to think there’s not, but reports indicate that County Clerk Geraldine Salazar is confident the ballot space issues can be overcome.
Mayor Javier Gonzales will announce a new climate action task force at an event tonight billed as a “community conversation about climate change and Santa Fe.” Gonzales telling KSFR that the 6pm public ‘conversation’ at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design has its roots in this year’s Mayoral campaign: *****082514-Gonzales-2 :25*** Gonzales says tonight’s event is meant to not only start a conversation but also launch a series of action items to combat the threats of climate change in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Police are investigating a shooting death. Police say a Hispanic man between the ages of 45 and 50 was shot dead at a home in the 11-hundred block of East Alameda around 8:30pm. They say one man is in custody, but that no charges have been filed yet. KSFR will keep you posted as details emerge.
Put down that cell phone—Santa Fe City Councilors have unanimously approved doubling the fine for texting and driving—and tripled the fine if you’re busted using your mobile device in a school zone. The stiffer fines—200-dollars and 300 near schools-=- take effect one week from this coming Monday. The fines are far higher than the state’s anti-texting law, which calls for a 25-dollar fine, 50-dollars after the first offense.
The failure of the Santa Fe County Board of Commissioners to render a decision on a gravel-mining proposal on La Bajada Mesa has many of the thousands of opponents of the plan frustrated. Commissioners delayed a decision again on the issue after taking-in hours of public testimony Tuesday. They point out that since the first hearing on the topic back in March, not a single person outside of the applicants has testified in favor. No word yet on when a vote on Rockology’s bid to mine gravel on 50-acres on the Mesa will occur.