Two Santa Fe Mayoral candidates are seeking to halt the flow of public campaign finance money to opponent Patti Bushee until a city review board hears a complaint filed by a woman who’d briefly worked as Bushee’s campaign chief. The issue involves Bushee paying the former employee an 18-hundred dollar check from a personal account. The candidates—Javier Gonzales and Rebecca Wurzburger—have asked the Ethics and Campaign Review Board to hold an expedited hearing on the matter. Bushee maintains the payment occurred in June, when she was still running on private funds.
Despite speculation to the contrary, City Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger made clear Tuesdaythat she intends to stay in the Santa Fe mayoral race despite not qualifying for public campaign financing. Wurzburger says the lack of public funding will prompt her to assess how to campaign as a privately funded candidate. The three other candidates for mayor—City Councilors Patti Bushee and Bill Dimas—along with Javier Gonzales, qualified for public funding of their campaigns worth 60-thousand dollars each.
Santa Fe City Clerk Yolanda Vigil has certified Mayoral and City Council candidates seeking public financing under the City Code for the March 4th Municipal Election. Mayoral candidates Patti Bushee, Bill Dimas and Javier Gonzales qualified to receive sixty-thousand dollars from the City’s Public Campaign Finance Fund. The other mayoral candidate, Rebecca Wurzburger, was not certified. Seven of the eight City Council Candidates who applied for public financing were certified for 15-thousand each in public campaign assistance. Four other council candidates didn’t apply.
Santa Fe police say a man is jailed after he choked a woman who had given him a ride from a downtown bar to his vehicle. An SF-PD news release says the 26-year-old woman agreed early Sunday to give 21-year-old Ryan Catron of Eldorado a ride to his vehicle. Once delivered, he allegedly began choking the woman before she was able to break away and notify authorities. Police say Catron was later arrested at his home. He’s charged with suspicion of kidnapping, battery and assault with intent to commit a violent felony and is being held on a 100-thousand dollar cash bond.
The report that led to the termination of New Mexico behavioral health providers’ contracts was missing a conclusion that stated the audit found no, quote, “credible evidence of fraud." That from the State Auditor’s office, which said it received the information as a result of a court subpoena. Auditor Hector Balderas has said the Human Services Department’s failure to provide the entire report — as required by a court order — jeopardized his work on the state's freeze of Medicaid payments.
Providing stiffer penalties for violent crime will be the focus of the State Legislature’s Criminal Justice subcommittee, which holds a meeting today at the Roundhouse to begin an update of New Mexico’s criminal code. That word from committee co-chair, State Representative Antonio Maestas of Albuquerque, who also says the process will take some time: *****Nov.
The storm that blanketed Santa Fe and much of northern New Mexico with snow this past weekend has led Santa Fe schools and state government offices, among others, to be on a two-hour delay schedule this morning. State road condition updates are available on the “NM-Roads-dot-com” website or by calling 5-1-1. The storm that hit the Southwest hard led to hundreds of flight cancellations and is moving east and threatens to create havoc among Thanksgiving travelers.
Santa Fe Schools Superintendent Joel Boyd, in his State of the Schools speech at the Capitol Rotunda Thursday – surprised his staff by ditching his prepared remarks and spoke on a variety of topics, praising district staff, the city and many others along the way. The second-year superintendent stressed urgency for improvement. *****Nov. 22 Boyd-Urgency :20***** Boyd also discussed reform at the secondary school level and stressed the need for the district to engage families in the education effort.
Teachers unions in New Mexico on Wednesday encouraged teachers to wear black and participate in rallies across the state to protest against a teacher evaluation system. One rally drew a crowd of about 100 people gathered in Santa Fe outside of the Jerry Apodaca Building where the Public Education Department is housed. Educational union officials contend that a heavy reliance on student testing is hurting educators rather than helping students.
It's with a heavy heart that I report that the KSFR family is mourning the death of News Director Dan Gerrity. Dan died early today of an apparent heart attack. We extend our condolences to Dan's family and friends. Dan Gerrity was 59 years old.