April 29 First News: 'People To The Plaza' Plan Panned Before City Panel (Listen)

Apr 29, 2014

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales has amended his “People to the Plaza” resolution, which now calls for the Plaza to be closed to vehicle traffic from Memorial Day through Santa Fe Fiesta weekend. The City’s Public Works Committee met and heard testimony on the proposal Monday night. The New Mexican reports most of those attending were opposed to the plan, and quotes Committee Chair, City Councilor Ron Trujillo saying the resolution “is not ready.” The plan now moves on to hearings before two other Committees. 

Meantime, if you want input into the Santa Fe municipal budget, Mayor Gonzales wants to hear from you. City spokeswoman Jodi McGinnis Porter told KSFR *****042914-McGinnis-Porter-2 :18***** McGinnis-Porter says the second of three public finance committee meetings takes place today in the City Council Chambers at City Hall from 8:30 till 4:20 today. The meetings air on Santa Fe Community TV and will be streamed live on the City’s website.

Santa Fe City crews today are installing some 200 new, high-tech parking meters downtown. Interim City Parking Division Director Sevastian Gurule says the new meters take credit and debit cards, and that coming this fall, the meters will be a key part of the City’s pay-by-smartphone app: *****042914-Gurule-3 :31***** Gurule says the meters were well-received by the public during a trial basis.

The Justices on the New Mexico Supreme Court today will consider the case of Crownpoint State Representative Sandra Jeff and her attempt to get on the June Third Democratic Primary election ballot. A District Judge has ruled that Jeff didn’t turn in enough valid signatures to earn a spot on the ballot, and the high court is reviewing that decision. Jeff, a Democrat who’s served two terms in the House, has voted with Republicans on a number of issues.

A Texas company has won a bid to build a wind farm in northeastern New Mexico. State Land Commissioner Ray Powell says that Triangle Gallegos of Hereford, Texas, will be developing the project on 50-thosuand acres of State Trust and private land in Union County.  Powell says the project ultimately could generate enough electricity using 285 wind turbines – to power some 200-thousand homes. He says the lease on the trust land acreage will generate about 47-million dollars in revenue for New Mexico schools and universities.

Santa Fe Weather: Sunny today, with a high near 52. Partly cloudy tonight, with a low around 28. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny with the high, 53.