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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 8:51 am, Mon Jan 27, 2014.

Jeffrey Ethan Green petitioned a court to have his birth surname changed last year from Genauer to Au Green.

The change had something to do with the 34-year-old’s chosen vocation as an environmental activist and local food advocate. Certainly, it is an easier name for voters to latch onto in the upcoming city election.

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  • Jeff E Green posted at 9:27 am on Sat, Feb 1, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 111

    Did you not read the article, Pierce? The idea I've had the most publicity on is passing a community rights ordinance to rapidly expand Santa Fe's local clean energy sector. In other words, CAPITALISM!

    In answer to some questions from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, Green said he is “100 percent opposed to privatization” of public services. He said he’s concerned that Santa Fe has so few buildings powered by solar energy. But he isn’t sure the right answer is for Santa Fe to take over the local power system, as the city did with the water utility.

    “It does not seem to be the easiest and quickest means to achieve what should really be our central objective — increasing Santa Fe’s local and regional use of clean energy while displacing the use of fossil fuels,” Green wrote in reply to a question posed to candidates by the Sierra Club. “What we really need now is to end the corporate monopoly on power distribution and allow real competition from decentralized clean energy startups.”

    Green attended a Democracy School put on by the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. The group advocates for community rights ordinances and helped Mora County pass one that includes a ban on hydraulic fracturing by oil and gas companies. The community rights ordinance model is controversial among Northern New Mexico community activists, but Green thinks the city should pass a similar community rights ordinance to open the market for clean-energy companies.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 7:55 am on Fri, Jan 31, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1657

    I've never once said I'm against workers organizing. I just think union organizations abuse their power and don't really have the best interests of their workers at heart. And I always tip at least 20%, unless service is just deplorable, in which case I'll just tip 15%. You're using your dislike of my political views to justify Occupy's stiffing of a waitress and single mom, and that's predictably despicable. But guess what? Yup, I'm part of the 99%, too.

    There are plenty of reasons to not support Jeff E. Green. His campaign is mostly just a collection of hippie buzzwords like "grassroots," "youth empowerment," " social justice" and "environmental sustainability." The only actual idea I've read of his involves using eminent domain to steal from Big Banks in a scheme that will only drive up the cost of Santa Fe's already expensive housing and make it harder for the working class to join the ranks of homeowners.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:59 am on Wed, Jan 29, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1657

    "People are hungry for grassroots community empowerment and bold sustainability solutions!"

    I'm hungry for an economy that creates jobs. I think people who can't pay their bills don't give a hoot about grassroots community empowerment or sustainability.

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 6:22 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 111

    Thank you everyone for all of your comments, making this one of the 5 most commented on articles of the week. If you don't live in District 2, you may not realize that this is a very diverse and progressive district. District 2 elected a Green Party member to council, who happened to be younger than me, not too long ago. The response to my ideas by many citizens in District 2 has been, I must say, overwhelmingly positive. People are hungry for grassroots community empowerment and bold sustainability solutions!

     
  • oscar michael posted at 12:16 pm on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    Again, a translation from global-progressiveness to English is in order.

    Grassroots= out of state. Create a problem that doesn't exist and offer the proper solution to the ignorant

    youth empowerment= inexperienced and naive with no thought of unintended consequence

    Social Justice= wealth distribution (from the wealthy to the lazy)
    its not fair that you have while others have not!

    Environmental sustainability= Global warming/ carbon taxation
    More taxes to pay for the rape of the planet by the horrible human race. More regulations to keep those humans off of the land they live in.

     
  • oscar michael posted at 11:57 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    Im sure if we just searched the singular last name we would find what you say. However a search for Ethan Genauer definitely finds you! Your past writings and associations are posted for all to read and folks can decide on their own if they want an inexperienced leftist pushing a radical globalist agenda on the Santa Fe city council.
    Unlike the sephardic jews who were forced to assimilate or face death and then fled in spanish vessels under the disguise of being catholic, you sir have chosen to flee from your past. You are not doing so to avoid persecution but to disguise yourself from the people you would ask to represent. The people of Santa Fe would understand and respect who you are, but I doubt they would want someone with your past associations and radical agenda to be making decisions on their behalf.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:07 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1657

    And we still haven't heard from Green about Occupy New Mexico stiffing their waitress at the Eldorado. I guess that's Occupy's way of teaching that single mom that she's part of the 1% and that she needs to pay her fair share.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:03 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1657

    What is "youth empowerment, social justice and environmental sustainability" gonna cost us humble taxpayers? 'Cause I bet none of that is free.

    Is spending taxpayer dollars on your scheme to use eminent domain to take foreclosed houses away from banks and give them to the homeless an example of "social justice," or is that "youth empowerment?"

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:52 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1657

    From your website:

    "Jeff E. Green is currently working as southwest regional coordinator for the Real Food Challenge, a national movement focused on increasing college student access to healthy, sustainable and locally grown food." - That's a job that actually pays money? I wouldn't have guessed that. Where does the money come from, and what is one expected to accomplish for one's employer? Sounds like some hippie scam to me, not a job.

    "Jeff has also worked part-time as a substitute teacher with Santa Fe Public Schools..." - Well, that's a paying gig, but it's not exactly regular work, is it? How many days a year did you actually spend in the classroom?

    "...and he has received national recognition for his efforts advocating for school gardens ("A Garden At Every School") to engage students of all ages with hands-on experiential learning in..." - Is advocating for gardens a payed position? 'Cause, again, it sounds like some hippie scam to me.

    Frankly, "...getting a constitutional amendment passed in the 2013 New Mexico legislature on behalf of student empowerment, and successful advocacy on the city, county and state levels for "Right To Know" labeling..." all sound like ordinary lobbying, which would make you a lobbyist. Did you get paid for your lobbying?

    Everything else on your website looks like it's about your education and school activities and other obvious volunteerism.

    Ever lost sleep worrying about not meeting performance goals and getting fired? Ever had to fire anybody? Ever earned enough money to actually pay federal income taxes?

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 12:03 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 111

    Do a search for "Genauer" and you'll find countless German websites and articles. Genauer is a German word that means "precise." However, my ethnic background is 100% Jewish, my forefathers spoke Yiddish (not German) and most of my Jewish family perished in the Holocaust at the hands of the Nazis. I mean no disrespect towards the good Germans of conscience who resisted the Nazi terror then, nor to those today who are still fighting for social justice and equality from Munich to Berlin; I'm just not one of them. I embrace Judaism, I speak Hebrew, I'm a member of Temple Beth Shalom, but I finally got tired of people assuming that I'm German due to the "birth name" which my family adopted just so they could assimilate into the deeply racist and anti-Semitic society of Eastern Europe where they lived. My actual family history is one of persecution, hiding and escape very much similar to that of the 'conversos' (Sephardic Jews) who fled to New Mexico from Spain and found sanctuary here. I'm 100% American in flesh and spirit, not German -- it's that simple. I know that Santa Fe, this city of Holy Faith and cradle of diversity, of all places, would understand and respect who I am. The actual reasons for my name change are revealed for all Santa Feans to see on my website: jeffegreen2014.com/reasons_for_green

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 12:02 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 111

    My resume is two and a half pages long. What is it, in your opinion, about my current job as Southwest Regional Coordinator with the national non-profit Real Food Challenge that makes it not really real? Does the word "Real" in the name of the organization mean anything to you?

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 11:57 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 111

    I'm running my campaign for City Council, District 2 completely on my own initiative and obviously I feel I'm the best candidate. My unique qualifications include being the only trained and certified professional educator in this field; the only one with over a decade of experience in grassroots environmental activism and community organizing; the only one with training in community rights advocacy; the only one certified in permaculture design; the only one with an academic degree in political science; the only one who has successfully passed a constitutional amendment through the New Mexico state house and senate; the only one whose accomplishments have been recognized by the city with a Sustainable Santa Fe award; and on and on.

    My candidacy is a grassroots alternative for all Santa Feans who are sick and tired of the slick promises and canned rhetoric of the empty suits and career politicians. If you think there's some other more "viable candidate" who's more qualified to represent youth empowerment, social justice and environmental sustainability than I am, well, I would just have to say that I think you're mistaken.

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 11:41 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 111

    Do a search for "Genauer" and you'll find countless German websites and articles. Genauer is a German word that means "precise." However, my ethnic background is 100% Jewish, my forefathers spoke Yiddish (not German) and most of my Jewish family perished in the Holocaust at the hands of the Nazis. I mean no disrespect towards the good Germans of conscience who resisted the Nazi terror then, nor to those today who are still fighting for social justice and equality from Munich to Berlin; I'm just not one of them. I embrace Judaism, I speak Hebrew, I'm a member of Temple Beth Shalom, but I finally got tired of people assuming that I'm German due to the "birth name" which my family adopted just so they could assimilate into the deeply racist and anti-Semitic society of Eastern Europe where they lived. My actual family history is one of persecution, hiding and escape very much similar to that of the 'conversos' (Sephardic Jews) who fled to New Mexico from Spain and found sanctuary here. I'm 100% American in flesh and spirit, not German -- it's that simple. I know that Santa Fe, this city of Holy Faith and cradle of diversity, of all places, would understand and respect who I am. The actual reasons for my name change are revealed for all Santa Feans to see on my website: jeffegreen2014.com/reasons_for_green

     
  • oscar michael posted at 5:09 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    There are no records of a jeffrey Au Green. There are however countless articles and references to Ethan Genauer to be found. This being the international holocaust remembrance day, you would think Mr. Green would have been proud to relate his families story. Kind of Ironic that this article would print today to explain his name change and separation from his namesake.

    Some quick research of Ethan Genauer brings to light his many connections to far left organizations. His loyalties are to his out of state supporters (AFL-CIO) and the democrat party of new Mexico, Not the people of Santa Fe.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 2:54 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Ever since Professor Cris Moore placed his greener-than-thou backside in a City Council chair, I have mistrusted Greenie geeks and E. Green is no exception.
    Like an impotent distraction Green's campaign is designed to draw vote away from a viable candidate rather than actually wins. 'A spoiler' label is giving the guy too much credit. The sport analogy of a 'hatchet man' is more like it. Send in your worst player to foul the other team best player.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 2:41 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Yum yum Pierce. Nice tid bit.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:57 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1657

    "While his electoral politics résumé is scant, his experience in community and event organizing is broad."

    But does he have any experience in ever having a real job?

     
  • oscar michael posted at 12:16 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    So much wrong with this candidate, where to begin..
    He changed his name "to free his identity from symbolic ties to the German nation, and heal from historic drama"? I don't know his circumstances so I will not comment, however I must say this smells funny. I believe the name change has more to do with past problems and future political ambitions than with family history.
    This article makes scant mention of his ties with occupy new mexico or his role in the protests held at the rail yard.
    From what I can gather," Mr. Green" has many more ties and connections to out of state interests than to the city of Santa Fe and the citizens of district 2. His agenda and platform are a lot wider than just city council issues. This leads me to believe that he may just not have santa fe's best interests at heart.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:44 am on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1657

    "Green created the Occupy New Mexico blog in January 2012 to curate multimedia coverage and report on all local Occupy events."

    I wonder if Green know if Santa Fe's Occupiers ever went back and paid the waitress they stiffed when they tried to crash the ALEC meeting at the Eldorado? Or are single-mom waitresses now apparently a contemptible part of the 1%?

     
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