Maestas champions sweeping environmental vision for Santa Fe

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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:15 pm | Updated: 8:51 am, Mon Jan 27, 2014.

For some, political ambition can carry a dark connotation and breed suspicion.

But Joseph Maestas, a candidate for the District 2 Santa Fe City Council seat on the March 4 ballot, embraces the aspiration to hold public office and says it comes from the purest link in his DNA helix.

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  • Robin Laughlin posted at 8:42 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    laughrob Posts: 1

    I think Joseph Maestas is our man. Excellent experience. Very smart about water, development, and all things our city needs to address. Also a consensus builder.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:20 am on Tue, Jan 28, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    " Joseph is genuine!"

    He's a genuine what, exactly? Seems like a genuine politico to me.

  • Loyda Martinez posted at 3:06 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Northern New Mexico Posts: 1

    Joseph’s charm and charisma allows him to woo even his staunchest critics. He has an articulate grace when speaking that crosses genders and cultures. He is brilliant and knowledgeable. One of his best leadership qualities is his ability to connect with people. He has the ability to talk in simple yet insightful terms which leaves an impact on the people who are listening to him. I refer to this elusive quality as “charisma”.

    I am impressed with his ability to see the big picture and the persuasion he uses to communicate our role in his plan. Joseph is genuine! [thumbup]

  • Staci Benni posted at 1:05 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 172

    Despite Mr Maestas' "proven experience", he is unwilling or unable to fill out his campaign disclosure forms honestly and fully. He "forgot" about his robocalls and the sign on the back of his truck. He hired a lawyer, Karl Sommer, who attacked Jeff Green personally rather than sticking to the issues (no surpirse there). Mr Maestas' excuse was that he was following the "spirit" of the law while violating the letter...Apparently he had similar lapse while running for the PRC in 2008. He is knowledgable and intelligent. But do we want someone who apparently lacks integrity and blames others for his own lack of responsibility?

  • Haila Harvey posted at 12:37 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Hailasf Posts: 1

    If you have a chance to meet Maestas, you'll find that he is intelligent, energetic, and knowledgeable about the issues concerning Santa Fe. In addition, he brings many years of experience in city governance. We will be fortunate if he is elected.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:50 am on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    "Maestas champions sweeping environmental vision for Santa Fe"

    Sounds expensive, so what's that actually gonna cost taxpayers?

  • Jeff E Green posted at 9:09 am on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 112

    OK Mr. Maestas, let's talk about accomplishments. In clear contrast to your record of failure to address Española’s water contamination crisis, I used my own former leadership position in Española to take action on this very issue. After being elected in 2011 to President of the Student Senate of Northern New Mexico College, located in Española, I became aware of the likelihood for Española’s high levels of uranium, arsenic and fluoride in the drinking water to contaminate the college’s city-provided water supply. In conjunction with my internship for Food and Water Watch New Mexico, I persuaded Student Senate to make confronting the water pollution crisis a top priority. The NNMC student government body then used our own funds to contract with Good Water Company to purchase and install a reverse osmosis water filtration system at the college’s most heavily trafficked water station, next to the cafeteria in the main building, a process that I successfully led.

    Española’s water pollution crisis was the most drastic environmental challenge that Joseph Maestas has faced to date in his public service career, and he totally failed to address the problem. More info: http://jeffegreen.nationbuilder.com/response_to_sierra_club_endorsement

  • Jeff E Green posted at 9:04 am on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 112

    I call on Joseph Maestas to publicly release his complete answers to the Sierra Club questionnaire, just as I have by posting my own Sierra Club responses on my website. The voters of Santa Fe deserve full transparency as they weigh the various candidate’s rhetoric and track records on environmental issues.

    In addition, a careful review of the evidence reveals failure by Maestas to address Española’s water contamination crisis while serving as Mayor which borders on willful negligence and apathy towards the health of the city’s thousands of water users.

    Since at least 2006, uranium contamination 3 times higher than federal EPA standards has been known to be infiltrating Española’s municipal drinking water. In 2006, during his first year as mayor, Maestas admitted that the water situation in Española was “dire.” The city needed millions of dollars to treat wells with fluoride and uranium levels in excess of federal water quality standards, drill and treat new wells, and replace deteriorating water pipelines, reported The Associated Press. A 2009 study by Northern New Mexico College researchers found that installing a city-wide reverse osmosis water filtration system could remove the uranium contamination. In response to such a serious and immediate natural crisis, a truly environmentally knowledgeable and passionate mayor would have raised the funds and done the work needed to solve the problem.

    Instead, Mayor Joseph Maestas did nothing. Four years later, Maestas stepped down without fixing Española’s water crisis and thus failed to protect the health and safety of Española residents.


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