Bushee, Gonzales vow to boost 'creative economy'

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Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 11:45 pm | Updated: 4:19 pm, Mon Feb 17, 2014.

Mayoral candidates Patti Bushee and Javier Gonzales described how they would boost Santa Fe’s arts and culture economy Monday evening at one of the last forums before the March 4 municipal election.

The forum, hosted by Create the Vote, a collaboration of 35 arts, cultural and creative organizations and businesses, drew a crowd of more than 200 to the Center for Contemporary Arts.

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  • Daniel Werwath posted at 3:15 pm on Wed, Feb 12, 2014.

    danielwerwath Posts: 23

    so just for the record: I'm not a lawyer, not a big government insider, not from baltimore. not a drunk, and not a slacker.

    Cove, your stats on me are about like your stats on the policy. 0/5 buddy.

    I guess you got me on one, I do swear sometimes, especially when referring to idiot drunk drivers.

    you new mex comment trolls only have uninformed negativity to spread, lies about people like me who care about this community and work hard to make it better. its one thing to disagree, its another thing to misinform people about policy and malign people who you know nothing about.

    and when have any of your worked towards anything positive at all? Complaining about things isn't changing things. see link:


  • Donado Coviello posted at 6:10 am on Wed, Feb 12, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    Oh Daniel, I'm sorry I'm not from your slacker me generation party-animal crowd but I am pleased you showed some restraint in your quote about your favorite subject, getting drunk at night in Santa Fe "Nobody's saying that every business/venue in Santa Fe should be throwing hedonistic orgies with waterfalls of liquor, but limiting special events for responsible adults because of the a--holes who can’t just call a f--king cab is not OK."

    Ron Trujillo is the coolest guy to ever to sit in a City Councilor's chair and some of that hipness must have rubbed off on you if he appointed you but it wasn't in your political thinking. Applying big city Baltimore values to Santa Fe just doesn't work but you and Julia Goldberg should just keep on trying or maybe try Denver where all your favorite slacker bands perform and where pot is legal.

  • Daniel Werwath posted at 8:45 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    danielwerwath Posts: 23

    ahh, so disappointing.

    Cove, I was hoping you were going to show up at some of the charter commission meetings. I loved your last run for office. We have met, but you probably don't remember.

    But just so you know, I was appointed by Ron Trujillo and not once did he even offer even passing opinions about what the findings of the commission should be. In fact, I think we disagreed about many points. Either way, we have never talked about it. So sorry to burst your totally-made-up conspiracy bubble.

    I take my public service very very seriously. But I guess that's a whole lot different than your full time job manning the New Mex peanut gallery, so you wouldn't know.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 5:02 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    When we became a 'Chartered City' the cash registers at City Hall started to ring. Before the City could only do what the State would allow. After the Charter passed the City could do anything that wasn't prohibited by the State. All the Charter revisions are based on committees or " commissions" made up of appointed (by the individual Councilors) member. All the charter question solidify incumbent ability to stay in power forever.
    Below is one of those appointed Charter Commissioner's mouthing off to the tune that the Councilor who appointed him told him to sing. His disrespect for Democracy and his demeaning attitude toward the People's rights are apparent. "Don't Tread On Me" and Vote No all the way down the ballot.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 4:03 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    You arrogant hired 'suits' were appointed not elected. The creepy part is you wouldn't have listenedto anybody anyway. What about term limits?The City Councilor and you charter Commissioners are corrupt thieves, stealing Democracy from the People.
    You are Evil Usurpers and most likely lawyers or BIG government insiders.
    You and your vile charter revision lies are going down in defeat ...people are not fools.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 3:51 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    Latest exit poll from City Hall today (100 ft. from Yolanda's office): 3 out of 3 confirmed NO on 9 votes. I think it's going down. Maybe even # 8 (giving the Mayor a vote on all issues) will go down on 9's dragging coattails.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 2:08 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 569

    $380M city budget? Last time I noticed, it was less than a million a day. As regards Amendment 9; I assume that if Javier and Patti are for it, the public should be wary, if not actively against it as a default position. No?

  • Daniel Werwath posted at 10:47 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    danielwerwath Posts: 23

    I served on the Charter Review Commission that led to the recommendations in Amendment 9. Unfortunately, I don't remember any of you attending our 15+ public meetings to become educated on the subject or share your apparently strong opinions.

    If you had actually read any of the text of Amendment 9, you would know that the most significant changes do not take full effect until the next election cycle in 2018.

    But you guys don't get caught up in facts do ya?

    There is a whole website supporting Amendment 9, its called voter education fellas. Instead of what you guys are peddling, which is voter misinformation.

    With a $380,000,000 budget and 1500, it's irresponsible not to have a full time Mayor.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:38 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    Don't give our next mayor too much power. Vote "no" on 9.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 7:29 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    Patti doesn't have a clue about art or the people doing it in Santa Fe. She thinks that the "plaza vendors' program, a government monopoly on selling junky manufactured machine made nick knacks on the plaza is art. And her "buskers" permit program meant to help street musicians is just a cover for drugged out bums to aggressively panhandle money for dope. Bushee single-handed cut the funding for "Public Access TV and gave the money to the City propaganda TV station in City Hall. Her job with the State came from Fat Bill as pay-off not because of her knowledge of film. Patti Bushee is one horrible person.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:26 am on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 569

    “We have to regulate the flow and the movement of marijuana in this community,” he (Javier Gonzales) said. “Right now, it’s being left to the drug dealers to push on our kids.”
    Being that it often is who-you-know and what-not, a responsible parent would score-it for their kids, rather than have them pay out the "a" for grade c, or worse, outright bunk.

    These "strong mayors" are sounding rather scary. There's a whole website pushing it, with a who's who of bigwig nobodies pounding the payment for Amendment nine. Vote NO on 9 yo!


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