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  • Mayor’s office undergoing $6K remodel

    Mayor Javier Gonzales’ office at City Hall, shown Tuesday, is undergoing a nearly $6,000 remodel, which includes new laminate flooring and new furnishings. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:21 am, Wed Apr 23, 2014.

Santa Fe’s mayor can no longer call the city manager on the carpet — at least not in the mayor’s office at City Hall.

The city ripped out the carpet that former Mayor David Coss had in his office for years and installed new vinyl flooring for part-time Mayor Javier Gonzales, who was elected in March.

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  • Pat Shackleford posted at 10:44 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 566

    Cove, someone with better reading comprehension skills could read my first comment and understand that I had criticized the previous article-headline. The headline was later corrected, and I thanked them. My third comment requires some "reading-between-the-lines" and a somewhat more sophisticated sense of humor than you seem to possess. But don't let me stop you from slinging feces.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 10:13 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Get a room.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 10:12 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    You two can stop kissing now.

  • Ana Turnia posted at 9:06 pm on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    AnaT Posts: 5

    Big deal! Let him enjoy a new office! New beginnings for a new Mayor. And great choice on Chief Garcia he is a great guy true meaning of a great leader. Congratulations to both!!!!!! Que Viva!

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 3:10 pm on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 566

    Thank you. I hope my tone is not too caustic, or unjustly critical of those (you and your journalistic ilk) doing a difficult job, whose product mostly attracts the barbs and arrows of malcontents.

  • Daniel Chacon posted at 2:14 pm on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Daniel Chacon Posts: 18 Staff


    Thanks for commenting on the story. We always appreciate hearing from our readers.


  • oscar michael posted at 12:53 pm on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    Are you implying that a man with a secret lifestyle would be disingenuous? He is after all a politician. You can tell he is lying because his lips are moving.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 12:28 pm on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 566

    The photo caption says "new laminate flooring", which is typically a "woody" look, and is generally considered nicer than vinyl. There is a contradiction here, in that description. I suspect (and hope) that it's laminate, not vinyl.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:46 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 566

    The offensive aspect is the administration's refusal to account for expenditures without being forced to by an "open-records request". I'm not opposed to a remodel, and wouldn't expect it to be cheap; but trying to hide the costs truly stinks, and confirms what his critics were saying about him pre-election.

  • oscar michael posted at 11:40 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    Oh the pride that new vinyl flooring will bring to the people of Santa Fe! When relatives arrive to visit, I will be sure to take them to see the new 3000.00 dollar couch in the mayors office! They will no doubt be envious and wish their mayor would spend money on new furnishings in their respective cities! Beam with pride Santa Feans!!!

  • Donado Coviello posted at 11:32 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    An open door is more important than a new couch.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 11:30 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Mister Pierce,
    Is not the measure of an office in how well its occupant listens.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 11:25 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Like what?

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:13 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 566

    Thanks, SFNM, for removing the dollar figure from the headline.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 11:07 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    Didn't we JUST pay for a remodel? I'm sorry Mayor Coss, for every negative thing i ever said about you.

  • Chris Cord posted at 10:22 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Corder Posts: 21

    What is more important is appointing directors to the various services the city gives its citizens. An example is the police department who is running without a chief. A committee was formed but is it a sham. It's rumored the city manager who hopes to keep his job has already made up his mind on Eric Garcia so why waste the committes time. Politics at work right Brian Snyder...

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:12 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    Hey, it's only money.

  • Charlene Montoya posted at 8:29 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    NMLOBO1984 Posts: 12

    Why did he hire an outside company when there is already a crew in the city that does that type of work? and for much cheaper I might add. That's usually how it is though in every government agency the new boss comes in and the place is remodeled from head to toe then an new one comes in and they do the same. If you're with an agency long enough you notice one year a wall get put up, a new guy comes in and tears down that same wall then another may come in and adds it again. Sad how it really works, but he did have good concept of getting donations from local artists, there is just too much red tape involved.

  • Jody Stege posted at 7:09 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Jessica Streamer Posts: 1

    there are so many real issues who cares

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:11 pm on Tue, Apr 22, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 566

    Sloppy headline. "Mayor's office getting $6K remodel"

    Maybe the person writing the headline should read the story first. They would have learned (according to this article) that $6K has been spent "so far", implying that the total will surely go higher. Why was it necessary to put a dollar amount in the headline if it's obviously incomplete information? If someone only read the misleading headline, they would think that Mayor "Mr. Slick" Gonzales was already showing financial prudence by only spending $6 thousand on his office remodel.

    By the mayor's reluctance to let the taxpayers know details of this, he's already showing that he's just another two-faced power-tripper who can be expected to abuse the taxpayer's trust and money. Goobernatorial timber for sure-no ethics required, regardless of Party affiliation.


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