Driven by mayor’s backers, nonprofit seeks community input on issues

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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 7:21 am, Wed Jul 23, 2014.

A new nonprofit pushing for greater civic involvement and increased voting in Santa Fe kicked off the first in a series of community conversations Tuesday on the city’s south side.

More than 80 people packed into a meeting room at the Southside Branch Library for the event, more than twice the number that organizers expected.

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  • John Edwards posted at 10:53 am on Sat, Jul 26, 2014.

    Dj JohnEdwards Posts: 27

    The least you can do is post some ideas to this forum instead of just griping. Community participation will wake people up to the flawed, big government philosophy. When community deals with issues directly, their solutions sidestep the involvement of an ineffective City council and Mayor, whose primary role should not be attempting to "fix" Santa Fe, but merely facilitating it's growth, refinement and services.

  • Staci Benni posted at 4:45 pm on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 245

    Totally agree with you, Dr. Johnson. Same old, same old--including the same players and Mr Gonzales who will not meet with his constituents except for 5 min intervals...Really responsive to la gente (not)! Need we remind the public that Potter is represents Christus St Vincent and got his good friend Coss to forget about his union organizing principles for at least one meeting...And nothing needs to be said about Oppenheimer and her agenda...Javier needs to forego these photo ops and spend time improving the city...

  • Dr. Michael Johnson posted at 12:38 pm on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    Mike Johnson PhD Posts: 1128

    These kind of groups always make me chuckle. Sure, these "community organizers" are only interested in the "people's voices being heard"?? Right, and they have no agenda or power motive for themselves otherwise?? Sure. The fact they talk much more than listen should be a dead giveaway to their MO. And the distinct "membership" of the leaders should also be a clue. Are they truly going to be the real "voice of the people", and thus listen to all equally, ignore their own political and personal viewpoints and agendas, and act as objective arbiters of "the people" to the power of government officials? If the government officials actually believe that, there is a bridge in Brooklyn I have for sale.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:04 am on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2717

    So you've confirmed that a former member of Mayor Javier's campaign team is making money off of Santa Fe Forward? Thanks for update.

  • Dennis Romero posted at 9:49 am on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    dennis romero Posts: 32

    Daniel - thanks for pointing that out.

  • Daniel Chacon posted at 9:40 am on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    Daniel Chacon Posts: 25 Staff

    Mr. Knolls,

    Good morning. It's my understanding that the only paid member of the new nonprofit is Omar Hamid, the director.



  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:23 am on Wed, Jul 23, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2717

    Remember, just because it's a non-profit doesn't mean that there's no money involved. I wonder how much these Friends of Javier are being paid to be board members of Santa Fe Forward?


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