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Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 5:00 pm | Updated: 3:27 pm, Tue Mar 4, 2014.

Does Santa Fe need a full-time mayor in addition to its full-time city manager?

Voters will decide that question Tuesday. Charter Amendment 9 would turn the mayor into a full-time city employee with sweeping new powers.

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9 comments:

  • Jeff E Green posted at 5:08 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 112

    What are you betting? I voted against #9 but I think it's going to pass thanks to the PAC corruption of the public dialogue.

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 5:07 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 112

    [thumbup] Donald Coviello and I don't agree on everything, but when we do, y'all better watch out. [cool]

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 3:24 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    Alright,who wants to make a bet on #9. I say it goes down 52% to 48%. any takers?

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 3:22 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    The people can call for a charter commission any time they want. All the people elect all the Council. It's called democracy. When the Mayor controls everything it's called a dictatorship.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:26 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    [thumbup]

     
  • Daniel Werwath posted at 10:13 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    danielwerwath Posts: 23

    I wish any of you had actually been at any of the charter review commission hearings on this. I agree that the firing of the clerk or attorney is perfect, but I wouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater. We've had 11 City Managers in 19 years-think about it, turnover on average every two years-- that's no way to run a large organization. The council can fire the City Manager with 5 votes, and they use this power to manipulate staff level decisions that policy makers should not have a hand in. The alternative is when there is a city manager that revolts against the mayor, but the mayor is powerless to remove them unless five councilors join the mayor. I want the person in charge of this city elected by all the people, not the council. I want the person in charge of the city to be a professional, not just someone who can afford to take the current $27k a year salary. The charter gets reviewed every ten years, its time for Santa Fe to grow up, not ten years from now.

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 6:37 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 112

    Santa Fe does need a full-time mayor but we don't need a mayor with dictatorial powers who can unilaterally fire the city clerk and city attorney without city council approval. Vote NO on Charter Amendment 9 to uphold Santa Fe city government's checks and balances. Vote NO and let's go back to the drawing board to come up with a better proposal to make city government more accountable and transparent, not less.

     
  • Andrew Lucero posted at 5:28 pm on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 132

    As the city of Santa Fe continues to grow, eventually we will need a full time council, mayor and city manager...But that time hasn't come just yet. Besides, I wouldn't trust that kind of power with current crop of mayoral candidates...Vote NO until a better Amendment can be written. One that closes all the loopholes and has the necessary checks and balances in place to ensure no one has too much power. More importantly, one that has swift and significant ramifications for any one who abuses their authority.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 12:05 pm on Sun, Mar 2, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 872

    No, either we have a full time city manager or a full time Mayor, NOT BOTH.

     

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