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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 11:00 pm | Updated: 12:42 pm, Mon Feb 10, 2014.

Life in politics has thrust Javier Gonzales into some prickly situations.

The ride hasn’t always been easy, and there are things Gonzales wishes he could do over, but the youngest of the three candidates for mayor of Santa Fe insists he has emerged wiser and stronger.

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48 comments:

  • Gregorio Ambrosini posted at 5:32 am on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    Ambro Posts: 38

    People for Patti: Vote March 4th
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    Dear Friends,

    I admit it, I’m anxious as I watch for new snow on the mountains and think about my first years in Santa Fe when I lived off the grid in a cabin on the Ortiz Family Land Grant, in Upper Pacheco Canyon, where water came from a stream dependent on the snowpack.

    Climate change is for real. Without a doubt, the City of Santa Fe’s water supply is the biggest environmental challenge that we face now and going forward.

    Fundamentally, what do we do as we face this dryer and hotter, changing climate?

    As Councilor for District 1, I’ve fought for policy and laws that reflect our community priorities: a living river, green building and housing priorities, bike trails.

    I’ve made sure that when developers come to the table with new development proposals, they bring wet water -- that is, new water now, not just promises.

    As your next Mayor, I’ll lead us as a community, as we think locally about new solutions as the new problems arise, and act regionally to plan wisely for our water future.
    photo courtesy of NM Acequia Association

    Our farmers have a lot to tell us about drought and the threat of fire. And in my landscaping company, which I’ve run for more than 20 years now, I’ve seen how low water-use solutions are wise and beautiful.

    I’ve walked this talk since 1994, my first year on the Council.

     
  • Gregorio Ambrosini posted at 5:27 am on Sat, Feb 8, 2014.

    Ambro Posts: 38

    He has no experience in City Hall. What kind of double speak is that?

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 3:58 pm on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    But, mud matters. It's the poor choices and mis-use of public money ( by those in position to control and direct it ) that exposes their character traits.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 3:45 pm on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    A little background on Javier's role (as chairman of the board of regents) in Manny Aragon's disgraceful exit from Highlands University. Gonzales helped Aragon get an extra $200K, adding further financial injury to citizens and taxpayers.From AbqJournal http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/477787nm07-21-06.htm

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:26 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    I think some members of AFSCME endorsement are being paid $11 an hour to post pro-Javier comments here on the New Mexican. Even public financing can't keep union money from influencing elections in favor of the candidate that will let them pay-to-play, it's the way politics gets done here in Santa Fe.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:44 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    I wonder what municipal job Javier promised Roman Abeyta has been promised for dropping out and endorsing Gonzales?

    If Javier Gonzales is elected mayor, will Jon Hendry's restaurant at the airport ever have to pay it's fair share of rent?

     
  • Mike Miller posted at 9:42 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 22

    Whats there to stand up too all three candidates sound like broken records there stance is almost the same on all the major issues. Bill does not want to throw mud, but we do live in a society where drama and fighting are entertainment so I can see where some people would be mad that he chose to go the high road and just hit the community asking for votes instead of mud slinging.

     
  • Mike Miller posted at 8:41 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 22

    There might be 750 members but only a small percentage live in the city of Santa Fe. When ever the city union holds an election the turnout is always really low 30% or less of voting members show up.

     
  • Mike Miller posted at 8:34 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 22

    Parking is one division that needs big changes. Don't know if anyone remembers when the new court house opening was delayed, because one of the parking supervisors hit a transformer pole and ran from the police. He still works for parking even though you must have a valid drivers license to work for the City of Santa Fe not an interlock license. Thats why Bill Dimas is the best choice he wants a full audit of all Departments.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:19 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    Vote NO on the Charter revisions. No on 9.

    The fix is in for Gonzales, but at least we can vote no on 9 and keep him from grabbing too much power.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:05 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    "I would suggest voting for Javier because you can count on good change for employees and the community..." - By which you mean that municipal union employees will get pay-back for their votes, at taxpayer expense. It must be nice to be able to bribe one's voter base with other people's money.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:03 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    Gonzales was appointed by Richardson, who later lost his job as Commerce Secretary because of his pay-to-play antics. Gonzales gave Manny Aragon $200,000 as part of that termination, despite the fact that Manny was being investigated for crimes of which he was later committed and for which he served time in federal prison. Gonzales never worked for Coss, but they're controlled by the same group of union influence peddlers and latte-liberal East Coast lawyers.

     
  • John Leland posted at 8:02 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Well there are 750 members in AFSCME at the City of Santa Fe, until he gets 60% of that number I would say that he hasn't earned our memberships vote. He only got 60% of a small majority of our membership. You should do some research into what you think you know, the City has already developed a plan so that it won't cost them and they won't loose money, call the finance director tomorrow and ask he will tell you how we are handling that so that it won't effect us. I would suggest voting for Javier because you can count on good change for employees and the community and not "business as usual" (Bushee and Dimas).

     
  • Fred Armstrong posted at 4:18 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    FredArmstrong Posts: 17

    All Afscme 3999 does is steal their members dues. look it up the interim parking directors sister stole 40k while Anthony Montoya of advantage asphalt ran it. the ones their now are doing the same.
    and the interim parking director is trying to promote his assistant again after just giving her a 5$ an hour raise, learned these habits from romero I bet

     
  • Mike Miller posted at 4:10 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 22

    Yes i was, yes I voted and no Iam not related to Bill. I do know one thing how can anyone vote for a Man who cost the city $700,000 this year and that number is going to increase for at least the next 20 years, because of legislation that Javier supported when he was party chairman. He does not care about the city of Santa Fe he only cares about one thing and thats himself. On March 4 vote for any one other than Javier Gonzales even Patti "Jump on the bandwagon" Bushe is a better choice.

     
  • John Leland posted at 3:02 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Was Gonzales working for Richardson? Was he working for Coss? He was on the board that terminated Aragon, he voted for the termination. I'm pretty sure you are ASSUMING that's whats going on or that will go on, but I'm pretty sure you are incorrect. Nice try though! [whistling]

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 2:39 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    Anybody who watched how either the Coss or the Richardson administrations worked saw it first hand. Anybody who paid attention to how Manny Aragon operated saw it first hand. Let's not pretend to be naive about how New Mexican politics works.

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 2:35 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 111

    Attorney General Gary King is the most UNinspiring, do-nothing Democratic politician in New Mexico. His endorsement is a strike against Patti Bushee, in my opinion.

     
  • Emilia Serrano posted at 2:21 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Emilia Posts: 20

    I feel bad for the Dimas supporters especially the police officers. How can they have any confidence in a man that won't debate? What's going to happen when Dimas has to fight for funds for public safety? Is he going to send someone else to do the talking for him?

    As a matter of fact, when it comes to standing up for anything, what will Bill Dimas do if he won't stand up in public now?

     
  • Emilia Serrano posted at 2:17 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Emilia Posts: 20

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  • Pat Shackleford posted at 2:04 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    Sounds like you're blaming the messenger (reporter Daniel Chacón) for reporting the bad along with the good. It would be biased if he only reported the glowing-rosy bits. Some voters might be more sympathetic to someone who's faced and dealt-with home-financing difficulties. I also don't think it's requisite for a reporter to have no flaws or past issues, if their reporting is correct and inclusive.

     
  • Emilia Serrano posted at 1:40 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Emilia Posts: 20

    Patti Bushee goes on paid trips with developers before she votes on their projects. Her ethics are ziltch. She didn't disclose any business she may have received from her landscaping business as a primary or subcontractor on city projects. She's a mean person that tries to scare city staff.

    Bill Dimas has no vision, and won't come out in public. He is full of himself with those egotistical signs - although my grandma wants to take him out on a date because she says he has nice gray hair for an old guy.

     
  • John Leland posted at 1:39 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

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  • John Leland posted at 1:39 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

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  • John Leland posted at 1:39 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    How do you know this? Are you speculating or have you actually witnessed this yourself first hand? [scared]

     
  • John Leland posted at 1:37 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    That's interesting.....were you there? Those 60% are family related to him just an FYI. They didn't tell any other of the other AFSCME member that a vote was going to take place that night, they only told the members who they wanted to be there.

     
  • Mike Miller posted at 1:19 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Mike Miller Posts: 22

    No one has mentioned that on 12/2/13 Bill Dimas won the AFSCME local 3999 (City of Santa Fe union members) with 60% of the vote (100 votes casted total). But yet the people's comity which is three people endorsed Javier Gonzales giving him the AFSCME endorsement. Now there paying $11 to make calls for Javier. Now that's a good ole Manny Aragon Movida Javier learned from the best (or worst).

     
  • walt borton posted at 12:58 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    waltborton Posts: 6

    Jane, take a look at her website - there are hundreds of public endorsements, coming in by the hour, including Attorney General Gary King.

     
  • Eric Lucero posted at 12:18 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    EDOGGY Posts: 18

    I don't want to talk negatively about any of the candidates, but based on all of these reports on them, Bill Dimas is the best person for the job. He is genuine, honest and has the utmost integrity. He cares about the working class citizens of this community and will move this city in a positive direction. No special interests with this man.

    Vote Bill Dimas for Mayor!!

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:09 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    Of course all the endorsements Gonzales has received are insider dealings, that's how "the fix" works.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:08 pm on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    So Gonzales is a Friend of Bill Richardson and a Friend of Gerald Peters. Gonzales is supported by Mayor Coss, Roman Abeyta, and Rebecca Wurzburger. Gonzales is responsible for Manny Aragon getting $200,000 on his way out the door at Highlands. He's got the unions and their PACs backing him, and he's got his fingers in a lot of pies around town. Doesn't he seem just a little too well connected to be thought of as having a fresh outside perspective?

     
  • Jane Kadlubek posted at 11:31 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    JKadlubek Posts: 18

    Are the Gonzales naysayers going to sit and here and suggest that ALL the endorsements he has received are insider dealings and not legit?

    NEA, AFT, all Labor unions, Film Union, Mayor Coss, Sen. Bingaman, Councilor Wurzburger, The Sierra Club...

    Councilor Bushee has worked with 24 councilors and 3 mayors in her 20 years... only ONE public endorsement -- Steven Farber.

    Is this really all some conspiracy? Or is there a reason why Councilor Bushee has the least support from those who have worked with her?

     
  • Andrew Lucero posted at 11:27 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 129

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    Andrew Lucero Posts: 129

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  • Isaac Casados posted at 11:24 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Isaac_Casados Posts: 5

    A great leader is defined as someone who embraces passion, big ideas, and brings people together. Having read all three articles on the candidates, Gonzales stands out as the prime candidate for the position. History has proven that old fixtures in any office (isn't 20 years enough?) lose focus and become career politicians. Javier's focus on rebuilding the "city different" brings a fresh perspective to the race, and thousands seem to agree. I am encouraged that his vision will bring much needed change to a city lacking in what was once our story and history. SIDE NOTE: I don't see how a county jail that is not administered correctly warrants blame to one commissioner. The jail was needed and Javier stepped forward and made it happen. Conversely, I would ask if Reporter Daniel Chacon has had any financial troubles of his own? The economy has hit all New Mexicans, some have lost homes, cars, jobs, etc., and to drag his home into an interview, destroys the integrity of this story.

     
  • John Leland posted at 11:07 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Hmmm, I wonder why the "staff writer" has so much against Gonzales??? Maybe he was offered a job by opponents of Javier if he writes bad about the most qualified and experienced candidate. There will ALWAYS be dirt on people, but this isn't about the mistakes of the past, it's a vision for our future. Bushee lives and speaks of her one voice on the council, but don't forget she wasn't the only vote in everything she totes. And then there's Dimas, who has decided to violate City code by putting all his signs around town in public rights of ways or on his commercial property owner friends properties. I wish that we no longer had to see Dimas mug everywhere, but I guess that will have to wait until the city enforces the no right of way campaigning rules. I'm voting for Gonzales because he is genuinely a good guy, has the experience, and offers the one thing that no other candidate can; a vision for the future and a better Santa Fe!

     
  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 10:58 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 188

    Thanks for putting most if not all of the facts out there tru your recent mayorial candidates coverage. And there is no doubt in my mind of the three; Patti is by far and wide the most qualified, competent, experienced candidate deserving the opportunity to be our next Mayor, all things considered. She has proven, over time to be a person of integrity, willing to listen, step up to challenges and will do our special little city; proud especially during these somewhat chaotic times with run-a -way money at the very heart of most issues. In effect she is one of us and can and does speak for us; "the little guys and gals" ! VOTE FOR PATTI ON ELECTION DAY and become part of her winning team !!

     
  • Wendy Xu posted at 10:54 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    wendy_xu Posts: 2

    Staci Benni,

    Brian Colon was the State Dem Party Chair during the super primary, not Javier Gonzales.

     
  • John Leland posted at 10:30 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Leland1234 Posts: 36

    Don't forget that Small bank finances our local economy and businesses, it is a part of our community regardless of who is on the board, maybe they want to help the local economy. Certainly a mayor should have experiences with finances and how budgeting goes, so perhaps his experience on this board can help the community. Don't forget the Mayor Coss served two terms as Mayor, the public voted for him and he did a pretty good job!

     
  • Fred Armstrong posted at 9:35 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    FredArmstrong Posts: 17

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  • Andrew Lucero posted at 8:57 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 129

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  • Andrew Lucero posted at 8:57 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Andrew Lucero Posts: 129

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:16 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

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    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

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  • Staci Benni posted at 7:41 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 172

    This would be the Javier Gonzales who was chair of the Democratic Party who didn't think through the needs for the super primary and had people waiting in a snow storm for hours to vote? And in Hobbs and other places stopped the voting even though people were on line before the poll closed? The same Javier Gonzales who wants to follow Coss' policies and backed by Coss cheerleader (Wurzburger) but admits that Santa Fe lost 7,000 jobs since 2008 and that Coss did not create 4000 more jobs (net loss 11,000 jobs)? The same Javier Gonzales who "couldn't pay attention" to his own mortgage payment like the rest of us? And BTW isn't Javier related to Manny Aragon? And now Mr Gonzales at the 11th hour is talking about a local bank?!!! Really? How would a city of 80,000 people really support such an undertaking? Sounds great but I think the walk will be different than the talk...

     
  • Joseph Sanchez posted at 7:20 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    jssanchez Posts: 7

    Thank you New Mexican for doing these profiles over the last three days. Your reporting was balanced and showed the positive and not so positives about each of the three candidates. But clearly Gonzales is the most qualified to lead this city into the future. His broad experience in both the business and government sectors, and regional experience is what this city needs in order to move forward. I don't know much about any of the three candidates but anybody can see from this campaign and your coverage that we need the experience and fresh outside city hall perspective that Gonzales would bring to the Mayor's office.

     
  • Victor Anaya Romero posted at 6:08 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Victor Anaya Romero Posts: 4

    From the article: "Gonzales has faced other struggles, including financial troubles, from failing to repay a student loan, which resulted a 1991 lawsuit that eventually was settled, to failing to pay his water bills on time. Last year, a mortgage company filed a complaint against Gonzales, saying he was in default on an $800,000 home loan."

    Disclosure: I am favoring Ms. Bushee. I have been waiting for more to come out to distinguish between the two leading candidates. After reading the above, I am left wondering about the endorsements Mr. Gonzales received. Respectfully, could the Santa Fe New Mexican please look at the case record at nmcourts.gov and see whether the "Javier Gonzales" listed as having been born in 1966 there is this very same Mayoral Candidate? It's nothing really awful, but it is not flattering either. If I am mistaken, then I apologize and please, Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper, delete my comment. If I am right, then I find the lack of vetting more troubling than Mr. Gonzales's difficulties. Why would anyone put this obviously warm man through this? Ms. Bushee has a record at nmcourts.gov, too but it does not seem to me to have the same flavor as Mr. Gonzales's court record. I loathe examinations by microscope. It is hard enough finding good people willing to run for office and meet its demands. At this point I am sad.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 3:41 am on Thu, Feb 6, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    How does one man have enough fingers for all them pies? Impressive.

     

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