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  • Youth forum for city candidates centers on homelessness

    Danielle Tafoya, 17, a senior at Capital High School, poses a question to City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez, who is running for re-election to his District 3 seat in the city’s March 4 election. Mayoral and City Council candidates met with representatives from youth organizations around town, as well as with Capital High students, to talk about issues that affect young people. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 5:55 pm, Fri Jan 10, 2014.

Some 1,200 children and young adults — from infants to 21-year-olds — are reported to be homeless in Santa Fe, and local high-schoolers wanted to know what city leaders planned to do about the issue.

That’s why the Santa Fe Homeless Youth Task Force organized a forum Wednesday morning at Capital High School featuring mayoral and City Council candidates. The candidates offered few specific solutions to the problem, but the students gathered at the event seemed to appreciate their input.

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19 comments:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 2:42 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1654

    What job market? You're not familiar with having a job? Having a job really helps one pay rent or a mortgage. If some of those 4,000 jobs Coss promised had actually materialized and gone to homeless teens or the parents of homeless youths, maybe we wouldn't have 1,200 homeless youths on our streets.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 1:34 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    What "job market"?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 11:53 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1654

    Eminent domain isn't magic, the city would have to pay for those houses Jeff wants to take from the evil bankers. At, say, $250,000 a pop, taking those houses would cost the city twelve and a half million bucks. That's a lot of taxpayer cash just so Jeff can feel like he's Robin Hood. That's over ten grand apiece if we just divvied it up between those 1,200 homeless youths, enough for a good jump-start on college.

    It's A Wonderful Life is a fine Christmas movie, but it's also a piece of fiction, a fantasy. In the real world homelessness is solved by a combination of addressing the mental health and addiction treatment system deficiencies that are the root cause of most long-term homelessness, and by creating jobs and fixing the unemployment problem that is the cause of most short-term homelessness. A quality education system that graduates the majority of its students prepared for college or the job market would also go a long way towards easing the teen homelessness problem.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 11:21 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    It's A Wonderful Life ... Pierce as Mr. Potter and Jeff E. Green as George Bailey.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 8:19 am on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    Marie Compos District three Council seat.
    And you are Simon Brackley of the ineffectual and elitist Chamber of Commerce.
    When the mom-and-pop businesses around Fountainhead Rock tried to help the homeless and the hungry Simon Brackley and that phony patti busheee opposed their effort. As a public figure people should be ashamed and publicly criticized for your heartless actions and the mean-spirited sell-out organization you rule... the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce. Boooo.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 4:58 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 644

    How many homeless or person in poverty could be working a job currently occupied by someone illegally in the U.S.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:04 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1654

    I wonder how many of Santa Fe's 1,200 homeless youths are homeless because they can't find jobs? I wonder how many of Santa Fe's 1,200 homeless youths are unemployed because nobody wants to pay a youth inexperienced youth $10.51 an hour? The Living Wage certainly isn't helping homeless and unemloyeed teens get off the streets.

    Mayor Coss, where are the 4,000 jobs?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:20 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1654

    "For too long, the 'too big to fail' banks have been getting filthy rich at the expense of making ordinary folks dirt poor. We need to take our (local) power back from Wall Street!" - Okay, let's get out the pitchforks and torches and drive all the banks out of town. Do you think that will make it easier for working-class folks to get reasonable-rate mortgages on affordable homes?

    "If they are unoccupied, people should be living there, by any means necessary. It's the moral thing to do" - Ah, using the blunt weapon of government to take the property of others for your "charitable" purposes, how very moral, indeed. Taking homes from the rich (banks) and giving them to some of the poor won't make it easier for the rest of the poor to move up into the working class, and it will make it harder for the working class to join the ranks of homeowners.

    "How many of our community's 1,200+ homeless youth were pushed into the streets by foreclosure?" - I dunno, how many of those youth had parents who bought overvalued homes they couldn't afford, with variable-rate mortgages and minimal down-payments? How many of those homeless youths (especially those from 18 to 21) aren't from Santa Fe at all, but came here when they heard how permissive we were with aggressive panhandlers, drug-addled vagrants, and drainbows?

    Free houses aren't the solution to homelessness. Addressing the mental illness that is the root cause of most homelessness is.

     
  • Ethan Green posted at 11:51 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Ethan Au Green Posts: 2

    Richmond's eminent domain idea strkes fear into the hearts of bankers. And that's a good thing. For too long, the "too big to fail" banks have been getting filthy rich at the expense of making ordinary folks dirt poor. We need to take our (local) power back from Wall Street!

    There's now about 500 foreclosed homes in Santa Fe. If those homes are occupied, they need to stay that way, and their inhabitants must not join the ranks of the homeless population. If they are unoccupied, people should be living there, by any means necessary. It's the moral thing to do. How many of our community's 1,200+ homeless youth were pushed into the streets by foreclosure? All I know is -- too many. It's time to reverse that despicable trend.

    I have been to Oakland and Berkeley, but not Richmond. Thanks for that, Donald. It always takes courage to challenge systems of injustice and oppression. Santa Fe is fortunate to not be as hard hit by the foreclosure crisis as many other communities, but in my opinion, 500 foreclosed homes is 500 too many. ~ Jeff E Green

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:26 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1654

    Jeff Green may be a splendid individual, but that doesn't change the fact that letting banks know that in a foreclosure they might lose their collateral to eminent domain will make those banks less likely to give mortgages to lower-income and first-time home buyers. Jeff's eminent domain proposal will make it harder for the working class to get affordable housing, not easier.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 10:20 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1654

    "She said she will likely vote for Gonzales as mayor because he stayed on point."

    Staying on point in a candidate forum is not indicative of honesty, integrity, or good intentions. Danielle is just the next in a long line of voters easily fooled by a smooth-talking politician.

     
  • Jane Dickenson posted at 9:56 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    JaneDickenson Posts: 13

    Danielle Tafoya is wise beyond her years! Bravo Danielle!

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 9:23 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    The only thing I can say, at the moment, about Jeff Green is I think he has juevos.
    I trashed him here and the guy gave me a call at home ..cool. I know Jeff was homeless in Albuquerque but has he ever been in Richmond. For many years I would every daypass by with fear and loathing. Fear for my life from inhabitant and loathing for the refineries and the prison.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 9:08 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    And you forgot the "Busker" law that permissive Patti sponsored. I went to City Hall Jan. 2 and got my Buskers Permit for the second year in a row. Now I can continue as a "performing artist" to harass, aggressively panhandle, accost the very few tourist that are around, sell dope, or just do drugs on any city property without impunity when ever I want. My initial con was to sing loud and bad then say ... "(Give me) 25 cents and I'll stop singing" Almost everyone gave me a dollar. That was too hard. Now, I just put old clothes on, go down town and stare at people meanly.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:33 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1654

    "Jeff Green...said he’d like to see the city of Santa Fe follow the lead of Richmond, Calif., where city leaders exercise eminent domain powers to seize foreclosed homes and then turn them over to homeless people."

    That should really encourage banks to give mortgages to lower-income and first-time home buyers. The lack of affordable housing in Santa Fe is a result of demand for apartments and entry-level housing outpacing the supply. We won't fix that problem by making it harder to build or buy housing.

    "Angelo Jaramillo, who is running for the District 3 seat currently held by incumbent Carmichael Dominguez — told the assembly, 'If it were up to me, I’d put a moratorium on anyone building $2 million and $3 million second homes until everyone has a place to live in this community.'”

    Won't that just attract more parasitic layabouts looking to take advantage of the "everyone has a place to live" mandate?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:19 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1654

    Mayor Coss promised to end homelessness in Santa Fe by 2012, and all his efforts got us was swarms of hobos, vagrants, and aggressive panhandlers all over town. And a vote for Javier Gonzales is just a vote for four more years of the same failed policies Coss has inflicted upon Santa Fe. David Coss, Jon Hendry, Hank Hughes, Morty Simon, Carol Oppenheimer, Tarin Nix, Javier Gonzales, they're all part of the same cabal of late-liberals that shill idealistic fantasies to maintain control of the city, and are backed by shadowy big union power-brokers.

     
  • Joseph Sanchez posted at 7:00 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    jssanchez Posts: 7

    So was Dimas afraid that these students would have questions that were set-up also. Unbelievable that a mayoral candidate would not participate in forums. Especially one with high school kids. What message is he trying to send to them regarding democracy and participating in the process.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 6:31 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 336

    I agree with you sentiments but use your real name or the Web Editor will remove your post.

     
  • simon brackley posted at 9:25 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    ChamberSimon Posts: 28

    Who is this Campos who seems real?

     
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