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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:15 pm

No one is begrudging new Mayor Javier Gonzales an office remodel — that is, of course, if he doesn’t spend too much.

However, at first taxpayers couldn’t judge if the mayor was going over the top with fixes in his city office. Rather than tell reporter Daniel J. Chacón how much the new office floor cost, the city directed him to file an Inspection of Public Records request instead. After a few hours reflection, city officials released the numbers. Good call. So far, the city has spent $2,154 on a laminate floor, $2,879 (on sale) for a Kendall sofa and $965 for a table — all from locally owned businesses.

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  • Orlando Medina posted at 9:38 am on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    orly Posts: 2

    Must really be a slow news day at the New Mexican.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 10:29 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    For 8 years Coss let incompetent Municipal staff run wild. From top to bottom from supervisors to union schlep, with a few exceptions that came from the private sector, City Hall employees failed the people of Santa Fe.
    Promote the freakin' City and fire the bad-apple lazy lifers.

  • Donado Coviello posted at 8:35 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    I have to agree with Staci and with the Editorial Inez.
    The culture of information control at City Hall is shameful, anti-citizen and anti-Democracy. WTF do you think the double-dipping City Clerk got a four year contract? Because she was instrumental in restricting the flow of information that both the press and citizens needed to know AND she knows where all the bodies are buried.
    But this story happened because of Chacon's bias coverage of the election and the New Mexican knows that.
    The real question is access to the Mayor and who is going to be City Manager and City Attorney. I am sad to say that I really think as far as getting information from City Hall will be be the same old same old.

  • Carlos Guthrie posted at 8:13 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    CarlosG Posts: 32

    why does the New Mexican think Randy Randall is an excellent move: Mr. Randall is a 70 year old hotel guy...does he know how to attract the next generation of visitors the CVB had identified we need to have in order to have heads in beds? If he believed to make the CVB private is the right move to be competitive in rates when he was not working for the city...why did he changed his mind now...because he is on payroll?

  • Staci Benni posted at 7:55 am on Thu, Apr 24, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 172

    There are some of us who have to make public records requests that others see as a matter of course.
    Recently I asked for some records and only got some of the records.. I knew there were more because I had the original in my possession. This was a search from 2010 to the present with very specific information--not a generalized search. It was in the Land Use Dept. Time to clean house there--IMO it is the worst dept in the city w/ Public Works close behind.


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