Letters to the editor, April 14, 2014

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Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 7:00 pm

City court aims for cash, not justice

The Santa Fe Municipal Courts is not a system of justice serving our community.

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  • Pema Rabgay posted at 7:43 pm on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    Pema Posts: 2

    Some years ago I was stopped by cop who said I could pay speeding fine or contest it.

    I said I disagreed with his charge and wanted to contest. He gave me a paper with the time, date and place where I could contest the ticket.

    On the stated time and date, like Tony Barela, I appeared at Yalman's court.

    Do you have an appointment? I said yes and showed the paperwork. I was told that the policeman's paperwork meant I should have called and made an appointment.

    I insisted they honor the contents of the citation. The cop wasn't there. Judge said pay the fine or contest and on a later date if you lost you shall pay the fine and court costs. So I paid.

    Our Gov discontinued the sending of blue renewal notices. MVD Express is polite enough to send some renewal notices.

    When the Gov stops sending renewal notices, what is Yalman's rationale for punishing citizens who do not have total recal and ESP?

    If a driver does not receive a renewal notice due to Gov's privatizing agenda, what is the law for overcharging Barela and other citizens who do not have perfect memory?

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:50 pm on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 949


    Governor Martinez is indeed a "Mis-Leader". A year ago, the New Mexico House passed a massive corporate tax cut package — with no floor debate and no questions permitted. Two months later, her Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford told members of an interim legislative committee that the information he provided on the House floor during the final hours of this year’s 60-day session was based on a different version of the bill. He then apologized for his, and the Martinez administration's, "bait & switch" tactics which convinced lawmakers to approve the tax package, which will cost the state $70 million in revenue in fiscal year 2017, contrary to what they'd been led to believe.

    It being difficult to place a working link here within the SFNM's clunky commenting software; I placed it at the top of my comment, and you may have to copy & paste, to view the article at the Center for Civic Policy.

  • Mel Hayes posted at 9:32 am on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117

    Susana's outside the state financial backing tells you all you need to know, she is being bought and paid for!

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:14 am on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1504

    Unless another penalty is specified in the Motor Vehicle Code, every person convicted of a misdemeanor for violation of any provision of the Motor Vehicle Code shall be punished by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300) or by imprisonment for not more than ninety days or both.

    You got off easy, you should be thanking the Judge.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:10 am on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1504

    Judge Yalman is doing her job, generating revenue for the City, good for her. You did not have a valid vehicle registration at the time you were cited, getting that later doesn't change that fact.

  • Dominic Montoya posted at 8:30 am on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    Dominic Montoya Posts: 152

    Mr. Baca sounds like he has fell victim to the ridiculous political messages that Governor Martinez continues to disperse out into the public through her facebook page and more recently television ads. Let's be clear on one thing, it took the death of a child for the Governor to propose reforms for CYFD. Until the death of Omaree, the Governor and her administration simply ignored caseworker turnover issues. This is due to the fact that the Governor and her administration have placed cost savings as the top priority over all other issues, including child abuse.

  • Mike Palaima posted at 7:36 am on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    pressman Posts: 81

    Mr Baca, not to pile on, but I will. CYFD has had almost zero to no legislative or internal administrative from the top down improvement on your anti child abusers watch, and most of what has happened has been bandied as the governor being the second coming, but inconsequential in the scheme of things. A 'genuine' leader could be able to pull both sides of the aisle together for non partisan apolitical legislation in matters referring to child abuse. That appears to have not happened, at all, or even marginally. Her outside the state financial backing and budding vice presidential aspirations perhaps taking her focus to other places, not NM business?

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:48 am on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 568


  • Ron Romero posted at 2:54 am on Mon, Apr 14, 2014.

    RonRomero Posts: 144

    Mr. Baca, thats a pretty lame list of accomplishments for 3 1/2 years in office. As for being a champion for fighting child abuse, look the mess at CYFD. Those of us that care about kids like Omare totally disagree with you. Conditions were bad when she took office, however I believe that this administration has failed improve the lives of children in NM.


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