Letters to the editor, March 26, 2014

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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:00 pm

City should start with water concerns

During the recent campaigns for council and mayor, we heard a lot of talk about water concerns and the need for water conservation in Santa Fe. I believe it is now time for the City Council and the mayor to show their concern through actions. A start would be to Xeriscape all medians with xeric plants and stones. The scrawny trees and ratty shrubs and grass now in medians require much water and are unattractive.

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  • Jay Baker posted at 3:24 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    jdbaker188 Posts: 15


    I don't think it was originally a boondoggle - it was a needed project, but the CIty of Santa Fe Project Manager, who is currently the Water Resources and Conservation Manager, had no experience in project management, engineering or construction. With a degree in political science and a master's in geography, he seems ill suited to hold his position, and he made a mess of the project. I would think he would have been let go, but he is still there, if you call being there missing every other day of work and having no annual or sick leave left. I've tried to call him or go by and speak to him. He is missing in action.

    Again - the City Utility needs CHANGE NOW!!

  • Staci Benni posted at 11:33 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 172

    Thanks for sharing and bringing up these questions, Jay. I wonder if the new Mayor is listening. As for the Buckman Diversion project--another boondoogle by Coss--this time wiht with a 200 million dollar price tag.

  • Jay Baker posted at 8:39 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    jdbaker188 Posts: 15

    Earlier post correction "project manager" refers to the project manager for the Buckman Direct Diversion Project.

  • Jay Baker posted at 8:37 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    jdbaker188 Posts: 15

    "Water Concerns"

    Jim Reed hits the nail on the head. All great ideas, but I don't think the new mayor & council should stop there. We need answers to questions: (1) why was the interim city manager named the head of the water utility after having no utility experience & only being there 3 years? (2) Why would we want the interim city manager to go back to the utility considering the problems it has? (3) Why is the current interim head of utilities in that position despite no utility experience? (4) Why was the project manager and current conservation manager allowed to manage a multi-million dollar project despite having a degree in political science and no engineering or construction experience?

    It's no wonder that the Buckman Plant has never worked right and our water resources are in such a mess.

    We need change now!

    We need qualified & competent people to manage our water utility now!

    Let's support the new mayor & council by asking for this housecleaning!

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 2:10 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    Re; "Inaccurate stories"
    It was totally expected that DA Pacheco would manage to get a "justified" verdict from the grand jury, (who selects those folks?). I also wouldn't expect Gary King to risk stepping on officials'-toes and having to endure their stern looks of disapproval. He's too risk-averse to stand-up for mere citizens, whose family members were victims of hot-head cops.


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