Pledges & Goals
As County Commissioner, there are pledges I can make for myself, and goals that require the support of others. In both cases, I expect to be held to the highest standards of integrity and achievement.
I will be honest, ethical and fair. I will not enrich myself or anyone else at the expense of County residents.
I will not be involved in any for-profit business related to the County or City during my term(s) and for at least 2 years after last serving on the Commission.
I will exceed the requirements of all NM Public Official disclosure laws. I will meet the same standards as the Governor, as well as post State & Federal tax returns.
I will be accessible to all residents, listen and carefully weigh all points of an issue.
I will provide explanations of my votes and decisions.
I will post my calendar at least once a month, indicating whom I met with and the topic(s) discussed.
I will work with County Offices to provide access to more information on the County's web site.
I will post Commission minutes and voting records on this web site until the County's web site does so.
I will donate all of my after-tax County Commission salary to the PTC's of the Santa Fe Public Schools in my district: Agua Fria, Larragoite, Salazar, Wood Gormley, Gonzales and Alameda. This will return to the taxpayers and children about $3,000 per year per school, totaling $20,000 per year and $80,000 over 4 years.
Address the complex, urgent issues facing the County, especially water and growth. This is critical. Here are some of my ideas.
Strive to improve relations, planning and cooperation with the city.
Encourage mixed and affordable homes throughout the County. Home ownership is the bedrock of family and regional economic growth. Home equity funds college, startup businesses and retirement.
Provide much better early community notification of local issues, including automatic e-mail notification by location about all items appearing on all agendas relevant to an area.
Encourage new and existing businesses to locate in the County. I have extensive experience in clean, startup technology companies.
Strive to make County regulations more consistent and enforceable - Don't legislate by variance.
Pay more attention to the recommendations from County Commission-appointed citizen advisory boards.
Work towards solutions to rising Jail costs. Last year the Jail required emergency transfers of over $4,000,000 of discretionary money - money not spent on water, roads etc.
Address the need for safe access to 599 and Caja del Rio / MRC.
Implement a series of long term quality-of-life improvements such as small parks, litter control, walking/biking/riding
trails, dark sky, more options for youth and elderly, and encourage small
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