Elected Chair of the Commission for 2020 I am honored to have been elected chair of the Commission for 2020 and to continue to serve District 1 which stretches from the Northern part of Santa Fe north to Chimayo and Santa Cruz. This will be my second term as chair of the Commission.
I began my first term in office in January 2015 and have three more years to serve in my second term which began in January 2019. I am proud to represent District 1 as chair of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, chair of the Santa Fe County 2020 Census Committee and on the board of directors of the New Mexico Association of Counties.
I also serve on the Buckman Direct Diversion Board, Santa Fe Metropolitan Policy Organization, Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency, Santa Fe County Housing Authority and I am the lead CEO for the Northern Area Local Workforce Development Board.
Santa Fe County Census 2020 Complete Count Committee
As chair of the Santa Fe County Complete Count Committee for Census 2020, I was honored to speak Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the kick-off news conference for the Census and Citizens Corners Program with our partners Somos Un Pueblo Unido and the City of Santa Fe.
I reiterated that as one of the hardest to count states in the nation, having a complete count in the 2020 Census is vital to our communities. The data collected from this process affects funding for many different programs including healthcare, community services, infrastructure, transportation and many other fundamental needs.
At the news conference I announced that in order to ensure the highest participation, the Santa Fe County Complete Count Committee and Sub-Committees have compiled an outreach and education plan that engages key stakeholder organizations in a collaborative and focused effort to ensure a complete count in Santa Fe County.
The plan engages healthcare, education, community, faith-based, senior, and higher ed organizations. It includes outreach activities such as educational workshops, phone banking, social media, and events, to name a few.
The Santa Fe County 2020 Census campaign goal is to maximize self-response. A number of different strategies will be used including direct mail, media, newsletters, email, phone calls, community education meetings and other events.
Watch out for a postcard soon from the U.S. Census Bureau and special enrollment kiosks to provide assistance for people who don’t have access to a computer or Internet or would like some help filling out their census. Special events and workshops will also be held in individual communities.
Through these efforts, and the commitment of our communities and partners, we look forward to celebrating a Complete Count in Santa Fe County in 2020!
New Mexico Association of Counties Legislative Conference
Jan. 20-23 in Santa Fe
The New Mexico Association of Counties Legislative Conference was held Jan. 20-23 at the Santa Fe Convention Center during the opening week of the legislative session.
The conference provides opportunities for members from all 33 counties with the opportunity to network with state officials and to attend the legislative session at the state capitol.
I had the honor of opening the conference and giving a big welcome from Santa Fe County to all the elected officials and staff from the various counties that attended the conference. I told them my first priority has been and continues to be health, welfare and safety programs, focusing on providing basic needs and services for the constituents of District 1, from Community Services, to Senior Services Centers, to Youth Services to road maintenance, to capital improvement projects.
I noted that as in other New Mexico counties, the needs are many and the resources are limited. While prioritizing those needs against limited resources is difficult at best, I have learned and believe that short- and long-term strategic planning is needed to successfully implement County programs and capital improvements on time and within budget.
I told the attendees about our successful construction of two bridges due to our collaboration with Rio Arriba County and how sharing support, planning and resources with our neighboring counties is so important to our mutual success.
I wished the attendees and their counties continued success with their initiatives and good luck with the 30-day legislative session. I believe local officials and constituents are the most effective lobbyists, and local government is where the rubber meets the road.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Fe/Del Norte Event Honored Youth of the Year, Recognized County Commissioners
Espanola Pathways Shelter Update
Since I invited the Espanola Pathways Shelter team to make a presentation before the Commission in November, County staff and I have been meeting with them to figure out the County’s role in the homeless shelter project as 40 percent of Espanola is in my district.
EPS has leased part of a building at 628 N. Riverside Drive in Espanola and on Jan. 4, volunteers opened the first phase of the project which is a warming center where up to 10 people can come inside overnight to sleep. Until renovations have been completed, the shelter guests are given mats and blankets to sleep on the floor. Only 10 guests are currently allowed overnight. An executive director, a shelter manager and some overnight staff have recently been hired.
Celebrating My Father’s 72nd Birthday
Commission Meetings The Santa Fe County Board of County Commissioners hold regularly scheduled meetings at 2 p.m. on the second and last Tuesday of every month. Meetings will be held at the new Administrative complex, 100 Catron Street, Santa Fe New Mexico, 87501. For questions please contact the Santa Fe County Manager’s Office at (505) 986-6200.
My Contact Information My Constituent Services Liaison Orlando Romero can be reached at (505) 986-6328 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Orlando is very familiar with what’s happening in District 1 and will be happy to answer questions or refer you to the people you need to talk to. My email address is email@example.com.