Friday, June 26, 2009
As a parent I want to see skilled professionals working with my child. I want to know that the state has thoroughly investigated every individual who works in a classroom with children. I want to know that the only thing on their mind is my child’s education and not where their next meal is coming from or how they plan to pay the rent this month. As a state we owe these individuals the same curtsey as any other professional who works with children. The following is a discussion draft of a bill that would set minimum educational levels and minimum pay for these individuals so that we can ensure professional staffing in our schools systems in the state of New Mexico.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
When it comes to politics it is very important for elected official and candidates to have close friends because these individuals face a great deal of attention and admiration from single individuals who want nothing more than to destroy their careers or to bask in the attention shown an elected official. Close friends are often the barrier between elected official and these sad individuals. A wife cannot always be with her husband or a husband cannot always be with his wife so friends must step in and provide a safety zone for married public figures. Never should a public figure be left on their own to deal with someone who clearly has stars in their eyes for that person.
We have all seen time and time again over the past few years the results of allowing public elected official to deal with these people for themselves. I have often acted as that physical barrier for a few of my close friends and think nothing of making it clear to a women that her attentions are unwelcome when it comes to my married friends. You don’t have to be rude or unkind but you do have to be very clear that the person in question is completely and totally happily married. Elected officials are not perfect and they have their times of weakness just like everyone so it is not hard to understand that as a friend you should be there to encourage them and to protect them so that they can continue to serve the public for the betterment of our country.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Democratic Party is the “Big Tent Party.” The Party welcomes people from every group and is open to ideas from every area. We have our own far right (Mayor Marty Chavez) as well as our far left members (State Senator Cisco McSorley). We support many different views and welcome debate about what is good for both our state and our country. We value options from every member of the party. To ignore even one individual option is a disservice to every member of our party.
The problems start only when candidates and elected officials of our own party refuse to spend time with the voting public and turn a blind eye to what our voters care most about in this state. The power of an elected position can often lead individuals to a false feeling of being above the very people who got them elected in the first place. As a party our elected officials must value the issues and the stands that our voting public takes on things that matter in their everyday life. They must value the same core values that our State Party platform values in order to represent the people that elected them to office not just in their own area or district but throughout the state and the nation. Public office is not a private privilege but a duty that must be kept close to the heart and treated as a trust as members like Senator Jeff Bingaman and Senator Tom Udall does with humility and quiet thoughtful respect.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Volunteers washed windows, cleaned playground equipment and weeded the garden. Although the day was hot the volunteers, some 60 or more, were hard at work in three different locations around the city. We even had a cabinet secretary one Cindy Padilla on her hands and knees pulling weeds in order to provide a nice place for the children of families that use the services of PB&J. Big Bill should give that woman a pat on the back next time he sees her for a job well done.
Friday, June 19, 2009
2-4pm on June 20th
1101 Lopez Rd SW
Cleaning, sanitizing toys, putting together packets of goods
12-4pm on June 20th
1005 Yale NE
Cleaning, yard work, digging a drainage ditch (shovels needed!)
Looks like the Democratic Party is going to get to work for the community tomorrow so if you are interest in helping out then just go to the party website and volunteer for one of the events tomorrow.
While you are at the website don’t forget to find out about Politics and Pancakes where you can have a great breakfast served by wonderful members of the party while you get to know members of our court system this June 27. This is what you call caring elected officials who take the time to talk to the voting public.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
More needs to be done to fix up the International District in this area of the city so that problems like this are not drawn to our peaceful community. The store fronts on San Mateo between Zuni and Gibson are all empty now and this invites crime. The hospital is closed and only doctor’s offices remain. The local 7-Eleven sell liquor in large individual cans which only draws the wrong type of element into our area of the city. Police are always being called to the bus stop at the corner of San Mateo and Kathryn because someone is out cold most likely from the beer they purchased at that 7-Eleven. Women have been raped behind the building across the street from that 7-Eleven and sex offenders are too many to count in the large apartment complexes over on Madeira and Palomas.
When is the mayor going to do something when it comes to crime in this area of the city? Why is more not being done to put an end to crime? Laws should be pasted to limit the number of sex offenders who can live in one apartment complex so that they do not all end up in the same area and drive down the neighborhoods. Children have to cross San Mateo at Kathryn in order to reach the grade school during the fall.
While writing this piece I just had to stop and call the police once more because a young man who appeared drunk just started screaming “hay” behind those same apartments. When I called the police they said that they would send someone out to check on the problem. I have a feeling that this is going to be an on going issue for awhile until someone is arrested.
Healthcare for all is what President Obama is working on this week and they need to stop blocking this program because the voting public is sick of double digit increase in their healthcare cost that is if they can even afford to have healthcare.
Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor is a great pick for the Supreme Court and it is simply an insult to the Hispanic population for senators to try to slow down her appointment. We are not going to put a conservative on to the Supreme Court to replace a liberal justice. We elected President Obama so he could protect our constitution and our civil rights in this country. President Bush did everything he could to move the court to the right so why should our democratic president not do everything in his power to move our court system to the left now that he is in office. We don’t want or need a right wing court system that would take private right away from women or favor big business over women’s rights.
The Republican Party is just going to have to come to accept that their ways are no longer in favor any longer because of the direct results that everyone can see. They had their chance to prove that pure capitalism was a better way of life and it proved to be a complete failure for this country. Now it is the Democratic Party’s opportunity to prove that controlled capitalism is a far better process and will provide a stable country for all Americans.
Friday, June 12, 2009
These are just a few of the problems facing our current city and they make the female voting public feel more then a little unsafe because of it. Safety is a major issue in a city this large and while most violent crimes are going down crimes against women in this city have been going up. The only answer we get from the police force is that more crimes are being reported. So what is the current mayor doing to help prevent these types of crimes? Where is the task forces to deal with car thieves and individuals who target women in this city? Where is the city outreach to provide protection for women? Why do the police tell women that only when you are dead and then only if they find your bones do you become important to the police in this city? This is an issue that all candidates should be addressing.
Note: Let's also ask our congressman to support Adam's Law to protect our children from harm.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Any opponent is going to have to provide voters will a vision of change that would be temping to the voting public. They will have to be able to look into the future and come up with a reason not to keep the current mayor which at present will be a very difficult task for anyone.
Our mayor knows that in order to draw businesses to this city services must be provided to the public. Cultural activities must be provided to the public. Ones that enrich the lives of both adults and children draw families to this city. Quality educational services must be available for all levels which includes after school programs around the city. Police must provide a safe place for families to work and play. Neighborhoods have to be cleaned up and the police have to be seen by middle class and upper class families as family friendly. Too much enforcement of traffic laws would only raise questions as to why the police are not dealing with more serious crimes in the city. Streets and the environment need to be managed in such way as to provide a quality environment. As long as all of this is taken care of then voters usually stay happy with the current elected officials. For a city the size of Albuquerque this management is no easy task and takes up a great deal of anyone’s time and energy.
Monday, June 8, 2009
I for one am willing to support healthcare and encourage the voting public to call their congressmen and senators to encourage them to also support Senator Kennedy’s draft of this bill. Americans cannot continue to deal with double digit increases in the cost of their health insurance.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
In just the past year my ERB fund has lost everything it gained over the past eight years according to the State Treasury James B. Lewis. The deals that cost the fund $90 million and caused an increase of 1.5% payments by employees (nothing for employers no matter how much money that was given to the school systems to build new buildings) were made before Lewis took office. The questions are about third party marketers and their influence when it comes to how past members of that board decided to make investments. Why is the fund management not more transparent to the voting public and who is influencing how those decisions are being made in the first place? This is not just a large investments funds for the state but this is the retirement of every past, present, and future educator in this state. I most certainly have a big dog in this fight as they say in this state.
State Senator Tim Keller is concerned about this issue and is working with voters to try and provide a system that would support open and honest government. He has over the last few weeks spoken to the voting public and this has been a major concern for educators in this city. The following has resulted from working with investment field experts. It also will help that Senator Keller himself has experience in the field of investments and oversight.
“On Monday in the Investment Oversight Committee Senator Keller will submit recommendations to work with the executive branch, legislature leadership, state funds and the broader finance community to preserve the sanctity of our state funds and work to restore public faith in our investment process. After discussions with numerous individuals in the investment field in and out of our state and legislative council services Senator Keller has consolidated potential solutions to consider for the interim committee on investment oversight including:Redesign the governance structure of the state investment funds based on the separation of stakeholders, experts and staff.
- Creating formal committee structures and requiring investment qualifications to reduce conflict of interested, improve oversight, effectiveness and accountability.
- Require a public fund “prospectus” similar to other fund that outlines allocations, goals, and processes for each fund each year.
- Determine the right balance of diversification of financial advisors (i.e. having a different advisor and fund partners vs consolidating advisors into a few relationships with full service financial institution)
- Specify clear delegation of authority to oversight boards (approval requirements) for staff and advisors based on investment size, liquidation preference and other risk factors to create clear lines of accountability for any investments
- Require tracking of not just benchmarks but allocation and performance comparables for a basket of “peer” funds (Endowments, other states etc)
- Consider writing down Private Equity investments based on implied market value to ensure ‘real value’ of the fund for expected returns and planning purposes
- Discontinue allowing individuals and entities from playing the role of advisors and fund managers, and across funds by to reduce conflict of interest and reduce risk
- Specify and “arm’s length” for all transactions, meaning the market would determine all related fees and associated advisors and all relationships would disclosed in advance of any decision
Further details will be outlined in an Investment Policy Considerations Memo distributed at Monday’s Investment Oversight Committee meeting in Santa Fe. Senator Keller carried HB876 (M. Garcia) in the Senate this year which made it a felony for 3rd Party marketers not to disclose fees. After signage by the Governor, this legislation has enabled the state, and the public, to uncover fees charged. Senator Keller has professional experience in corporate governance, securities and alternative investments.”
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Judges are not allow to speak to individual issues before the court in public and most times must stick to the basic fact of their personal life and educational history in order to provide the voting public with a view of what type of judge they will be in the future. Yet with their limited free time I have found that most of our second district court judges force time into their schedules in order to support local community activities which show their caring side. These judges need support from the local communities when it comes to running for that first contested race. They go through a very careful selection process and must meet strict requirements before their name is sent on a list to the Governor for consideration. After being chosen by the governor judges must run in a partisan race in order to keep their seat on the bench. The process is long and often forces individual not accustom to public life into the spotlight so it is with great care and understand that we should approach our newest judges.
When the people working directly with the students tell the boards and regents that their management is a failure they get pushed aside as if their views have no real value to those same boards and regents. Management continues to fail in its main goal to provide an environment in which instructors can deliver a quality education to New Mexicans. Yet those same boards and regents send lobbyists to Santa Fe every year in order to control the state legislature so that they can continue to encourage management in it failed policies and then give them even greater salaries increases while holding down the earnings of the people who work directly with the students. How much can one system take before it breaks? Does anyone in this state truly care about it system of education?
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
If the court system demands on making people show up to do their civic duty and forcing them to wait all morning before selecting 21 people for a jury pool then devise a system which educates the public on how the system works and what their civil rights are while they wait to be picked for a jury pool? Answer basic questions about how the court system works, some basic points of law and show them what a real courtroom looks like during orientation.
I have always supported the courts and believe that the judges do a great job when it comes to justice in this city but this is one area of the court system which badly needs fixing. The court system has had to borrow money just to pay juries so why have people waiting if they are not going to be used for a jury. The common sense approach would be to call individuals to come down either in the afternoon or the following morning once it is determined that a jury is needed. The system as it is at present is a failure which is only costing the taxpayers far too much money which could be better used to help support the needs of the courts.
Shareholders for the most part do not run a company but they elect the board members that then will hire the president that does run the company. It would not be unwise for the federal government to take care to see that those board members are interested in making sure that GM is run in such a way as to product the best profit for the future and for the shareholders. The people who now run GM must understand that this is not business as usual. The America people will be demanding results from their investment as would any smart shareholder in a company.
Business executives far too often only look at the short range health of a company and sometimes make poor decisions based on that short sighted view. The American people will expect a leader that is more interest on the long term health of GM. We want a company that can stand on its own without the support of the federal government to emerge out of this chapter 11 bankrupts. We want a company that will be able to provide future jobs for America’s autoworkers. GM should understand that the American people are watching.