May 3: State Senate District 39 forum featuring incumbent Phil Griego and challengers Jack Sullivan and Nicole Castellano; 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Road.
Hernandez said he believes the county needs to have the property reappraised “to see what it is worth today, so we can make some kind of decision on whether to sell it or improve it.”
Maria-Ester DeAnda Hay, an attorney who has worked in the public and private sector, told the audience she has been interested in public issues since she was a child listening to her parents talk about society and the economy. The current chairwoman of the county’s Development Review Committee, she also used the forum as an opportunity to showcase her detailed knowledge of the county’s recently penned land-use plan and development code. She named sustainability and economic diversity as priorities.
Chavez noted that his wife is an employee of the hospital and said he felt it was good to continue providing indigent funds, but that “the public needs to know where that money comes from and what it’s being spent on.”
DeAnda Hay said she felt the first step would be to conduct an inventory of what exists at the ranch, including what water rights run with the property. After the possibilities of the land are known, she said, she’d like to gather more public input and would consider using the property for windmills or an agricultural venture of some sort.
Miguel Chavez, a self-employed woodworker who served as a Santa Fe city councilor for 12 years before redistricting put his longtime home in a new council district, emphasized his ancestral connection to the area and experience in politics. Chavez said his grandfather and father were engaged in school, church and community events that set the stage for his own civic involvement.