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Synthesis/Regeneration 14   (Fall 1997)

News from Santa Fe

by Cris Moore, Green Party of New Mexico

At the City Council meeting of June 25, 1997, we passed a public works bond issue that increased the sidewalk fund from $100,000 to $175,000 per year, and created a $50,000 per year item for bike lanes. This was pushed by Cris Moore, a Green City Councilor, and Christine Reece, President of the Sangre de Cristo Cycling Association and former Santa Fe co-chair of the Green Party.

We also passed a highly progressive water ordinance, with a $2 per 1,000 gallon rebate for people who use less than 8,000 gallons per month, and surcharges for people using more than 12,000 or 20,000 per month. This was pushed by Green and greenish staff; Moore had sponsored a resolution pointing staff in this direction last year. Sheila Sullivan testified on behalf of the Santa Fe Green Party in favor of it.

Finally, we approved an incredible project, in which Boys and Girls club members will drive solar-powered golf carts (!) around downtown Santa Fe, picking up recyclables from downtown businesses. For this we can thank Michael Kramer, B&G Club staffer and a Green, and Nancy Judd, the city's recycling coordinator.

All in all, a wonderful evening of progressives and Greens in local government!

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