Take Action! Ranked Choice Voting Leadership Training

Ranked Choice Voting Leadership Training. The City of Santa Fe is launching Ranked-Choice Voting in the upcoming Municipal Elections.  There is a short window of time in which to educate voters on the new system, and the City is asking for our help! The City is hosting 3 one-hour sessions next week for individuals who are interested in helping them spread the word. These sessions are specifically aimed at giving organizational partners all the info they need to hit the ground running in community outreach. Retake advocated for RCV, now it is time for our folks to step up and help it be implemented clearly.
The Leadership Training Sessions are:
  • Tuesday, January 2, at 10:30 AM at the Main Library Community Room
  • Wednesday, January 3, at 1:00 PM at the Main Library Community Room
  • Thursday, January 4, at 11:00 AM at the Southside Library Community Room
Please RSVP to Matt Ross, Public Information/Multi-Media Director, City of Santa Fe at:

Update: Women’s Marches – Albuquerque and Santa Fe – Sunday, January 21st, 2018!

Albuquerque – In case you missed it – we announced the date! We’ll be joined by many sister marches, as well as the national event in Nevada!
CIVIC PLAZA, ABQ, NM 11am- 3pm

Santa Fe – Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 12pm – March and Rally at New Mexico State Capital

Update! City Prepares to Launch Extensive Public Input Process on Future of Santa Fe University of Art & Design Site

Priority remains educational use, strategic vision will be developed for the long term

Contact: Matt Ross, Public Information, (505) 955-6045, mross@santafenm.gov

Santa Fe, NM – As the Santa Fe University of Art & Design moves closer to a 2018 closing date, the City of Santa Fe has been preparing for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to repurpose a true gem, located in the geographic center of our community, with the potential to positively impact education, economic development, housing, government services, healthcare and entertainment for our community and anchor the re-development of the St. Michael’s Midtown LINC corridor.

Now city staff and policymakers are reaching out to the public and to experts in design and planning for their help deciding the future of this important parcel.

The public input process follows the passage of Mayor Pro Tem Signe Lindell and Councilor Mike Harris’ resolution outlining a vision for the site that includes higher education as the top priority, along with efforts to address workforce housing shortages, pursue expansion of the film economy, catalyze entrepreneurship, expand community , consider consolidating some city services in this central location, and more.

The input and planning process for the SFUAD site is a natural evolution of the extensive, community-wide engagement seen in the Re-Mike and the Culture Connects arts and culture roadmap processes.

The SFUAD input plan will involve three phases, beginning with Collection in the new year, followed by Visioning from late January through March, and wrapping up with Evaluation in early April.

Each phase will encompass roughly the following:

Collection: Collecting what residents desire for the property, in light of the resolution, using innovative tools including online and in-person collaborative activities and traditional outreach via surveys.

Visioning: Working with Friends of Architecture Santa Fe to recruit and qualify five (5) expert-area groups, including architects, designers and others to create a visual representation based on guidelines developed in the Collection phase. Midway during this phase, residents will be invited to provide feedback on the work in progress to help the designers refine and adjust their work prior to their final submission.

Evaluation: Inviting residents to comment on, add ideas to, and vote formally on their favorite results from the Visioning phase. This will be done in-person at three locations in the center and south side of the City, as well as online to help ensure the maximum amount of participation.

Following all three phases of public input, the City will deliver a final presentation or report to the public and the Governing Body, to include a final proposed strategic vision for the long-term vitality of this important site.

Check back in the new year for more information on the City website, www.SantaFeNM.gov, or email mpbrown@santafenm.gov.

Update! City of Santa Fe Launches Voter Outreach for First-Ever Ranked Choice Election

Contact: Matt Ross, Public Information, (505) 955-6045, mross@santafenm.gov

In preparation for its first ranked choice election, the City of Santa Fe is launching a Vote Different Santa Fe campaign so voters know what to expect when they step into the voting booth this spring.

The campaign will use a variety of public outreach and interactive initiatives to educate the public about how ranked voting works. Santa Fe’s March 6 municipal elections will mark the first time the system is used in a New Mexico election.

Community engagement efforts will include multiple community forums, a mock election using unique New Mexico-inspired characters as candidates, social media outreach, a website with interactive online demonstrations, traditional media outreach and advertising, how-to videos and customer service ambassadors.

The Vote Different Santa Fe campaign uses five animal-inspired candidates (Betty Bear, Felix Fox, Lucinda Lizard, Roberto Rabbit, Diego Deer and Olivia Owl) to illustrate in a non-biased and relatable way how easy the new ranked choice voting ballot is. Materials will be in both English and Spanish.

Messages are aimed at informing voters about how, where and when to vote, as well as links to important voter registration information.

“Our goal is to have an interactive community conversation about the new voting system,” said Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. He added, “We want everyone to have the opportunity to practice voting, ask questions and build momentum for voter turnout.”

The City has contracted with PK Public Relations, a Santa Fe-based integrated marketing company, and a team of talented local Santa Fe designers and marketers to develop the campaign.

Basic introductory information is now available for voters on www.votedifferentsantafe.com. More information, tools, and features will be added to the website throughout the campaign, so the City encourages voters to check back often and use the website a central hub for information.

Take Action! Wednesday, December 20th, 2018 @ 5pm – Public Hearing To Finalize Ballot, Rules, etc. to Govern Ranked Choice Voting in Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM –
City officials have posted the initial draft of legislation which will govern the implementation of Ranked Choice Voting for the 2018 Municipal Elections.

Click here to download a PDF of the document: https://www.santafenm.gov/document_center/document/7477

The ordinance is a draft and will be discussed, amended, finalized and voted on at a special meeting of the Governing Body on December 20th. That meeting will include a public hearing.

As it currently stands, the draft defines important terms related to Ranked Choice Voting, including exhausted ballots, duplicate ballots, inconsistent ballots and other potential ballot problems that can occur, and lays out how each of those ballots will be handled.

Under the draft, voters will be able to rank all candidates running for a particular office, and votes will be counted in each round in the following way:

“The ballots shall be counted in rounds.

(1) In the first round, every ballot shall count as a vote towards the first-choice candidate.
(2) After any round, if any candidate receives a majority of votes from the continuing ballots, that candidate shall be declared the winner.
(3) If no candidate receives a majority, the candidate receiving the fewest number of votes shall be eliminated.
(4) Every ballot counting towards the eliminated candidate shall be transferred to the next ranked continuing candidate. All the continuing ballots for all continuing candidates shall be counted again in a new round.”

Again, the meeting to finalize these rules will be December 20th.

CVNM applauds Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham for her commitment to protect New Mexican’s air from methane pollution

As the federal govt attacks bedrock environmental laws, we will look to our state leaders to protect our air, land, water & communities. We need leaders to clearly reflect the long-standing conservation values New Mexico’s.
CVNM applauds Michelle Lujan Grisham for her commitment to protect New Mexican’s air from methane pollution by implementing a commonsense state-level methane rule bit.ly/2AetqBw



Take Action! Saturday, January 20th, 2018 – Statewide Progressive Summit in Albuquerque

January 20, 2018 is a huge day for two reasons: it’s the 1 year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, and it’s the day of New Mexico’s biggest day of resistance and progressive action!

Last year’s Progressive Summit sold out with more than 500 (and hundreds more on a waitlist) elected officials, activists, organizations and progressive voters together to start the resistance.

This year, we have even more to do so we’re making room for everyone and adding partners like America Votes, Center for Civic Policy (CCP), Equality NM, the NM Center for Law & Poverty, Working Families Party, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos and more!

Reserve your space now
January 20, 2018
Albuquerque Convention Center


2018 presents an incredible opportunity to do just that! We hope that you will join us form 8:30-4:30 on January 20th, to take action.

Preview the first round of sessions that touch on topics like “alternative” approaches to economic development, race class and gender in politics, tapping the permanent fund for early childhood education, approaching New Mexico’s opioid epidemic, and how to be a good neighbor to Albuquerque’s unsheltered populations, just to name a few.

Enjoy opening remarks by some of New Mexico’s progressive champions – leaders who have helped to assure accountability in our election processes, improve opportunities for our youth, and pushed for real growth of New Mexico’s economy. At lunch, you’ll hear from Gubernatorial candidates as to why they’re right for your vote and for our state.

Needless to say, there will not be a dull moment on January 20th. Tickets will sell and sell fast – don’t wait to buy yours at the door.

Please join us – click here for tickets – tell a friend | share here on social media

Take Action! Speak out to preserve your right to a NEUTRAL network environment before Thursday, December 14th, 2017!

This past Saturday, The Santa Fe New Mexican had to cancel its plans to live stream an event in Espanola due to limited (Internet) network access. Internet service in Santa Fe (and all of NM) is notoriously poor, and likely to get worse for the average user unless you ACT now.

As you read this post on your smartphone or computer, you have only a few days left to speak out to preserve your right to a NEUTRAL network environment —- aka Net Neutrality. If it’s repealed, it WILL affect you.

Also visit PeoplesProgressiveMedia.com. We’ll help you to learn more about the issue and we’ll even help you to contact Congress here during the final days before the vote. Michelle Lujan Grisham, in particular, needs persuading, so please take action NOW!

Take Action! Write to your City Councilors and the Mayor with questions/requests regarding solarizing our City facilities with PNM

Please write to your City Councilors and to the Mayor and ask them why the rush to solarize our City facilities with PNM and why not, at the very least, craft a request for proposals (RFP) — a competitive bidding process – to see whether the City can get a better deal. There is abundant evidence that a better deal is possible (read here for more information).

Click here for contact information for the Mayor and all City Council representatives. Forward them this email as evidence of why they should reconsider support for this partnership.