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Ron Trujillo- Santa Fe Mayor Candidate



Mission Statement:

My mission is to re-establish trust and confidence in local government among the people of Santa Fe. As we work together, we will improve the quality of life here in the City Different, while at the same time, promote outreach and growth as we continue toward prosperity and a promising Future Different built by and for Santa Feans.

Goals and Objectives:

Provide families, religious institutions, political institutions, educational systems, health-care systems, businesses, visitors, cultural legacies and the environment 1 with a safe, fair and supportive system of governance that enables and encourages all people to pursue a high quality of life.
Uphold and faithfully support the Articles of the Municipal Charter.
Uphold and faithfully execute the powers and duties of the mayor as outlined in Article V of the Municipal Charter.
Uphold and faithfully support the powers and duties vested in the councilors as outlined in Article VI of the Municipal Charter.

Key Issues:

Affordable Housing- All evidence points to the fact that the City of Santa Fe is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. Although considerable effort and resources have been deployed to mitigate this, a combination of political, funding and policy factors appear to be producing roadblocks to affordable development. Unless these roadblocks can be cleared, Santa Fe will suffer from increasing displacement and economic stratification and continue to place excessive housing cost burdens on a large portion of its citizens with all the negative economic and social impacts that this implies.


Economic Development- Economic development efforts by the City of Santa Fe in recent years have lacked a consistent focus on exploiting the natural assets of the community and haven’t been well coordinated with other city plans. Effective implementation of any economic development strategy requires the ‘best practices’ of consistent planning, continual assessment and tight coordination with stakeholders and other planning efforts. Although many of these ‘best practices’ are similar to those of other government functions, failure to follow them in economic development initiatives leads to almost certain failure.


New Mexico 100% Renewable Energy Standard-

There are a variety of issues with achieving anything like a 100% renewable energy portfolio for an individual state (if one assumes a limitation on financial resources available to achieve this). Although the levelized cost of electricity generated by new utility scale wind and solar plants has become very competitive with fossil fuel plants (at least at very high capacity factors); there remain a number of significant problems to address in achieving high penetration rates for wind and solar. In particular are issues of Intermittency of generation Electrical power grid deficiencies Electrical power market structure. The first two issues may be overcome through large scale regional grid integration, but this will require significant investments in the electrical power grid. Changing the structure of the electrical power market will require major modifications to utility regulation at both the state and national level.

There are a variety of issues with achieving anything like a 100% renewable energy portfolio for an individual state (if one assumes a limitation on financial resources available to achieve this). Although the levelized cost of electricity generated by new utility scale wind and solar plants has become very competitive with fossil fuel plants (at least at very high capacity factors); there remain a number of significant problems to address in achieving high penetration rates for wind and solar. In particular are issues of:

  • Intermittency of generation

  • Electrical power grid deficiencies

  • Electrical power market structure

Public Bank for Santa Fe- The idea of a Public Bank for Santa Fe is an intriguing idea, since it appears (at least at first glance) to offer many benefits to the citizens of Santa Fe at fairly low cost. The Feasibility Study for a Public Bank in Santa Fe has shown that many of these benefits can actually be achieved through better capital outlay planning and cash management practices without establishing a chartered bank. The additional benefits of a chartered bank are found in its ability to broaden its funding base and increased leverage potential. Examination of the goals for establishing a chartered Public Bank for Santa Fe shows that many of the potential benefits can be gained by other mechanisms or may be offset by increasing risks for the financial health of the City. Various examples from both the United States and internationally show that it is possible to manage a public bank in both a socially and financially responsible fashion. On the other hand, there is no institution currently in existence that would be directly comparable in its business model to that envisioned for a Public Bank for Santa Fe. Further, examples of public banks ending up in financial distress also show that public ownership does not immunize them from a number of risk factors that also impact commercial banks and may add risk factors not found in commercial banks.

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