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Call for La Voz Submissions due this Friday, Nov. 14th!

****We have extended the submission deadline to Friday, November 14th @ 5 PM****
Dear Community and Friends,

We are currently seeking short and informative articles to be considered for publication in our CESOSS publication – La Voz, 2nd Special Edition on the Santolina Master Plan. This is our opportunity to raise more awareness in our communities. This edition of La Voz will center on the question posed by Paul Lusk:

1) should we continue the outward sprawl of Albuquerque into new areas beyond the adopted Development Areas of the Comprehensive Plan, or 2) should we focus our physical and tax-based resources to maintain and enhance the livability, viability and sustainability of the already utility-served and committed areas?

Guidelines to be considered:

* Up to 700 words

* Uses a critical angle in addressing key issues related to the Santolina Master Plan (e.g. issues related to water, farming and agriculture, acequias, Land Grant, inconsistencies in Santolina Master Plan, political analysis, health impacts, transportation, etc.)

* Up to 2 images can be included (send in JPEG or PDF format)

We are especially looking for informative articles that help readers understand why the Santolina Master Plan is problematic at this given time. You can view the La Voz First Special Edition at – http://www.cesoss.org/assets/la-voz_santolinafinallogos.pdf

Please send your written pieces no later than FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH.

If you have any questions, contact the editors of La Voz at info@cesoss.org.

Thank you.

Center for Social Sustainable Systems (CESOSS)


Update and Upcoming Meeting

Hello friends,
Many of you may already know about the Santolina Master Plan which encompasses 13,700 acres which are part of the Atrisco Land Grant.

After yesterday’s Bernalillo County Planning Commission (CPC) hearing on the Santolina Master Plan, a number of us thought we should meet as soon as possible and continue our work to oppose the Plan. We originally scheduled a meeting for June 11th, but now we will meet next Tuesday, June 3rd at 6:00pm at the SouthWest Organizing Project’s office. We will meet at SWOP’s Jóvenes office which is at 1002-A Park Ave. (just around the corner from SWOP’s main office on 10th St.)

On Tuesday of this week a number of us met in preparation for yesterday’s CPC meeting. We thought it would be good to set up subcommittees to deal with specific issues. We formed one committee to work on a public educational forum for late June or early July. We formed another committee to work on a power mapping/analysis to better understand what we are up against. We will discuss this more next week. We will also start planning for the next CPC hearing on Santolina.

Yesterday’s CPC meeting was very interesting. A number of commissioners really slammed the Santolina representatives, especially around the water. The next CPC hearing on Santolina will be July 30, 2014, 9am at the Vincent E Griego Chambers at City Hall. The Albuquerque Journal reported on the hearing today and here is one quote from their article:

“If the applicant can’t address the water situation, we’re wasting our time,” planning commissioner Lenton Malry said at one point.

For more information on the Santolina Master Plan you can check out the new FaceBook page and blog. Thanks to Virginia for the great work on this.

Contra Santolina blog: https://contrasantolina.wordpress.com/

Contra Santolina FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/contrasantolina

More info from the South Valley Regional Association of Acequias:  http://www.southvalleyacequias.org/

Hope to see you next Tuesday.

Roberto Roibal – SWOP