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Monday, 1 September 2003

[LPNM-NML] The City / County Unification “Debate”

Filed under: Networking, Organizing, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:34 PM (22:34)


Fascism and Socialism on the March Again!

By Mike Blessing <>

We’ve got a proposal to “unifiy” the governments of the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County on the ballot for the upcoming election here on November 4th. The link for this cheesy attempt at a con-job is here: (It re-directs you over to a page on the City site, but the direct URL was too long to include here.)

Let’s not fool ourselves – those who see themselves as our rulers and masters have no intention of cutting the size and intrusiveness of city and county government in the slightest. If anything, this will be a consolidation of the power they’ve already conned us into handing over to them.

Here’s a list of the current Unification Charter Commission’s members:

Ray Padilla, J.D. – Chair (Vice Chair, New Mexico Board of Chiropractic Examiners)
Vickie Perea – Vice-Chair (ABQ City Councilor for 25 years)
Ervin R. Baumgart (the Democratic Party’s representative on the Commission)
Fabrizio Bertoletti (staffer for former mayor Jim Baca)
Teresa Córdova, Ph.D. (local promoter of corporate welfare)
Marion M. Cottrell (a lawyer who works on behalf of the city and county)
Diana Dorn-Jones (a pro-State reporter for the Journal)
Tommy D. Hughes, J.D.
Arturo Sandoval (former president of 1000 Friends of New Mexico)
Chuck Wellborn (Owner of Wellborn Strategies, Board of Directors, NM First)
Ken Zangara (Chair, Republican Party of Bernalillo County)

The common thread that all or most of these individuals have a shared desire for the continued growth of local-level (and quite possibly concurring state- and federal-level) government. None of them are really interested in shrinking it, only making it “more efficient.”

For example, in the minutes of the meeting on June 28th, they say that “approximately 72 higher level positions are duplicative and could save $4-5 million if eliminated.”

The minutes go to say:

“- Not planning to eliminate positions.”
“- Natural attrition through retirement, etc.”

Why would they bother mentioning that 72 positions can be done away with, if they say they’re not going to eliminate the positions?

That’s just the tip of the iceberg here. I’m planning on voting “NO” on this con job.


  1. Published in New Mexico LibertySeptember 2003, page 2

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