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Perhaps you recall the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I repeat, the citizen’s right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” is absolute. The New Mexico Supreme Court distinction of administrative vs. legislative in the Johnson v. Alamogordo case is clearlyunconstitutional. Now that this can of worms has been opened by individuals with no standing to intervene in the case, and the hired attorney of Los Alamos County (now acting county administrator) gave bad advice about it, is no reason to compound the errors.
Vote against any attempt to avoid the petition election, vote for defending the right of citizens to petition, and vote against any award of a contract for any building on the former Los Alamos Apartments site before the election is held.
Maybe you could vote for building affordable housing there, or a combined retail and residential development, or selling it off to private ownership.
Even that should probably go to an election instead of a staff-advised council-only decision.
The Los Alamos County Council is out of touch with the citizens of Los Alamos County, and with reality, with the possible exception of Robert Gibson and sometimes Vincent Chiravalle, So far the four replacement councillors taking office in a couple of weeks don’t seem to offer much hope for improvement, but let’s see what happens.