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Forum digs into charter reform

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Unresolved issues and current grievances

By Roger Snodgrass

Political good fortune in the early days of Los Alamos County and unresolved governance questions continue to pop up over and over again when civic-minded residents get together to talk.

A public forum held Monday discussed related topics, including how the county came to have a home rule charter, past efforts and reform notions and where the charter might go from here.

The Charter Reform Committee joined the League of Women Voters in hosting a meeting with a strong historical slant, featuring past and present participants in the county’s charter saga.

“I looked in my garage and found a one cubic foot box,” said Dave Thomson,  who contributed to the original charters. “And inside that box I found the first charter and the second charter and the complete set of minutes for the first charter.”

He talked about his involvement in the formative years of the early 1960s, when the first two charters were developed and passed. It was a time of great change, he said, when the responsibility for governing the community passed out of the hands of the Atomic Energy Commission and into the hands of the residents.


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