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I have been on the Los Alamos County Council for just over 100 days. I have to admit that it sometimes seems like 100 years, and that each council meeting, 100 hours long.
I have learned much in this time about county operations and those challenges and opportunities facing us.
It is my duty to be responsive to your queries and comments and to follow-up with staff, but I have also learned that my main task on council is not to be the investigative reporter for the Los Alamos Monitor; my main obligation, my “real job,” is to think hard about and to help set long-term direction for the county.
The Monitor has capable reporters, but if I don’t think about where the future of Los Alamos lies and work toward it, then I am not doing what I was asked to do.
This is what I was quizzed on when I applied in July, what I have been thinking about most since then, and what I will be judged upon, by my community and by my own conscience, after my tenure is over.
Last night was one of those endless meetings, this time about the White Rock Visitor Center, where my “real job” was front-and-center.
Here was a project that has been argued to be a cornerstone of the future economic growth of White Rock, and yet, the cost was substantially higher than its initial estimate.
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