Category Archives: New Mexico

ABQ New Waste Transfer Station, Teacher Evaluation Data, Taser International & APD

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The city of Albuquerque wants to build a new waste transfer station at Edith and Comanche, but local residents are voicing concerns about traffic and pollution. Next time on New Mexico in Focus, David Wood, president of the local neighborhood association, and Michael Riordan, Chief Operating Officer for the city of Albuquerque, sit down with producer Sarah Gustavus to discuss both sides of the proposed facility.

This week, the state Public Education Department released teacher evaluation data. According to the PED, about 47 percent of teachers were ranked “effective” and 24 percent were ranked “highly effective.” Earlier this spring, NMiF covered protests over the PARCC exam through conversations with students and New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, which is now part of the evaluation process for teachers. A panel of Albuquerque teachers will join us in studio to talk about testing and teacher evaluation.

Host Gene Grant and the line opinion panelists share their take on the debate over teacher evaluations. They also discuss a recently released report on a contract between Taser International and the Albuquerque Police Department that was negotiated while Chief Ray Schultz was still head of the department. Schultz is now a contractor with the company. The report from State Auditor Tim Keller alleges that the Taser contract violated procurement law.

GUESTS:
Michael Riordan – Chief Operations Officer for the City of Albuquerque
David Wood, president of the Greater Gardner Neighborhood Association
Local teachers

LINE PANELISTS:
Merritt Allen, Principal and Executive Director, Vox Optima, LLC
Eric Griego, Former NM State Senator
Phil C. Marquez, Talk Radio, Inc.
Sophie Martin, DukeCityFix.com & Attorney

CORRESPONDENT:
Sarah Gustavus, @SarahGustavus

HOST:
Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 843 airs May 8, 2015

Santolina Development, Legislation to Improve Lives of Children/Families, Homeless Camp Developments, Confirmation of Hanna Skandera

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This week on New Mexico in Focus, our correspondent Gwyneth Doland asks lawmakers at the Roundhouse how they are trying to help improve the lives of children and families in New Mexico. We hear about legislation to study family leave in New Mexico and address the needs of children in the classroom.

In Albuquerque, the proposed Santolina development has people talking. Supporters say the planned development southwest of Albuquerque would help address future growth. Opponents argue it would strain economic and water resources. We invited a group of community leaders from both sides to join us at the table to discuss these issues.

Host Gene Grant and this week’s line panelists also weigh in on that debate, discuss the latest developments for a homeless camp in Albuquerque, and talk about the confirmation of Hanna Skandera as the state’s Secretary of Education.

GUESTS:
John Garcia, Executive Vice President – Home Builders Association
Rod Mahoney, President – South Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations
Virginia Necochea, Director – Center for Social Sustainable Systems (CESOSS)
Jim Strozier, Principal – Consensus Planning, Inc.
Representative Gail Chasey (D)
Senator Gay Kernan (R)
Senator John Sapien (D)

LINE PANELISTS:
Dede Feldman, Former State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Julie Ann Grimm, Editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Harry Van Buren, Professor, Anderson School of Management

CORRESPONDENTS:
Gwyneth Doland, @GwynethDoland
Floyd Vasquez, @floydvasquez

Host: Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 832 for air February 20, 2015