November 8, 2019 – Thomas Saenz is the national president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and its general counsel. Saenz has been a key figure in the Martínez/Yazzie v. State of New Mexico lawsuit, the case that is forcing the state to improve the education it provides for certain groups of students. Recently, both groups of plaintiffs asked the court to set more strict deadlines for the state to prove it is making progress. Correspondent Russell Contreras speaks with Saenz about what’s ahead in the case and why MALDEF, established more than 50 years ago, is still needed today.
November 1, 2019 – When the City of Albuquerque revamped its zoning rules a few years ago, it was praised for getting rid of a complicated system that residents had complained about for years. The new system was supposed to be easier for everyone to understand and was designed to spur economic development around the city. But folks who live in the historic neighborhoods that ring the downtown core say they fear the new code will destroy the charm and character that they love. This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland talks with members of the Historic Neighborhoods Alliance about why they want the City to change these rules.
NOTE: Guest Robert Nelson is running for city council in Albuquerque next week. He was specifically invited to talk about the zoning issue, however, and not his campaign.