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MALDEF National President Thomas Saenz

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. 

Thomas Saenz, MALDEF national president 

For Further Reading:

MALDEF | Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund 

New Yazzie court filings seek more action on educationNew Mexico In Depth 


Neighborhoods Push Back on New Zoning Rules in Albuquerque

1318 ABQ Zoning

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.

Diana Dorn-Jones, Historic Neighborhoods Alliance
Bianca Encinias, Historic Neighborhoods Alliance
Loretta Naranjo Lopez, Historic Neighborhoods Alliance
Robert Nelson, Historic Neighborhoods Alliance

For Further Reading:

Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House With a Yard on Every LotThe New York Times

Invasion of the Luxury Duplexes in DenverMarketplace

ABQ Launches Effort to Update Growth Plan, Replace Zoning CodeAlbuquerque Journal

Council Approves Rewrite of Albuquerque’s Zoning RegulationsAlbuquerque Journal

Martineztown Residents Target Zoning Rules in Civil Rights ClaimAlbuquerque Journal

ABQ Needs to Strike a Zoning BalanceAlbuquerque Journal