Tag Archives: Alan Webber

The Line: Expo New Mexico a Temporary Stay for Some Asylum Seekers

Albuquerque Immigration

May 2, 2019 – While Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber said his city was better equipped to send donations and services to points south rather than host asylum seekers, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and state officials announced that Expo New Mexico is ready to provide temporary housing in its dorms. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel explore different approaches between the cities of Santa Fe and Albuquerque when it comes to sheltering asylum seekers.

Earlier this week, NMiF hosted a Facebook Live interview with Gary Coffin, the vice president of Indivisible Nob Hill, and Jim Gannon, CEO of Catholic Charities, to discuss ways to help asylum seekers. You can watch it on the New Mexico in Focus Facebook page.


Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

For Further Reading:

Santa Fe mayor: ‘Our hearts were overruled by our heads’ on housing migrants – by Ari Burack, Santa Fe New Mexican

Mayor: Santa Fe won’t be hosting migrants – by Daniel J. Chacón, Santa Fe New Mexican

Governor, Albuquerque mayor: Expo New Mexico will house migrants – by Marian Camacho, KOB 4

Expo NM will open dorms to asylum-seekers – by Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Santa Fe Mayor Halts Raises, In Hot Water Over Water Use

1143 Line Webber Struggles

April 27, 2018 – As the new Santa Fe mayor, Alan Webber is under scrutiny, especially as he is the first salaried, full-time mayor in the city’s modern history. He first looked at a raise for select employees, put in place before his election and without city council approval, as just a minor error. After learning the action violated city policy, however, Mayor Webber halted the raises and asked for and received city manager Brian Snyder’s resignation

Also under a microscope is Mayor Webber’s water usage. Although he challenged Santa Feans to reduce their consumption during a water-wise campaign, his own household use is eight times the average of other Santa Fe homes. Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists debate the missteps and adjustments made during the Santa Fe mayor’s first month and a half in office.

For Further Reading:

Santa Fe city manager, HR director lose jobs in debacle over raises

Snyder out as Santa Fe city manager over temporary raises

Santa Fe mayor draws criticism for high water usage

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Andy Lyman, reporter for NM Political Report
Sophie Martin, attorney
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emeritus