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Debate season begins to heat up in Santa Fe ahead of city council elections in March.
(KSFR) - The first debate of the upcoming city council elections comes up tonight. Three candidates for seats in the city's District 2 will square off at the Center for Progress and Justice on Cerrillos Road. City Councilor Rosemary Romero who has held the seat for four years is not running again. Candidates Peter Ives, Dolly Lujan and Bob Sarr are all newcomers. The debate will be held at 6 p.m.

As state lawmakers prepare for the upcoming legislative session, two from Santa Fe begin a series of town hall meetings tomorrow on some of the issues to be debated. State. Sen. Peter Wirth and Rep. Brian Egolf will also talk about the recent decisions on redrawing the state's political boundaries. That session will be at the Santa Fe community convention center Tuesday night at 6.

Officials at Santa Fe Community College are reacting to the attorney general's opinion that the college's higher learning center is not required to get further legislative approval in order to proceed. Heading into the weekend, College Pres. Sheila Ortego told KSFR News that the only remaining hurdle appears to be approval for a new building by a committee of the Higher Education Department. She is sending a letter to the secretary of higher education seeking a committee hearing on the building plans. The college has already bought land for the center and voters have approved a bond issue for the project. It's designed to create a four-year university degree program in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe's Public Works and Land Use committees meet today. They'll be discussing the level of debt teen arts center Warehouse 21 owes to the Railyard Corporation. Warehouse 21 is said to be about $17,000 in arrears and the resolution seeks to free it from past and future debt.

This week's big meeting is on Wednesday when full city council meets for the first time this year. The governing body will likely decide whether the city will move forward with the plan to purchase the old St. Katherine's Indian School campus and, in turn, lease it to the charter New Mexico School for the Arts. Late last week, the present owner of the property said the acquisition amount of $2 million is far less than actual value while the school's officials indicated St. Kate's is not their only option. Councilors may also propose that the city of Santa Fe throw its support behind a call for an amendment to the US Constitution that would deprive corporations of their personhood status. They'll also craft language for two ordinances set to receive public hearing in early February regarding changes to the city's open-container/alcohol in public places law and DWI vehicle forfeiture rules.

Beginning January 11, the city's Public Information office will feature in-depth coverage of the projects proposed for the Santa Fe Opportunity Bonds which will be on the ballot for voters on March 6 on the hour-long "City Hall Live!" program that airs Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. on Santa Fe Government TV Channel 28. The broadcasts will showcase each of the three bond questions with city staff and others who will make the projects a reality if voters approve them.

Weather for Santa Fe - a mostly sunny week is in store for our area with seasonable temperatures in the mid 40s. Overnight lows in the low 20s. Yesterday's weather impulse brought a mere dusting of snow to the metro area but put down some three inches at the ski basin.
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