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August 19, 2018
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Possibly more cameras in Santa Fe (Listen)
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Santa Fe may be set to expand its video surveillance over a broader swath of public areas. City Council today will discuss whether to buy video surveillance cameras to monitor more public parking areas, city parks and trail heads in an effort to cut down on crime. On the table are several surveillance options, ranging from cameras covering 19 public areas to as many as 68. The costs could be more than $1 million for the most expansive plan.

In other action today, council will decide whether to hand over the school crossing-guard program to the school district. It's been paid for an managed by city hall for decades. If councilors agree, they would turn give the school district $175,000 a year as the city's contribution. The school district would make up any difference. Former schools superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez had argued the school district could be more efficient and save money in the process.

PNM, state officials and environmentalists are bracing for yet another series of public hearings on the question of reducing pollution from PNM's San Juan generating station. They met yesterday in Farmington in an effort to begin coming up with an alternative to current plans to reduce pollution. The EPA has given PNM until October to implement a federal order to cut contaminants by 80 percent. PNM and state officials have been looking for an alternative, saying the requirement would be too expensive. If a new plan is developed, they'll submit it to the EPA for consideration.

Some 30,000 acres of public lands near Las Cruces could be open to commercial solar development, under a plan announced by the Interior Department. The area would be one of 17 throughout the West that total nearly 300,000 acres. It's part of a massive federal plan to encourage arge-scale solar projects.

Albuquerque voters may get the chance to vote on who should be police chief. A plan to add that proposal to the November ballot is heading to the Duke City's full city council, possibly by next month. Councilor Kenneth Sanchez says he believes electing a police chief, like voters elect county sheriffs, would make the police department more accountable. The Albuquerque police department is under increasing criticism for the number of police shootings that have taken place.

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