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First News: Santa Fe wants to collect some $14 million in unpaid fines and bills. (listen)
(2012-09-13)
(KSFR) - Santa Fe has more than $7 million in unpaid parking tickets on its books and another $4 million in unpaid utility bills. All together, city hall is looking to collect a total of some $14 million in unpaid bills. City finance director Mel Morgan says they should consider hiring a collections agency to go after the cash.

City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez has introduced a proposal to limit alcohol and fast-food locations along Airport Road. He calls them unhealthy options. The proposal would prohibit a new liquor license within 1,000 feet of an existing outlet. It would also cut down on alcohol advertising and sales of miniatures. As for fast-food locations, the proposed ordinance would prohibit any new ones with drive-throughs from opening up on Airport Road. Dominguez says the chains appear to have been targeting areas where schools are located.

New Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that a measure to raise Albuquerque's minimum wage by one dollar to $8.50 will be on the November ballot. The justices speedily considered an appeal put before them by supporters of the initiative after a district judge ruled Tuesday that the matter involved more decisions than could be answered with a single vote. A petition with 25,000 signatures called for the hourly raise along with future cost-of-living adjustments and consideration of jobs whose salaries are augmented by tips. The proposal had also been marred by a typographical error, making it appear that the pay raise would apply to employers instead of employees. Still, the high court found that error does not impact the true intent.

New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau is a mixed bag for New Mexico. The bad news: more New Mexicans live in poverty and the median household income has fallen by nearly $2,000 a year. The good news: fewer New Mexicans particularly children lack health insurance.

The City Different's roster of permits for short-term rentals has reached its legal capacity of 350 with 15 requests on a waiting list; that according to today's journal Santa Fe. The city's short-term rental ordinance, crafted back in 2008, applies to properties being leased for periods of 30 days or less. It sparked much criticism as it originally called for a $1,000 annual fee for permits though that was eventually reduced and currently stands at $350 per year plus a processing fee of $150.

On Santa Fe's southside, Camino Carlos Rey - heavily travelled by motorists from Zia Road to Cerrillos -- can no longer be used by vehicles weighing 5 tons or more. A previous ban applying to a shorter stretch has been extended by city council to near Franklin Miles Park at Calle de Oriente Norte.

Weather for Santa Fe - this morning's rain will give way to partly sunny skies later with just a 30% chance for showers. Highs today only near 65 degrees with overnight lows around 40. Mostly sunny tomorrow, highs in the mid 60s.
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