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Martinez complains again about immigrant licenses (Listen)
(2012-10-11)
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Gov. Susana Martinez is raising the question of drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants. In a letter to the federal Homeland Security Department, she says New Mexico will not be able to meet federal standards for a Real ID drivers license scheduled to take effect in January. But a spokesperson for Sen. Jeff Bingaman says his office expects the deadline to be extended again, as it has every year. New Mexico's ACLU is calling the governor's letter a political tactic designed to pave the way for more legislative debate over eliminating the drives license provision.

A city council public hearing on fluoride in city water has been postponed from the end of October until November. City Councilors agreed to the delay after learning that the board of the Buckman Direct Division project would need time to talk about the issue on their agenda. Buckman supplies most of the city's water. Two members of the Buckman board are members of the county commission and have been prohibited from voting on the issue until the full county commission arrives at its own position on the matter.

Also on hold is the question of a pro-union city ordinance. City council has decided to reexamine the ordinance that went into effect October 1. It won't come back to city council until November. The ordinance requires contractors on major city projects to use union labor. Public debate continued at last night's meeting.

Thousands of Santa Fe's automatic water-meter readers are not working and city hall has plans to begin replacing them. Some 36,000 meters were installed at homes and businesses in 2004 but city officials claim that the manufacturer failed to honor its warranty when a third of them began to fail. The New Mexican reports that Santa Fe has filed a lawsuit against the company for some $5 million.

Santa Fe's residential sales picture seems to be improving. The Realtors Association reports that quarterly home sales in the city and the county rose 30 percent over last year's number. But the median price declined slightly. Nevertheless, Realtor Victoria Murphy says the results are good news.

Weather: Santa Fe could be seeing some rain. There's a 20 percent chance today, increasing tonight and tomorrow. Look for highs today around the 70-degree mark.


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