County Commission to Issue Insulting National Day of Prayer Proclamation at 23 April BOCC Meeting

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CALL TO ACTION: EDUCATION IN LAS CRUCES

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CALL TO ACTION: City Proposal to ALLOW CANNABIS IN NEIGHBORHOODS and Remove Single Family Zoning

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CCIA Las Cruces Prayer Guide 2024

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Next CCIA Meeting: 25 April 2024, 6 PM
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CCIAApril 21, 2024Education / Knowledge BoxDear Las Cruces area parents, Many parents are unaware of some important issues and policies affecting students in Las Cruces schools including: New state laws that allow children of any age to access abortion and transgender healthcare without parental consent or notification (Reference: HB7 Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Care) o  These laws also impose fines of $5,000 on school nurses or teachers who do not facilitate access to this healthcare Transgender affirmation in Las Cruces schools (Reference: LCPS Regulation JBD – Gender Inclusive Schools) o  Biologically-male transgender students are allowed to use girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms o  Transgender students are allowed to participate in sports in their chosen gender identity, thereby potentially displacing girls by requiring them to compete with biological boys who are naturally stronger and faster o  “Comfort closets” at several schools are being used by students to change their gender appearance at school Age-inappropriate sexually explicit books in school libraries o  Adult “erotic romance” books are listed in LCPS middle and high school library catalogs o  Such books contain graphic descriptions of sex acts, anal sex, and bondage, including illegal sex acts between adults and minors o  Three examples are Jack of Hearts and Other Parts book in Mayfield High School library. Push book at Organ Mountain High School, and Court of Silver Flames book listed in Sierra Middle School and 3 high school libraries We have a working group of concerned citizens and parents who are working to increase parent awareness of these issues and push for improvements in LCPS policies.  Three questions for you: 1.  Would you be interested in attending a parents’ forum where you can learn more about these issues in LCPS? If so, which of the following are best for availability?  Weekday evening or Saturday afternoonCurrent semester, summer, or next semester 2.  Do you want to receive updates about these issues? 3.  Are you potentially interested in getting involved in these efforts?  Thanks for your time. Feel free to share this with other parents who may be interested. Please let me know if you want to be removed from this email list.  Sincerely,Sarah Smith Las Cruces, NM [...] Read more...
Tina Griego(an article submitted by Dan ParrottApril 14, 2024Knowledge BoxWhat if 20 million Illegal Aliens Vacated America? I, Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News has written a column titled, “Mexican Visitors’ Lament.” I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, “Illegal aliens pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What happens to your country’s economy if 20 million people go away?” Hmmm, I thought, what would happen? So, I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a reporter into the FACTS I found below. It’s a good question…it deserves an honest answer. Over 80% of Americans demand secured borders. What would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America? This may surprise you! In California, if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominant language again. It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone. Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals. Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41 different languages. Denver’s 4% unemployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage. In Chicago, Illinois, 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience. If 20 million illegal aliens returned ‘home,’ the U.S. economy would return to the Rule of Law. Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn’t be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers. No more confusion in American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches. We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually and would vacate our country. In cities like L.A., 20,000 members of the ’18th Street Gang’ would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters! America’s economy is drained. Taxpayers are harmed. Employers get rich. Over $80 billion annually wouldn’t return to the aliens’ home countries by cash transfers. Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains America’s economy which currently suffers a $30 trillion debt. More than $30 TRILLION !! At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California, Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupt out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act. Americans wouldn’t suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country – brought in by illegals unscreened at our borders. Our cities would see 20 million fewer people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities’ greenhouse gasses. Over one million of Mexico’s poorest citizens now live inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, California, in what the New York Times called, ‘colonias’ or new neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation and worse run rampant. They live without sewage, clean water, streets, roads, electricity, or any kind of sanitation. The New York Times reported them to be America’s new ‘Third World’ inside our own country. Within 20 years, at their current growth rate, they expect 20 million residents of those colonias. (I’ve seen them personally in Texas and Arizona; it’s sickening beyond anything you can imagine.) We already invite a million people into our country legally/annually, more than all other countries combined – with growing anarchy at our borders. It’s time to stand up for our country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life. Interesting statistics below. Here are 12 reasons illegal aliens should vacate America, and I hope they are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them: 1. $14 billion to $22 billion dollars are spent each year on welfare to illegal aliens (that’s Billion with a ‘B’). 2. $7.5 billion dollars are spent each year on Medicaid for illegal aliens. 3. $12 billion dollars are spent each year on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they still cannot speak a word of English. $27 billion dollars are spent each year for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies. 4. $3 Million Dollars ‘PER DAY’ is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. That’s $1.2 Billion a year. 5. 28% percent of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens. 6. $190 billion dollars are spent each year on illegal aliens for welfare & social services by the American taxpayers. 7. $200 billion dollars per year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens. 8. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US. 9. During the year 2005, there were 8 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our southern border with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from other terrorist countries. Over 10,000 of those were middle-eastern terrorists. Millions of pounds of drugs, fentanyl, cocaine, meth, heroin, crack, guns, and marijuana crossed into the U.S. from the southern border. 10. The National Policy Institute, estimates that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion, or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period. 11. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $65 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin, to their families and friends. 12. The dark side of illegal immigration: Nearly one million sex crimes are committed by illegal immigrants in the United States! Total cost – a whopping $538.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR ! And we don’t need a wall? [...] Read more...
Ronnie SisnerosApril 11, 2024Sound-Off / UncategorizedDisqualification update: I have been disqualified from running as the Republican Candidate for New Mexico State Representative district 37 race. I did not anticipate a fair resolution of the case here in Las Cruces. As I pondered this situation, I am reminded of the story of the man who felt forced to get a resume for a job from an angry, prejudiced, and unfair man, he knew what the result would be, as I knew what the result would be.How many times have all of us as Republicans witnessed acts that disenfranchised, and suppressed our rights with equal and fair representation here in Las Cruces, New Mexico? “Rules for thee but not for Me”This has gone on for much too long, discouraging the community, discouraging the electorate.With all this said, there is good news!! The attorney for the State Republican Party reported to me today that he will be filing this case to the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday, we are not out of this fight at all. This is what we have needed!! A state, and national light shined upon the injustices being done by elected officials ie; county clerks, school boards, superintendents with a total disregard for the populace as a whole. Who can honestly say that conservative Republicans, and Independents are treated fairly here in Dona Ana County? The disparity and unequal treatment is disgusting and unjust. The moment a municipal official, school board member finds out you are a Republican wanting information, or service we are served with unwarranted aggression, and hostility that all citizens are entitled to according to the law.  lastly, stay in the fight because I will, my motivation has not changed I am fighting for my grandchildren, your children, and your grandchildrenplease donate to my campaign, any amount would be helpful sincerely, Ronnie M. Sisneros  Republican Candidate for New Mexico State Representative District 37 Las Cruces, NM “City of the Crosses” 575-636-3684 [email protected] [...] Read more...
sarahApril 9, 2024Sound-OffDear Mayor Enriquez, City Councilors, and Chief StoryAs a follow-up to my comment today, here is a list of some crime Bills that you may want to consider advocating for in advance of the next legislative session.  SJR11 – Requirements for Denial of Bail, CASB16 – Criminal Competency DeterminationHB44 – Pretrial Detention PresumptionHB69 – Crime of Organized Residential TheftHB46 – Felon in Possession of a FirearmHB47 – Unlawful Firearms While TraffickingHB 155 – Three Strikes LawHB 60 – Enhanced Sentencing for Fentanyl (2023)HB 57 – Tort Immunity for Shoplifter Apprehension (2023)HB 155 – Aggravated Battery on a Peace Officer Penalty (2023)HB 58 – Additional Violent Felonies (2023) I understand that there is a lobbyist for City Council, but am hopeful that perhaps more can be done to advocate for Bills earlier in the Interim Committee meetings to build up more momentum in advance of the 2025 session.  Hopefully Chief Story can weigh in on these and determine which ones look the most promising in order to increase the effectiveness of LCPD’s efforts. Once you identify Bills for the next session that you think will help our crime/mental health/substance abuse issues, please let me know. I’m a co-leader for a non-partisan statewide grassroots coalition of thousands of people (NM Freedoms Alliance) through which we can mount large public support for favorable Bills through emails/calls/committee hearing testimony.  I look forward to watching the April 22 work session to learn more about what you are planning for Municipal Court. I hope this is helpful. Sincerely,Sarah— [...] Read more...
Rob WoodApril 4, 2024Sound-OffI sent this off to the Mayor,CompetencyDealing with the competency issue is complex because of the multi dimensional aspects of what we call mental competence. Many on our streets are a result of no institutions that can house them which is a direct result of the closing of such institutions in the 1980s. Fear of reopening them comes out of the remembrance of the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest” and nurse Ratched. Of course there is the compounding of their incapacity either due to addition of drug use or opposite, permanent psychosis caused by drug use which just “drying” them out does not solve. 28 day programs have terrible track records. For some, as this judge found, options of this door versus another does offer help to those that have the wherewithal to accept help. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous offer free community based programs with stellar results for those that make the choice to get better even if the consequences are temporarily negative like serving some jail time or making restitution. Sometimes they need a nudge from the courts to push them in that direction which it appears they have stopped doing. That needs to be looked at.I have offered an argument in the past for petitioning the State to authorize the building of a state run institution properly staffed in Southern NM that can house both involuntarily or voluntarily cases pending adjudication instead of the revolving door we have that continually puts the arrestee and the public at risk. Providence Road Island and Miami/Dade are working on such facilities and with reasonable human rights reflecting inpatient safety and the outside publics safety put at the forefront these are paths forward that are having positive results. Our County Triage Center is not the answer as it was never staffed accordingly and did not have any bed space to allow for involuntary stays.Rob Wood575-635-0803  [...] Read more...
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sarahMarch 29, 2024Action AlertDear Las Crucens, The City is updating their Zoning code and this could potentially impact ALL people living and working in Las Cruces. The City is accepting comments on the draft of the new code until April 5th. Will you please submit a written comment about the new code? See below for more information and potential talking points. SIDE NOTE: We have an opportunity to run radio ads to encourage more people to sign the referendum petitions against the 6 bad laws (including those that allow children to access abortion or transgender healthcare without parental consent or notification). These radio ads can reach a huge number of people across southern New Mexico and really help the petition efforts. Sarah is collecting funds for the radio ads and would greatly appreciate any donations here: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/0e7QztgV/BTNM-PAC/ Updated Zoning Code This 9-minute video explains the changes in the new proposed Zoning code: IMPORTANT UPDATES: The City has confirmed that the new proposed code will REMOVE the 300-foot buffer requirement between cannabis dispensaries and homes.There is currently no mention in the code of what areas will allow livestock. They have completely removed the zoning that previously allowed for livestock in certain areas. Please submit comments by April 5 here: https://freese.mysocialpinpoint.com/realize-las-cruces-comment-wall/ideas#/ Scroll down if you need more info or potential talking points. Please be respectful in your communications for the maximum positive impact. Make sure to Click on the box that says “3 Zoning Regulations” and then you will be able to make your comment. NOTE: The comment form only allows short comments. Feel free to LEAVE MULTIPLE COMMENTS in order to make your voice heard. More Info About the Zoning Changes Download proposed Zoning Code Download proposed Zoning Map The proposed new Zoning code for Las Cruces includes some significant changes. There will no longer be single-family residential zoning in Las Cruces.In general, existing residential areas will be re-zoned to Neighborhood Districts (NH1, NH2, or NH3), which will all allow for a mixture of single family homes, duplexes, apartments, and mobile homes. See the map below that shows the proposed zoning for each area of Las Cruces. All neighborhood districts (NH1, NH2, and NH3) will allow some types of businesses to be present as well as schools, city facilities, museums, andprofessional offices (allowed in NH2 and NH3, special-use-permit required for NH1)medical clinics (NH2 and NH3)hotels (NH2 and NH3)banks (NH2 and NH3)grocery/retail stores/restaurants (allowed in NH2 and NH3, special-use-permit required for NH1). Gas pumps are allowed in neighborhood district NH3. Special-use-permit required for gas pumps in NH2 and NH3.Liquor stores are allowed in neighborhood district NH3.Bars are allowed in neighborhood districts NH2 and NH3. Special-use-permit required for NH1. Cannabis dispensaries are allowed in ALL neighborhood districts (NH1, NH2, and NH3). Cannabis indoor agriculture is allowed in NH3, but special use permits would be required for NH1 and NH2.The new code will REMOVE the 300-foot buffer requirement between cannabis businesses and homes. There will now be a cap on how large parking lots can be at businesses. (Existing businesses would be grandfathered in.)The required minimum number of parking places has been reduced for many types of businesses.Where the minimum allowed parking spaces is 20 or less, no more than 50% over the minimum of parking spaces will be allowed.Where the minimum allowed parking spaces is over 20, no more than 10% over the minimum of parking spaces is allowed (unless there is a parking demand study and approval up to 50% additional parking by the Community Development Director).If you want to see what minimum parking is allowed for different types of businesses in more detail, download the draft code above and look at pages 194-202.There is currently no mention in the code of what areas will allow livestock. They have completely removed the zoning that previously allowed for livestock in certain areas. Potential Talking Points Here are some potential talking points about the new Zoning code. Please do NOT copy-paste these verbatim. Your communications will be most effective if you add in your own words as well. Please be respectful to make the most positive impact. The new code removes single family residential zoning altogether. This is wrong. There are many people and families who want to live in neighborhoods with only homes (with no businesses, apartments, etc). There need to be some areas of town that maintain the ability to have homes only, without businesses, apartments, etc. Cannabis needs to have at least the same restrictions as liquor. Please make the cannabis dispensary zoning restrictions consistent with those for liquor by not allowing dispensaries in Zone NH1. The new Code allows bars in neighborhood zones NH2 and NH3, as well as NH1 with a special use permit. Families need to have the option to live in neighborhoods without bars. Please do not add in a parking lot size cap. Businesses need to have the flexibility to determine their own parking needs. 2 [...] Read more...
Jody Kincaid- From the Sierra CO CitizenMarch 28, 2024Knowledge BoxPolitical considerations, 3.25.24 [...] Read more...

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