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Next CCIA Meeting: 30 May 2024, 6PM
Candidate for US House, NM CD 2, Yvette Herrell;
Candidate for DAC DA, Shaharazad Booth
@ Kitchen Kraft (980 N Telshor Blvd)
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sarahMay 27, 2024Action AlertDear Las Crucens, Recently, Congressional Representative Gabe Vasquez (District 2) voted to allow illegal immigrants to vote in Washington DC. This is an affront to the integrity of our elections! Will you please email and/or call Representative Vasquez to express your concerns? See below for more information and potential talking points. THE SITUATION On May 23, the US House of Representatives voted on a Bill that would have prohibited illegal immigrants from voting in Washington DC. Although this Bill passed, our local Representative Gabe Vasquez voted against the Bill. In essence, his vote was the equivalent of saying that it is okay for illegal immigrants to vote in USA elections. Links for more info: Vote tally: https://clerk.house.gov/Votes/2024232Read the Bill: https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/192 HOW TO TAKE ACTION PLEASE EMAIL/CALL REPRESENTATIVE GABE VASQUEZ Email: [email protected] Cruces office: (575) 323-6390Washington DC office: (202) 225-2365 POTENTIAL TALKING POINTS 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. Voting is a right for those who are citizens of this country, and not for those who do not have citizenship.Your vote to allow illegal immigrants to vote in Washington DC undermines the integrity of our elections.As your constituent, I am appalled that you voted to continue allowing noncitizens to vote.I disapprove of your recent vote to allow noncitizens to vote in Washington DC. As your constituent, I am asking you to stand up for fair elections and vote against any allowance for noncitizens to vote. [...] Read more...
Rob WoodMay 26, 2024Sound-OffIt just blows my mind how many professed Christians have never taken the time to read the book Christianity is based on. Over and over I have asked for the Biblical passages that support the physical Church offering anything about politics. To me it is obvious that if they have to have their pastor speak on voting with regards to morality the congregants should go home and read the book so time is not wasted doing their homework for them.In the letters section of the WSJ 24/05/2024: The Bible According to Trump Franklin Graham’s (son of Billy Graham) support for the Donald Trump-endorsed Bible is nothing short of blasphemy (“Evangelist Confronts Politics in Religion,” U.S. News, May 13). The inclusion of U.S. founding documents lends itself to the exaggerated charges of Christian nationalism now leveled by progressives. The appearance of adding non-canonical books to scripture cheapens the sanctity of the entire text. REV. MICHAEL P. ORSI Naples, Fla. Having at one time worked with the Billy Graham Crusade and now reading over the handbook we used for evangelism I found this thinking to be totally out of line with Franklin Grahams fathers. No where in any of Paul’s letters to all the first Churches is political involvement or nationalistic viewpoint supported or suggested. This idea of Christian nationalism is an absolute distortion of the Truth as found in The Word Of God. There is no such thing as a Christian nation offered in the New Testament especially in light of one thinking God will save America. Any Christian should already know this. Rob [...] Read more...
Rob WoodMay 19, 2024Sound-OffOn Being RightFor years I felt less than because of a school system that makes anyone that attends it feel that they are flawed or deficient if they get answers wrong. I am sure you know the feeling.Later in life I chose to start reading even though a slow reader (which affected my performance in school) so that I would not so much have the correct answers but be more informed on the many problems that plague us so that I could, instead, sort out not the answer but the flaws in the questions being asked. By being better informed I hopefully could come up with more pertinent questions that were not being asked so that a path to a right or more correct answer could be pursued.Every time I post something of controversy or email out a commentary I am looking for feedback. I am not looking for the thumbs up or the thumbs down or worst of all the ones that can only say they agree or disagree. If they do not explain why in either response all that they have done is offer a baseless opinion that I guess provides them with the ego stroking they desire. I think it is because they fear exposure of how little they know on the subject. That’s why I always offer resources so possibly they may choose to be better informed.Here’s one: “Decision Point” by GW BushLife and issues are all about dialogue. We must stop this insanity and be willing to risk so that we can get feedback so we better evaluate our position. We must be willing to be wrong. If we are unwilling to fail or be wrong we can never grow emotionally and intellectually. Obviously throughout my life I have been wrong a lot, but I learned when it is pointed out to look deeper into the subject so in the future I can be less wrong.Two people really opened my eyes to this. One was the President of Raytheon Corporation who in an interview said he had just competed a two year study of every major decision he had made and he claimed he was wrong more times than he wanted to admit. The other was the President of The American Bar Association also in an interview who said the American Justice system is horrible, however what was second place was so far down the scale that we of course are seen as the best.I write a ton on education reform and send to a broad base. I can only assume I am at least more right because all the ones that say I am wrong never come back when asked with anything that says why. The same goes for the ones that agree. I guess they all have the mentality taught in 1st grade of T or F.Why are we so afraid of being wrong when all success is based on failure and then recovery? A ski instructor told me that if I was not falling I was not learning because I was not pushing the envelope of what I was comfortable with.Rob [...] Read more...
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Rob WoodMay 16, 2024Sound-OffHi All,  I sent the following to our Mayor, a couple of councilors and one of the LCPS Board members:Good Morning ……, I was speaking with Dolores Lucero of the Spaceport Authority yesterday about the upcoming Spaceport America Cup and the need for the City to visibly roll out the welcoming mat to all the entrants in this international event. She feels the Spaceport Authority should do it which is fine but I feel Las Cruces should majorly be involved in light of this opportunity to create local enthusiasm not only around town but it must be in the schools also. Education is about motivation which can be external and internal. I hope you have attended the previous events open house of all the participants and their projects. Just walking into the room envelopes one with profound sense of enthusiasm that one immediately wishes they could can and release in every school and home. It always astounds me as to the level of boredom in these exciting times. We ask our children what they did in school each day and the common reply is “Nothing”. Well what if those parents saw banners across our main thoroughfares and on light poles welcoming these thousands of students and their desire to compete in this rapidly advancing technology? If that adult exposure is brought home and is also promoted in schools when the adult mentions it the child will of course respond that they learned about it in school and maybe, just maybe, the child and parent might attend the open house and meet the contestants who are more than excited to tell everything about their project to anyone who will listen. A banner on the runway side of our airport terminal is essential because space people fly in. A few years back the Egyptian team flew in, in a C-130. Please do not miss this opportunity to better Las Cruces so that this much needed enthusiasm to the betterment of all is felt and retained. Rob WoodFormer Airport Advisory Board Chair575-635-0803 https://spaceportamericacup.com/ [...] Read more...
Rob WoodMay 14, 2024Sound-OffI sent the following to School Board Member Ed Frank.Good Morning Ed,My youngest brother is the manager of world wide sales for IBM’s Quantum Computer. He sits with many PhD’s and it is not uncommon for the talks to turn to the lack of American scientists and computer engineers needed to advance the technology of today. I sent him the following which as a school board member I hope you might also take to heart and share with others. The Board can crunch untold volumes of funding numbers but in the end the question still remains. “Are we preparing our children to be able to prosper in their lives and at the same time add value to the nation as a whole?” Attn: Kenneth WoodI hope you can find the time to think about what I am writing here for understanding the quandary we are in and you as an industry leader are facing.The following is out of the 48 page report “A Nation At Risk” written in 1982. I encourage anyone with the slightest interest in preparation of children and regaining the lead America once held read it because this quote from it is far more sobering today than it was 42 years ago: If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. We have even squandered the gains in student achievement made in the wake of the Sputnik challenge. Moreover, we have dismantled essential support systems which helped make those gains possible. We have, in effect, been committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament. From page 11 of “A Nation At Risk” Indicators of the Risk The educational dimensions of the risk before us have been amply documented in testimony received by the Commission. For example:  x International comparisons of student achievement, completed a decade ago, reveal that on 19 academic tests American students were never first or second and, in comparison with other industrialized nations, were last seven times. x Some 23 million American adults are functionally illiterate by the simplest tests of everyday reading, writing, and comprehension.   x About 13 percent of all 17-year-olds in the United States can be considered functionally illiterate. Functional illiteracy among minority youth may run as high as 40 percent. x Average achievement of high school students on most standardized tests is now lower than 26 years ago when Sputnik was launched.   x Over half the population of gifted students do not match their tested ability with comparable achievement in school.  x The College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) demonstrate a virtually unbroken decline from 1963 to 1980. Average verbal scores fell over 50 points and average mathematics scores dropped nearly 40 points.   x College Board achievement tests also reveal consistent declines in recent years in such subjects as physics and English.  x Both the number and proportion of students demonstrating superior achievement on the SATs (i.e., those with scores of 650 or higher) have also dramatically declined.   x Many 17-year-olds do not possess the “higher order” intellectual skills we should expect of them. Nearly 40 percent cannot draw inferences from written material; only one-fifth can write a persuasive essay; and only one-third can solve a mathematics problem requiring several steps.   x There was a steady decline in science achievement scores of U.S. 17-year-olds as measured by national assessments of science in 1969, 1973, and 1977.  x Between 1975 and 1980, remedial mathematics courses in public 4-year colleges increased by 72 percent and now constitute one-quarter of all mathematics courses taught in those institutions.   x Average tested achievement of students graduating from college is also lower.   x Business and military leaders complain that they are required to spend millions of dollars on costly remedial education and training programs in such basic skills as reading, writing, spelling, and computation.  The Department of the Navy, for example, reported to the Commission that one-quarter of its recent recruits cannot read at the ninth grade level, the minimum needed simply to understand written safety instructions. Without remedial work they cannot even begin, much less complete, the sophisticated training essential in much of the modern military. These deficiencies come at a time when the demand for highly skilled workers in new fields is accelerating rapidly. For example: x Computers and computer-controlled equipment are penetrating every aspect of our lives–homes, factories, and offices. x One estimate indicates that by the turn of the century millions of jobs will involve laser technology and robotics. x Technology is radically transforming a host of other occupations. They include health care, medical science, energy production, food processing, construction, and the building, repair, and maintenance of sophisticated scientific, educational, military, and industrial equipment. Oh sure we can look at our own kids and say they are doing ok but the nation at large absolutely isn’t. This is where the book I sent you “Thank You For Being Late” comes in. The covid shutdown of schools was the most glaring example how far education has slipped behind. The educational system could not figure out how to implement technology developed in 1970, the personal computer. This tech has been left out because it threatens the teachers up front of a class who have no idea how to integrate it anywhere near the level its capabilities provide. There is no other reason. From what I am reading those covid chrome books were shelved back in the coat closet as teachers once again took control. I wrote the following to the New York Times back in 2017: Why do we keep kicking this dog down the road? If anything homework needs to be done at school where the learning facilitator can help the students in the process. Quit trying to change education while at the same time trying to maintain the 150-year-old “does not work anymore” model just so we do not disrupt teacher jobs. A must read is Sal Khan’s “The One World Schoolhouse, Education Reimagined”. The ultimate of frustration is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. This is where Clayton Christensen’s writing in 2007, “Disrupting Class” and his co-author, Michael Horn’s book in 2022, “From Reopen to Reinvent” should be coming to the forefront of any discussion on what to do next. The paradigm shift at this late stage of the game has no other choice than to majorly affect entrenched societal norms like public education being the free daycare for all and even the 8-5 work/school day.I hope this is being discussed at IBM.Rob  [...] Read more...
LC Sun-News - Jason GrovesMay 13, 2024Knowledge BoxEarly voting is underway in New Mexico, and what is perhaps the most important and competitive race in Doña Ana County promises to be for the Third Judicial District Attorney. Shaharazad Booth is one of four Democrat candidates vying to replace incumbent Gerald Byers during the Primary Election June 4. Democrats Ramona Martinezand Fernando Macias make up the rest of the Democrat challengers. The winner will face Republican Michael Cain in November.  “It was never on my things to do list,” said Booth, who is seeking an elected position for the first time. “I have a 7-year-old, my family is here. My extended family is here now. I love the community and I’m watching its patience run dry.” More:District Attorney candidates face off in forum ahead of competitive race In an interview with the Sun-News, Booth talked about a host of issues discussed in multiple candidate forums in the lead up to the primary. Those include case dismissals, over charging or undercharging crimes and a lack of funding to run the second largest judicial jurisdiction in the state. But Booth indicated that most issues stem from an office that has been understaffed. Byers said during a recent forum that the DA’s office currently has 19 attorneys on staff.  “Year 1 we have to build the budget,” Booth said. “We can’t do a thing until the money is there to fill positions and all we can do until then is triage.” After graduating from law school at the University of Arkansas in 2011, Booth worked in the Third Judicial District office before leaving to work in the Sixth Judicial District. She returned to Las Cruces to open a private practice as a defense attorney in 2019. There were 27 attorneys in the DAs office when Booth went to Deming, she said. Booth said she multiple local attorneys who commuting elsewhere for work would be willing to join her at the District Attorney’s Office if she’s elected. “They know what they are doing and know how to get things done and will come in with a reputation of credibility,” Booth said. Booth said she would seek funding from the state to fill out the office. From a structural standpoint, Booth said she would appoint two chief deputy district attorneys to alleviate the bottleneck of cases that are prosecuted. One would oversee drug crimes and the other would evaluate white collar and victim based crimes. Under them would be deputy district attorneys with one responsible for the juvenile system, and one to supervise misdemeanor crimes. “They (the current DA office) have decided to prioritize victim based crimes, but I believe a lot of our community says property crime is going up and they are seeing nothing of it,” Booth said. “The bottom line is I don’t think they are getting prosecuted.” Booth said deputy DAs would have authority to make and approve plea agreements and adjustments to agreements. “You have to have a clear policy on what plea agreements will look like out of your office you can deviate because every person deserves an individual look at your case, but you need to establish in this office, this is how we handle these cases,” Booth said. She gives the example of a client who has been in jail for two years because they would not accept the charge, opting for a trial even though pleading to a lesser charge was a realistic option. “Why those cases aren’t being evaluated for those kinds of plea offers, I think, is either a lack of experience or a lack of time,” she said. While she was a deputy district attorney in Deming, Booth said she learned the value of relationships with law enforcement. Officers often prosecute their own cases, particularly misdemeanor cases. Booth stressed communication with officers regarding how to interpret the law while in the field, updating them of changes and keeping them informed. “Officers want to know why their cases aren’t going to trial or is being dismissed without plea,” Booth said. “If you have to dismiss their case because they did something wrong in the field, it was your job to let them know. Officers are burdened with the job of everything.” In a recent candidate forum, Booth claimed she would prioritize every case if she was elected, claiming property crime against a business owner should be approached with the same urgency as the victim based crimes currently prioritized in the DAs office. “In my heart and because I am in the system, I know the problem is the DA’s office,” she said when asked why she entered the race. “I keep waiting for the right person to run, but sometimes you turn around and say it’s your turn.” Jason Groves can be reached at 575-541-5459 or [email protected]. Follow him on X @jpgroves. [...] Read more...
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sarahApril 26, 2024Action AlertSarah Smith, Julia Ruiz, and Juan Garcia Dear Las Crucens, We need your help! Two new ordinances are being proposed to help with the crime situation in Las Cruces. Will you please email, call, and/or attend the Monday April 29 work session to make a public comment? See below for more information and potential talking points. THE SITUATION TWO PROPOSED ORDINANCES The Las Cruces police department has worked on two new ordinances to help with the crime situation. Snapshots of the ordinances are at the bottom of this email, or you can download and read the proposed ordinances in full here: https://lascruces.civicweb.net/document/198072/SOLICITATION%20AND%20SHOPPING%20CART%20ORDINANCES..pdf?handle=160DBA1DF7914506AC88FF6ABF5245F0 Shopping cart containment and retrieval ordinance: Requires businesses to be proactive in trying to prevent theft of their shopping cartsMakes it unlawful to take shopping carts, possess shopping carts, and abandon shopping cartsImposes penalties such as petty misdemeanor charges and fines Solicitation ordinance: Makes it illegal to aggressively panhandleMakes it illegal to solicit money on roadways (but does not prevent standing on the medians, as those types of prohibitions have not been upheld in legal challenges) WORK SESSION TO DISCUSS ORDINANCES These two ordinances will be discussed at the work session on Monday April 29. The ordinances are the ONLY items on the agenda for this meeting. The Mayor typically allows the public to ask questions or make comments during work sessions. Comments and emails will be most effective if they relate to personal experiences with issues related to shopping carts or soliciting (panhandling) specifically. NOTE: The City Council will NOT be voting on the Ordinances at the work session. They are only allowed to vote on Ordinances at City Council meetings (not at work sessions). TWO WAYS TO TAKE ACTION Potential talking points are provided below. Make sure to send individual emails instead of one group email if you want a response. Please be respectful in your communications for the maximum positive impact. PLEASE EMAIL/CALL CITY COUNCIL Mayor – Eric Enriquez – [email protected] – 575-541-2067District 1 – Cassie McClure – [email protected] – 575-541-2073District 2 – Bill Mattiace – [email protected] – 575-541-2068District 3 – Becki Graham – [email protected] – 575-541-2070District 4 – Johana Bencomo – [email protected] – 575-541-2071District 5 – Becky Corran – [email protected] – 575-541-2072District 6 – Yvonne Flores – [email protected] – 575-541-2069City Clerk – Christine Rivera – [email protected] – 575 541-2115 All email addresses: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] PLEASE ATTEND THE CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION There will be a special City Council work session on Monday April 29 at 1pm. We need as many people as possible to attend. Even if you are not going to speak, please attend to show support for these ordinances.   WHAT: City Council Meeting   WHEN: Monday April 29 at 1pm   WHERE: City Hall, 700 N Main St, Las Cruces 88001 POTENTIAL TALKING POINTS Here are some potential talking points about this issue. 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. Please support the shopping cart ordinance and solicitation ordinance.Shopping carts are being stolen and there need to be consequences.Please make it easier for businesses and families to be safe by approving the solicitation ordinance. 3 [...] Read more...
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...

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