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09-24-2003, 06:04 PM
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Trinidad City Council Incumbents Carmen Sandoval and Nick Debono will face Jennie Garduno, Marie George, Larry Espinoza and Alex Santistevan Jr. In the November Election. The election is for three at-large city council seats. The most recent filings for candidacy came from George, Espinoza and Santistevan. And, Mitch Medina has announced his candidacy for mayor to challenge Incumbent Mayor Joe Reorda. A candidate's night, featuring all of the city council and mayoral candidates, will be held on Wednesday, October 15th, at 6pm in the Massari performing Arts Center on the Trinidad State Junior College Campus. Everyone is welcome to attend. School board candidates and state ballot issues will also be up for discussion during the evening.

Democratic leaders in the Colorado House unveiled a plan to make changes in the Taxpayers Bill of Rights yesterday. Those changes would include changes in revenue limits and tax refunds to help shore up the state's budget in the future. The plan would continue with tabor's requirement that any tax increase be approved by voters, however, it would repeal tabor's permanent reductions of the state's budget base. The plan would also keep tabor's revenue limit, tied to inflation and population growth, unless it results in a permanent reduction. The other change in the plan would be a proposed "rainy day" plan equal to 5 to 10% of the state's budget. The "rainy day" fund would come from surplus revenues that are currently committed to tax refunds. The change would require a constitutional amendment, which would require a two-thirds vote by the Colorado House and Senate before the issue could appear on the November 2004 ballot.

A solution to the weekend cruising problem in Trinidad is being sought by the Trinidad City Council. Weekend cruisers that normally cruise the downtown area are now also cruising some residential streets in Trinidad in the Kit Carson Park area. Barricades were put up at the San Pedro/Kansas Intersection on Labor Day Weekend trying to impede the cruisers, however, Robert Lee, owner of Lee's Bar-B-Que has complained to council that the barricades are hurting his business. The barricades were put up due to complaints from residents about late night stereo noise from cars, littering and speeding along San Pedro Avenue. Some downtown business owners have also complained about the littering issue. More patrol cars will be sent into the residential areas on weekends to help deter disorderly cruisers in those areas.

The Colorado State Patrol and the Alamosa Police Department will sponsor a child safety seat checkup from 10am to 3pm on Saturday at the Safeway parking lot in Alamosa. Officers will check for recalls and verify that safety seats are installed properly. Call the Colorado State Patrol office at 589-2503 for more information.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and Commissioners Bob Shoemaker and Ken Torres will hold a meeting to discuss wildlife in Colorado and other topics at 7pm on Friday at the Walsenburg City Hall, at 525 S. Albert. There will be time for questions. Call 738-3426 for more information.

Pre-registration is due Friday for a short workshop on leading circle processes to be taught by Kay Pranis next Tuesday in the fireplace room at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alamosa. The San Luis Valley Victim/Offender Reconciliation Program and Colorado Forum on Community Restorative Justice are sponsors of the event. Call 589-5255 for more information.