Elected Office and Politics

Campaigning is some distance from the top of my list of favorite things to do. Nonetheless, talking with people is something I enjoy,...

The Problem with Being Independent

The beauty with being independent of the two major political parties (and this is probably true enough of being independent of the "third...

Diversity on the Las Cruces City Council

We on the Council bring a range of life and educational experiences to our work. So, we each add to the mix that helps us see the issues...

Combatting "Us and Them"

It is natural to have some discomfort around those who look or act differently from that to which we are accustomed. I say it is...

Voting: why it matters most this year

As a city councilor, it is often what is happening right in front of or near people's homes that I hear most about. The condition of the...

My Vision for Las Cruces

There are a number of issues we need to see as important and address for the sake of our future. A few are listed here as part of how I...

Chicken and Egg

As we consider what we believe will benefit our community, we often find ourselves in the eternal conundrum: which came first, the...

Taking a Long View

Oftentimes, we get stuck thinking in terms of immediate costs and returns. However, there are many times when efforts and resources...

I-Cubed

Innovative Infill Initiative, I-Cubed, is what I call creative efforts to take vacant or underused properties in the infill zone of Las...

Concepts for Villa Mora

The idea is to mostly leave it natural, but to also add some amenities like a community center and possibly a small urban hub area on the...

Prado on the Plaza

On Friday, September 7, we saw the ribbon cutting for the opening of the Prado exhibit on the Plaza de Las Cruces. It was an exciting...

Amador Proximo - The Innovation Gin

After visiting Boston’s Innovation District at my first National League of Cities Congress of Cities in 2012, I suggested Las Cruces look...

School Safety

School shooting deaths are a small fraction of the shooting deaths that occur in our country, and that in turn is a small fraction of the...

My Recent Accomplishments

We work as a team on the Las Cruces City Council, but sometimes individuals lead the way. Below are some of the efforts in which I have...

Leadership on Current Issues

School Safety - I worked at local architectural firm that helped with the design of Centennial High School, which is at the eastern end...

Border Wall

Our president is pressing forward with the construction of a southern border wall. Locally, there is substantial opposition to the border...

STARTING WITH WHY

I am a designer by nature and training, and I have followed that up with teaching and elected office. So, looking forward to what we can...