Whenever contacting the Mayor or a member of the City Council, it is always a good idea to be respectful, to explain that you are a Santa Fe resident and that you vote. Before contacting them, be sure you have your facts correct and speak or write clearly about your reason for contacting him/her offering evidence as to why you have your position.
If contacting a City Council member, it is best to focus on your representatives, not those serving other constituents. I suggest that whenever you are contacting them, you should do so both by phone and by email. If you want to develop a stronger relationship with your Mayor or City Council representative and then have more impact when you contact them, try to get a face-to-face appointment and then remind him or her that you have met in the past. Essentially, you want your Mayor and City Council representatives to understand that you are well informed and civically active.
When you attend a City Council meeting, arrive a few minutes early and get an agenda. If you are there for a specific issue, locate it so you have an idea when your item may be raised. I recommend bringing a magazine or something to do as often an issue that you don’t care about may precede your issue.
Before the meeting begins, often Councilors are circulating in the crowd or you can even go up to their seat before the meeting begins and introduce yourself. Wear your Retake Our Democracy button and if you testify, mention you are a supporter of Retake Our Democracy. speak at a City Council meeting, be sure to identify who your representatives are.
If you are attending just to make a public comment during Petitions from the Floor, have speaking points, just bullets to make you more comfortable. A full script that you read is not as effective. Better to speak from the heart. As in all communication with the Council, refrain from being angry or hostile. Be respectful and show that you understand that your issue has two sides, but press your point backing it up with facts that support your position. Public comment can be two minutes long and it is an excellent way for the entire City Council to get to know you and your views.
If you are there to offer testimony on a specific item on the agenda, be well prepared with what you want to say and be somewhat adaptable. If there is a line of folks offering their view and someone says something you were going to say, shift your focus but indicate that you agreed with what someone before you said and reference that so they see that the view is shared by others and then move on to some other aspect of the issue. The council will appreciate your not taking time to repeat in detail what has already been stated. But it is also important to support those who came before you….so that the cumulative impact of the series of speakers is most impactful.
District 1. Bordered by Cerrillos and Alameda on the South, Osage on the west and capturing everything north and east of those boundaries.
District 2. Bordering District 1 on the South with Alameda and Cerrillos its Northern border with Cerrillos extending to St. Michaels and then with St. Michaels being the Western border extending to St. Francis and then Saint Francis being the southern most west border down to Rodeo Rd.
District 3. Captures everything Northwest of Cerillos beginning at Osage.
District 4 Captures everything Southwest of Cerrillos and St. Michaels to St. Francis on the East, extending down to Rodeo Road.
For a very clear map of the district boundaries, click the link: district_and_precinct_map.
Below is contact information on all the City Council members and our Mayor.
MAYOR JAVIER GONZALES (505) 955-6590, email@example.com
- Renee Villarreal, District 1 Councilor, (505) 955-2345, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Signe I. Lindell, District 1 Councilor, (505) 955-6812, email@example.com
- Joseph Maestas, District 2 Councilor, (505) 955-6815, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Peter Ives, District 2 Councilor, (505) 955-6816, email@example.com
- Carmichael Dominguez, District 3 Councilor, (505) 955-6814, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chris Rivera, District 3 Councilor, (505) 955-6818, email@example.com