For those of you who are not aware, on April 29 Penny and I met with Governor Susana Martinez and her executive assistant Claire Romero. Rep. Don Tripp was also present and was instrumental in arranging for the meeting… Thanks, Don.
The purpose of the meeting was to present the signed petitions (454 signatures) from Catron and Socorro Counties, regarding “Limiting Authority of State Construction Inspectors.” Our meeting with the Governor lasted for over ninety minutes, and in my estimation, was quite fruitful. She was very receptive to the idea of the meeting and seemed to be quite surprised—and dismayed—at many of the facts that we presented.
She stated that the Construction Industries Division and in particular the inspec- tion process, was a 'pet peeve' of hers and that she had emphasized from the beginning that the process should be friendly and business-like. She further commented that an unfriendly inspection process is not consistent with her message that, "New Mexico Is Open For Business." She said, "How can I run around the country and say that New Mexico is open for business, when we have this type of stuff going on?"
During our meeting, the Governor and her assistant took copious notes and she asked very pointed questions based on the meeting outline which I presented to her. She allowed me to cover each point and expound on each so that it was clear to her that the citizens of Catron County were just not complaining about state inspectors. Rather it was made very clear to her, given the preponderance of evi-
dence, that the inspectors and incidents cited in the correspondence—from several of you—constituted the existence of a very real problem within her administration.
From my perspective of having had the opportunity to sit face-to-face with Governor Martinez and to look her in the eye for 90 minutes, I am convinced that she got the message… and that she will take action to arrive at a solution suitable to the people of New Mexico and those looking to build in New Mexico.
At the conclusion of our meeting, Governor Martinez asked me to give her ninety days to work on these issues and begin to turn things in a different direction. After the ninety day period, she asked me to call her directly to get an update as to the implementation of new policies, procedures and her directives designed to bring about necessary change.
I intend to follow through with the Governor and hold her accountable with regard to her commitment to us. I will keep you informed by email and through upcoming articles in the Catron Courier. I would ask that you do the same by letting me know if you observe or hear of any changes— positive or negative where the CID inspection process is concerned.
In closing, I want to thank all of you who signed our petition and I want to convey a special thanks to those who went on record to tell their stories by writing letters. The letters written by you were quite powerful. I am optimis- tic that we will see change.
THANKS!… for standing with us and reminding the Governor and our state employees that, “THEY WORK FOR US!"
"Let's Go Build Something" Jay@LogStickAndSteel.com 575-772-2727 or 888-PIE-TOWN