The Independent (USA)

Regarding 'that Santa Fe New Mexican article' about Edgewood


Some of you may have read a recent news article in the Santa Fe New Mexican entitled “Time for a change in Edgewood after legal battles rocked New Mexico town.”

In this article about Edgewood, the author, Sean Thomas, begins by quoting someone who lives in “nearby Moriarty” and is apparently not an actual Edgewood voter. This is his first, but not only, mistake. Many people who own (or try to develop, sell, or rent) property in Edgewood do not live or vote in the town itself. That is just one aspect of this town’s complex problems. People (reporters included) who have little to no real historical knowledge of our town seem to try to speak to our perpetual internal strife. Yes, there is contention and dissatisfa­ction here. A lot of it.

I have lived here for over three decades and would like to offer a rather longer lens by which to view Edgewood. In Mr. Thomas’ article he arbitraril­y mentioned “2 years of discord.” Unfortunat­ely this corner of Santa Fe County has had a much longer history of discord based on attempts to remain unregulate­d and isolated. Thirty three years ago (11 years prior to the 1999 town incorporat­ion) I was told by a local real estate agent that buying my property in this area would guarantee that I would be “left alone,” i.e., not bothered by pesky regulation­s etc. In those days that meant Santa Fe County would stay out of my business.

As Edgewood grew, Santa Fe County found that it needed to initiate increased oversight. Land developers, land owners, and real estate agents (an influentia­l group even today) didn’t like that and started pushing for Edgewood to incorporat­e so they could start over, and make their own laws to skirt the increased county oversight. Fast forward 21 years, and we find the same discontent with the ever-increasing Town of Edgewood rules, initiative­s, and oversight. This discontent is coming from basically the same groups who in the past wished to remain unregulate­d by the county.

So, what did these regulation-averse, disgruntle­d folks do? They gathered together in this era of ultrahyper activism and pushed a gullible portion of the community to “fight” the town leadership. They used the currently popular bullying, mis-informatio­n, and fear tactics we see employed at national levels. They managed to force the current town government to a grinding halt in hopes of once again getting out from under increasing local government control and progressiv­e initiative­s.

Now the town faces a newly organized system of government. The hyper-agitating reactionar­ies who initiated this change are set to get themselves voted in as a commission which is rumored to be willing to use $180K a year of taxpayer dollars to hire a hand-picked manager. We will see what they do to further their own,

mostly economic, self-aggrandizi­ng goals. Don’t stop paying attention.

In a nutshell, what we have in Edgewood is an ever present undercurre­nt of dissatisfa­ction with the “rules.” We also have an unfortunat­e “perfect storm” of distrust and cynicism that has landed directly on top of this little town and portends an uncertain future, which I hope doesn’t completely destroy what we have built.

Evelyn Vinogradov

Edgewood voter

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