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LCVA News – December 6, 2015

The agenda for Monday’s LCVA Board meeting is at the bottom of the news.

Hipico Santa Fe
Monday’s agenda includes Special Guest Brian Gonzales who is one of the co-owners of Hipico Santa Fe, formerly the Santa Fe Horse Park. This a complete equestrian facility and from all indications Mr. Gonzales and his partner Guy McElvain have invested in renovations for the property. Mr. Gonzales has asked to attend the LCVA Board meeting so he can discuss plans for Hipico Santa Fe. Please join us if you would like to learn more about what is happening at this beautiful equestrian event center.

La Bajada National Monument
Also on the agenda is an update of the proposed La Bajada National Monument. The LCVA arranged a community meeting two years ago in which the Coalition to Protect the Gateway National Monument responded to resident concerns regarding the project. Much of that meeting was taken up by area ranchers and farmers complaining about being ignored and left out of the process, . The group had worked to secure the support of private and public entities while neglecting to communicate with established ranchers, farmers and communities most affected by the establishment of a National Park.

In response to the meeting the LCVA wrote a letter to the National Monument. Below is the body of the letter that was sent in February of 2014. There has been no response to the letter from the Coalition and the LCVA is unaware if they have made an effort to engage the impacted, farmers, ranchers, communities and landowners. The LCVA’s realization that the National Monument’s effort may have reached the desks of our US Senators and Representative came as the result of Board Member Linda Grill.

Dear Ms. Strauss,

At the December 2 meeting the La Cienega Valley Association Board (LCVA) discussed the proposed La Bajada Mesa National Monument project you and other members of the Coalition to Protect the Gateway presented at the La Cienega community meeting on November 7. All nine LCVA Board members attended the community meeting.

It was apparent by the response from residents, private land owners, farmers and ranchers in the audience that the Coalition to Protect the Gateway did not contact and consult a number of individual property owners who would be directly and indirectly impacted by the proposed National Monument.

As a result of this and other concerns the LCVA Board voted to oppose the Coalition to Protect the Gateway’s current proposal to create the La Bajada Mesa National Monument but would remain open to considering a modified and downsized National Monument proposal in the future.

La Cienega Valley Association Board Meeting
December 7, 2015 – 7:00 p.m., La Cienega Community Center
Preserving Our Rural Way of Life

Special Guest: Brian Gonzales, Hipico Santa Fe (formerly Santa Fe Horse Park)
La Bajada Mesa National Monument Update: Diane Strauss, Coalition to Protect the Gateway

Call to Order
1. Approval of Agenda
2. Approval November Minutes
3. Matters from the Public
4. President’s Report
 a. Water Monitoring Program Fund Raising
 b. Santa Fe River Traditional Communities Collaborative Grant Application
 c. Community Park
5. Treasurer’s Report
6. Committee Reports
7. Newsletter Content
8. Matters from the Board
9. Adjournment