Aamodt Update

As promised, we’re working hard to keep you updated on the newest developments re: the Aamodt Settlement Agreement. Here’s the latest info:


We strongly recommend following the progress on the Joint Powers Agreement (JPA), which is a government-to-government agreement between the four pueblos and Santa Fe County.

The Santa Fe Board of County Commissioners will hear public comment and discussion on the JPA at their May 13, 2014 meeting.  This will be a significant opportunity to have your voice heard.

Where:  The Counties Administration Building, 102 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe.

When:   Tues, May 13.  The commission meeting starts at 2 p.m., but public comment on the JPA of the Aamodt Settlement will not start until 5 p.m.

The last draft revision of this document is dated December 6, 2013.  This JPA will be the instrument used to set the representation on the Regional Water Authority board (RWA).
The JPA provides that the RWA will own, manage, operate and maintain the real property, facilities and equipment to divert, collect, treat, store and transmit water within the basin.

Regardless of your election in the settlement, it’s imperative that a fair and impartial JPA be agreed upon to serve all in the community.

For those that want to read over the current draft JPA, please click here.

Please contact us at info@CarlTrujillo.com if you have any questions — we’re always happy to help.



During March and early April, we hosted 6 public meetings during to answer questions about settlement options and other vital information. Every meeting was very well attended by people on both sides of the issue, and did a lot to draw the media and public’s attention to the importance of this issue to the well being of our community.


We do not have the exact numbers on the objections and the acceptances to the settlement agreement, but we do know that there were far more objections than many people anticipated (over 800!).  These are the unofficial totals:

  • Approx 130 Acceptance to Settlement electing to connect to the Regional Water System were filed.
  •  Approximately 140 Acceptance to Settlement electing to keep well  were filed.
  • Over 800 Objections to the Settlement were filed.

Yesterday, May 7, 2013, was the deadline for the settling parties to file a Case Management and Service Order to the district court, the settling parties being the four pueblos (Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Nambe, Tesuque), the United States government, NM State Engineer, the County of Santa Fe, and the City of Santa Fe.   Two different Case Management and Service Orders were filed, one filed by the four pueblos and the US Government, the other from the NM State Engineer, County of Santa Fe, and City of Santa Fe.


Please forward this email to anyone interested in staying updated on Aamodt and other water-related issues in our community.

To be added to our Aamodt Mailing List, email us at info@CarlTrujillo.com, subject line: “Aamodt list”.  (and to sign up for our general mailing list, including legislative and campaign updates, click on the link below.)

You asked, we answered — more Aamodt Community Meetings scheduled

Our prior series of community meetings on the Aamodt Settlement were filled to overflowing, and many of you emailed and called asking if we could schedule more to continue to help and answer your questions. And the answer is — yes!   We’re here to help.

Here’s the info for two additional meetings:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

6:00 — 8:00 pm

Tesuque Elementary School, 1555 Bishops Lodge Rd, Tesuque, NM 87574

Thursday , March 27, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Frank B Lopez Gym (Pojoaque Middle School), 1574 New Mexico State Road 502 West, Santa Fe, 87506

Everyone is welcome to attend one or both meetings.


To be added to our Aamodt Mailing List, email us at info@CarlTrujillo.com, subject line: “Aamodt list”.

Filing Day!

Today, our Campaign for Change officially filed for re-election. We’re proud to have gathered over 600 signatures from our community in support of continuing our mission to make our legislative process here in northern New Mexico more democratic, more inclusive and more people-friendly.

square graphicFrom the start, our mission has been to put people before politics. To represent rather than to govern, because that’s the way a democracy ought to work. To create an atmosphere where everyone in our community can feel safe to express their point of view and their priorities.

And while we’re on the subject of the people, as a Democrat, I believe that “we the people” means ALL of the people — black, white, Native American, Hispanic, Latino, old, young, male, female, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, Progressive, Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green Party, Socialist, Libertarian, Tea Party, Liberal or Conservative. We have always and will continue to welcome everyone’s ideas to make our community better. No political party has a monopoly on good ideas (or sometimes, bad ones!), which is why we’ve worked hard to make sure our voting record reflects the diversity of worldview that makes up our unique community.

To my mind, that’s what being a Democrat means—being open to new ideas even when we disagree, including every member of our community in the discussion and creating solutions that are based on our shared experience of living in this community together in peace.

As a citizen representative, I went to the legislature as one of you — a “people,” not a politician. During our first two sessions in the Roundhouse, our Campaign for Change has done our best to be guided by your priorities. Our votes have been shaped by you — your calls, your emails & letters, in-person town halls, committee events and meetings. We’ve built this Campaign for Change together, putting people over politics every time. Even when it was hard. Even when there was pressure. Even when there was disagreement.

During our first term, we’ve learned a lot. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that there are a lot of good people in our state legislature. Our Campaign for Change has had the privilege of working with many people of

integrity and principle on both sides of the aisle — people who genuinely want to do what’s right for the people they represent. Many of my colleagues in the Roundhouse have shared with us that these last two legislative sessions have been more open and more free of political pressure and intimidation than past sessions have been. Rep. Martinez, our newly elected Speaker of the House, has gone above and beyond to create an environment of respect, freedom and openness where people feel safe to vote for what’s right for their communities without fear of intimidation, reprisals or other strong-arm tactics.

We’re proud to be part of the movement that’s working together to make it happen.


Carl and son Thomas at the courthouse for Filing Day

Of course, there’s lots more to do to make our government here in New Mexico truly open and democratic. And that

change doesn’t happen overnight. But it is happening. We know because we hear from all of you that it’s happening, one step, one day at a time.

We did this, working together. And over the next two years, just imagine what else we can do!

Behind-the-scenes on HB356

For those of you wondering about the behind-the-scenes activity on HB356 (which would have required that electrical right away fees be fair and reasonable), the El Rancho Community Center newsletter published the following article (note: this is their summary not ours, but it’s a good one). And a true “across the aisle” effort to protect our community, and a good example of how our legislative process does not yet put people before politics. We have more work to do!

HB 356 was on the agenda to be voted on by the House floor but was not presented by House Speaker W. Ken Martinez. In the final hours of the 2014 Legislative session, apparently there were a few very important bills still pending such as the Lottery Fund and the Indigent Fund Sole Provider which took much time to debate.

We like to remind everyone that participated, either by attending the meetings or by emailing Representatives, what a difference their voice made and how important it is to get involved. This started as a Memorial which is only recognition that a problem exists, to a Bill that went through two key legislative committees with much support and recognition by many Representatives as being a very important and complex issue that needs to be addressed.

… Representative W Ken Martinez was elected to his seat as Speaker of the House because the Democratic Party is currently the majority in the House. It is the Speaker who assigns house bills to committees and it is the Speaker who decides which bills get presented to the House floor for debate and a vote.  HB359 was first assigned to the Health, Government, and Indian Affairs committee.  In this committee, Chair Roger Madalena (D) gave the opposing side the opportunity to speak for a total of 1 hour between Tuesday and Thursday on their opposition of HB356, yet gave the taxpayers, who were the majority attending, only 10 minutes! Thankfully, Nate Gentry (R) disagreed with the Chair, and demanded he give the committee members a voice after Madalena attempted to table the bill with no input from the committee. Alonzo Baldonado (R) seconded the motion and HB356 passed to the next committee. Yvette Herrell (R) not only supported this bill, but after Memorial 17 was presented, co-wrote HB356. Twice, Donald Bratton (R) stood up to those opposed to this bill and asked how such unfair business tactics could even be allowed to take advantage of any consumer. Rep. Bratton spoke the words our community was not allowed to speak!

These are Republican Representatives who crossed party lines to help support our State Representative Carl Trujillo (D) in an attempt to pass legislation for fairness to ALL people of our community! They, along with Rep. Trujillo, did not stand up for special interest groups but against unfair business practices that punished innocent people for something the federal government created with a law (25CFR169.12) that gives no limits to what Sovereign nations can charge for utility easements.

 This is not an attempt to promote any political party, this is a plea for our community to become informed and know who we are electing to our Legislation. Remember, taxpayers in our community are almost 90% of the voting power. We have the power to help decide who is running our government – let’s choose wisely regardless of party affiliation!

source: El Rancho Community Email Newsletter, 2/24/14

Aamodt Water Settlement Community Meetings

If you feel your questions weren’t answered as to all your options available with the Aamodt Water Settlement Agreement, please join Representative Carl Trujillo and representatives of the county and state government for a Q&A session so you can make an informed decision!

NOTE: These meetings are not the same as the workshops being held by the County in which Darcy Bushnell and staff will help you fill out your Aamodt settlement forms.

Everyone is welcome to attend any and all of the scheduled meetings:

Nambe Community
Location: Nambe Community Center
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time: 6:00pm

Pojoaque Community
Location: Frank B Lopez Gym
Sixth Grade Academy Conference Room
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Time: 6:00pm

El Rancho Community
Location: El Rancho Community Center
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: 6:00pm

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