The Village of Los Ranchos is an incorporated municipality formed under the State law in 1958. The governing body of the Village of Los Ranchos is composed of four trustees elected by the voters to four-year staggered terms. In the November 5, 2019 election, Village voters will elect a Mayor and two members of the Board of Trustees.
Candidates for Mayor
Don Lopez is the unopposed candidate for Mayor.
Diane E. Albert, PhD, JD
What qualifies you to be a Trustee? I have lived in the Village of Los Ranchos for more than 10 years. I have served on the Planning and Zoning Commission. I previously served as a Los Alamos County Councilor for 4 years and also on the Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission. I have a PhD in Materials Science and a Law Degree from UNM. I am a team player.What qualifies you to be a Trustee? I have lived in the Village of Los Ranchos for more than 10 years. I have served on the Planning and Zoning Commission. I previously served as a Los Alamos County Councilor for 4 years and also on the Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission. I have a PhD in Materials Science and a Law Degree from UNM. I am a team player.
What are the top priorities for the Village? Preserving and strengthening the rural character of the Village; supporting small businesses including home businesses; improving outdoor recreational opportunities including bicycling, walking, equestrian, soccer, etc.; providing excellent customer service to residents including open and honest government; keeping the Village’s fiscal and legal position strong; supporting and improving the Larry Abraham Agriculture Center; working with the BernCo Sheriffs Department to keep crime low.
Should Los Ranchos be more film friendly? There are many opportunities for filming Los Ranchos since the Village is so beautiful. However, residents must be treated with respect at all times. Filming should not be disruptive in the Village since we are a relatively quiet, peaceful, animal-friendly community. It’s a balancing act and Trustees should be alert at all times to listen to residents – they come first.
Should business owners be compensated for losses for the 4th Street construction? How could this be accomplished? Businesses would need to account and prove what losses occurred and tie these losses directly to the construction. Also, if the 4th Street renovation leads to increases in revenue in the future, should this increase in income be accounted for too? I try to do all my shopping and dining on 4th Street to offset any loss.
Thomas S. Riccobene, Jr.
What qualifies you to be a Trustee? As a Planning Commissioner and interim Trustee, I continue to learn how our government exists to serve our residents with careful and deliberate contemplation and understanding of every decision. My 40 years of experience growing a business and volunteering has taught me important lessons. I have an affable, creative and learned personality. My communication skills are strong, and I help bring people to agreement.
What are the top priorities for the Village? The top priority for the Village is to finish our 4th Street improvements and begin to benefit from them. This includes helping our businesses flourish from our friendly and happy residents and visitors. Maintaining open space is an important aspect to our rural setting, yet it is important to add more livable spaces for our seniors, without them having to take care of large properties.
Should Los Ranchos be more film friendly? In past years, Los Ranchos restricted all filming in the Village due to disruption to neighborhoods. After meeting with residents, Commissioners, Trustees and Staff, I visited filming sites and spoke with site managers about needs and requirements to both film and to keep the peace. We have now provided the Village with a compressive film policy promoting community support, low disruption and protects the Village.
Should business owners be compensated for losses from the 4th Street Construction? Every effort has been made to maintain access to businesses, however due to the extent and complication of construction businesses may have been adversely affected. Compensation would be difficult to quantify and fund. Los Ranchos will now have a main street that welcomes residents and visitors alike. A Village Chamber of Commerce with assistance from staff will aid the regrowth of business on 4ths street.
Mary E. Homan
What qualifies you to be a village trustee? I have served the people of Los Ranchos as a Trustee for 15 years. I am the only Trustee candidate that has taken the time to fully educate myself to serve in this position by earning the Certified Municipal Official designation through NM Municipal League. I listen to the needs and concerns of the people and seek solutions, building community, trust and respect.
What are the top priorities for your district? Retaining our open space and semi-rural atmosphere, while providing other quality of life services and facilities is crucial to our residents. Improving our commercial corridor will make it more aesthetically pleasing, attracting new businesses and services that will not only serve our community but will create jobs and aid the Village financially with gross receipts tax enabling other services, acquisitions and improvements.
Should Los Ranchos be made more film friendly? Yes, but controls to protect the rights of property owners must be enforced so that the filming process does not infringe on people’s rights and ability to use and enjoy their property. The Village had some bad experiences in the past but as a Board we have created a Film Ordinance, general process controls, and are developing strong communications and relationships with the industry.
Should business owners be compensated for the access limits caused by the Fourth Street construction? Due to the NM’s Anti-donation Law, the Village is unable to compensate business owners financially. We have employed a project manager to work with the construction contractors and businesses to mitigate problems such as accessibility and visibility, while driving the project forward. The Village posts information on the local businesses (including their goods/services) and has purchased additional parking areas for business patrons.
Allen L. Lewis
1. What qualifies you to be a Trustee? My family moved to Los Ranchos in 1960 and I have lived here off and on for 59 years. I attended Ranchos Elementary and Taft Middle School.
2. What are the top priorities for the Village? The top priorities are preserving our agricultural heritage while establishing a strong tax base to provide for the continuation of the services required to keep the Village of Los Ranchos such a special place to live.
3. Should Los Ranchos be more film friendly? On July 31, 2019 the Village Trustees did pass a film friendly policy for the Village.
4. Should business owners be compensated for losses from the 4th Street Construction? No. The Village staff did an excellent job working with Business Owners preparing, communicating and trying to mitigate any business interruptions during construction.
Sandra Romero Pacheco
What qualifies you to be a village trustee? I am a Village Planning and Zoning Commissioner. In my tenure as commissioner, I gained experience with our local government and Village residents. In addition, I served on the 2035 Master Plan Committee for nearly 12 months, listening to the important issues facing our residents and working with other committee members to assist in developing a strong master plan incorporating resident input.
What are the top priorities for your district? My priorities are to finish what we have started, to preserve our rural way of life, to research and support alternative housing opportunities, to continue to grow our Village’s commitment to agriculture, to provide a safe and accessible community for all New Mexicans to enjoy.
Should Los Ranchos be made more film friendly? I believe that Los Ranchos should be film friendly to the point that it is not disruptive to the community and/or our residents. With a clear plan, detailed parameters and strong enforcement, the Village can benefit from the film industry through gross receipts tax. We live in a beautiful community and it would be great to share the scenery with the world.
Should business owners be compensated for the access limits caused by the Fourth Street construction? I am not sure that access compensation is necessarily the answer. I do believe that the Village should support the business owners in other ways to include a strong marketing plan to create foot traffic for our businesses. There are other ways to create activity for the 4th Street business corridor and I support creating activities to bring business back to our business owners.
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