By PETE SHEEHEYVice ChairLos Alamos County CouncilLike many of us in Los Alamos, I know I owe a lot to good public education. Tax revenues spent wisely on education are a good investment in our future. That is why I urge Los Alamos citizens to vote yes for continuation of our Public Schools Bonds.This vote will not increase property taxes; it will simply continue the present tax rates so that the schools can continue to rehabilitate and update our aging schools. Los Alamos support of these bond issues enables us to receive additional New Mexico state schools capital funding, multiplying the effect of our tax dollars.You can vote every day except Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Los Alamos Municipal Building or the White Rock Town Hall. On Tuesday Nov. 5, you can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at these locations or at the Golf Course, Betty Ehart Senior Center, or UNM-LA Building 6 room 631. Please vote yes for our children’s future!
AMID charges of favouritism and political interference, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority on March 19 cancelled a $236m order for 104 stainless steel commuter cars from the Rotem-led United Transit Systems consortium.Septa board Chairman Pasquale Deon blamed the potential cost of defending a lawsuit brought by Kawasaki Rail Car, one of three unsuccessful bidders, as the reason for cancelling the deal. ’Septa is already in a severe budget crisis, and a protracted legal challenge would cost precious money and time’, he said. Septa will rebid the contract, stating from the outset that the lowest bidder will get the job rather than the company with the best technical qualifications. Both UTS and Kawasaki have confirmed that they plan to bid again. n