This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland asks lawmakers about their attempts to improve the lives of children and families in New Mexico.

The Line also discusses the proposed Santolina development in Albuquerque. Supporters say the planned development southwest of Albuquerque would help facilitate future growth. Opponents argue it would strain economic and water resources. NMiF invites a group of community leaders from both sides to the table, to discuss these issues.

Host Gene Grant and this week's line panelists weigh in on that debate, discuss the latest developments for a homeless camp in Albuquerque, and talk about the confirmation of Hanna Skandera as the state's Secretary of Education.

The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1 and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.

John Garcia, executive vice president - Home Builders Association
Rod Mahoney, president - South Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations
Virginia Necochea, director - Center for Social Sustainable Systems (CESOSS)
Jim Strozier, principal - Consensus Planning, Inc.
Representative Gail Chasey (D)
Senator Gay Kernan (R)
Senator John Sapien (D)

Line Panelists
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Harry Van Buren, professor, Anderson School of Management

Gwyneth Doland
Floyd Vasquez 

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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