New Mexico in Focus talks with Rebecca Avitia, the first female executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. A native New Mexican, Avitia left a successful law career to take on the challenges facing the center following numerous leadership changes and financial issues.

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.

NMIF explores public banking: banks set up and run by government entities. Public banking has been presented as a viable solution to the present economic crisis in U.S. states, capable of reducing economic impact of recessions and providing capital for local governments. Megan Kamerick speaks with Gwendolyn Hallsmith, executive director of the Public Banking Institute and Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales about efforts to start a public bank in New Mexico. A public banking symposium takes place Saturday, Sept. 27 in Santa Fe.

Also, a review of the political and legal scuffle on jurisdiction over general election ballots; an update on the race for Governor of New Mexico; and an in depth look into the Albuquerque City Council’s passage of an ordinance to establish a new and robust civilian police oversight agency.  

Rebecca Avitia, executive director, National Hispanic Cultural Center
Gwendolyn Hallsmith, executive director, Public Banking Institute
Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House Minority Whip
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Sophie Martin, attorney
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions

Megan Kamerick

Gene Grant

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The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Megan Kamerick. Associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program is provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.