Today’s show is about famed and now indicted Santa Fe paving company Advantage Asphalt and it’s relationship with the City of Santa Fe. There’s a new report this week from the Santa Fe Coalition for Good Government (SFCGG) that really has the potential to get to the bottom of questions that have been swirling around the relationship between the City and Advantage for the last year and a half. We talk to John Gordiner and his wife Cindy Katz of SFCGG about the new report. John was a prosecutor in the California district attorney’s office for 35 years before he and Cindy moved to Santa Fe three years ago. Anthony Montoya’s criminal lawyer, Sam Bregman, pictured above, right, makes the point that the report does not point to any wrongdoing on the part of Advantage. And Jim Atwood has a New Mexico Minute on the latest with the Santa Fe Indian School.
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Some of you may remember that in February of this year, Advantage Asphalt and its principals, Anthony and Marlene Montoya — were indicted on multiple counts of fraud and bribery based on their $7 million of contracts with Santa Fe County and their work at the Rancho Viejo subdivision. But, the indictment did not cover any of the $4.5 million of contracts with the City of Santa Fe. SFCGG studied 4000 pages of documents, and based on their findings is calling for an independent forensic audit. After much prodding and initial protestations that it was not necessary, Santa Fe Mayor David Coss did ask DA Spence Pacheco to take a look at the contracts back in April. Nothing came of that, though Spence Pacheco says that she still intends to do the review.
Don’t forget to support our local papers. We would be lost without them. Kiera Hay of the the Albuquerque Journal was out in front on the reporting about the City’s contracts with Advantage in her 2010 article, and the Santa Fe New Mexican has also done great reporting on this saga.