Should small Albuquerque businesses be required to offer sick leave to employees?

Kent Cravens

Kent Cravens

Join Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE) on Monday, April 10 for an enlightening discussion about the proposed sick leave ordinance for the city. The ordinance will be on the municipal ballot in October and will affect many businesses in the community.

Kent Cravens, Executive Director of the Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS will discuss implications of the ballot measure from the point of view of the impact it will have on small businesses. He has extensive experience as the former owner of an Alphagraphics business franchise, as a former state senator and longtime activist in economic issues.

Adriann Barboa is the field director of Strong Families New Mexico, the group that found enough citizen signatures to place the measure on the ballot. She will discuss the issue from the point of view the measure would have on employees of small businesses.

This should be a topic of interest to all Albuquerque citizens. Everyone is welcome. People who are not members of APWF will be asked to pay an additional five dollars.

Bob Perls to speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends

Bob PerlsBob Perls, former New Mexico legislator and founder of the non-profit organization New Mexico Open Primaries will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends on Monday March 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral restaurant (5207 San Mateo NE.)

Open Primaries says it is a movement based on the idea that no person must be a member of a political party in order to vote. During the 2017 session of the New Mexico legislature two bills have been introduced that would allow independent voters to vote in either the democratic or republican primaries. Another bill introduced in the House of Representatives would reduce the number of signatures independent voters need to qualify to appear on the ballot.

Since many New Mexico elections are decided by the winner of a primary, and only members of a political party are allowed to participate in a primary, Perls and his organization believe this would allow many more voters to participate in the election process. Currently nearly one quarter of all registered voters in New Mexico do not belong to either of the two major parties.

Perls has an M.S. in Healthcare Management with honors.  He started his own medical technology company, Monitech, Inc., at the age of 24 and sold it in 2008 after 25 years of operation.  In addition, he was elected to two terms to the New Mexico House of Representatives representing parts of Sandoval County, did consulting for a Governor of New Mexico on ways to create jobs through renewable energy and ran unsuccessfully for Congress and the PRC for a total of 13 years of political, elected and campaign experience.

Caroline Little will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends in February

Caroline Little

Caroline Little

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends will hear from Caroline Little, former President and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America on Monday, February 13, at 11:30 a.m. Little has a wide perspective on the changing landscape facing print journalists and newspapers. She will discuss the future of newspapers in light of new controversies journalists journalists must navigate.

APWF is meeting in a new location. We will meet at the Golden Corral meeting room, 5207 San Mateo NE, south of Cliff’s between McLeod and Osuna. The buffet is $8.99 plus gratuity and optional beverage. Everyone is welcome but there is an additional $5. charge for non-members.

APWF is composed of journalists,writers, bloggers and communicators interested in current events.