ACTOR AND ALBQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENT
STEVEN MICHAEL QUEZADA TO RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARD
Actor and Albuquerque Public School parent Steven Michael Quezada will run for Albuquerque School Board in District 5, a newly created school board district on Albuquerque’s Westside.
Long active in programs that promote youth education, involvement and development, Quezada says the most compelling reason he has for wanting to be on the Board is to impact the lives of children.
“The incredible challenges our schools face require a Board Member who is committed to change and innovation,” Quezada said. Quezada continued, “Albuquerque’s my home. I want my kids and all of our children to be able to go to any public or charter school and receive and excellent education. It’s our responsibility to make sure no child falls through the cracks.”
Quezada served from 2009-2010 as the President of the Public Academy for Performing Arts PTSO Board and later served as Vice-President/Parent on the Public Academy for Performing Arts Charter School Governing Council where three of his four children attend.
“From experience, I know young people thrive in environments where academics and artistic creativity are paired,” says Quezada.
In the 1980’s Quezada was the director for Youth Development Inc.’s gang intervention program, “Teatro Consejo”, and more recently, he has been involved with YDI’s Elev8 program for Middle School students. Quezada, with the help of three-time Emmy winning actor Bryan Cranston developed and directed YDI’s Actors Core program.
Quezada volunteers his time and energy for various charitable causes in New Mexico.
Endorsing Quezada for the board are Westside leaders, Bernalillo County Commissioners Debbie O’Malley and Art De la Cruz, State Senator Elect Jacob Candelaria and State Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas, YDI President and CEO Chris Baca and the South West Alliance of Neighbors President Klarissa Pena. Also supporting Quezada is former State Senator and longtime friend, Eric Griego.
As a lifelong resident of Albuquerque’s Westside, Quezada attended West Mesa High School and Eastern New Mexico before becoming a comedian and actor and television star. Quezada currently stars as DEA agent Steven Gomez, the partner of main character Hank Schrader in the Emmy Award Winning AMC series Breaking Bad.
Quezada and his wife Cherise have four children.
The election will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
via Neri Holguin
Holguin Campaigns & Communications
If poll numbers are to follow social network numbers, then this election could be one hard fought online. In the New Mexico Gubernatorial Race of 2010, there was a clear difference between a candidate who interacted with their prospective constituents online and one who didn’t; still social media numbers in that case showed the opposite regarding which candidate was able to rally supporters online and it was those numbers that predicted the victor.
In this race both demographics are stacked to the left. Above from, Alexa, the largest most trusted web traffic ranking site online, is today’s three month look back at where the Presidential candidates rank in world wide web reach.
Though most all numbers, like claims and campaign promises can be altered, these digits do tell a story about each campaign, their approach, their demographics, and perhaps their standing in the race.
Below are the present day (moment) stats of your candidates for President of the United States in a scant 65 days. Check-in with your candidates, your choices on their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Decide what’s worth noting to you as you step into a voting booth on Nov. 6.
Notable to this blogette are not only the level of interactions between the campaigns and online voters but the number of followers and follows on both accounts.
Votes may not translate from “friends” or “like” totals, but should they?
If eligible voter turnout in this election reaches more than the 57.1% the census reported for the 2008 race, and the “legitimate” social network following built on either side of the aisle cast their vote, social media will predict the outcome.
UPDATE 6/6/12: FULL (UNOFFICIAL) PRIMARY RESULTS HERE.
NM Film Workers Union Reaction:
Dodging A Bullet
There were mixed results for progressives last night, but film really dodged a bullet with our #1 “protect” Senator Phil Griego and the surprising but welcome defeat of Rep. Kintigh in Roswell. While we at 480 are not going to take all the credit for this I would say that not only were we one of the biggest contributors in both races we went above and beyond even suspending operations yesterday to work on GOTV for Senator Griego. Some extreme pro film candidates were defeated (Mayor Coss, Rep. Eleanor Chavez) and we will miss them but we have replaced them with Christine Trujillo in the House and Joseph Candelaria in the Senate. We also are happy to see our friends Sheryl Williams Stapleton back and Andrew Barerras win a hard fought primary in Valencia County – we will have to be there to help him win the general election too. Again Local 480’s PAC donated substantial amounts to each of these candidates and worked on their behalf.
While we cannot overemphasize the huge loss we took with the retirement of Speaker Lujan I think last night can be characterized as a wash and these days that is not bad for us. Now we have the general election coming up and we need to try to win seats there for our solid allied like John Sapien who is in a tough race on the west side and Michael Sanchez who will no doubt be targeted by the Governor in Valencia County. We also can use this as an opportunity to educate new candidates as to the value of film. We will be looking at the elections and coming up with a plan of attack. Some of the material we developed over the last few years documentaries and pieces like “made in New Mexico” will be very useful to help us work with these new faces.
Thank you to those of you who voted and to those who didn’t shame on you. Last night was the opening salvo in what will be a battle to November, let’s get to work.
From The IATSE Local 480 Political Action Committee:
Tomorrow could be one of the most important days in the history of New Mexico’s film business if things don’t go well for us.
It looks like several pro film candidates are in trouble in the primary. This coupled with the retirement of Speaker Lujan and two of the four pro-film Senators puts us in a precarious position. Frankly we had 2 back stops, Speaker Lujan and Senate Corporations Committee Chairman Phil Griego.
Senator Griego has been targeted by conservation groups and one of my fellow unions and is in danger of losing his seat if we don’t get out and vote. Mayor Coss here in Santa Fe is in a tight race for Speaker Lujan’s seat and we need to make sure we get out the vote for him as well. Eleanor Chavez running for Senate and Sheryl Williams Stapleton are both in the fight of their lives yet they were there for us in the Labor Committee taking on Rep. Kintigh.
We need a motivated film community here using social media we know so well to urge our friends, family, and supporters to take this election seriously and get out there and vote. Many of these races will be very tight. Below is the list of candidates that IATSE Local 480 has endorsed.
The IATSE Local 480 Political Action Committee has endorsed the following candidates:
New Mexico House of Representatives
Andrew Barreras House District 7 (Valencia) √
Miguel P. Garcia House District 14 (Bernalillo) √
Antonio Maestas House District 16 (Bernalillo) √
Sheryl Williams-Stapleton House District 19 (Bernalillo) √
Christine Trujillo House District 25 (Bernalillo) √
David Coss House District 46 (Santa Fe) -
Brian Egolf House District 47 (Santa Fe) √
Bob Wooley House District 66 (Chaves/Lea/Roosevelt) √
New Mexico Senate
Richard Martinez Senate District 5 (Los Alamos/Rio Arriba/Sandoval/Santa Fe) √
Eleanor Chavez Senate District 14 (Bernalillo) -
Larry P. Martinez Senate District 35 (Dona Ana/Hidalgo/Luna/Sierra) -
Phil A. Griego Senate District 39 (Bernalillo/Lincoln/San Miguel/Santa Fe/Torrance/
Maggie Hart Stebbins Bernalillo County Commission District 3 √
Kathy Holian Santa Fe County Commission District 3 √
Virginia Vigil Public Regulation Commission District 3 -
Briana Zamora 2nd Judicial District Court √
M. Monica Zamora New Mexico Court of Appeals √
Click here for sample ballots and voting locations.
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.” -President Barack Obama
YOU can help Branden’s family in their efforts to win a fully wheelchair accessible van in this Mobility Awareness Month promotion. Use the Promo Codes below to cast 5 votes for Branden today & every day through May 13!
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Branden is an almost 15 year old boy who was born virtually a three limb amputee. He also has a form of Muscular Dystrophy called Mitochondrial Myopathy. He currently is the Goodwill Embassador for the state of New Mexico for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Currently Branden is a green belt in Brazliian Jiu Jitsu at Gracie Barra New Mexico. He competes and won first place in his last tournament. Not bad for a kid with one limb. He also won an international contest that was done on Twitter by world famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete Pablo Popovitch. He had to tell everyone how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu had changed his life. His entry stated that he was a 3 limb amputee with Muscular Dystrophy and because of Jiu Jitsu he no longer needed physical therapy.
He is a part of the Builders Club in school. The club does many community service projects every year. Branden participates in each of these and does as much as all the other kids in the club.
His whole life he has dealt with people who believe he is incapable of doing things because he has what they would deem as severe physical limitations. I don’t think there has been a day that has gone by that he has not proven people wrong and this includes the day he was born when he wasn’t expected to live.
He sees himself as being just an average kid. I don’t think there has ever been a person that has met him who hasn’t been positively touched by this young man. I would hardly say that is average.
Residents of the Northern Hemisphere are downright giddy this time of year, waiting on the edge of their frostbitten seats for spring to finally arrive. Luckily there’s not much longer to wait: Tuesday, March 20 is the Spring Equinox this year, when the sun rises exactly in the east and remains in the sky for 12 hours, setting directly in the west. Though the science of it is profoundly interesting, most of us are more concerned about the increase in sunlight — and warmth — on the not-so-distant horizon.
Speaking of horizons: In honor of the official start of spring, we’ve picked 10 top places around the world to see a magnificent sunrise.
UPDATE 2/3/12: Independent Source PAC Video explains Dirty Downs Dealings
UPDATE 1/13/12: KRQE reports that Laguna Development company has filed a formal protest regarding the process in which the state contract to operate the racetrack at the Albuquerque State Fair Grounds. After what many have called a possible “sweetheart deal”, heavily influenced by acts of the Governor, the contract was swiftly awarded to the Downs. Laguna is citing multiple issues with the hasty procedure and practices therein, further claiming that the State Fair Grounds Committee may currently be in violation of the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act. Full story here.
I’m always up for reviewing our Governor’s stance on NM Film and where her actions lie otherwise.
Fortunately I’m not the only one keeping one eye on the Gov. Democracy for New Mexico headlined Saturday with, “US Attorney Alerts FBI to Martinez Expo Deal”.
The must see post outlines how a bid-rigging complaint filed by political action group, Independent Source PAC has been forwarded to the FBI by US Attorney Kenneth Gonzales.
Democracy for NM implores readers to take action saying: Today’s news is big news, and we need you to help spread the word, New Mexicans won’t stand for “pay-to-play” deals and back-room gambles with our money!
Pre Launch Party:
Friday November 18, 2011 5 – 7 p.m.
Platinum VIP Members – Enjoy a relaxing 2 hour pre-launch party with all the industry’s Leaders, Sponsors, Businesses, Media and Special Guests
Red Carpet Event:
Friday November 18, 2011 6:30 – 8 p.m.
FREE ALL AGES EVENT
See your favorite artists, celebs & many more walking the 50ft red carpet to the media backdrop. Multi-media outlets will be on location taking interviews and photographs to document the highlights of this event!
The red carpet will be FREE to the public (all ages) who wish to show their favorite celebs support, get free stuff and autographs!
The ceremony will highlight local performances by artists and dance crews specially selected through NM Hip Hop Awards organization casting, auditions, previously featured performers and headliners.
Watch your winners announced and awarded the NMHHA crystal mic award and prize package! The Albuquerque Journal Theatre will cater adult beverages for purchase by those 21 and older. Ticket info. here.
The Albuquerque Journal Theatre is the official home of the 2011 New Mexico Hip Hop Awards. Come join us as we celebrate this year’s show in this state of the art facility located in the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Some of the features you can expect from this year’s show is the famous red carpet event held in the luxurious lobby of the venue. We will be featuring one of New Mexico’s best film companies V6M as they film and interview the artists in front of our sponsor backdrop on our 50ft red carpet. – NMHHA
Attending the Pre-launch Party: Quest Marketing, Global Network Promotions, ZONU Entertainment, Str8lace Promotions, Phenomenal Radio, KISS 97.3 FM, Stacey’s Tattoo & Body Peircing, Zorro Property Management, Secret Seduction Parties, NM Vape, Adrian Nairda Fine Clothing, Ride n Smoke Records, Unbreakable Records, Paragon Pleasures, Budweiser, Chicano Rap Magazine, Block Relevant Magazine, HHMI Magazine, Lowrider Team Magazine, & many more….
Covering this event: 1. Chicano Rap Magazine 2. Lowrider Team Magazine 3. Block Relevant Magazine 4. HHMI Worldwide Magazine 5. Azure Media Group 6. Plus Light Productions 7. VIP New Mexico 8. Hip Hop Promotions 9. V6M- Vision House, 6 Mic Films, Majico Entertainment & more to come…
The New Mexico Hip Hop Awards is consistently growing and changing as you can see from the 2010 & 2011 event schedules. 2012 promises even more categories to cater to all aspects of the hip hop entertainment industry. Expanded categories to include Promoter of the Year and Upcoming Promoter of the year, recognition of backup dancers, poppers, bboys, steppers, etc. All an important part of hip hop culture, this is New Mexico’s time & place to recognize them as a major part of the industry.
Voting is open now in the following 2011 categories:
Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Duo/Group Artist of the Year
Producer of the Year
DJ of the Year
*Upcoming Male Artist of the Year
Upcoming Female Artist of the Year
Upcoming Duo/Group Artist of the Year
Upcoming Producer of the Year
Upcoming DJ of the Year
UPDATE 10/18/11: Third-part hosting is the “hanging chad” of this contest. Please stand by to get your votes in for our girl Dia…
Though the registration and voting process leave much to be desired, namely ease and functionality, the campaign brought to you by local a.m. television show New Mexico Style, is a good one and it’s a great opportunity to showcase New Mexico talent.
Prestigious New Mexico jeweler to the world (and Breaking Bad), Gertrude Zachary is holding a Model search for the next face of Zachary…
The contestants have all been entered at New Mexico Style and now it’s up to YOU to crown and otherwise bejewel the WINNER!
Tops with us is perennial OHI fave Diana Gaitirira! An obvious beauty, replete with all the talent, charisma and star quality to represent Zachary and New Mexico with style!
Laborious and convoluted as the process may be (good practice for the easier government election process) log on to Kasa.com specifically here to cast a vote for actress/model/spokesperson extraordinaire – the beloved Diana Gaitirira!
VOTE daily, now through October 23. The winner will be revealed on New Mexico Style Friday, November 4th, 2011
The Santa Fe based web series production Cyphers “weaves a mystery in the style of “Lost”, “Damages”, and “Twin Peaks” — but with an ecological twist. Each episode reveals another piece of the puzzle with the intent to engage the audience in not only solving the mystery, but to influence and change the way they interact with our food, water and environment.”
We haven’t been terribly successful in directly nominating or backing winning campaigns or contestants, though we were able to document a 1:2 cross country vie for a spot in the Avengers.
Our pick for last year’s FOF, reigning Golden Tumbleweed Favorite Actor Award Winner Steven Ray Byrd, and countless other New Mexicans whose cause or talents we’ve championed (including them there animals we’re trying to raise funds for – see the donation widget to your right) don’t quite get the recognition we lobby for.
So I won’t ask you to vote for this adorbs young man Anthony Almanza (below), or the sun shiny goodness of Dee Brown – the choice is yours all yours!
Watch ‘em all, pick your fave and support ‘em! Your vote is your complete video view so go to kasa.com to see them all. The chosen one will be your Face of Fox for the next year or so and will speak to and for our community for the duration and perhaps beyond…
If you’re some kind of TV personality superhero who can sweep in and take this you have until Friday April 29, 2011 at midnight to submit for consideration here.
The top ten viewed videos move on to the second round of selection beginning Monday May 2, 2011 – Good luck to all you talented contestants!
Much success and best wishes to all who enter! And adios to our out going face Michael Junchaya. Keep up with him on the social net. until we see him again in another gig!
The weekly staple on all things Albuquerque since 1992 is waiting to hear from YOU!
It’s time again to submit your ballot in the Weekly Alibi’s Best of Burque edition. Vote on everything from “Best Albuquerquean” to “The Worst Thing About Albuquerque” and almost everything in-between in over 50 categories.
There’s no best bloggette or fake reporter category for me to lose in, but we can all vote on those exalted in local TV and radio all year-round (see below and throughout my ramblings) and you can just make sh*t up in their “Best Anything We Forgot” category.
I can’t decide between Best native humanitarian, champion for equality, host with the mostest, sexy beast, world renowned actor and beloved regular returner of dogooding to his hometown aka Neil Patrick Harris, or best place to pick your nose at a traffic light unnoticed.
Whatever pleasures you most in the Burque and garners your “Best” label, get your vote on here now! Deadline is the stroke of midnight Tuesday March 22.
With an impressive margin NM Actor, Steven Ray Byrd takes the title of, Voted Favorite Local. Every Actor nominated is a favorite of ours and we’re very thankful to have had such a strong response in votes across the board! And especially happy to have received several write-in nominations so that we can cover even more local talent!
Sweeping the write-in votes in her category and the entire poll over all, Christian-Rhen Stefani too took a strong lead and the top ranking as Favorite Local Actress in this year’s Golden Tumbleweed Awards Polling.
Congratulations to both these local faves and much love to all those nominated and recognized. Can’t wait to learn more about all the amazing talent in front of and behind the camera! Go New Mexico!
Favorite Local Actor Noms
Favorite Local Actress Noms
All of the above have talent, many have worked on the big screen, small screen and stage, most are wildly poplar, some even have their own TV show, okay one does…and they’re all passionately involved in that business we call show!
New Mexico boasts these and thousands upon thousands more industry professionals & hopefuls at this ever increasingly awesome time in NM when we’re becoming known for more than green chile and rattlesnake mugs sombreros (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
These are our current pics for Favorite Local Talent in our annual Golden Tumbleweed Poll. Cast your vote from the selection above and/or nominate your own personal fave!
New Mexico is ROCKING the industry with organizations, resources, education & training and ever growing opps in all areas of arts & entertainment!
Anyone & everyone who wants to get-in on the industry, so many are working hard to maintain as the next best thing to happen to NM, should check out these valuable resources:
For your perusing pleasure, OneHeadlightInk presents just a dozen of some of the gentlemen who graced New Mexico over the past year or so with films wrapped or released in and around 2010.
Stay tuned for your selections for Fave Actress, Best Picture, Best Television Series, Series Actors, Fave Local, Dubious Honors, Most Wanted and much more in this year’s version of our annual Golden Tumbleweed Awards!
Click here for the last year’s inaugural round-up! Including the previous winner in this category who is back in the running again…gotta love us some sexy, “repeat offenders”! Many of this year’s contenders are habitual NM Movie Makers!
All Polls close Sunday February 27…Get your vote on!