On Wednesday, Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima gave his first “State of the City” address in over two years, where he promoted multiple woke left-wing policies and claimed the biggest problems the city faces are “climate change” and “policing.”
The Las Cruces Sun-News reported, “The mayor mentioned the threat of climate change on the city and the human species and celebrated the council’s actions to combat it, including a resolution to convert the city’s fleet to electric vehicles, a commitment to transition off natural gas, a policy to require carbon-neutral energy for new buildings owned or subsidized by the city and upcoming building code revisions to make all new buildings ‘electric-ready.’”
Miyagishima also spewed anti-police rhetoric, claiming not all policing needs a “badge and a gun.”
“Our hope is that personnel trained in social intervention will soon be taking lead on calls to assist people suffering from mental illness, addiction and homelessness, and to respond for child welfare checks and threats to commit suicide,” he said.
He also alluded to Critical Race Theory and diversity hiring in the police force, saying, “In a city like Las Cruces, our police force isn’t an occupying force – our officers live among us as neighbors and friends.” Miyagishima added, “The path to optimal policing lies along the path we’ve just been talking about – considering our different backgrounds, fears, and expectations, and how life is experienced by all those involved.”
The speech comes as Democrats nationwide have attempted to ram through extreme enviro-Marxist proposals, such as in New Mexico with the Energy Transition Act, also known as New Mexico’s “mini” Green New Deal. Other cities such as Albuquerque have clamped down on police activity, instead, delegating certain 911 calls to social workers. Miyagishima appears to want to follow in these footsteps in Albuquerque.