With the primary election Tuesday, many political races have the potential to impact economic development on Albuquerque’s West Side, specifically land that was part of the historic 300-year-old Atrisco Land Grant.
Atrisco Oil and Gas, LLC – the for-profit company created from the sale of the Westland Development Corporation to the SunCal Companies in 2006 -- will host a political rally Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in support of state Rep. Dan Silva and state senators James Taylor and Linda Lopez, all Democrats. All three are fending off challenges from primary opponents and Atrisco and SunCal want to help the lawmakers survive Tuesday's primary.
Peter Sanchez, CEO of Atrisco Oil and Gas, said he believes all three incumbents understand the development needs of the West Side while the challengers have shown themselves to be anti-development. SunCal also is sponsoring the event and is backing the same candidates as well." more>>>>
"For over 400 years, the Atrisqueños (Atrisco land grantees) have witnessed a number of economic and political changes, from the Pueblo Revolt to New Mexico's independence from Spain, and New Mexico's inclusion as a territory of the United States in 1846. Today, Atrisco remains one of the oldest existing land grants in the United States and one of very few Spanish Colonial grants still presently owned by the heirs of the original Spanish settlers. The Atrisco Land Grant continues to be a proud part of Spanish heritage in New Mexico." Atrisco Land Grant