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    Santolina decision postponed by BernCo commissioners
    After hours of pitches and public comment over two days of hearings, Bernalillo County commissioners decided to delay a vote on approving the first level of the proposed Santolina master plan. Santolina would be developed on almost 13,800 acres of Bernalillo County land located southwest of Albuquerque ? a long-term plan that would bring residential and commercial components to the site. Representatives of owner Western Albuquerque Land Holdings wanted commissioners to make a decision on the Level?

    Try, try again: the future of NM's failed data breach bill
    The third time was not the charm. From Rep. Bill Rehm's (R-Bernalillo) perspective, the failure of the Data Breach Notification Act ? also know at HB 217 ? during the state's 2015 legislative session puts New Mexicans' personal information at risk and ultimately means that he'll introduce it again next year. Last week's tabling of the bill by the Senate Judiciary Committee marks the third time Rehm has sponsored some version of the data breach notification only to have it fail. The passage?

    Startup launches baby gear rentals for grandmas in need
    Any parent knows of the heaps of baby toys, rockers, potty seats and cribs that pile up. "I had a ton of baby stuff in my garage," said Kerri Couillard. One day, as her two children had outgrown most of the stuff, her husband asked if he could put it on Craigslist and try to sell it. "My husband was like, we need to sell this. As a mom, there?s an emotional component, and I didn?t know if we were done," she said. But Couillard is a programmer, and making a new website was easy. So she made?

    Yashoda Naidoo: How microlending changed her life
    Yashoda Naidoo is best known as the owner of Annapurna?s World Vegetarian Café, which launched more than a decade ago with the aid of a $20,000 loan from Accion New Mexico. After a 17-year CPA career that ended at Arthur Andersen, Naidoo ventured into the restaurant business ? fresh out of a divorce and unbeknownst to her parents. We asked her about her experience building a business with the aid of a microlender and how the process changed her life. What was your life like when you started?

    AED luncheon recaps six months of projects, travel and legislative losses
    Thursday?s Albuquerque Economic Development quarterly luncheon was a wrap-up of events from the last six months. In October, Flagship Foods announced it was opening a manufacturing headquarters here, and COO Carlos Angulo recapped that company?s plans. Also, the CEO of cybersecurity firm RiskSense, Mark Fidel, talked about his company's growth in the city over the last few years. Gary Tonjes, the president of AED, said the group helped with some of this year?s economic development bills at?

    Santolina stakeholders make case to BernCo Commissioners
    Representatives for Santolina land owners Western Albuquerque Land Holdings presented a case Thursday for Level A approval of the proposed master planned development southwest of Albuquerque to the Bernalillo County Commissioners. Rodey Law Firm real estate attorney John P. Salazar said WALH has gone above and beyond requirements set forth in the county?s criteria for which a planned community should be considered. He said the master plan had been thoroughly vetted ? a process that started in?

    Founder institute drumming up more support, more companies
    Startup Santa Fe is moving forward with its push to bring local entrepreneurs into the Founder Institute, a 16-week business accelerator program in Santa Fe. On Wednesday, the group had its third meeting, a small affair at the Santa Fe Spirits tasting room, to talk more about the project. Several entrepreneurs attended and were looking for more info on how to develop their companies that were as diverse as a toy manufacturer and a baby-gear rental company. The founders of Startup Santa Fe are working?

    Albuquerque area home building permits hit 13-month low
    The volume of new homebuilding permits declined in February in the Albuquerque area ? representing a 13-month low. There were 87 permits issued last month, down from 93 in January ? about a 6.5 percent decrease. The high point in the past 13-months was 193 in May and the previous low was 91 permits last November. Data was obtained through the Albuquerque New Housing Market Letter, a monthly publication of DataTraq. Pulte Group led all builders in February with 23 permits, or about 26 percent.?

    Travel+Leisure names ABQ sixth-best food city in U.S.
    Excuse us, Austin. Step aside, Seattle. Not you, New Orleans and New York. Albuquerque finished ahead of all of those cities ? and sixth overall ? in a recent Travel+Leisure magazine ranking of America's best food cities. The ranking came from a poll of the magazine's readers, who were asked to vote on 38 cities for qualities like walkable streets, historic appeal, art galleries ? and, of course, food. "The patron saint of this Southwestern city?s food scene has long been the fire-roasted?

    Why the Twitter deal is bigger than it seems for Foursquare
    Foursquare has inked a major tech integration deal with Twitter that will give the "check in" fresh life, albeit under a different name. Starting today, Twitter users can add a location to their tweets, choosing from a drop-down menu of possible places you are. In many cases, specific businesses or destinations will appear as choices, a service powered by Foursquare. For Foursquare, that's potentially huge because Twitter now becomes a source of incoming data on where smart phone users are frequenting.?