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Police officers work hard, but their raises aren't guaranteed

Representatives of the law-enforcement and public-safety professions have contacted me about not receiving raises in the past five years.

Many of these messages have been passionate and heartfelt, explaining personal hardships and sacrifices. Others have expressed a notion that somehow raises were guaranteed or promised.

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Police officers work hard, but their raises aren't guaranteed

Representatives of the law-enforcement and public-safety professions have contacted me about not receiving raises in the past five years.

Many of these messages have been passionate and heartfelt, explaining personal hardships and sacrifices. Others have expressed a notion that somehow raises were guaranteed or promised.

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Please Vote

Salt River Tubing will offer free Mardi Gras beads   and a “Parade of Floats” on Saturday, Aug. 18.

 

We are approaching another primary election in August.  Voters please vote!  Candidates keep to the issues, and please keep it honest and forthright— your campaigns.  Let’s not have another replay of the 2008 primary. The dirty below-the-belt politics.

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Retirement Communities Bullhead City

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Retired PCSO lieutenant runs for JP

Mr. Ellsworth retired from PCSO on April 11th (celebrated with a press release from the sheriff) yet he is passing out the stimulus-like RICO money in the Casa Grande area for Mr. Babeu (who apparently has endorsed Mr. Ellsworth in his run for Justice of the Peace in Casa Grande). Maybe Mr. Babeu was just too busy yesterday, meeting with gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones and himself giving the Poston Butte H.S. kids $10,000 in stimulus-like RICO money for their grad party (including giveaway electronics). He did manage to stop by for a photo op with a constable running for re-election in Shaun Babeu's court. And the retired Mr. Ellsworth didn't mind doing the local stand in for him.

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Response to Supervisor Smith's Oped re: Outdoor Medical Marijuana

I carefully read the oped piece in which you share your rationale for the zoning change which will allow the opportunity for outdoor medical marijuana to be cultivated in CR areas of Pinal County. I assure you that I was aware that it was a zoning change and not the approval of a request for a specific cultivation site as I had studied the the packet presented by staff on PZ-C-004-14 prior to sending an email to all supervisors to deny this zoning change.

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Response to Sheriff Babeu

The Sheriffs decision to attempt to influence public opinion through his recent editorial instead of his standard procedure of handing out Rico Funded checks, comes as no surprise to those of us paying attention.  Because he was unable to bamboozle the Board of Supervisors (BOS) with an initial request for almost $13 million dollars in budget increases, he returned to the board for 2.7 million. Fortunately, they saw through his façade and did not even offer a motion to move the agenda item to a vote. With the exception of Supervisor Chase, who was visibly upset to the point of tears, the BOS has shown leadership and resolve for good fiscal management of the County’s treasury.

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Response to Chairmen Millers editorial on May 20th

Chairman and Board Members,

In response to Chairmen Millers editorial on May 20th, Let me start by quoting you, where you say “Others have expressed a notion that somehow raises were guaranteed or promised.” Is it not a promise when an employer advertises a job in which a 14 step salary plan is shown? This salary plan is still on the Pinal County website today. Is it not a promise when the job is advertised with “annual C.O.L.A.” adjustments, which is what was advertised when I was hired.

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Remember who has NOT been a good steward of YOUR money

I want the voters of Pinal County to focus on why I’m the best candidate for Clerk of the Superior Court.

My 13 years proven EXPERIENCE as a hands-on financial manager far surpasses my opponents as his experience in sales and the “face” of the office.

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Regarding the Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting held on 2/5/14, agenda items 9,10,&11

On 1/9/2013, the first meeting of the new board, Supervisor Smith appointed his Executive Assistant, Marlene Pearce at pay grade 5, salary $46,987. Now a year later he and Supervisors House & Chase want to give their Ex Assts. a raise of over $10,000 a year to $57,241 (22+%). No one in this county has received a raise in 6+ years unless promoted.

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Regarding our ongoing, exhaustive issues with Johnson Utilities.

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I am certain all of you who have not left for cooler ground are aware of our low water pressure issues we have had for approximately one month now.  If you are like myself, every time you called the Johnson Utilities office you got a different story.  Well, this has been ongoing for years with Johnson Utilities.  I don’t know how many of you have taken the time to research the company or not.  But, multiple violations for almost 15 years, as well as major citations, lawsuits, and hefty fines have been issued.

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Race To The Bottom

Mitt Romney wants to let America hit bottom – that’s what he said.  

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Qualities I posses that Sheriff Babeu and his administration do not

Recently I was pondering why I have decided to run for sheriff and the qualities I posses that Sheriff Babeu and his administration do not.

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Searchers

 

They found our friend Jeff Block last week (The News, page A-1, today’s edition).

He and his wolf hybrid (Blue) had been missing since Wednesday, July 25. Volunteer searchers found Jeff and Blue at the bottom of the Salt River Canyon where his pickup crashed and he and Blue were killed during a trip to Show Low that day.

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Search and Rescue volunteers

Apache Junction author Jean Groen and her prickly pear pickin’ accomplice Robert Lewis offer their popular annual class, “How to Juice a Prickly Pear,” at 10:30 a.m.

I attended the Superstition Search and Rescue (SSAR) monthly meeting last night (Aug. 14) at the Elks Lodge in Apache Junction.

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Scrapple Poisoning-in Apache Junction?

A dish usually served at breakfast in Pennsylvania, tastes kinda like hash, mixed with lard and used wall insulation- as with anything, too much of it can be deadly.

This is the ONLY thing we have not heard of from all the commotion back east.

But, our 1st confirmed case of it has occurred here, in Apache Junction.

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Saving The Second Amendment — A National Effort

Archeologist Allen Dart at Ventana Cave.

 

When politicians are sworn into office, they are sworn to uphold the United Stated Constitution. Many politicians do not uphold their oath, in these modern times, however. And, as a general populous, our expectations of politicians have been reduced to hopes. We cast our vote at the ballot box and keep our fingers crossed, hoping that we made the right choice. Many of us don’t even try that hard, preferring to abstain from the electoral process altogether.

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Saving Mickey

Last week, local Phoenix news channels ran a story about a child mauled by a dog in a neighbor's yard.  Since that time, at least three pages on Facebook have sprung up calling for the dog, Mickey, to be euthanized.  While I do not agree with this, I do recognize the right of others to their opinions.  What is not acceptable is the violent, hateful stance these three pages have taken.  Nor is it acceptable for them to spread lies having no factual support such as that certain dog breeds are genetically predisposed to being dangerous.  This is simply not true.  Mickey has been classified as a Pit Bull and as such, the clamor for the breed to be restricted, banned or eradicated is rising once again. 

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San Tan Sanity

 

(Almost) Congressman Paul Babeu faces Republicans Jack McClaren, Derek Arnson and Tom Bearup for the GOP nomination for sheriff.

You may remember that Sheriff Babeu was all set to take his seat in Congress before the voters learned that while his deputies were chasing imaginary Mexicans around the Sonoran Desert the past four years, Sheriff Babeu was chasing a real one around his bedroom in San Tan Valley.

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Roche is blocking the truth

Enough is enough.

Before you fill in the circles on your early ballot, read this. Normally the race for the $63,000 snooze job of the Clerk of the Superior Court is a yawn. Big yawn. But not this time. What we have going on in Pinal County in the race for Clerk is way more than what it looks like at the surface.

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