Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots Weekly Meeting 12-20-12

SuperTThe Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots (http://superstition912teapartypatriots.ning.com/) gathered Thursday night at 6:30 pm for their regular weekly meeting at the Feedbag’ Restaurant in Apache Junction. Bill Bish led the meeting.
 
Judy Novalsky gave a report on the most recent Apache Junction Fire Board Meeting held December 19 (http://www.ajfire.org).  Board Member Todd House was voted Board Chair and Board Member Linda Shank was voted Board Clerk (“Also, per A.R.S.  38-847(A).3 the Board Clerk is the Chair for the PSPRS Local Pension Board.  The Board Clerk also appoints the 2 citizen members on the LPB. (The other 2 individuals on the LPB are firefighter members.)  There is currently one open citizen member slot”).  The Renaissance Fair service contract was reviewed – it will be for two years, a change from the current annual contract.  Board Member Barb Cobb mentioned the numerous errors in the Board By-Laws and the Board requested that By-Laws for several Fire Boards be obtained for review in January.  
 
Beth Hallgren reminded everyone that the AAARC (Arizona American African Republican Committee), is holding the ‘First Annual Emancipation Proclamation Observance, A Day of Thanksgiving’ in Phoenix on January 1.  This will be the 150th Anniversary of its signing by President Abraham Lincoln (time and location – http://briefs.maricopagop.org/2012/12/12-5-12-mcrc-briefs.html).
The Guest Speaker for the evening was Mr. John Huppenthal, Arizona State Superintendent of Schools (http://www.azed.gov/superintendent/).  Mr. Huppenthal has been a State legislator since 1993 and has focused on education through his career especially in empowering parents to make choices about their children’s education.  Since becoming Superintendent, he has also been working on modernizing the antiquated information systems being used by the Superintendent’s Office.  In a department of roughly five hundred employees (a significant portion of which are actually Federal employees), over two hundred are dedicated to collecting and analyzing the information flowing in for the million-plus Arizona students, the over sixty thousand teachers from approximately twenty-five hundred schools, fifteen County School Districts and hundreds of district and charter governing boards.  Mr. Huppenthal also spoke about the influence of illegal immigration on the schools pointing out that Russell Pearce was correct in his projection that a drop in the number of illegal aliens would lead to a matching drop in crime.  Murders, DUI fatalities and children dying in motor vehicle accidents are all significantly down in numbers.  As crime drops, juvenile crime also falls and students and school are able to focus in a more stable environment.  Mr. Huppenthal also addressed the larger issues of illegal immigration and the need to sort out many complex issues with humanity and respect for everyone remembering that our Founders referred to the rights not of citizens but Mankind.  On the Federal level, Mr. Huppenthal talked about the issue of diverse economic views among respected economists creating confusion for legislators trying to craft a practical course to economic viability.  He mentioned John B. Taylor, Christina Romer and Edward Prescott in a discussion of, among other things, raising taxes on high level producers and the resulting magnified effects on the economy at large. 
There were many questions from the members. First was the possibility of coursework on the political foundations of America and the Bible as literature and culture.  Mr. Huppenthal advised he was supportive this and is working with ‘Constitution in the Classroom’ regarding credible coursework to offer schools and that he would be interested in seeing available plans for teaching the literature and historical impact of the Bible.  He also advise much of this curriculum depended on the approach of the individual teachers fidelity to the concepts in the material.  Asked about the results of large public schools versus smaller charter schools, Mr. Huppenthal said there is a place for both in the multitude of Arizona school systems and that as parents come to understand and use their power of choice to best place their children, we would see a rising tide of improvement for every school.  He responded to questions on teacher tenure with his history of working with the teachers unions to streamline termination of inept teachers from eighteen months to ninety days while keeping the due process structure to protect good teachers from arbitrary dismissal.  The new Common Core curriculum was discussed as well as the intricacies of doing the best legislation and service for our students by finding common cause with all parties including those across the aisle.  The discussion closed with sincere appreciation to Mr. Huppenthal for his time and meeting was adjourned.
 
 
– PLH
 
Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots supports limited federal government, individual freedom and responsibility, free markets and returning political power to the states and the people. Everyone is welcome to come, listen and participate. If you would like to know more, please leave a message to be contacted. 

REVISITING ARIZONA’S OLD WEST Goldfield and Its Grand Goodies

If any of you have ventured up to Apache Junction, you may have passed Goldfield Ghost Town. It’s not a ghost town in the traditional sense; that would leave us to believe there are no inhabitants and that it is in serious decay.  I can assure you Goldfield is in good condition and open to the public.

Located between the Superstition Mountains and Goldfield Mountains, the settlement of Goldfield was once a boomtown. It was founded in 1892 to service the miners who were pulling high grade gold out of the mountains. At one point there were over 1500 people living in Goldfield. There was a post office, bank, saloons, and even a brewery. Sadly, five years later the vein of gold played out and the inhabitants vamoosed. Goldfield sat vacant for many years. There was even resurgence in finding gold during the 1920′s, but the town still didn’t last.

Read more:  http://tucsoncitizen.com/revisiting-arizonas-old-west/

Eight on slate for Apache Junction City Council vacancies

Eight Apache Junction residents met the 6 p.m. Dec. 12 deadline to file their application to run for a seat on the Apache Junction City Council or mayor of Apache Junction.

The primary election is March 12 and the general election is May 21, 2013, according to the city’s website at www.ajcity.net.

Read more:  http://arizona.newszap.com/eastvalley/118507-114/eight-on-slate-for-apache-junction-city-council-vacancies

Pedal power: AJPD bike patrol back on the streets for special events

Part of Apache Junction PD Pedal Patrol

The Apache Junction Police Department’s bike patrol is a versatile and cost-effective method of providing a police presence at community events such as the Festival of the Superstitions and annual holiday festival, school campuses and special police operations, said AJ police Cpl. Chris Sabo, who oversees the program.

Read more:  http://arizona.newszap.com/eastvalley/118426-114/pedal-power-ajpd-bike-patrol-back-on-the-streets-for-special-events

Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots Weekly Meeting 11-29-12

SuperTThe Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots (http://superstition912teapartypatriots.ning.com/) gathered Thursday night at 6:30 pm for their regular weekly meeting at the Feedbag’ Restaurant in Apache Junction.  Judy Novalsky, founder of the group, led the meeting

Judy reminded everyone there would be no meetings on December 20 and 27th due to the Christmas Holiday.  She congratulated Charlie Fox, Barb Cobb and Todd House again for their successful campaigns.  Charlie and Barb were sworn in as Fire Board members that morning and Todd will be sworn in January 2, 2013 at 10:00 as Pinal County District 5 Supervisor.  Judy announced a Blood Drive coming up December 20, 2012 in Apache Junction – donators are encouraged to call ahead of time and set up an appointment (http://www.ajcity.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=492).  Judy also mentioned that Governor Brewer has decided not to set up a State Exchange under the Affordable HealthCare Act.

Clara Davis, candidate for 2nd Vice Chair in the upcoming Pinal County Precinct Committee elections, spoke to the group about her qualifications and aspirations for the position.  (The Tea Party does not endorse any specific party and has members from every political party and philosophy.)  During the ensuing discussion, Clara also mentioned she wanted to set up a Legislative Committee under the PCRC to work on disseminating information on legislative action to all the PCs.

Judy then focused the group on a discussion of ‘What We Need to Do Now.’  With the general election over, it’s time to focus on monitoring and providing feed-back to our elected officials.  There was a great deal of discussion about how to best do that.  Judy pointed out it was not simply one group but many – federal, state, county, municipal, special districts and boards and it will take coordinated effort to be informed on so many levels.  There was more discussion on educating the members about the political process of the Capital and the efficacy of various forms of communicating with legislatures and other elected officials.  It was pointed out that communication was also needed with other clubs and political organizations and Judy said she was contacting various groups about speaking with us.  The discussion finished with comments on how legislators get their information and synopsizes and the influence of various contributing groups.   – PLH

Superstitions 9.12 Tea Party Patriots supports limited federal government, individual freedom and responsibility, free markets and returning political power to the states and the people. Everyone is welcome to come, listen and participate. If you would like to know more, please leave a message to be contacted.