FLORENCE — The one finalist with a history at Pinal County was the one left standing when the Board of Supervisors selected an interim county manager Monday afternoon.
Greg Stanley started with Pinal in 2004 as the county engineer and was named to his most recent post, assistant county manager of development services, in February 2012.
After a scathing report of the Public Works Department was released earlier this month by a third-party investigator, County Manager Fritz Behring placed Stanley, Public Works Director A.J. Blaha and department Business Manager Tina Lawson on paid administrative leave.
Blaha tendered his retirement and Lawson was terminated, but Stanley was reinstated. It was decided Stanley was unaware or not directly involved with misconduct allegedly perpetrated by Lawson and others in the department.
Editor’s note: When running for re-election, BOTH of these Senators said they were against amnesty. Once they were voted in, the story changed.
A new website is calling for a grassroots effort to recall Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain. The recall petitions are based firmly on the grounds of the Senators’ support of the Immigration Reform Amnesty Bill. The two “Gang of Eight” Senators have chosen to turn their backs on those who voted them into office and it is high time that Arizona gets their payback on the two RINO Senators.
The website, senatorflake.com, is very simple. They are not begging for donations and do not appear to be in the data harvesting business. This would appear to be an individual or group of citizens who have simply had enough and are looking to take action.
As Sen. John McCain assumes the GOP front-runner mantle, his long-standing, but little-noticed association with donors such as George Soros and Teresa Heinz Kerry is receiving new attention among his Republican critics.
In 2001, McCain founded the Alexandria, Va.-based Reform Institute as a vehicle to receive funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute and Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Tides Foundation and several other prominent non-profit organizations.
Attended a water meeting last night in Casa Grande. SRO attendance. Agriculture in AZ is a >$10.3 Billion industry and Pinal Co. is >10% of the this industry. This economic engine is being threatened. This meeting was designed as informational, so no specific action was taken. At a time when Arizona needs jobs, and economic engines, this threat is real and must be dealt with quickly.
Rule would steal land’s value
Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013 8:46 am
By DICK POWELL | 0 comments
I wish to thank managing editor Donovan Kramer and reporter Melissa St. Aude for informing the public in a very expedient manner about the planned extinguishment of grandfathered irrigation water rights in the Pinal Active Management Area (a water management area that encompasses most of the major agricultural areas of our county and many communities including Casa Grande, Coolidge, Eloy, Maricopa, Red Rock, Florence, parts of Queen Creek and Marana). This action could pose huge ramifications for all residents of the Pinal AMA. The most frightening aspect at present is most stakeholders in the AMA don’t realize what is about to happen beginning next year.
During a local Farm Bureau meeting in 2012, Tiffany Shedd, a farmer and attorney, related this was going to happen. It seemed incredible to many at the time, but subsequent research proved it was indeed true. The Farm Bureau and the city of Casa Grande are sponsoring an informal meeting June 19 at City Hall. The city has no formal position at this time but felt an obligation to help inform citizens of the AMA. Hopefully future meetings will take place in neighboring communities.
The meeting will include speakers for and against extinguishment. General questions and answers will be addressed by Joe Singleton, who is a highly recognized water authority, former manager of the Pinal AMA and current director of the Pinal Water Augmentation Authority. Hopefully we will have a representative from the Arizona Department of Water Resources present. I am a city councilman for the city of Casa Grande. Any concerns or opinions I express are mine alone and in no way represent the city of Casa Grande.
1) Originally, developers located land with water rights (usually farmland), enabling them to achieve the required 100-year assured water supply required in the AMAs prior to issuance of building permits.
2) The present developer-friendly plan extinguishes water rights for agriculture without compensation but not those for municipal or industrial uses. Water credits from farmers who convert their grandfathered rights from agriculture to municipal and industrial can be sold to developers much closer to Maricopa County. Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Apache Junction, Maricopa and north Florence are preferred locations.
3) Next year farmers must make a decision to continue farming or to convert their land use to M&I and receive full water credits, which then leaves the farm fallow, never more to be farmed and quite possibly never developed.
4) Those who farm will systemically see their land values diminish until their land is eventually of equal value to bare desert land. Again, there is no compensation for the grandfathered water rights taken. Would you want to be required to tear down your house before you sold your property? Taking the water is the same. Either scenario ultimately steals the value.
5) The question remains: “Do we develop where the water exists or take the water to where the developers desire?”
6) Superstition Vistas is an arid area the size of Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert and Tempe. It could ultimately be home to more than 1 million people but has no water. It is the poster child for moving water where developers desire. Luckily, under current rules it will not really affect our AMA. Salt River Project has 130,000 acre-feet of water from the Gila River Indian Community to help development there.
7) If farming is extinguished and developers buy local credits for use in the northern part of Pinal County, our communities will lose the economic contributions from agriculture, related businesses, construction revenue and have a lot of dirt to look at.
8) The goal of the Pinal AMA states: “Where a predominately agricultural economy exists, (the goal) is to allow development of non-irrigation uses and to preserve agriculture for as long as feasible, consistent with the necessity to preserve water supplies for non-irrigation uses.”
What is the answer? The simple and logical answer is to eliminate the extinguishment of the grandfathered irrigation water rights. Let the market be the guide. As long as farming is feasible and profitable, the farmers will farm. When it becomes unprofitable, they will sell their land and water for other uses. Extinguishment is just a ploy to get farmers to convert their water credits sooner rather than later or lose their property values.
Dick Powell is a Casa Grande businessman and member of the City Council.
Apache Junction is nearing the end of its swift quest to become part of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.
Less than two months after Mayor John Insalaco detailed the city’s intention to join, the Gateway board Monday unanimously approved a resolution urging member communities to give the city a seat.
Councils from Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Phoenix and the Gila River Indian Community must approve an amendment to the authority’s intergovernmental agreement as well as a revised budget that factors in Apache Junction’s proposed contribution before the change is finalized. Apache Junction must OK a loan agreement with the airport authority, as well.
Approval of those documents appears likely given that officials from member communities reviewed them prior to Monday’s board meeting.
Apache Junction could participate as an authority member as early as next month.
The law was passed but we can still have a petition drive to get this issue placed on the 2014 statewide ballot to be overturned.. This Saturday. 06/22/13, there will be a rally at the State Capitol In Phoenix to address this issue. The rally starts at 1000 A.M.
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“The Good” have chosen to act according to the party platform and campaign promises. “The Bad” have chosen to betray the trust placed on them by We the People who elected them. It would be wise to remember this when the next campaign for elected office gets under way. Please note that this material is based on the latest voting information available and may possibly change as the legislative session progresses and additional information becomes available.
Thanks to the so called representatives of the People of Arizona listed below, Governor Brewer got her wish and Arizona will become a state supporting Obamacare. Please remember these individuals when it comes time to vote again. Print this article out, tear the names out and stick them to your refrigerator. When it comes time to cast your vote again, REMEMBER these people and what they did.
THE REPRESENTATIVES IN THE VIDEO BELOW FOUGHT FOR YOU.
Other Representatives not shown in the video, but who fought for the People of Arizona, are Senate Majority Whip Rick Gray, Representatives Kelly Townsend, Debbie Lesko, John Allen, Bob Thorpe, Phil Lovas, David Stevens, Justin Pierce, Carl Seel, Darin Mitchell, and Tom Forese. We thank you all and are proud of you and the effort you put forth. You did not back down in the face of power and you did not succumb to greed. You did your job and demonstrated great integrity. God Bless you all.
The federal health care law included a provision asking all states to expand their Medicaid programs to cover all adults and children up to 133% of the federal poverty level. Right now, a little less than a fifth of the state’s population is given free healthcare through Medicaid; if the state expands Medicaid nearly a fourth of Arizona’s population would be covered.
This expansion would cost a lot of money we don’t have. Even with the federal government picking up most of the tab, estimates put the cost of expansion for Arizona at $125 million in 2016 alone. The yearly cost would rise as the federal share of the cost ratchets down to 90 percent. As the federal government’s financial condition worsens, states will likely have to pick up even more of the cost.
Governor Brewer wants a “circuit breaker” that will turn off the expanded program if the federal share ever fell below 80 percent. While the Supreme Court said states can’t be compelled to expand Medicaid, it’s an open question whether they can be compelled to continue an expansion once agreed to. If, in the future, the federal government insists that we keep expanded Medicaid coverage as a condition of keeping any Medicaid funds, we cannot count on our own state leaders to challenge that in court. After all, the Obama administration takes the position that Obamacare’s expanded coverage of children is a valid mandate, in clear contradiction to the Supreme Court’s decision. Still, state policymakers are doing nothing to challenge this position.