Jeff Serdy for Mayor of Apache Junction

I’ve known Jeff Serdy for 10 or 11 years now and he is a sincere and caring person.  He wants what’s best for Apache Junction and wants it to grow in positive and productive directions.  A vote for Jeff Serdy IS a vote FOR Apache Junction.

Mark Hawthorne, Editor/Publisher Pinal County People

Rebuttal to article in AJNews by local businessman Jeff Struble

Rebuttal to Ed Barker’s April 18, 2016 Quepasa

http://www.ajnews.com/2016-04-16eEdition.pub/index.html#6/z

The only point Ed makes that I agree with is that America is on a great precipice of history. We, the citizens, are going to be making a choice this fall. Will we remain the strong leader for the world or will we continue down the path the democrat party wants to go? The path of entitlement, subservient and cowering to the will of other people and countries.

Mr. Barker took James Madison’s comments from the Federalist’s Papers #10 out of context. The words in the quote are written exactly as they are in the Paper. But, as always, without expressing the intent of the conversation Madison, Hamilton and Jay were having with the citizens to advocate for the ratification of the US Constitution. James Madison is credited with being the architect of the Constitution. Madison, as determined from his other writings, is a strict constitutionalist and believed in a small limited federal government.

In Federalist Paper #10 Madison was explaining the need to be a Republic, not a Democracy. He talked about factions being a needed constant in any society. People inherently will divide themselves in groups, “factions” that should not be legislated out by a government. All that a government should do is ensure that each faction’s liberty, freedom to act without punishment or retribution from others, will be ensured. Factions not only are formed from economic interests but for religion, locality and experiences.

Madison also said, “The protection of these faculties is the first object of government”. Just reading that without understanding the context of the whole Paper can lead you to think many things. So, I strongly suggest that you go and find the actual Federalist Paper #10 and read it. With the precursor that it is written in the language of the time. So you will probably need to read it a few times to get the meaning that is intended.

To sum up what I am saying, our government is not here to take care of our individual needs. It is here to take care of us collectively and to ensure that the liberties of the individual are not taken to benefit the needs of another individual.

Jeff Struble

Apache Junction

STATE OFFICIALS TO BE GUEST SPEAKERS AT SMRC

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The February 11, meeting for the Superstition Mountain Republican Club will host our elected State Senate and  Legislative officials in a Legislative Forum at the Justice Court, Roy Hudson Complex located at 575 N. Idaho Rd., in AJ.  Thursday, February 11, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m.   Senator David Farnsworth, Representative Doug Coleman and Representative Kelly Townsend will be featured in a forum that will focus on upcoming issues and how our officials are planning on dealing with them.  This will be an audience participation event with questions coming from the participants.  This will not be a campaign event.

UPDATE ON THE AZ STATE SENATE BILL SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEK

Monday, January 11, 2016

 12:00 Noon 2nd Regular Session for the 52nd Legislature Convenes

The Senate floor can be viewed here: http://azleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=3

 2:00 PM Governor Ducey Delivers his State of the State Address

The address can be viewed here: http://azleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=6

 Natural Resources

9:00 AM

Room 109

NOT MEETING

 State Debt & Budget Reform

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 NOT MEETING

 Commerce & Workforce Development

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 1

NOT MEETING

Water & Energy

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 NOT MEETING

 Tuesday January 12, 2016

 Federalism, Mandates, & Fiscal Responsibility

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 NOT MEETING

 Appropriations

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 109

 NOT MEETING

 TRANSPORTATION

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 1

 NOT MEETING

 Wednesday January 13, 2015

 Public Safety, Military & Technology

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 1

 NOT MEETING

 Finance

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 NOT MEETING

 Health & Human Services

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 NOT MEETING

 Government

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 3

 * SB1009 confidential data; criminal records check (Kavanagh)

* SB1010 recycled materials report; state agencies (Kavanagh)

* SB1017 municipal service access cards; requirements (Kavanagh)

* SB1040 department of administration; continuation (Kavanagh)

* SB1042 Prescott historical society; continuation (Kavanagh)

* SB1043 state personnel board; continuation (Kavanagh)

* SB1044 special census; lawful presence (Kavanagh)

* SB1045 pioneers’ home; miners hospital; continuation (Kavanagh)

* Pending Introduction, First Reading and Committee Assignment

 Financial Institutions

2:00 PM

Senate Hearing Room 109

* SB1003 securities; exempt transactions (Farnsworth D,Burges, Farley, et al)

* SB1005 private fund advisers; exemption (Farnsworth D: Shooter, Cobb, et al)

* SB1006  institutional investor; definition (Farnsworth D, Begay, Farley, et al)

* Pending Introduction, First Reading and Committee Assignment

 Thursday January 14, 2015

 Education

9:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 1

Presentations Spotlight on School Success:

Joint Technical Education District

Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology

Advanced Placement Academy

Flagstaff High School

Career and Technical Education

Mingus Union High School District

Flagstaff Unified School District

 Judiciary

10:00 AM

Senate Hearing Room 109

 NOT MEETING

 

Source:  Personal email from State Sen. Steve Smith

Pinal County Used and Surplus On line Auction

FLORENCE – Are you searching for a gift for that hard-to-shop-for-person in your life? Pinal County may have what you are looking for.

Beginning on Friday, December 11, the county will begin selling used and surplus items through an online auction site.

Finance Director Levi Gibson said there will be items ranging from used computers to heavy equipment for sale on the site

http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/pinalcounty,az/browse/home

. The public will have 14 days to bid on items the highest bidder will win the auction. The heavy equipment will have a 28 day bid window. The person who wins the bidding process will have to come to Pinal County to pick up their items.

‘Most items that are being replaced will be on the site,’ Gibson said. ‘All items will be sold ‘as is’. No guarantees or warranties on the equipment sold.’

The money earned from the online auction will go into a capital replacement fund for various equipment purchases. If the item sold is a used truck, the money from the auction would be designated to the capital replacement fund for vehicles.

Registration for the auction site is free of charge. Any items sold will have a 10 percent buyer’s premium charge, along with the Town of Florence sales tax of 8.7 percent.

Source:  Pinal County Government Website

APS drops bid for solar fee increase, blames “political gamesmanship”

Arizona Public Service dropped its bid to increase its solar fee today and called out “political gamesmanship” by solar groups that muddied the request to increase the fee.

APS asked the Arizona Corporation Commission to increase its solar fee from an average of $5 monthly to $21. The utility says solar users don’t pay their fair share to access and maintain the electric grid, putting costs onto non-solar customers.

“Unfortunately, what should have been a relatively simple decision-making process has been turned into political theater by attacks and distortions from rooftop solar leasing companies that seek to paralyze Arizona regulators,” APS said in a statement, released Friday.

The commission voted in August to move forward with a hearing now on the solar fee. Solar groups have said the fee needs to be considered as part of a full rate case, where other options to address cost shifts would be on the table.

Instead of deciding on the solar fee increase, APS suggests the commission undertake a hearing that would address the cost it takes APS to serve its customers, both with and without solar, and consider how those costs affect the way the utility’s rates are designed.

“We hope our proposal will provide an alternative for the ACC to move forward with a much-needed discussion about how to update electricity pricing to reflect energy innovations like rooftop solar, battery storage and home energy management systems,” APS said.

If a hearing on the cost of service issue happens soon, the outcomes can be used to address cost shifts in APS’s upcoming rate case, expected to be filed in mid-2016.

In recent weeks, attorneys representing former commissioners and solar company Sunrun asked for the recusal of three Corporation Commissioners from the APS proceeding because of biases.

More than $3 million flooded the Corporation Commission elections in 2014 to support commissioners Tom Forese and Doug Little, and many speculate the money came from APS or its parent company, Pinnacle West. Because of the amount of money spent to elect Forese and Little, attorney Hugh Hallman argued the two regulators are biased and must recuse themselves from the APS solar fee proceeding. Another complaint alleges Commissioner Bob Stump has repeatedly shown his bias against solar companies in social media posts and interviews.

The Alliance for Solar Choice asked for a rehearing on the commission’s decision to hear the solar fee increase proposal now because, the solar group claims, it’s unconstitutional.

In its filing, APS calls the motions to rehear a “desperate attempt to avoid addressing the issues.”

APS sharply criticized solar groups, particularly TASC, which counts solar giants SolarCity and Sunrun as members. APS alleges TASC is using personal attacks and public accusations to undermine the solar fee discussion and avoid talking about real issues.

“They will do anything to delay or change the subject. Take away their ability to engage in innuendo, personal attacks and bumper-sticker sloganeering and they have nothing left to offer,” APS said.

APS said it cannot sustain its level of solar deployment without addressing the costs that are shifted to non-solar customers, and the cost shift continues to grow and needs to be addressed urgently.

“These California-based solar leasing companies have no stake in Arizona beyond the money they can make leasing rooftop solar panels to homeowners, pocketing the tax credits, selling the leases to financial firms and moving on,” APS said.

Court Rich, an attorney for TASC, said it’s great that APS decided to forgo its solar fee, but the accusations against solar groups are “really passive-aggressive.”

“It’s like the little kid stomping their foot going back to their room, but still doing what their parents told them to do,” Rich said.

Rich said he needs to analyze the utility’s idea for a cost of service hearing and what that would mean for solar before commenting on the merits of such a hearing. But he said APS’s move shows the utility knows increasing the solar fee outside of a rate case is wrong.

“APS is really going to be lecturing the solar industry on how to act and what to be doing? That’s ridiculous,” Rich said.

Source:  http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2015/09/25/aps-drops-bid-for-solar-fee-increase/

I Deserve It! GUEST EDITORIAL – Jeff Struble

Jeff Struble is a local Apache Junction Businessman

I find it interesting when people complain about how the government spends money. Then when it is proposed that money be taken away from a government program that they receive benefit from, they are all up in arms about the evilness of the politicians. Or when people complain about the special tax breaks and credits that other people get. Then that same person tries to find a tax break or credit for themselves, because, “by golly, I deserve it”. This is the premise; I deserve it because I am me, and they don’t because they are them. That is what people say no matter their gender, age, economic standing or political persuasion.

This premise is evident in all levels of life. Be it neighborhood, city, county, state or national. People say, “Well I deserve it. I deserve the benefit. I have the right to receive it. I live in the United States, so therefore I am entitled”. This is bogus. You only deserve what you earn. Only in the last 100 years, or so, have we developed this attitude. Before that it was taught and demonstrated that you put in a hard day’s work, you do what you are supposed to do and you will receive the pay that was promised. This attitude has been lost by some. And it needs to be rebirthed. Henry Ford stated, “The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed”.

The people of the United States are becoming dependent on their government to provide things that they can and should provide for themselves. Our founding fathers wrote a magnificent document in 1776, The Declaration of Independence. The purpose was to break ourselves away from a tyrannical king and to make this country free to live, prosper and to only be dependent on ourselves and our neighbors. The fact is that there was a huge disagreement in the late 1780’s when the Constitution was written about the level of power that the federal government should have. At that time is was determined that the only duties of the federal government was to protect us from enemies of our country, ensure a just and equitable commerce between states and to provide for the public welfare.

Obviously there are disagreements as to the definition of each of those duties of the federal government. I am going to focus on the third duty, to provide for the public welfare. The operative word is public. It does not say private. This is because the founders were stressing the need for people to be self-reliant. They were also working under the idea that a person will make choices and they would then have to deal with the consequences of those choices. This is a very basic principle. But as I stated earlier, people are fine with others dealing with the consequences of their choices. It is much easier to blame someone else for the problem.

Public welfare means those things that a government should provide that a charity or private individual or company cannot provide. These are things like, air traffic control, parks, historic monuments, roadways and K-12 schools. Public welfare does not mean utilities, recreation centers, sports complexes, animal shelters, museums or art shows. There can be a healthy debate about things liked busses and local trains/subways because they are a substitute for the roadways.

It is estimated that in 2012 the government granted $700 billion to non-profits to provide services to the public. I say that this is wrong. The government is taking my money and giving it to organization that the bureaucrats deem are worthy. I feel that it would be better spent if the money was not taken from the citizens and they would decide whom to give the money. The argument is that the people will not provide the funds to the non-profits. If that is the case then the people do not want the services provided. There are government agencies and non-profits that are set up to solve a problem that never gets solved because it is job security and a large revenue stream.

We, as Americans, are a very giving people. When we see a need: we provide the money and labor, solve the problem and then move on to the next issue. It is a very basic part of human nature. It is the biblical action of tithing. If each of us were to give 10% of our earnings to the charity of our choice the problems would be well on their way to being handled. People would have personal satisfaction and the charities would be better held accountable. The charities would have a core value of keeping the giving public content. With the government involved they only have to keep a handful of bureaucrats happy. There should never be person or group that becomes wealthy from receiving grants and subsidies from the government to provide services. This is another example of redistribution of wealth.

So what is the solution? It all starts at the local level. We need to elect local officials that will live by the three Constitutional duties: protect us, ensure equal and just commerce and provide for the public welfare. We, as a community, need to organize new and support current entities that service the people in need. As this transformation takes hold on the local level it will spread to the county, state and federal level. This in turn will mean that the government will need to take less and less money from the citizens. Then the people will have more money to provide to charities, provide jobs and spend on private businesses. Think of how we, as people, and the country will be better off.

This action will not be easy. Thomas Fuller wisely said, “All things are difficult before they are easy”. And it will not happen over night. It will take persistence, hard work, sacrifice and a strong leader with a vision. This will need to be a leader with integrity. You will know this person by the guideline that Denis Waitley gave us, “A life lived with integrity- even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come”. Is there a person that you know who may fit this description, be it local state or federal? Is that person you? If you cannot find the leader, then go out and do it yourself. There are people that will follow you if the cause is good, just and honorable.

Jeff Struble