There is some movement within the city gov; budget talks continue on Tuesday, new pubworks guy hired, and a guy on the inside track for tourism director.
There is a batch of stuff in this issue, I've been hording but, ta da, here it all is. Selling your personal info you give companies? U betcha! Shorting teachers continues? Fa Shoor! Explanation of the green new deal? Yep. Arizona leading in something odious like copy and paste bills? You know it! Ali Wong is one of the funniest peeps, check out one of her vids or these pull quotes.
Special Council Session Tuesday May 7, 5:30 City Hall, 915 S. Tovreaville Rd. Background here: www.bisbeeaz.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_05072019-298 Agenda Discussion and Possible Recommendations regarding the Draft Budget for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year. Stephen Pauken, Interim City Manager Keri Bagley, Finance Director
.......................... Regular Council Meeting Tuesday May 7, 7:00 City Hall, 915 S. Tovreaville Rd. Background here: www.bisbeeaz.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_05072019-299 Agenda THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL BE DISCUSSED, CONSIDERED AND/OR DECIDED UPON AT THIS MEETING: GENERAL BUSINESS: 1. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: Subject to availability of funds 2. Approval of the Consent Agenda A. Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Session of Mayor and Council held on April 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm. B. Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Session of Mayor and Council held on February 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm. C. Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Session of Mayor and Council held on December 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm. D. Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Session of Mayor and Council held on October 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm. E. Approval of the Minutes of the Work Session of Mayor and Council held on April 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm. F. Approval of the Minutes of the Work Session of Mayor and Council held on April 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm. G. Approval of the Minutes of the Work Session of Mayor and Council held on October 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm. H. Approval of the Minutes of the Work Session of Mayor and Council held on May 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm. I. Approval of the Minutes of the Special Session of Mayor and Council held on August 30, 2018 at 5:01 pm. J. Approval of a Park, Facility and Right of Way Use Permit for Bisbee Vogue Inc. for the use of various City streets, parking spaces and staircases for the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb on Saturday, October 19, 20119 from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm, this includes set up and breakdown. K. Approval of the Park, Facility and Right of Way Use Permit for Bisbee Vogue Inc. for the use of City Park for the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 7:00 am to 11:00 am. L. Approval of a Park, Facility and Right of Way Use Permit for the Boys and Girls Club of Bisbee for the use of Arizona Street between Congdon and Ruppe St. for the Friday Night Cackle to be held on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. M. Approval of a Park, Facility and Right of Way Use Permit for the Boys and Girls Club of Bisbee for the use of Arizona Street between Briggs Ave and Ruppe St. for the 11th Annual Cars & Bikes on Arizona Street Show to be held on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. N. Approval of the Special Event Liquor License Application submitted for an event to be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church Parrish Hall located at 19 Sowles, Bisbee, Arizona on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Kym Kennedy, Applicant. O. Approval of the Special Event Liquor License Application submitted by Turn Your Life Around for an event to be held at City Park on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Sam Donaldson, Applicant. P. Approval of the Special Event Liquor License Application submitted by Bisbee Vogue Inc for an event to be held at St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm; Cynthia Conroy, Applicant.
NEW BUSINESS 3. Presentation by JACOBS Engineering on the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Stephen Pauken, Interim City Manager 4. Discussion and Possible Recommendation to Council to Move a Portion of Insurance Reimbursement from the City Hall Fire to a Committed Fund Balance Account Line in the General Fund. Keri Bagley, Finance Director 5. Discussion and Possible Direction to Staff regarding the Hands Free Ordinance David M. Smith, Mayor 6. City Manager's Report: · Research Findings regarding TPT Authority · City Manager Recruitment · New Public Works Director · Other current events (No Discussion) COUNCIL COMMENTS OR FUTURE AGENDA ITEM SUGGESTIONS: · Councilmember Lindstrom would like to make Ward 3 announcements along with comments on the DRB appointment.
Jesus Haro has been hired as the new Public Works Director. Mr. Haro is an engineer and has experience as a project manager as well as a director of public works. He has worked in Casa Grande and Gila Bend. (cityofbisbee.com)
There is a meet and greet with Ron Short, a candidate for the Tourism Director at the Mine Tour building Monday 5/6 at 5:30-6:30. Five candidates were interviewed, apparently this is the one that made the cut. You can see his resume here, http://ronshortstudios.com/SHORTCV.pdf.
Twenty three people have applied for the CM job. The applicants will be screened for minimum qualifications. All resumes are available to the council. There will be a council meeting on 5/14 @ 5:30 to talk about who the council would like to interview.
Saturday May 11 9-noon SHRED IT OR SHED IT recycling...an opportunity to get rid of paper, electronics, and out of date medicine; old documents, tax returns, personal documents, cables, printers, computers, eyeglasses and medicine both over the counter and prescription. Benefit for the Community Chorus/donation.
++++++++++++++++++++++ Looks like I spoke too soon last issue...There is an open-to-the-public discussion about the future of Turquoise Valley Golf Resort. Monday 5/13 at 5:30 pm at the course 1794 Newell in Naco.
++++++++++++++++++++++ Goar Park Lunches will be moving out of the Royale by the end of June. The Radio Project terminated their rental agreement citing an inability to continue to subsidize the free food program.
++++++++++++++++++++++ Patisserie Jacqui at 91 Main St. has been open for a few months, with a delish lineup of sweets and savories. Macarons, cookies, chorizo in puff pastry, chocolate dipped pretzels, moussse, small cakes and more are yours for a modest exchange of dough for dough. Truly a wonderful addition to Bisbee and well worth a viz to check it out.
THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF TOURISM
77% of Sales tax in Sedona generated by tourists While not applicable to Bisbee, mainly because we do not have the same stats available to us, it is a strong light shining on the value of tourism to a city. http://www.redrocknews.com/news/88888896-city-news/95452-sedona-city-and-chamber-study-suggests-that-visitors-tax-share-has-increased-to-77-percent
COPY AND PASTE BILLS-A DETAILED REPORT The AZ lege passed as bill a couple of years ago that allowed legislators to object to any city legislation that ran counter to state legislation. If cities didn't obey they were subject to very expensive penalties. That law was used to force Bisbee to allow plastic bag use. And it has been used several other time to force other cities to conform to state law. That legislation came from a model-legislation factory-one of the most active of which is in Arizona. This long report compiled from two years of investigation, from three organizations, details the players and the process used to pass copy cat legislation. Arizona's conservative Goldwater Institute is a major initiator of this kind of legislation. Among many examples from other states, the report illustrates how Arizona charter school legislation was initiated using students with disabilities as a ruse to get wide spread public monies for private education. The process continues in this legislative session.
"Model-legislation factories have increasingly proposed what are known as "preemption" bills. These laws, in effect, allow state legislators to dictate to city councils and county governing boards what they can and cannot do within their jurisdiction—including preventing them from raising the minimum wage, banning plastic grocery bags, and destroying guns."
HOW TO LOOK AT POLITICIAN'S FUNDRAISING
T-rump got a lot of press for his fundraising, but it was dwarfed by the funds raised by the combined democrats ($110 mil to $30 mil). And Bernie got some press for his take, but Elizabeth Warren was right behind him and got little press. Check out this article for how to look at fundraising for the Primary. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-fundraising/
This video/written word series from the NYT captures the changes going on now because of a changing climate. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/15/climate/yellowstone-global-warming.html
RECYCLING PLASTIC https://www.positive.news/environment/norway-recycles-97-of-its-plastic-bottles-a-blueprint-for-the-rest-of-the-world/?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX1RoZVVwc2lkZS0xOTAzMDE%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=TheUpside&CMP=upside_email
AIR DRYERS OR PAPER; THE DIRTY WAR IN PUBLIC REST ROOMS https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/apr/25/hand-dryers-paper-towels-hygiene-dyson airblade?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVUy0xOTA0MjU%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&CMP=GTUS_email
WHICH FOODS ARE DIRTY OR CLEAN
SAVING $$ BY SMARTER ELECTRIC USE
RAISING TEACHER PAY IS MAJOR CAMPAIGN ISSUE
Living in a state where teacher compensation ( $44,284 median) and per pupil expenditure ($8,131) are the second lowest in the nation (48th) and graduation rates 7th lowest, it is no wonder schools are in a constant scramble to find teachers and businesses are having problem finding competent workers. Something has to be done and it looks as if Democrats will be making this an issue nationally. Likely we will begin seeing some movement within our State also. Check this article out. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/26/18280734/kamala-harris-2020-election-policies-teachers-salaries
You can help by signing this petition protesting no new Arizona charter school vouchers. https://sosarizona.org/petition/
FOR PROFIT COLLEGES CLOSING...A HARBINGER FOR CHARTERS? https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-04-18/america-s-great-college-boom-is-winding-down
HEALTH CARE COSTS MORE IF YOU ARE POOR
Duh! and so does everything else... https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/brief/how-affordability-of-health-care-varies-by-income-among-people-with-employer-coverage/#item-start ++++++++++++++++++++++
HEARING AID AS TRANSLATOR, MEDICAL DEVISE
I want one of these even though my hearing is good; AI used to help people not cars. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-04-18/the-future-of-wearable-tech-is-called-a-hearing-aid
GENETIC TESTING: ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW
THE COMPANIES SELLING YOUR PERSONAL LIFE
15 VERY FUNNY QUOTES FROM ALI WONG ABOUT MOTHERHOOD https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ali-wong-quotes-motherhood-funny_l_5cb94dc1e4b068d795cafcd4
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ GLASSES ONLINE
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ And finally....by popular demand (two people)...more word play 1. ARBITRATOR: A cook that leaves Arby's to work at McDonalds 2. AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tries to do 3. BERNADETTE: The act of torching a mortgage 4. BURGLARIZE: What a crook sees with 5. CONTROL: A short, ugly inmate 6. COUNTERFEITERS: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets 7. ECLIPSE: What an English barber does for a living 8. EYEDROPPER: A clumsy ophthalmologist 9. HEROES: What a guy in a boat does 10. LEFTBANK: What the robber did when his bag was full of money 11. MISTY: How golfers create divots 12. PARADOX: Two physicians!! 13. PARASITES: What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower 14. PHARMACIST: A helper on the farm 15. POLARIZE: What penguins see with 16. PRIMATE: Removing your spouse from in front of the TV!! 17. RELIEF: What trees do in the spring 18. RUBBERNECK: What you do to relax your wife 19. SELFISH: What the owner of a seafood store does 20. SUDAFED: Brought litigation against a government official