editor: fred miller February 13, 2023 #47/Feb/2023
The Design Review Board is meeting tonight to discuss the Chocolate Shop Building on Tombstone Canyon. There were two DRB meetings, but apparently a 'discrepancy in understanding' has resulted in a part of the building completely demolished. They'll talk about it tonight.
The reason why this is important is that most of OB is in the historic district and being an historic district, there are regulations determining construction and changes to both residences and commercial buildings. These regs can often be a pain in the butt to owners and contractors, because they have to apply to planning and zoning commission (P&Z) and sometimes design review board (DRB), and it can result in a delay and/or change in their projects. While most make a good faith effort to adhere to the applications, there have been cases of people that have purposefully ignored the regs while others have been ignorant of the regs, particularly newcomers.
One of the main reasons Bisbee has been as attractive as it is to residents and newcomers alike is that much of the original historic character is unchanged. It is why there is not a McDonalds on Main st. or a millionaire McMansion that was erected on a site where three old places were demolished to build one. Or a three story all glass apartment building erected, or a six story commercial building. That has been important to residents of Bisbee to safeguard against, and that is why an historic district and P&Z and DRB exist. Occasionally there is conflict. If an applicant thinks they have been treated unfairly or had an adverse decision or want a variance of some sort, they can appeal that to the Board of Adjustment.
Special Design Review Board meeting Monday 2/13, 5:30 at the council chambers. Likely about the chocolate house sitch. << TALK TO THE SUPES: TRANSFER OF ELECTION DUTIES TO STEVENS? Tuesday February 14 @ 10:00 am, there is a special meeting at the county supervisors offices 1415 Melody Lane Bldg G. One of the agenda items is: Discussion and possible direction regarding election functions and duties potentially being transferred to the County Recorder. The Board may permit public comment during the discussion of any item on this agenda. To speak on an agenda item, complete and return the speaker request form to the Clerk of the Board prior to the start of the meeting. (See below article for the skinny on Stevens)
February 13 from noon-3:00 at the Bisbee senior center get a photo of you and your animal with a v-day backdrop.
FROM THIS WEEK IN BISBEE CALENDAR
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Coming Soon: Return of the Turkey Vultures in Vista Park March 11 Community Chorus Concert March 11 & 12 The Prowl March 18 Vintage Baseball in Warren April 1 - 2 4/20 Festival April 20 Alice in Bisbeeland April 22 >> COMMISSIONS POSITIONS These positions are available to be filled on various commissions and boards for the City of Bisbee. You can make Bisbee history! Go to here to apply:: http://www.bisbeeaz.gov/2191/Boards-Commissions
Airport Advisory Commission - 5 Vacancies
Appeals Board for the Property Maintanence Code - 2 Vacancies
Bisbee Arts Commission - 3 Vacancies
Board of Adjustment - 1 Vacancy
Civil Service Commission - 1 Vacancy
Committee on Disability Issues - 7 Vacancies
Evergreen Cemetery Committee - 1 Vacancy
Planning & Zoning Commission - 2 Vacancies
Police/Fire Advisory Committee - 3 Vacancies (Ward 3 / Member at Large)
Streets & Infrastructure Committee - 2 Vacancies
Transit Advisory Committee - 2 Vacancies (Bisbee Citizen / Local Disability Community)
Youth Council- 1 Vacancy (Youth Adult Adviser)
RECALL TOM CROSBY...There will be a Sierra Vista library gathering for all current volunteers and people interested in being new volunteers on Monday February 27th at 6pm.
CoB BUDGET HEARINGS
Budget hearings for the city begin on April 24. However department budgets are being constructed and sent to the treasurer & city manger now. Sooo put your two cents in about city spending or what you are concerned about, write/talk to your ward representative and let the city manager/mayor know also soon so they know your priorities. Go here for contact info: http://www.bisbeeaz.gov/Directory.aspx?DID=4
Hearing schedule here: http://www.bisbeeaz.gov/
<< DAVID STEVENS, RECORDER, BUDS WITH FINCHEM, LOOKS AT MAKING CHANGES TO ELECTIONS
This article by Jen Fifield of VoteBeat is a detailed look at county Recorder, David Stevens. While relatively low key, he seems to think hand counting of votes is best, doing away with early voting, and numerous other dubious proposals. In addition to his elected duties, He is a director of a Finchem-run nonprofit now called the Election Fairness Institute. https://electionfairnessinstitute.org/ It posts untrue statements about elections on its website and says it will rely on researchers who have become known for spreading false claims of widespread election fraud.
https://www.azmirror.com/2023/02/07/david-stevens-how-an-arizona-official-is-making-cochise-county-a-laboratory-for-election-skepticism/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=50cab38b-eb9f-40fe-aa25-0e140d8c4786 >> Tacqueria Outlaw at 78 Main, the foremer Bicycle Brothel is now open for biz. Wednesday thru Sunday 4 till 9. Menu and other info here: https://www.facebook.com/TaqueriaOutlaw And speaking oif the Bicycle Brothel, Ken Wallace, former owner and his lovely wife Christine have sold their house on Locklin and moved to Civano in Tucson. << A JOURNEY FOR BISBEE JEWS Joan Werner, owner of the former Atalanta books, an OB fixture for 40 years, is taking 35 Bisbee people, mostly Jews, for an all expense paid 10 day trip to Israel in March. It is a very generous deed and for sure, paying it forward big time. For many years, she has been informally active in the small community of Jews in Bisbee; remembering dates, organizing gatherings, and generally keeping the flame burning. From those years, she knew most of the people who were Jews and that is where her invitation to them for the March trip to the ‘homeland’ came from. “It is not a matter of whether you practice Judiasm or not, go to a Synagogue for worship or not, a person is Jewish by birth; it’s not a choice,” she said when I spoke with her. “Jews are part of a tribe, whether they identify themselves like that or not.” Although she has been to Israel several times, this trip is personal because she has felt that many Jews, for whatever reasons, didn’t have a Jewish education and have heard only slanted information about Israel. She wanted to provide a trip for Jews to see, unfiltered, what Israel is like. The group spans the age spectrum; several teens under 21, several in their 40’s and 50’s, and some in their 60’s and 70’s. Once arrived after the 25 hour trip!, they will board busses and travel throughout Israel for a predetermined tour with the bus driver tour guide. A coordinator has made reservations at hotels along the route. The group will be visiting agricultural areas, sites that employ water saving technology, a Druse area of coops and food, and a side trip to see Food Savers that rescue food that has been discarded and use it to serve people in need. They also will be going to Jerusalem for a history of the area. She mentioned they will not be going to the West Bank or Gaza. After traveling back and forth over the past several years, Joan has fulfilled a longtime dream of living in Israel, she has become an Israeli citizen and is living in Southern Israel, in Be’er-Sheva a large city in the Negev desert. As she described it to me, she has a sense of coming home,she fits in. She is organizing to leave Bisbee permanently, recently selling two buildings in OB. Her downtown OB off-grid house on High road is for sale, go here info: firstname.lastname@example.org for facebook message her. Outside of kind of keeping up with the political situation vis a vis Palestine over the past many years, I wanted to know more about Israel for my own education. Despite the huge amount of press about Israel, I got some surprises. Such as…It is a very small county, 8600 square miles, with a population of about 9,5oo,oo million. For comparison Cochise County is 6200 square miles and a population of about 127,000. The country borders the Mediterranean Sea, with Egypt on the south, Jordan on the east, and Lebanon on the north. Hebrew is the main language. And another surprise, the religious affiliation of the Israeli population as of 2022 was 73.6% Jewish, 18.1% Muslim, 1.9% Christian, and 1.6% Druze. The remaining 4.8% included faiths such as Samaritanism and Baháʼí, as well as "religiously unclassified". Out of the 15.2 million Jewish people in the world, almost half, 47% reside in Israel. The average earnings per household are approximately $5,800. >> The Kiosk detailing some of Warren's history is up in Vista park...well part of it is. It seems like it has been slower than the second coming it! but the multi year project is close to fruition, thanks to Michael Page, Bill Bailey, Doug Dunn, the Bisbee Foundation, and the City of Bisbee public Works dept.
..............GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS................
The Bisbee Foundation 2023 grant cycle opened February 1. Grants for projects as well as organizational support and mini-grants. Seventeen different Scholarships are available to nurture individuals in their quest for a better education. Grant and scholarship guidelines and eligibility requirements are online at www.bisbeefoundation.com. Applications as well as other appropriate forms should be downloaded from the website. The Foundation requests applicants to complete their forms in full and email them to email@example.com no later than midnight April 1, 2022. ................ The Bisbee Woman’s Club is accepting applications from February 15 to March 31 for its 2023 grant awards. Grants, up to $1000, for projects that will fulfill the mission of the Bisbee Woman’s Club to further education, improve skills, expand rights and meet the special sensitivities to the community’s issues. For guidelines, applications and more information about the Bisbee Woman’s Club please link to www.bisbeewomansclub.com. ................ Premier Alliances Scholarship open till March 15. Founders scholarship for financial support for a full academic year or certificate program equivalent, up to $2000, will be awarded to any resident of Cochise County with a disability or who is a caretaker or and individual with a disability. .......... University South Foundation...The annual scholarship application process for University of Arizona students who reside in Cochise County and will be enrolled at the University of Arizona for the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 academic year. This includes undergraduate, graduate and certificate students at the College of Applied Science and Technology (C.A.S.T.), the University ofArizona Douglas, and Cochise County residents enrolled in online programs at the university. All scholarship qualification criteria and submission guidelines can be found at www.universitysouthfoundation.com/usfscholarship. The deadline for submission to all scholarship categories is 4:00pm, June 12, 2023. ............ Arizona Community Foundation offers scholarships for post secondary school students residing in Cochise County. Access to 150 scholarships are available through one application at azfoundation.org/scholarships. Deadlines are variable, some as soon as March, so students are advised to apply early. ................ In addition to those listed above interested people can go to: https://www.cochise.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/23-24-Scholarships-for-website.pdf to find out other available scholarships. Or here for agriculture scholarships: https://www.azfb.org/Get-Involved/Scholarships
God got a workout last week, and there is ample opportunity for some heavy duty smiting upside the head this week...
The AZ Senate have finally followed the House and voted to waive the school spending limit that will allow public schools to spend the 1.3 bill that was allocated to them last year. It was a one time override. (Far be it for republicans to permanently deal with a problem that has resulted in some 9000 teaching positions vacant this school year.)
It wasn’t unanimous because the Arizona freedumb caucus voted against it.
Among other freedumbers was one of the two Cochise county Reps Lupe Diaz (LD-19) based in Benson. He has very good hearing cause he has been called by God numerous times in the past many years to serve as pastor, as administrator of a Christian school, as prez of the chamber of commerce, and yes to oppose the overide. Ya gotta be tuned into to hear that voice.
In my imagined scenario…
Lupe…God what about this demand for public schools wanting to spend money that the lege allocated last year?
God…I say no Lupe! No way should you vote for in favor of all those students getting educated. Shouldn’t the Word and the one book be good enough?
Lupe…Thank you. I too think ignorance is a good thing.
Lupe...As a pastor, I know about guns and ammunition, God, check out my bills ...or is it check out my bills, Gawd!
Fortunately, many senators and reps could not hear god and voted to override. However Sen. Jake Hoffman, the head (or another part of anatomy) of the freedumb caucus did hear from god too! he thanked god a couple times for passing the empowerment scholarship accounts and giving parent a way out of these terrible public schools.
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This is the time for us to buckle up and focus on RTS, as it’s the last week that bills can be heard in committees in their originating chamber. Our comments and opinions are welcome input for Gov. Hobbs’ veto stamp. (Trust us on this: It does matter!!)
Spotlight Issue 1: End Run on Gov. Hobbs
Lawmakers know Gov. Hobbs can (and probably will) veto nearly all the divisive culture-war nonsense they are sending her. That’s why they are also trying to send a number of bills directly to the ballot — circumventing Gov. Hobbs and her veto pen — and hoping that voters will play along.
This week’s committee agendas are long, so if you do nothing else this week, please use RTS to OPPOSE each of these bills:
SCR1016 - constitutional convention SCR1018 - anti-environmental bill SCR1023 - anti-charter cities SCR1025 - culture war bludgeon against schools SCR1034 - anti-bipartisan budgeting SCR1035 - automatic tax cuts SCR1038 - constitutional convention HCR2016 - constitutional convention HCR2033 - anti-ranked choice voting HCR2038 - anti-bipartisan budgeting HCR2040 - bans early voting HCR2041 - anti-direct democracy
If you need more information, simply search this document for any of these bill numbers, and you’ll find our full write-ups.
Yes, this section is long. But take heart: a strict calendar dictates that bills must be heard in committee in their originating chamber by the end of this week. RTS ends entirely on March 24. This week, consider doing your RTS day by day.
A number of these were held last week and are reappearing on agendas now. Your bill position will hold over, but if you want the committee to see your comments, you must re-enter them.
SB1074, sponsored by Sonny Borrelli (R-30), is subject to a striker that would ban all electronic voting equipment from primary use unless it meets Department of Defense cybersecurity standards, all pieces of it are made in the US, and the auditor general is given copies of the source codes. See duplicate bill HB2613, sponsored by Steve Montenegro (R-29). Scheduled for Senate Elections Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1140, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-15), would mandate that counties return to precinct-style voting. The voting center model has numerous benefits, including voter convenience, financial savings, and increased turnout. Lawmakers should be making it easier, not harder, for us to vote. See duplicate bill HB2304. Held last week, but once again scheduled for Senate Elections Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1146, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-15), would require Arizona’s retirement system to divest from companies that “promote, facilitate or advocate for” abortions for minors, or for “the inclusion of, or the referral of students to, sexually explicit material.” This ill-considered blanket mandate would leave half a million teachers, municipal workers and other government employees with retirement accounts that are unable to invest in most major companies, and creates a minefield for investors and pension fund managers. Hoffman introduced the same bill last year. Scheduled for Senate Finance Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1156, sponsored by Anthony Kern (R-27), would allow people to deduct a maximum of $40,000 in income from their state taxes for adoption, up from $3,000. Adoptive parents are a sympathetic group of people, which is the point. Lawmakers in Arizona have long used incrementalism to advance various harmful policies on school vouchers, reproductive rights, and more. Meanwhile, The bill contains no fiscal note to estimate the cost. Scheduled for Senate Finance Committee, Monday and Senate Appropriations Committee, Tuesday. OPPOSE.
SB1213, sponsored by Anthony Kern (R-27), is subject to a striker that mandates the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), in addition to the Attorney General and governor, must sign off on the Secretary of State’s official elections procedure manual. committees, JLAC membership is stacked, with 7 Republicans and 4 Democrats — making this bill just another transparent attempt to politicize the process. Scheduled for Senate Elections Committee, Monday; held on 2/6. OPPOSE.
SB1239, sponsored by Wendy Rogers (R-7), would allow state agencies to accept cryptocurrency as payment by partnering with a private third-party company. Scheduled for Senate Finance Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1245, sponsored by David Farnsworth (R-10), would ban cities and counties from using vehicle license tax monies for anything except transportation. The state has no business telling cities and counties how they can use their revenues. Scheduled for Senate Transportation & Technology Committee, Monday; held on 2/6. OPPOSE.
SB1281, sponsored by Janae Shamp (R-29), is subject to a striker that would mandate state income tax rebates of $200 individual, $400 joint, for tax year 2022. The bill has no fiscal note, but roughly 2.7 million people file income taxes in Arizona every year, so this would likely cost the state a jaw-dropping sum: between $540 million and $1.1 billion. Scheduled for Senate Finance Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1313, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-15), would ban cities from making any plans that would “reduce overall system capacity of motor vehicle traffic.” This bill is based on an absurd conspiracy theory that believes the world government wants to limit people’s freedom of movement and advance a totalitarian agenda. (Yes, really.) Scheduled for Senate Transportation & Technology Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1314, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-15), would ban the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Transportation Planning Division from adopting a motor vehicle travel mile reduction target or any other demand management policy or project. Demand management is a proactive approach to improve transportation efficiency which doesn’t assume private cars as the best or only solution for urban mobility; its use saves money and makes our cities more livable. Another bill based on an absurd conspiracy theory. Scheduled for Senate Transportation & Technology Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1324, sponsored by Ken Bennett (R-1), would require copies of digital ballot images to be made publicly available online. Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer says not all ballots can be made public, so there's no way a random person could replicate the results of an official election count. See duplicate bill HB2560, sponsored by Ben Toma (R-27). Scheduled for Senate Elections Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1332, sponsored by Janae Shamp (R-29), would make the “cast vote record” (a receipt of everything scanned by a voting machine) a public record. It’s the latest example of the endless, fruitless quest for a smoking gun that has so far yielded no proof of election wrongdoing. Scheduled for Senate Elections Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1471, sponsored by John Kavanagh (R-3), would set up a “man-versus-machine test” of whether humans are better or worse than machines at counting ballots. The idea is to measure not just accuracy but also the time and resources required to implement hand counting statewide. Driven by a false belief that machine counting is inherently suspect and susceptible to fraud. Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer is supporting the bill, saying it “will build confidence in our election system by showing that machine tabulation is highly accurate, free of bias, and fast.” Scheduled for Senate Elections Committee, Monday.
SB1518, sponsored by Ken Bennett (R-1), would allow voters to skip the signature verification process by presenting ID when dropping their early ballots off on Election Day. Scheduled for Senate Elections Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1559, sponsored by Steve Kaiser (R-2), would exempt from state taxes all of the first-year profits for a corporation in its first year of business, half the profits in its second year, and a quarter in its third year. It would also waive all fees. Scheduled for Senate Finance Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1566, sponsored by Frank Carroll (R-28), would void all voter registrations in Arizona this year, disenfranchising over 4.1 million voters, and force everyone to reregister to vote. There is simply no justification for purging the voter rolls like this. Scheduled for Senate Elections Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1577, sponsored by JD Mesnard (R-13), would mandate that, if Arizona has a budget surplus in any given year, the state would have to automatically cut income tax rates by 50% for the following year. A The budget surplus isn’t evidence that we’re collecting too much revenue; it’s evidence of lawmakers’ persistent unwillingness to invest in our state and its people. Scheduled for Senate Finance Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1595, sponsored by JD Mesnard (R-13), would make voters present ID in order to drop off their early ballots after 7 PM on the Friday before election day. This would complicate voting for over 1 in 5 voters, resulting in more ballots being rejected. Arizona is a national leader in voting by mail, pioneering the program over 30 years ago. Only about half of Arizona counties even have the capability to tabulate ballots on-site at polling places on Election Day. Voters just refused in November to adopt new ID restrictions for early ballots. Scheduled for Senate Elections Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1596, sponsored by JD Mesnard (R-13), would require government offices, including school district offices, to serve as polling places if elections officials ask for it. The chaos of Election Day is disruptive to a school’s normal operation and could put students at risk by allowing unverified individuals into a building during school hours. voting centers offer numerous benefits, including convenience, financial savings and increased turnout. Scheduled for Senate Elections Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1597, sponsored by JD Mesnard (R-13), would require elections officials to tabulate early ballots on-site at polling places no later than November 2024. Only about half of Arizona counties even have the capability to tabulate ballots on-site at polling places on Election Day. The bill comes with no appropriation Scheduled for Senate Elections Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SCR1018, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-15), would ask voters to amend the Arizona Constitution to ban government from charging anyone based on their vehicle miles traveled or monitoring people’s vehicle miles traveled. . Based on an absurd conspiracy theory that believes the world government wants to limit people’s freedom of movement and advance a totalitarian agenda. (Yes, really.) Scheduled for Senate Transportation & Technology Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SCR1035, sponsored by JD Mesnard (R-13), would ask voters to mandate that, if The budget surplus isn’t evidence that we’re collecting too much revenue; it’s evidence of lawmakers’ systemic unwillingness to invest in our state and its people. Scheduled for Senate Finance Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
HB2284, sponsored by David Livingston (R-28), would create state-funded “tent cities” for individuals experiencing homelessness, and bans unhoused people from camping or storing property outside those areas. It would also ban “unauthorized sleeping” on state land, even as rising rents are pushing more people toward that option. Why not invest in the Housing Trust Fund (HB2256) or prioritize another, better option? Scheduled for House Health & Human Services Committee, Monday; held on 2/6. OPPOSE.
HB2309, sponsored by Rachel Jones (R-17), would ban Arizona and all its counties and cities from complying with US law if it’s inconsistent with Arizona law regarding the authority of state and local law enforcement agencies. Scheduled for House Military Affairs & Public Safety, Monday. OPPOSE.
HB2316, sponsored by Rachel Jones (R-17), is an alarmingly broad anti-science bill that would make it a "discriminatory practice" for anyone in the state to withhold employment, facilities, "advantages or privileges" from an unvaccinated person. It also bans vaccine requirements for schools and child care. Scheduled for House Health & Human Services Committee, Monday; held on 2/6. OPPOSE.
HB2756, sponsored by David Marshall (R-7), would penalize cities and counties if they didn’t spend “enough” on law enforcement. It would deduct state funds from local governments that violate the measure, and redistribute those funds to other cities and counties. The same bill was also introduced last year. Scheduled for House Military Affairs & Public Safety Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1114, sponsored by Wendy Rogers (R-7), would appropriate $3.64 million to the existing hyperbaric oxygen therapy fund for military veterans, currently comprised of private donations and grants. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is mostly used to treat decompression sickness from scuba diving, but can also be used for serious infections, making it likely this is an attempt at state funding for fraudulent COVID treatment. Ducey used his first line-item veto on it, citing a "lack of public support" (hi, that’s us). Scheduled for Senate Appropriations Committee, Tuesday. OPPOSE.
SB1366, sponsored by Wendy Rogers (R-7), is subject to a striker that mandates medical personnel to inform women seeking abortions that health benefits may be available to her if she chooses to stay pregnant, that the father of the unborn child is required to provide child support, and that assistance and adoption services are available. Bills like this serve no medical purpose, but instead seek to dissuade people from exercising bodily autonomy. Scheduled for Senate Health & Human Services Committee, Tuesday. OPPOSE.
SB1600, sponsored by Janae Shamp (R-29), would broaden a controversial anti-abortion bill from 2017 that requires clinics, hospitals and physicians to “care for a baby delivered alive.” Physicians and parents opposed the 2017 bill for forcing unnecessary procedures on babies with no chance of survival instead of allowing these babies to die in the arms of their parents. Any violation would be a felony and result in the loss of the medical professional’s license. Scheduled for Senate Health & Human Services Committee, Tuesday. OPPOSE.
SCR1025, sponsored by Justine Wadsack (R-17), would ask voters to insert the “parents bill of rights” into the state Constitution. This concept,is often wielded as a far-right political bludgeon against schools, health care organizations and children’s advocacy groups. Scheduled for Senate Health & Human Services Committee, Tuesday. OPPOSE.
SCR1034, sponsored by JD Mesnard (R-13), would ask voters to amend the state Constitution to automatically extend the previous year’s state budget if lawmakers don’t pass one in time. Similar bill HCR2038, sponsored by David Livingston (R-28), is also in committee this week. Scheduled for Senate Appropriations Committee, Tuesday. OPPOSE.
HB2108, sponsored by David Livingston (R-28), would force unemployment recipients to submit documentation of at least 5 work search actions each week. If someone refuses a “suitable” job offer or fails to appear for a scheduled interview, the prospective employer would be required to report them to DES. The is a punitive bill Scheduled for House Commerce Committee, Tuesday. OPPOSE.
HB2533, sponsored by John Gillette (R-30), is a rehash of a bill from last year that would require public schools to post a list of every single item teachers use or discuss with students. similar to legislation proposed in at least 17 other states. Scheduled for House Education Committee, Tuesday. OPPOSE.
HB2539, sponsored by Beverly Pingerelli (R-28), would force the State Board of Education to implement a “public awareness program” to prop up school choice in Arizona, including free publicity for taxpayer-funded ESA vouchers. Scheduled for House Education Committee, Tuesday. OPPOSE.
HB2634, sponsored by Flavio Bravo (D-26), would allow buyers and sellers of real estate to donate to the Housing Trust Fund. The fund provided $10 to $20 million a year for housing for people experiencing homelessness before lawmakers diverted the money to the state's general fund during the Great Recession. Scheduled for House Commerce Committee, Tuesday. SUPPORT.
HB2748, sponsored by Laura Terech (D-4), would ban district and charter schools from imposing suspension as a penalty for a student's unexcused absence or absences. . Scheduled for House Education Committee, Tuesday. SUPPORT.
HB2786, sponsored by Justin Heap (R-10), would require school boards to notify parents of recommended or funded "training opportunities" for teachers or school administrators. This bill is deeply disappointing; students are not political footballs. Scheduled for House Education Committee, Tuesday. OPPOSE.
HCR2043, sponsored by Matt Gress (R-4), would ask voters to amend the Arizona Constitution to make the regulation of employee benefits, including wages, a statewide issue, and ban cities and towns from further regulating them. Legislators have been trying to penalize Flagstaff for years for setting a higher minimum wage than the state-mandated one. Scheduled for House Commerce Committee, Tuesday. OPPOSE.
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SB1030, sponsored by Anthony Kern (R-27), would mandate that counties change their zoning laws to define business that hold “drag shows” as adult-oriented, and would also ban the beloved Sunday drag brunch. Scheduled for Senate Government Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1040, sponsored by John Kavanagh (R-3), would ban trans kids from using the school bathrooms, changing facilities and “sleeping quarters” that align with their gender identities. A copy of a bill introduced in South Dakota. A federal court found that these policies violate the US Constitution and Title IX, so in addition to being monstrously cruel, this would open Arizona to a host of lawsuits at taxpayer expense. Kavanagh also introduced the bill last year, but it did not receive a hearing. Scheduled for Senate Education Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1145, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-15), would exempt students at Arizona’s three in-state universities from student activity fees if the student says the payment would “violate their conscience” or if the student meets any of a list of reasons for exemption, including objecting on religious or moral grounds, financial hardship, and part-time status. Scheduled for Senate Education Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1167, sponsored by Steve Kaiser (R-2), would tie length of unemployment relief to Arizona’s unemployment rate. This would disproportionately harm rural areas and people of color, who typically have higher rates of unemployment compared to the state average. Scheduled for Senate Commerce Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1300, sponsored by Wendy Rogers (R-7), would prohibit universities and community colleges from banning anyone with a concealed weapons permit — not just students — from possessing, storing, transporting guns on campus. . The same bill was also introduced last year. Duplicate bill HB2667, sponsored by Rachel Jones (R-17), is also in committee this week. Scheduled for Senate Military Affairs, Public Safety and Border Security Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1308, sponsored by David Gowan (R-19), would legalize “aerial device” consumer fireworks. This is one of the more dangerous types, as they can injure people some distance away from where they are launched.Gowan works for TNT Fireworks, whose lobbyists write bills for him, and has been trying to pass this concept into law for years. Scheduled for Senate Commerce Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1385, sponsored by John Kavanagh (R-3), would require schools to include their rules and actions on school discipline in the list of educational performance indicators, and ties school discipline to school letter grades. Scheduled for Senate Education Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1410, sponsored by Justine Wadsack (R-17), would extend so-called “1487 complaints” to school boards. Passed in 2016, SB1487 allows any state lawmaker to order the Attorney General to investigate whether a city is violating state law. GOP lawmakers have traditionally used 1487 complaints to block cities from enacting policies they disagree with. Scheduled for Senate Education Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1500, sponsored by Frank Carroll (R-28), would require state retirement funds to evaluate their investments solely based on finances. Similar to other bills this session that crusade against “pro-abortion, pro-sex-ed” banks. Scheduled for Senate Government Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1501, sponsored by Frank Carroll (R-28), would ban public utility companies like APS, SRP and TEP from using their revenues to build or operate EV charging stations.Scheduled for Senate Commerce Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1506, sponsored by Anna Hernandez (D-24), would ban landlords from discriminating against renters who receive government assistance. Scheduled for Senate Commerce Committee, Wednesday. SUPPORT.
SB1569, sponsored by Raquel Terán (D-26), would create a 19-member study committee on Statewide Eviction Prevention and Housing Affordability. Scheduled for Senate Commerce Committee, Wednesday. SUPPORT.
SB1611, sponsored by Anthony Kern (R-27), would ban government from contracting with any company unless the contract specifies the company will not "discriminate" based on political affiliation or social or environmental values. Scheduled for Senate Government Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1657, sponsored by Ken Bennett (R-1), would reinstate statewide testing to graduate from high school. This bill contains no exceptions for students with many forms of special needs who struggle to pass standardized tests. Scheduled for Senate Education Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1674, sponsored by Mitzi Epstein (D-12), would require the state Auditor General to complete a cost study of Arizona online instruction. Online schools have a checkered record of poor academic outcomes, low graduation rates, taxpayer waste and massive profit. Scheduled for Senate Education Committee, Wednesday. SUPPORT.
SB1675, sponsored by Mitzi Epstein (D-12), would require public district and charter schools that serve students in grades 6-12 to make menstrual hygiene products available free of charge in all women's and gender-neutral restrooms in the school. Appropriates $1 million. . Scheduled for Senate Education Committee, Wednesday. SUPPORT.
SB1694, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-15), would ban the state, including public schools, from requiring "diversity, equity, and inclusion programs" for its employees, spending public funds on such programs, or setting policies to influence the composition of its workforce on the basis of race, sex, or color. Scheduled for Senate Government Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1695, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-15), would ban Maricopa and Pima county supervisors from certifying election results if “election laws were violated and the violations resulted in the disenfranchisement of at least 1% of the eligible voters in the county.” This has not happened a single time in state or national history. Scheduled for Senate Government Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1696, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-15), would double down on a bill passed last year by banning district and charter schools from exposing minors to "sexually explicit materials." The incredibly broad description includes text, audio and video that references sexual contact, sexual excitement, and even physical contact with a person's clothed or unclothed buttocks. Scheduled for Senate Government Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1700, sponsored by Justine Wadsack (R-17), would double down on last year's measures to ban many books from schools and institute public review of such books. Any parent would be allowed to ask a school to remove a book, the Department of Education would be required to maintain a list of banned books, and public schools would have to publish a list for 4 months before giving books to students. Scheduled for Senate Education Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1705, sponsored by Justine Wadsack (R-17), would ban the Attorney General from participating in “any activity that may be considered contrary to the legal and civil rights of the people.” Scheduled for Senate Government Committee, Wednesday.
SB1706, sponsored by Christine Marsh (D-4), creates reporting that requires the ADE to release more information about who is using ESA vouchers and how taxpayer funds are being spent. A small, positive step toward more transparency and accountability for a program that diverts $600 million in taxpayer dollars yearly to private pockets with zero accountability or regulation. Scheduled for Senate Education Committee, Wednesday. SUPPORT.
SCR1023, sponsored by Justine Wadsack (R-17), would ask voters to amend the state Constitution to repeal charter cities in Arizona. Currently larger cities can adopt a charter, which then supersedes any state law that conflicts with purely municipal affairs. State lawmakers have long hated charter cities, passing numerous laws that preempt city regulations on elections, firearms, immigration, smoking, plastic bag use, puppy mills, sugary drinks, water distribution, regulation of dark money, and so much more. Scheduled for Senate Government Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2014, sponsored by David Livingston (R-28), would quadruple over 3 years the amount Arizona spends on a specific type of STO (School Tuition Organization) voucher. Scheduled for House Ways & Means Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2059, sponsored by Lupe Diaz (R-19), would create the crimes of “mob intimidation” and “aggravated riot” in an attempt to stifle public protest. Scheduled for House Judiciary Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2075, sponsored by Laura Terech (D-4), would exempt school blueprints from public records laws. This would make it more difficult for bad actors to plan attacks on students. In some states, like Massachusetts and Michigan, it’s already the law. Scheduled for House Government Committee, Wednesday. SUPPORT.
HB2213, sponsored by Gail Griffin (R-19), would ban sales tax on the sales of gas and electricity to residential customers. This tax break would cost over $200 million a year. Scheduled for House Government Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2232, sponsored by Liz Harris (R-13), is a wide-ranging elections bill that would (among other things): ban most early and absentee voting, mandate voters to show ID before voting institute holograms and numbering for paper ballots, and mandate the hand counting of all ballots within 24 hours of an election. Too bonkers to go into. Scheduled for House Municipal Oversight & Elections Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2411, sponsored by David Cook (R-7), would punish the Scottsdale mayor and city council for refusing to sell water to roughly 500 residents of Rio Verde Foothills, Scheduled for House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2447, sponsored by Teresa Martinez (R-16), would allow out-of-state residents to buy a vehicle tax-free as long as they first purchase a “special ten-day nonresident registration permit.” TScheduled for House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2544, sponsored by Lupe Diaz (R-19), would exempt firearms or ammo that are "modified" in Arizona from federal regulation. Scheduled for House Judiciary Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2552, sponsored by Austin Smith (R-29), would ban the use of ranked choice voting in Arizona. See duplicate measure SB1265, sponsored by Anthony Kern (R-27). Scheduled for House Municipal Oversight & Elections Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2586, sponsored by Neal Carter (R-15), would ban the Arizona Department of Transportation from displaying anything other than highway or AMBER alerts on the dynamic message signs over our freeways. Scheduled for House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2591, sponsored by Gail Griffin (R-19), would mandate that ballot drop boxes must be located inside a county building or secured to a building or footing. This institutes more roadblocks to voting, such as precluding people from dropping off their ballots at their local polling place on Election Day. Scheduled for House Municipal Oversight & Elections Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2613, sponsored by Steve Montenegro (R-29), would ban all electronic voting equipment from primary use unless it meets Department of Defense cybersecurity standards, all pieces of it are made in the US, and the auditor general is given copies of the source codes. Inspired by a baseless conspiracy theory See duplicate bill SB1074, sponsored by Sonny Borrelli (R-30). Scheduled for House Municipal Oversight & Elections Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2630, sponsored by Kevin Payne (R-27), appears to be legislation pushed by the tobacco industry that would block cities, towns and counties from regulating the sale of their products. Scheduled for House Regulatory Affairs Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2667, sponsored by Rachel Jones (R-17), is a duplicate of a bill from last year that would prohibit universities and community colleges from banning anyone with a concealed weapons permit — not just students — from possessing, storing, or transporting guns on campus. Duplicate bill SB1300, sponsored by Wendy Rogers (R-7), is also in committee this week. Scheduled for House Judiciary Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2722, sponsored by Gail Griffin (R-19), would allow county elections officials to hand count all of the ballots for any election. OPPOSE.
HB2757, sponsored by Ben Toma (R-27), would expand retention elections for appeals court judges to be statewide, rather than countywide. This is a transparent attempt to keep appellate judges from being unseated by allowing people to vote out of district for judges who don't represent them, diluting the votes. CEBV Gavel Watch unseated 3 judges in November 2022. Scheduled for House Judiciary Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HB2785, sponsored by Liz Harris (R-13), would eliminate early voting by mail in Arizona, all-mail elections, and Arizona’s active early voting list. Scheduled for House Municipal Oversight & Elections Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HCR2016, sponsored by David Cook (R-7), would request a constitutional convention to create term limits. This is at least the 6th consecutive year this proposal has been introduced. Duplicate bill SCR1016, sponsored by JD Mesnard (R-13), is also in committee this week. Scheduled for House Government Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HCR2033, sponsored by Austin Smith (R-29), would ask voters to enshrine our current direct primary system into the state Constitution. This would make it extremely difficult to ever institute meaningful reforms such as ranked-choice or top-two primary voting. If passed by both the House and Senate, this resolution would go directly to voters, without Gov. Hobbs having the chance to veto. Scheduled for House Municipal Oversight & Elections Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HCR2038, sponsored by David Livingston (R-28), would ask voters to amend the state Constitution to automatically extend the previous year’s state budget if lawmakers don’t pass one in time. Similar bill SCR1034, sponsored by JD Mesnard (R-13), is also in committee this week. Scheduled for House Appropriations Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HCR2040, sponsored by Rachel Jones (R-17), would ask voters to eliminate early voting and make absentee voting vastly harder. Because this goes to the voters, Gov. Hobbs can’t veto it. Scheduled for House Municipal Oversight & Elections Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
HCR2041, sponsored by David Marshall (R-7), would ask voters to restrict Arizona’s initiative and referendum process by requiring ballot measures to collect signatures from a percentage of voters in each of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts: 10% for initiatives and 15% for a constitutional amendment. This anti-democracy measure would effectively give any single district veto powers over the rest, and would almost certainly end citizen initiatives in Arizona. Nearly identical measures have been proposed in at least four other sessions, including last year, but have never passed. See duplicate bill SCR1015, sponsored by JD Mesnard (R-13). Scheduled for House Municipal Oversight & Elections Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1160, sponsored by Christine Marsh (D-4), would keep someone who seeks medical help for another person experiencing a drug-related overdose from being arrested for possession or use of drugs. Scheduled for Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday. SUPPORT.
SB1323, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-15), would make it a felony for any public school employee (but not an employee at an ESA-funded private school) to violate last year’s prohibition on referring students to or using any “sexually explicit” material. Scheduled for Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday. OPPOSE.
SB1413, sponsored by Justine Wadsack (R-17), would require cities and counties to immediately remove any "homeless encampment" and throw away all materials found there. Homeless people on private property would be charged with trespassing. . Scheduled for Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday. OPPOSE.
SB1433, sponsored by Justine Wadsack (R-17), would mandate any employer who requires a person be vaccinated for COVID be liable for damages that result from a “significant injury” caused by receiving the vaccine, with a minimum penalty of $1 million. Scheduled for Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday. OPPOSE.
SB1698, sponsored by Justine Wadsack (R-17), adds drag shows to a state law about "dangerous crimes against children." The bill equates a drag show with an “adult-oriented performance” and makes it a crime on par with bestiality, child sex trafficking, second-degree murder, and sexual assault. Scheduled for Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday. OPPOSE.
SCR1016, sponsored by JD Mesnard (R-13), would request a constitutional convention to create term limits. Governing, like any other profession, requires experience in order to be effective. Instituting term limits ensures that lobbyists and staff will possess the bulk of the expertise. It turns legislators into perpetual newbies while others pull their strings behind the scenes. Duplicate bill HCR2016, sponsored by David Cook (R-7), is also in committee this week. Scheduled for Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday. OPPOSE.
SCR1038, sponsored by Anthony Kern (R-27), would establish a process for a statewide special election to elect delegates to an Article V convention to amend the US Constitution. The prospect of an Article V convention targeting the Constitution itself is terrifying. Opponents (including deceased Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia) argue there is no way to limit a convention to the stated intent. Just as the 1787 convention went far beyond its stated purposes, we could end up with a whole new form of government. Scheduled for Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday. OPPOSE.
Los Hermanos has closed. The building at 123 Arizona St across from the demolished City Hall, is for sale for $155k with some equipment.
Notable buildings have sold to local owners.
The Tang Gallery building and Classic Rock Couture building 32 & 38 Main was bought by Claire Harlin and Justin Luria. (Joan Werner ran the Atalanta book store in that location, it was also the site of the former JC Penny department store.) The adjacent building 42-54 Main, includes retail on the street and offices upstairs, was bought by Meg and Mel Sowid.
Taqueria Outlaw is open on Main. A very nice space and good food. A good selection of yes, tacos! as well as Tequila. Give em a try. And the sleek new Cafe Royale is shooting for an end of the month opening.
SHORT TERM RENTALS (SRT) PERMITS
I recently did a public records request to find out how many permits had been applied for and granted. As of Feb 3, 25 permits have been granted, the same number as applied. Of those 25 permits, three were on Hovland in Warren, three on Opera Drive, six on Tombstone Canyon. I will continue to track permits.
If you happen to know of a SRT in your neighborhood, you can put in a records request to the city to find out if they have a permit.
Permit requests have several requirements, among other things; posting on premises of who is the responsible party to call, contact info and permit number, informing neighbors there is an operational SRT near them, the permit number of all ad listings, and more.
Go here for the permit application and description: http://www.bisbeeaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9939/Created-112222-Short-Term-Rental-Guide-Checklist-Acknowledgment--Registration-Form?bidId=
I have to check on this, but but I think that all existing SRTs have to have a permit by March 1.
For the past five months, house sales have been single digits. To be precise, five in January, nine sold in the last three months in 2022, and eight houses in September.
Sales have been in these areas:
7 San Jose
9 other neighborhoods
I've been keeping track of house sales since 2016 and this is the first time that has happened. It seems that the effects of mortgage rate increases have begun to affect the Bisbee housing market. (There are many other factors that affect sales, such as number of houses for sale, time of year, condition of houses, and listing price.) Those rates peaked at 7.2% this summer-from 3% last year, and currently range from 6.1% to 6.6% for a 30 year fixed. Nationally, refinance applications rose about 18% this weeks as mortgage rates dropped for the fifth consecutive month.
When scanning national online sites such as Redfin or Rocket for data about length of time on the market, year to year comparisons, average cost, and more it, is a pick-your-statistic to fit your analysis, they are so far apart.
There have been no new Bisbee housing permits in several years. Although the city has indicated they would entertain proposals for housing on city property near the Senior Center.
105 Star Av $150k/$127k
619 Tombstone Cyn $179k/$150k
2043 Barnett Rd $154k
2331 s. Coleman $210k/$193k
103 Hazzard $239k/$215k
140 Opera Dr. $287k/$265k
97 Center $315k
416 B Pearly $329k/$319k
9 OK St. $525k/$515k
209 Hereford Rd $87k/$83,500
11 Ocotillo St $190k
111 Clawson AV. $299k
25 Sowle $398k (one of the coolest locations in OB)
13 Locklin $615,000/$595,000
SALES TAXES(Totals are for actual spending in November. Reporting is always two months behind spending. Also reporting can vary because of late filiing or events that span the end/start of a month)
Bed taxes were up a couple grand from last month and hotel taxes were also up about $1.5k. In a scenario that continues to baffle me, restaruant/bar sales were down. As mentioned before one would think with lodging taxes up, r/b taxes were follow. Not so. There have been several month such as this where r/b is a couple grand less than previous months. Retail was up about $10k while home food was down about $7k. Internet sales were stable at $27k but note that is climbing steadily but slowly and is now $5k more than six months ago.
GROANERS... Dad, are we pyromaniacs? Yes, we arson. She was only a moonshiner's daughter, but I miss her still. What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled. Why do bees stay in their hives during winter? Swarm. Just so everyone is clear, I’m going to put on my glasses. A commander walks into a bar and orders everyone a round. I lost my job as a stage designer, but I left without making a scene. Never buy flowers from a monk. Only you can prevent florist friars. How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer. I once worked at a cheap pizza shop to get by. I kneaded the dough. My friends and I have named our band ‘Duvet.’ It’s a cover band. I lost my girlfriend’s audiobook, and now I’ll never hear the end of it. Why is ‘dark’ spelled with a k and not c? Because you can’t 'c' in the dark. Why is it unwise to share your secrets with a clock? Time will tell. When I told my contractor I didn’t want carpeted steps, he gave me a blank stare. Bono and The Edge walk into a Dublin bar, and the bartender says, “Oh no, not U2 again.” Prison is just one word to you, but for some people, it’s a whole sentence. Scientists got together to study the effects of alcohol on a person’s walk, and the result was staggering. I’m trying to organize a hide and seek tournament, but good players are really hard to find. I got over my addiction to chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts. I won’t lie - it was a rocky road. What do you say to comfort a friend who’s struggling with grammar? There, their, they’re. I went to the toy store and asked the assistant where the Schwarzenegger action figures were, and he replied, “Aisle B, back.” What did the surgeon say to the patient who insisted on closing up his own incision? Suture self. I’ve started telling everyone about the benefits of eating dried grapes.
It’s all about raisin awareness. published previously/2019 cause I love em so.... MONDEGREENS Mondegreens are misheard words. Most commonly in songs.
My own prime example: "Junkies in love" "Chuck E's in love" Ricki Lee Jones "Excuse me while I kiss this guy." "Excuse me while I kiss the sky." Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix "Gladly, the cross-eyed bear." "Gladly The Cross I'd Bear." Traditional Hymn "There's a bathroom on the right." "There's a bad moon on the rise." Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater "Dead ants are my friends; they're blowin' in the wind." "The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind." Blowin' In The Wind, Bob Dylan "Midnight after you're wasted." "Midnight at the oasis." Midnight at the Oasis, Maria Muldaur "The girl with colitis goes by." "The girl with kaleidoscope eyes." Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, The Beatles "Sleep in heavenly peas." "Sleep in heavenly peace." Silent Night, Christmas carol "She's got a chicken to ride." "She's got a ticket to ride." Ticket to Ride, The Beatles "You and me and Leslie." "You and me endlessly..." Groovin', The Rascals "I'll be your xylophone waiting for you." "I'll be beside the phone waiting for you." Build Me Up Buttercup, The Foundations "Are you going to starve an old friend?" "Are you going to Scarborough Fair?" Scarborough Fair, Simon and Garfunkel "Baking carrot biscuits." "Taking care of business." Takin' Care Of Business, Bachman-Turner Overdrive "Donuts make my brown eyes blue." "Don't it make my brown eyes blue." Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Crystal Gale "Got a lot of lucky peanuts." "Got a lot of love between us." Let's Hang On. Frankie Vallee and the Four Seasons "What a nice surprise when you're out of ice." "What a nice surprise bring your alibis." Hotel California, Eagles "Hope the city voted for you." "Hopelessly devoted to you." Hopelessly Devoted to You, Grease "I'm a pool hall ace." "My poor heart aches." Every Step You Take, The Police "Just brush my teeth before you leave me, baby." "Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby." Angel of the Morning, Juice Newton