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On the road here in Michigan where the weather changes frequently; don't like it wait a few minutes and you'll get one of the following; sun, driving rain, mist, sprinkles, menacing dark masses of clouds, fluffy pillow clouds, or a brilliant azure sky. Lotsa of family stuff and eating lotsa good food.

I had my radical batteries recharged at the Detroit Institute of Art where a large room was filled with 27 of Diego Riveras' fresco murals. They are  beautiful, majestic works of art. The main murals on the East and West wall are 26' long and about 18' tall,  and capture the transformation of natural resources to industrial products & autos, by workers. For instance, in side panels he illustrated that chemicals could be good (vaccines) or bad (poison gas). There are other examples also.

(for a full view go here

and here: Health care takes up a sixth of the economy, yet a bill was crafted (using that term loosely) in secret by 13 men, all over 60. The details are below in a series of articles. I believe Senators will come back from yet another vacation and will have have papered over some of the more odious measures and schedule a quick vote. They cannot have transparency and hearings and amendments because the bill is so bad and so much money is transferred to the wealthy that they cannot defend it.

I rarely venture onto Facebook because of the flaming (an early internet word that was reserved for people who dissed other people) that goes on. However one guy, Richard Butler Mosher whom I do not know, accused iBisbee members of having an ideology of development, unspecified conflicts of interest, as well as having no allegiance to the community, and no procedures in place for identifying gentrification of which he said was taking place. I defended the committee, at length, and asked for specifics which I never got. We had a long exchange.Would like any of you to read it and see if I was wrong in my responses. It certainly is possible that I am out to lunch and would like to know so if I am. It is here. Likely have to scroll down to June 22 entry by Mosher.

(For a much shorter and insightful look at Detroit and gentrification, see Karen Schumacher's fb post below.)

Note the council meeting is on Wednesday not Tuesday. fred




INVOCATION:  A Moment of Silence                       



·         Presentation of Certificates of Recognition – Star Fire




1.        ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:  Subject to availability of funds

2.       Approval of the Consent Agenda

A.     Approval of the Minutes of the Special Session of Mayor and Council held on June 21, 2017 at 6:00PM 

B.     Approval to Extend a Public Right of Way Use Permit for Lunches at Goar Park for Dan Maldonado for one year effective July 5, 2017 to July 5, 2018. 

C.     Approval of a Park, Facility, and Right-of-Way Use Permit for the Bisbee Vogue, Inc. for the Use of Various City Streets, Parking Spaces and Staircases for the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 5:00AM to 8:00PM, this includes set up and breakdown.  

D.      Approval of a Park, Facility, and Right-of-Way Use Permit for the Bisbee Vogue, Inc. for the Use of City Park for the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 5:00AM to 8:00PM.  

E.       Approval of a Park, Facility, and Right-of-Way Use Permit for the Bisbee Vogue, Inc. for the Use of Goar Park for the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 5:00AM to 8:00PM.  

F.       Approval of a Park, Facility, and Right-of-Way Use Permit for the Bisbee Vogue, Inc. for the Use of Grassy Park for the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb on Friday, October 20, 2017 and Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 5:00AM to 8:00PM both days.  

G.     Approval of a Special Event Liquor License Application Submitted by the Bisbee Vogue, Inc. for an Event to be held at Copper Queen Plaza Convention Center (Parking Lot) Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 1:00PM to 6:00PM; Cynthia Conroy, Applicant.


3.       Ratification pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.05, of actions taken on June 21, 2017. The Purpose of this item is to validate an earlier action by the mayor and council regarding Entering into a Contract with Interim Public Management LLC for Interim City Manager and to Authorize the retainer fee of $1,500 and to allow Mayor Smith to sign the Retainer letter.

David M. Smith, Mayor

4.        Discussion and Possible Direction to Staff on a Petition received from Richard Green regarding the Paris Climate Agreement.

David M. Smith, Mayor 


5.        Discussion and Possible Approval of a Public Auction for the Transfer of Certain City Property located East of 27 Wood Canyon and the Establishment of a minimum bid price.

Joe Ward, Building & Zoning Inspector

6.        Public Auction of Designated Surplus Property located adjacent to 27 Wood Canyon.

Joe Ward, Building & Zoning Inspector

7.        Discussion and Possible Approval of an Additional One Year Agreement with SEAGO AAA for the Provision of $28,000 in Support of the Bisbee Bus.

Keri Bagley, Finance Director

8.        Discussion and Possible Approval to accept a $5,000 grant from Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records for the Health Collection for CCHA.

Andy Haratyk, Public Works Director

9.        Discussion and Possible Approval to purchase a Camera with additional Head for larger pipes for Wastewater, for a total cost of $6,460.61.

Andy Haratyk, Public Works Director

 10.    Discussion and Possible Approval of the Contract for Publishing Services and Official Newspaper of Record.

Ashlee Coronado, City Clerk                               

11.    City Manager's Report:

·         Other current events (No Discussion)

COUNCIL COMMENTS OR FUTURE AGENDA ITEM SUGGESTIONS: (Council members may suggest topics for future meeting agendas, but Council will not here discuss, deliberate or take any action on these topics.):




The director of the Bisbee Craft School FB post about Detroit is most excellent.

Detroit is beautiful and sad and strange and awesome.

And it is those things for strikingly similar reasons that Bisbee could be described in the same terms- both places giving off the charged feeling that they are simultaneously falling down and being rebuilt.

Here too there are houses falling over, an air of emptiness due to declining populations, and yet coffee shops and art galleries are popping up like day-glo weeds through the crumbling urban asphalt-colored landscape and empty spaces ooze creative opportunity- Detroit seems to be straddling the precipice between success and failure like a drunk tightrope walker. Much like my beloved home.

But the difference is that terms like "blight" and "gentrification" are real live breathing monsters in Detroit- displacing and destroying portions of its citizenry- while in Bisbee it seems they are often just misunderstood words used mostly out of context to scare each other into adhering to an out-dated status quo- like a bedtime story told with an overly obvious moral to an insolent child.

I'm not saying these things don't exist for Bisbee and that these things can't get worse, but in comparison to almost anywhere else, especially a major city- our problems seem almost.. cute. And they seem refreshingly surmountable.

My point is that we often forget how good we have it.



............................................. 79 RURAL HOSPITALS AND CARE CENTERS CLOSED IN THE PAST 7 YEARS According to the Sheps Center, ( three of the closed facilities were in Arizona. The now-delayed Senate bill would likely exacerbate this problem because of the cuts in Medicaid. ...................................... HEALTH CARE; RICH GET RICHER, THE POOR...DIE. "America’s wealthiest taxpayers (earning more than $200,000 a year, $250,000 for couples) would get a tax cut totaling $346bn over 10 years, representing what they save from no longer financing healthcare for lower-income Americans." ..................................... WHY MEDICAID CUTS TO MEDICAID ARE IMPORTANT  This article from illustrates some of the problems stemming from proposed cuts to Medicaid. (This site is also a good source of info on what is happening in health care. If you happen to know an aspiring journalist, they have fellowships available.)

"...Medicaid’s untold story also includes Americans who have received benefits under the traditional Medicaid program — for example, the millions of middle class families who’ve come to rely on it to fund long-term care for a family member. Medicaid pays for about half of all nursing home stays. That’s another subject that’s been missing from the media until this past week. GOP proposals to slice more than $800 billion from the Medicaid program mean that states will have much less money to funnel into nursing home and other forms of care for the elderly in their communities."


STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE Neil Young, new song... ....................................... GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters



1.2 trillion photos Estimated number of digital photographs that will be taken this year worldwide. Thanks to the huge growth in mobile adoption, 85 percent of them will be taken with a phone. A mere 400 billion digital photos were taken in 2011, and just half were taken with a phone.


THE OBSOLESCENCE OF AIRCRAFT CARRIERS? As a former Navy guy who toiled as an electrician on tankers that refueled carriers at sea-a stunning sight-I'm casually interested in how the Navy is evolving. (I was also the 'motion picture operator' of our ship and  selected movies for when we were out to sea for a month.) The tremendous amount of money that this government throws at 'defense' has become indefensible. This article talks about the possible vulnerability of a carrier not yet build. As with some missile systems, there are worries about the fundamental readiness to defend the mission of providing sea and land support.


WANNA OPEN A RESTAURANT? A detailed look at the costs of opening a restaurant in San Francisco. A whopping $702,000!



Many of us have been shaped by the Vietnam War and much of the division in the country can be traced back to that horrible conflict. This documentary should be a definitive look at what transpired and how it has impacted the people of the US and Vietnam.

<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> PORN STATS WARNING: You may not want to read this if you are easily shocked or don't like public discussions about Sex.

This article and the accompanying stats discusses the changes in sex, sexuality, viewing, talking, and doing, Sex. It explores the dialectical relationship between viewer and viewed.

"For we are living in a golden age of sexual creativity — an erotic renaissance that is, I believe, unprecedented in human history. Today you can, in a matter of minutes, see more boners than the most orgiastic member of Caligula’s court would see in a lifetime. This is, in itself, enough to revolutionize sexual culture at every level. But seeing isn’t even the whole story — because each of us also has the ability to replicate, share, and reinvent everything we see. Taken as a whole, this vast trove of smut is the Kinsey Report of our time, shedding light on the multiplicity of erotic desires and sexual behaviors in our midst."

And this....... Sex stats from the largest online pornography outlet, Pornhub, that illustrate changing sexual habits



Take a quick quiz from the copy editor of the NYT, see if you can spot the language errors.




To repeatedly ask someone to agree to a meeting


Someone who thinks you can fix anything with duct tape


Underwater religious conversion


The feeling of regret after sending an inappropriate email


When people chatter endlessly on Twitter or any other social media


Thinks he’s all powerful but just missing something


A homeless person who sleeps standing up


A seawall


Primery colours


Causing or likely to cause an argument over money


The ability to distribute playing cards in a careful and unhurried manner


Possessing a third useful appendage


A toast with burnt milk


Appearing to be thankful through clenched teeth


The unbridled ability of large, well-connected corporate entities or thieir ilk to do as they please,

usually to the detriment of the public at large


The strategy employed by the UN Security Council to cut off the Islamic State’s connections to international financial and economic markets


The art of responding positively to a feline’s display of affection


Unwillingness to use or support a particular institution, custom, company or cause, no matter how reasonable and cogent the arguments to do so are.


Describing a last ditch effort to extend life, by applying generous amounts of water to needy plants


To repeatedly exaggerate your spouse’s faults


To obtain background information about a potential suitor, particularly through the use of the



When something has the potential for disaster


Rushing the preparations for a special event


Things one has promised to do, the thought of which makes one nauseous


The ability to become unconventional in an exremely short space of time


The hype cruise companies tell you about their cruise


Men’s nightgown


A lazy lover

Abominable Snotman

A really bad head-cold


Extremely large or vast influence on one’s astrology


Describing a quick learner


A bird that’s flown


The act of not letting a sneeze go


To revisit Los Angeles


The day all potatoes dread

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