Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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Monday, July 1, 2013
Solar charged electric vehicles
We are in the process of converting gas powered trucks to electric and much more! Just click the web address below the pic.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Earlier I supported the idea of people volunteering for Gabriela Saucedo. I did this in the light of publicly displaying people I like and what I like about them even from non partisan political view. Though I will for sure like one over the other I mostly want all sides competing to have value, because if they all have value the system is so much more stable and stronger. Also, every one in the community has a potential better life for themselves and to offer others. The way to get that out of a system is to promote it.
Now I am disappointed in Gabriela’s take on people from the Middle East. She blanket them as all bad, basically as all out to harm the united states. She originally seemed very down to earth but then she started talking about how we should not want any of them here legal or illegal and she is an immigrant herself. If you think about that for a minute one realizes how problematic that really is. She should know better and not be willing to say such a thing for a long list of reasons.
In some ways her other statements seemed not down to earth but far from reality. Paraphrased it was something like I don’t have the exact numbers but a whole lot of people from the Middle East are posing as Mexicans crossing the boarder. To the point they are the ones leaving most the trash so as to harm us. They are most of the Mexican boarder drug force as well. We should make them all go back to the Middle East even if they are legal because we don’t want them here they are all out to harm us.
There are people who would want to have the same thing happen to her legal or not. For a slightly different set of conspiracy’s such as a Mexico is really just launching an invasion on us one. She is protected by laws of fairness from such blanketing racist acts. That protection for her is eroding more than she might think and her line of thinking and saying would only serve to hasten the taking away of the very laws that protect her.
I am sorry Gabriela but I cannot ask some one to go volunteering for those kind of blanketing racist statements. It is just to wrong. below is my original post.
to see video clip for yourself visit the link below and scroll down to clip.
Beth and I had the opportunity to visit the church of a colleague of ours at Access Tucson. There was a social event at which we sat at a table to eat and talk with political candidate Gabriela Saucedo Mercer and her husband. Gabby, as she is known, is running for a representative position in Congress for Arizona District 7 on the Republican ticket. I told her what I do through Exist Kind and showed her my work on the electric car project. We talked about the current state of things in America and the shared desire, regardless of party lines, for someone to be elected to office who truly represents and listens to his or her constituents. Since one of my favorite things to do under the Exist Kind name is to connect movers and shakers with each other and with resources, it seemed appropriate to let her know that I could do so for her. Given what you may know about me and Exist Kind, it may surprise you that I reached out to help someone from a political party that I do not typically vote for. However, I want to maintain some balance in my network and at least hear out what people of varying perspectives have to say, even if I cannot fully agree with them in the end. Thus, I am turning to readers of this blog in order to find people who might be interested in serving as volunteers for Gabby's election campaign.
Take a look at Gabby's website at http://saucedomercer.com/ and see if she shares your values or those of someone you know. If so, and you or someone else would like some experience with helping a local candidate be elected to represent others with these values, think about signing on with this campaign. There is a link on the front page to volunteer opportunities (http://saucedomercer.com/volunteer/) and being a grassroots effort, I'm sure she can use plenty of assistance. Thanks for your consideration!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Since the dust settled on the last local election and the temperature rises on the next one, it is time to remind Tucson Ward 1 councilwoman Regina Romero that a record-breaking chunk of the vote did not go to her. The people thus told her that the issues Beryl Baker ran for are important to the people Romero represents. I feel she must respond to this. She represents the people who voted for her and her opponent. It is evident that most of the people who voted for Beryl Baker voted outside of their party, and they will vote again. Beryl said herself that if a lot of people were to vote for her, then the issues she wants to address are as important to them as they are to her. That is, she would effectively represent the population of Ward 1. Recall that she received 34.04% of the vote, which may be a loss by a large margin, but an unprecedented percentage for her party in Pima County. It would be logical to conclude that such a large percentage would have to come from more than just registered Green Party voters—members of the Republican and Democrat parties, other parties, and independents would have to have also cast votes for her. Indeed, I have spoken with people coming from various walks of life who all said that they voted for her.
If this inspires you to contact Councilwoman Romero, I am providing you with her contact information:
Council Member Regina Romero
940 W. Alameda St.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 791-4040
Fax: (520) 791-5393
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I was driving down Park Avenue in the midst of the U of A campus one day and hit a cluster of potholes that caused a rumbling, bouncing, and bucking that was reminiscent of Armageddon. Indeed, it seems an omen for very bad things to come for Tucson if we don't fix our crumbling infrastructure. In the city's current fiscal condition, one must realize that there soon won't be any money left to make repairs.
John Kromko has some ideas for using Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) funds that were allocated to projects we don't need, based on projections that simply did not come to pass and will not for a long time. These projections were made back in 1987. Instead of waiting for these outdated projects to launch and use up that money, John wants to use money that already exists to fix our streets. He and Kent Solberg said that to fix them, it would cost $68 million and that money simply does not exist to try and meet even half our needs. It is likely to require another round of raised taxes that will actually harm our tax base, which is were the money comes from in the first place. Are you following the logic on that? I'm not.
An example of an outdated RTA project is the widening of Broadway Boulevard. The projected traffic estimates did not come to fruition and to proceed with the project would demolish 115 business and historic structures that are currently add to the tax base for the general fund. This plan would also cost $79 million that the county and city do not have. The bottom line is that there are some planned projects based on projections that, with the many changes in our economy, have completely changed. RTA executive Garry Hays, however, disagrees with this idea. He says there is no way that the RTA monies should be used in any other way than what was planned years ago.
Steve Kozachik has his own plan for the use of existing RTA monies. He says that the RTA has become something that the voters did not choose: a shadow government. He also said that the voters have a right to re-evaluate how tax dollars are spent as time changes. It is not right for the RTA to feel that the taxpayers cannot have a discussion about changing how their tax dollars are spent.
Mr. Kozachik and Mr. Kromko have ideas on how to reallocate money from the RTA to fix our roads. I am sure their plans differ in some ways, but these two very different people with highly different views have a strong common denominator: The RTA has unused money previously allocated to projects that ended up being unnecessary, so the money should be used for the very pressing need for road repair.
As a side note, the streetcar project might have been best delayed until another time because the city and county do not have the money for even simple things like road repair. Also, the streetcar project is too small-scale to actually make any kind of difference in public transportation. From what I gather, it was basically a special-interest deal in which things passed and were allowed to happen as the result of appeasing each special interest. Since it is too late to stop the project with all the tearing up of roads going on, I guess we need to embrace the “Big Toy” and hope that in forty years it actually becomes something that serves the city rather than a mere conversation piece. It would have been nice to have made the Sun Tran bus system into a very good one that serves the city well. I have ridden the bus and can think of a list of things that need to change before it is a truly useful system. Additionally, it's likely that the streetcar construction will stomp out many businesses during these economic times when the broke city needs to maintain its tax base as much as possible. On June 21st, the Arizona Daily Star reported that Sharks Nightclub had closed after being in business for twelve years on Congress Street. It survived the finicky downtown economy, the always-depressed Tucson economy, and the failing national economy, but not the invasion of the streetcar construction. It's probably just the first business to go under during this phase of development.
How will Tucson revive with crumbled roads? How will we attract the vision of Tucson having high-paying jobs, such as high-tech green jobs? Jobs that will enable the children of families living here to actually be able to stay in here after graduating from the U of A and have a living wage instead of the chronically financially-depressed culture we have always had? ou might say, “Good! That will mean less people will live here.” No, I say, if we allow this city's infrastructure to crumble it will mean that more poor people will live here, as has been the case in the past. We will just grow into one big, hulking, impoverished, cheap city. Depressed neighborhoods will become slums and we will get that big-city slum feel instead of the almost town-like friendly city we have somehow managed to hold onto.
Residents from neighborhoods in Pima County have launched a petition demanding that the county fix the dangerous potholes in the roads, but the county says it does not have the money to do so because the city has spent the money from the general fund on other things. This is Tucson's neverending problem. Once money gets into the general fund, it can be spent on anything.
Back to John Kromko and Steve Kozachik's separate but similar ideas on redirecting the existing RTA monies to meet the needs of fixing the potholes. This might make it possible for the city to allow the county to have some of its money back. The problem is that it seems Steve Kozachik is not getting traction on this and is not likely to succeed. I think it is time to contact our elected officials and let them know that we want them to use RTA monies that already exist, rather than hiking our taxes which is unlikely to solve the problem, but rather prolong it with a quick and dirty fix that will not last. It would be good to also tell them that if they can't do it, we the people just might do it with an initiative that, in all honesty, might be better than going with Kozachik's plan because of all of the deals that politicians have to make with everyone to get anything done. This way might cost us a white elephant.
I ask you to consider contacting John Kromko at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know that you would like to help him get an initiative off the ground.
If you think about: 1) the full weight of plans that are no longer needed costing us money we don't have, 2) hurting our tax base when we have no money, and 3) the long-range cost of having the most crumbled streets in any major US city—It makes sense to take this very seriously and take action. Our future depends on it. It is more important than a politician holding onto his or her job for a few more years.
Below is the link to a video of John Kromko explaining his initiative during a segment of my show back on March 10th: