Arizona Politics for Conservatives: Sonoran Alliance http://sonoranalliance.com Arizona Politics, News, Commentary and Information with a Blatantly Conservative Worldview Presented by an Alliance of Writers, Activists, Consultants and Government Insiders. Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:00:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.7 Abortion: Seeing Is Believing http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/26/abortion-seeing-is-believing/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/26/abortion-seeing-is-believing/#respond Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:00:21 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36514 By Jason Walsh

August 2015 – On August 22nd all throughout this country, thousands of people will gather in solidarity to protest the barbarity of abortion and the heinous practices of Planned Parenthood. The main catalyst behind this great show of outrage has been the wide publication of pictures of what abortion actually looks like. In the great history of social reform movements, uncluttered visual images of injustice have always changed hearts and minds like nothing else. Finally, Planned Parenthood has been stripped of all of its euphemisms and has revealed its cold, callous and calculating ways. Tomorrow, as we stand united against the hellishness of abortion, let us remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.”

AZRTLD&E

Jason Walsh serves as the Executive Director of Arizona Right to Life. You can read his blog here.

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Arizonans Call for Defunding of Planned Parenthood http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/26/arizonans-call-for-defunding-of-planned-parenthood/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/26/arizonans-call-for-defunding-of-planned-parenthood/#respond Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:30:15 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36512 This past Saturday, approximately 5,000 Arizonans joined in protests at six Planned Parenthood locations across the state. These protests were in response to the gruesome videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and selling of baby body parts.

At 342 protests across the country, tens of thousands stood for life and against Planned Parenthood’s barbaric actions towards innocent life in the womb.

Here in Arizona, we organized these protests to highlight what is happening inside of Planned Parenthood clinics, to call attention to the federal taxpayer dollars that are allocated to Planned Parenthood, and to encourage the media to bring to light the atrocities that have been covered up for too long by the abortion lobby. Any taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood for any services helps to support their position as the state’s largest abortion provider.

These peaceful protests featured many pro-life community leaders, religious leaders and elected officials as speakers. Thousands of women, men, children, mothers and fathers, and grandparents came together to present an alternative to abortion, and to communicate the beautiful narrative of life’s preciousness.

Most of the protesters left their locations Saturday, vowing to continue the fight for the preborn. For many, Saturday’s protests marked the first time they have participated in the pro-life movement. The winds of change are swirling in this country, and Saturday’s protests highlighted that fact.

We’d like to thank all the members of law enforcement who protected our First Amendment rights to peaceably protest and for all those who rallied together for life.

Christine Accurso
Lisa Blevins
Linda Rizzo
Vanessa Tedesco
Anita Usher

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Gilbert Councilwoman Jenn Daniels Announces Run for Mayor http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/25/gilbert-councilwoman-jenn-daniels-announces-run-for-mayor/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/25/gilbert-councilwoman-jenn-daniels-announces-run-for-mayor/#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:25:23 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36517 (Gilbert, AZ) – Current Mayor John Lewis and community leaders Jim Hayden and Howard Morrison to chair campaign.

Jenn Daniels said “I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that I have received. As we begin this campaign, I look forward to building on existing relationships, collaborating with new friends and neighbors and creating a conversation that includes all residents of Gilbert as we work towards improving our town and building a successful future.”

Current Gilbert Mayor John Lewis had this to say about two-term councilmember Jenn Daniels:

“When I ran for Mayor 7 years ago, I ran on a pledge of helping to open Gilbert to business opportunities and making Gilbert a sustainable, live, work, play community. Through the work of the community and the intentional decision by the council and staff, we have made great progress through sometimes challenging times. Jenn Daniels was their every step of the way. Jenn is a clear thinker, a bold leader, and a great communicator. Most of all, Jenn is a dedicated servant leader who will work tirelessly to make sure that our town and our future continue to be bright. Join me in supporting Jenn Daniels to be the next Mayor of Gilbert.”

Howard Morrison, Partner in Morrison Ranch and community leader said this about Daniels’ candidacy:

“As someone who been involved in Gilbert as a native, active citizen, and business leader, I celebrate Gilbert’s heritage. Gilbert is a great community! As we look to the future, we need leaders who have political courage, and a focus on making Gilbert a community of which we can continue to be proud. That is why I am happy to support Jenn Daniels to be our next Gilbert Mayor. Jenn will continue the town’s pro-business, pro-family policies, and be a collaborative leader. Jenn has my full support to be our next Gilbert Mayor.”

Jim Hayden, Entrepreneur and CEO of Board Developer said of Jenn:

“As someone who deeply values the people of Gilbert, I’ve been involved in our business and civic community. Throughout my time as an active businessman, community servant, and citizen, I have studied the issues that impact Gilbert. I’ve worked to move our community forward and increase our quality of life. Throughout that process I have been able to work along side Jenn Daniels. I’ve seen her leadership capabilities as she studies issues, listens, and leads. Jenn is the right kind of leader for Gilbert as we create the future we want for our families, our businesses and our community. I hope you will join me in supporting my friend Jenn Daniels to serve as Gilbert’s next Mayor.”

As the campaign moves into the fall, Jenn Daniels and her team will continue to meet voters, gain support and spread her message of business growth, fiscal responsibility, innovation and successfully moving Gilbert into the future.

For more information please visit Jenn Daniels’ website at www.jenndaniels.com

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Major Rallies Scheduled Tomorrow Across Arizona Against Planned Parenthood http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/21/major-rallies-scheduled-tomorrow-across-arizona-against-planned-parenthood/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/21/major-rallies-scheduled-tomorrow-across-arizona-against-planned-parenthood/#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:39:28 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36510 Friends,

Tomorrow morning I’ll be speaking at a rally against Planned Parenthood. Like many of you, I have been sickened by the videos showing a behind the scenes view of the abortion industry.

We’ll start at 10 am across the street from the Planned Parenthood headquarters at 4751 N 15th Street (map) in Phoenix.

Congressman David Schweikert and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will also be speaking, along with members of the community and medical professions.

This is a great chance to show the state that our party is the party of life, and an opportunity to gain additional attention from the media to help spread the word about the horrors shown on the videos. In addition to the Phoenix event, there are five other demonstrations throughout the state:

Chandler
Planned Parenthood, 610 N Alma School Road (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Flagstaff
Planned Parenthood, 2500 S Woodlands Village Boulevard (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Glendale
Planned Parenthood, 5771 W Eugie (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Tempe
Planned Parenthood, 1250 E Apache Boulevard (map) 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Tucson
Meet at 2120 N Beverly Avenue (map) 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

I hope to see you Saturday morning!

Robert Graham
Chairman, Arizona Republican Party

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Aaron Borders Asks for Clergy Rights Bill in Next Arizona Legislative Session http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/20/aaron-borders-asks-for-clergy-rights-bill-in-arizona-legislative-session/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/20/aaron-borders-asks-for-clergy-rights-bill-in-arizona-legislative-session/#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2015 06:30:57 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36507 Aaron Borders, Second Vice Chair of the Republican Party of Maricopa County, is asking Arizona legislators to consider a Ministers & Clergy Rights Bill in the upcoming 2016 legislative session.

Borders is not so interested in rehashing the controversy surrounding 2013’s SB 1062 bill as much as affirming right of conscience protections.

In a recent interview, Borders said, “this is a completely separate issue. Now that it’s legal in Arizona to have same sex marriage, it is not my business to interfere. There are clergy in Arizona who will happily perform same sex marriage ceremonies. However, many who have chosen to stand behind their constitutional right to practice and uphold their religion by not performing these marriages feel threatened with lawsuits against them and their congregations and frankly, that requires legal protection. Such a law as a Ministers & Clergy Rights Bill would protect the rights of Arizona ministers and pastors from costly, frivolous and unconstitutional lawsuits that would bring undue hardship on local congregations who are simply excising their religious beliefs in their place of worship.”

Borders is referring to a 2008 account of a lesbian couple in New Jersey seeking use of a beach side pavilion operated by a Christian organization as well as the recent US Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges as reported in Christianity Today.

Aaron Borders is not new to standing up for the First Amendment’s religious freedom. He has been an outspoken Christian activist participating in his local church since he was a boy.

Nearly 15 years ago he and his older brother and one of his sisters recorded a Southern Gospel Record when he was barely 15 years old. He recently performed with his siblings in a ‘reunion of voices’ at the church he grew up in during a visit to Ohio.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Ken Bennet isn’t the only Republican politico who has a love and proclivity for music.

Borders is currently serves as one of the music directors at his local Church in Phoenix. It is a small, but growing congregation in the valley. He also serves as the project manager and building fund raiser for the church.

Aaron Borders stated, “Our congregation is growing and we need to do a solid remodel to make better use of our building to accommodate the growth God has blessed us with.”

Borders also periodically fills in for his 90-year old World War II veteran pastor and bringing sermons before his congregation.

Borders believes that Ministers & Clergy Rights legislation will especially help smaller churches continue to operate without fear of legal threats and lawsuits.

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Dr. Ben Carson Captivates Thousands During Phoenix Visit http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/19/dr-ben-carson-captivates-thousands-during-phoenix-visit/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/19/dr-ben-carson-captivates-thousands-during-phoenix-visit/#respond Thu, 20 Aug 2015 04:00:21 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36503 Tuesday evening, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson delivered a passionate positive prognosis to Phoenicians and other Arizonans when he appeared at the Phoenix Convention Center. His appearance was originally scheduled to take place at Grace Community Church in Tempe but had to be moved to a larger venue to accommodate overwhelming response. According to estimates, over 12,000 were in attendance.

Dr. Carson proved his astute knowledge of the issues especially immigration, welfare, health care, economics, terrorism and foreign policy.

He encouraged the audience to research the “fiscal gap” which consists of the unfunded liabilities and currently will cost future generations $211 trillion if we don’t get it under control. (Read recent Forbes article.)

Carson reaffirmed his strong conservative populist appeal with the audience by noting his disassociation with the political moneyed establishment.

But Carson also put the liberal political media in its place after they distorted and misreported that he had supported abortion practices earlier in his career – something he vehemently clarified.

At the end of his 58 minute speech, he took questions and answers from the audience including his personal beliefs and faith. The good doctor was not bashful in admitting his love and faith in God. When asked by a young person about his favorite Bible verse, he recited Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” 

Carson also cited the importance of heeding the warnings of our American forefathers, citing Jefferson and our founding documents.

According to a recent poll, Dr. Carson has moved into second place with likely Republican voters. The poll was conducted on August 17th and showed a surge of 6.5% since Republicans were last surveyed on July 29th. (see poll)

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Our friends at Western Free Press captured Dr. Carson’s visit on video. Please watch the entire speech below. Please subscribe to their YouTube channel for more great video.

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Donald Trump says, “Hillary Clinton is a terrific woman.” http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/13/donald-trump-says-hillary-clinton-is-a-terrific-woman/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/13/donald-trump-says-hillary-clinton-is-a-terrific-woman/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:59:29 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36495 The top headline on Drudge today was “Shady” referring to this breaking news story on Hillary Clinton’s possible criminality with regards to her email and email servers.

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But you don’t hear anything about it on the mainstream news.  What do you hear?  You hear about the “feud” between Megan Kelly from Fox and Donald Trump.  In fact, that’s just about all you hear about with regards to the presidential election: Trump, Trump, Trump.

In the process somehow he has captured the hearts and minds of some people who call themselves conservatives.  Why?  For no other reason than Trump providing a few conservative sounding quotes on immigration.

Does that make him a conservative?  Sure people change over time.  Change can be good.  Even Ronald Reagan was a Democrat once.  He changed.   He became a Republican.  He delivered campaign speeches for Barry Goldwater, energizing an entire generation of conservatives.  Then he ran for president – TWENTY YEARS AFTER he became a Republican.

Donald Trump?  Well, let’s let him speak for himself.  Regardless of whatever you think about the candidate who put out this video, you cannot deny that Trump, in his own words, is a liberal who loves Hillary Clinton.

What’s WORSE than that is he is purposefully providing cover for the Clinton email scandal, which in the absence of the Trump conservative fake-out and media circus, would allow the Republicans to focus on the real adversary…… Hillary Clinton.

But Trump’s and the complicit media’s goal seems to be “ABH”, “anything but Hillary” in the media, something that Trump is only to happy to oblige while he rakes the millions into his Presidential Election Committee from many well-meaning but gullible supporters in the most massive Republican/conservative fake-out campaign of all time.

“The Donald Sez” – You can see him say it for yourself in this video:

  • I identify more as a democrat.
  • The economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans
  • Liberal on healthcare.  I love universal health coverage.
  • I’ve known her and her husband for years and I really like them both a lot.
  • Hillary Clinton is a terrific woman.  I think she does a good job and I like her.
  • She’s a really good person.
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Jeff DeWit Sides with Democrats on Education Plan http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/06/jeff-dewit-sides-with-democrats/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/06/jeff-dewit-sides-with-democrats/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2015 21:26:34 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36491 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has a proposal to put an additional $2 billion into Arizona schools and it has found widespread support across party lines.

So why then is Republican Treasurer Jeff DeWit siding with the few Democrats who oppose it? Breitbart suggests:

There seems to be two possible explanations – DeWit is not the conservative he presented himself to be or he’s throwing a bureaucratic hissy fit because his office didn’t present a successful plan first. Either way, he’s willing to side with unions and liberals in holding Arizona kids for ransom in order to defeat a conservative plan…

Read the article in its entirety here.

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Prop 104: Phoenix Doubles Budget! http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/01/prop-104-phoenix-doubles-budget/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/01/prop-104-phoenix-doubles-budget/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 19:00:07 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36471 By Tom Kouts

Original reasons given in support of the light rail:

  • pollution reduction
  • traffic congestion reduction
  • vehicles will be removed from the road

An environmental impact study, conducted by the city of Phoenix as a requirement by the Federal Transit Administration to receive more funding, revealed that light rail increased pollution and increased traffic congestion. It did remove one car in 2,500, which was more than offset by the reduction in lane-miles available. Light rail tracks remove one lane of traffic in each direction. The 2,499 cars remaining had to squeeze into fewer lanes.

Reasons now given for new Light Rail construction:

  • It provides jobs. Only if you work for one of the construction companies that are liked by city hall.
  • It returns $7 for every $1 invested. This is partly true for developers that buy land before the rail is built. These numbers come from taking credit for any company that changes its location in order to build along the tracks. No company is going to start up just to be next to a rail line.

Prop-104 is also being promoted because it will increase funding for pot holes and buses. They must be some fancy buses and pot hole repairs because Prop-104 will more than double the city budget.

The original reason for public transit is to help those people who do not have private cars. LR does not help them, at most, removes them from a bus and places them in a light rail.

The budget explodes next year and only gets worse in future years. We need to start marshalling our limited resources now in order to protect city buses and other services vital to our city.

NO on Prop-104.

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Prop 104 Is WRONG http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/01/prop-104-is-wrong/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/01/prop-104-is-wrong/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:00:57 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36469 By Wm. T. (Sparky) Smith ’64

WRONG DIRECTION – WRONG TAX – WRONG BOND PACKAGE

I am an appointed volunteer of the INNOVATION AND EFFICIENCY TASK FORCE. The I&E TF consists of volunteers and City employees. We spend hours and hours studying Phoenix departments, their operations and budgets looking for ways to cut expenses, to balance Phoenix’s budget, to keep taxes affordable.

Wrong Direction: WHY GO BACKWARDS?

More Light Rail will add MILLIONS to PHOENIX’S OPERATING BUDGET, undoing the $98 million in savings found by the I&E TF. This ever-increasing BUDGET HOLE leads TOWARD PHOENIX’S BANKRUPTCY!

This $30,000,000,000.00, yes “Billion” dollar Tax Package, the Mayor and the City Council, have BETRAYED the Taxpayers of Phoenix.

Wrong Tax: SALES TAX

By increasing by 70% the city sales tax portion that goes to support public transportation, city merchants will find competing more difficult; people will just buy in cheaper cities! The City recognized this: they exempted purchases of over $10,000 to keep from killing car sales in PHOENIX, “buying off” the wealthy car dealers at our expense!

Wrong Bond Package: LIGHT RAIL

Facing multi- million dollar budget deficits for the fore-seeable future because of UNION PENSIONS, why would PHOENIX triple the size of the “TAX DOLLAR BLACK HOLE”, light rail system?.” We have gone from Transit Busses that required a 35% tax subsidy to Light Rail that requires a 95% with no more riders. There is not one LR system in the country that is sustainable without massive local taxpayer subsidies; costing $MILLIONS & $MILLIONS, year after year!

“WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A HOLE, STOP DIGGING!”

Phoenix VOTERS, WE CAN STILL STOP THIS BETRAYAL!

VOTE NO! on PROP 104 !

A Very Concerned member of Phoenix’s INNOVATION and EFFICIENCY TASK FORCE

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Prop 104: Phoenix Light Rail Continues to Operate At A Loss http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/01/prop-104-phoenix-light-rail-continues-to-operate-at-a-loss/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/01/prop-104-phoenix-light-rail-continues-to-operate-at-a-loss/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:00:06 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36467 By Tom Jenney

The Prop 104 tax increase would fund a gigantic $31 BILLION boondoggle – the largest tax-and-spend plan in Phoenix history. The proposal is light on real transportation, spending only a small fraction of revenues on street improvements. But the plan is heavy on light rail.

According to the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity (www.afpaz.com), light rail transit is far and away the most expensive and inefficient transportation option available to Phoenix commuters. As Valley Metro admitted in projections submitted to the federal government, light rail removes only about one car in 1,000 from traffic, doing nothing to improve traffic congestion. In fact, by blocking traffic flow in Phoenix, light rail actually makes traffic congestion and commuter pollution worse.

Fewer than one percent of Phoenix commuters use light rail. Most light rail riders are people who would otherwise ride buses. In the decade before light rail, Phoenix bus ridership increased by an average of five percent per year. Since the opening of light rail, bus ridership has fallen by ten percent. We need a transportation plan to help the 99 percent, not the one percent!

According to Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who opposes the proposal, the plan would spend over $161 MILLION per mile of track. That money could be much better used almost anywhere else. In government, that money would be better spent on road repairs, bus transit, education or police and fire services. In the private sector, that money could be used to start businesses and create jobs. Also, according to the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, Phoenix light rail has operating losses exceeding $10 million a year.

Please vote NO on Prop 104 to protect taxpayers and to improve transportation in Phoenix!

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Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio: Vote NO on Prop 104! http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/01/phoenix-councilman-sal-diciccio-vote-no-on-prop-104/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/08/01/phoenix-councilman-sal-diciccio-vote-no-on-prop-104/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 14:00:31 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36479 By Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio

If you support education, please vote NO on Proposition 104.

According to Phoenix staff, light rail will cost $161 Million per mile. The $31.5 Billion tax will take needed monies from education and other higher priorities.

The same politicians and insiders who brought you the failed Sheraton and pension fiasco are now bringing you this rushed train tax increase.

The Sheraton has lost over $130 Million in value and pensions are draining millions from our police and fire services every single year.

Mayor Stanton rushed the tax increase and exempted big business, forcing small business to pay the full tax. According to a City of Phoenix staff report, exempting big business from the tax increase will cost you $300 Million more in interest expense. Big business is now pouring millions into the campaign to pass this tax increase.

Education is the highest priority in our city. This tax increase will take money away from education. One mile of rail could pay the salaries of over 2,900 teachers.

Phoenix must first get its financial house in order and restore fiscal responsibility and accountability.

This election is about the future of our great city. Phoenix can either choose a path like other bankrupt cities, or, you can send a message to leadership to get its financial house in order.

  • $31.5 Billion in new taxes
  • $161 Million – cost per mile to build rail
  • $300 Million in more interest expense by exempting big business
  • 2900 NEW teachers for the cost of just one mile of rail

I strongly urge you to vote NO on Proposition 104.

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Four Reasons to Vote NO on Prop 104 http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/07/31/four-reasons-to-vote-no-on-prop-104/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/07/31/four-reasons-to-vote-no-on-prop-104/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 03:00:19 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36477 By Bill Haynes

The people of Phoenix should vote “No” on Proposition 104 for many reasons. Consider these four.

First, the price tag is beyond huge, imposing a $31 billion tax burden on Phoenicians. Such a tax burden could be a direct assault on property values as future city councils seek funds to pay debt by considering property taxes.

Definitely, Proposition 104 is an assault on the paychecks as it calls for still another increase in the city’s sales tax, which would put it near the highest rate in the US for major cities.

Second, while proponents of light rail gleefully point to business development after construction is completed, they never discuss the number of businesses that were destroyed during construction and the businesses that suffer reduced traffic because of now being less accessible.

Third, light rail proponents like to say that is reduces air pollution by taking autos off the streets. Fact is, less than one in a thousand (0.1%) is the auto reduction because of light rail in Phoenix. Further, advocates ignore that because of light rail it sometimes takes 3-1/2 minutes to make a left turn on Central Avenue, a development that adds to air pollution.

Finally, Prop 104, regardless of what proponents say, is not about “expanded transportation options for the people of Phoenix,” but is about massive contracts for companies in the light rail construction industry, which are the primary funders of the Pro-104 movement.

Phoenicians need to recognize that they are being taken for a ride with Prop 104. By voting it down, they will safeguard their pocketbooks and their property values.

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Prop 104: Burning Questions for Prop 104 Proponents and Shills http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/07/31/prop-104-burning-questions-for-prop-104-proponents-and-shills/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/07/31/prop-104-burning-questions-for-prop-104-proponents-and-shills/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:00:18 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36465 By Becky Fenger

Since most Phoenicians simply want the potholes in our neighborhoods filled and the streets we use improved, why are we being forced to accept more light rail extensions that will cannibalize the bulk of the money for these desired repairs?

Since most voters would rather have new freeways than we would bike paths or beautification of walking paths, why are we forced to pay for both?

Vote No on Prop 104

Voters would prefer to get a menu of options that we can vote up or down rather than be forced to pay $31.5 billion for everything on some city official’s Wish List. Why are we given this all-or-nothing plan and threatened with horror stories if we vote No? Should citizens be indebted just to bloat a transit bureaucracy?

Why is almost everyone who is publicly touting this ballot measure getting paid or enriched in some way?

Why have the Valley media kept Valley Metro’s own figures under wraps that show building more light rail transit at grade level will give us more pollution and congestion?

When the first twenty miles of light rail gave us massive deficits, why would we as straight thinkers vote to triple that debt?

Why was the Committee that was formed to oversee this plan given unrestricted authority to change the promises made to voters in this ballot measure if Prop 104 passes? What recourse do we voters have down the line when money is transferred from road improvements or bus rapid transit to expensive light rail?

Why would the City of Phoenix, buried under massive unfunded pension debt, hatch a plan that incurs huge interest payments?

Since I have not heard any answers to my questions, I must vote “NO”

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Member of Citizens Commission of the Future of Phoenix Transportation – Vote NO on Prop 104 http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/07/31/member-of-citizens-commission-of-the-future-of-phoenix-transportation-vote-no-on-prop-104/ http://sonoranalliance.com/2015/07/31/member-of-citizens-commission-of-the-future-of-phoenix-transportation-vote-no-on-prop-104/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 01:00:47 +0000 http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=36475 By Roy Miller

I was on the Citizens Commission of the Future of Phoenix Transportation. I voted NO on the Commission recommendation for allocating 30 billion dollars to a wasteful shopping list of transportation schemes. The most wasteful is the $160 million per mile that the Commission voted to extend light rail. Passenger rail is a 19th Century solution to a 21st Century problem. The future of transportation is NOT mass transit but rather individual transit. This includes small automobiles, autonomous vehicles, on-demand services such as Uber or Lyft, and a number of other transportation innovations. These ideas received little attention in our committee. How did this happen? The chair of our committee essentially let the City of Phoenix transportation staff run the meetings. Their presentations of various spending needs took up most of every meeting. There was very little time for discussion and no overall plan to vote on until the last meeting. As a matter of fact, there was not a single vote taken by the whole commission on anything until the end. There is no way that such a process could have produced anything resembling a comprehensive, long-term plan. And, consequently, there wasn’t one; just a 30 billion dollar shopping list that was hurriedly rushed to voters. Influential big spenders wanted an off-election year vote and the election held at an odd time because that is how the special interests gain the upper hand. The special interests are the ones who will be at the receiving end of the 30 billion dollars. I suggest that you vote NO and decide for yourself how to so spend those dollars.

No on Prop 104

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