Pesky commoners ~ gotta keep an eye on 'em or they get all uppity.
Lower their wages! And make 'em work 4 part-time jobs so they won't have time to revolt!
Hey, here's an idea - how about if we ALL work together to make our community a better place to live, regardless of party labels? Our climate is changing & we're facing all sorts of heretofore unseen challenges. Partisan bickering and pretending we don't have to face up to consequences no longer suffices. I wish Steve all the luck in the world & I wish the Republicans all the luck in the world. Hatin' on each other is a recipe for unhappiness.
Thanks, Brian Pederson, for the story.
Green Party Dave Croteau is also in the Pima County Sheriff's race with a platform of ending the failed war on drugs, protecting the peace, and keeping people in their foreclosure-threatened homes.
Dave's bold ideas offer voters a real choice, if only the media will provide news consumers with the information. Dave's running his campaign on the $500 spending limit, so you won't see those glossy, say-nothing brochures or environmentally-unfriendly yard signs.
If the "4th branch of government", the media, do their jobs, we'll have a great back-and-forth on the core issues in this race.
I voted for Charlie because he did not spend a ton of money on useless propoganda and I thought he deserved support for offering a choice outside the dominant 2-party system.
Why don't we adopt Instant Runoff Voting to replace the winner-take-all rules we use? That way, voters rank order their choices (1st, 2nd, 3rd..). If no candidate earns a majority of the vote on the count of everyone's first choices, those voters who liked the least popular candidate get their first choice thrown out and their second choice vote is counted instead. It neutralizes the "spoiler" threat. IRV is used by sports leagues and even by some Republican clubs.
YAY! Thank you for the invitation!
1. At yesterday's City Council Study Session Councilwoman Scott argued that the dynamics in development services have changed dramatically over the years and we really are business friendly and we have to spread that word. Councilwoman Uhlich suggested making another city office under the City Manager for an Ombudsman to help small businesses since they are 80-85% of the economic engine. Councilman Cunningham wanted an ombudsman in every Ward. Councilman Kozachik said he'd heard plenty of complaints in his Ward about difficulties for small businesses.
The Mary for Mayor campaign (borrowing from Tres English's work on Urban Villages, Rob Hopkin's work on Transition Towns, & Sustainable Tucson's ongoing educational forums) proposes Community Conservation Centers. A new CCC for Depression Era times.
Each neighborhood has vacant buildings that sit like the missing teeth in a meth addict's mouth. We could, with very little Big Government or Big Business, transform these dormant spaces into vibrant centers for community interaction.
Hear me out.
The first tenant in the CCC will be an Entrepreneurial Engine Office (EEO). Every neighborhood has surplus human capital, too. With unemployment rates bumping double digits, we have talented people with extra time at their disposal. The EEO would have an ombudsman to help small Mom&Pop shops get started up. Every neighborhood could have a template for how to open basic service businesses. In each neighborhood, have businesses that raise food, raise chickens, prepare meals, and launder clothes. Enlist new businesses that babysit, landscape & maintain yeard, carpenters, plumbers, housekeepers, mechanics....the list goes on.
Give people back the American Dream of working for themselves. When big corporations come to town to give us jobs, we end up (for those on the bottom 90% of the ladder, anyway) tired, anxious, sick, and unhappy. The profits are sucked out of the city and deposited in the pockets of overpaid CEO's who live and pay taxes elsewhere.
Then, after we get the EEO settled, the neighbors decide which non-profits they would like to offer remaining space to. My favorites would be Watershed Management Group, Community Food Bank, Teaching and Helping, Lend-A-Hand, BICAS, Literacy Volunteers, & Code Pink. But that's just my picks - everyone could collectively decide what works for their collection of neighbors.
That's fairness. Giving people a hand up ~ teaching neighbor to help neighbor to help neighbor.
2. I love the "feel good projects" and think they go a long way in branding Tucson as an ecclectic, alive, fun city. We should be actively promoting tourism and the artwork helps draw people here.
But the streets do need fixing. So we fix the streets. But then we have to stop using the streets so much so we quit tearing them up in the first place. Sharing rides is more important than ever in times of rising gas prices and increasing carbon outputs. Our bus system would be a key piece in the Urban Villages concept. Smaller shuttles would meeet the needs within the communities, and the nodes would be linked. Over the long run, a light rail system would encircle Tucson and connect with Phoenix. Buses would spoke inward. I'm sorry to hear Transportation Dept. director Jim Glock is retiring in December, but the City has an opportunity to find an excellent replacement. And the City Council talked about inviting you all to be part of the review process, I believe. I'm sure we'll learn more in coming weeks.
It also makes sense to look at traffic flows into and out of the University of Arizona. On any given school day, 45,000 people visit the campus. One approach tried elsewhere is adopting multi-modal avenues that prohibit gas-burning vehicles. Convert Mountain (North), University (West), 3rd Street (East), & I'll let you pick the one on the South.
And cleaning those arroyos? You use the CCC's to organize projects just like that. You use food, games, fun, and socialization to augment the work. People actually want to work. They want to feel useful and respected. When you allow them to be respected and loved for their contributions, instead of stomping on them for being dirty, poor, lazy, stupid creatures they respond beautifully. Ask the psychologists.
Seriously - Green Ideas may seem revolutionary, but it is time for a revolution.
Vote Mary for Mayor!
Big sigh. Come listen to what Greens actually have to say, Tom. Really. There are some Shockingly Sane Solutions that Greens offer; alternatives the people will love if we can connect with them. And it's a capital C in my last name - DeCamp. Thanks for your ongoing humor & your service to our community. These hot old summer days are improved by a dose of humor.
Thanks for mentioning there will be a Green in this year's all-mail-ballot mayoral race. When I ran 2 years ago for Ward 3 Council seat, Jim Nintzel said I was too far ahead of my time. Well, times have gotten worse and change is sorely needed. Give us a chance - Greens have some Shockingly Sane Solutions to move Tucson in a better direction. We may be small, but we've got plenty of needed backbone to stand up to the entrenched power elite. I'm willing to meet with all interested players to discuss my ideas for serving Tucson during these troubled times.
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