Clint Hickman (Our Maricopa County Supervisor) Reply About the Fire


Here is what Clint wrote me today.  I hope many more of you wrote Clint and asked for some action regarding these idiotic fires around our area.  It’s not too late to do so.

We’ll see…

Email from Clint Hickman:

My office sent me your latest email…I am an egg farmer today.

A first meeting has been called between Mayors in the region, farmers that run composting operations (my brother will represent our farm), fire experts, landowners, Farm Bureau, Luke AFB, and the various agencies that were involved with communication.

Meeting will happen two weeks from now.

I am a pro business standards and practices representative. Prior to once again trying to wield an ever expanding regulatory book, I am taking a look at the current statutory guide and limitations that my office can provide and I will go from there.

By the way, I believe that state legislators as well as Federal offices will be in attendance as well.

Clint

Hey, Clint!!


Ok, everyone, now that the latest FIRE is almost out, get your typewriters (computer keyboards) out to get some action so we don’t keep having this happen.

Send an email to Clint Hickman, our District 5 Maricopa County Supervisor. Here is his email address: chickman@mail.maricopa.gov
Copy Bob Huhn with Maricopa EPA who suggested some “fixes” when I spoke to him today about it. His email is: bobhuhn@mail.maricopa.gov

Here is the email I suggest you send:
“I live in Goodyear and I am fed up with the repeated mulch and other fires YOU keep allowing to happen because you are not properly regulating privately operated “landfills” like the one which has been burning for the past week.
As a minimum, I want ordinances passed immediately which include the following provisions:
1. All businesses in unincorporated areas or not covered by a city fire department MUST have a contract with Rural Metro.
2. Barricades must separate any piled debris. Your EPA and solid waste people can identify area and dimensions.
3. A maximum height for flammable debris MUST BE IMPOSED. This should be no more than 6 feet in my opinion.
4. Meaningful penalties (fines) large enough to cover the cost to have the county fix any offenders’ sites should be defined and imposed.
5. PS. Anything you can do about the repeated horrendous stench we get here in PebbleCreek apparently from farmers applying untreated raw sewage on their fields near residential neighborhoods would also be appreciated.

Now get on it, Clint.”

Copy GEOrgia too, so she can’t say she knew nothing about our concerns (like the prison).

Your Tax Dollars at Work; Nothing Being Done About Mulch Fire


What are your taxpayer funded Federal, State, County, and Local agencies doing to put out the mulch fire in El Mirage which this morning put a cloud of smoke over Goodyear?

Nothing.

You heard me right, nothing.
And the latest is that this could go on FOR ANOTHER MONTH!

View up my street this morning.

photo

Don’t believe me?  Take a look at the photos below that I took this morning at the site of the fire. I found 4 or 5 what looked like agricultural workers operating a farm sprinkler putting water on the fire.  There was a back hoe there, it wasn’t operating, and a couple of tractors.  Also not operating.

Here is the only “fire fighting equipment” I could see there. It looks to me like a farm watering device.

The only fire fighting equipment I could see

We have literally hundreds of thousands of dollars and nearly 100 full time “public safety” employees in the city of Goodyear, but I guess they are all busy preparing Thanksgiving dinner or shopping in their fire truck at Safeway or Fry’s. Here is a view of the fire from the east looking west. Smoke is headed towards Goodyear.

View of fire

View of fire

Here is the only earth moving equipment I could see.image These were the only guys on site. image This is NOT that big a deal, but nothing is being done about it.image They have a huge pit they appear to be filling up with mulch. This will happen again.image image image There is plenty of flammable material elsewhere on the property that could go up at any time.image image image image

And here is a view from the north of Pebble Creek neighborhood. Socked in with smoke from the fire overnight.  I guess all us old folks will enjoy breathing in all that smoke for the next month or so.image

Who You Gonna Call?
I tried the EPA Region 9.
They have an office in San Francisco.  No answer, no message where to call in case of an emergency.  In fact, Gregg Nudd, listed as the Region 9 particulate guy did not even have a voice mail message greeting.  nudd.gregory@epa.gov 415-947-4107.  I bet if they had a smokey fire in SF this morning there would be hundreds of people working to put it out.

I tried Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
ADEQ at 602-771-2367.  No answer.  But their voice mail message says, “if you’re calling about the West Valley fire, call Maricopa EPA at 602-506-6010.”  So ADEQ obviously does not want anything to do with it.

Maricopa EPA?
602-771-2367.  “We’re only open 9 – 5 Monday through Friday, closed holidays.”  Call your local police or fire in case of an emergency.

So I called Goodyear PD.
I spoke to Crystal (I think that was her name).  She said, “Rural Metro is the lead fire fighting agency on this case, call them at 480-945-6311.”

Rural Metro.
I called and spoke to Chris, an obvious dispatcher.  Chris said, “the owner of the property is putting copious amounts of water on the fire.”  You’re not doing anything Chris?  I asked.  “Nope.”

GEOrgia
I suggest you call Goodyear mayor GEOrgia Lord and see what “one of the top 50 most influential women in the valley” is doing about it.
You can reach GEOrgia at 623-535-0007

No Change to PC Security


LOL.
Looks like there’ll be no change to the PC security staff as previously announced.
Lesson learned by Robson? Don’t piss off a bunch of Baby Boomers.
And as Republicans realized in this latest election, who do you think is the fastest growing demographic in the U S of A?
Hispanics?
Women?
Maybe Jihadists?

Nope.
People over age 55.
Now if I could just get you this upset about your property tax increases and get you to vote out GEOrgia and the dwarfs.

Mall: Postponed Again? Council to Vote Tomorrow


According to the West Valley Screw newspaper, GY’s council will vote tomorrow (November 17) on a contract extension with developer Macerich to delay the mall.

West Valley Screw Article

After I get a copy of the contract extension, I’ll let you know what I think.

So far the city’s negotiators have been taken advantage of by the smart corporate boys at Macerich.

Slick


“The new Goodyear General Plan will not raise your taxes.”
This was repeated over and over at a recent GP “informational” meeting I attended. So you know it MUST be true.

Once the customary PowerPoint advertising presentation was completed the 10 or more city employees and politicians who attended wanted to break into small groups. “No questions now except in small groups.”

When one person objected, saying they wanted to hear all the questions the city people relented with, “Ok, but ONLY questions on THIS presentation we just had, NO OTHER QUESTIONS ALLOWED.” Any other questions not DIRECTLY RELATED to THIS PRESENTATION are not permitted.

It’s a “visionary” plan they say.
It’s what our citizens want, they said, even though when asking citizens what they want, no questions were asked about how much they were willing to pay for what they want.

“It’s like the 2003 GP, only more.”

You mean the 2003 GP that allowed the mall, the stadium, and the $8million dollar building we paid $12millon for?

And today, the weekend before the election, we have “product placement” articles in the AZ Republic by the city and it’s charges telling us how great this plan is.

The slick marketing that is what GY is best at is in evidence here and in the plan, which, as written, is simply a tool for spendthrift politicians to use to justify spending more of your money.

GEOrgia’s 2% Solution


According to the Litchfield Elementary School District’s (LESD) own figures, LESD is growing at the staggering rate of….

LESS THAN 2% per year over the past six years.

Here is a spreadsheet with all the data straight from LESD’s own business manager, Wendy Qualls. (LESD Change in ADM and Enrollment)

Goodyear mayor GEOrgia appears to be misinformed…. again.

Your mayor, GEOrgia Lord, the one who does not even know her own city’s unemployment rate, put her name, photograph, and personal statements supporting an LESD bond issue on both an editorial in the local newspaper (LINK to West Valley View article) as well as a cloak and dagger “fake” newspaper delivered to our doors called LESD Tribune (Volume 1, Issue 1) which CLAIM that LESD enrollment is exploding (up to 11,000 students now, they say) when in fact, in addition to the information in the spreadsheet above from Ms. Qualls, the most recent audited financial statements from the LESD show that enrollment growth is anemic at best, growing a bit more than 100 students in the past TWO most recent audited years to 9,841.  (link to LESD data)

How much support do you think LESD would get for their bond if they advertised their six year  2% growth rate?

And what is worse is that since GEOrgia has been in office, spending in the mayor and council office since 2011 is up by nearly 100%.  In only four years. Following a recession.

You’d think all that spending would at least get GEOrgia better advisors.

They just want your money, folks.  And thank you very much.

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