A bid by state lawmakers to take back the power to draw congressional lines is legally flawed and should be rejected, the lead attorney for the Independent Redistricting Commission told the nation's high court.
Recently, I finished reading a book entitled “Mark Twain on the Damned Human Race” (edited by Janet Smith). It is a compilation of articles penned when Twain was employed by various newspapers and weekly publications. One article of interest concerned Congress, which Twain described as “a splendid all around competency in theft. It starts with farthings, and works its industries all the way up to shiploads.”
Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation generated by the Save the Lakes group related to the closed Ahwatukee Lakes golf course. It is time to set the record straight on what currently appears to be the sole solution on a sustainable use for the second life of the former Lakes golf course:
Regarding the closure and Pulte Homes’ proposed development of The Lakes Golf Course, there is only one logical defense: Vote NO on any petition presented by Pulte Homes. If those of us living in the Ahwatukee Board of Management jurisdiction do not want an influx of new homes and the inevitable traffic, congestion, loss of open space and urban heat island effect that will ensue, we must not allow the protective CC&Rs to be changed, which is what Pulte needs to proceed. The company must have positive signatures from over half of the 5,100 homeowners in the ABM jurisdiction allowing these sensible Codes, Covenants and Restrictions to be changed.
Joe Clure, president of Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, speaks about the PPD hiring plan during the Phoenix Police Department's Proposed Patrol Reorganization Community Meeting at Pecos Community Center on Thursday, June 19, 2014.
John Augustyn, president of the Association of Retired Phoenix Officers, asks questions during the Phoenix Police Department's Proposed Patrol Reorganization Community Meeting at Pecos Community Center on Thursday, June 19, 2014.
Editor’s note: In the July 13 Ahwatukee Foothills News, resident Jim Jochim challenged fellow Ahwatukee residents to think outside the box to help save The Lakes Golf Course by coming up with “Green Light Ideas” on the Opinion page. Here’s what they had to say:
I have been a business, real estate and employment litigation attorney in Arizona for over 27 years. Based on my extensive trial experience, I can tell you that it is almost always a poor idea to ignore a threat of litigation or demand for payment. I am not suggesting that you always need to consult with an attorney. In fact, if that matter in dispute is not important it will not set a precedent that may hurt you going forward or involves an insignificant amount of money, you may not need to consult with an attorney. Regardless of whether or not you speak with an attorney you should quickly thoroughly analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your position as well as the potential damages and counterclaims that may exist. My view is typically that you should always consider asserting a counterclaim since “the best defense is a good offense.”
The lines have been clearly drawn for those in favor of the Phoenix Pension Initiative, who would like to see the city create a more sustainable pension system, and those against it, who say a dramatic change would cost taxpayers millions to carry out.