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- 22. Constitution Fair - Saturday, 9/21
Please attend the Constitution Fair tomorrow! See Constitution Week USA for more information.
Saturday, September 21st
Enjoy world-class entertainment by 2nd generation Osmond Family recording artist and American Idol contenstant, David Osmond, hailed as the best Osmond voice of our time!
Suggested donation is $5 per person, $15 per family.(Family must have at least one parent.) Bring a blanket for the lawn, and get ready for a great evening!
Go to the RESOURCES PAGE to download the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, and many other Founding documents and information. You can also download everything you need to teach your Family a lesson on the Constitution. You can also order a video titled A More Perfect Union: America Becomes A Nation is the first comprehensive recreation of those stirring, heated debates during the sweltering summer of 1787. Filmed on location at Independence Hall, Williamsburg, Virginia, and other historical sites, it dramatically chronicles how America became a nation and those underlying principles that guard our freedoms today.
Check out all the booths! Meet your elected representatives, candidates for the upcoming 2014 election, and many more. Here's a terrific booth to visit: The Center for Self Governance.
- 23. Have you gotten a letter from Barry Goldwater, Jr.? I did, and I'm Incensed!
Peter J. O’Malley of Mesa received in the mail a 12-page solar survey and letter from Barry Goldwater, Jr., a few days ago, and he is incensed that Barry, Jr., is pandering after Republicans with his" ludicrous T. U. S. K. organization, TELL UTILITIES SOLAR won't be KILLED."
Here is Peter J. O'Malley's (humorous) response to Barry Goldwater, Jr.
Sept. 13, 2013
Barry Goldwater, Jr.
3219 E Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Dear Chairman Goldwater,
Your solar survey and letter regarding its results arrived today.
It concerns me that you “think solar can be good politics … for our state.” Power, like communications and water, should NOT be part of a political agenda. And that is the problem with solar. It is wholly a political animal devoid of scientific merit. The only reason Republicans and other Arizonans guess on surveys that solar makes sense is because its application is heavily subsidized by government. Without massive federal and state subsidies (unavailable to oil and natural gas companies) used to bribe people into trying solar, the entire industry would fall flat on its face.
The reality of solar is that it is unreliable, available mostly when you don’t need it, takes up too much space, time, money and trouble for the pittance it returns, and cannot come anywhere near the efficiency and safety of nuclear power. Indeed, the total lifetime output of, for example, your typical solar power plant amounts to less that the energy needed to build and maintain it! Its value lies roughly on a par with the kind of “power” developed by wind turbines, wave technology, chicken manure and magic New Age vortices.
Personally I’m glad homeowners are trying out their own devices, for they will soon be convinced of the folly of tapping the weak and dispersed rays of the sun when they factor in the costly battery replacements and short life of the panels themselves. That your numbers seem to identify a trend in consumers waking up to some solar (subsidized) advantage can only be attributed to the relentless indoctrination of gullible citizens.
As far as politics, you are basely political in making your appeal to leaders in the Republican Party. In fact this is all about politics and nothing to do with scientific reality. But I do agree with one point in your amusing letter, “rooftop solar is [a] disruptive technology.” It is indeed disruptive in that the fabricated excitement about it diverts attention from reasonable, lower-cost, proven safe, reliable energy via SRP. Surely the feeble technology of solar energy will be as short-lived as the fear-mongering over global warming.
My advice, Barry, is to stick with your politics and let the utilities handle the science.
Best personal regards,
PJ. O’MalleyClick here to read more
- 24. Gilbert Town Council to Vote on the 2012 International Code Council Construction Codes 8/15/2013
Since February 2013, several Gilbert citizens have been exercising their Civic Authority to convince the Gilbert Town Council that adopting 115 additional regulations (2009 ICC code updates) plus another 840 additional regulations (2012 ICC code updates) serves no compelling purpose. They have invested thousands of hours of their own time providing research to the Town Council and Town Management.
These private citizens and tradesmen have done this, because they have been forced for years to install unnecessary products and have suffered from inconsistent and inaccurate building inspector dictates, simply because “it’s code.” Because these codes have been handed down by so-called experts (the ICC), Town Management has recommended them, and Councils have passed them. These private citizens want to stop the mindless lockstep approval of “the new ICC” codes. These private citizens are willing to question the experts. They want to do the right thing, not be forced to do the wrong thing.
If the Gilbert Town Council votes on Thursday evening to add these 955 new 2009/2012 regulation updates, they will have adopted the single largest increase in government regulation on small businesses and individuals in the history of Gilbert.
They will have done this without insisting that Town Management provide justification for each new regulation they recommend.
Among the many things that Town Management recommends to the Council is punishment to whomever refuses to follow “the code.” It will be a misdemeanor: $2500 fine and 6 months of imprisonment. Click here to see the Council Packet Relating to item #20 Code of Gilbert.
Much has been stated about adopting only life/safety codes.
What life/safety problems exist right now that these new codes will resolve? There are none. Gilbert has been following the 2006 codes. There have been no fires, injuries, or deaths that demand updated codes. In fact, there haven’t been any prior to the 2006 codes. No child has been injured from tampering with existing electrical outlets. No one has suffered injury or death from carbon monoxide poisoning. No fires have resulted from having commercial ovens in private residences.
Adopting the 2009 and 2012 codes will create unnecessary busy work.
The 955 code updates will drain staff resources, since building inspectors and others will have to be trained on each new code. Those resources would be better directed to more productive purposes. For example, some inspectors are repeatedly and inconsistently issuing turn-down notices, due to their lack of understanding existing codes. This creates unnecessary labor expenses, which must be passed on to the consumer.
Forcing the construction industry to adopt new codes kills the free market.
It doesn’t matter if private business owners or private tradesmen wrote them and got them approved by the ICC. As soon as government mandates them, government has decided winners and losers. With a single vote, the Town Council can wipe perfectly good products off the shelves, rendering them “illegal.” They can ruin someone’s business.
The free market works!
When you see that some builders install R-38 over R-30, on their own, you know that someone has chosen that improvement and are willing to pay for it. When an individual demands that his/her home include every bell and whistle, and they obtain competing quotes from builders, that’s the Free Market. When an individual cannot afford the latest and greatest, and obtains quotes from competing builders, that’s the affordable home being made available within the Free Market. Only the best builders survive in the Free Market.
Click here for the full Agenda, meeting time and place. This is a Public Hearing, Agenda #20. Please exercise your Civic Authority and speak out.Click here to read more
- 25. Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney: Statement regarding the Vote on 2012 ICC Codes
For the record, Gilbert Watch supported Supervisor Barney's vote and appreciates this letter. It is very disappointing that so many other elected officials care so little about the free market and are quick to mandate 955 new regulations to destroy it.
Knowing your concern over the adoption of the 2012 series of building codes, I wanted to let you know of some recent developments.
Yesterday, August 7, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the full ICC Series of codes, but made the International Green Construction and the International Energy Conservation Codes voluntary. Although I supported the move to make the Green and Energy Conservation Codes voluntary, I voted against final adoption of the codes for many of the same reasons that you cited in your prior messages.
I want to make it clear that I do not oppose building codes. It is important to provide minimum construction and material standards to protect public health and safety. However, I do not believe it is necessary to change codes every three years, or to compel consumers to accept lifestyle or efficiency mandates against their will.
Within each new set of building codes are numerous requirements that have nothing whatsoever to do with life or safety issues. These requirements add thousands of dollars to the price of homes or commercial structures and add a new layer of complexity and government red tape. Rather than providing consistency in building standards across a region, the frequency of ICC Code updates often simply increases the already inconsistent application of code-based requirements that exist today. Further, the rapid cycling of new building codes leads to unintended consequences which, ironically, must be addressed through the adoption of subsequent codes.
In my opinion, both the consumer and the building industry would have been better served by sticking with the existing codes a bit longer. Any life safety or other deficiency in those codes could have easily been addressed through a simple amendment or addendum. Such an approach would have provided the needed protection for the public, without the unnecessary expense of an entirely new set of codes.
I hope this information is of use to you, and that you will continue to contact me on matters of importance to you and our community.
Denny BarneyClick here to read more
Maricopa County Supervisor, District 1
- 26. Arizona Senator Chester Crandell (LD6) to Speak at Payson TEA Party Meeting 8/8/2013
Thursday, August 8th: Please join the Payson Tea Party, 6:00-8:00 pm, Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. State Highway 260, Payson, AZ. The speaker is AZ Legislative District 6 Senator Chester Crandell. Senator Crandell is the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, the Vice-Chair of the Education Committee, and a member of the Natural Resources & Rural Affairs, Appropriations and Government & Environment Committees. He is a fifth-generation Arizonan, born in Holbrook. Please join us as we hear updates from Senator Crandell and ask him questions about various issues.Click here to read more
- 27. Thomas Jefferson Center Events: August 9 and 10
Here is your opportunity to learn what you won't learn in Arizona's public school system. Both of these seminars are brought to you by the Thomas Jefferson Center, and they are held at the Clearview Cultural Center, 1355 S. Clearview, Mesa, AZ. 85206. (North of US-60; East of Power Rd; NE corner of Hampton & Clearview)
"Current Events and the Constitution"
Friday, August 9. 7:00 - 9:00 pm
NO CHARGE. PLEASE BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
"Healing of America Series" - Seminar #4 "Restoring the Charter of Freedom"
Saturday, August 10. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Early registration: $39 - Register Now. At the door: $49.
Here is a description of this seminar. (Please attend even if you didn't attend Seminars 1-3.)
" With the essential understanding you'll have gained from Seminars 1-3, you'll be ready to undertake a critical analysis of how the American people can restore the Constitution to its rightful place in our policies and our politics-and how we as a people can heal this great land: the Supreme Court, the Congress, the executive branch, and our educational systems, as well as our nation's finances.
You will also learn how we can heal America spiritually and morally. Like every thinking American, you already know that we will never be able to succeed in this great land if we don't eliminate the degeneracy that is wrecking families and destroying lives. But what can you and your family do about it? Seminar 4 will inspire you with new ideas and possibilities that will give you hope and assurance that America can recover and succeed. This "Healing of America" education series will prove to be among your most exciting learning experiences."Click here to read more
- 29. Gilbert Town Council Member Jared Taylor's Opinion about adopting the 2012 ICC Building Codes
This afternoon, July 30, 2013, the Town Council meets in a Study Session at 4 pm to talk about the 2012 ICC building codes. Click here for more information. Your attendance in support of the citizens of Gilbert is appreciated.
A few weeks ago, I asked each Council member for his/her opinion on who has the burden of proof for adopting codes into law? Should individual citizens be expected to prove that each of hundreds of codes should NOT be made law? Or should Town employees be required to prove why they SHOULD be made law?
In response to that question, Council Member Jared Taylor responded by copying me on an email he sent on July 9 to Patrick Banger, Gilbert's Town Manager:
As far as I can tell, the purpose of having building codes is to solve problems. For example, smoke detectors save lives so we mandate them. There is clear data to show this.
As I’ve listened to Kyle’s team, I’m not sure they are focused on solving problems in our community, but more on passing along the recommendations from national/international bodies.
I realize a few state-mandated items were withdrawn, but that didn’t come from our building community. Don’t get me wrong, the IBC’s have some positive things in them.
As you probably know, the 2012 codes will add hundreds of new regulations on our builders. Many builders will profit by the additional work and just pass the cost on to our citizens. The citizens will eventually carry the cost of all the expensive fees, inspections, and hours it takes to design, review, and inspect to the new and existing regulations. This will cost Gilbert families millions of additional dollars very quickly. I wonder about the real value here and can’t support something that isn’t empirically validated to solve problems.
As a result, it seems reasonable that I get hard empirical justification on every new regulation that is being recommended. I would like to see the statistics of how many injuries, deaths, or other harms the lack each regulation has caused in Gilbert and how this new regulation is proven to address the issue.
If we are not solving actual problems, we are simply creating a huge amount of waste for our citizens in government jobs, fees, reviews, inspections, etc. This is a simple ROI exercise that should have been part of the original process.
I would like to have someone on your team provide me this analysis. I’m OK to receive it in a spreadsheet. I know this may seem like a tall order, but given the massive imposition on our community these hundreds of new regulations will place, it’s really not that much.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
JaredClick here to read more
- 30. "It's the Law, Because I say so." Code Enforcement, Gilbert, AZ.
President Barack Obama isn't the only tyrant who wields power at his whim. Meet Code Enforcement....in Gilbert, Arizona, home of "Constitution Week USA."
According to Gordon Ray, a local builder, here are two examples of what happens on almost every building inspection in Gilbert. This is one of many reasons that several local professionals and tradesmen from the construction and building industry in Gilbert have been fighting against the Town Council's adoption of the 2012 ICC (International Code Council) building codes. Gilbert needs to have their own simple, justifiable codes, rather than hundreds of international codes, many of which are expensive, not applicable, and misinterpreted by the Town's inspectors.
Please note that Gilbert's inspector doesn't even cite the specific code that has been "violated." If he bothered to "look it up," he might have to actually read it. If he had read it, he could have saved the sub-contractor and the Gilbert homeowner time and money. The sub-contractor just submits to the list of violations (right or wrong) because it takes him more time and costs him more money to do the Inspector's job by looking up the code and proving that the inspector is wrong. Ultimately, these costs are eaten by the consumer. Everybody pays the price....except the Town inspector.
Example #1: The inspector issued a turn down notice, citing only "Wrong bushing in electrical panel." After the electrician spoke to the inspector, it was determined that the electrician was correct in his application. It took about $80.00 labor to get the inspector to admit he was wrong.
Example #2: The inspector issued a turn down notice, citing only "No foam in attic."
There was a time when foam was used on gable ends. If and when a house burned down, the code stated that the fumes from the fire would be toxic. So, the code stated no foam in attics. However, the code also states that you can have foam in the attic, if you put drywall on your walls and ceilings. Such was the case in this example. However, the sub-contractor went ahead and removed it, even though he was correct. He missed a few small 2" x 3" pieces, so the Inspector (incorrectly) turned it down again. So, the sub went back and removed every tiny piece. The cost to this private business? $185.00 rather than fight with the Town Inspector.
Today at 4 pm, there will be a Town Council Study Session to discuss the possible adoption of hundreds of more pages of "codes." The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, Gilbert Municipal Center, 50 E. Civic Center Dr.Click here to read more