By Cory Carpenter, Editor | Town of Gilbert Council Meeting May 5, 2020 | Councilmember Yung Koprowski took her oath of office to support the Constitution of the United, the State Constitution, and the ordinances of the Town of Gilbert.Read more
We have much to celebrate in 2020, a Centennial year in the Town of Gilbert. However, no one could have foreseen the impact COVID-19 would have on our Town and society, and it has presented many challenges. The undersigned have carefully watched how the Federal, State, and Town governments have responded and feel it is important to outline the current problems and recommendations for a different course of action.Read more
Recently, I published two posts relating to the Gilbert School Board’s 9/4/2012 refusal to reinstate a non-denominational Invocation to open its governing board meetings. These included Daryl Colvin Asks Gilbert School Board to Bring Back the Invocation and Some Stand Firm; Some Crumble. Since that time, Hayley Ringle of the Arizona Republic published an article titled Gilbert School Board Stance on Prayer Upsetting Some.
Board member Staci Burk had proposed that the Board merely "discuss" the issue of reinstating the Invocation, but 4 board members–EJ Anderson, Helen Hollands, Blake Sacha, and Lily Tram–refused. As you will note in Hayley’s article, the basis of that refusal was "fear of a lawsuit."Read more
This is the story of how a small, determined group of worried mothers and fathers stopped a train wreck, even after that train was barreling down the tracks. It took these parents, neighbors, and their friends less than a month to stop a project they were told by Gilbert Town bureaucrats could not be stopped and that had been in planning and development for a year. The developer and land owner of the project ignored them….at first. The group started organizing in late March. That’s when the Town had posted signs in their neighborhood on the site of a mental health facility to be completed in the Fall of 2014.
That was the first that Pioneer Elementary parents knew what was in store for them. In record speed, they launched one of the best organized, best mobilized grassroots community action efforts experienced by Gilbert since the effort to stop Prop 406 (sales tax increase).
What turned a contented neighborhood into a battling army?Read more
On 3/15/2011, Victor Petersen was asked this question: “What is your primary role as a Council Member?” Without hesitation, he answered “Protect individual rights.” (“LD22 Gilbert Council Candidate Forum, Minus the No-Shows”)Read more
This sticky-fingered little miscreant was observed with these signs in his hands around 6 pm on Tuesday, 1/18/2011. Does anybody know who this is? Hmmmmmm? It looks like he’s removing two signs from in front of the Town Council Building at 50 E. Civic Center Dr. Who put him up to this? I wonder if he has a collection of “No On Prop 406” signs in his garage? Remember how those disappeared? The ones handmade by Gilbert’s children?Read more
All three MOU’s were passed by the Council. Rating a #10 on the Gilbert Watch “Incredulity Meter,” Council Member Abbott stated that she “respects the Constitution and the First Amendment and the right for people to assemble and belong to organizations, and so I support the right of our employees to belong to organizations in which they want to be affiliated.”Read more
In response to members of the public requesting assistance from the Goldwater Institute to intervene in the Gilbert Town Council’s decision to deny citizens the opportunity to discuss a proposed tax hike at council meetings, the Institute issued the following email to the Gilbert Town Council on February 18, 2010:Read more
Why celebrate “Independence Day” when so many American people have no idea what it means? Christmas is the Winter Holiday. Easter is the Spring Holiday. So, should we rename Independence Day? How about Fireworks Extravaganza Day?Read more
The Town of Gilbert has the resources to send warning letters to private citizens forbidding Bible studies in homes, but no money for police and fire?Read more