Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fired Welfare Reformer Fights Back Against Left-Wing Hit Machine



Tim Jeffries, a well-loved director of Arizona’s state welfare agency, the Department of Economic Security, was fired in November of last year. As I covered previously, this valiant conservative merely followed the governor’s orders to trim the agency of bad employees. Arizona’s left-wing media pounced on the firings — note that the left frequently takes the side of criminals — and sure enough, some of the fired employees had been caught stealing from the agency, stealing from the poor.

Jeffries was also targeted because he took on Democrat dishonesty. His predecessor was too afraid to take on a Democrat legislator who was illegally receiving food stamps. Jeffries discovered the full story from a DES investigator and had the fraudulent legislator prosecuted. Sadly, that honest investigator was later fired over this, even though a grand jury indicted Rep. Cecilia Velasquez on three felonies. A former Democrat state legislator, Leah Landrum-Taylor, received an appointment under Jeffries at DES, but used the position to undermine him, hoping to move up in the ranks. The Arizona Republic has still not revealed the actual facts, despite the fact there is photographic evidence proving her lies.

One of the employees who was terminated was featured sympathetically in the Republic. What the yellow journalism didn’t reveal is that she was terminated for hostilely telling (threatening?) a member of the public who came in for services, “You’re lucky you’re on the other side of the counter!” In contrast, under Jeffries’ tenure, there was an outbreak of clients who sent DES letters of support, something which had never happened before.

Over 1,000 DES employees contacted Jeffries after he was fired, expressing their condolences. The newspaper didn’t bother to report that. His Facebook page is full of photos of DES employees smiling and joking around under Jeffries’ fun-filled leadership. Thousands of the 7,000-plus employees there loved how he transformed the stodgy, unhappy agency into a workplace environment that was fun and efficient. He called those he worked with colleagues, not employees, and responded personally to emails from each and every one of them.

Incredibly, 40 of the 475 fired DES employees are now being reinstated, and firings have slowed to a trickle. The liberal reporter at the Republic responsible for many of the hit pieces on Jeffries, Craig Harris, bragged, “Firings of state government workers plummeted during the final three months of 2016, with just 17 involuntary separations in December, following a series of Arizona Republic and azcentral stories that uncovered questionable and improper dismissals at state agencies.” The governor’s chief of staff admitted that agency directors are now afraid of seeing their names publicly linked to “wrongful” firings. However, the termination rate of Jeffries’ predecessor was about the same, approximately one a day.

Jeffries recognizes the names of many of the DES employees who are being hired back, and says they are “bad apples” who have no business getting their jobs back. He fired “bullies, racists, sexual harassers and slackers.” Fraudsters were arrested.

The “fake news” has continued since Jeffries’ firing. Incredibly, even after my article refuting much of the Republic’s hit piece on Jeffries’ firing came out, the Republic ran another piece repeating much of the fake news. It was such a well-done hit piece, if you only read that article, you’d likely think Jeffries really was a bad dude.

For example, the left-wing local media ignored the restructuring Jeffries implemented, which put in place better management. “People who had iron grips on their respected positions were exited,” Jeffries said about some really bad characters. The biased media deliberately did not report that the Arizona Department of Administration approved every firing — it wasn’t just done by Jeffries and DES. All state agencies are required to have a Human Resources chief who is actually an employee of ADOA. After Jeffries was fired, his HR director was fired as collateral damage. Now, ridiculously, the state HR chief will have to review every firing in the state. It’s “bureaucracy gone wrong,” Jeffries says.

Jeffries is fighting back, giving interviews to local news stations and submitting his opinion to the Republic. Why would a very successful private businessman in the private sector like Jeffries (I’ve known him for years) agree to head a state government agency? When the governor asked him if he wanted to head a state agency, Jeffries chose DES. It is because he comes from a poor background himself, and knew he could make DES much more efficient as he’d done running business in the private sector. Jeffries transformed the agency into something unimaginable. Originally a state agency with a bad reputation (the case in most states), DES became a part of government where both Democrats and Republicans were proud to work.

Jeffries is a role model for how state agencies should be run — not merely for efficiency, but for his compassion. Seven colleagues reached out to him as director and told him they were homeless, and he helped them. They have said they would speak to the press, but Jeffries has asked them not to, because he is worried something might happen to them. He and his wife spent over $40,000 of their own money helping others they met at the agency. One woman spent two weeks sleeping in a DES closet. Don’t expect the left-leaning media to report the fact that Jeffries helped her.

Does this sound like a state agency director who should have been fired, or more like a left-wing witch hunt against a kind, successful conservative reformer? “I was the governor’s top reformer, and I’m gone,” he told Arizona’s ABC-15. His final message to his remaining DES colleagues after being fired? He loves them and he looks forward to remaining their good friend. There may be litigation. Let’s hope this top reformer finds his way back into government. He’s desperately needed.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

PETITION: "CITIZEN'S DEMAND" CRIMINAL INDICTMENT OF WILLIAM O'NEIL (IMPERSONATING) JUDGE...

Please sign and share this petition, which is by real people who have also been wronged; it is not an attempt to collect email addresses to spam later. Judge O'Neil is the disciplinary judge for the AZ State Bar and he is crooked to the core; has been targeting attorneys for years (of course, if you're not a political target of the Bar like I was, you can pay $20k to one of his favorite law firms to beat the charges). Everyone is afraid to take him on, because they're terrified of losing their law licenses - which he controls. 

I have nothing to lose, he's already destroyed my law license, basically extorted me demanding over $100k in order to ever get it back. What is he going to do to me that hasn't already been done? I've already been forced to live with my parents three separate times since he came after me because he destroyed me so much financially. I'm not going to stop until this monster is removed and is stopped from victimizing attorneys, especially conservative attorneys who the cliquish folks that run the Bar despise. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tim Jeffries responds to more yellow journalism by The Arizona Republic

"Thank you for printing my article last Wednesday.  I received over 100 wonderful responses and four hate-laden notes.  Abe Kwok’s editorial response was interesting since he has never met me.  Unsurprisingly, he regurgitated the same falsities central to the Manufactured Crisis proffered by the Arizona Republic and various Machiavellian actors.  Consequently, I will briefly readdress their malicious mischief in the 200 words I’ve been granted.


"Craig Harris’ coverage of the Arizona Department of Economic Security was not “exhaustive.”  It was shoddy, third-rate and cheapjack.  Facts were optional.  ADOA created and maintained the State No-Hire List.  ADOA approved every DES termination.  Only one of 475 ex-DES employees sued DES.  The lawsuit was withdrawn.  Only two ex-employees filed grievances with the State Personnel Board.  The dismissals were sustained.  The ex-employees shamefully paraded as victim-martyrs by Craig Harris and Laurie Roberts were terminated legally.  Accountability was not optional at DES, yet colleague morale TRIPLED.  Over 6,000 colleagues appreciated my 600+ visits, personal emails, morning videos, smiley faces and passion to protect them.  My love, care, generosity and authenticity were unprecedented.  For 633 days, DES shined brightly, but political hacks bled me dry.  Self-serving bureaucracy won, Arizonans lost.  Thousands share my outrage!  Do you?"

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Phoenix a sanctuary city? Wait - A study found that Illegal immigrants commit crimes disproportionately

This is approximately what my car looked like that was stolen by illegal immigrant gang members. I rode two buses and a shuttle from the U-District to my job at Microsoft for months, in order to save up money and buy this car, my first car at age 22. After it was stolen, I went back to riding buses for many more months until I could save up enough money again to buy a second car. 
With Trump bringing back the program to allow local law enforcement to deal with illegal immigrants, and the City of Phoenix considering becoming a Sanctuary City, it's a good time to remind everyone of the study the Maricopa County Attorney's Office did in 2008 when I was there, which found that illegal immigrants commit crimes at a higher rate than the general population. I moved to Phoenix in 1999, and my car was stolen by illegal immigrant gang members. Since I could only afford liability insurance at the time, I was out a car. (Went back to riding the bus again for awhile until I could save up again to buy another car) We have a serious problem with illegal immigration and crime, and it's not going away, especially with the addition of radical Islamists coming into the country.
The study found that although illegal immigrants only comprised 9% of the population in Maricopa County, they accounted for:

• 16.5% of those sentenced for violent crimes
• 18.5% of those sentenced for property crimes
• 33.5% of those sentenced for the manufacture, sale or transport of drugs
• 50% of those sentenced for crimes related to “chop shops”
• 35.8% of those sentenced for kidnapping
• 20.3% of those sentenced for felony DUI.

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio calls out biased, plagiarizing Arizona Republic reporter

Editor's note: I'm not going to bother linking to the story Sal refers to, it's so worthless
Sal writes:
The story purposely leaves out the fact that a current city of Phoenix employee who worked in the private sector FAILED to file. Yes, no reprimand just a wink wink from city staff on that one. The reporter also PURPOSELY failed to include my entire statement:
The question you are asking is very important and you will see from the reports that there are very few individuals or entities that have registered with the city of Phoenix and since you are doing the story with Dustin Gardiner, there is a very unresolved issue here dealing with the fact that he is known to burn his sources and has been accused of plagiarism, using someone else's work product and calling it his own, and until those are answered I cannot work with a reporter who has those ethical challenges. Thank you.
Gardiner has repeatedly shown a propensity to use his personal beliefs and motivations to create a story on those who he personally disagrees with.
All reporters use political opponents as sources, but experienced reporters know how to cut through the weeds. Gardiner uses his motivations to create stories and then uses those same familial and political sources for each and all his stories.
The Republic is clearly biased and is selecting stories on who they purposely target and excludes any mention of others.
This story is an example of why I have been in a battle with this newspaper for over two years now.
No one wants to battle a large newspaper with all their power especially when they have shown how they target who they don't like or agree with. But, at some point it becomes important that some expose their bias and the misleading information they provide the public.

Phoenix Police Union objects to Democratic Mayor's sanctuary city comments

PLEA Takes Issue with Mayor’s Comments on Presidential Executive Orders

On Tuesday January 31, 2017, PLEA sent a letter to Mayor Greg Stanton expressing our strong disagreement and disappointment with recent public remarks he made on January 25th with regard to President Trump’s Executive Orders.  For far too long, law enforcement officers in America have had to put up with anti-police sentiment at all levels of government. At the national level our federal partners in ICE and Border Patrol have had to work under government imposed restrictions that have hindered their ability to effectively perform their jobs to adequately protect the nation.   
Over the years, the City of Phoenix has lost numerous officers and had several others injured as a result of open border and sanctuary city policies that facilitate ease of unlawful entry into the country.  As one of four border states, Arizona sees high amounts of human trafficking, drug trafficking, illegal immigration and higher rates of violent crime that typically accompany this type of activity.
Mayor Stanton’s comments with regard to turning the Phoenix Police Department into a mass deportation force is baseless and inflammatory.  The Phoenix Police Department has a sound, detailed, well written policy in its Operations Orders regarding enforcement of illegal immigration. Despite what politicians may think or want, police officers have to uphold their oaths of office and operate according to the rule of law.  Presidential Executive Orders are federal law that cannot be disregarded simply because they do not comport with someone’s political agenda.         
PLEA has great respect for Mayor Stanton’s right to publicly express his opinion.  Likewise; PLEA also has the right to publicly express our opinions and stand in defense of our membership.    

Read the full letter

Reforming the corrupt Arizona Bar: Bill Would Protect Public From Lawyers

For years, Arizona legislators have tried to clean up the and protect residents from unethical lawyers and the system that protects them. Now, Rep. Anthony Kern has introduced HB2295 and HB2300 in an effort to improve regulatory layers over the State Bar of Arizona.
From prosecutors that exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to avoid charging corrupt politicians to attorneys who prey on vulnerable clients, the legal profession and many clients have suffered due to the conflict of interests that currently exists.
Kern says the bills come as a reaction to concern over the quasi-government agency, the State Bar of Arizona, acting in two conflicting capacities: protecting the public from its lawyers, while simultaneously promoting the interests of those lawyers.
“These bills resolve the longstanding conflict of interest of the quasi-government organization, the State Bar of Arizona, which licenses lawyers, but also advocates on behalf of lawyer interests,” says Kern. “Neither the public nor lawyers are well served by such a conflict.”

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tim Jeffries: How I transformed DES and got fired

Tim has a great piece in the Republic explaining his side of the story. Some excerpts:

In February 2015, Kirk Adams, the governor’s chief of staff, shared it would take me “two years to dent the culture” at the antiquated DES. I chuckled at his well-intended defeatism because I had successfully transformed several ventures in my 30-year career.
I shared “it will only take me two months to dent the culture.” In fact, I knew I could transform the culturally bankrupt calcified bureaucracy within two years.
Within 550 days of my spirited start, I had joyfully visited every one of the 164 DES locations and sites in Arizona, the sixth largest state in America.
Untouchable bureaucrats “resigned.” Clique-perpetuating managers were exited. Bullies, racists, sexual harassers and slackers were ousted. Fraudsters were arrested. Poor performers were coached up and coached out when necessary.
Close to 4,000 colleagues received raises; most had never received one. 
DES policies and procedures were slashed by 50 percent. Project Quantum Leap was commenced. One hundred archaic custom IT systems would be retired within two years. Taxpayers would save $200 million over five years.
I will always be grateful for the more than1,000 DES colleagues who that contacted me after my exit. 
Read the article

Monday, January 23, 2017

Legislation introduced this session to reform corrupt Arizona Bar


STATE BAR REFORM BILLS INTRODUCED - FIFTY-THIRD ARIZONA LEGISLATURE,
FIRST REGULAR SESSION 2017  







HB2300 and HB2295 were introduced Friday by lawyer regulation reform champion Rep. Anthony Kern.

HB2300 is the pure voluntary bar bill. It would establish that lawyers are not required to be a member of any organization to become or remain a licensed lawyer in Arizona.

HB2295 bifurcates or splits the State Bar of Arizona into two subsets. One preserves the mandatory membership character to function as a regulatory public protection quasi-agency. The other subset becomes an optional, voluntary organization engaged solely in non-regulatory trade association activities. It also mandates open meetings and public records transparency when the Bar accepts any mandatory assessment monies.  

HB2295 additionally acts to resolve the continued impingement of lawyers' constitutional rights that takes place when membership in a trade association is a precondition to earn a living in their chosen profession. The bill also remedies the State Bar of Arizona's inherent conflict of interest because it separates the Bar's current role as both a regulator of and a trade association for lawyers.

The text of both bills follows:

HB2300
AN ACT AMENDING TITLE 12, CHAPTER 1, ARTICLE 1, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 12-119.06; RELATING TO THE SUPREME COURT.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 12, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised
Statutes, is amended by adding section 12-119.06, to read:
12-119.06. Regulation of attorneys; mandatory assessments;
uses

A. TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED BY THE ARIZONA CONSTITUTION, ALL
REGULATORY FUNCTIONS RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW IN THIS STATE ARE
WITHIN THE AUTHORITY OF THE SUPREME COURT. ALL REGULATORY FUNCTIONS THAT ARE ADMINISTERED BY THE STATE BAR ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, INCLUDING ALL PUBLIC PROTECTION FUNCTIONS, ARE TRANSFERRED TO AND PLACED EXCLUSIVELY IN THE SUPREME COURT.

B. THE SUPREME COURT SHALL ACTIVELY SUPERVISE ATTORNEYS TO REGULATE
THE PRACTICE OF LAW AND MAY COLLECT A MANDATORY ASSESSMENT FROM EACH
ATTORNEY, AS A CONDITION OF PRACTICING LAW IN THIS STATE, TO SUPPORT THE
COURT'S REGULATORY FUNCTIONS. THE SUPREME COURT MAY USE MANDATORY
ASSESSMENT MONIES ONLY FOR THE FOLLOWING REGULATORY FUNCTIONS FOR
ATTORNEYS WHO ARE UNDER THE ACTIVE SUPERVISION OF THE SUPREME COURT:

1. ADMITTING AN ATTORNEY TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW.
2. MAINTAINING ATTORNEY RECORDS.
3. ENFORCING THE ETHICAL RULES THAT GOVERN ATTORNEYS.
4. REGULATING ANY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION MANDATES FOR
ATTORNEYS.
5. MAINTAINING ATTORNEY TRUST ACCOUNT RECORDS.
6. PREVENTING THE UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW.
7. MAINTAINING A CLIENT PROTECTION FUND, A BOARD OF LEGAL
SPECIALIZATION AND THE APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATORSHIPS TO PROTECT CLIENT INTERESTS.

C. THE SUPREME COURT SHALL INCORPORATE ANY MANDATORY ASSESSMENT MONIES COLLECTED INTO ITS BUDGET.

D. AN ATTORNEY SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO BE A MEMBER OF ANY
ORGANIZATION TO BECOME OR REMAIN A LICENSED ATTORNEY IN THIS STATE.

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HB2295
AN ACT AMENDING TITLE 12, CHAPTER 1, ARTICLE 1, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 12-119.06; RELATING TO THE SUPREME COURT.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 12, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised
Statutes, is amended by adding section 12-119.06, to read:
12-119.06. Regulation of attorneys; mandatory assessments;
voluntary membership dues; uses; records;
definition

A. TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED BY THE ARIZONA CONSTITUTION, ALL
REGULATORY FUNCTIONS RELATING TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW, INCLUDING THE
REGULATION OF ATTORNEYS IN THIS STATE, ARE WITHIN THE AUTHORITY OF THE
SUPREME COURT.

B. THE SUPREME COURT MAY COLLECT A MANDATORY ASSESSMENT FROM EACH
ATTORNEY, AS A CONDITION OF PRACTICING LAW IN THIS STATE, TO SUPPORT THE
COURT'S REGULATORY FUNCTIONS. THE SUPREME COURT MAY USE MANDATORY
ASSESSMENT MONIES ONLY FOR THE FOLLOWING REGULATORY FUNCTIONS FOR
ATTORNEYS WHO ARE UNDER THE ACTIVE SUPERVISION OF THE SUPREME COURT:

1. ADMITTING AN ATTORNEY TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW.
2. MAINTAINING ATTORNEY RECORDS.
3. ENFORCING THE ETHICAL RULES THAT GOVERN ATTORNEYS.
4. REGULATING ANY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION MANDATES FOR
ATTORNEYS.
5. MAINTAINING ATTORNEY TRUST ACCOUNT RECORDS.
6. PREVENTING THE UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW.

C. THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA MAY ESTABLISH, COLLECT AND USE
VOLUNTARY MEMBERSHIP DUES FROM AN ATTORNEY FOR ANY LAWFUL ACTIVITY THAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN SUBSECTION B OF THIS SECTION.

D. THE COLLECTION OF MANDATORY ASSESSMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE FROM
THE COLLECTION OF ANY VOLUNTARY MEMBERSHIP DUES. THE SUPREME COURT SHALL INCORPORATE ANY MANDATORY ASSESSMENT MONIES COLLECTED INTO ITS BUDGET. ANY OTHER ENTITY IN THIS STATE MAY NOT COLLECT A MANDATORY ASSESSMENT FROM AN ATTORNEY.

E. IF THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA ACCEPTS ANY MANDATORY ASSESSMENT
MONIES COLLECTED BY THE SUPREME COURT TO CARRY OUT A REGULATORY FUNCTION LISTED IN SUBSECTION B OF THIS SECTION, THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA, ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31 OF EACH YEAR THAT MANDATORY ASSESSMENT MONIES ARE ACCEPTED, SHALL MAKE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC A LIST OF ALL OF THE
EXPENDITURES THAT WERE MADE WITH THE MANDATORY ASSESSMENT MONIES AND
PROVIDE FOR AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT OF THE EXPENDITURES TO ENSURE THAT ALL
EXPENDITURES WERE IN FURTHERANCE OF THE REGULATORY FUNCTIONS LISTED IN
SUBSECTION B OF THIS SECTION. ANY PERSON MAY REQUEST TO EXAMINE OR BE
FURNISHED COPIES, PRINTOUTS OR PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANY RECORD DURING REGULAR OFFICE HOURS OR MAY REQUEST THAT THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA MAIL TO THE PERSON A COPY OF ANY RECORD NOT OTHERWISE AVAILABLE ON THE STATE BAR'S WEBSITE. THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA MAY REQUIRE ANY PERSON REQUESTING A COPY OF ANY RECORD TO PAY IN ADVANCE FOR ANY COPYING AND POSTAGE CHARGES. THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA SHALL PROMPTLY FURNISH, AND MAY CHARGE A FEE FOR, THE COPIES, PRINTOUTS OR PHOTOGRAPHS. IF REQUESTED, THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA SHALL FURNISH AN INDEX OF RECORDS OR CATEGORIES OF RECORDS THAT HAVE BEEN WITHHELD AND THE REASONS THE RECORDS OR CATEGORIES OF RECORDS HAVE BEEN WITHHELD FROM THE REQUESTING PERSON. THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA MAY NOT INCLUDE IN THE INDEX INFORMATION THAT IS EXPRESSLY PRIVILEGED OR CONFIDENTIAL BY LAW. ANY PERSON WHO HAS REQUESTED TO EXAMINE OR COPY RECORDS PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION AND WHO HAS BEEN DENIED ACCESS TO OR THE RIGHT TO EXAMINE OR COPY SUCH RECORDS MAY APPEAL THE DENIAL THROUGH A SPECIAL ACTION IN THE SUPERIOR COURT PURSUANT TO THE RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR SPECIAL ACTIONS AGAINST A PUBLIC BODY. THE COURT MAY AWARD ATTORNEY FEES AND OTHER LEGAL COSTS THAT ARE REASONABLY INCURRED IN ANY ACTION UNDER THIS SUBSECTION IF THE PERSON SEEKING RECORDS SUBSTANTIALLY PREVAILS. THIS SUBSECTION DOES NOT LIMIT THE RIGHTS OF ANY PARTY TO RECOVER ATTORNEY FEES, EXPENSES AND DOUBLE DAMAGES PURSUANT TO SECTION 12-349. A PERSON WHO IS WRONGFULLY DENIED ACCESS TO RECORDS PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION HAS A CAUSE OF ACTION AGAINST THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA FOR ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE DENIAL.

F. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "RECORD" MEANS ANY RECORD OR OTHER MATTER IN THE CUSTODY OF THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA RELATED TO MANDATORY ASSESSMENT MONIES THAT ARE COLLECTED BY THE SUPREME COURT AND THAT ARE ACCEPTED BY THE STATE BAR OF ARIZONA.

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With your mandatory monies, the State Bar of Arizona will again employ lobbyists and deploy its well-paid executives to fiercely oppose this legislation. Last session, we made significant progress. But this is a long term battle against entrenched, vested interests.

We are ready to carry the fight with even more vigor this session. Join us!



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