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  The lawsuit was withdrawn.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.”