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My letter to Senator Flake on his compromise regarding Kavanaugh’s appointment: Sorry it doesn’t go far enough

Dear Senator Flake,

Thank you for your compromise regarding putting a hold on voting on Kavanaugh to allow for an FBI investigation. I was very disturbed when I heard the news that you would vote along party lines to confirm Kavanaugh. While I believe that his sexual assault of Ms. Ford (and lying about it) certainly disqualifies him as a Supreme Court judge, there are even more important reasons to reject the appointment.

One of the responsibilities of Congress is to act as checks and balances so no president has so much power that he is above the law. I follow the daily scandals and corruption in the Trump administration and it is appalling to me that President Trump has not been impeached. This alone has wrecked the integrity of the Republican party. But to push through a Supreme Court candidate while the president is under investigation for several crimes is clearly wrong. I don’t have to remind you that the Republican party denied President Obama his right to select a Supreme Court judge, and his choice was a good compromise (being much less extremely partisan than Kavanaugh).

In his law-review article, Kavanaugh proposed that “Congress might consider a law exempting a President—while in office—from criminal prosecution and investigation.”

The idea that a sitting president is above the law is against our Constitution and everything this country stands for. President Trump has done his best to dismantle the checks and balances by hindering the ability of the press to hold him accountable, so all we have to protect our democracy is Congress. Now this hyper-partisan Congress is trying to push through an ultra-conservative judge with values that most Americans don’t share.

During the trial, Kavanaugh demonstrated that he can’t be objective by blaming the Democrats and the Clinton’s for this “witch hunt.”

While I appreciate you compromising by giving the FBI time to investigate, I feel that you have not gone far enough. It appears that that investigation has been limited. Of course it is vitally important that we don’t have a Supreme Court justice that refuses to take responsibility for his past sexual predator actions. But even his feeling of victimization would negatively affect his decisions on cases with rape victims.

According to the research presented in the scholarly paper, Gendered Justice: Women in the Criminal Justice System by Stephanie S. Covington & Barbara E. Bloom. “ Of the women in state prisons in 1998, 28 percent had been incarcerated for a violent offense (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1999). Many of the violent crimes committed by women are against a spouse, ex-spouse, or partner, and the women committing such crimes are likely to report having been physically and/or sexually abused, often by the person they assaulted.” Often the women who kill their abusers (even in self defense) are sentenced by male judges who discriminate against them. You need to ask yourself if Kavanaugh could be objective in a case where a women kills her abuser. I believe he would not.

As a member of Congress, you have been given the sacred responsibility of upholding our Constitution and preserving our democracy. Please, vote no on Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court and use any influence you have to convince the other Republicans (who aren’t blinded by party loyalty) to do the same.

Sincerely,
Jana Segal

#stopKavanaugh

Please, send your thoughts to Senator Flake before the vote on Friday.

https://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff

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CALL TUESDAY for ACC Public Comment: TEP Energy Phase 2 Solar Rate Case on Net Metering

TEP Energy and UES Electric Phase 2 Solar Rate Cases are on the Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Arizona Corporation Commission agenda. This could mean the end of Solar Net Metering* in Southern AZ is imminent. That will make it less cost efficient to install rooftop solar. Please, consider calling in to make a public comment.

Dial-in Phone Number: 1-800-689-9374 (Passcode: 415962 for Public Comment)

*Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. Net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid.

OPEN MEETING OF THE ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 10:00 a.m.
1200 West Washington Street, First Floor Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phoenix residents, please, consider giving your public comment in person.

HEARING NOTE: Commissioners may attend the proceedings in person, or by telephone, video, or internet conferencing, and may use this open meeting to ask questions about the matters on the agenda. The Commissioners may move to executive session, which will not be open to the public, for the purpose of legal advice pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03(A).

Agendas are also available online at: http://azcc.gov/agendas

Dial-in Phone Number: 1-800-689-9374 (Passcode: 415962 for Public Comment (or 415960 to Listen Only).

For a live broadcast feed or archived videos: http://www.azcc.gov/livebroadcast

For agenda and other information:

download:https://azcc.gov/Divisions/Administration/Meetings/Agendas/2018/9-11-18.ROM.pdf

Tell the EPA don’t restrict the use of science

It is vitally important that the Environmental Protection Agency rely on the best possible science to ensure that we have clean air and clean water.   I believe that the EPA’s refusal to factor in the most recent science hurt our community’s efforts to fight TEP’s permit for the 10 RICE gas-fired engines.  And now the EPA is proposing a new rule that would further restrict the agency’s ability to rely on the best available science!

I recently received a response from the Pima Department of Environmental Quality regarding the public comments submitted on TEP’s permit to install the 10 RICE gas-fired engines in Tucson. I want to thank the members of Sustainable Tucson, the Sierra Club, and other community members who took the time to go on record regarding this important issue. While our letters didn’t result in PDEQ rejecting TEP’s permit, we did slow down the process. (It took five months for them to review the comments and approve it.) And they did revise a number of permit conditions including: annual monitoring and reporting to provide reasonable assurance of compliance with the carbon monoxide emission limits for the RICE, and a condition that they would decommission the old generators before the new engines are installed.

Summary of their decision.

Within 30 days after service of this notice announcing the final permit decision, any person who filed comments on the proposed permit for the TEP Irvington Generating Station or participated in any of the public hearings for the TEP Irvington Generating Station may petition EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) to review any condition of the final permit.

One of the problems our community faced in responding to how TEP’s permit complied with PDEQ’s code was the absence of carbon dioxide standards. That’s right! The code doesn’t include carbon dioxide standards because Scott Pruitt put a hold on the Clean Power Plan.  This is just one example of how vital it is for the EPA rely on the best available science when making decisions!

Now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule that would restrict the agency’s ability to rely on the best available science.  According tho the Union of Concerned Scientist, this is nothing more than an attempt to undermine the EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment. Our air, water, and health all rely on the EPA using the best available science in decision making.

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City Council, Stop allowing City Maintenance to Poison Tucson

It’s no secret my fondness for edible weeds or my complete disdain for Round Up. I hung a sign in the alleyway, “No Poison, Please. Edible Weeds Grow Here.” I’ve done my best to educate the poor, misguided landscapers and maintenance workers who spray Round Up on every little weed and even baby palm trees. (Won’t kill ’em anyway…) Sometimes I’m more successful than others. At a recent city council meeting, a woman took advantage of the public hearing period to urge the council to stop weeds from coming up this monsoon season by spraying pre-emergent herbicide all over town. Right then and there I decided to use my time to speak up about it. But Mayor Rothschild, in his great wisdom, had me speak on my other issue instead. That was just the nudge I needed to share my concerns with him and all the city council members in great detail… including links. lol

Feel free to write your Council Member too!

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Following the city’s example

Dear Mayor Jonathon Rothschild and Council Members:

I’ve been meaning to speak up at a city council meeting about the transportation department’s overuse of herbicides for some time. After my mom got a severe headache from breathing in the Round Up sprayed in a right of way on our street, I spoke to the landscaper about it. He replied, “The city sprays it everywhere, so can we.”

Since then I have been very aware of herbicides sprayed on city property. The other day I was stunned to see an entire lot covered with it. Recently I walked by the County Public Service Center building. In the catchment basins – that should be an example of the best water-harvesting practices – there were turquoise patches of weed killer. Right where the rainwater sinks in to restore our aquifer! I brought this up to t
Department of Environmental Quality just to be told that was the work of the city maintenance department.

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Good News at the End of Legislative Session!

Environmental Day at the AZ State Capital

I guess we all can use some good news…

First, I want to thank all of you who signed or shared Sustainable Tucson’s letter to TEP asking the company to transition faster to clean energy and not install the 10 RICE gas-fired engines. Barbara L. Sherry and Billy Kovacs US Democratic Congressional Candidates AZ 02 came through for us!

The Arizona state legislative session has ended and we have some good reasons to celebrate! Our advocacy paid off with several of the bills that we opposed not passing! Yay!

Advocates! We saved a seat for you!

Partner in advocacy Sandy Bahr shared the Sierra Club’s legislative report:

On the good news front, the Arizona Legislature did not refer HCR2017 Now: renewable energy standards; corporation commission. This proposed legislative referral intended to confuse voters and compete with and block the citizen initiative, Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona, which seeks to increase our renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2030.

None of the remaining bad water bills advanced this session! Thanks to everyone who helped keep up the pressure and make it known that backsliding is not acceptable when it comes to water adequacy and protection of the San Pedro River.

HB2512 water program amendments (Bowers) is a water omnibus bill that contains a number of provisions, but the most harmful aspect would weaken adequacy requirements for areas such as Cochise County and could cause further harm to the San Pedro River. This bill died in the Senate as it did not go to Committee of the Whole.

HB2553 adequate water supply; county review (Bowers) is a stand-alone bill for weakening the adequacy requirements for areas such as Cochise County and further threatening the San Pedro River. This also died due to lack of action in the Senate COW.

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Protect Archaeological Discoveries – Ask Governor to Veto HB2498

Archaeological finds played a big part in Tucson’s designation as a City of Gastronomy – which has increased tourism. Now new discoveries are in jeopardy!

According to the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club’s legislative update:

HB2498 historic preservation; rangeland improvements; requirements passed out of the Arizona House 31-28-1. It weakens protections for cultural resources by allowing those with minimal training to provide the required review. Representative Cook’s comments to muscle this through at the end were pretty offensive. He basically said Arizona was focusing too much on the tribal history. This bill should be on the Governor’s veto list!

I personalized the Sierra Club’s message to Governor Ducey by adding a paragraph of my own (in bold below). You can submit your own message to :

https://azgovernor.gov/engage/form/contact-governor-ducey

Or e-mail it: engage@az.gov

Please veto HB2498 (historic preservation; rangeland improvements; requirements).

Dear Governor Ducey,

One of the biggest booms to Tucson’s economy has been the increased tourism created by its designation as a City of Gastronomy. Tucson is the first place in the United States to be honored with the City of Gastronomy designation. One of the reasons is because Tucson is the longest continually cultivated location in the United States (4,100 confirmed years of agriculture here in the Tucson basin.) How do we know that? Because of the archaeological finds near the Santa Cruz. Tucson has profited greatly from those and other archaeological finds. We can’t leave future discoveries in the hands of amateurs.

HB2498 is opposed by many tribal nations and archaeologists throughout Arizona. The bill requires a so-called streamlined cultural resource protection report relative to ”rangeland improvement projects,” which could include roads, fences, and more. This bill allows people with little experience or training to provide these reports, putting at risk cultural resources.

HB2498 limits the State Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPO) ability to protect cultural resources relative to activities that are defined as rangeland improvements and could mean Arizona is not in compliance with §106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

It is not always easy to recognize important historic and cultural sites, which is why there should be someone who is well-trained to do so performing the work and issuing the reports.

Thank you for considering my comments,
(Your name and location here)

You can also try calling:

Phone‎: ‎602.542.4331
Fax‎: ‎602-542-1381

For fun and inspiration, read more:

6 Things Archaeologists Discovered In Arizona That May Surprise You