Flagstaff Tea Party Circulates Petition Against Civil Rights Ordinance

By Flagstaff Independent Press Staff

The Flagstaff Tea Party has launched a petition campaign against a proposed Civil Rights Ordinance for the City of Flagstaff.  The ordinance is scheduled to be voted on by the Flagstaff City Council on February 19th.

Tonight, Rich Mihalik, President of the Flagstaff Tea Party sent out the following email to the Flagstaff Tea Party mailing list urging members to sign a petition against the ordinance. The email reads:

“Special rights for homosexuals is back up for vote February 19th at 6:00pm at City Hall. 

Even though absolutely no evidence has been presented that in a town of over 60,000 people there is harm being done that needs a law.

It comes down to forcing businesses and residents in Flagstaff to accept the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bisexual lifestyle.  They will be given special rights according to their chosen sexual behavior.

If you disagree with this ordinance, please sign this petition!

Don’t Force Flagstaff

Sign the petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dontforceflagstaff/

Forward this to your contacts who agree we do not need or want this ordinance.

Rich Mihalik

President of the Flagstaff Tea party-ROCN”

The surprisingly insensitive comment saying “…according to their chosen sexual behavior.” Is sure to cause more fireworks in what has proven to be a very emotional issue.

The text of the petition is below:

“City of Flagstaff Council, 

The City of Flagstaff is once again considering giving special rights to homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people in Flagstaff, AZ. 

This ordinance is solely to force Flagstaff businesses and residents to accept the GLTB lifestyle and practices. 

No evidence has been offered up that would warrant the creation of a law to protect against something in which no harm has been shown.

In a town of over 65,000 residents there has not been any significant evidence provided that we need to provide special protections for homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people. 

 
It can only be assumed therefore. this is being done to force businesses and residents to accept the GLTB lifestyles and actions.

We therefore request that you do your duty to represent ALL members of Flagstaff by NOT creating an ordinance to force us to accept their lifestyle. You hold your position to manage our resources for those areas in which we all need and would benefit from, such as public safety and public infrastructure.  You are not there to mold social agendas and doing so is an abuse of your power.”

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City Of Flagstaff To Continue Funding Non-Profits At Current Levels

By Elisha Dorfsmith

With Council Member Mark Woodson absent from Monday’s special budget retreat, the majority of the Flagstaff Council directed staff to continue funding most City funded charities at the current level.

The decision came after nearly five hours of presentations from local non-profits and public comment. As Council discussed how to move forward, the argument was made by several members that all of the non-profits provide “essential services” to the community.

“Even Sister Cities?” Asked Council Member Jeff Oravits, reminding Council that a representative from Sister Cities gave a presentation earlier in the evening saying the City donates money to a local organization that no longer exists.

All members of the Council admitted that sending money to a defunct organization was not wise and agreed to cut those funds. The majority of Council also agreed to cut city funding for grad night and the Route 66 car show.

During the evening, Council Member Coral Evans had to recuse herself twice due to a conflict of interest with United Way and the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

The Arizona Daily Sun recently reported that Vice Mayor Coral Evans receives $40,000 as executive director of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association. A portion of that money comes from the general fund of United Way. The City of Flagstaff currently donates about $300,000 to the general fund of United Way.

Interestingly, Evans was in the end allowed to direct staff to continue funding non-profits at their current level…including United Way and the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.

During the meeting, United Way and other non-profit organizations argued that charity is the wrong word to use when referring to their groups and that essential services are not charity. Mayor Nabours explained that every organization there was organized as a 501C3 charity and as charities they should not shy away from the term.

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Flag Council To Discuss Non-Profit Funding Monday

By Flagstaff Independent Press Staff

The Flagstaff City Council will be holding a special budget retreat on Monday, February 4th to discuss the $1,000,000 plus dollars the City donates each year to local charities. This meeting will be held at City Hall in the Council Chambers starting at 4:00 pm. Presentations from various local charities will kick the meeting off. Public participation will begin around 6:00 pm.

Conflict Of Interest

The Arizona Daily Sun recently reported that Vice Mayor Coral Evans receives $40,000 as executive director of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association. A portion of that money comes from the general fund of United Way. The City of Flagstaff currently donates about $300,000 to the general fund of United Way. To avoid the appearance of a further conflict, Vice Mayor Evans may have to recuse herself from Monday’s meeting.

Non-profits Sound The Alarm

Fearing that tax funding may be reduced or pulled, local charities sounded the alarm this week telling employees to contact their friends, family and neighbors and ask them to show up and speak in support of City funding at Monday’s meeting.

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