Out Of State Donation Bins Take Money From Flagstaff Nonprofits

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Donation bins claiming to support a variety of causes including the Childhood Disease Research Foundation are springing up around Flagstaff and local nonprofits are not happy. The sketchy organizations are putting their receptacles on private property, often without permission, and thrift stores around Flagstaff are claiming that these bins are causing a deep reduction in the number of donations they receive.

A while back the Newport Beach Patch did a story on these bins and according to their research only 10% of the proceeds go to charity, and that charity is possibly a Canadian for profit company. Much more on that can be found here:

http://patch.com/california/newportbeach/mysterious-donation-bins-raise-questions_65a29ff7

If you care about keeping revenue made from your donations in the community to help your friends and neighbors, it is very important to know who you are donating to. A little research before you give goes a long way.

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A donation bin for the Childhood Disease Research Foundation at the Flagstaff Mall near the East Side Goodwill.

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Effort To Repeal Flagstaff’s Party Ordinance Underway

Yesterday paperwork was filed by local resident John Bower to try to repeal Flagstaff’s recently approved party ordinance through a referendum. Critics of the ordinance call it overreaching and excessive and say it is an unnecessary law aimed at raising revenue for the Flagstaff Police Department.

A post on Change.org from the organizers of the referendum effort says:

“Jun 12, 2015 — I would like to proudly announce the formation of The Nuisance Party for the Repeal of Flagstaff Ordinance 2015-08!

Myself, Chairman, and Ben Alfich, Treasurer, are looking for volunteers to begin circulating a physical petition around the city limits of Flagstaff.

WE HAVE UNTIL THURSDAY AT 5PM TO GATHER 1691 SIGNATURES.

If you or anyone you know would like to lend a hand mobilizing and getting this petition around to as many residents of the City of Flagstaff as possible, send me an email at bohnjower@gmail.com

Stay tuned for Facebook events and other updates. Thank you all for getting us this far. Our efforts and concern will not be ignored!”

https://www.change.org/p/flagstaff-city-council-repeal-ordinance-no-2015-08/u/11078947

New Pushback Against Flagstaff’s Unlawful Assembly Ordinance

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Turns out Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and Councilman Jeff Oravits are not the only ones concerned about the City of Flagstaff’s recently passed “Unlawful Assembly” Ordinance. Students at NAU have started circulating a “Move On” petition calling for the repeal of Ordinance No.2015-08. In the petition they say:

“Ladies and gentlemen, this ordinance cannot stand.

For one, this ordinance was passed May 20th, after most students had departed the city for Summer vacation, which in itself shows the intent of the Flagstaff City Council to pass this ordinance as a sly way of cultivating more income through broad policy making.

Second, this ordinance would endanger the “peace and tranquility” of families and group living situations of 5 or more, including generational homes, which leaves room for harassment and discrimination against the underprivileged who may not have the funds necessary to “spread out”.

Finally, this ordinance effectively violates students and citizens’ 1st Amendment Right to Assemble by punishing them for gathering for or even being in proximity to a “nuisance party” to which a police officer(s) respond.

The Flagstaff City Council is victimizing and threatening citizens and students in an unconstitutional, but highly profitable, manner. We have already failed at allowing this ordinance to pass. We can correct our mistake by petitioning the Flagstaff City Council in order to counteract the gross discrimination against students and families, and the violation of a right guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”

You can read the entire petition HERE. As of this post it has 481 signatures.

Book Review: Rooted In Design by Tara Heibel & Tassy deGive

The giant moss covered picture thingy on the wall is what grabbed my attention when I first saw the cover of Rooted In Design by Tara Heibel & Tassy DeGive. This guide to indoor planting promised to be very unique and creative and I was hoping to find some unusual ideas to possibly try out.

A quick glance through was a little underwhelming as a lot of typical potted plant ideas and unappealing suggestions (indoor climbing vines) were explored. But on closer observation, this book has some real hidden gems.

Recycled art like electric meter planters make for clever conversation pieces and are a fascinating way to grow plants indoors. Aquatic terrariums offer the opportunity to try your hand at plants that you wouldn’t ordinarily grow. Grouped terrariums can provide a cool science lab atmosphere.

Overall, this book has some decent suggestions for the indoor plant enthusiast but it fails to live up to its full potential. If you happen to find this for a discounted price it is worth picking up but otherwise, there are better books out there on the topic to spend your hard earned money on.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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