FUSD Sends Letter To Parents Saying Students Have A “Constitutional Right” To Protest During School Hours

In response to anti gun protests by Women’s March organizers, the Flagstaff Unified School District sent a letter to parents this week saying students have a “Constitutional Right” to protest during class. The district also says they oppose arming teachers and administrators and support “reasonable restrictions on access to weapons”. The full letter can be found here: FUSD School Safety Statement

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Above is the letter from FUSD to parents and teachers.

Below is the March 14th Woman’s March event details from their official facebook page. This walkout is supposed to happen at 10am during class (third period). FUSD says students have a “Constitutional right” to protest during school hours.

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The New Flagstaff Episode 2 – The Affordables Paradox

“Setting a goal to help people in need is great, but if your plan is flawed and resources are limited, how many people will you actually help? Is the current City Council of Flagstaff too ideological to actually help people, or is accomplishing a goal “on paper” by any means necessary more important?”

Flagstaff Parking Meter Boycott Gains Traction

Flagstaff’s new parking meters, scheduled to activate in the downtown area on August 1st, are facing renewed opposition from locals who are calling for a boycott of the kiosks. Boycott literature appearing on cars parked around town this week expresses concerns about employees, residents and small businesses who will be unjustly impacted by the new pay to park system.

Comments on the Park Flag facebook page are calling this new system “double taxation” since Flagstaff residents already pay for local roads through several City taxes, including a special sales tax approved by voters a few years ago.

A PDF of the boycott literature can be viewed here: Boycott PDF

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Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans: “I Am Disappointed Right Now In Our Community”

At the July 7th, Special Flagstaff City Council Meeting, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans told the crowd that she was “disappointed right now in our community” because the community showed up to oppose development of City owned affordable housing on the iconic Schultz Meadow. You can watch the entire statement here:

OPINION: Please Stop! An Open Letter To Council

Mayor Evans and Council Members,

It is with a heavy heart I find myself “penning” this letter to you this morning. I hate to gripe. I hate to complain. In fact, before the recent election, I never really did. It creates stress, can lead to premature aging, and can cause a whole host of health problems. However, the propositions and decisions made by yourselves are causing much stress to not only myself, but many, many other citizens in our city.

Last night’s council meeting was just the latest in a long line of utter mockery of our town. Allowing sign to be placed anywhere and everywhere? City ID cards? Smoking bans? Good grief! This mayor and council are passing laws left and right with absolutely no regard for what is good, or right, for our city!

First… the sign code. I know last year, the Supreme Court ruled that it was all or nothing in regards to placing signs in public right of way around cities. The previous mayor and council voted to have nothing, which helps keep our city looking clean and inviting. Why you all chose to reverse that and allow everything, effectively opening the flood gates for posting signs anywhere on public property and creating eye sores and an outright danger to drivers, is beyond me!

Second… City ID cards. I’m sorry, but pushing these to allow ILLEGAL immigrants to “come out of the shadows” is positively ludicrous. Illegal is illegal. Period. If i break the law, I get punished. I know there are those in City Hall who think laws are merely suggestions, but I digress. LEGAL citizens of the United States have drivers licenses, which are more than sufficient to pick up packages at the post office or open bank accounts. A city ID card? Really? Why not order serial numbers tattooed on everyone’s forearms, issue armbands, and pass out bread coupons? Yes, I went there, because THAT is how this mayor and council’s thinking is progressing.

Third… the smoking ban. Let me begin by saying that I find tobacco use utterly repulsive. Never have I tried ANY of it, nor will I . Banning smoking in public parks is a great move, and for that I applaud you! However, the notion that smokeless tobacco should be banned, as well at Eva Putzova’s idea that smoking in private residences (homes) should be banned are hogwash. First, who all does smokeless tobacco harm? The user and the person who happens to be kissing them. That’s about it. Why should this even be a concern to the average person? It’s not harming anyone else, so just leave it alone. Second, Eva Putzova’s notion that the council can dictate what people do in their private homes is nothing short of Nazi. Under NO circumstances can the city tell me, or any homeowner, what they can or cannot do inside their homes. Period. The fact that she even thought this was ok is very, VERY scary. She needs to be impeached for not only this, but attacking speakers for using the word “illegal”. Unprofessional, unethical, and an abomination and embarrassment to the City of Flagstaff.

The behaviors of our elected leaders are making Flagstaff the laughing stock of Arizona. It seems to me, and countless others, you all have forgotten that you are REPRESENTATIVES and not LEADERS. You were put in your respective offices by the People to do the will of the People and NOT whatever you want. With that said, I’m asking… begging you to please, PLEASE STOP! Our city is suffering greatly already, and your actions are only causing more.

Thank you for your time.

Brian

Flagstaff Groups Propose Sales Tax Hike

Flagstaff’s seemingly endless appetite for new and higher taxes has a new contender slated for the November 7, 2018 ballot. This most recent tax proposal is a 1/8 cent sales tax hike on purchases in the City, with revenue going to fund community parks and sports facilities as well as acquire open space within the City limits. If approved by voters, Flagstaff’s sales tax rate will jump to around 9% (higher if BBB tax applies) in January 2019.

Citizens and local groups are beginning to line up behind this proposed tax with votes of support by the City’s Open Spaces and Sustainability commissions coming up in the next few weeks. Supporters of the tax hike say that if it is approved by voters it will help protect water quality, forests and provide alternatives to gangs and drugs for teens.

76% of Flagstaff voters Support A Special Election To Amend Wage Hike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elevate Flagstaff
Email: info@elevateflagstaff.com

76% of Flagstaff voters support a Special Election to amend wage hike

Today Elevate Flagstaff, the campaign leading the effort to amend Prop 414 released a poll showing overwhelming support for a special election. This poll comes after they turned in nearly 9,000 signatures from Flagstaff voters in favor of the Sustainable Wages Act.

The poll also confirms that Flagstaff residents continue to hear about the negative consequences of Prop 414 and 73% believe the City Council should grant a special election in May to amend it.

The poll also found that even though 50% initially voted in favor of Prop 414, only 18% believe it has had a positive impact on our local economy while 47% see a negative impact.

Debra Maya from Elevate Flagstaff states, “It’s not surprising to see undeniable support from Flagstaff voters who want to amend Prop 414 before it harms our local economy. The negative unintended consequences have been brutally hard on small businesses, low wage workers and those caring for our developmentally disabled. We cannot ignore the nearly 9,000 residents who want to amend Prop 414 with the Sustainable Wages Act, and I urge City Council to take action and allow the Special Election in May before it further harms our community.”

For complete poll results click here.

This poll was commissioned by Elevate Flagstaff and performed by Data Orbital, LLC. It was conducted telephonically January 29-30, 2017 with 350 respondents. The margin of error is 5.19%.