By Elisha Dorfsmith
The Progressive Democrats of Northern Arizona were furious when Bush signed the Patriot Act so I decided to check their facebook page to see what they were saying about Obama signing the NDAA. Surprise surprise, not a word about it. They’re too busy attacking Ron Paul to care about Obama behaving like Bush on steroids.
I’d bring up the issue on their facebook page but they banned and blocked me a while ago for pointing out their hypocrisy.
Over the past few weeks I’ve seen PDNA members driving around town proudly displaying Obama 2012 stickers on their cars. Partisan politics is their only game.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
As 2011 comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment and thank everyone who has worked with us to promote freedom and liberty in Flagstaff over the past year. With your help and dedication we have accomplished more than I ever thought possible. Thank you all for your hard work!
Flagstaff Liberty Alliance had big plans for 2011 and with your help we made a lot of progress. We will continue working on these goals as we start a new year.
Big things in store for 2012:
Next year promises to be even more eventful and exciting! 2012 will be the year we officially launch Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and start holding meetings on a regular basis. I’ll be posting more about this soon.
For quite some time we have been working to form alliances and build lists of liberty activists in Northern Arizona. Our goal is to be able to mobilize people at a moments notice to defend liberty at city council, school board, county and other local government meetings. We had a huge group show up for our county tax hike protest in July and we plan on doing much more of that in the coming year. Our freedom is being attacked from every angle and we need to stand together and say enough is enough.
Flagstaff Liberty Alliance does not officially endorse candidates (although I have personally endorsed candidates in this blog). We do encourage you to find a liberty candidate or proposition to get behind and volunteer in any way you can to help freedom win in the upcoming elections.
Food freedom is an important issue that we care very much about. In 2012 we’d like to brainstorm ideas for some type of food freedom ordinance. Perhaps something modeled after the Maine ordinances.
As always, your suggestions and ideas are greatly appreciated. If you have not done so already, please consider subscribing to this blog for updates. Together we can make a huge difference.
Flagstaff Liberty Activists.
By Elisha Dorfsmith
The Flagstaff City Council unanimously decided to move forward with a proposed property maintenance ordinance at tonight’s city council meeting. The PMO is the pet project of councilwoman Coral Evans who said she hopes to see the property maintenance ordinance completed and ready in 6 months or at least by the end of 2012.
Zoning Code Administrator Roger Eastman started the PMO discussion by referencing the International Property Maintenance Code. He explained that last time they looked into a PMO the council said that they wanted to stay out of building interiors. He said the city would like to see the PMO include existing rules and codes and also cover things like roof repair, graffiti, overgrown vegetation, peeling paint and fence repair. Rules for animal keeping should also be part of the ordinance.
Mr. Eastman suggested that the City may want to offer money or loans to people who cannot afford to comply with the PMO. Money to help homeowners fix their roofs, fences, etc. He didn’t say where the money would come from.
Councilman Al White said he was concerned that the PMO could outlaw home gardens. That seemed to be his only concern and he went on to say that they need to include very stiff fines for violators in the PMO. Later in the evening he suggested that fines from violators could help fund enforcement.
Councilman Art Babbott admitted that the PMO will probably go above and beyond health and safety and he said the council will have to decide just how far they want to go with it. Mr. Eastman said that they should come up with specifics. For example, they could include a rule that says if vegetation goes over a certain height it would be a violation.
Councilwoman Evans said that they need a PMO for trees that are a fire hazard. She talked about a house in Southside that had trees falling over in a neighbor’s yard. She said that people also need a PMO to maintain their property values.
At the end of the meeting, Mayor Sara Presler said that she is pleased to see everybody (council and staff) rowing in the same direction toward a PMO. Even Councilman Scott Overton who had previously had reservations about a PMO said that he was on board and ready to push ahead.
As you may know, I have been opposed to a PMO from the start and I will continue to fight this every step of the way. There are already tons of laws on the books that protect people from health and safety hazards. There are already laws on the books that say our yard cannot be a fire hazard to our neighbor’s house. The city does NOT need to start micromanaging our property to the extent that if we have some flaking paint we face huge fines. If people want to deal with those kinds of rules they can do so voluntarily by moving into an area with an HOA.
If you have concerns about the upcoming PMO, please contact the Flagstaff City Council and let them know what you think. You can find their contact info HERE.
Height restrictions for vegetation could make sunflowers, corn and other tall plants illegal in the City of Flagstaff if a PMO is approved.