Light Rail Usage in Phoenix-Prop 105

I’ve gotten a little frustrated about the frivolous arguments regarding the light rail in Phoenix, so here is some data about the light rail usage, comparison to other metro areas, and car purchase data.

As you can see Phoenix has the largest land area of any of the top 10 largest metro areas, and also has the lowest population density.

Total light rail boardings in 2014 were 14,286,093. Total boardings in 2018 were 16,511,814, which is an increase of 2,225,721. During this same time period 280,000 people moved into Maricopa County, and the average household owns 1.5 cars, so that means 420,000 cars on the roads.

Here we see that on average, roughly 5% of households do not own a vehicle.

Conclusion: Since Maricopa County consists of 9200 square miles it’s not feasible to spend 40% of the budget on a light rail that will take 40 years to reach the growing suburbs of the metro area. We have seen rapid growth in areas like Queen Creek and Goodyear which never benefit from the light rail. Although we have seen an increase in annual number of boardings, when compared to the number of times you get in your car each year(420,000 new cars from 2014-2018 x 3 times getting in car each day = 1,260,000 new “car” boardings), this number becomes trivial. Our population density is 4 times smaller than that of Los Angeles County. Thus the light rail is inefficient, irrelevant and a giant waste of money.

Mexican Government to Illegal Aliens: Prepare your documents and don’t lower your guard

On Saturday February 21st, 2015, a community forum was held at Alhambra High School in Phoenix, Arizona for undocumented immigrants to organize and learn about DACA and DAPA. A few of the organizations present were Fuente, CASE, the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition. The speakers explained how President Obama would attempt an emergency appeal to reverse the Texas court’s decision from last week, and that Monday would be when they would appeal. If not, then the appeal process would be another 6 to 8 months.

Felix, with the Mexican Consulate, spoke about the fact that the consulate can now provide birth certificates at the consulate without having to go to Mexico. He told the audience to prepare their documents for their DACA or DAPA application and to not lower their guard.

Towards the end their was a ra ra ra speech and they chanted “si se puede”.

I’ve attached some photos and sound bites of the meeting. Roughly 100 individuals attended.

Glocked and loaded

Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun

 

Paul M. Barrett

 

2012

 

This novel summarizes the entrance of the Glock into the realm of manufactured firearms in the late 20th century. It delves into the beginnings of Glock and the owner Gaston Glock, who in 1980 was a manager at a radiator factory in Austria, and relates how he gained a contract with the Austrian government to manufacture a pistol.

 

Much of the book enumerates the legal struggles inherent with the gun industry in the 1990s, as well as the accompanying press and publicity that Glock successfully used to its advantage.

 

Throughout this novel you’ll find the fascinating history of Karl Walter, who was one of the first employees of Glock, and who single-handedly marketed the Glock to law enforcement officials in the United States.

 

The gun industry has gone through many shifts since the 1980s, both in the law enforcement industry and in the public sector. This book provides yet another morsel of information regarding the rise of one America’s most popular pistols, and illustrates how the Glock’s popularity is deeply intertwined with America’s gun culture, laws, and politics.

 

I recommend this book for both gun enthusiasts and the average citizen, because it describes the influence of the media on commercial enterprise. However, it’s especially interesting to see the intersection of politics and guns, an issue that seems to always be at the forefront of our minds in the 21st century, when much of the current presidential administration seems to be vociferously engaged in a battle to strengthen gun control laws.

Best,

Ryan Hartwig

 

 

Questions to consider while reading this novel

 

 

Who was a radiator factory manager in 1980 in Austra whose side job was manufacturing curtain rods?

 

 

How old was _________ when he submitted his first patent for firearm design?

 

 

Who did _________ hire to market his gun in the United States?

 

 

What strategies did Glock use to influence the market in the United States?

 

 

Do the names of Glock models correspond to the magazine capacity of their clips?

 

 

Where did ______________ test his first prototypes of the Glock 17?

 

 

Which police department first transitioned to the Glock 17 semiautomatic pistol?

 

 

What was the criteria used by the Austrian government to choose a new pistol for its military?

 

 

Which police force in the U.S. received Glocks in 1989 and then had them replaced in 1994 for new ones at no additional charge?

 

 

What aspect of the Glock 17, never before seen in a pistol, sparked a wave of negative publicity in the late 80s?

 

 

What did early tests by the FBI tell about the Glock 17?

 

 

What are some obvious disadvantages of the Glock 17? Advantages?

 

 

Which Austrian was conscripted into the German military(Wehrmacht) as a teenager during WWII?

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0307719936

un té de limonada

Recientemente fui a una carnicería en Phoenix donde conozco el carnicero. Entré y él me dijo “¿¡que! me vas a disparar!?”

Entonces  yo le dije “No, porque no soy narco”. 

  El me dijo “bueno, entonces cómprame un té de limonada”. 

When Windows Wear

 

When was the last time you cleaned your window? If you’ve noticed how clean your window is, you’ve probably noticed the other details around the glass itself: the frame, the curtains, and the sill. However, no matter how many details you add to a window, its form and function remains the same. Its function is to keep the weather outside, and its form consists of the extraneous details, such as the curtains. The window more fully performs its function by being installed correctly. However, in this article I’d like to discuss types of windows, window problems, and common materials used to install windows.

 There are at least seven types of windows, although there are a plethora of variations depending on the region, the climate, and the homebuilder’s aesthetics and personal taste. A double-hung window consists of two rectangular pieces of glass placed in vertical fashion one on top of the other. The inferior portion of glass slides upward in order to open the window. A casement type window is hinged on the left side and swings outward. Windows known as sliding windows do just that: slide, but in a left-to-right motion, and the frames overlap when the window is open. Skylights may not seem to be a type of window, but for the purposes of classification it is easier to group them together with windows as they allow for sunlight to enter the home as do windows. Another variation of window is the awning, not to be confused with the awning or tarp of a building. The awning window opens from the bottom and swings outward, the hinges or point of rotation being at the top of the window. A bay window consists of three separate frames placed horizontally next to each other, with one window in the middle, and two windows on either side, the two side windows angled at 15 degrees to form a concave appearance, protruding outward from the vertical plane of the house wall. A bow window is identical to the bay window in all regards except that it consists of five windows instead of three.

Depending on the climate, your window problems may vary, but could include failed glazing, cracked glass, damaged screening, broken metal sash, deteriorated brickmold, failed wood sash, and deteriorated window sill.

Installing a window requires specialized material. A few key materials include exterior wood filler, glazing compound and siliconized acrylic caulk, in addition to wood glue, glazier’s points, and roll-type window glazing.

Before closing, I’d like to mention that the window is a three-part system that adds light and ventilation to your home.

In review, we’ve covered seven types of windows, some common window installation materials, along with some common window problems.

 

Yours truly,

 

Ryan Hartwig

www.ryanhartwig.org

MultiConsult LLC

 

Sources for this article include the book titled Exterior Home Repairs published by the Handyman Club of America

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