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.

SPA 419 Snippets yeismo and full audio

 

 

last one from Friday is below

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.

Soundbite_1

Stephen Viramontes, the Arizona Field Director for the Libre Initiative, says Republicans are fucked if they don’t give Hispanics “liberty”(amnesty).

It turns out Stephen Viramontes, the Arizona Director of the Libre Initiative, supposedly a non-profit, non-partisan organization, isn’t so non-partisan. At an informal meeting hosted by the ASU Chapter of Students for Liberty on Tuesday November 18th, 2014, Stephen said “I’m gonna help Hispanics ignore Republicans and get back to the main issues of values and principles. Republicans just simply don’t care at this moment to reach out to Hispanics and be able to help.”

“if I was gonna do something with this[politics]…  I’m gonna help Hispanics ignore Republicans and get back to the main issues of values and principles. Republicans just simply don’t care at this moment to reach out to Hispanics and be able to help. You know they’ll parachute in during elections and go and do their thing, and they’re just trying to buy votes, but for long term effects demographically speaking if they don’t getting to subscribe to the principles of liberty…then we’re fucked…because of the demographic trends. There are just too many Hispanics….it’s going the way of California.”

Three days later Viramontes appeared on ABC 15 saying Obama’s proposed executive amnesty reform isn’t comprehensive enough.

http://www.abc15.com/the-now/local-group-questions-presidents-reform-decision

 

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”.