Current Verbosity

Hirsch_Podium

Hirsch Monologue Ignores Facts

Glendale mayor Weiers opened the citizen comment portion (3:55 on video) of the June 23 Glendale (AZ) City Council meeting explaining the comment rules, including: Personal attacks against councilmembers, city staff, are just simply are not allowed. He continues: We will have a time limit tonight so it's three minutes per person, we have a timer up here, we have a lot of people here tonight... Gary Hirsch Uses The "H" Word Mr. Hirsch has run unsuccessfully for office in Glendale three times, the most recent loss was to Ian Hugh for a council seat. His monologue (begins at 22:29) starts off stating: "... a hockey enthusiast organization called Glendale First! is calling for the recall of four of our councilmembers." Both "facts" in that first sentence are incorrect. Glendale First! is an "Independent Expenditure" (IE) committee registered in the City of Glendale, as is Mr. Hirsch's own "Neighbors for a Better Glendale". An IE is constrained from doing anything with a … [Read More...]

Justin Harris

Sometimes You Just Have To Answer Back!

On June 23rd, 2015 at the Glendale City Council meeting Justin Harris, President Glendale Law Enforcement Association (GLEA) and Co-chair of Glendale Police Officers Association, stood up in the public comments section of the meeting to make comments about the Recall Committees for CMs Turner and Tolmachoff. (Click here for video) (Please note Harris is allowed by the mayor to speak until 34:00, two minutes and thirty two seconds more than the three minutes allowed during the public comments section of the meeting.) He said (paraphrased) that I, Bea Wyatt, Treasurer of Glendale First!,  a sponsoring committee to the two recall efforts,  was simply a hockey fan (outside interest) and … [Read More...]

Neato

Life With a Neato Botvac Robot Vacuum

We have a Neato robot vacuum (a BotVac 75 to be precise) named Hazel, and we love her. We live in an under 2000 square foot single story home in Arizona on a dirt road with complete xeriscape (no water) landscaping. We have five kids, four of which have moved out and rarely contribute to the dirt in the house. We have two large dogs that enjoy the freedom of a large back yard and a dog door to go in and out as they wish. If you have dogs, you know that's a lot of daily ins and outs. Both of them shed hair prodigiously. We leave the windows and patio doors open as much as possible, so we get an extra coating of dust from the yard when the wind picks up and the dirt road when somebody … [Read More...]

Fork In The Road

Trollfail – Part Three

In Part Two, we mentioned the Arizona Coyotes decided on January 8 they had enough of the Twitter haranguing from @AZSportsHub. I assume there were meetings and phone conversations before the following Tweet was published. FYI #Coyotes fans: There is absolutely no truth to anything @SportsHubAZ reports. But we found his source... pic.twitter.com/MkypqkcH7p — Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) January 8, 2015 The tweet is so clear that even Puck Daddy picked up on it (click here) with a "smackdown" post despite having also bitten on the Doaner trade story from @SportsHubAZ at least a little bit. You'd think that might be the end of this, certainly the end of @SportsHubAZ … [Read More...]

Michael Bailey
Glendale City Attorney

Temporary Truce for Glendale Boycott

Sometimes cooler heads should prevail and take a step back from an obvious action. The obvious, and completely legitimate, reaction to the ill-advised June 9 actions of the Glendale City Council is to boycott every merchant in Glendale to hit the sales tax revenue of the city. Maybe it's premature. Grounds For Divorce On June 9, the Glendale City Council had a hastily called emergency meeting to decide whether to void the city's arena management agreement with IceArizona. The grounds cited were the actions of two former city employees accepting work with the Coyotes after working on the negotiations and eventual final deal with the team. The two employees are former City Attorney … [Read More...]

Older Verbosity

Larry Feiner

Glendale City Council Recall Effort

Four sets of recall packets were retrieved from the Glendale City Clerk yesterday (June 15, 2015) afternoon by Glendale resident Larry Feiner. Mr. Feiner stood up at the June 10 City Council … [Read More...]