Executives say the company has been squeezed to the breaking point by tight credit conditions, aggressive competitors and by increasingly cost-conscious consumers who are buying beans and pasta instead of steak.
So did you hear the one about American Traffic Solutions “generously” donating 63 backpacks filled with school supplies to a local charity?
Taking a page out of the tobacco industry’s playbook, ATS appears to be desperately trying to change the public perception of their company’s dangerous and unpopular product: automated ticketing.
The “donation,” which we optimistically value to be worth about $2000 (at $31 a bag), is an amazing accomplishment considering the $50 million dollars Goldman Sachs pumped into the firm last fall (after being bailed out by the taxpayers).
Preliminary figures show June occupancy was about 45 percent, nearly 10 percentage points, or 17 percent, below June 2008, when occupancy was already hurting. Most are calling it an industry depression, rather than recession.
A friend called me last night to tell me about a publiction on the front page of The Foothills Focus. It's a tale of our time in a poem. The Foothills focus is a north valley community news paper serving Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Desert Hills, Cave Creek, New River, North Phoenix, North Scottsdale, and Tramonto.
A Mesa detective who shot and killed a 15-year-old girl at the end of a
car chase on May 28, fired his weapon to protect his partner, according
to a police report. The car had heavily tinted windows and Detective Nathan Schlitz fired five to six rounds through the driver's side window.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety office that processes permit applications for licenses to carry a concealed weapon has already cut its staff in half in an attempt to comply with directives to save money during the tax revenue downturn. Now, the potential shutdown of the state government threatens to shutter the office all together. Let's get an insider's point of view.
Without a budget, it is unclear which government functions could continue. Arizona has never shut down for the lack of a budget, leaving state officials without a clear sense of how to proceed if lawmakers do not reach a deal...
From TheNewspaper.com: A group campaigning to eliminate photo enforcement in Arizona has forced Paradise Valley to admit that it has been shortchanging drivers. A volunteer with the group Camerafraud discovered the city used illegally short yellows at the intersection of Tatum Boulevard and McDonald Drive. The motorist was mailed a red light camera ticket for allegedly entering the intersection just 0.2 seconds after the light had turned red.
“I was nailed with a ticket at an intersection that left me very perplexed because I didn’t think I was going to get a ticket,” David K. wrote on June 16. “I thought I was close enough to the intersection to pass the limit line before the light turned red. Well, I thought wrong because the duration for the yellow light on a 40 MPH speed limit road was only three seconds…”
…Altogether, 1063 motorists issued red light camera tickets between May 6 and June 16 will receive refunds if paid or have their citations canceled. Most have not p
Thayer Verschoor, R-(eally?) Gilbert was the lone wolf in attempting to reverse a proposed ban on automated ticketing that has been working its way through the State Senate.
Verschoor should know better than any legislator how unpopular photo enforcement is with constituents: his hometown of Gilbert is the only major city in the East Valley to not use the revenue-enhancing systems on their streets and roadways.
So why did he do it? We have no idea, but you’re welcome to contact his office and ask. Post the response you get, if any, in the comments section below.
Phone: (602) 926-4136
Fax: (602) 417-3220
Right on the heels of a successful state-by-state nullification of
the 2005 Real ID act, the State of Arizona is out in the forefront of a
growing resistance to proposed federal health care legislation.
This past Monday, the Arizona State Senate voted 18-11 to concur
with the House and approve the Health Care Freedom Act (HCR2014). This
will put a proposal on the 2010 ballot which would constitutionally
override any law, rule or regulation that requires individuals or
employers to participate in any particular health care system.
final vote 219 to 212. What
a difference a few votes can make.
Arizona Democrats Ed Pastor, Raul Grijalva, and Gabrielle Giffords voted for
Cap and Trade. Democrats Ann Kirkpatrick and Harry Mitchell , Republicans Trent
Franks and John Shad
Landmarc and other hard-money lenders offer loans secured by real estate for higher-than-average interest rates. About 70 percent of Landmarc's loans are secured by small commercial and residential properties in Maricopa County.
Lawmakers have balked at Gov. Jan Brewer's request to refer a
temporary sales-tax increase to the ballot because they don't
approve of tax increases. But they're moving along a bill to
refer another tax hike to the ballot.
What makes one tax referral different from another? Baseball, apparently.
[There is a danger that people would realize how useless Law enforcement is ED] Law
enforcement officials on Thursday said public safety would be put at
risk by proposed legislation that would allow Arizonans to carry
concealed weapons without state permits and allow those with permits to
take concealed weapons to schools when picking up and dropping off
State Sen. Sylvia Allen, the
bill's sponsor, said public safety would be enhanced, not diminished,
if her bill becomes law, particularly in the state's urban areas.
One of several gun-rights measures advancing in the Legislature, the
bill would replace the current misdemeanor for carrying a concealed
weapon without a permit, with one prohibiting use of a concealed weapon
for violent or other serious crimes.
The bill (SB170) proposed by Allen of Snowflake and
Redflex seems to be running out of gas— literally and figuratively.
The photo radar vendor is facing the possibility that it’s biggest co-conspirator in crime and cheerleader-in-chief, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, may be forced to “review” the contract due to a possible state government shutdown.
Cochise Liberty Alliance begins a new twice-monthly meeting format on Monday June 22nd with guest speaker Ernest Hancock, the Libetarian candidate for Arizona Secretary of State in 2006. Mr. Hancock runs the Freedom's Phoenix website (www.freedomsphoenix.com) and aids grassroots activists in the Phoenix area. He was responsible for designing the Ron Paul Revolution logo and gave speeches at the huge Ron Paul rallies in Washington DC. He will be speaking on his recent trip to Jekyll Island, GA with the We the People Foundation and giving us pointers for political action in our communities. Cochise Liberty Alliance meets at 6:30 pm on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of every month at 203 N Huachuca Blvd, Huachuca City (in Fountain Plaza next to WW Pizza). Free refreshments, literature, and DVDs provided. Visit CoLA's website http://libertynow.webs.com/ or call Karen 508-9403 or Joy 266-4795. Come talk politics with us!
On Monday those quirky black-robe sporting Justices on the Supreme Court refused to hear arguments from a coalition of Native Americans, environmentalists, the Sierra Club and people who hit the bong consistently and successfully through law school regarding the fate of Arizona’s beloved Snowbowl...
The fedgov's push includes freeing overtime funds for local
police & county sheriff's deputies to help conduct
inspections. Nogales police & Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies
have already been trained, & Pima County sheriff's deputies were
receiving training last week to conduct random, unannounced southbound
Steve Anderson is the brave Pastor who stood up to the Thugs known as the Border Patrol and DPS. Gives a live account of his experience as he asserts his constitutional Rights to a Border Patrol Check point outside Yuma Arizona.
Redflex, the beleaguered automated ticketing firm from down under, has signed a new contract with the City of Phoenix to pilfer drivers accused of… well, just about anything. The accompanying press release gleefully brags that “solution expansion” is all-but inevitable...
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