31 May 2016

City of Mesa Fiscal Year 2016/17 Budget Wrap-up ]updated June 1]

Blogger's Note: Nothing is "wrapped-up" about the FY2016/17 Budget.
Nice pretty packaging with tricky out-of-scale and over-blown spatial renderings over-hype for sure, with the City Manager "scrubbing the numbers" to sell millions of dollars in spending to taxpayers. Better un-pack it AND ASK QUESTIONS NOW
FOR YOUR INFORMATION > get informed + engaged.
Here's the way it's supposed to work: "the city's budget is developed in conjunction with residents, the Mayor and City Council, City Manager and City Employees.
The result is a budget that closely matches the community's highest priorities each fiscal year." Huh???

Presented by the Office of Management and Budget
May 5, 2016

The Status
• FY 16/17 was intended as the second year of a two-year process to better align on-going expenditures with on-going revenues
• Realized operational savings in FY 14/15 has allowed for a temporary reprieve
• Annual budgets are reliant on savings to sustain services
• Departments are asked to review operations in pursuit of innovations that result in savings.  Operational savings of 2% is targeted
Expense pressure continues regarding current services in the public safety areas while demand for services also continues to grow

Changes to the Proposed Budget

1. Light Rail Bike Patrol
Increased security in the light rail corridor through the expansion of the current light rail bike patrol $799,000 
Addition of a park ranger to assist in Pioneer Park $102,000
 2. The proposed budget included two additional Code Compliance Officers. 
The revised budget converts two existing CDBG funded code compliance officers to the general fund (allowing use of the CDBG funding for a pilot outreach program)
Enforcement/Outreach and Education
FY 15/16:  7 general fund officers, 3 CDBG officers (2 positions + 1 temp)
FY 16/17 : 10 general fund officers (9 positions +1 temp), reallocation of CDBG funding to community outreach [revised proposal]

3. Increase funding available for Historic Preservation Services  $50,000
Proposed budget included $15,000 of the $50,000

4. Increase in Human Services Funding $50,000
• Additional funding brings total to $876,000 for services and administration and $50,000 for utility assistance

THE ADOPTION TIMELINE
 
May 16: Capital Improvement Program, Public Hearing and  Adoption,
               Utility Rate Adjustments, Public Hearing and Adoption

June 6: Annual Budget, Tentative Adoption


June 20: Annual Budget and Secondary Property Tax Levy, Public Hearing
               Annual Budget, Final Adoption


July 5: Secondary Property Tax Levy Adoption




City Hall » Office of Management & Budget
Presentations & Reports
Each year, the city's budget is developed in conjunction with residents, the Mayor and City Council, City Manager and City Employees.
The result is a budget that closely matches the community's highest priorities each fiscal year.
Here you'll find the information on the city's budget, financial reports and other city reports.
http://www.mesaaz.gov/city-hall/office-of-management-budget/presentations-reports

30 May 2016

Time-Stamp Tonight: NEMESIS/Hidden in Asteroid Belt? Mars Close Approach


Cosmically Cozy?. . . Major events on this planet. It's out there - the visuals are stunning
Published on May 30, 2016
Is there a Binary Dwarf Star now within a 4 year orbital intersection with Earth? http://www.BPEarthWatch.Com
The Video of the Magnetopause Reversals .http://www.solarsystemscope.com/

Sebastian Junger: Why Veterans Miss War + Its Consequences


News reporter and best-selling author Sebastian Junger has seen war up close, and he knows the impact that battlefield trauma has on soldiers. 50% of veterans have filed for disability claims,; 40% are dealing with PTSD and 10% are on active combat duty.

But he suggests there's another major cause of pain for veterans when they come home: American society is in chaos with the experience of leaving the tribal closeness of the military and returning to an alienating and bitterly divided modern society. "Sometimes, we ask ourselves if we can save the vets," Junger says. "I think the real question is if we can save ourselves." (This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: War & Peace," which premieres Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m. EST.)

Published on May 23, 2014
Civilians don't miss war. But soldiers often do. Journalist Sebastian Junger shares his experience embedded with American soldiers at Restrepo, an outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley that saw heavy combat. Giving a look at the "altered state of mind" that comes with war, he shows how combat gives soldiers an intense experience of connection. In the end, could it actually be "the opposite of war" that soldiers miss?

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Link to the entire transcript >> https://www.ted.com/talks/sebastian_junger_why_veterans_miss_war/transcript?language=en

Trump Pie!


DOUBLE WHAMMY FOR MEMORIAL DAY - 2 Servings of Jonathan Pie
Published on May 8, 2016
British News reporter, Jonathan Pie can't stop throwing insults at Donald Trump between takes
Views: 27,142.

A Slice of GAY PIE


Published on May 29, 2016
Reporter gets his divorce papers through and discusses gay marriage.
Views: 8,881

Creative Place Making Here in The New Urban DTMesa > Music To Open Your Ears

So ya think our sweet city is way too conservative? ..... think again and listen up . . .
There are a lot of creative people of all generations, stars and stripes of all kinds, aerosol artists, photographers, fine artists and some not so fine going onto the edge of breaking boundaries, street performers ["Batman" is one] but these guys from Mesa are rockin' the world - hard to stick a label on them: alt-rock, emo, power pop, pop punk.




Here goes:



Jimmy Eat World is an American rock band from Mesa, Arizona, that formed in 1993. The band is composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind. As of June 2013, Jimmy Eat World have released eight studio albums, the last seven featuring the current lineup.
The four piece's commercial breakthrough came with the successful release of several singles from the album Bleed American (2001). Four singles from the album charted within the top twenty positions of the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, with "The Middle" reaching the number one position. Jimmy Eat World's follow-up album Futures (2004) featured another Modern Rock Tracks number one song, "Pain". The RIAA certified Bleed American platinum and Futures gold, rewarding the two albums for selling over one and a half million records between them. The band's sixth album Chase This Light (2007) became the band's highest charting album, peaking at number five on the Billboard 200.
Since the completion of the "Futures 10 Year Anniversary Tour" that was held in the second half of 2014, the band is writing material for their ninth studio album.
Background information
OriginMesa, Arizona, United States
Genres
Years active1993–present
Labels
Websitejimmyeatworld.com

Out of 100 Cities Nationwide Mesa Parks Ranked In The Bottom 10

So, how’s our city’s park system, if it’s one of the 100 to appear in the index, rank? Better or worse than you expected? Where was there room for improvement?
Just released is a report for urban park systems in the country per the Trust for Public Land (TPL)’s annual ParkScore rankings, an index that ranks urban recreational spaces belonging to the 100 most populous American cities.
Residents of Mesa will have to scroll way down - to the bottom ten - to see how the city gets ranked.
The ParkScore® index measures how well the 100 largest U.S. cities are meeting the need for parks
http://parkscore.tpl.org/

The ParkScore methodology is based on three key criteria. Park Access uses advanced GIS mapping technology to determine how far a city’s residents must walk to access the nearest public green space. Park Size takes into consideration both the median size of a unit within an individual park system and the total amount of land within a city that’s dedicated to parks.
Finally, the Facilities and Investment category combines both a city's park spending per resident and the availability of a quartet of aforementioned park amenities: dog parks, playgrounds, basketball hoops and recreation/senior centers
.
Take a look at around 7 o'clock - for Mesa it's $28.6 Millions of dollars.



Mesa = 91 out of 100
While it’s true that a low ParkScore may yield a fair amount of hand-wringing for park officials in the cities that place close to the bottom of the list, the TPL sees the rankings — described as “the most comprehensive rating system ever developed to measure how well the 100 most populous U.S. cities are meeting their residents’ need for parks” — as a tool that poorly-ranked cities can use to help better themselves in key areas and, in turn, move up the list.
Link for Mesa >> http://parkscore.tpl.org/city.php?city=Mesa
Explore an interactive map from this link

Park Facts:
Park acreage: 2,521 acres
People served per park acre: 183
Oldest municipal park: Pioneer Park, est. 1947
Largest municipal park: Red Mountain Park, 582 acres
Most-visited municipal park: Riverview Park


City Stats
  • City area: 83,578 acres
  • Median park size: 2.6 acres
  • Park land as % of city area: 3.0 %
  • Spending per resident: $69.96
  • Basketball Hoops per 10,000: 2.6
  • Dog Parks per 100,000 Residents: 0.4
  • Playgrounds per 10,000: 1.4
  • Recreation / Senior Centers
    per 20,000 Residents: 0.2
  • Population density: 5.5 per acre
You can download Maps and tables here >> Access to Parks by Age and Income http://parkscore.tpl.org/ReportImages/Mesa_AZ.pdf

VIEW FULL RANKING ANALYSIS HERE
Using mapping technology and demographic data, we determined how well each city is meeting the need for parks.
You can learn more with in-depth city profiles
… or
compare multiple cities.
We scored cities in three categories. Learn more about the ParkScore® methodology.

OTHER RESOURCES AND LINKS


New tool: http://gis.mesaaz.gov/ParkFinder/

http://www.mesaaz.gov/things-to-do/parks-recreation-commercial-facilities/parks

http://www.mesaaz.gov/city-hall/office-of-management-budget/major-funds

Dress Codes for The Cubs + On The Bat Here In Mesa > T Shirts, Anyone?


Gotta admit your MesaZona blogger got stumped recently scanning through feeds about Mesa "news" - write about swarms of bees attacking a hiker? Dogs getting killed by Mesa police in someone's backyard [and they accept responsibility] ? A cancer-stricken student denied appearing at his own graduation? An ambulance crash tying up traffic for hours? Someone 'up-skirting" a woman in Walmart not once but twice? . . . no, TY U very much. 
It's summertime! Two stories up on this blog - one about Mesa pride featuring "a mascot", another from Chicago Cubs
Let's take a shallow dive into an item of basic clothing: the T-shirt and have some fun.

This may seem like a stretch, but let's start off from Main Street. With not just one but two silk-screening businesses here on Main Street  in The New Urban DTMesa [both examples of "adaptive re-use" located in historic buildings harking back to the city's mercantile origins], T-shirts = big business > everyone needs more than a few to wear whether for promotions for one thing or another.
Cross-marketing and Cause-related fund-raising have created demands for creative expression.
Out of Milwaukee, Chicago and here in Mesa we get two stories:
Cubs manager Joe Maddon shows off a new pink fundraising T-shirt
"Put it on a T-Shirt and raise some money for a good cause.
This philosophy worked well for Joe Maddon when his "Try Not To Suck" slogan was put on a T-Shirt by Korked Baseball. The local business partnered with the Cubs manager to donate a portion of the proceeds to Cubs Charities, Maddon's "Respect 90" foundation and other organizations of his choice. . .
On Wednesday, Maddon surprised reporters in the Cubs' dugout at Miller Park by showing off his latest offering in fundraising apparel-this time it was quite eye-catching.
Maddon sported a pink T-Shirt with his slogan "If You Look Hot, Wear It." The shirt features that phrase in blue with a flamingo on one side of the shirt.
"It's just coming out today," said Maddon, who was eager to show off his newest fashion item . . .
This "Maddonism" was used in Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona by the manager when discussing the team's dress code. It's been reference a couple of times since, especially when the team departed for a road trip in early May by wearing zany suits to Pittsburgh . . . Maddon says each Cubs player will get one of the pink shirts and they'll try to where them when the Cubs travel to San Francisco to play the Giants on Sunday night, a game broadcast nationally by ESPN.
"The thoughts are mine, they design," said Maddon of coming up with the T-Shirts.
[Bigger's Note: with slogans like "Try Not To Suck" and "If You Look Hot, Wear It" ya gotta wonder what's on Maddon's mad mind]
. . . and here in Mesa
A project to sell T-Shirts and raise money by Creative Catalysts who are starting a series of downtown Mesa t-shirts designed by our amazing local artists.
HUGE Props to Mark Matlock for this awesome t-shirt design for Downtown Mesa!
For those of you who haven't heard, we are working on a whole series of Downtown Mesa t-shirts to sell and raise money for public art like murals and installations etc. If you are an artist and you'd like to design one, contact Jen Gastelum or Erica Snyder
Please comment here if you would be interested in a pre-sale order of this shirt. We haven't gotten to cost yet, but they will be somewhere in the range of $22-25 with all proceeds going towards public art.
*Also, for those of you not super familiar with downtown yet, this art depicts our downtown mascot, Batman aka Caitlyn who always is a part of our day to day downtown activities
We are starting a series of downtown Mesa t-shirts designed by our amazing local artists.



This is the first, and holy crap did it surpass expectations, thanks to the amazing Matlock the Artist!
Erica is taking pre-orders, who's interested!? Also, if you're interested in designing one and showing a lil' Mesa pride, let us know!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

29 May 2016

Crazy Weather? Earhquakes, Floods + Lightning > There's A Reason For This



Published on May 28, 2016
A look at CERN, Sprites, Earthquakes,Extreme Weather and Ionospheric compression, http://www.BPEarthWatch.Com
Amazing Sprite Video. https://vimeo.com/168060384
Views: 35, 893

More information here >> https://gps.fedgeno.com/links/cern-cranks-up-earthquakes-begin-7-2-6-6-389828

Keeping You Informed > IMSI Catchers -- Maria Pikusova

Published on Feb 28, 2016
Have you ever wondered if your phone calls and text messages are being subjected to man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks? How old is this bug and why is it still alive? White Hat alum Maria Pikusova tells us about International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) Catchers, tools that take advantage of the Global System for Mobile Communcations' (GSM) authentication bug to intercept your cell phone communications, for better or for worse.

Whether or not this worries you, you should watch this video! Pikusova also shows us an open sourced app that is written to detect IMSI Catchers. Check out the app, investigate the laws about IMSI Catchers in your county, and share what you find in a comment.

Missile Defense & Space Surveillance = Growth Industries

Harris Awarded $106 M in USAF Space Programs Follow-on Contracts
Highlights:
Supports the U.S. missile warning, missile defense and space surveillance missions
Sustains systems alerting U.S. and allies to ballistic missile attacks
Ensures mission effectiveness


Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has been awarded $106 million in follow-on contract options to sustain ground-based systems that support the U.S. missile warning, missile defense and space surveillance missions.
Harris will continue to sustain ground-based systems that support six unique weapon systems in 12 locations under the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s System Engineering and Sustainment Integrator (SENSOR) contract. SENSOR was awarded in 2002 as a five-year base contract with up to 13 earned option years. This award represents the tenth option year.
Under the agreement, Harris provides all the support required – including depot-level maintenance, repairs and upgrades, contractor logistics support and more – to ensure the weapon systems are continually available and capable.
“These systems are critical to helping keep the U.S. and its allies safe,” said Bill Gattle, president, Harris Space and Intelligence Systems. “We are privileged to be entrusted to sustain these resources that protect our nation and aid our customer’s mission.”
About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving our customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports customers in more than 125 countries, has approximately $8 billion in annual revenue and 22,000 employees worldwide. The company is organized into four business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems, and Critical Networks. Learn more at harris.com.

Source : Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) http://harris.com/press/article.asp?id=4541
http://harris.com/
Published on ASDNews: May 25, 2016
Harris Corporation
Software Company
 
Address: 7500 N Dobson Rd # 200, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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Squeeky-Clean Bob Worsley Doing Sneaky Stuff?

Hmmm, this probably isn't the worst case scenario but it certainly might suggest that LD25 conservative Mesa Repub AZ Senator Bob Wor...