Arizona Governor Doug Ducey plans to shift money from the schools to private prisons. The Governor’s plan would build and pay for a new, 3000 bed private prison complex that will cost the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars over the next decade.
A little over a year ago, Bisbee Mayor Adriana Badal shared her vision for Bisbee’s economic future. On July 13th 2013, Mayor Badal spoke at an open forum at the old Bisbee YWCA building. Mayor Badal said that planning for transportation and industry was hard, so she had a plan to bring about an economic renaissance with four days of films, a hiker-biker trail, and a developer flying overhead with a genuine filmmaker.
KTVK reported last week that Arizona state Sen. Al Melvin (R) was pushing to purchase $18 million of equipment to build a sonic “virtual fence” from a company owned by American Border Patrol leader Glenn Spencer.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has classified the American Border Patrol as a “hate group,” calling it “one of the most virulent anti-immigrant groups around.”
On Friday, Spencer provided Raw Story with a letter that he said his attorneys sent to the SPLC threatening legal action.
“For the past several years, your organization has unfairly mischaracterized Mr. Spencer as a racist who hates the Mexican population based upon misinformation and misrepresentation that Mr. Spencer’s ideology is ‘anti-immigrant,’” the letter says.
“I will not seek reelection nor run for city council. I promised my family it would be one term.,” she said. “My husband hasn’t retired; he lives in New Mexico and we rarely see each other. I will return to serve as a volunteer on boards or commissions. I will be available for a 2015 film festival and will be available for other community projects.”
The first Bisbee International Film Festival is online and almost ready to welcome submissions. Bisbee Mayor Adriana Badal has appointed Allison Otto as Project Manager to run the festival, while Mayor Badal will also be the Managing Director… The mission of the Bisbee International Film Festival (BIFF) is to honor and encourage an appreciation of the people, culture and environment of the U.S./Mexico border region through a celebration of film and visual arts.