Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hale calls attention to National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers

Hale calls attention to National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers


NEW ORLEANS - Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7), while attending the National Conference of State Legislators Nuclear Legislative Working Group meeting in New Orleans, called attention to those Navajo workers who lost their lives while working in uranium mines. 

“Today, October 30, 2013, is set aside as the National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Program Workers,” Hale said. “Please join me in remembering and honoring those who worked in nuclear weapons development and, of course, their families.”

Hale is part of the Legislative Working Group that meets with the U.S. Department of Energy to discuss issues of managing nuclear waste and the impact waste has on communities, including those on the Navajo Nation.  He said he is disturbed that mines and waste sites on Indian nations are not treated as a priority and do not receive funding for cleanup.

“I believe it is critically important to be part of this group of state legislators as they review the policies, budgets, and actions of the federal government,” he said.  “It gives me the opportunity, as a Navajo and as a leader, to ask the pointed questions about reclamation and protection for Navajo people and communities.  Cleanup on Indian nations has not received adequate funding from the DOE, nor has it been treated with the same level of urgency as cleanup within communities impacted by enrichment and processing of uranium for weapons development. My question to the leadership is: ‘Why not?’

“We must not forget that the weapons development would not have been possible if not for the miners, who mined the uranium ores and died as a result.  In the early years, most of the mining took place in the Four Corners area – mostly on the Navajo Nation in the southeastern part of Utah, northwestern New Mexico and northeastern Arizona.” 

Hale further stated that these miners who later died due to cancer caused by exposure to radiation had no protection from the government. 

“They were loyal workers doing what was asked of them. They did not abandon their jobs, but when the mining was done, the mines were abandoned and the affected communities were left to fend for themselves. Many of the mines and the resulting tailing piles on the Navajo Nation remain abandoned and uncovered. The federal government has failed to adequately and fully remediate the legacy of the Cold War era, especially on the Navajo Nation.

“I urge all to remember the miners and their families at this time.  They sacrificed their lives because there was very little oversight by the Atomic Energy Commission at a time when there were no federal regulations for the miners’ protection and safety.”

Rep. Hale is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He was born in Ganado and raised in Klagetoh, Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt), born for Todichiini (Bitter Water). His maternal grandparents are Hanaghani (Walk About clan). His paternal grandparents are Kiyanii (Tall House clan). He is a 1969 graduate of Fort Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school located east of Gallup, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1973), and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1977), and an honorary Juris Doctor degree from Phoenix School of Law (2012).  He is the former President of the Navajo Nation.


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IN MY VIEW: Be prepared when scams head your way

IN MY VIEW: Be prepared when scams head your way


We’ve taken some big steps toward keeping seniors safe in our communities. Green Valley News editor Dan Shearer helped make protecting seniors one of my top priorities last January, and for that I am grateful. In partnership, we are working to raise awareness and help people protect themselves and their family members.
On Monday, Nov. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m., I am sponsoring my third Senior Scam Prevention event in the Green Valley/Sahuarita area at Quail Creek’s Madera Clubhouse. This event is for every senior in our state and for those who have senior citizens in their families. It will provide valuable information about how to keep seniors and their assets safe.

The truth is that we have new seniors who are facing new threats that are ever changing. As a community, we must remain vigilant in protecting our seniors and their assets. I recently attended a workshop at Arizona State University in Phoenix where I heard from victims, law enforcement agencies and financial institutions. The research presented was sobering. We senior citizens grew up when the world contained fewer threats to our security. Sometimes, I think maybe we grew up when we could be more trusting. I believe we should be able to trust others, but we should also protect ourselves and our families — just in case. There is nothing wrong with being prepared!

This event is designed to help our community do just that — be prepared. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office will be the main presenter and they will be joined by the Pima Council on Aging, and the SAV Scam Squad. A representative from AARP will also participate, as will people from TeleCare. Telecare, whose volunteers reach out to seniors and other vulnerable people who are unable to leave their homes, will be there to inform the community of their services and to recruit volunteers.

Protecting seniors in our community is part of my larger commitment to helping all those who are most vulnerable. Recently, Kelly Raach, regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association, posed this challenge to me. How can we help protect people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? That has sparked a new project.We must develop a comprehensive approach to helping people protect their assets. That is why I am proposing a financial institution breakfast summit where techniques and strategies can be shared with the goal of developing best practices, for seniors and for people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease or are otherwise vulnerable. Please contact me at ADalessandro@AZLEG.GOV or at 1-(800)-352-8404, Ext. 65342, if you are interested in co-sponsoring or participating.

It will take hard work and dedication to keep those most vulnerable in our communities and their assets safe.State Rep. Andrea Dalessandro, D-Sahuarita, represents Legislative District 2 in the state Legislature, which includes Sahuarita and Green Valley.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gallego hosting Affordable Care Act Forum with Nowakowski In partnership with the Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Enroll America, PAFCO and Valle del Sol

Gallego hosting Affordable Care Act Forum with Nowakowski In partnership with the Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Enroll America, PAFCO and Valle del Sol

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 27), will join Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski and the Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers in hosting an Affordable Care Act Forum for Phoenix residents.
“The Affordable Care Act has transformed the health insurance marketplace. Now, all Arizonans, regardless of income, age or health status can have access to quality, affordable health care coverage,” Gallego said.  “Everyone has a right to affordable care, which is why we’ve organized this forum. There is a lot to know about the enrollment process, and we want to make sure that people have access to the correct information and the help they need.”

Who:               Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego
Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski
Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Enroll America
Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition
Valle del Sol

What:              Affordable Care Act Forum

When:            Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
                        11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where:           South Mountain Community Center
                        212 E. Alta Vista Rd.
                        Phoenix, AZ 85042

This event is free and open to the public and to the press. For additional information call, (602) 926-9042.

Gallego ofrece Foro Informativo sobre la Reforma de Salud
con el Concejal Nowakowski y en colaboración con la Alianza de Arizona de Centros Comunitarios, la Cámara de Comercio Hispana, Enroll America, PAFCO y Valle del Sol

CAPITOLIO ESTATAL, PHOENIX – El Líder Asistente de la Minoría Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (Distrito 27), se unirá al Concejal de Phoenix Michael Nowakowski y a la Alianza de Arizona de Centros Comunitarios para ofrecer un foro informativo sobre la Reforma de Salud para los residentes de Phoenix.
"La Reforma de Salud ha transformado el mercado de seguros médicos. Ahora, todos los Arizonenses, independientemente de sus ingresos, su edad o estado de salud pueden tener acceso a cobertura médica de calidad a un precio que puedan pagar", dijo Gallego. "Todos tienen derecho a una cobertura médica accesible, y por eso hemos organizado este foro. Hay mucha información sobre el proceso de inscripción y queremos asegurarnos de que las personas tengan la información correcta y la ayuda que necesitan para solicitar la cobertura médica apropiada”.
Anfitriones:   Líder Asistente de la Minoría Ruben Gallego
Concejal de Phoenix Michael Nowakowski
Alianza de Arizona de Centros Comunitarios (Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers)
Cámara de Comercio Hispana (Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)
Enroll America
Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition
Valle de Sol

Evento:          Foro Informativo sobre la Reforma de Salud

Fecha:            Sábado, 2 de noviembre 2013
                        11 a.m. a 1 p.m.

Lugar:             Centro Comunitario South Mountain
                        212 E. Alta Vista Rd.
                        Phoenix, AZ 85042

Este evento es gratuito y abierto al público y a la prensa. Para más información llame al (602) 926-9042.


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Monday, October 28, 2013

ICYMI: Sherwood on solar energy technology in Arizona

Sherwood: Our state must be an energy technology leader

Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 11:03 am
Arizona needs to step up and take its rightful role as a leader in the energy technology industry.

The debate over the science is over. Climate change is happening. We are causing it, and we are on the front burner here in Arizona. If we want the high paying jobs that come with leadership in a cutting edge industry, then we must demand that our Legislature take action.

Rarely is there an issue so important that has so much at stake. The recently released U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report confirms with near certainty that humans are the cause of climate change and that carbon pollution is a driving force of impacts like rising temperatures and extreme weather. The report reinforces what scientists have been trying to warn us about for years: the effects of climate change are happening all around us and it’s only going to get worse if something isn’t done to stop it. We can do something about it here in Arizona. Let’s be clear, the technologies required to avert further global warming will also lend a hand in building the economy.
Also, we know that many seniors battling chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease and high blood pressure are at higher risk for health complications. Heat is the number one weather-related killer, according to the National Weather Service.
Climate change isn’t just a public health issue, though. The combination of heat, drought and violent winds in our region puts a special strain on our electrical grids, meaning we have the opportunity and the need to take action locally.
A focus on energy efficiency and clean energy translates into jobs for the building trades, displaced workers and the young people who already may have left to look for work elsewhere. That’s why I sponsored many energy conservation and renewable energy bills during the most recent legislative session and why I continue to support strong building codes and incentives for businesses to upgrade their lighting and other equipment.
Thankfully, President Obama also realizes the threats of climate change and the economic opportunities presented in implementing solutions. He has made climate change a priority by unveiling a national action plan which includes measures to strengthen our nation’s infrastructure against the effects of climate change, as well as new investments in clean energy and energy efficiency.
The plan is also centered on the first-ever federal standards for carbon pollution from power plants, which are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon pollution that causes climate change. Last month the EPA took the first step in this effort, proposing standards for new power plants that would ensure the ones we build in the future are no longer allowed to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our air.
As the heat continues to rise in our region, we’d be wise to take action and encourage leaders at all levels of government and in the business sector to take measures to protect our communities from the greatest threat of our time. Understand this: we are talking about the future of jobs, health, safety, and national security.

Published in The East Valley Tribune at http://eastvalleytribune.com/opinion/columnists/article_61f06720-3dd6-11e3-a973-0019bb2963f4.html.



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dalessandro hosting Senior Scam Prevention Forums


Dalessandro hosting Senior Scam Prevention Forums

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Andrea Dalessandro, D-Sahuarita (District 2), is hosting several Senior Scam Prevention Forums across Santa Cruz County. Each event is designed to help residents learn about resources available to protect seniors. Presenters from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office will attend the event, along with representatives from AARP, SEAGO and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.

Dalessandro has three upcoming events scheduled:

Where:            Patagonia Community Senior Center
                        100 Quiroga Lane
                        Patagonia, Arizona 85624
When:              Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
                        9 to 11 a.m.

Where:            Nogales Senior Center
                        125 E. Madison St
                        Nogales, Arizona 85621
When:              Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
                        10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.          

Where:            Tubac Community Center
                        50 Bridge Road
                        Tubac, Arizona 85646
When:              Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
                        1 to 3 p.m.

These events are free and open to the public and the press. To RSVP email adalessandro@azleg.gov or call 1-(800)-352-8404 extension 6-5342.


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Meyer earns recognition for support of Arizona cities and towns


Meyer earns recognition for support of

Arizona cities and towns

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The League of Arizona Cities and Towns named Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), a Champion of Cities and Towns for his support of municipalities during the legislative session.

“City and town officials appreciate the support from these outstanding legislators and their recognition that local decisions should be made at the local level,” Executive Director Ken Strobeck said. “We are successful when we are all working together for the benefit of our citizens and Arizona.”

Meyer will accept his award during a Paradise Valley Town Council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24. He was one of 12 Arizona House Democrats recognized by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns earlier this year.

“We work for the people of Arizona in partnership with cities and towns,” Meyer said. “We’ll continue to collaborate to move our state forward and ensure our communities stay safe and strong.”

 For more information about the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, visit www.azleague.org.


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Miranda attending meeting of Quad Caucus of Minority Legislators

Miranda attending meeting of Quad Caucus of Minority Legislators
National delegates focus on health and criminal justice issues affecting minority communities
 
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), is attending a meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Quad Caucus of Minority Legislators in Jackson, Miss. from Oct. 16 through Oct. 18.
 
This caucus, designed to address racism and the impact of racism on children, includes delegates from the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators. Miranda will represent the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.
At the meeting, attendees will receive information on health and justice issues affecting minority communities.
 
“It is highly important that members of the Quad Caucus convene to address issues such as racism and its impact on children as well as discussing health, obesity and criminal justice topics,” Miranda said. “This conference will give us a retrospect of these matters and how we can provide information to our constituencies and take action.”
 
For more information on the Quad Caucus of Minority Legislators, please go to http://www.nhcsl.org/quad-caucus-of-minority-legislators.php
 
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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Campbell to Barton: ‘Apologize or resign’

Campbell to Barton: ‘Apologize or resign’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), issued this statement following comments Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson (District 6), made comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

“To call Rep. Brenda Barton’s comments disgraceful is an understatement. Her ignorance is appalling and offensive. By comparing President Obama to Hitler, she has trivialized the Holocaust, insulted those who suffered and disrespected those who fought to stop the atrocities occurring during that time. It appears she did this because she is ignorant of the facts. If that is the case, then I would be happy to review some historical accounts of what actually happened with her. The other alternative is that she did this simply to garner both media attention and political points with radical extremists. Whatever her reason, her actions are unbecoming of an elected public servant and are an embarrassment to the state. She should apologize or resign.”


To see Barton’s comments, go to

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Dalessandro and Gabaldon join NALEO Educational Fund and policymakers in Phoenix to address the state of Latino education in Arizona

Dalessandro and Gabaldon join NALEO Educational Fund and policymakers in Phoenix to address the state of Latino education in Arizona
Latinos comprise approximately 41 percent of all K-12 students in Arizona

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Andrea Dalessandro, D-Sahuarita (District 2), and Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon, D-Sahuarita (District 2), will join the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund and more than 35 Latino elected officials to discuss the state of Latino education and to examine policy strategies for bridging the opportunity gap for Latino students in Arizona.

The event will take place in Phoenix from October 11-12 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, as part of the organization’s NALEO Education Leadership Initiative Arizona Statewide Education Convening.  The two-day convening will provide policymakers and key stakeholders with a forum to discuss how policy can help ensure all Arizona students have access to an educational system that prepares them to be successful in college and the workforce.

“Education is the key to moving Arizona forward, and we must invest in it to ensure our young people will have the opportunities they need to be successful,” Dalessandro said. “I am looking forward to meeting with my colleagues and focusing on ways to improve access to education.”

The event takes place at a critical time for Arizona and its economy.  By 2018, more than 60 percent of all jobs in Arizona will require a college education.  With Latinos currently accounting for approximately 41 percent of all students in grades K-12, the educational success of the Latino community will play a crucial role in the ability of the state to build the workforce it needs to remain economically competitive.

“We need an education system that develops a highly skilled workforce that will attract businesses and jobs to Arizona,” Gabaldon said. “This conference gives us an opportunity to develop a framework for education policy that will benefit Latino students and the state.”

Dalessandro and Gabaldon will both discuss strategies for providing educational support to Arizona’s growing diverse population through curriculum that covers:

•           The trends and issues facing Arizona and the implications for education and the economy
•           Linkages between pre-K programs and early grades to improve academic outcomes
•           Aligning databases between early learning, K-12, and college and the workforce
•           Providing high quality education under sequestration
•           Implementing the Common Core State Standards; highlighting different stakeholder perspectives
•           The role of the university and community college systems in improving Latino college completion rates

Convening speakers include Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow, Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix (District 29), Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper, Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), Sen. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 19) and Arizona State Board of Education Executive Director Vince Yanez.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A full schedule and list of speakers is available on the NALEO Educational Fund website at http://www.naleo.org/arizonasummit.

What:             NALEO Education Leadership Initiative Arizona Statewide Education Convening

When:            October 11-12, 2013

Where:           Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
50 E. Adams Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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Miranda joins NALEO Educational Fund and policymakers in Phoenix to address the state of Latino education in Arizona

Miranda joins NALEO Educational Fund and policymakers in Phoenix to address the state of Latino education in Arizona
Latinos comprise approximately 41 percent of all K-12 students in Arizona

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX– Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), will join the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund and more than 35 Latino elected officials to discuss the state of Latino education and to examine policy strategies for bridging the opportunity gap for Latino students in Arizona.

The event will take place in Phoenix from October 11-12 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, as part of the organization’s NALEO Education Leadership Initiative Arizona Statewide Education Convening.  The two-day convening will provide policymakers and key stakeholders with a forum to discuss how policy can help ensure all Arizona students have access to an educational system that prepares them to be successful in college and the workforce.

“I commend NALEO for bringing their convening to Arizona,” Miranda said. “Having been a teacher, an administrator and a school board member, I have witnessed firsthand the struggles that our students have endured and the poor policy that has hindered the quality of their education. Being able to join this convening as an Arizona legislator and NALEO board member, I can offer the knowledge I have gained on Common Core State Standards and the positive impact it will make on our education system. This will lead our students toward the path of success and the building of a strong economic backbone for our state.”

The event takes place at a critical time for Arizona and its economy.  By 2018, more than 60 percent of all jobs in Arizona will require a college education.  With Latinos currently accounting for approximately 41 percent of all students in grades K-12, the educational success of the Latino community will play a crucial role in the ability of the state to build the workforce it needs to remain economically competitive.

Miranda will discuss strategies for providing educational support to Arizona’s growing diverse population through curriculum that covers:

·         The trends and issues facing Arizona and the implications for education and the economy
·         Linkages between pre-K programs and early grades to improve academic outcomes
·         Aligning databases between early learning, K-12, and college and the workforce
·         Providing high quality education under sequestration
·         Implementing the Common Core State Standards; highlighting different stakeholder perspectives
·         The role of the university and community college systems in improving Latino college completion rates

Convening speakers include Miranda and Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow, Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix (District 29), Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper, Sen. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 19), and Arizona State Board of Education Executive Director Vince Yanez.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A full schedule and list of speakers is available on the NALEO Educational Fund website at http://www.naleo.org/arizonasummit.

What: NALEO Education Leadership Initiative Arizona Statewide Education Convening

When: October 11-12, 2013

Where: Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
   50 E. Adams Street
   Phoenix, Arizona 85004




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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

McCune Davis statement on TANF funding for low-income Arizona families

McCune Davis statement on TANF funding for
low-income Arizona families

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 30), released this statement regarding the governor’s directive to the state Department of Economic Security to cover the cost of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program through October.

“I commend Gov. Brewer’s decision. There are more than 16,000 low-income families in Arizona who rely on TANF money. Arizona is one of a few states in the country that only uses federal funding to pay for this program. The federal government shut down before many families received assistance. This money is often considered a lifeline. Without it, these families could face crisis.

“The governor needed to make Arizona families a priority and to show leadership. We could not leave some of the most vulnerable people in our communities to suffer. Gov. Brewer made the right call but this is a short-term solution for an immediate problem. If the federal government shutdown continues through the end of the month, we will have to find more ways to help needy families get the resources they rely on.  My colleagues and I will continue to monitor this situation and will work to ensure that Arizona families remain a priority.”



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Monday, October 07, 2013

CANCELED: Legislators to hold press conference on TANF cash assistance funding for Arizona families

CANCELED:Legislators to hold press conference on TANF cash assistance funding for Arizona families




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Gabaldon to visit Rio Rico Family Resource Center

Gabaldon to visit Rio Rico Family Resource Center

RIO RICO, Ariz. -- Rep. Rosanna Gabaldón, D-Sahaurita (District 2), will visit the Rio Rico Family Resource Center on Wednesday, Oct. 9. at 8:30 a.m. to tour and learn more about the free parenting and development classes they have to offer families with children ages five and under in Santa Cruz County.

“I am so pleased to have an opportunity to learn more about the programs and resources available to our youth and our community through this center and all the Family Resource Centers in our county,” Gabaldón said. “Supporting education is one of the most important ways we can protect our ability to participate in an increasingly global economy.”

Gabaldón is dedicated to early childhood education and has served on the Regional Partnership Council of First Things First, the agency that funds the Family Resource Center Program. The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Santa Cruz County is funded to coordinate the Family Resource Center Program which operates centers in Nogales, Rio Rico and Patagonia through subcontracts with the Nogales Unified School District 1, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District 35 and Patagonia Elementary School District 6. Founded in 2010, the Family Resource Center Program has helped more than 1,300 families in Santa Cruz County improve parenting skills and get ready for school.

“Children who start kindergarten behind have trouble catching up. The Family Resource Centers contribute to the efforts of many agencies in Santa Cruz County to ensure that all children in the county enter school ready,” said Debbie Curley, program director.


The superintendent of Santa Cruz County schools encourages families to participate in the centers to prepare their children for kindergarten. Elizabeth Santa Cruz is a mother of two girls, ages two and five. She shares her experience at one of the centers.

"Both of my girls learned to be more independent from attending classes at the FRC.  I learned to change my parenting style based on each child's temperament. I learned that every child is different and learns differently, which taught me to be more accepting. When my oldest daughter entered kindergarten I was more relaxed knowing she was prepared and had the skills she needed,” Santa Cruz said.

Gabaldón plans to visit the center’s Partners in Parenting Education class which helps mothers improve the emotional bond with their one-year-old children. The ten-week class is being evaluated by the University of Arizona Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Parents who graduate from this class reportedly are less stressed and engage in more activities to promote their child’s learning. In addition, children who complete the class are also more likely to meet their developmental milestones on time.

“Investing in early childhood education has so many benefits both to the community and to the economy.  We must make education a priority and invest in the academic success of our youth,” Gabaldón said.

For more information on the Family Resource Center Program, please contact Program Director Debbie Curley at (520) 281-2994 ext. 104 or dcurley@email.arizona.edu


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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Hale conducts site visit of the Havasupai Indian Nation

Hale conducts site visit of the Havasupai Indian Nation

SUPAI, Ariz. – Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7), made a site visit last weekend to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to see for himself the conditions people there are facing with recent flooding in the area. 

“I could make a phone call and ask a few questions, but to me, it is more important and informative to actually speak to the people who face these situations daily,” Hale said.  “I was told by the tribal members at the top of the canyon that tourism has been slow this year. This is not good news. It is one more issue that the Havasupai people have to deal with.” 

Hale is referencing the issues of the high cost of food and of getting basic supplies to the Havasupai Nation and its people. A typical day to get groceries entails traveling up the canyon wall (a three to four hour hike), driving about 100 miles to the nearest large grocer, traveling back to the canyon, and hiking back in with groceries and supplies. If the individual is unable to make the hike, there are few choices. 

A mule could be used to transport supplies (at around $93 per load) or a helicopter could be used (at $50 per bag).  If an individual needs to reach the top of the canyon and is unable to walk, the helicopter ride price ranges from $15 to $25, each direction, for tribal members.

“Let’s put this in perspective,” Hale said.  “If I need to get drinking water for my family, I would be paying an additional cost of either $50 or $79 to actually get it to my home, making the cost of the case of water around $62 instead of $12. Then I have to either hike down for four hours or pay more money to get home. These are high costs for people who do not have much income. Economic development and employment opportunities are basically non-existent,” he explained.

Hale met with two important leaders while in the canyon. He spoke with Tribal Council Member Eva Kissoon, who invited him to meet with the Tribal Council to discuss the issues in more detail.
He also met with Carlos Powell, director of Head Start, who shared his concerns that the people in the canyon are suffering.

“We are not able to keep health professionals here,” Powell explained. “And that puts us all at risk, especially the little ones. We had a nurse but she eventually left because there isn’t any child care available.  Meeting our basic needs are daily struggles.” 

Hale agreed.

“We must work together to ensure this group of people is no longer denied access to fulfill their basis needs.  We intend to explore solutions and offer support,” Hale commented.

Rep. Hale is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He was born in Ganado and raised in Klagetoh, Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt), born for Todichiini (Bitter Water). His maternal grandparents are Hanaghani (Walk About clan). His paternal grandparents are Kiyanii (Tall House clan). He is a 1969 graduate of Fort Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school located east of Gallup, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1973), and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1977), and an honorary Juris Doctor degree from Phoenix School of Law (2012).  He is the former President of the Navajo Nation.


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Dalessandro earns recognition for her support of Arizona cities and towns

Dalessandro earns recognition for her support of
Arizona cities and towns

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The League of Arizona Cities and Towns recently recognized Rep. Andrea Dalessandro, D-Sahuarita (District 2), for her support of municipalities during the legislative session by giving her a Friend of Cities and Towns Award.

She was one of 12 Arizona House Democrats recognized by the League this year.

“City and town officials appreciate the support from these outstanding legislators and their recognition that local decisions should be made at the local level,” Executive Director Ken Strobeck said. “We are successful when we are all working together for the benefit of our citizens and Arizona.”

Dalessandro’s district includes Tuscon, South Tucson, Nogales, Patagonia and Sahuarita, where she resides.

“This award is especially meaningful to me because I believe we work for the people of Arizona in partnership with cities and towns,” Dalessandro said. “I am honored and will remain committed to my efforts to keep our state’s cities and towns strong and safe.”

The League honored the winners on Aug. 29, during the 2013 Annual Conference. The conference, held at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Oro Valley, was a four-day meeting with more than 900 mayors, council members and officials from across the state. For more information about the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, visit www.azleague.org.

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Gallego: Affordable Care Act addresses Latino health care disparity issues

Gallego: Affordable Care Act addresses Latino health care disparity issues

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 27), released this statement regarding the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for the Latino community.

“Now that the Health Insurance Marketplace is open and ready for business, Latinos can expect better access to quality health care.  For too long, the Latino community in Arizona and across America has dealt with health disparities related to accessing affordable care.

“We know that in 2009, 32 percent of Latinos in the country were uninsured, and half of all Latinos here did not have a regular doctor. Also, 20 percent of low-income Latino youth have gone a year without a health care visit.

“We can do better than this, and the Affordable Care Act will make a difference. The initial enrollment period for marketplace plans is six months long. This provides individuals and families who are shopping for coverage enough time to ask questions and find the best plan for their needs. Insurance companies will have to compete for people’s business.

“The ACA also invests in research on health disparities so that we can increase diversity within the health care profession and ultimately eliminate health disparities in minority communities. This is about giving us more options, more choices and more control over our health care.”

To apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596. For information in Spanish, visit www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Enrollment tools will be available online in Spanish in mid-October. Bilingual staff is currently available by phone and can be reached at the number listed above.

Arizonans can determine if they are Medicaid eligible through Heath-E Arizona Plus at https://www.healthearizonaplus.gov/Default/Default.aspx.

For help signing up, consumers can contact marketplace navigators, which include:
Arizona Association of Community Health Centers
602-253-0090

University of Arizona, Center for Rural Health
520-626-5823

Campesinos Sin Fronteras
928-627-5995 or 928-627-1680

Greater Phoenix Urban League, Inc.
602-254-5611

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