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Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 9:30 pm | Updated: 9:56 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Why do people in Maricopa County continue to vote for Sheriff Joe Arpaio? The sheriff has abused his power, spends more time increasing his list of enemies than law enforcement and underpays his deputies.

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‘Town’ needs a new sheriff

Why do people in Maricopa County continue to vote for Sheriff Joe Arpaio? The sheriff has abused his power, spends more time increasing his list of enemies than law enforcement and underpays his deputies.

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Take a look at his record: Very top-heavy management, an assistant chief who has run wild with department funds, very expensive offices in a downtown high-rise (why not the new jail facilities?), 41,000 open felony warrants, deputies do not have equipment to do their jobs, money spent on spurious causes in foreign countries, abuse of his power by starting investigations based on no facts or spurious facts often to support his “friends.” These are the ethics you want from your sheriff?

The list goes on and on. It is time for a new sheriff!

Dan Saban has a proven record of professional, ethical management in law enforcement. He has worked “the streets” and has served in top management. He is very concerned with the level of professionalism as well as the well-being of the people in the sheriff’s office. Saban is tough on crime, wants to get and keep the criminals off our streets. The current sheriff thinks he is beyond the law, does not need to maintain an ethical demeanor (nor does his top brass) and he feels he does not answer to anyone.

In November, remember how much of our tax money is wasted by Arpaio and that the tremendous fall in credibility of the sheriff’s office needs to be reversed.




Licensing will help consumers

I am pleased to report that in the final days of the legislative session, we were able to pass and the governor recently signed an important bill to license loan originators and help to protect the public.

Too many families have lost their homes or are in danger of foreclosure because the loans they have are not well-suited for them. There are several contributing factors to this problem, but many of these situations may have been prevented if the loan officers had been more diligent during the loan origination process.

Senate Bill 1028 was a follow up to legislation that I introduced last year to crack down on mortgage fraud. The new law protects Arizona home buyers by requiring that loan originators — not just mortgage brokers and mortgage bankers — are licensed.

This legislation brings another layer of accountability into what is for most people the most important investment of their lives. It establishes a level of professionalism in the industry and repercussions for those who violate the public’s trust.

Beginning in 2010, loan officers will have to be licensed by the state, undergo background checks, pass a test and complete a certain number of hours of continuing education each year. The state can revoke originators’ licenses if they do anything improper.

I also want to thank Senate President Tim Bee, R-Tucson, and Sen. Debbie McCune-Davis, D-Phoenix, for working with me to help get this important legislation passed.




Community supports second location

We always knew we lived and worked in a very generous community, but the outpouring of support during the recent opening of the new Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital was beyond my wildest imagination. The Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing for families that must travel to Phoenix to get medical care for their children.

As we prepared to open the Valley’s second facility, we were overwhelmed by the remarkably selfless offers to help. Hundreds of volunteers decorated, cleaned and painted every room. A steady flow of trucks delivered furniture, dishes and even food to feed all the volunteers, who gave us their biggest smiles to assure us that the new House would be ready for the first family to move in.

We will never be able to adequately express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to the community for stepping up and giving us everything they could. We truly hope that all of our volunteers and supporters take great pride in knowing that because of their help and participation, families facing incredible challenges will stay close to their children in warm, inviting and caring surroundings.

To everyone who helped us make the new Ronald McDonald House a “home away from home,” we could not have done it without you.




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