Memorial service scheduled for Kerry and Austin Martin

May 30, 2009

Calla Lily

The Funeral Service is open to the public and will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 11001 N. 40th Street, Phoenix Arizona. Burial will immediately follow the service at Desert Hills Memorial Park, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, Arizona.

The familyrequests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Martin Charitable Foundation in memory of Kerry Martin and Austin Michael Martin. Remembrances can be sent to dean@americanvisuals.com, cards mailed to the Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

The family wishes to thank the public for the great outpouring of support. In order to provide more time for people who have been touched by this tragedy, visitation for Kerry, and baby Austin, will be open to the public between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and between 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday June 2, 2009 at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

Visitation: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (open to the public)

Eulogies: Noon (open to the public and media)

Visitation: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (open to the public)

Prayers and the rosary at 7:30 p.m. (open to the public, but upon conclusion will be closed to just family)

Treasurer Dean Martin announced the Martin Family Charitable Foundation has been established in memory of Kerry Martin and Austin Michael Martin.  Donations to the Foundation can be made at any Chase Bank or WaMu Branches nationwide. The Martin Family Charitable Foundation (in memory of Kerry Martin and Austin Michael Martin) has been established as a charitable organization, and has applied for tax-exempt status under 5013c which makes donations tax deductible.

“The foundation will promote the education and well being of children, mothers and families,” said State Treasurer Dean Martin. “Kerry’s life was dedicated to numerous causes. Many know how she helped efforts to teach children how to swim in order to prevent child drowning.  But, she also previously taught financial literacy across the Valley including classes for new Habitat for Humanity homeowners and for young servicemen and women at Luke Air Force Base.  Simply stated, Kerry touched the lives of thousands across the Valley.  Kerry was always the volunteer, organizer and leader.  She jumped in to help donate her time, talent, and enchanting smile to support efforts she believed in.  This Foundation will ensure that while her work on this earth has come to an end, her spirit will endure to continue to help others.”

“During her joyous pregnancy she had many ideas on charitable efforts she wanted to champion as a new mother.  The Foundation will also help expectant mothers, both in healthcare and education, based on ideas Kerry had and the experiences we shared during her pregnancy,” Martin said.

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Novel brand of belt tightening at Phoenix City Hall

May 29, 2009

They didn’t think we were looking

Although we have been told the recent budget cuts have forced the Phoenix Police Department to delay the hiring of at least 250 police officers, the fiscal strife didn’t reach the level of Chief of Police…er…Public Safety Manager Jack Harris.  He was able to pocket a nice little chunk of change in the form of a $5,000 bonus this past October.

You remember Harris? He’s the chief who retired January 19, 2007 only to be rehired a month to the day later with the brand-spanking new title of Phoenix Public Safety Manager.  As the Manager, he continues to wear his four star police department uniform and prefers to be addressed as Chief in discussions regarding police business or with the public present.

At the time this bonus was given, the city was already in the process of asking for across the board cuts and axing services due to the faltering economy.

A stellar KPHO Channel 5 report includes a three page list of Performance Achievement Cash-based Awards given to nearly 140 city executives and managers — over and above their salaries.

Check out the excellent  investigative report here.  The video can be viewed here.

Stammering Phoenix City Manager Frank Fairbanks calls the $354,800 in cash awards “longevity” pay although some of the recipients were short-timers.


Obama’s motor works has blown a gasket

May 29, 2009

The General Motors (GM) restructuring is taking its toll. Seventy-four percent of United Auto Workers 54,000 union workers voted in favor of ratifying a package of concessions today, in anticipation of an expected bankruptcy protection filing on Monday.

GM is expected to identify 14 assembly, parts stamping and engine and transmission factories that it plans to close as part of its restructuring plan, cutting 21,000 jobs.

GM shareholders are left holding an empty bag, as shares plummeted 29 percent, to 80 cents in afternoon trading. Earlier in the day, they plunged to 75 cents their lowest level since the Great Depression.

Read the AP report here.


Chided? Scolded? How about fired?

May 29, 2009

Under the headline, Personnel chided after not reporting incident, the Arizona Republic ran this gem of a report in today’s “Arizona Briefs” section:

Two Tucson teachers and two assistants have been scolded for failing to report seeing a high school special-needs student secured to a fence by his backpack after being dropped off at school.

Tucson Unified School District interim human resources officer Nancy Woll says a bus monitor used poor judgment in securing the 17-year-old student with multiple disabilities by a loop on his backpack at least one time.

 The backpack secured the boy for at least a few minutes until the teachers and aides arrived to escort him and other special-needs students to class.

 Woll says one person told her the situation occurred routinely but others she interviewed could not confirm that. She says the boy was known to wander and occasionally flop to the ground.

As the final insult, the teachers were unnamed in this shameful report of this reprehensible incident.


Gov. Brewer: End-running the reluctant legislature

May 29, 2009

The word is that Gov. Jan Brewer, tired of taking legislative heat for her planned “temporary tax increase” budget fix, is taking her proposal directly to the voters, bypassing the less than supportive GOP legislative majority.

It’s a costly gamble — one some may question the advisability of undertaking.  The $225,000 multifaceted blitz will be a hard sell, including those auto-dialers sure to tick off voters, direct mailers and a media barrage, among other strong-armed tactics.  We have learned Brewer intends to cozy up with newspaper editorial boards to further persuade the voters of the rightness of the tax hike and her five-point budget plan, Building a Better Arizona.

The state tax would also include food purchases bought at grocery stores. Currently the state tax stands at 5.6 percent, and is not applicable to grocery purchases. Under Brewer’s proposal, the new tax would increase the cost of food for every Arizona household by 6.6 percent.

Talk about an inflation inducer!

The quarter of a million dollars for the advertising onslaught in Maricopa and Pima counties is an expenditure calculated to bring in the $3 billion or so needed to calm the state’s budget woes, and reminiscent of that old adage, “You have to spend money to make money.” 

The governor complains the legislature has not supported her budget plan, but to date, she has not actually presented a budget to the lawmakers — or to anyone else.  Her April interactive budget briefing can be seen here.

And so it goes.

Meanwhile, perhaps smelling blood in the water, the rumor mill is rife with those circling the ship of state, eager to take on the beleaguered Brewer next year.


BHO’s Vatican ambassador supported pro-abortion Sebelius as Health Secretary

May 28, 2009

President Barack H. Obama, our nation’s most radically pro-abortion president, has selected Catholic theologian Miguel H. Diaz, as his ambassador to the Vatican.

In 1999 Obama was the only Illinois State Senator to oppose the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, a bill intended to provide medical care to babies born alive after a botched abortion.

In choosing Professor Diaz to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, Obama has selected a man who supported Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Sebelius is so extreme on abortion that she has been publicly criticized by the last three archbishops in Kansas City, Kansas. In fact, when the current archbishop, Joseph F. Naumann, asked her to name a single instance in 30 years of public service where she supported restrictions on abortion, she could not name one. Her answer gave rise to his decision to request that she not present herself for Communion.

It is an indefensible argument to say that it is morally acceptable to promote abortion-reducing public policies while jettisoning all legal remedies. If we applied this same logic to racial discrimination, no one would regard someone who worked to reduce the incidence of discrimination while abandoning all legal strategies as a bona-fide opponent of racism. Both approaches would be demanded.

The Democrat party clearly shows itself to be so rabidly pro-abortion, that out of the entire country it is unable to offer a candidate to represent the U.S. to the Vatican who is unequivocally opposed to abortion-on-demand.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue, comments here.


Martin’s infant son passes away

May 28, 2009

The newborn son of State Treasurer Dean Martin and his late wife, Kerry, has succumbed to the health issues related to his birth.  Little Austin Michael Martin passed away last night. Kerry Martin passed away Monday.

A televised statement by Dean Martin, courtesy of 12 News can be seen here.