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Issues

This is what I am hearing from all of you so far:

La Paz wide:

Water - fears about our water being contaminated or depleting.  For some this isn't a fear but reality.  Our District 3 County Supervisor, Holly Irwin is making fantastic headway with this issue and I would encourage you to reach out to her with questions.  Getting heard at the state level takes years and she is there.  I will support her in any way I can to ensure that this issue continues to be addressed and resolved.

Crime - Fighting crime is a team effort.  The smaller the available budget the more we need to work together and think outside the box.  That team includes the residents, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, and the Board of Supervisors.  "Together let's make it right" is absolutely applicable here.  It's time we get all of the pieces of this puzzle together and create a safer community.  In Bouse, we are already doing our part as residents... we are working with the Sheriff's department to create communication channels for information, building neighborhood watches and attending court appearances for some of those that have habitually targeted our neighborhoods.  And it is having an impact.  I am happy to help any neighborhood establish or strengthen their neighborhood watch program - just give me a call 928-554-7000  

Shutdown of Services - specifically the courts in Quartzsite and Salome and the more recent disbanding of the public defender's office. Shuttering these services is a backwards move.  Closing completely makes it far more challenging when the opportunity comes to open them again.  Regardless of those decisions made, I will be working to get these services and others that have shut down back open and available to support our outlying areas.

Lack of Services - the most common ones brought up are Veterinarian, early childcare, transportation, and Veteran Services.  Part of being Proactive over Reactive is that we as a county take steps to create an environment that is enticing to these types of service providers.   Having a strong county foundation is just one part of this that I will be addressing as County Supervisor.  

AWC - Arizona Western College - UPDATE: HB2501

This bill was recently announced and is actively being promoted by Mr. Minor.  I really wanted to be excited about this.  An option to vote out a college district that wasn't serving our needs or providing enough value looks great on the surface.  However, I have concerns with the language of this bill.  I have reached out to Mr Biasiucci for clarification.  Click bill to read for yourself.  It has not been made law yet so hopefully some edits will be done, and this will turn into something good for the citizens of La Paz.  

It is no secret that we are heavily taxed for this College.  The Quartzsite building has been underutilized (to be polite). Most taxpayers are not seeing a return on their investment.  This is a very involved subject.  From what I have learned so far AWC's annual budget is almost 3 times what our County budget is.  That means that what we contribute to AWC is only about 4% of their overall budget.  Our $5million is a lot to us and not much to them.  On the flip side - I get the impression that they are making positive steps to provide more services here in La Paz.  They have recently partnered with local law enforcement and fire districts to introduce new training in those fields.  That partnership could be very beneficial to strengthening our workforce.  I will be advocating for a continued shift into trade and local specific training to fill much needed La Paz jobs and strengthen our communities.  

Bouse/Brenda/Vicksburg/Harcuvar:

Last to know - there is a resounding feeling of being the last to know about any major activity, businesses, and changes happening in these areas.  And you are right.  If I understood the incumbants analogy at a recent Bouse Chamber meeting - he doesn't think we need to know or act until game time.  As County Supervisor, I believe it is our responsibility to inform and keep taxpayers up-to-speed on issues that may impact their decision making.  

Heliogen - UPDATE

April 4th a representative will be at the Bouse Ladies Luncheon (12:30pm) at the Booster Club.  April 8th a representative will be at the Bouse Chamber meeting (6pm) at the Booster Club. 

On February 1, 2024 representatives from Heliogen gave a presentation to the County Planning & Zoning Commission, which was a public meeting.  This was a presentation only.  Click here to download the meeting.  Many residents from Brenda and Bouse were in attendance and asked important and thoughtful questions.  There are many of us researching and preparing in the event that BLM gets to the public comment phase.  If BLM turns down the project outright, we may not see it come to the public... but we will be ready.  

a perfect example of not knowing until they were drilling.  Heliogen is a hydrogen producer that is working its way through the BLM Leasing processes.  The two wells that have been drilled on 42E by Hwy 60 are part of that process.  They have pulled their application with the County for an amendment change to our Comprehensive plan.  From my last communication with BLM, they are still working through the lease process.  This project will likely be unsuccessful in its bid but is something that we should certainly keep an eye on.  

American Rare Earth Mine (Bouse) -This company has been looking at Bouse for more than a decade as a potential site for a rare earth mineral mine.  The incumbent, after increased pressure, finally presented a person from the company to speak to the public in Bouse.  It was very insightful and quite frankly should have been an ongoing conversation from much earlier on.  

Quartzsite:

The townspeople have a lot of the same concerns as the rest of La Paz County.  Most of your local issues are addressed by your town council.  I attended one of those meetings recently and was very impressed with how they run their meetings.  There was a high level of professionalism and active participation from all members.  The town manager and his teams seem to be doing a fantastic job.  There is much I can learn from them.   

Upriver:

WAPA Lines - Western Area Power Administration - Bouse Upgrade Project.  This is a federal project that hasn't been revamped since 1950.  The re-build, upgrade, and decommissioning project has hit many hiccups and homeowners that live under these lines have been let down since the early 90's.  Living under deteriorated lines for this long has potential health ramifications and poses a serious threat to life and property.  The County Supervisor's role in this is to maintain a communications relationship with the DOE and WAPA to encourage forward movement on behalf of their citizens.  

Buckskin Sanitary District - At this point I have a lot of research to do to understand the intricacies of this issue.  The concern I am hearing is that residents further upriver have been waiting a long time to see these services.  If anyone has more insight into this - please call me.  

Airbnb's - Some residential neighborhoods are being overrun by short term rentals.  This is creating an imbalance, uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situation for those neighborhoods.  Short term rentals are an important part of the river infrastructure.  Many rental owners are cognizant and considerate to the concerns of their neighbors.  For those that may not be we may have to look at education and policy that would encourage awareness.   

My point to all of this is that I am hearing you.  That is my primary job.  Choosing me at the ballots means you are choosing you because you are who I will be working for.  This list will grow as I continue to get out into the communities and talk with you.  Please don't hesitate to contact me.  I want to hear from you! 928-554-7000

 


KariAnn for County Supervisor District #2
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