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City of Phoenix Gave Employees Lead Poisoning, Democratic Leaders Won’t do Anything About it

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The City of Phoenix is run by Democrats; the mayor has been a Democrat for years and the city council is dominated by them. They refuse to help former city employees who contracted health problems — and some died — working around buildings with high levels of lead in the paint, in part because the statute of limitations to bring claims has ended. Well, these employees didn’t realize all their health problems were caused by it until years later, when they’d spoken with each other and realized how many of them had developed similar serious health issues.

Ruben Lara was employed by the City of Phoenix Parks Department for 33 years. Between 1992 and 2003, he worked at a senior citizens’ community center called South Mountain Community Center. He and 13 employees, including one named Leonard Parker, were responsible for painting the buildings using an industrial oil-based paint known as Enduragloss that contained lead called wickersham. They used it on metal, including metal doors, door jams, and window frames.

During a meeting in 1992, the main painter at the facility warned Lara’s supervisor that using the paint was going to get Lara and others sick — including the public — and possibly lead to death. The supervisor disregarded the warning.

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The paint was never reported to the EPA’s office in San Francisco. The supervisor wasn’t certified to use the paint, nor were the employees. There were supposed to be hazard signs placed near the painting operations, in order to keep the public away, which wasn’t done. According to Lara, the paint remains in the buildings to this day.

On Jan. 25, 1996, Lara was rushed to the hospital because he couldn’t breathe, and put in the ICU on a ventilator for five days in critical condition. Doctors told him that he almost died from the fumes.

The paint was also used in several parks in South Phoenix, on playground equipment like merry-go-rounds, monkey bars, as well as picnic tables. When lead paint becomes old, it chips and peels, creating a chalky dust that can be inhaled. California settled lawsuits against paint manufacturers for $305 million in 2019 over lead poisoning caused to children.

While working at Phoenix’s Nueve Park in 2001, Lara was again rushed to the hospital unable to breathe. He was forced to stop working in 2003. Never a smoker, he now has lung problems including COPD, and must take steroids, which cause bone loss. Parker developed kidney problems and is on dialysis. Lead paint is known for causing damage to vital organs such as the kidneys.

Another former city employee named Nettie Nelson worked in a tiny front office at the South Mountain gatehouse entrance, which people drive by in order to access South Mountain Park. When Lara and Leonard painted that office, she complained about the bad smell making her sick and vomit.

Nelson was later transferred to the South Mountain Community Center — around more lead paint. One day when Lara was at that site, he noticed the restrooms were covered in plastic, closed due to asbestos. Nelson’s daughter Kelly participated in a city program there. Now both mother and daughter have various ailments including nerve problems, heart problems and respiratory illnesses, and Nettie is in a wheelchair.

Finally, Phoenix banned the paint. But not until at least 13 or more people that he knows developed severe health problems. Three died from cancer. Others developed various ailments including tumors and nerve damage which causes pain.

The former employees went to a meeting of the Phoenix City Council to ask for help, but Democrat Greg Stanton, who was the mayor at the time and is now in Congress representing much of South Phoenix, asked an assistant to throw them all out of the meeting instead of listening to their story. Lara went to the Industrial Commission of Arizona next, hoping to bring it to the attention of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, but found his repeated attempts stonewalled, he believes due to corruption.

He asked for help from a long list of agencies and Arizona officials, mostly Democrats, and got nowhere. These included the late Sen. John McCain, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, Sen. Mark Kelly, former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Labor, Chicanos por la Causa and Friendly House.

He’s collected their responses. The FTC wrote back, “While the FTC is not able to intervene in individual disputes, the information you have provided has been recorded in our secure online database.” The US. Consumer Products Safety commission merely told him they sent his report to the manufacturer. The EPA said they assist in situations involving residences or children only. When he asked for help from his Democratic State Senator Rebecca Rios, she accused him of merely complaining about COVID-19 symptoms.

He also collected copies of City of Phoenix invoices listing the wickersham. A material safety data sheet from 1999 for Enduragloss lists many of their physical ailments as a risk.

Lara filed a pro se lawsuit against Phoenix on June 22, 2020, which the city ignored. The judge threw out the case with no reason. Lara is now appealing, but it’s an immense amount of work in a very complex area of law. He’s been unable to find an attorney willing to represent them since no one dares to sue the City of Phoenix.

Lara just wants compensation for the misery he and others have experienced, including the families of those who have died. The City of Phoenix could do the right thing and make them whole. If they have money for massive graft, with Ponzi schemes funneling money to favorite employees and relatives, they surely can afford to improve the health-impaired lives of a few of their own who they wronged. Democrats are famous for spending money, so why don’t they care about spending money on something both Republicans and Democrats can agree on?

 

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



 
 
 

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America No More…

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After watching with over a hundred others the newly released movie, Civil War, I left the theater stunned, and I was not alone. Was it a good movie? Just a deeply unsettling one! Could it really happen? You don’t even want to imagine it! But with Biden’s assault on America continuing and Trump reemerging as the favored GOP candidate, the American division is growing. More and more citizens are getting angrier as their standard of living is in jeopardy and illegals are getting benefits citizens can only dream of.

Spoiling the movie’s plot is never appropriate, but when Western forces from Texas, Florida, and even California take on the elected President, the country is left in a civil war. We watch as desensitized media professionals cover the death of hundreds of American citizens. To the film’s media, the war is just a once-in-a-lifetime story that deserves to be captured one picture at a time. After all, it’s the media’s job. They are just feeding citizens what they want—blood, gore, winners, and victims. What would happen if America descends into such chaos? This movie provides one disturbing view, one that, God help us, must never happen.

One thing is clear, when a country loses trust in its leader’s ability to preserve their cherished freedoms and ensure equal treatment under the law, even insurrection seems somehow possible. That is a nightmare no American should have to entertain, but more and more Americans seem to be losing hope in the future of our country. They don’t trust elections. Many don’t even like the Presidential choices presented to them.

The Founding Fathers valued freedom enough to unleash a revolution against the greatest power at the time. Enough citizens joined them in securing what most at the time believed impossible, independence. Yes, insurrection hatched our beloved America. Belief in equal rights and freedom are powerful forces that have always driven patriotic Americans to action.


Even with our differences, most Americans believe in property rights, voting rights, law enforcement to keep us safe, freedom of speech, and personal responsibility. Unfortunately, more and more Americans feel these values are in question, and they are not sure America can be saved!

Many Americans no longer even believe that elections will produce a lawful winner. They don’t trust the voting machines. They want paper ballots that can be counted. They don’t believe multiple days are needed. Hasn’t one day of voting always been enough? They want required IDs and signed mail-in ballots. They fear ballot harvesting is just another name for ‘manufacturing” all the votes you need to ensure a fraudulent victory. Are American fair elections no more!

Many no longer believe that the enforcement of law is fair and sure. While former President Donald Trump has been charged with multiple “crimes,” President Joe Biden’s similar actions aren’t even charged. Hunter Biden’s influence peddling with money set aside for the “Big Guy” are not even covered in the mainstream media. The Dept. of Justice is quick to charge Trump, but with the Bidens, we hear nothing but crickets. People who commit crimes are being let go instead of being held accountable. Is American law and order no more!

Under President Trump, our border was finally more under control. Under Biden, his open border has been continually flooding our country with illegals from around the world. They come expecting benefits at the expense of taxpaying citizens. Illegals overwhelm services in our urban areas. Legal immigrants had to wait years to enter and are fuming at this invasion of illegals rushing to the front of the line and expecting to be accepted, supported, and allowed to become citizens. Is America’s secure border no more!

We thought in America, your home was your castle. If you work to buy the home of your dreams, you were sure that your property rights were secure in a community that you loved. But today, squatters are taking over vacant homes and fending off owners who want them to leave their property. Illegals are being told to come to America, find an empty home, and move in. In the name of equity, governments are rezoning the suburbs and requiring the building of low-income housing where it is not wanted. Are America’s property rights no more!

Do you believe America is lost? Do you believe nothing can reverse this march to chaos? Do you believe that it is time to buy your own guns to protect your family when the government won’t? Is a civil war coming? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are in danger of losing the optimistic attitude that has characterized Americans for two centuries. This is our country. This is not the time for surrender. It’s time to fight to preserve America the best way you can—vote for candidates who promise to preserve the rights you value most.

Your vote does matter. There are no perfect candidates, but the party positions make a difference in this critical election. If you want law and order, secure borders, fair elections, property rights, and a return to personal responsibility, there is only one party to support. Vote for every GOP candidate you are given the opportunity to support, or it may very well be America no more!

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Prepare for the Worst: Domestic Sabotage and Violence on the Horizon

The wheels of extremism are already in motion

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Leading up to this November, and beyond, it now seems inevitable that America will experience extreme turmoil, if not outright hostilities and even urban warfare. Nothing that I write here will have any impact in terms of what is likely to occur. For one, Leftists don’t tend to read articles by conservative and, two, the wheels of extremism are already in motion.

Tactics Without End

I devote at least 500 hours annually to reading about political, historical, and cultural matters, adding up to more than 5,000 hours in the last 10 years. I’ve reached the same conclusion which legions of others have: Domestically the U.S. is headed for huge trouble. We already know many of the Left’s tactics to hinder Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign, which include devious hoaxes, endless lies and slander, bogus lawsuits and selective prosecution, unconstitutional fines, and much more.

As spring leads to summer, Trump’s lead over Biden could grow. As such, expect the Left to act even more desperately with reprehensible tactics. Consider that of late RINO Congressional Representatives are suspiciously retiring early on dates with no chance for a special election to occur in their districts. Hence, Democrats can retake the House. Do you smell payola? Thereafter if Trump is elected, the House could attempt to deny certification.

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By June or July, invariably, the Left will seek to foment another “George Floyd” incident and blame it all on Trump. With the power of The New York Times and major networks embellishing the narrative and offering World War II level coverage, the masses will be snowed. Think about Donald Trump observing that if he’s not elected there will be a bloodbath in the auto industry, and how the mainstream media, in unison, immediately claimed that Trump was calling for nationwide violence.

The Left is Violent and Everyone Knows It

The most violent segment of our society happens to be on the Left, as even many casual observers know. If Trump is ahead in the polls in September or October, expect dissension wherever the Left can prevail. When Trump wins the election in November, expect riots in 200 cities or more, surreptitiously funded by George Soros and his kind.

The money will fuel Antifa and other groups of young men and women who do not have career level jobs but do have questionable futures. The riots will last for as long as the extremists can persist; days, weeks, even months. From there, open warfare, in the form of urban snipers, is entirely possible.

Leading up to inauguration on January 20, many key dates such as certification from Congress, approval of Electoral College votes, and so on, represent key opportunities for the Left’s planned disruptions.

Disruption and Sabotage

January 20 could be a day of extreme violence. Washington, DC will have to be put under martial law. National guards from every surrounding state will be employed. The violent Left will not allow Trump to peacefully take over the reins from the corrupt, demented Joe Biden.

Biden’s administration, ruled by Barack Obama, will not offer a smooth transition of power, unlike all other presidents since our nation was founded. This is except for Obama, who did all he could to sabotage first Trump’s administration from the get-go.

The rest of January leading into February will represent days of turmoil. The Left will attempt to disrupt Trump’s second administration 24/7. They will harass and threaten political appointees. They will form roadblocks. They will resort to antics in front of federal buildings, the Supreme Court building, and other targeted locations which they deem to be ‘in their way.’

Eventually, Trump can clean it all up but at enormous financial and social cost. Rioters and less-than-peaceful protestors can be taken off the streets and, this time, held for much more than 24 hours. They can be charged, fingerprinted, photographed, and processed by a now lawful Department of Justice . However, such major operations will result in a lot of pain and gnashing of teeth.

Sadly for our nation, the scenarios above are more likely to be true than not.

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