Every year Atlas Moving reports on America’s Moving Demographics.
People are really moving to Alaska? And New Hampshire? Congrats! Brrrr!
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Email Me: Kathy Howe
Last night (8-11-09) I attended the Sedona City Council meeting where it was voted 6-1 to put the issue back to the voters: Should Sedona “elect” the Mayor or should the Council determine who will be Mayor by appointing someone from their numbers.
What are the issues?
Last night the discussion included the information that should have gone out to voters years ago, but somehow, missed the mark or was forgotten along the way.
Sedona has always operated with a “strong City Manager” (someone educated and proficient at running a city) model. The role of the Mayor in either situation, appointed or elected, is to preside over meetings and to act as a representative of the Council at events that require Sedona’s “leader” to be present.
A “strong Mayor” model is where the City Manager is but an educated employee taking his/her direction from the Mayor. AZ has no cities with such a model. All 7 Council members agree we do not want this model.
The current Sedona city Council is responsible for the policies and the City Manager carries them out and runs the city in a fiscally responsible way. We are a “strong City Manager” model with an elected Mayor.
We drove off the road this last election when campaign promises were made and executed by the elected Mayor without full Council approval, and last night, our Mayor, Rob Adams, admitted that he understood his campaign promises could not be executed without the full backing of the Council.
What went wrong?
Egos. Yours, mine, and theirs.
The issue is about collaboration, not competition. Our last election showed us how low we could go. That’s not the Sedona we love.
Then there’s the price of running for office. Spending over $20,000 for a $650/month job?
Last night the Council members, one by one, discussed the problem of finding competent people to run for the Council with the cost of running for office so very expensive. Perhaps they should have said: “The cost of winning the office of Mayor”…
In their wisdom (and I do mean wisdom), they have decided to ask us, the electorate, to once again decide about “electing” a Mayor or allowing the Council to select one from their numbers.
Too many bad feelings carried over from the last election and the finger pointing continued long into the Mayor’s term. We, the voters, will be deciding if we want to go through this again.
Let’s think long and hard.
Have a great Sedona day!
How did something I enjoyed so much become a place that I no longer want to go?
Facebook is for my family and friends. If I “connect” with you, I hope you will respect my page and only post to me things that are about you personally…maybe an occasional post about what you’ve been doing in business, or where you are going in business, BUT, please do not try to solicit me to buy your books, your training programs, or your children!
LinkedIn, I allow people to try to solicit me. I figure it’s all about business. But, not my Facebook page.
Today I “disconnected” someone I “connected” with recently. His first post to me was an out and out solicitation. Flush!
Using someone’s Facebook page to advertise your wares is like pinning a note on someone’s child and sending them home to Mom. Mom does not like that.
We’re all looking for ways to “connect” and I am glad to “connect” with strangers as long as they don’t abuse their welcome. My page has become so cluttered with videos that I will never watch, business news and comments from people I don’t know, and information I don’t need. Can I be the only person who is getting p—-d off?
You may “tweet” me with business news, or post on my LinkedIn page, but PLEASE, discontinue posting to me on Facebook. Give it to me on Twitter. It goes away and does not go to everyone who views my page. I’m about quality, not quantity.
It’s called Social Networking for a reason… Facebook is for my chosen friends or people I think I would like to have as friends.
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They both made my week!
NSA is the National Speakers Association. It’s members include people you have only heard about or seen on TV. They are the creme de la creme of the speaking industry. I only wish I were a member.
Through twitter one day I received a “tweet” from someone who did a twitter search and found my name. Michael Benidt introduced himself and we “tweeted” about our worlds. He asked if I knew that the NSA was meeting the week of July 12-17 in Phoenix…I replied “no”…he asked if I had time to attend… I said I would find the time. Why did he go this far with someone who was not a member of NSA. As the President Elect of the Real Estate Educators Association (REEA) he thought his organization and our organization had common ground. Now, friends, this is the ultimate in Social Networking!
I’m not sure what NSA got out of meeting me, but I can tell you what I got out of the National Speakers Association:
I had the privilege of being invited to attend a CSP-only session presented by Michael Benidt and Sheryl Kay, Hidden Treasures of the Internet:
“New Online Survival Strategies: How to Find Real Value in an Overloaded World”, at which, in the Twitter portion, I was introduced as a way in which Twitter can expand your SOI.
My privileged day then included sitting with them at the Conference Chair’s table and sharing the excitement of the speakers, holding the “windbag” with Steve Spangler‘s wife, and making new friends.
Is there an ROI for Social Networking? What do you think?
The next day I was in a real estate CE class presented by AAR with Amy Chorew as the presenter. No disappointment there. She rocks! And her passion for what technology can do for your business is her gift to the classroom.
So what do these two have in common? Me.
Oh no! I’m not trying to be arrogant. They both gave me such get-up-and-go that I’m afraid my to-do list will be perpetual. Keeping up with change is almost a full time job, but to be good, you have to stretch. I’m feeling like a 300 lb woman trying to get into a pair of Chico size O tights… there’s going to be a lot of stretching going on.
Oh, I might add that the day was probably an expensive one as I will now have to have an iPhone so I can “bump”, apply to the NSA for membership, and plan on adding 3 more conferences to my already committed 8 conference dates over the next year. Anyone want to adopt and fund one slightly aged, inquisitive, passionate, often outspoken blonde?
Going to Phoenix in the summer is always iffy! During the monsoons we have lightening (the dry type as well as storm lightening) which ignites the now-dry spring plant growth like a match to cotton. The car is always packed with water (or coffee – can’t do the AM without it!) both directions. Toolbox…well, actually mine is a toolcase with flags, bungee cords, a sledge hammer, and open house signs.
Yesterday’s fire had been phoned in to me after meeting a friend for lunch. So what did I do? I called DPS and asked how long they anticipated the fire to burn and the roads to be closed. They said 1-2 hours, so I planned my shopping accordingly! An extra stop at Marshall’s at 18th St & Camelback cost me a bit more than I had planned…
Headed up the Hwy and screached to a halt just south of Black Canyon City. Turned off the engine, grabbed an Open House sign to block the sun on the drivers side and made a few calls. Got bored…got out of the car…4″ heels get the attention of others and other drivers came over to talk. They weren’t aware of the fire, so with them standing there I recalled DPS who said the northbound lanes were opened 5 minutes earlier but it might take another 10 minutes to move traffic.
Can you even remember life without a cell phone?
I carried that Motorola “brick with an antenna” starting 1988 and paid $.32 per minute.
Oh, the fire was started by a car fire this time, but as I speeded across I-17 to Copper Canyon, the lightening was vicious and at one point I thought it had hit very near me. Mother Nature having a snit.
Have a great day!