Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren at Boys and Girls Club in Carson City Wednesday.
Democratic candidate for President of the United States Elizabeth Warren brought her campaign through Carson City Wednesday claiming that our country is under the control of the top 1% – the very wealthy – while the vast majority of American families struggle harder and harder just to make ends meet while housing costs skyrocket and wages remain mostly flat as related to buying power over the last three decades.
Warren reminded a packed crowd at the Boys and Girls Club that when she was growing up, the federal minimum wage could support a family – not handsomely – but they could “make it.” Warren said it would take many times the current minimum wage to support a family today. Warren strongly hinted that the country was becoming very difficult to live in for those who aren’t wealthy.
Warren said she grew up wanting to be a school teacher. She said tuition at the local junior college was $50/semester and she worked part-time as a waitress to keep herself in school because she wanted to teach “special needs” children. But eventually she felt the draw of law school. Back then it was $450 per semester. But she stuck with it and three years later she graduated as a lawyer. Her family grew and she eventually began teaching law in a law school.
Warren said in her law practice she learned the ins and outs of life through contract law, commercial law, corporate finance, bankruptcies and more. It eventually struck her how increasingly hard it was for working families just to survive. She said she realized more and more that the country’s economic system made the wealthy even more rich, while the middle class was left twisting in the wind.
Warren watched as government worked more and more in favor of giant drug companies, major corporations, oil companies and huge manufacturers while the cost of health care and higher education drifted ever upward, out of reach of middle and lower income families. She added that the ever-growing wealthy class started investing in members of Congress who now obey their donors rather than helping average American families.
Warren says corruption has engulfed Washington DC. She says we need to end corporate lobbying as we’ve known it. We have to shut the revolving door where corporate lobbyists come through and get laws passed that further fuel the wealthy elites at the expense of middle and lower income families. Warren called for a higher quality U.S. Supreme Court that adheres to a higher level of ethics. She also called for a stead-fast requirement that anyone running for federal office must reveal their tax returns. Warren also called for stronger anti-trust laws. She called for easier worker access to labor unions and revamp labor laws that makes unions and their members more effective in bargaining for their fair share of wages and other benefits.
Warren also called for a tax increase on America’s super wealthy. She said for those with incomes over $50 million a year, she would seek legislation that would levy a 2% tax on every dollar over $50 million “earned.” With that provision in place, Warren predicted that college could be free or nearly free for our young people. Black colleges would be better funded. College graduates with huge debt loads could have them paid off so they wouldn’t suffer the burden of heavy debt through their early working years. School teachers would be paid a more livable wage.
For those wealthy complainers who say they are self-made millionaires Warren said they are not self-made. She said all Americans pay for roads, streets, highways and freeways. All Americans pay for bridges, dams and other water projects. All Americans pay for police, fire protection, schools and airports. Therefore, she said, the wealthy must do more to contribute their fair share through a more fair and realistic tax code.
Warren railed against corruption – often carried out in plain sight, she said. She called for a constitutional amendment that guarantees every vote counts in our elections. Political gerrymandering must end and the country must roll back voter suppression laws common in many states. And Warren said Citizens United must be repealed to ensure that votes prevail – not money.
Warren said these reforms and others will restore dignity to the American people and if elected president, she would work tirelessly to make sure it happens.
Over the weekend of September 28-29, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office received numerous complaints throughout the community from residents reporting their vehicles had been damaged by thrown eggs. More complaints were received throughout the week and involved all areas of the community. The exact number of incidents has not been well documented, since most of the reports were received only as informational phone calls.
Deputies announced the widespread egg-throws throughout the community. As a result, tips as to the identity of the suspects have been called in, along with neighborhood video surveillance. Deputies are reporting substantial progress in identifying ALL of the suspects involved in the weekend vandalism. Since the investigation remains open while more suspects are being interviewed, the names and identity of those already known (all adults) are being withheld. Officers anticipate arrests of all of those involved very soon.
The Sheriff’s Office needs documented complaints from those who have not yet filed statements. Anyone who suffered losses as a result of this vandalism spree is encouraged to file a report at the Sheriff’s Office, at 911 Musser Street, as soon as possible. Anyone with information regarding these widespread incidents is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 887-COPS(2677).
Walk to School Day
Stopping off at the Governor’s Mansion
International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, it has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration each October. Today, thousands of schools across the country – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – participate every October.
In conjunction with Nevada Moves Day, a statewide event held in March each year, the day celebrates the fun and benefits of walking and bicycling to school. It also encourages K-8 students, school staff and families to get physically active.
Teen-ager Jacob Buddwill presented to the Carson City Parks and Recreation Commission Tuesday evening his Eagle Scout project at Carson River Park. Jacob told the commission he wants to to improve the park’s appearance. In his presentation, Jacob shared his proposals to re-paint and landscape the Monument Sign, replace the faded Aquatic Trail sign, replace faded interpretive signs, and re-level some picnic tables that were damaged by flooding. Trails Coordinator Gregg Berggren is the staff lead who is assisting with the planning and project implementation.
The Parks and Recreation Commission was very receptive to Eagle Scout Jacob Budd’s proposal. They gave it their blessing and is sure to receive the same go-ahead from the Carson City Board of Supervisors. This project comes on the heels of a very recent project by another Carson City Eagle Scout who supervised the restoration of our town’s emblem on “C” Hill that overlooks Carson City from the West. They not only re-arranged the rocks to re-configure the letter ‘C’ but they also repainted all the rocks with a fresh coat of white paint so that it can be read not only from many miles away, but possibly from the U.S. Space Station high above the Earth.
End of Kings Canyon, entry to Kings Canyon Falls area.
Parks and Recreation Commissioners then dove in to a somewhat controversial plan to upgrade the parking area for those who like to hike beyond the end of Kings Canyon Road. There is a dirt and gravel parking area from which to begin their hike up to the falls. Nearby is a portable restroom and a turn-around area. Trouble is, it’s a very popular hike-origination spot to the falls and points beyond – all of which is quite up-hill. But there’s more difficulty with the site in that very close homes and driveways that are frequently blocked by well-intentioned hikers but also late night and week-end “party people.” They not only overcrowd the area, some take it upon themselves to be boisterous and play their car stereo systems quite loud – especially all hours of the weekend.
Beyond the loud parties and occasional fist fights, there are fears among the neighbors that in the event of an earthquake or rapid snow-melt flooding, that their “escape route” could be blocked by cars thereby preventing their own evacuation.
City staff assured the commission that they are formulating improvements to the Kings Canyon turn-around area which will up-grade and relocate the restroom facilities. The commissioners lauded staff’s effort and said they are eager to receive and review staff’s final plans to ensure the reconstruction of the turn-around area is what everyone can agree to.
The Parks and Recreation Commission was also presented with the improvements made to the Schulz Park development at the southeast end of town. Besides new homes surrounding it, here are some park amenities the city has installed…
Kitchen fire in apartment at 217 So. Harbin, Apt 5
Tenant put food on stove, fell asleep on the couch. Woke up to smoke.
Carson City Firefighters raced to the scene of a reported apartment fire at 217 So. Harbin Monday night. It was shortly after 9pm that the fire was reported in apartment 5. Preliminary evaluation indicates that a tenant in the apartment put food in a pan and put it on the stove. Unfortunately, he turned around and fell asleep on the couch. The tenant awoke to flames coming from the stove and called the fire department. Quick acting firefighters put the fire out before any major damage could set in. Smoke damage looked minimal.
Moral of the story – If you’re going to sleep don’t cook. If you’re going to cook, don’t sleep.
Safety Review Study Set to Improve Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety at Schools
— Beginning October 1, parents, families and teachers may see drones flying above and around their schools during morning student drop-off or afternoon pick-up. The Carson City School District is working with Carson City government officials to conduct a safety review study designed to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in school zones.
Headway Transportation, a transportation planning and design firm, will use the drones to capture bird’s-eye footage during high-traffic times at each school. Using an aerial perspective, they hope to identify pinch-points and overall circulation around the school. They will conduct surveys using drones of each site on the following days.
- Carson Middle School – October 1 (Afternoon) and October 2 (Morning)
- Empire Elementary School – October 4 (Afternoon) and October 8 (Morning)
- Fremont Elementary School – October 9 (Morning) and October 11 (Afternoon)
- Fritsch Elementary School – October 8 (Afternoon) and October 17 (Morning)
- Eagle Valley Middle School – October 10 (Morning) and October 9 (Afternoon)
- Seeliger Elementary School – October 10 (Afternoon) and October 11 (Morning)
- Bordewich Bray Elementary School – October 15 (Afternoon) and October 16 (Morning)
- Mark Twain Elementary School – October 15 (Morning) and October 16 (Afternoon)
The results from the studies will be incorporated into a master plan of future safety improvements and educational efforts aimed at making walking and biking to school safer. The effort is focused on encouraging students to walk or bike to school.
Headway Transportation has assured the school district the drone pilot will work with the Carson City Airport to notify them of each flight.