Friday, September 18, 2009

Part#3: Decay, waste and ruin in Pinal County. . . . It’s all around us.

















Prior to moving to Maricopa more than 16 years ago, I lived in the Maryvale section of Phoenix and in Glendale for approximately 8 years. Those places were full blown “shit-holes” by the early 1990’s. They are even worse now. I moved out here to get away from barrios, thugnuts, blight and crime. Things were not too bad when I first moved here. I had almost no neighbors and there was almost zero crime. Unfortunately, the next door neighbors were criminals and it took a while to get rid of them. When I first met Deputy Michael Claeys of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, I thought I had moved to “Mayberry”. People even waved as they drove by. Those days are gone. Within five years, my opinion of this area changed dramatically. And this change of attitude was not positive. There were no more “Mayberry” or “Green Acres” jokes.

It seemed like as soon as the Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino opened on the nearby reservation, everybody and their brother turned into compulsive gamblers and burglars. Trustworthy people are extremely few and far between out here. By the time Maricopa incorporated in 2003, we had as many police as you may expect to find in south Phoenix at night on a weekend.

On one of my rare evening visits to the newly opened Basha’s, I observed two marked police cars, a motorcycle cop and two on bicycles. All of them were in the Basha’s parking lot just before dark. I would rather drive the 30 miles to a grocery store than have one like this so close to home. The Maricopa Basha’s is 9 miles from my home.

I discovered that my rural neighborhood was full of young dope fiends and thieves. Some were Hispanic and others were these white kids that tried to dress like black ghetto thugs or hood rats. You know, with the baggy pants falling off their asses and hats on backwards. They walked like they had some sort of rash in their butt crack.

I regret having offered some of them jobs. Almost all of them were a major disappointment and embarrassment to my employer as well as me. I spent several years in advertising, printing and political marketing. I learned, never ever attempt to help anyone out or hire anyone from your own neighborhood. You will definitely get screwed. I found better employees at the homeless shelters in Phoenix.

Maricopa was the subject of an article in the New York Times on April 6, 2008. The city was also mentioned on ABC's Nightline on May 7, 2008, during its "Realty Check" segment. The story dealt with the subprime mortgage crisis. During the story, Maricopa was referred to as the "poster child of the housing crisis." This happened because banks caved under pressure from liberal politicians to loan money to unworthy deadbeats.

As it should happen, I’m not the only one that knows enough to look for stolen property at the Farmers Convenience Store/Papago Rd. swap meet. Somebody got ripped off and that was the first place they were going to look in hopes of recovering their property.
 
From the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office log, 09/05/2009:

090905057 Break in (Not in progress) BURGLARY (DESCRIBE OFFENSE)Incident Address : 900 BLOCK OF S DEER TRLMARICOPA AZ
Time Reported: 10:22Time Occurred between: 10:22:14 09/05/09 – 10:22:14 09/05/09
Cad Info: DELAYED REPORT. RP ADV. THAT SOME APPLIANCES WERE TAKEN FROM 42.NO SUSPECT INFO. RP WOULD LIKE 21 PRIOR TO DEPUTY COMING OUT.RP ADV. THAT HE IS GOING TO ATL HIS STUFF AT THE FARMERS MARKET.

Side affects of rural blight
 
Not only is rural blight unsightly to look at, it attracts the worst type of individuals civilization has to offer. A little over 6 years ago, a portable evaporative cooler disappeared from my front porch while I was working a 14-hour shift. I found it the next day sitting in the neighbor’s yard across the street. The stupid S.O.B.’s denied stealing it. I guess it sprouted legs, opened my gate and walked over there all by itself.

It amazes me that a person can get caught “red handed” and still deny doing anything wrong. These are the kinds of people that need to be systematically removed from the gene pool. We should take a lesson from the Serbs and solve problems the practical way.

Not long after the cooler incident, the other neighbor’s brother was caught and arrested in my back yard. It was the middle of the night. He had an outstanding felony warrant for dangerous drugs. He made a lame attempt to hide from the deputies. Once in custody, the 26 year old “junkie” cried for his “daddy” to come get him out of jail.

I’m at the point now, that if I saw one of my neighbors laying along the road bleeding to death, I would not make any attempt to help them. I would more than likely stop, laugh in their pathetic face and take their picture as they slowly die. I would probably make some sort of remark like, “You had this coming for a long time. Now, you’re going to die. “How does it feel?”

I seem to have the Pinal County Government’s attention:

VISITOR ANALYSIS
Referrer: http://vandal49588.blogspot.com/2009/09/part-one-decay-waste-and-ruin-in-pinal.html
Host Name: 67-128-3-2.dia.static.qwest.net
IP Address: 67.128.3.2
Country: United States
Region: Arizona
City: Queen Creek
ISP: Pinal County Government
Returning Visits: 0
Visit Length: Multiple visits spread over more than one day
 
 
VISITOR ANALYSIS
Referrer: http://www.harryhughes.net/
Host Name: 67-128-3-2.dia.static.qwest.net
IP Address: 67.128.3.2
Country: United States
Region: Arizona
City: Florence
ISP: Pinal County Government
Returning Visits: 3
Visit Length: Multiple visits spread over more than one day

"Mental debasement is the greatest misfortune that can befall a people." --Alexander Hamilton
 
Since September 1, 2009, Pinal County Government has visited my page no less than 30 times. I hope they do more than just read. I would like to see action. Action, not in the form of shutting me up, but fixing my neighborhood.

County government should be concerned. You cannot brush rural blight under the rug forever. The only reason it’s not getting publicity until now is apathy. Not one person had the motivation to go out and take a few photographs, create a blog or write a letter. One disabled fixed income individual with an inexpensive camera is the only person that seems to care about the sorry state of his neighborhood. The rest of the community is either drunk, stoned or just stupid. They must also be happy paying “rich-man’s” taxes on devalued property.

One idiot criticized me for not pointing out the positive things in my community. Well, those things were very hard to find. Additionally, positive things don’t normally need fixed. It’s the “broken” things that do.

What Pinal County should really be worried about this fall is how many people won’t be paying their property taxes. People that skip out and let their homes fall apart, don’t pay taxes.
 
I liked this:

“Arizona has more extremists per capita that any other state in the country.” --I heard this on the Channel 12 News on 09/09/2009 at 6:29PM
 

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I am in Tbird too. And my website was/is also being tracked by Pinal County! Can you tell me why they went after you??

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