A frightened employee in the Basalt, Colorado Post Office managed to video the last minute of a vicious assault she endured by a co-worker while at work early in the morning on January 26, 2023.
Category: Worker advocacy
Activism, Coronavirus pandemic, Good Republicans, Good things about Mesa County, Local scut, Pandemic, Pop culture, Tim Foster, Weird Grand Junction Stuff, Worker advocacy
7th Street Deli saved by Tim Foster
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The 7th-Street Deli has been saved!
The deli was threatened with eviction in mid-January for non-payment of back rent. The owner had suffered a prolonged 50% loss of business due to back-to-back renovation projects that took place on 7th Street in 2019 and 2020, and then got hit with the no-indoor dining order in 2020 from Covid. Deli owner Debbie Allen had made it through all those obstacles and was finally getting out of her debt when the property owner slapped her with an eviction notice and a lawsuit for tens of thousands in back rent. The deli started a GoFundMe account and donations poured in. By the end of January they had raised about $8,000, but it wasn’t enough to pay off all the back rent.
Activism, Conservatives, Corruption, Cronyism, Economics, Elections, Ethics, Extremism, politics, Republican incompetence, Republicans violating laws, Trump Insanity, Worker advocacy
How Trump’s sabotage of the Post Office is playing out locally
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In May of 2020, President Trump appointed Louis DeJoy, a Trump mega-donor with no postal experience as Postmaster General of the United States.
After taking office in June, Mr. DeJoy immediately started making changes to the Postal Service that resulted in delayed delivery of mail across the country. His actions included removal of 23 top postal executives, removing high-speed mail sorting machines from post offices around the country and prohibiting employees from logging overtime to deliver mail.
Elections, Embarrassing Republicans, Ethics, Mesa County Republican Party, politics, Propaganda, Tina Peters, Worker advocacy
Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters using taxpayer funds to burnish her tarnished image with professional PR project
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Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters used taxpayer funds to pay for a professional PR campaign promoting herself and her running of the Clerk’s office to counter the recall effort ongoing against her. The PR project comes during a time when the county is financially strapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and at a time when local governments are talking about layoffs. And she’s doing it during regular work hours and on taxpayer time, too.
Embarrassing Republicans, Energy, Environment, Extremism, politics, Stupid Republicans, Worker advocacy
Sen. Ray Scott’s tweet opposes progress and planning for future
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Is Republican State Senator Ray Scott concerned about Colorado’s economy and workforce?
It sure doesn’t look like it, judging from his twitter feed.
On September 4, Scott posted a tweet that said “2022 an’t come fast enough.” It was his response to an announcement that Governor Polis had just created a new government office to deal with pressing new problems facing Colorado’s workforce. Scott’s tweet referred to the year when Governor Polis’s first term in office will be over.
Sen. Scott tweeted his disdain Governor Polis’ newly-created “Office for the Future of Work,” announced September 4.
Sen. Scott either 1) failed to investigate the need for this office, or he 2) doesn’t care what’s going to happen to Colorado workers in the near future if we fail to plan for coming trends.
Crazy Republicans, Ethics, Harassment, Lies, politics, Trump Insanity, Worker advocacy
BLM to G.J.? Moving federal offices out of D.C. is a way to dismantle them, Mulvaney tells Republicans
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Don’t cheer the relocation of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) out of Washington, D.C. to Grand Junction until you understand the Trump administration’s real motive behind moving federal agencies out of Washington. Hint: It’s not to help them, and it’s not to help us.
The real motive for moving agencies out of Washington is to hobble and destroy them.
Uprooting federal agencies and moving them out of D.C. into “red” areas is a method the Trump administration is using to pressure skilled federal workers to leave by attrition and destroy federal oversight agencies. Republican Senator Cory Gardner, all three of our Republican Mesa County Commissioners (John Justman, Rose Pugliese and Scott McInnis) and Trump administration employees have all been telling the public that moving the agencies out of Washington is a way to streamline them, and make them more efficient and responsive to the people and industries they oversee.
Crazy Republicans, Cronyism, Deplorables, Elections, Embarrassing Republicans, Environment, Extremism, politics, Worker advocacy
Job openings with the county pay $87,500/year plus benefits and require no experience
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Mesa County has two job openings right now that pay $87,300/year gross salary with additional generous perks and benefits, and that require absolutely no experience and no required level of educational attainment. That’s a pretty good wage in Mesa County for someone with no experience and no particular educational attainment, since the wages here are so low compared to the rest of the state. (The average weekly wage in Denver in the last quarter of 2018 was $1,414. In Mesa County it was $895). The opening is for two new county commissioners. The only requirements to be county commissioner — literally — are that you have to be a minimum of 18 years old and have lived in either County Commissioner District 1 or District 3 for at least one year. That’s it. In case you don’t believe me, the photo above gives the salaries for each of our three county commissioners for just one month — the month of June, 2019. The information was printed in the legal notices in the Sunday, August 11, 2019 issue of the Daily Sentinel. You can see the minimal requirements for the job yourself posted on Mesa County’s website. Multiply the above salary by 12 to get your new annual gross salary if you land this job ($87,500/year). Oh, and did I mention it’s also free to apply? You can even have a criminal record and it’s okay. This position can be held for up to 8 years.
Democracy, Diversity, Elections, Grand Junction Chamber, politics, Stupid Republicans, Weird Grand Junction Stuff, Worker advocacy
Lessons from past G.J. City Council elections
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Were you around for the 2013 City of Grand Junction election?
If not, then you really missed a doozy.
That was a year in which Grand Junction residents learned some big, important lessons about city council elections.
Here is one of them:
The best-funded candidates for city council are often the WORST people to sit on city council.
Advertising, Corporations, Corruption, Crazy Republicans, Democracy, Economics, Elections, Ethics, politics, Worker advocacy
Sen. Ray Scott defends taking corporate PAC money
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Colorado state Senator Ray Scott came out swinging in a blog posted four days ago defending himself against the hard-hitting new “Pay Scott” video posted online by his challenger, Chris Kennedy, that lists all the Corporate PAC money Scott takes.
Kennedy says he will not take any corporate PAC funds, “period.”
Scott justified his taking corporate PAC money by claiming that the PACs that fund him represent the “hard-working families of Mesa County.”
Consumer advocacy, Democracy, Education, Equal rights, Ethnic/Minority, Hate, Health care, Intolerance, politics, Separation of Church and State, Worker advocacy
Liberals, be very proud of who you are
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Right wingers often disparage political liberals in western Colorado with nasty names like “libtard” and “snowflake.” Some even claim without foundation that liberalism is a “mental disorder.”
But being politically liberal is a profoundly positive thing.
Because liberals have made most of the progress in American society.
Crazy Republicans, Economics, Energy, Environment, Ethics, politics, Public health, Safety, Stupid Republicans, Worker advocacy
Senator Ray Scott’s absurd efforts to block progress in the energy industry
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State Senator Ray Scott (R-Mesa County) isn’t just your average fossil fuel cheerleader. He goes far beyond defending the oil and gas industry by working to hobble and block advancements in clean, renewable energy, including solar energy, electric cars and even by finding creative ways to attack bicycle transportation. Even worse, Scott ignores inevitable injuries and deaths caused in pursuit of fossil fuel development, like the deadly explosion of a home in Firestone, Colorado on May 4, 2017 that killed two people and the July 27, 2018 explosion at a gas collection facility just over the state line in Cisco, Utah that badly burned two workers.
Activism, Crazy Republicans, politics, Propaganda, Weird Grand Junction Stuff, Worker advocacy
Club 20 screams like a spoiled toddler and charges $25 to attend it’s debate while Polis attends events that are free and open to everyone
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At the end of July, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis announced he was going to have to miss Club 20’s September 8 candidate debate. In response Club 20 took on the persona of a spoiled, whiny toddler, quickly issuing a nasty press release (pdf) that screamed Polis had — *gasp!* — snubbed it and was slapping the collective face of the entire western slope because he wouldn’t attend it’s exclusive, must-do event.
Come on, Club 20. Grow up. Polis has something else to do. Check it out:
Consumer advocacy, Safety, Trump Insanity, Worker advocacy
Trump’s war on worker safety
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Falling from scaffolding, getting hurt by chemical hazards, getting cut by, caught in or crushed by equipment… many Mesa County workers face hazards like this every day on the job.
A significant number of people in Mesa County work in some the country’s most dangerous occupations. Nationwide 5,190 workers were killed on the job in 2016. On average, that’s more than 99 people a week, or over 14 worker deaths every day. The construction industry has by far the highest fatality rate of any industry in the U.S., accounting for fully 21% of workplace fatalities. 823 oil and gas industry workers were killed on the job in the U.S. from 2003 to 2010 — a fatality rate seven times greater than the rate for all U.S. industries. There were over a dozen fires and explosions at Colorado oil and gas facilities in the eight months following the fatal blast in Firestone, Colorado, in April, 2017 that killed two people in their home. In one 12 year span, one oil and gas worker was killed every three months in Colorado, all while workers face a system more focused on protecting drilling companies than the people who work for them.
Education, Ethics, politics, Worker advocacy
CMU Staff and Students Unhappy with School’s Odd, Oppressive Administrative Structure
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Colorado Mesa University staff members are expressing frustration with the school’s unusual, flat administrative structure, which seems strategically designed to eliminate staff input into school operations, and prevent empowerment of the staff on campus.
CMU President Tim Foster over the years has reshaped CMU’s administration to eliminate the normal avenues of communication between staff and administration that most other universities have, employees say. Instead Foster has substituted an odd, flat administrative structure that eliminates staff’s input into school operations and serves as a firewall against opposition to the administration.
Consumer advocacy, Crazy Republicans, Democracy, Economics, Environment, Ethics, Health, politics, Pollution, Public health, Safety, Worker advocacy
Rep. Scott Tipton: A One-Man Wrecking Ball for Coloradans
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Think House Representative Scott Tipton is on your side? Think again.
In the last couple of weeks, Rep. Tipton has voted against cleaner air, against creating more American jobs, and in favor of keeping financial information secret that would allow Congress to tell if changes President Trump proposes in the U.S. tax code would benefit his family’s income.
Economics, politics, Religion, Worker advocacy
Mesa County Democrats Cheered at 4th of July Parade in Grand Junction
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It’s a new thing for people on Grand Junction’s Main Street to cheer the Mesa County Democrats as they pass by in the Independence Day Parade. Years ago, the Democrats’ parade entry consisted four or five people and a donkey, and the crowd was stone-faced when we walked by.
But times are changing in Mesa County.
People are starting to see that the Democratic Party (pdf) isn’t just the party that goes to bat for working people on issues like a living wage, sick pay, parental leave and a diversified economy in Mesa County. It isn’t just the party that believes everyone should be able to get the health care they need. It isn’t just the party that recognizes the value of science and technology to humanity’s future. People now seeing that the Democratic Party is the party grown-up candidates who understand and respect America’s system of government and who show respect towards all people regardless of race, religion or non-religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
Yes, Mesa County. That recognition is worth cheering about.
Consumer advocacy, Economics, Equal rights, Ethics, Extremism, Health care, Human rights, politics, Poverty, Women, Worker advocacy
Reality Check: Does Your Political Affiliation Match Your Best Interests?
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Here’s a question for Mesa County workers:
When was the last time your political party helped make your life better?
If you can’t think of anything, there’s a reason.
The dominant political party in our area has long been the Republican Party, but if you work for a salary or hourly wage, or have a small business, are registered as a Republican and think the Republican party has your best interests at heart, think again.
Consumer advocacy, Elections, Grassroots advocacy, Human rights, politics, Worker advocacy
G.J. City Council Candidate Jesse Daniels is Generating Buzz
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Momentum is growing for Grand Junction City Council candidate Jesse Daniels, the youngest and most modern-thinking city council candidate we’ve ever had. He’s fighting for some long-needed beneficial change in Grand Junction, and it’s about time.
Jesse is different kind of candidate. He has special appeal to the younger set who’ve long felt completely unrepresented on city council and longed for a change. Jesse knows how to roll…He has a logo, a Facebook page, understands social media and the importance of the Internet, and like most hard-working city residents, Jesse is a working person himself, not a retiree. He’s been involved in the goings-on in downtown Grand Junction for over 20 years.