Pima County Bond Money Home Loan Program FHA/VA Loans

For a limited time only there is 2.99% interest on a 30 year fixed loan for first time home buyers or veterans. The income limits are attractive. For a family of two or less it is $71,520.00.

The maximum home loan purchase price is, $288,277.00

Eligible properties are new, existing, townhomes, affixed manufactured  homes located in Pima County and City of Tucson.

First time home buyers are defined as those who have not owned a home in the past three years.

Veterans are not required to be first time home-buyers.

The program is sponsored by the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Tucson and Pima County.


For help in locating homes that qualify contact Steve Sisson with Century 21 Heritage Real Estate.   520-241-0091  email;  “steve7978@msn.com”

Rep. Darrell Issa Goes Postal Veterans Unite

Some days it is painful to be registered as a non-partisan voter.  It began in my seminary bound days and stuck.  Even though Dante said, “the hottest places in hell are reserved for the neutral,” I have managed to keep some form of equanimity and objectivity by not caving in to crude, dumbed down, disassociated from reality party politics.

The food fights amongst the duopoly are  worse then ever, and they are not cleaning the kitchen afterward.

Sometimes you just got to call it the way you see it, and I see this Postal Service reform bill for what it is;  a clan of shills preparing the way for a private sector hostile take over, completely contrary to their free market economy mantra.  If  McCain and Issa do not have someone in the wings preparing  to be gifted the USPS, then call me paranoid. But wait two years before leveling your opinion.  The new Capitalism is gimmick capitalism.  Few are making money the old fashion way by earning it, ergo, Wall Street.

The United Postal Service has been one the most reliable employers of veterans for 50 years.  They currently have many reservists in their employ. What happens to these men and women when they return from war to a reformulated organization that now has an underemployed and part time staff? What happens to their families?  What happens to their health care? What level of enforcement is there for the Federal law that mandates that these veterans must be restored to their old positions and pay grade prior to be called to duty? The ripple effect will be so immense when added to the Occupy Wall Street movement, that it may well be the tipping point that leads to outright revolution.  Wrong time Issa.  And, now we know for sure that Senator McCain is  a veteran Uncle Tom.

What happens to the risk pool when you remove this number of employees from their current health care. It literally alters the entire economies of scale, making health care more expensive.  Oh crap, now I get it.. they can blame the increase in unemployment and rising health care costs on the President.   Nifty huh?

See what I mean by gimmick capitalism? Quite the paradox, getting rich off unemployment. Because if you loose your health care and have to start over, it costs more.

What happens to all the leases  and fee title real estate the USPS has obligations to for 30-50 years out? What happens to the already struggling landlords of these properties?

Years ago they sold a massive amount of their  obsolete equipment to China. Are we now looking at a postage stamp that will read, made in China?

Us Vietnam veterans are not real enamored  with this China thing. Remember, they supplied the North Vietnamese with the  weapons and supplies that put 58,000 men on the Wall. This duplicity has a bit more gravity than the actions of Jane Fonda. Grudge? No, just an accurate  memory.

What happens to our rural areas that are already on the edge? How will they and the small businesses, that the GOP proclaims are the backbone of America, be served?

Is this some sinister plot to get our citizens to move into metropolitan areas so as to be the perfect consumers?  China would like that.  If we no longer need rural America for food, textiles, forests and fuel, we can just start importing all of our essentials.  I see the envelopes and boxes for delivery coming from China.

In the literal sense a shill is a charade acting as an innocent bystander.  These Senators are shills squared, as they will never be at the effect of what they are causing. You just have to ask yourselves for whom they are doing the bidding?

Is this the sovereign America our men and women in uniform are defending?  Or is sovereignty now an antiquated concept?

All veterans who took an oath to uphold the Constitution, hopefully inherent of protecting our sovereign nation, should help block this legislation. It is part of the selling off of America that began in 2001.



Retroactive Stop Loss Pay Deadline Nears

Deadline to Apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Nears
            The Oct. 21, 2011, deadline for eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP) is one month away.  The deadline was previously extended to allow those eligible more time to apply for the benefits they have earned under the program guidelines.
            “The nation has rallied behind this effort — the military services have been joined by the White House, Congress, the VA, veteran and military service organizations, and friends and family members around the world,” said Lernes Hebert, director of Officer and Enlisted Personnel Management.  “Despite these remarkable outreach efforts, some people may still not yet have applied.  If you think you are eligible, and have not yet applied, now is the time to do so.”
            Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay was established to compensate for the hardships military members encountered when their service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss authority between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009.  Eligible members or their beneficiaries may submit a claim to their respective military service in order to receive the benefit of $500 for each full or partial month served in a Stop Loss status.
            When RSLSP began on Oct. 21, 2009, the services estimated 145,000 service members, veterans and beneficiaries were eligible for this benefit.  Because the majority of those eligible had separated from the military, the services have engaged in extensive and persistent outreach efforts, to include multiple direct mailings, public service announcements, and continuous engagements with military and veteran service organizations, social networks and media outlets.
            To apply, or for more information on RSLSP, including submission requirements and service-specific links, go to http://www.defense.gov/stoploss .
God Bless
Jose M. Garcia PNC
National Service Officer
Catholic War Veterans,USA
Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.
In God We Trust

Caveat For Future Veteran Residents of Posada Del Sol

With the population of aging baby boomer veterans, one of the largest in American history, it is well known by investors of all sorts that this is a future cash cow for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living facilities. It may be important to know who your Landlord will be.  This is no more than a press release and the reader will have to conduct their own further due diligence.  For the present, I will acquiesce to the work done by former Supervisor Ed Moore.  As always, our readers will have something to offer to either further or refute the veracity of this claim.



$1000 REWARD


At the August 15, 2011 meeting of the Pima County Board of
Supervisors, the following item was on the Agenda:


11. REAL PROPERTY – Unfinished Business (RM 8/2/11)

Award of Purchase Contract

Consent by the Board of Supervisors for Award of Purchase Contract for the sale of Posada del Sol Health Care Center located at 2250 N. Craycroft Road, Tax Parcel Nos. 121-05-0140, 0150, 016A, 017F and 017J, to Hunter Properties Investments, L.L.C, in the amount of $7,800,000.00.  The term of the sale is cash with a $500,000.00 deposit received as earnest money.


Information provided by staff to the Board of Supervisors included the memo dated August 2, 2011 from the County Administrator which stated:



I recommend accepting the bid of $7,800,000 from Hunter Property Investments, LLC.  They are the highest bidder to have satisfied the County’s minimum requirements and provide clearly demonstrated ability to promptly close on the transaction to purchase Posada del Sol.”


Among other memos from staff dealing with “Hunter” was the County Administrator’s recommendation dated August 15, 2011 which stated:


I recommend accepting the bid of $7,800,000 from Hunter Property Investments, LLC for the purchase of Posada del Sol Healthcare Center.”


The County Administrator made these recommendations after staff did their examination and due diligence on “Hunter”.  The Board of Supervisors accepted the “bid” from “Hunter”.


I paid for copies of the two highest bids received by Pima County for this purchase.  There was NO “BID” from Hunter Property Investments LLC. In other words, Pima County turned down a bid for $9,150,000 and, instead, awarded the purchase to Hunter Property Investments LLC for $7,800,000 – a company that had not submitted a bid. In my opinion, the reasons given by County staff for throwing out the higher bids actually received are suspect.


As a real estate broker for more than 40 years and a member of the Board of Supervisors for 12 years, I believe County staff involved with this purchase recommendation should have been laughed out of the building.


I know the members of the Board of Supervisors and I know that if staff had told them the truth, they would have awarded the purchase that was $1,350,000 higher.


To help expose the truth to our community, I will pay $1000 to the first person who can provide a copy of the bid from Hunter Property Investments LLC. It must be the bid voted on by Pima County.


In my opinion, this entire process has had a “Rio Nuevo” stink from the point of view of the staff and not the Board of Supervisors.   Any bid is public record and easily obtained.  Any County employee is eligible to earn the $1000 reward.


Supervisor Richard Elias is to be complimented for voting against this possibly rigged transaction.


Ed Moore

Former Pima County Supervisor and

Pima County taxpayer.

Veterans At Work

 For years, maybe ten or fifteen, I have often wondered what our daily living would be like without the millions of veterans, disabled included, that volunteer their time and talents to make the world a better place.  Time is clearly a commodity that is meted out to all  without discrimination.  It is only with time that we can implement the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Were I not a disabled veteran, I would not have the time to either write this blog, nor assist fellow vets with their claims.  My salary is zero.  And I love it that way.
> > As you open your pockets for the next natural disaster, please keep
> > these facts in mind:
> >
> >
> > � The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans
> > salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses
> >
> >
> > � The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000
> > base salary along with numerous expense benefits.
> >
> >
> > � UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k
> > per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE . Less than 5
> > cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.
> >
> >
> > � The Salvation Army’s Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a
> > salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2
> > billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the
> > cause.
> >
> >
> > � The American Legion National Commander receives a $0.00 zero
> > salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and
> > youth!
> >
> >
> > � The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives a
> > $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their
> > families and youth!
> >
> >
> > � The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives a
> > $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their
> > families and youth!
> >
> >
> > � The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander
> > receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and
> > their families and youth!
> >
> >
> > � The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander receives
> > a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their
> > families and youth!
> >
> >
> > No further comment is necessary. Please share this with everyone you can.

Veterans Love The Trolley

You may be asking what this has to do with Veterans Affairs. Lots, if you know the history of transportation in America and its respect for veterans. One of the Old Pueblo Trolley cars, the “Belgian,” has medallions above several of the seats. They were placed there for World War l veterans, signifying they could ride for free if they sat in those seats.

As a trained Conductor for Old Pueblo Trolley, I used to invite tons of disabled veterans to come and ride with us on the weekends and I would just pay the tab. The camaraderie was tremendous and mingling with happy riders, including smiling children, was good for the vets. This will be nothing but nostalgia, like the Trolley itself, if they do not survive after the construction of the modern streetcar. Tucson has not been noted for its collective interest in preservation. Nor have the staff and volunteers had much recognition since its founding in 1983.

Few know that Old Pueblo Trolley has operated on an  all volunteer crew, inclusive of maintenance and restoration, since its inception. God bless you all, you have brought many fond memories to thousands of Tucsonans. The hope of your loyal riders is that we will be able to create more of those memories on the rails of the future



Revised as of 9-27-11






After 18 ½ years of serving the community, Old Pueblo Trolley’s operation of historic streetcars will be suspended at the end of October until construction of the modern streetcar project is finished.  Initial project work will provide an improved drainage system on 7th Street and 8th street necessitating removal of the track and overhead electric conductor in early November.  This work is scheduled to be followed by replacement of the single existing track and overhead on 4th Avenue and University Blvd. with new double track and overhead electric supply system.

Therefore, the last opportunity for the public to ride the historic trolley will be during the five weekends of October.  The schedule will remain the same as it has been – Friday evening from 6 p.m. to midnight., Saturday from noon to midnight, and Sunday afternoon from noon to 6 p.m.  Regular fares of $1.50 one-way, $3.00 round trip will be charged.  Also private charters for groups can be arranged during any week in October.

The month of last rides will be capped off with a special Halloween “last run” night on Monday, October 31, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Anyone in a Halloween costume will be given a free ride.

Old Pueblo Trolley looks forward to operating with the modern streetcar when it commences operation in 2013.  In preparation, volunteers will continue restoration and maintenance work on the trolleys.  Tours of the ongoing work at the trolley barn and of OPT’s historic bus restoration efforts can be arranged by appointment.  The public may also visit the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum and Locomotive 1673 at the historic depot, 414 N. Toole Avenue, Sunday and Tuesday thru Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, or to charter the trolley, check the website – www.oldpueblotrolley.org, or call Tom Gorman at (520) 326-0377.