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October 2016 Sun City Democratic Newsletter/Blog Right Now!

Updated on September 25, 2016

Lake Pleasant

Protect and Enhance Lake Pleasant
Protect and Enhance Lake Pleasant

Water Map & Candidates

Candidates to Speak:  Alexandra Arboleda, Jim Holway, and Ben Graff.
Candidates to Speak: Alexandra Arboleda, Jim Holway, and Ben Graff.

Protecting our Water With Your Vote

Water Conservancy Board Candidates will speak at the October 6th meeting of the Sun City Democratic Club. The meeting will be at 6:oo p.m. at Fairway Recreation Center on the corner of Peoria and 107th Avenue.

Speaking at the meeting will be Alexandra Arboleda, Zen Graff, and Jim Holoway.Maricopa County Voters will elect 5 CAWD Board members on November 8th. The CAWD Board members are un-paid and come from Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima Counties. They serve for 6 year terms that are staggered.

The Mission of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) is the steward of central Arizona's Colorado River water entitlement and a collaborative leader in Arizona's water community.

The Vision of the Central Arizona Project will be a collaborative, innovative leader in the management and the delivery of water to Central Arizona. It will enhance the state's economy and quality of life and ensure sustainable growth for current and future populations of Arizonans.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the CAWD:

Q: What is the length of the canal?
A: 336 miles from Lake Havasu City to Tucson.

Q: Where does the canal end?
A: 14 miles south of Tucson.

Q: How much did the project cost?
A: CAP cost approximately $4 billion to construct. According to the contract with the federal government, $1.65 billion has to be repaid.

Q: How wide is the canal?
A: The average size of the aqueduct in its beginning is 80 feet across the top and 24 feet across the bottom and the water is 16.5 feet deep. The oversized section of the canal, which acts as an internal reservoir system, is 160 feet across the top and 80 feet across the bottom.

Q: How thick are the concrete panels in the aqueduct?
A: The concrete is 3.5 inches thick and, in some areas, it is reinforced with steel rebars.

Q: How much water is in the canal?
A: The canal will deliver an average of 1.5 million acre feet of Colorado River water annually. If the canal were operated full-bore year round, the capacity would be approximately 2.2 million acre feet.

Q: How much water is lost through evaporation (or seepage)?
A: Due to the design, constant delivery system and efficient operation methods, CAP's average annual evaporation loss is 4.4 percent, or 16,000 acre feet from the aqueduct and 50,000 acre feet from Lake Pleasant. Seepage losses are 0.6 percent, or 9,000 acre feet per year.

Q: Who gets CAP water?
A: There are three classifications of users: municipal (e.g., cities such as Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale), agricultural (we commonly deliver water to agricultural irrigation districts such as the Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation District), and Indian communities (12 tribes have allocations).

Key Issues on the ballot include:

* Ensuring Reliable water supplies at an affordable cost

* Preparing for drought and other potential for climate change

* Securing new water supplies to sustain Central Arizona

* Acquiring other reliable, diversified and clean energy to continue to power the CAP

* Setting water rates and property tax that supports CAP


Alexandra Arboleda

Arizona needs a water law expert on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board.

Alexandra Arboleda moved to Tucson, Arizona when she was seven years old and fell in love with the Arizona lifestyle. Her father was a Professor of Political Science at University of Arizona and her mother was a high school English teacher. Some of Alexandra's fondest family memories involve riding her horse and hiking with her family in the mountains near Tucson. Through these experiences she developed a love of the outdoors and a respect for the importance and the scarcity of water in an arid environment. Alexandra's travels through Latin America in her twenties expanded her love of the outdoors and her awareness of the necessity for sustainable water supplies in all parts of the world. Now, as a mother of two kids, she cares about the water legacy we leave for future generations.

Alexandra has dedicated her career to solving Arizona’s water and natural resource challenges. The depth and breadth of her experience as a water attorney give her a unique and diverse understanding of the issues related to management of Arizona’s Colorado River supplies. She has experience working on the general stream adjudications and Indian water rights settlements, as well as surface water rights, groundwater management and the Law of the Colorado River. During her career, she has represented cities, farms, utilities, water providers, environmental non-profits and an Indian tribe. As an attorney with The Storey Lawyers, Alexandra enjoys seeking creative solutions that benefit all parties in resolving difficult and complex challenges. Alexandra received her B.A. in political science from Stanford University and her J.D. from University of Arizona.


Jim Holway 30 Years of Water & Land Management Experience:

Board Member, Central Arizona Project

Arizona Department of Water Resources,

Assistant Director ASU Professor,

Water Policy and Sustainability ASU Coordinator,

Arizona Water Institute Director,

Western Lands & Communities Program,

Sonoran Institute Community Leadership:

Arizona Town Hall Research Committee

Arizona Heritage Alliance,

Board of Directors Chair of Phoenix Parks Board & Papago Park Ad Hoc Committee

Governor’s Growing Smarter Oversight Council Education:

PhD Water & Land Use Planning, University of North Carolina

BA Political Science, Cornell University

Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board

Jim’s experience and leadership skills will help Arizona


Ben Graff is a father, attorney, and candidate for the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board. As an Arizona native with deep roots in Arizona politics and experience making strategic decisions related to land use and water policy, he is highly qualified for this incredibly important elected position. As a land-use attorney with Withey Morris, PLC, Ben is an expert in a variety scenarios and issues related to the water demands of Maricopa County and our various municipalities. Ben’s successful practice is sustained through his contacts with planning staff, appointed officials, and elected officials in towns, cities, and counties throughout Arizona. During law school, Ben was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to serve a two-year term as a Regent for the Arizona Board of Regents. Today, he serves as a Regent Emeritus, a precinct and state committee-person, and is involved with Valley Partnership, Arizona Forward and is a graduate of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy and Valley Leadership.

Elect Hillary! Turn Arizona BLUE!

Lots of Volunteer Opportunities  Email Shirley McAllister at or call her at 623-.556-6777
Lots of Volunteer Opportunities Email Shirley McAllister at or call her at 623-.556-6777

Holiday Party!!

Mark your calendars and get your tickets for the Holiday Party.  Have some fun!
Mark your calendars and get your tickets for the Holiday Party. Have some fun!

Holiday Party!

Plan now for the Sun City Democratic Party Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m.. The company is wonderful and the food great! Please mail your reservation form today!

You may also pick up a form at our Monday Coffees and our meetings the first Thursday of the month at Fairway Recreation Center beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6, 5:00 p.m.

Paul Penzone for Sheriff & Ann Kirkpatrick for Senate

Keeping tabs on our very own Paul Penzone for Sheriff and Ann Kirkpatrick for Senate at our meetings and at our coffees.

Here are their websites:

Paul Penzone:

Ann Kirkpatrick:

As of the last polls both Paul Penzone and Ann Kirkpatrick were leading their opponents. You can help by calling, canvassing, and talking!

Join Us! Election Watch Party

The Election Watch Party will start at 6:00 p.m. at Fairway on Election Night, November 8th at Fairway Recreation Center.

SCDC is providing pizza and drinks. You may BYOB. Plan on cheering when Hillary makes history by being the First Woman President of the USA.

Have some fun with us!

Lead the Sun City Democratic Club!

The SCDC is looking for you! Are you interested in becoming a candidate for the Executive Board? Please email our President Vance Coleman at

The Executive Board meets once a month and also oversees the events that the SCDC provides and participates in. We need your new ideas and participation to make our group become stronger and work to the fullest. Join an already great team!

Your interest should be emailed before the October meeting.

The positions are interesting and you can make your mark for the future of the SCDC. We Democrats gotta stick together and serve!

Tribute to Governor Rose Mofford

The SCDC pays tribute to Governor . Rose Mofford who passed away on Thursday at the age of 94. Governor Mofford blazed the way for women. She was an effective leader and a kind and thoughtful Governor. She lead our state at a trying time with grace and charm. We were all thankful for her style and wisdom.

Nearly every long time resident that you speak with has a Governor Rose story. She use to have her Sunday breakfast at Christ-Mall where I would often stop and have a chat with her. She always had time and a good word.

It was reported that Governor Rose was particularly happy to cast her vote for Hillary Clinton for President and Ann Kirkpatrick for U.S.Senator from Arizona.


Arizona Organizing Summit

Shirley McAllister reported that on Saturday over 400 women attended a Women Together Arizona Organizing Summit.

Speakers included that included Gabby Giffords and Gloria Steinem. Also featured were the Hillary for America National Women's Vote Director Mini Timmaraju and EMILY's List Executive Director Jessica O'Connell.

The purpose of the meeting were to learn the bes tways to insure votes for Hillary and the Democratic Candidates. Find your volunteer spot at the SCDC meeting!

17 Minutes of Trump YOU WILL ENJOY


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