Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Michael: URGENT - Tell Clear Channel "No"

A final vote is scheduled for April 26th in the Arizona Senate on SB 1193, the bill that would make it all but impossible to remove illegal billboards on the south side of Tucson and in other parts of the community. This bill is designed to override the Arizona Supreme Court ruling in February that upheld the city's authority to enforce, which our neighborhoods had been pressing the city to do for years. Late Friday, our District 29 Senator Victor Soltero said that he had not made up his mind on the bill. He had, however, given an indication to a full time-lobbyist earlier that he might be supporting the bill.

This bill would be the equivalent of writing a check for $20 million to Clear Channel Outdoor, one of the most right-wing corporations in the country, and would continue to keep the south side in a second-class status. Please call Sen. Victor Soltero immediately and urge him to vote no on SB 1193 and to not support this far right-wing corporation, which even most Republicans voters do not support. Make sure to say that you are a District 29 constituent, if you are, or that you live in Tucson, and leave your address. You might also mention, if applicable, the neighborhood association or other organization you are with, including being a Democratic PC.

The toll-free telephone number is 1-800-352-8404. When prompted, push "3" and when further prompted, punch in the last five digits of his telephone number, "65342". Or you can just call the direct long-distance number at 1-602-926-5342. Please do this today, no later than 11:00 A.M. this morning.

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