IRC Schedules Public Hearings For Comments On First Set Of Grid Maps

IRC Schedules Public Hearings For Comments On First Set Of Grid Maps

Phoenix, AZ – The initial maps for Arizona’s redistricting process were approved on September 14, 2021, by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC). The approved grid maps are of equal populations for the congressional and legislative districts as required by the state constitution.

Arizonans are encouraged to become involved with this next phase by utilizing the online mapping system and or by attending the public hearing sessions. Information can be found at

“We welcome the involvement and voices of all interested individuals and groups to become part of this critical process that will remain in place for the next ten years,” said Erika Neuberg, Chairwoman Independent Redistricting Commission. “With the approval of scheduled dates, times and locations, for the next round of public hearing, we will follow the State of Arizona’s COVID guidelines but also encourage those who choose not to participate in person to please go online and submit comments and maps.”

The following is the schedule of in-person public meeting sessions:

Tuesday, September 21 4:00 pm (MST) 5:00 pm (MDT)

Main location:

Red Mountain Multigenerational Center
7550E. Adobe St.
Mesa, AZ 85207

Satellite locations:

Yuma Civic Center
1440 W. Desert Hills Dr.
Yuma, AZ 85365

Navajo Nation Training Center (limit 25 participants onsite) Masks Required
Morgan Blvd. Bldg. #2740
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Thursday, September 23 12:00 pm ( MST)

Main location:

Scottsdale Center for the Arts
7380 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Satellite locations:

Radisson Hotel
777 N. Pinal Ave
Casa Grande, AZ 85122

Sierra Suites
391 E. Fry Blvd.
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

Saturday, September 25 10:00 am (MST)

Main location:

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 850401

Satellite location:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301

Wednesday, September 29 4:00 pm (MST)

Main location:

Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center
33606 N. 60th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85266

Satellite location:

Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701

Thursday, October 7 4:00 pm (MST) 5:00 (MDT)

Main location:

The Vista Center for the Arts
15660 N. Parkview Pl.
Surprise, AZ 85374

Satellite locations:

High Country Conference Center
201 W. Butler Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Cesar Chavez Cultural Center
1015 N. Main St.
San Luis, AZ 85349

Kayenta Township Town Hall (limit 25 participants onsite) Masks required
100 N. Highway 163
Kayenta, AZ 86033

Individuals attending the in-person sessions at the main and satellite locations will have the opportunity to speak and give public comments on the grid maps. They can also complete their mapping comments online before the public meetings.

The link for the adopted grid maps is:

There will be an opportunity to observe each meeting on live streaming and that information will be listed on the website:

New York, Arizona-Based Companies To Pay Over $539 Million For Illegal Distribution To Investors

New York, Arizona-Based Companies To Pay Over $539 Million For Illegal Distribution To Investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Phoenix, Arizona-based Voice of Guo Media Inc., New York City-based GTV Media Group Inc. and Saraca Media Group Inc., with conducting an illegal unregistered offering of GTV common stock. The SEC also announced charges against GTV and Saraca for conducting an illegal unregistered offering of a digital asset security referred to as either G-Coins or G-Dollars.

The respondents have agreed to pay more than $539 million to settle the SEC’s action.

According to the SEC’s order, from April through June 2020, the respondents generally solicited thousands of individuals to invest in the GTV stock offering. During the same period, GTV and Saraca solicited individuals to invest in the digital asset offering. The order finds that the respondents disseminated information about the two offerings to the general public through publicly available videos on GTV’s and Saraca’s websites, as well as on social media platforms such as YouTube and Twitter. Through these two securities offerings, whose proceeds were commingled, the respondents collectively raised approximately $487 million from more than 5,000 investors, including U.S. investors. As stated in the order, no registration statements were filed or in effect for either offering, and the respondents’ offers and sales did not qualify for an exemption from registration.

“Issuers seeking to access the markets through a public securities offering must provide investors with the disclosures required under the federal securities laws,” said Sanjay Wadhwa, Deputy Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “When they fail to do so, the Commission will seek remedies that make harmed investors whole, such as an unwinding of the offering and a return of the funds to the investors.”

“Thousands of investors purchased GTV stock, G-Coins, and G-Dollars based on the respondents’ solicitation of the general public with limited disclosures,” said Richard R. Best, Director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office. “The remedies ordered by the Commission today, which include a fair fund distribution, will provide meaningful relief to investors in these illegal offerings.”

Without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings that they violated Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933, GTV and Saraca agreed to a cease-and-desist order, to pay disgorgement of over $434 million plus prejudgment interest of approximately $16 million on a joint and several basis, and to each pay a civil penalty of $15 million. Voice of Guo agreed to a cease-and-desist order, to pay disgorgement of more than $52 million plus prejudgment interest of nearly $2 million, and to pay a civil penalty of $5 million. The order establishes a Fair Fund to return monies to injured investors. The respondents also agreed to not participate, directly or indirectly, in any offering of a digital asset security, to assist the SEC staff in the administration of a distribution plan, and to publish notice of the SEC’s order on their public websites and social media channels, including but not limited to, and

Governor Ducey Orders Flags At Half-Staff, Announces Plan To Strengthen 9/11 Education In K-12 Schools

Governor Ducey Orders Flags At Half-Staff, Announces Plan To Strengthen 9/11 Education In K-12 Schools

PHOENIX, AZ — Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff tomorrow, Saturday, September 11, in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 innocent men and women who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Also on Friday, Governor Ducey announced plans to work collaboratively with the State Board of Education and key stakeholders to present a bill during the next legislative session that will guarantee Arizona K-12 students, who were not alive on the day of the attacks, will receive instruction on what occurred on September 11, 2001 and the impact it has had on the American way of life.

“Today, we send special thoughts and prayers to the families of those who lost a loved one as a result of the 9/11 terror attack on our nation. And we remember and mourn the life of Gary Bird, the sole Arizonan who was killed on that horrible day,” said Ducey. “We also honor the many first responders—from Arizona and around the nation—who answered the call of duty when their nation needed them most. This tragic day would just be the beginning of a two-decade long war that wouldn’t end until just recently.”

The governor called on his fellow Arizonans to join him “in remembering the fallen from this day. And join me in honoring our troops, who fight for a future in which such a terrible event never happens again.”

“God bless our troops, God bless our first responders, and God bless the United States of America,” the governor concluded.

Arizona Attorney General’s Office Warns of Hurricane Ida Charity Scams

Arizona Attorney General’s Office Warns of Hurricane Ida Charity Scams

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is warning Arizonans to watch out for Hurricane Ida charity scams. According to the AGO, there are already reports of fake organizations popping up asking people for money to help victims in Louisiana.

Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana on Sunday and has caused widespread catastrophic damage. While many are eager to help those in need, Attorney General Brnovich wants consumers to do their homework before donating.

The AGO offers the following tips to avoid scams:

  • Never give on impulse. Don’t give in to high-pressure requests for contributions or donations. Legitimate charities will not pressure you for an immediate donation and are happy to provide information about their charity for you to review.
  • Do your research about the organization and ask questions. For example, how will the funds reach those in need?
  • Obtain written information (including annual reports) about a charity before you donate. Always know how much of your donation will actually go to the charity itself versus administrative costs. You can find out more about a charity through Charity Navigator‘s website or the Better Business Bureau’s
  • Do not give donations in cash or by wire transfer.
  • Make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on a third-party.
  • Watch out for charities with names that sound similar to well-known organizations. Oftentimes, these sound-alike names are scams.
  • Be cautious of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims of a disaster or as government officials asking for donations.
  • Do not give unsolicited callers your credit card number or bank account information over the phone, even if the call appears to be legitimate.
  • Do not click on links in unsolicited emails and text messages asking you to donate. Even if a message seems legitimate, it could be a phishing attempt. If you want to donate, contact the charity at a website or phone number you know to be valid.
  • Be cautious when donating to a GoFundMe fundraiser. It is common for scammers to set up GoFundMe fundraisers after highly publicized events and then disappear with the money.

“It’s disgusting how fraudsters waste no time after a natural disaster to capitalize on people’s goodwill,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Arizonans are very generous, and I want to make sure they are donating to a legitimate charity that has experience helping victims quickly.”

The AGO advises consumers who believe they have been a victim of consumer fraud, to contact the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6648, or outside the metro areas at 1(800) 352-8431.

Ducey Announces Additional $60 Million To Support Hospital Staffing, Monoclonal Antibody Treatments

Ducey Announces Additional $60 Million To Support Hospital Staffing, Monoclonal Antibody Treatments

PHOENIX — On Wednesday, Governor Doug Ducey announced $60 million to support staffing at health care facilities that deploy proven techniques to decrease COVID-19 related hospitalizations, including administering monoclonal antibody treatments and offering vaccination at discharge.

“Arizona’s health care professionals and all frontline workers are heroes, without a doubt,” said Governor Ducey. “We are working to make sure they have the resources they need. This funding opportunity will decrease stress on existing hospital staff, increase hiring opportunities and decrease the risk of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona. I’m grateful to all the nurses, doctors, first responders, frontline workers and everyone supporting and protecting our fellow Arizonans during this health emergency.”

COVID-19 hospitalizations represent a significantly lower proportion of hospital patients than in previous waves due largely to the deployment of vaccinations among the most vulnerable populations. Despite this, hospitals are experiencing higher numbers of patients than normal. This has led to staffing challenges as doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other health care providers are in high demand across the country and hiring costs for these needed professionals has increased dramatically. This funding will help ensure that Arizona hospitals can obtain temporary staff to assist and alleviate stress on existing staff.

“This latest COVID-19 surge has been challenging for health care workers,” said Linda Hunt, President and CEO of Dignity Health’s Southwest Division. “They are exhausted yet continue to step-up in the most heroic ways. The high volume of patients compounded by the shortage of doctors and nurses across the country is creating intense competition for a limited pool of nurses nationwide. I am grateful for Governor Ducey’s actions today to bring more health care workers to Arizona as we navigate through this latest surge. This effort will help provide the relief desperately needed for our most valued resource — our staff. The Governor recognizes and supports the needs of our health care workforce. We will continue to work together to find long-term solutions that sufficiently invests in a sustainable health care workforce for Arizona.”

Monoclonal antibodies are designed to block the virus’ attachment and entry into human cells, and the treatment can be used for mild to moderate COVID-19 patients. When administered early enough, this treatment can dramatically decrease the patient’s risk of developing severe COVID symptoms. Expanding the use of monoclonal antibody treatment will help decrease the rate of hospitalizations and help alleviate pressure on hospitals and staff.

Tucson Medical Center in January became the second treatment center nationwide solely focused on administering monoclonal antibodies to help patients avoid severe illness and hospitalization. The center’s temporary treatment program was successful, and according to the Arizona Republic in February:

“Since it opened earlier this month, the TMC center has infused 600 patients. None has had allergic reactions to the medication and anecdotally, about 1% have been admitted to the hospital, though actual outcome data is not yet available, said Mimi Coomler, the hospital’s chief operating officer.”

This funding will be administered by the Arizona Department of Health Services.