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Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center is so much more than boxes of canned goods and household items — it has become the first food bank in Arizona to earn gold certification from Leah’s Pantry through the nationally-recognized Nutrition Pantry Program.

This program provides tools and training to support changes that will help deliver dignity-based, trauma-informed, and client-centered food assistance services. The Foothills Food Bank is now one of approximately 160 food banks nationwide that have earned the certification.

“Gold certification means we have met the highest standard for support, systems, and environmental changes at our panties,” said Lauren Cobb, community engagement manager. “We have morphed into a more client-centered, healthy-focused food bank for our neighbors." 

Local support for earning gold status came from partners at HonorHealth Desert Mission Food Bank and, of course, the center’s dedicated team of volunteers. 

Terry Dowd, Foothills Food Bank board of directors member, said while getting the certification was a process, the food bank was already up to gold standard.

Terry Dowd, Foothills Food Bank board of directors member, thanked the volunteers for their efforts in earning a gold certification.

“There are requirements to become a gold certified pantry, and so you have to check the boxes and go through the whole process,” she said. “But all of those things were already present at the Foothills Food Bank. It was a matter of documenting things.”

“And yes, we had some things that we had to pay a little bit more attention to, as we always do, but I think that you should all be very proud and happy that this has happened,” Dowd continued, addressing the volunteers.

The most notable change is the transformation from a “food box” program with pre-selected food to a corner store environment allowing neighbors to make their own choices. The Foothills Food Bank has been carefully and purposely designed to feel more like a convenience store than a typical food bank.

Cobb said a big part of the requirements for the gold certification from Leah’s Pantry revolved around client choice and being trauma aware.

“It’s not only being able to choose the items they’re picking up themselves, but also making sure everything is done in a trauma-informed manner,” Cobb said. “A lot of these people are coming from situations of trauma, and so what does that look like – does that change how they might approach the food bank, change the items they pick? There’s a lot more to the education part behind it, knowing that clients coming in are going through a bunch of other things and if we can at least be aware of that then we can better serve them.”

Volunteers were provided trauma-informed care training and new programs were developed that included a financial literacy workshop and mental health support groups.

Another change made for the certification was to move the coolers and freezers from the packing area into the pantry, so clients can now pick their own deli and dairy products. The food bank even caters to different dietary needs, with low sodium, vegetarian and non-dairy options. It has a regular stock of fresh fruits and vegetables; pies and cakes; snacks for kids; pet food and more, all laid out for people to make their own selections.

Cobb said it may not seem like much, but allowing people to pick their own food makes a huge difference.

“Having your choice of what you’re going to eat brings back the dignity of just being a human being,” she explained. “This is them taking a little bit more power. They might be facing a situation where they are unable to buy groceries, but at least when they come here, they’re still picking out their own foods. It really empowers them.”

Leah’s Pantry is headquartered in California and collaborates with several partners including the United States Department of Agriculture, University of California and University of North Carolina. 

Carefree Mayor John Crane joined the gold celebration to hear Foothills Food Bank board of directors member, Terry Dowd, thank the team for their efforts.

According to Executive Director Leigh Zydonik, “we have always believed that access to nutritious food is foundational to health and wellness, both mentally and physically. We care for the whole person and want everyone to feel welcomed and respected while we support their journey to independence."

Founded in 1988, the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides food for neighbors experiencing food insecurity as well as resources and guidance to obtain services available in North Maricopa and southern Yavapai counties.

The Cave Creek Food Bank and warehouse is located at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Drive and can be reached at 480-488-1145. Pantries are also available in Black Canyon City and New River and there are mobile markets within the service area.

For more information visit FoothillsFoodBank.com.

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Killexams : Sun Wellness Resource Center to host free open house

The Sun Wellness Resource Center in Lafayette will be hosting an open house on Monday, December 5, 2022.

Located on the northside of Lafayette at 317 Madeline Street, the open house will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vital health and wellness information as well as workshops and seminars will be provided to all Lafayette citizens. Various community organizations centered around health and wellness will also be featured.

There is no cost to attend the Sun Wellness Resource Center open house.

The Sun Wellness Resource Center is open from Monday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please call 337-534-0066 or email info.sunwellness@gmail.com.

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Killexams : Police certification database may go live this week

Bay Staters will soon be able to go online to confirm the certification status for most of the state’s thousands of police officers.

Members of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission approved a motion Tuesday to publish a list “containing the name, employing agency, and certification status of all law enforcement officers who have been granted initial certification since December 15, 2021 or granted full recertification.”

A POST Commission spokesperson said last week the database will become public “no earlier than next week.” The portal will only list information for officers who are certified, the spokesperson said.

The reform law that created the panel required it to move toward a publicly available, searchable database with law enforcement officer records, so long as the panel took into consideration officer health and safety.

Commissioner Larry Calderone, who is president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, cast the lone dissenting vote.

The vast majority of police whose last names begin with the letters A through H secured recertification under the first round of that process outlined in the law. Of the 8,846 total officers in the pool, 8,322 were again certified and another 269 were conditionally certified, according to data POST Commission Executive Director Enrique Zuniga presented at a Tuesday meeting.

While it still represents less than 3% of the total pool of applicants, the count of police officers who were not recertified by the panel swelled substantially from 57 last month to 243 as of Nov. 16, driven in large part by the inclusion of officers out on leave in the tally.

Twenty-six officers were not recertified for what Zuniga called a “pending matter including a disciplinary matter.”

“This includes instances where there is not an attestation by the chief and the Division of Certification is affirming that determination of not a good moral character,” Zuniga said, referring to a requirement in the certification process for a law enforcement agency head to attest to an officer’s character.

Most denials were for reasons unrelated to on-the-job performance. More than half, or 133 officers, did not earn recertification because they are currently out on administrative, medical, military or family leave. They will each get 90 days to comply with recertification requirements once they return to active duty.

“Please note that this is not a pejorative status and that the officer remains in good standing but is ‘pending’ or ‘on hold’ until their return,” POST Senior Certification Specialist Gina Joyce wrote in an Oct. 31 memo included in Tuesday’s meeting materials.

Another 21 officers retired or resigned after submitting their applications, which were due on July 1. Sixty-three applicants failed the Bridge Academy, a handful of whom chose to go on to a full police academy and can eventually earn certification once they finish their training, according to Zuniga.

Some of those officers denied recertification may opt to appeal the decision by seeking review of their case from Zuniga or from the larger POST Commission.

Certification for a dozen officers is tied up amid potential review hearings before either Zuniga or the full commission. The panel entered closed executive session following Tuesday’s open meeting to consider six requests for preliminary inquiries and nine cases of recommended certification suspension.

The law that created the POST Commission set up a rolling three-year cycle for recertification of all Massachusetts police. Officers with last names starting with the letters A through H needed to apply for recertification this year, and others will be due in future years.

In addition to getting a clear look at which police officers are certified, the public can also begin to file complaints against law enforcement via a new web portal POST launched in accurate days.

The police misconduct complaint form now available will expedite the process of bringing potential issues before the panel for review.

“This form will enable us to capture structured data in a much more efficient way and generate better reporting,” Zuniga said.

Civilians who fill out the questionnaire can do so anonymously, though the commission encourages them to identify themselves to allow the oversight panel to conduct follow-up inquiries and gather more information.

In its earlier days, the commission had been fielding public concerns via phone calls or emails sent to a general inbox. The panel has received about 1,650 complaints since its inception, and Zuniga said about 350 of those — nearly one-quarter — came from “a very small group that’s about a dozen individuals.”

“We of course anticipate the new form will result in more complaints coming to us, but our approach is to treat all complaints seriously and interact with the public in a professional manner,” Zuniga said. “Some of the repeat complainers, sometimes it eventually becomes clear that some of these complaints are not credible for a variety of reasons. We are documenting and making sure we have consistent protocols for those responses. In many cases, it means contacting the law enforcement agency, and in some cases, it may include referring the individual to additional resources.”

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Killexams : EOG Resources Will Have Another Year In The Sun, 6.3% Yield
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Investment Thesis

EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) is one of the biggest oil and natural gas exploration and production companies, benefiting from high oil and natural gas prices.

I run through my reasoning for why high energy prices are going to remain high.

Then, I discuss EOG's shareholder-friendly dividend allocation program. I put an emphasis on its high annualized dividend, plus its strong balance sheet.

Finally, I assert how even though EOG has seen its share price move higher in 2022, looking out to 2023, it's still very cheaply priced.

Altogether, there's a lot to like about EOG. Let's jump into it.

What's Happening Right Now?

Oil and gas prices remain high. Despite all the concerns and implications of a potential global recession, with the passage of time, as we are about to enter 2023, oil and gas prices refuse to retrace lower.

Supporting near-term commodity prices are three things.

In the first instance, the US has been releasing a substantial volume of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve ("SPR"). This has succeeded and brought down oil prices throughout the second half of 2022.

However, once the US slows down its release and moves to stop the release of oil reserves, this will stop suppressing oil prices. That's likely to be fully finished in the coming few months.

In the second instance, China has been in lockdown for most of 2022. And now rumors are circling with increasing vigor that China is about to reopen. That's going to see China importing substantial oil volumes.

Thirdly, last week, the US inflation data indicated that peak inflation has stopped. The US economy may not have a deep recession as many feared, which would be very positive for oil demand.

Without overcomplicating these dynamics, these 3 elements are bullish and any one of them is likely to lead to oil prices remaining high.

With that in mind, I argue that investors want to be positioned in companies with a clear capital allocation strategy. Companies that are in a position to both benefit from high energy prices and are determined to return capital to shareholders.

Capital Allocation Program, Very Simple

EOG has maintained for some time that its determined to return at least 60% of its free cash flow to shareholders.

EOG Q3 2022

EOG Q3 2022

And what you see above is a reminder of its imperative.

EOG is now going to return to shareholders its regular dividend which annualizes at $3.30, plus a special dividend of $1.50, which annualizes at $6.00, to be paid out to stockholders of record as of December 15.

Consequently, for this quarter alone, investors that hold the stock until January 17, they'll get a combined regular plus special dividend that annualizes at a 6.3% yield.

EOG Q3 2022

EOG Q3 2022

Simply put, investors are getting a dividend that stubbornly moves higher with time.

EOG Stock Valuation - 11x 2023 Free Cash Flow

In my previous article, I estimated that EOG was capable of making $9.5 billion in free cash flow. I now believe that this estimate was wrong. It was too high for 2022.

I now believe that 2022 will see approximately $7.5 billion, an approximate 20% reduction from my previous estimate. And you may ask, given a 20% reduction in free cash flow estimates, how can I still be bullish on EOG?

And the reason is that I'm not bullish on EOG because of what it can make in 2022. But because of what now looks increasingly probable for 2023.

Even if I assume that EOG makes a similar amount of free cash flow next year, that puts the stock prices at approximately 11x next year's free cash flow. And given what we discussed at the start, I do believe that oil prices will remain elevated in 2023.

That being said, EOG's multiple is obviously not as cheap as it was earlier in 2022. But at the same time, EOG's balance sheet is now in a net cash position. And that's the first time EOG's balance sheet is this strong, in a long time.

The Bottom Line

Investors are given a choice. They can either opt for the winners of the last decade, namely tech, or they can opt for companies that are going to be winning in the coming year or two.

For now, investors have voted. They still reward tech names with minimal free cash flow growth, with high multiples. And the reason for this is that investors doubt that energy companies could possibly have another year in the sun, like they had in 2022.

And until investors believe that energy prices are going to remain elevated for longer, EOG's multiple will remain in the bargain basement, at 11x free cash flow. And with a 6.3% annualized yield.

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Killexams : The EDGE advantage

– Commercial building tenants, managers and owners count the benefits of EDGE certified green buildings

It’s lunch time and Radwan Dakmak looks out of his office window from the 13-storey Atlantic Tower, a grade-A commercial facility nestled within the commercial hub, Airport City. The building, which is IFC EDGE certified, offers 13,500 square metres of space to discerning tenants who seek prime locations that offer higher occupant comfort, operational cost savings, and great customer experiences.

From his view, Radwan, who is the Managing Director of Tower developers – Wahhab Estate, could tell that because the sun was at its fiery peak, white-collar workers having a bite in the nearby café seemed hurried to return to the office. It is their comfort and satisfaction that typically occupies Radwan’s thoughts as he seeks to provide great value for his tenants.

With minimal reported cases and little or no COVID-19 restrictions, there has been a steady return to the office setting or a semblance of normalcy, with staff returning full-time in most organisations. While this has been a great boost to the economy, business and facility managers have had to prioritise health and safety issues, running costs, staff comfort and productivity. Radwan has no such great worries as Atlantic Tower has achieved about 90 percent occupancy despite the impact of COVID, mainly because of the green value proposition offered. The Tower achieved EDGE certification in 2019 after surpassing the minimum standard of 20 percent improvement in energy, water and materials as measured against local construction practice.

The EDGE programme, which receives significant funding from the UK Government and Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), helps to identify the most practical ways to build green. It helps to build in a fast, easy and affordable way while considering the local baseline, which includes building codes, climatic data and typical utility costs.

The Atlantic Tower conserves energy with passive design features like external shading devices, includes energy-efficient air conditioning and occupancy sensors as well as water-efficient fixtures. These green measures have brought great value to the tenants of the Atlantic Tower, who are willing to testify to the many gains in increased productivity, comfort and operational cost savings.

When the building was certified in 2019, the predicted savings were 46 percent in energy, 56 percent in water, and 49 percent less embodied energy in materials. From the account of tenants, actual savings have matched or not been far off predicted savings.

Barely a kilometre away from Airport City, on the Independence Avenue, sits the CalBank Head Office building. The iconic 12-storey tower is a green building, and depends mainly on renewable solar power generated in-house and complemented by the national grid, while the water system for the building is from harvested rain and underground water. The resource-efficient office building is aligned with CalBank’s commitment to integrate environmental and social management into its business activities and operations.

The building received EDGE certification in 2019; and Abraham Aguriba, a member of the project team, believes the decision to go green has seen a commensurate return on investment. “At CalBank, we have been able to save an average of 562.4 megawatts per hour of power consumed. These savings translate to an average of 40 percent cost reduction as a result of application of energy efficient measures, which were part of the design for which EDGE has validated,” Abraham reiterated. He also mentioned that the average water consumption is about 768 cubic metres/year instead of 921.6 cubic metres due to water efficient measures applied.

Back at the Atlantic Tower, Jennifer Bawuah, GM for Intesoll Engineering Solutions Limited – an engineering firm housed within the tower, makes an important point on occupant comfort, with particular emphasis on the balance between staff well-being and productivity. She elaborated on the daylighting and sound proofing, which enhances staff concentration and engagement in contrast to spatial constructs which are far less considered, and have a detrimental effect on work and well-being.

While the driver for green adoption in Ghana seems mainly investor-led due to quantifiable benefits, there is a growing trend of discerning consumers and tenants making green a factor in their purchase or lease decisions. This portends for higher pipeline development of green projects; after all, everyone in the chain wins. It is something Radwan will agree with – that clarity surely not lost on him from his view.

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LIVERMORE FALLS — A petition asking the Select Board to take a no confidence vote on the leadership of the town manager is gaining some support.

Amanda Ricci of Livermore Falls, an organizer of the nonbinding, five-page petition, said she has 53 signatures of the 107 needed to file the petition and have it certified, but is prepared to do an official petition. More residents have asked to sign it, she said.

“It is with great regret that I must request that the Board of Selectmen to provide Town Manager Amanda Allen with an immediate notice of termination from her position with the town of Livermore Falls, after a vote of no confidence in her leadership out of concern for the general welfare of the town under her direction — in particular the fire department,” Ricci wrote in the petition.

“I intend to consult with legal counsel regarding a possible lawsuit as (Ricci’s) letter is a malicious attempt to defame me,” Allen wrote in an email. She said Ricci is making personal attacks on her character.

Ricci denied that and said it was not personal. It is about behavior.

The Sun Journal has not seen the signatures on the petition but it is alleged some of them belong to town employees. The signatures, which are public information, have not been provided, though requested by the Sun Journal.

“Neither I nor the Select Board have a comment,” Select Board Chairman James “Jim” Long wrote in an email Monday.

“Town personnel matters involving disciplinary investigations (other than final discipline), employee evaluations, and hiring decisions are confidential by statute, so I am not at liberty to discuss many of the allegations that Ms. Ricci asserts in her letter,” Allen wrote in an email Monday.

Ricci is a former firefighter with the town but was released from duties in January because of allegedly not attending a certain amount of incident calls or meetings. The dismissal letter to firefighters who were inactive was sent by former Chief Mike Booker, Ricci said, and not Allen.

The petition alleges the vote of no confidence is to protect people speaking up from retaliation, continued harassment and confrontation, and an otherwise hostile environment.

The fire department has had no fire chief since September. Four chiefs or deputy chiefs have quit since former Chief Edward Hastings IV left June 29, 2021, to return to being a state fire investigator.

Allen said most of the allegations in the nonbinding petition are false.

“With respect to retaining and attracting qualified employees to the fire department, it has been a difficult couple of years. The labor shortage that has affected all sectors of the economy has hit municipalities particularly hard because of limited budgets that cannot match the pay offered in the private sector,” Allen said in her email. “This is a statewide problem which is particularly pronounced when it comes to police and fire departments. The town is doing the best it can to recruit qualified candidates given its resources.”

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Killexams : Cancer Resource Ctr. November activities

NORWAY — The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, (CRCofWM) located at 59 Winter Street, Norway, on the Stephens Memorial Hospital campus, announces their schedule of free in-person and virtual classes and activities for the month of November. They do ask participants of in-person classes to please wear a mask. Anyone impacted by cancer (cancer survivors and caregivers) can participate.

Special Activities
“Improve How You Move” – This popular class will continue for three Fridays in November from 11 a.m. to 12 noon: November 18. Led by Erin Girzone: Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher, Yoga Instructor, and ACE Certified Fitness Trainer & Behavior Change Specialist. A somatic movement practice is a fabulous way for cancer patients and survivors to manage their ability to move as freely and pain-free as possible and for all ages and abilities. You will learn movement patterns both seated in the chair and lying down that Improve how you move and how you feel.

Weekly Public Drop-in Hours – Thursdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; other weekdays by appointment. Masks required.

Weekly ongoing Virtual classes – pre-register for the virtual classes listed below at www.crcofwm.org:

“Mind full of Good” – Monday morning meditation – Mondays, 9-9:30 a.m.
This enrichment series offers new ways to grow the good in one’s life. Built upon the science of positive neuroplasticity, each week will focus upon cultivating an opportunity to grow inner resources for peace, satisfaction and joy. Classes include instruction, discussion and is suitable for anyone who meditates or is interested in starting a meditation practice.
Led by Karen Vasil-Busch, LMT, CAP is a PNT Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist, Karuna™ REIKI Master and Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.

MBSR – “A Mindful Hour” – Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Learn how the practice of Mindful-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can assist with reducing stress through breath, movement and meditation. Join Kat Larsen as she leads this weekly class, integrating other practices from her work as a certified yoga therapist and registered yoga instructor.

Weekly In-Person Classes
Chair Yoga in Harrison, Caswell House Conservancy, 42 Main Street, Harrison
Mondays and Wednesdays – 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Chair yoga can lessen the impact of chronic illness and pain. It may also help cope with feelings of isolation. Being calmer and more relaxed inevitably leads to a greater feeling of happiness and well-being. Susan Kane teaches this class, which can easily be modified to everyone’s ability level. You do not need to register in advance.

Chair Yoga in Bridgton, Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot Street, Bridgton
Weekly on Fridays – 9am-10 am. Susan Kane also teaches this class, which can easily be
modified to everyone’s ability level. You do not need to register in advance.

Strength & Balance for Cancer Wellness – Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Rush Fitness, 141 Western Avenue, Paris. This full body workout class, led by Lori Britting, is tailored to the comfort level and ability of each individual to maintain mobility and strength. Resistance training (with the use of bands, free weights and body weight) has been shown to enhance flexibility and decrease bone loss, reduce stress, and increase overall well-being. Train at your own pace while receiving encouragement and assistance toward achieving your goals. Call the CRCofWM at 890-0329 to register.

Craft & Chat at CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway: Tuesdays 1-2 p.m. Drop in and explore your creative side and meet new friends at the same time. All supplies provided, masks are required.

Chair Yoga at the CRCofWM 59 Winter Street, Norway: Thursdays 1-2 p.m. Join Kat Larsen for this gentle form of yoga which utilizes both seated and standing poses using a chair for support to provide all the benefits of traditional yoga. Chair yoga can help Improve core strength and balance, promote better breathing techniques, increase flexibility and help reduce stress. Masks are required. Please call the CRCofWM to register.

Special Groups
Women’s Support Group – (no group in November – resumes Wednesday 12/14 at 10:30 a.m.), 59 Winter Street, Norway. For more information please call 890-0329.

Men’s Rally Group (Thursday, November 17)– CRCofWM, 59 Winter Street, Norway 4 p.m.-6 p.m. For more information: Nel Bernard – 207-312-9955 or Vance Jordan -207-583-2975.

Virtual Dempsey Center Classes being hosted at the Cancer Resource Center

The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine (CRCofWM) has partnered with the Dempsey Center to bring their educational classes to the Norway area. These telecasted classes are open to the public across the state at no charge. To sign up for these classes, please call the call the CRCofWM at (207) 890-0329. You do not need to attend every class!

Programs offered October – December 2022 will include:
1. The Next Chapter: Support After Cancer Treatment: Wednesdays, November 2 thru December 9, 5-6:30 p.m.
Join us for this 5-week series to learn techniques for coping with the new physical and emotional reality of your post treatment cancer journey. While connecting with other survivors, learn the importance of eating well-coupled with strategies to optimize your diet, identify how movement and fitness can care for your body and mind, and explore how
complementary therapies can Improve your well-being.
• Nov 16 – Movement + Fitness strategies post-treatment
• Nov 23 – No meeting
• Nov 30 – Optimizing nutrition

• Dec 7 – Improving well-being through complementary therapies

Facilitators: Maureen Higgins, MSW; Judy Donnelly, RDN; Tish Caldwell, Certified Oncology Fitness Instructor; Liz Como, LMT, Kailie Sullivan, LCSW. This program is open to cancer patients at the end of treatment or post-treatment. No meeting November 23.

2. What to Eat During Cancer Treatment: Wednesday, November 16, 10-12 p.m.
Cancer treatment can affect what you are able to eat and how your body handles food. Join us to learn basic information about maintaining good nutrition to help you feel your best during cancer treatment.
Led by Kelly Falone, RDN, LD

Note: As with all Dempsey Center and Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine services, these telecasted programs will be provided at no cost. This program is possible thanks to the support of Jane’s Trust, a charitable foundation located in Boston, MA, and Hannaford Foundation.

Monthly Activities
Stamping Up – Making Greeting Cards– November 7 | 1-2:30 p.m. Join Cathy Pulsifer for this fun, social activity and make some beautiful greeting cards to take home. Space is limited; masks are required. Materials are provided. Call (207) 890-0329 to sign up.

Wellness Share – 2nd Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center for Healing Arts & Treatment, 180 Main St., Norway. Reiki is always available, other modalities are available upon request. A somatic movement practice is a fabulous way for cancer patients and survivors to manage their ability to move as freely and pain-free as possible and for all ages and abilities. You will learn movement patterns that can be done seated in a chair that Improve how you feel and how you
move. Practitioner availability: Reflexology, Massage, Foot Soaks, Crone Sessions, Meditation and more. This is a free event, sponsored by the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine and hosted by Teresia REIKI & Friends. You do not need to sign up in advance. For more information: Charlotte LaBelle – 207-890-2177.

Drum Circle – 4th Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Center for Healing Arts & Treatment, 180 Main St., Norway. You do not need to sign up in advance. This is a free event, sponsored by the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine. For more information: Dan Gravel – 207-604-0323 or Nel Bernard – 207-312-9955.

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Killexams : Grace Garner narrowly wins reelection to Palm Springs City Council

Grace Garner.

It's official: Grace Garner has secured a narrow victory in District 1 and will remain on the Palm Springs City Council, according to the Riverside County Registrar of Voter's certified vote count on Thursday.

Garner won by 64 votes in the final count, a 2.2% margin of victory. Her opponent, Scott Nevins, confirmed in a statement that he called Garner to congratulate her on the win Thursday.

Garner's victory looked far from assured when the first results were released on election night. Then, Nevins held about a 150-vote lead over Garner, although only about half of the votes had been counted.

However, Garner took the lead by about 50 votes on Nov. 16. When reached by The Desert Sun Friday morning, Garner said she was "really excited" about the final results.

"We had put in the work to win this campaign, but with mail-in ballots the process just takes significantly longer than we're used to," she said, noting that when she was first elected in 2019 there weren't as many people mailing in ballots as there are now.

Garner to be city's first Latina mayor

Garner is in line to be the next councilperson to rotate into the mayor position for a yearlong term starting next month.

Garner said she is excited to be mayor and is a fan of the city's rotating mayoral system, which was implemented in 2019, because it ensures every district has an opportunity to be in the limelight and every councilmember a chance to raise up different issues.

Garner said she is particularly excited to be taking over as mayor months after the council was able to allocate an unusually high amount of funding toward housing, parks, community centers and other resources and amenities in its annual budgeting process. That was possible because higher-than-expected tax revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic left the city flush with cash.

"These are just allocations of funding," she said. "The next step is actually spending the money, right, the next step is actually spending the money and so I'm just thrilled to be able to lead the city in this process of deciding how we are going to take actionable steps to make our community better and actually put our residents first."

Garner said she was thankful not only to District 1 but the entire city.

"I think there was broad support across Palm Springs for my campaign and I am honored to serve the city that I grew up in and really looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the next four years," she said.

Nevins criticizes influence of independent PAC that supported Garner

Nevins also issued a statement thanking his supporters on Thursday and announcing that he had called Garner to congratulate her.

"I can't state enough how incredibly proud I am of what we have achieved –  this kind of razor-thin vote margin against an incumbent is almost unfathomable," the statement read.

However, Nevins also bemoaned the impact of what he called "special interests," which he said came in the form of an independent expenditure committee that was created to support Garner in the final days of the campaign.

"In an unprecedented move for a Palm Springs city council race, an Independent Expenditure committee was established in support of Grace Garner, designed to evade the $4,900 individual contribution limit on local elections and allow one man to contribute $49,000," Nevins said in the statement.

Nevins noted the committee had reported $69,000 in donations, which he said "were used to flood the airwaves and mailboxes with attack ads, one of which went so low as to criticize my face and smile."

Campaign finance documents filed with the city show that on Oct. 14, paperwork was filed registering a primarily formed committee called "Palm Springs Forward For Garner 2022." A primarily formed committee is a committee that is formed to support or oppose a single candidate and that spends money on efforts to do so. They cannot be directly controlled by, or otherwise coordinated with, the candidate and their campaign and are not subject to the same contribution limits as campaigns are.

Such committees, which are more commonly known as Super PACs, have become a fact of life since the Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case holding that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited sums supporting or opposing candidates, UCLA Law Professor and campaign finance expert Richard Hasen told The Desert Sun on Friday.

"The courts have held that individuals can contribute whatever they want to committees, so long as those committees don’t coordinate with candidates," he said. "I sympathize with the idea that super PACS make contribution limits to candidates much less meaningful. But this is the world we are living in now."

The treasurer of the committee was listed as Cary Davidson while the assistant treasurer was listed as Michael Farr. Both Davidson and Farr are listed as residing in Los Angeles. Aftab Dada is listed as the principal officer of the committee. Dada is the general manager of the Hilton Palm Springs hotel and the chairman of PS Resorts.

On Oct. 14, a document was filed with the city stating that CBA Consulting, Inc. had contributed $49,000 to the committee. However, a subsequent filing appeared indicated that contribution had come from Harold Matzner. Matzner is a Palm Springs philanthropist who owns Spencer's restaurant. A second contribution of $20,000 was received from Fred Noble on Nov. 3. Noble is the CEO of Wintec Energy. A filing made on Oct. 26 showed the committee had spent about $3,300 on mailers through Oct. 22. However, the committee does not have to submit another form detailing its spending after Oct. 22 until the end of the year. Nevins said the committees named had been displayed on at least four mailers sent out in the final days before election day, as well as digital ads.

Garner responds

When asked about Nevins' statement Friday, Garner said she and her campaign had no role in the formation of that committee or its subsequent actions and noted it would be illegal if they had.

"They're independent expenditures, people are allowed to create a political action committee and spend money however they want to...," she said. "So, anything that this independent committee did, they did on their own, that's why it's an independent committee and my campaign had had no part in that."

When asked if she'd had any role in starting the committee, Garner again said no and that the focus of her campaign had been on District 1, Palm Springs and engaging residents at every level. She noted that her campaign had worked to engage with the whole community and not just those who were most likely to vote and had reached both people who have never voted in their lives and those who vote in every election.

"There's always going to be misinformation and disinformation in campaigns, unfortunately, but my campaign has always been focused on telling the truth, engaging with everyone and doing the work that we need to do," she said.

In his statement, Nevins called the spending of the committee a violation of the city's norms.

"Politics is politics and I have a tough skin, but we can’t lose track of how norm-busting it is for one person, no matter how philanthropic they may be, to spend $49,000 on a local election in which fewer than 3000 people voted," he said. "It is even less normal for such a large amount to be spent in order to win by 64 votes."

Garner, meanwhile, said the way Nevins was trying to tie the committee to her was misleading and that she will be trying to address his claims soon in a more comprehensive explanation.

"I think there is a lot of confusion about what all of this means and I don't want to supply an off-the-cuff response because there is so much more detail to provide to the community," she said.

Garner will be sworn in as mayor on Dec. 15. That is also when Palm Springs' two new city councilmembers, District 2's Jeffrey Bernstein and District 3's Ron deHarte, will be sworn in.

Paul Albani-Burgio covers breaking news and the City of Palm Springs. Follow him on Twitter at @albaniburgiop and via email at paul.albani-burgio@desertsun.com.

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Killexams : Election certification delays few, but a 'test run' for 2024

Before November, election officials prepared for the possibility that Republicans who embraced former President Donald Trump's lies about voter fraud would challenge the verdict of voters by refusing to certify the midterm results.

Three weeks after the end of voting, such challenges are playing out in just two states, Arizona and Pennsylvania, where Democrats won the marquee races for governor and Senate.

Legal experts predict the bids are doomed because local governmental agencies typically don't have the option to vote against certifying the results of their elections. But experts also say the delays are a signal that the United States must brace itself for similar disruptions in the next presidential contest.

“It is one of the few places where election deniers have a lever of power,” Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said of the local political authorities responsible for certifying election results in most states. “It’s a good test run for 2024, showing state courts they’re going to have to step in.”

For now, the certification delay in a smattering of rural counties in just two states reflects the limited ability of election conspiracy theorists to disrupt the midterms. One rural Arizona county has drawn court challenges after its refusal to certify, but a second one that was flirting with blocking certification backed off amid legal threats.

In Pennsylvania, a handful of the state's 67 counties have delayed certification because of recounts demanded by local conspiracy theorists in scattered precincts. But in most states, certification has gone smoothly.

“Before Election Day, I thought Republicans would exploit the certification process to undermine election results,” said Marc Elias, a Democratic lawyer who has sued to compel the lone Arizona county to certify.

That there's only one county delaying so far in that important battleground state, where Republican candidates who denied Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential race ran unsuccessfully for governor and secretary of state, is “good news, and a bit of a surprise,” Elias said.

In Wisconsin, where Trump pressured Republican lawmakers to decertify the 2020 results, the chair of the state elections commission certified the results of the midterm election during a quick meeting Wednesday without fanfare. Minnesota, where the failed Republican secretary of state candidate had cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, the state canvassing board certified this year's results without drama on Tuesday.

The smooth outcome in most of the country is a reflection of the diminished opportunities election conspiracy theorists have to control elections after a number of their candidates were routed in statewide elections for positions overseeing voting. They're largely left with a footprint in conservative, rural counties. Still, that's enough to cause headaches for having the election results certified on a statewide basis, raising concerns about how rural counties might respond after the next presidential election.

The movement that embraces Trump's lies about voting hoped it would have many more levers after November. Candidates who backed Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election ran for top posts with power over state voting — including secretary of state, which in most states is the top election position — in five of the six swing states that were key to Trump's 2020 loss. They lost every race in each of those states.

Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs defeated Trump-backed Republican Kari Lake in the race for Arizona governor, flipping it out of the GOP category, and a Democrat also won the race to replace Hobbs. A Democrat defeated an election conspiracy theorist running for Nevada secretary of state, shifting another swing-state election office from the GOP.

On the local level, the picture is blurrier.

There are more than 10,000 local election offices in the country that follow guidelines set by secretaries of state or other agencies that their states designate as the top election authorities. That's where conspiracy theorists won at least some new offices and still have the power to disrupt proceedings.

During the June primary in New Mexico, rural Otero County refused to certify the results of its election, preventing the state from making the winners official until the state Supreme Court ordered it to act. That set a template that election lawyers feared would be vastly replicated in the weeks after the midterms. But this time, even Otero County certified its winners without a delay. New Mexico's canvass board certified the statewide results Wednesday.

In Michigan, where a GOP slate of election conspiracy theorists was defeated in statewide races, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, Kristina Karamo, implored the state's bipartisan board of canvassers not to certify the election during a hearing this week. Karamo insisted there had been widespread fraud, even though she lost her race against Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson by more than 13 percentage points.

Tony Daunt, the Republican chair of the certification board, responded by blasting candidates who “feed into this nonsense” by making “claims that fire everybody up because it’s a short-term gain for them, and that’s dangerous to our system.” The board unanimously certified the election.

In Pennsylvania, the most prominent certification hiccup has come in Luzerne County, north of Philadelphia, which voted for Trump by 14 percentage points in 2020. County commissioners delayed certifying the election on Monday after one Democrat abstained from voting following an Election Day fiasco in which the election office ran out of ballots.

The Democrat, Daniel Schramm, joined the two other Democratic commissioners on the five-member board Wednesday to certify the vote after telling reporters he was confident no citizen was unable to vote. Certification is being delayed in a few other counties after local Republican committees and voters requested recounts.

In Arizona, the two Republicans on Cochise County's three-member county commission blew past Monday's certification deadline, saying they needed more information on the certification of vote tabulators, even though there have been no problems with voting or ballot counting in their county.

The secretary of state's office has sued, saying that it must certify the state's elections by Dec. 8.

“The only legal effect this has is to disenfranchise all their voters,” said David Becker of the Center for Election Innovation.

The efforts to delay certification are dangerous even if they're doomed to fail, Becker and others said. They continue to sow discontent and distrust of voting and democracy.

David Levine, a former election official who is a fellow with the Alliance for Securing Democracy, noted that conspiracy theories about elections have reached such a fever pitch in Arizona that Bill Gates, the Republican chair of the county commission in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. has been given additional security by the local sheriff.

“When you supply legitimacy to baseless accusations about the election process, there is a concern that more of that will occur," Levine said.

Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, certified its election results on Monday, after dozens of attendees demanded the board not do it. Some complained about printer malfunctions in the county, the state's most populous, that led to confusion and long lines on Election Day — even though Maricopa officials said everyone had a chance to vote and that all legal ballots were counted.

In other counties, activists also spoke out against certification, though unsuccessfully. In Yavapai County, north of Phoenix, a woman who gave her name as Nancy Littlefield, wearing a hoodie patterned on the American flag, made clear that part of her objections were because she simply didn't like the outcome of the election.

She urged Yavapai board members not to certify the vote because “I moved from California so I could be free and live my life and have my voice heard.”

Associated Press writers Joey Cappelletti in Lansing, Michigan; Jonathan J. Cooper and Anita Snow in Phoenix; Christina A. Cassidy in Atlanta; and Mark Scolforo in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report.

Follow the AP’s coverage of the 2022 midterm elections at https://apnews.com/hub/2022-midterm-elections

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