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Former chairman of Board of Clemency denies most allegations of misconduct (access required)

Arizona Board of Executive Clemency members (from right) Ellen Kirschbaum, Executive Director Jesse Hernandez, Jack LaSota, Brian Livingston and Melvin Thomas. (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

A worker’s discrimination complaint has led to detailed allegations of an intolerable working environment at the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency under Chairman Jesse Hernandez.

Among other things, Hernandez ogled women in the office, called a staff member a heathen for not attending church, urged workers to gossip about one another and promoted a girlfriend who wasn’t qualified for the job, the state Department of Administration reported Wednesday.

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Keep the momentum moving forward

Over the past nearly six years, I’ve witnessed a system of care that is making progress. There are still aspects of the service delivery that I think need continued, focused work; but, much forward momentum has been achieved, and the people served are benefitting. The key point here is that things are moving in the right direction.

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Public interest group claims last-minute HOA bill is unconstitutional (access required)

Rep. Michelle Ugenti (File photo)

The Legislature violated the state Constitution by combining a comprehensive homeowners association bill with a minor elections bill in the last hours of the 2013 session, a public-interest law firm alleges in a lawsuit filed July 16.

The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, suing on behalf of two HOA activists, is asking Maricopa County Superior Court to declare SB1454 unconstitutional because it violates the Constitution’s same-subject rule.

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