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Lacey and Larkin – the Aftermath

In the early 70s, Michael and Jim decided to offer Phoenix area readers an alternative to the surrounding media’s right-wing ultra-conservative reporting. They were among the students at Arizona State starting a free weekly alternative anti-war newspaper called the Phoenix New Times.

With Michael Lacey as the head reporter and Jim Larkin serving as business manager and selling advertising, the tabloid soon gained a reputation for extensive, informative, investigative in-depth reporting about public issues of the time.

In 2005, a U.S. Army Reserve Sergeant named Patrick Haab was driving along Interstate 8 in rural Arizona when he pulled into a public rest stop to take a break. While sitting at the rest stop, Sgt. Haab saw seven men leave a building and climb into an SUV. Believing them to be illegal aliens, Haab moved his car to prevent them from leaving, then approached the SUV on foot waving a pistol and ordering the occupants out of the SUV and onto the ground.

While holding the men at gunpoint, Haab called the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and reported that he was holding what he believed to be illegal immigrants until law enforcement could get there and arrest them.

Instead, Haab himself was arrested, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio described Haab’s actions as both dangerous and illegal. Arpaio went on to say that Haab could not be sure that the men were in the country illegally and that civilians should never act as law enforcement.

Arpaio was shocked when all charges against Haab were dropped and public opinion became strongly anti-migrant. As a result, he courted voters by becoming strongly anti-immigrant, going so far as to arrest legal migrants and even American citizens of Hispanic descent. Lacey, Larkin, and the Phoenix New Times became, in Lacey’s words, “a constant thorn in Arpaio’s side.” They revealed that on a salary of $78,000 a year, Arpaio had purchased $700,000 worth of commercial property throughout Maricopa County

The Phoenix New Times exposed conditions in Arpaio’s jail, and the fence enclosed tent city he affectionately called his “concentration camp, including meals of green bologna and rotten fruit, and daily conditions including brutal beatings. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

For years, Arpaio banned New Times’ reporters from his press conferences, ignored their requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act, and repeatedly threatened to arrest reporters. This came to a head during the night of October 18, 2007, when plainclothes detectives from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, driving SUVs with tinted windows and Mexican license plates placed them under arrest.

After the public criticisms that followed, Lacey and Larkin were released without charges being filed, and soon filed countersuits for false arrest for what they called “the trumped-up charges.” Maricopa County Commissioners voted to settle out of court for $3.7 million dollars.

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Perry Mandera: the Charity Transporter

Graduating High School in 1975, Perry Mandera, enrolled in the U.S Marine Corps. During his tour with the Marines, he learned to drive a Truck. It was then that Mr. Mandera began his venture into the Transportation industry.

Honorably Discharged from the Marines Mr. Mandera started his own business in 1980. He did this at the young age of 23. Mr. Mandera wanted to do more for his Chicago community, so he entered politics and served as Republican Ward Committeeman for the 26th Ward in Chicago starting in 1984. After selling his business in 1985, he continued with the 26th Ward until 1988.

Mr. Mandera was not finished in the world of business. In February 1986, he started The Custom Companies, Inc. Their business motto is “One Call Does It All.” The Custom Companies, Inc offers clients LTL, Truckload, Local Cartage and Airfreights service. This vast array of services helps ensure your transportation needs be met with just one call to the Custom Companies, Inc. With 350 employees in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas, the Custom Companies, Inc can help you countrywide (http://www.customcares.com/).

Perry Mandera has always had close ties to his community and his fellow Veterans. He started the Custom Cares Charities to pay it forward. They have worked closely with Hiring our Heroes and Marines for Life to give back. Custom Cares Charities is all about working with other organizations that are aligned with their mission to help their communities. The company transported more than 40 truckloads of food and supplies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. They also had a hand in helping those harmed by the California Wild Fires.

Custom Cares Charities has also sponsored over 100 youth sports teams throughout the Chicago area. Mr. Mandera has even gone as far as to assist with coaching some of the teams and supported Olympic boxers.

Perry Mandera has put his efforts into helping his fellow man. Through politics, business, and charities, he has excelled as someone that will help you with just one call.

 

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