Jim Larkin and Jim Lacey: Trying to Take Down Joe Arpaio

On the evening of October 18th, 2007 Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were arrested by order of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. The two reporters, who co-owned the Village Voice, were charged with revealing the details of a Grand Jury investigation. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

They had published a story in the Phoenix New Times that revealed that Arpaio had formed a secret Grand Jury. Unknown to Larkin and Lacey was the fact that the Grand Jury was investigating them.

Larkin and Lacey spent 24 days in prison before a judge threw the charges against them out and determined that the Grand Jury was formed illegally. After their release Larkin and Lacey sued the County and won $3.7 million. They used this money to start the Frontera Fund which helps protects the civil rights of Arizona citizens, particularly in the Latin community which was so adversely affected by the Arpaio Sheriffs Office.

The Grand Jury story was not the first negative story about Arpaio that Larkin and Lacey put out. They had been publishing stories for some time about the various violations and crimes of Arpaio’s department. This was why Arpaio formed a secret Grand Jury to investigate them in the first place: He wanted them in prison where they couldn’t report on him anymore.

The accusations against Arpaio gained national attention with the arrest of Larkin and Lacey. National outrage helped to free them and resulted in people wanting to know more about Arpaio’s crimes.

The Sheriff and his entire department were accused of racism, sexism, racial profiling, mistreatment of prisoners and inhumane treatment of prisoners. They were also found to have illegally detained and searched many inmates accused of being illegal immigrants, some of them actual U.S. citizens. Arpaio denied all of these allegations no matter the proof put forward. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

In 2016 Arpaio failed his bid for re-election as Sheriff. It would have been his seventh term, but after serving since 1992 the voters of Maricopa County were done. He then went on trial himself and was found guilty.

President Trump pardoned Arpaio, who had previously endorsed Trump early in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primaries. Since the pardon Arpaio has announced his desire for the candidacy of a U.S. Senate seat from Arizona. Trump has endorsed Arapio.

Larkin and Lacey continue to campaign against Arpaio at a national level and stay vigilant in their reporting about Arpaio’s various false claims.

The Founder Of MB2 Dental Solutions Puts Some Life Into The Dental Office Support Industry

The founder of Carrollton, Texas-based MB2 Dental Solutions, Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva, says that he wanted to shake up the dental office support industry when he created this firm. He says that it has always been a very formal and staid industry with about as much life as a doorknob. He introduced a company where the management and employees can actually have a personality and enjoy their day while helping dentist’s treat patients. This has proven to be a winning concept and his company now has affiliated locations in six states and counting.

Dr. Chris Villanueva was pleased to recently introduce MB2 Dental Solution’s new Chief Financial Officer Jackson Hildebrand. This company needed to bring someone in who could handle the growth this company has seen over the past several years. Dr. Chris Villanueva, who is also the chief executive officer, said that MB2 Dental Solutions offers a unique platform. The dentists and this company partner together where they invest in each other both financially and professionally. They needed to hire someone for the CFO position who was both great at finance as well as understanding the particular challenges that dental practices have.

Jackson Hildebrand had been working for a private equity firm for the past several years. He had been looking to transition over to working directly for a portfolio company like MB2 Dental Solutions because he would then be involved in the day-to-day happenings. He says he was also drawn to the culture of this company which is one that is fun and tight-knit. MB2 Dental Solutions and a group of 16 of their affiliated dentists traveled to Jamaica in the fall of 2017. The reason for this trip was to provide dental services to the people who live in a number of remote villages. Most of these people had never been to a dentist in their lives and as a result had all sorts of issues with their teeth. In addition to doing dental work for free on both children and adults they provided education in order to help prevent future issues. Altogether they treated over 400 people during this trip.

The Lacey, Larkin, and Arpaio Fued Redies for Round Two

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have not forgotten the night Sheriff Joe Arpaio had them arrested. That night was the culmination of their long-standing feud with the Sheriff, going to bat for the Latino community and exposing his unfair treatment for the sake of immigration.

Their smear campaign had cost the Sheriff much, his name was besmirched nationally with a great many people, whatever legacy he wanted to leave would forever be jaded. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times

His responding investigation into the paper was held as the highest contempt of the first amendment by the newsmen. This is why they decided to print a confidential subpoena under their byline. An act they knew would get them arrested.

Now years later, in the wake of Arpaio’s pardon by President Donald Trump, the two find themselves in a unique position. They have just launched their alternative news website Front Page Confidential, and Arpaio will once again be in their crosshairs.

Lacey and Larkin gained attention as the founders of once-fledgling alternative weekly Phoenix New Times. Lacey had started the paper in 1970, with Larkin joining a year later. Their transformation of the paper into a self-sustaining business with an expanding readership legitimized them as bonafide newsmen.

In the mid-80’s they would go on to form Village Voice Media, a multi-million dollar conglomerate with national span. Never would they forget their dedication to the first amendment or free speech, which is why when Arpaio’s deeds gained media attention, they turned it into a personal mission to take him down.

Arpaio’s tactics in regards to illegal immigration were always questionable. When they came to light he landed in some hot water. Throughout his massive tenure, he butted heads with the newsmen and the rest of the country on illegal immigration. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://frontpageconfidential.com/fbi-arrest-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/ and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/

His scandalous policy finally getting him in the Melindres vs. Maricopa County preceding that led to his own arrest. Confined for criminal contempt of court Apraio’s pardon was fist mentioned by Trump in a speech. Many still wonder why the president pardoned him although Lacey believes it was to appeal his base. Now that Arpaio has a second wind he aims as the Senate.

Lacey and Larkin were able to turn their arrest in to profit, through a successful wrongful arrest lawsuit that earned them $3.75 million dollars. They used to form the Frontera Fund which allocates the money to the support of the Latino community.

The duo has never stopped fighting Arpaio’s rhetoric, and plan to fight him even further with Front Page. Indeed, the feud between the two will begin yet again.

EdTech Market is Ripe for Entrepreneural Success

Education technology has been a booming industry of late, drawing entrepreneurs and investors alike. In spite of the most recent downswing in the market, the education tech sector still stands to be a $1 billion dollar plus industry this year. Teachers, students, parents, and administrative professionals are all seeking out tools that help to make teaching easier and learning more fun. Apps such as ClassDojo have transformed the way teachers, students, and parents interact both inside and outside the classroom. ClassDojo uniquely integrates a social media styled interface for teachers and parents with a virtual achievement based game for students. This creates a one of a kind experience that keeps parents informed in real time while also empowering students toward good behavior by providing positive reinforcement.

Just as social media platforms bring friends and family closer together, ClassDojo fosters, if not creating from the ground up, the community of the classroom. Parents can interact with each other in addition to teachers. Parents also have a platform for discussion of classroom happenings with their children with ClassDojo. Tools like ClassDojo often start small, but tap into an unknown demand and grow quickly. ClassDojo for example was a narrowly known startup in 2015, but is now found in 2 of every 3 classrooms.

This type of widespread rapid growth is what drives entrepreneurs to this market. Professional educators are committed to enhancing the education experience as new generations require new methods to further advance the education standards in this country. This challenge is a serious one and educators are willing to think outside the box in order to achieve it. The opportunities for ground up change in education are plentiful and prolonged success in the education tools market can be just one good idea away.