Excuse this one-time mass mailing, intended for those within SESE who care about the value of the dark night sky, effective nighttime lighting practices, light trespass, etc.. Please do *not* reply to all. The Dark Sky Stakeholders Group (DSSG) of the Maricopa County Association of Governments (MAG) has been working on an updated Pattern Outdoor Lighting Code for consideration by the local municipalities within Maricopa County for the past two years. The existing Outdoor Lighting Codes in the county have not been updated since the '80s, when several of the now prevalent lighting sources did not exist. The light dome from the Phoenix metropolitan area has been increasing in strength faster than its population in the intervening years (as opposed to the light domes of Tucson and Flagstaff). The impact of that light dome on ground-based astronomy in Arizona, as well as that on wild-life and human circadian rhythms is a problem that goes beyond the Phoenix metro and Maricopa County, but is a problem that affects most of the State. Recently, sufficient opposition to this proposed updated Pattern Outdoor Lighting Code, or indeed *any* regulation of outdoor lighting, has emerged from lobbyists representing several commercial interests (sign industry, mall developers, supermarkets, banks) in the Valley, that MAG will likely only present, but not recommend, the adoption of this updated code to the local municipalities. That draft, including an explanatory section and FAQs, is attached. Should you care about preserving a semblance of the night time ambiance, if not within the Phoenix Metro area, but at least in the surrounding outlying areas, then your attendance at tomorrow's MAG-DSSG meeting might prove valuable. Below follows the meeting announcement, time and location. Thanks, Rolf Jansen Rogier Windhorst -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dr. Rolf A. Jansen Research Scientist Extra-galactic Astronomy & Cosmology School of Earth & Space Exploration tel: (+1)480 727 7119 Arizona State University fax: (+1)480 965 8102 550 E. Tyler Mall, Room PSF-686 email: Rolf.Jansen@xxxxxxx P.O. Box 871404 URL: www.public.asu.edu/~rjansen TEMPE AZ 85287-1404 ========================================================================== ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 18:45:47 +0000 From: Jami Garrison <JGarrison@xxxxxxxxx> Subject: Dark Sky Stakeholder Group meeting announcement Dear Dark Sky Stakeholders Group (DSSG) participants, The next meeting of the Dark Sky Stakeholders Group (DSSG) will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 1:30pm. DRAFT Dark Sky Agenda for July 26, 2011: 1. Introductions 2. Comments and feedback on Resource Guide and Report - The latest version of the report is attached to this email. 3. Discussion of Next Steps NOTE: DUE TO CONSTRUCTION AT THE MAG OFFICES, OUR MEETING LOCATION HAS CHANGED!! The next meeting of the Dark Sky Stakeholders Group will be: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 1:30 PM Valley Metro RPTA 101 N First Ave, 13th Floor Phoenix, AZ Free Parking is available in the MAG parking garage, where the meeting is usually held, at 302 N 1st Ave, Phoenix. The underground parking garage is accessible from 1st Avenue. Bring your ticket with you to the meeting for validation -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.