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SAL DICICCIO: Look at facts to decide who would be best

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Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009 11:00 pm

I’ve lived in the Valley for 45 years and have lived and been deeply involved in Ahwatukee for 23, as your representative, a small business person and a dad raising a family here. Like you, we have a long-standing stake in how this all turns out, with jobs, schools, kids – whether our investment in our homes and community will hold up.

Tough times require proven leadership. I was picked for the council because I have budget and business experience and the leadership to make decisions. Phoenix needs new direction to help businesses and families succeed, to create jobs, protect neighborhoods and efficiently deliver services. The way to ensure we have senior centers, summertime pools and a safety net for the needy is not higher taxes but a strong economic environment.

Let’s walk through real facts, and you can make up your own mind who would most likely be good for you and your family, based on results, not on campaign smear attacks or rhetoric.

Below is what I have been working on for the past six months:

 

Creating jobs:

• I called for and chair the committee to cut red tape for businesses and homeowners, removing antiquated barriers to job creation.

 

Saving taxpayer money and cutting waste:

• Eliminating wasteful tax incentives by creating financial tools allowing businesses to self-finance infrastructure. I opposed the $97 million taxpayer giveaway to City North, and I helped save over $80 million in wasteful spending, including the downtown “Garage Mahal.”

• The council approved my plan to review all departments to maximize efficiencies and cut waste.

 

Promoting public safety, protecting neighborhoods and families:

• I introduced a door-to-door solicitation ordinance to make neighborhoods safer.

• Illegal immigration – I want to quadruple officers on a task force that combats a dangerously spreading home invasion/kidnapping trend. We apprehended over 3,400 undocumented individuals in the past six months.

• Supporting crime-fighting efforts – crime dropped 50 percent in our area and we added more police for Ahwatukee.

 

Ahwatukee:

• Partnering with businesses, we helped raise almost $10,000 saving Ahwatukee’s after-school programs and our Fourth of July fireworks show.

• Helped create a 247-acre park and preserve and am working with American Legion and Boy Scouts on improvements.

• Proposed an Ahwatukee solution and alternative to Pecos Road and gathered an advisory group of citizens who oppose and support Loop 202 to speak as one Ahwatukee voice.

I am the only candidate with a detailed plan to move Phoenix forward.

You are my bosses, and I’m willing to make decisions and develop innovative ways to deliver needed services. That’s why the chamber of commerce, fire and police endorsed me.

Please vote for experience, innovation and a decades-long neighbor, Sal DiCiccio.

 

Sal DiCiccio was appointed to the City Council in January. He previously served on the council from 1994-1998.

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