We have a fantastic city, and it is the place my family calls home. As a city, we are facing big challenges in 2015. However, they are challenges we can easily handle if we complete the task of protecting the public first — you and your family. To be effective, I have always believed you should put your goals in writing. You were made many promises by the politicians and city leaders. This year we need to fulfill those promises to make 2015 the year of “Promises Made… Promises Kept.”
Weeks after an accident on Pecos Road that left a 59-year-old bicyclist dead and hundreds of people questioning the safety of the intersection, the 24-year-old driver in the case was arrested and booked on charges of manslaughter.
In a 5-4 vote, the Phoenix City Council decided to allow a city pension task force to spend up to $140,000 on consulting services from Segal company, the same group the city used to study possible pension reform in the past.
On Tuesday, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Bill Gates and members of the biking community took their first ride on the new green bicycles that will be seen all over the city in coming months as the city officially launched the Grid Bike Share program.
“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” ~ President Theodore Roosevelt
The food tax was promised to go to police and fire, but instead $151 million went for new pay raises and bonuses. Now the public was told if pension reform happens it will take money away from police/fire death benefits. Both were never true, and city officials knew they were not true.
Crime — when most people think about the issue — means break-ins, car thefts, and street assaults; highly visible incidents that raise everybody’s concern. People rarely think of domestic violence. It’s the under-the-radar nature of domestic violence, which mostly occurs outside public view, that makes it such a difficult problem. One that calls for policy innovation and creative problem-solving.
Downtown Phoenix was buzzing Tuesday night as unofficial results were released. Voters sent Kyrsten Sinema back to Congress for District 9 while Republicans swept all other offices representing Ahwatukee Foothills.
Proposition 487, to be decided by Phoenix voters this November, has been clouded by a lot of confusion and misinformation. Unfortunately, one of the main perpetrators is Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who in an attempt to confuse voters, has once again attacked our city’s firefighters.
The work ethic and attitude of a candidate is indicative of the legislator that he or she will be. I have had the pleasure of working with Jill Norgaard over the past months on her campaign for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 18. I have witnessed firsthand her tireless commitment to reach voters, business leaders, and the community at large to share her vision for a better Arizona.
Allison Hurtado lists the website FOR Proposition 487 in her Oct. 22 article as if it were an unbiased website when in reality; the website she lists is a compilation of half-truths and right wing misinformation to persuade voters to vote for Prop 487. Since she listed the for website, she should also have listed the VOTE NO on Prop 487 website: www.NoOn487.com. If she were to inform readers to go to this website, they would find that “In 2013, Phoenix voters in a landslide passed smart, sustainable pension reform that will save City of Phoenix taxpayers more than $600 million over the next 23 years. Passing Prop 487 would wipe away most of those savings.” [Source: City of Phoenix Update, 6/10/2014]. In addition, “Pension spiking, which this measure (Prop 487) claims to address, already has been eliminated in contract negotiations earlier this year.”