At the Save the Lakes meeting Monday morning at 9:30 there was standing room only. Chairs were brought into the Ahwatukee Recreation Center main hall for many homeowners eager to hear anything positive about the ongoing debacle between Mr. Gee and the homeowners themselves.
The current pension/spiking system is broken. You are seeing less services, and higher fee and tax increases because of the broken pension system. Less police officers on our streets, less services for our seniors, fewer library hours, and cuts to after school programs — and it will be getting worse. Phoenix recently instituted a new water tax in order to cover the pension costs. Last year, pension spiking was over $19 million of our budget. An additional increase of $18 million just to cover pension costs was in the budget. City staff has already forecast an additional $18 million to cover pension costs for next year.
Several volunteers from Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children took the opportunity to voice their concerns about the South Mountain Freeway during the Phoenix City Council meeting Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Phoenix has much to offer that appeals to residents and tourists alike, from fantastic events like Devour Phoenix and the Super Bowl, great places to take the kids like the Science Center and our numerous parks, to world-class restaurants and endless sunny skies. These are just a few of the features of Phoenix that draw hundreds of thousands of tourists to our city each year, injecting millions of dollars into our economy, and these same features make living in Phoenix so enjoyable for those of us who call it home.
Wilson Gee may be forced to pay up to $1.6 million in tax benefits to the county for closing the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course according to an Arizona statute that has never been used before, the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office said.
City Councilman Sal DiCiccio points out the camera on a small drone he recently purchased while researching drones available on the market. His $60 drone, purchased off Amazon, captures video and photos.
I have come to know why, for many Americans, “politicians” is a bad word. Most of the people I know are frustrated with a Republican led Congress and a Democratic majority in the Senate unable to work together on issues that are important to the American people like immigration reform, the national debt, Social Security, international conflicts and many more concerns we are all, as Americans, hoping will be addressed soon.
Getting approval from 51 percent of neighbors to change the CC&Rs governing the closed Lakes Golf Course is only the first of many challenges Pulte Homes must overcome to build 250 homes on the land. Its next greatest challenge would be surviving the city’s zoning process.
This summer, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) named Phoenix one of the top five cities to open a new business. In making this rating, the NFIB specifically cited recent reforms I helped develop — making Phoenix one of the best places in the nation to start or expand business. These reforms included 24-hour permitting, online permitting, 24-hour inspections and five-day site review.
I am a 35-year resident of Ahwatukee and I read with interest Ed Corona’s commentary on the golf course situation (“Save The Lakes needs new plan,” AFN, July 30). The overall gist was that since there seems to be no other solution on the horizon, we had best accept the Pulte program and move on lest the situation gets only worse. Win one for Mr. Gee.
NO! Tell this message to Pulte and Mr. Gee. Remember, these guys are NOT our friends. They are not trying to “work with us.” They are rolling right over us. They have meetings filled with convenient conversations. This is like petting your cow just before butchering it. NO! I have been around these travesties before and years afterward neighbors are shrugging their shoulders saying, “Gee, we got taken again.” Don’t let it happen to us. They cannot promise a density of homes in our golf fairways until they get final permission from the Phoenix Planning and Zoning Commission.
My congratulations to Susi Fathauer for her letter, “No to more homes, traffic” on July 2, as she scored a hole-in-one. The core issue in play really isn’t about golf “it’s about open space.” We need to protect our environment and the keeping the current open spaces — open does just that.
While the average citizen struggles to save for retirement, some “public servants” will be making millions from “public service.” Fifty individuals walked away with a cash payout of hundreds of thousands of dollars, got a second retirement plan, and then started making over $100,000 in yearly pensions. What do you get?
The lines have been clearly drawn for those in favor of the Phoenix Pension Initiative, who would like to see the city create a more sustainable pension system, and those against it, who say a dramatic change would cost taxpayers millions to carry out.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?