If you missed last night’s Mayoral debate sponsored by the Phoenix Community Alliance and the Downtown Phoenix Journal held at the School of Nursing at ASU Downtown, here’s my twitter recap of what was said. Not much was different from the Mayoral debate last Thursday sponsored by the Downtown Voices Coalition except for the fact that Anna Brennan, a candidate that did not make the ballot, was present.
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The twitter recap of last night’s debate:
Again, everybody’s at tonight’s PCA/DPJ mayoral debate!
Anna Brennan not a lobbyist not an attorney, daughter of immigrants, was nurse, flight attendant, restauranteur in DT Phx
Wes Gullett: we’ve got to get the economy going again
Mattox: strong neighborhoods, quality schools, career jobs, been on City Council for 11 yrs
Peggy Neely: we are distinctly different, describes herself as a strong decisive leader with a proven track record
Neely listing ALL the biz she’s brought to town
Stanton: local kid, wants to build a diverse, sustainable economy, a strong DT advocate in tough economy, smart land use policy
Jennifer Wright: Worked for Goldwater Institute (boo!). Wants to emphasize fiscal responsibility
Moderator: is the city of Phx well managed? Brennan: No! Food tax sucks. We need to address the union issues.
Gullett: City of Phx has strong management but has some serious problems. Need more transparency, hates the water rate increase.
Mattox: yes the city is well managed. We have great employees. We have to respect existing labor agreements.
Neely: loves the city manager form of govt. We can’t sustain our budget. We can’t continue to borrow.
Stanton: the city is a strong institution but is not perfect, we need more transparency. For strong labor agreements.
Wright: city is not well managed. (holding up the budget) we need a system for manager to be held accountable
Gullett: independent strategic visions for each neighborhood, we need a strategic plan update
Mattox on economic dev: reach out to existing biz to retain them. Then go out and attract new biz.
Neely: some are planners, some are doers ( direct zing to Gullett!)
Neely: we need a regional approach
Stanton: we can’t just be regional, we must be internationally competetive. Local first, high wage jobs, education are important
Wright: holding up the strategic plans, says they suck and have failed. Govt gets in the way, loves Scottsdale!
Brennan: strategic plans we don’t follow cost us time and money. Commends Local First.
Mattox: on small biz, chooses local restaurants, shops. City should use more local biz
Neely: Phx needs a procurement code with a local preference. DT needs ALL (read Chains) biz
Stanton: agreed w/Neely on procurement code. We need to be smart about our bldg codes. Adaptive reuse code is important
Wright: small biz is the life blood of our country. Right now Phx is NOT small biz friendly
Brennan: we need education on the importance of buying locally! Decrease tax burden, take away union privileges
Gullett: it is important to invest locally, we need to require our banks to invest in our local businesses.
Neely on housing and job creation in the central city: we need to get businesses to help with TOD, we need multi-use dev
Stanton: we need to have smart land use policy in the rest of the city to have a strong DT. City North was a bad thing for DT!
Wright: holding up magazine says housing doesn’t bring people DT, jobs do.
Wright challenges Stanton to move DT
Brennan: let’s learn from Europe, we need plazas and affordable housing
Gullet: how do you define central city? We need a mix of housing in DT, allows for vibrancy, we have to DO it! We need planning
Mattox: we are doing it! Looking at TOD Dev. We need the jobs first though, the rooftops will follow
Stanton: it would be a hell of a reality show if Wright moved in with his family
Stanton: we need to be smart about selling off the vacant land
Wright: we need to make sure property taxes are low for existing spaces, let’s stop building new (good point)
Brennan: we need a real property inventory, we don’t have the money to operate what we have. Sell what we don’t need
Gullett: agrees on need for inventory. We can’t tear down existing bldgs (here here!) we need public private partnerships
Mattox: we need a true urban planner to be able to mix residential with biz. House flippers suck…
Neely: the DT Urban Form is a great plan. We do not drive dev, but we can have guidelines
Wright on Urban Form and parking: we have plenty of parking, not enough walkability (changing her tune a bit)
Brennan not familiar with the DT Form Code. Agrees with Wright, plenty of parking, we need more plazas.
Gullett: how do we pay for the implementation of the DT Urban Form code? Right now we can’t do it.
Neely: the DT Urban Form does not have lots of parking, but we don’t need another parking garage (agreed!)
Stanton: it’s a false choice between economic dev and a dense DT. Walkability bikeability are good for economic dev
Brennan on city support of the arts: she supported local artists at her restaurant. Not in favor of public art!!!
Gullett: we need a more robust public art program to create real art investment like Denver
Gullett: public art should not be funded through general fund (yikes!)
Mattox: art makes a city more attractive, firmly supports the arts. They are underfunded. Explained percent for the arts.
Neely: we have shortfall in being able to maintain our arts program. Touted MIM.
Stanton: arts and smart economic dev go hand in hand. Outside investors look for a vibrant arts and culture community
Stanton: we can’t let the arts be the easy cut!
Wright: believes in arts and culture,but does not want gov in the arts (Goldwater speak)
Gullett on fav moment in DT Phx: Game 6 of the World Series
Mattox’s fav moment in DT: Rock & Roll Marathon. Way to go on being a musician!
Neely’s fav moment: the Olympic torch run
Wrights fav moment: wedding at San Carlos ( she got it right this time)
Mattox on future staff pay increases: merit needs to be based on merit
Neely: come 2012 wages go back to pre-furlough times, tough decisions coming, we have to control our pensions
Stanton: come to the table openly, continue good labor mngmt relations, don’t jeopardize in tough times
Wright: make sure payscales at the City are in line with private sector
Brennan: we can’t have our unions dictate what our budget is, we need to address our city managers position. Cavazos has failed!
Gullett: we have to get a grip on our costs, do it with labor negotiations, both sides, including employees have to give
Neely on police and firefighter unions: they are vital we need a balanced approach
Neely schooled Brennan on the Starbucks in City Hall being a non profit
Stanton: Police and fire are more than labor relations
Wright: Police and fire unions aren’t necessarily making us safer
Brennan: why can’t St.Joe’s (the non-profit mentioned by Neely) use a local roaster?
Brennan: hates the unions! Calls out Mattox and Stanton’s union support
Gullett: I don’t have any union support and I have more signs than Mattox and Stanton
Gullett: unions have a role, but city has to say no to them occasionally
Mattox: agrees with Gullett, resents being called a union totie. Says no one cares about unions when they need a cop
Stanton on public transit, LR’s west valley alignment: supports the LR extensions, wants better bus transit system, more options
Wright: public transit big part of how she got around (even though she’s never taken LR)
Wright: LR doesn’t work for Phx! It’s always empty (wha????)
Brennan: LR is a money loser but good for the environment, we need bile lanes, different modes of transportation
Gullett: we shouldn’t invest in more LR extensions until we get more ROI on current LR
Mattox: uses transit on a regular basis (kinda) we’re 150% above projections on LR
Mattox supports west extension, agrees with Gullett on need for better Station area planning
Wrights closing: 5 decades of failed planning, defined crazy, let’s get govt put of the way
Stanton’s closing advocate for DT as a neighborhood, strong public schools
Mattox closing: council has been involved in making DT better. You need people who know what they’re doing, unlike Wright, Brennan
Gullett closing: he’s a business guy, Stanton has great ideas, who’s going to pay for them? The taxpayers.
Brennan closing: lobbyists and career politicians suck, she’ll dig deep and fight for you.
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