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CHECK OUT THE LATEST VIDEO TO THE LEFT OF THIS COLUMN. IN JULY JOYCE CLARK INVITED HER OPPONENT, SAMMY CHAVIRA, TO A DEBATE. HE REFUSED. IMAGINE IF IT HAD HAPPENED…

My opponent, Sam Chavira, has sent many campaign mailings.

  • FACT:  The money fuelling his campaign is from special interests, Mark Becker of Becker Billboards, Arizona Pipe Trades Union, The fire union, and the United Food Workers Union.
  • FACT:  My opponent, according to his 2016 filed campaign reports, has not received one campaign donation from a single person in Glendale or from our district, the Yucca district.
  • FACT:  Nearly every campaign donation I have received has come strictly from people like you, residents of the Yucca district or Glendale. This fact demonstrates a level of support from the district that Sammy simply cannot command.
  • FACT:  A few donations I received from outside of Glendale have been from friends.

You have a choice in this election on August 30th. My opponent, having received his campaign money from special interests, will have to make good on their agenda. 

I owe no one except the residents of Glendale. My pledge is to represent you and to “get your voice back.”

 Do you have a direct question for me? Call me at 623-772-9795 or send me an email at clarkjv@aol.com. I am always available to talk to you and to answer any question or concern you may have. 

This election is so important and your choice will be decided in the Primary on August 30th. I ask for your vote.

 Together we will “get your voice back.” 

We all want safe neighborhoods, more good paying jobs right there in Glendale, abundant recreational opportunities and a well maintained city with excellent service delivery. I want what you want.

 My pledge to you is to work hard to achieve these goals. I humbly ask for you and your family’s votes by Early Ballot or at the polls on August30th.

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© Joyce Clark, 2016                 

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CHECK OUT THE LATEST VIDEO TO THE LEFT OF THIS COLUMN. IN JULY JOYCE CLARK INVITED HER OPPONENT, SAMMY CHAVIRA, TO A DEBATE. HE REFUSED. IMAGINE IF IT HAD HAPPENED…

There’s an old saying, “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” From what I’ve heard, Sammy prefers something stronger than milk, and often. There is no doubt a ton of money has been spent to try to defeat me in this election. Sammy’s campaign, to date, has paid for 2 mailers; he has paid the LA Machine to deliver his door hangers; and he has illegally stuffed mailboxes with his campaign material. The estimated cost is about $15,000.

Campaign for Truth and Leadership, an Independent Committee, whose chairperson is Bill Scheel of Javalina Consulting, and Revitalize Arizona (with major funding by Residents for Accountability), shell PACs being used by Javalina Consulting, have spent another estimated $20,000 on campaign mailers and campaign signs for Sammy. And remember, they have not consulted with Sammy or his campaign on their actions or the content of the mailers (read with a heavy dose of sarcasm).

The total estimated cost to date is in the $35,000 range and sure to climb before this campaign is over. The estimate is that by the time of the election Chavira and his people will have spent an estimated $50,000 to defeat me. Imagine that! And I will have spent $10,000.

In one of Sammy’s recent mailers he claims that I called the auditors of the Risk Management and Workmen’s Compensation Fund “nitpicky.” Sammy lied. I did not call the auditors or the auditors’ report “nitpicky.” I did call some of the unnecessary details of the report “nitpicky.” This is just another example of campaign rhetoric when a word is deliberately taken out of context and misused. Imagine, all that money spent and the very worst they can come up with is “nitpicky.” What a hoot! You would have thought Sammy could have found something more dark and sinister to use.

In yet more campaign rhetoric according to Sammy, I broke the piggy bank. I must be some kind of all powerful wizard to have accomplished that all by myself. Sammy conveniently ignores history but let’s not forget how desperate he is to win. Sammy does not acknowledge that former Mayor Scruggs and her obedient mushroom councilmembers,(old country saying: “a mushroom is grown in the dark and fed a diet of horse manure”) Knaack, Frate and Martinez, along with Scruggs were  a majority vote that made the decisions resulting in Glendale’s present condition. I was an afterthought for it is well known that I did not march in lock step with former mayor Scruggs. There were many times that former (and recently deceased) Councilmember Lieberman and I were minority “no” votes. Sammy doesn’t acknowledge Scruggs’ responsibility because that does not fit his campaign rhetoric.

I seem to be pulling up scads of adages and here’s another, “Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you.” Sammy is using the same points he used in 2012. It may have worked then but will not work this time. He fails to recognize one very important difference this time. His record. He now has a record of 4 years of accomplishment or in Sammy’s case, non-accomplishment. As Sammy has said, “my record speaks for itself.”

His record is a disaster.

  • How can he possibly defend a record of abusing taxpayer money with lavish trips to D.C. to see the Pope and a $420 dinner for his Phoenix fire bosses?
  • How can he defend missing 12 council meetings, more than any elected official in Glendale’s history?
  • How can he defend failing to appear in court and a driver’s license suspension?
  • How can he defend holding only one district meeting in 4 years?
  • How can he defend being the deciding vote for a “sweetheart deal” with an out-of-state corporation granting Ice Arizona $15 million dollars a year to manage Glendale’ arena?
  • How can he defend his silences at council meetings, rarely speaking and when he does, only to thank someone for something?
  • How can he defend his inaccessibility to his own district residents?
  •  How can he defend refusing to return constituent calls?

I received a call today from a gentleman and voter who told me he and his family members (7 of them) had voted for me. His reason? He had called Sammy several times to ask for help and Sammy never returned his call. This constituent’s complaint has been echoed to me over and over again. Here are two recent constituent observations: “So I asked this man (Sammy Chavira) a simple question and was very nice about my question, instead of answering my question he deleted my comment. Not someone I would want to be the mouth of the Yucca district. Can’t even answer simple questions and instead ignores the people.” Or “The same thing happened to me!”

Yes, Sammy, your “record does speak for itself” and it’s not pretty or ethical.

We can’t afford Sammy or his ethics.

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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By now everyone knows that Sammy Chavira, my opponent, considers himself above the law. We’ve seen him get a Glendale traffic ticket; his Failure to Appear for his court hearing; the subsequent suspension of his driver’s license; and his hustling to pay his fines of hundreds of dollars only after the media asked him about it. It also appears that the truck that Sammy has been driving for several years is still registered to someone else…hmmm.

We know that Sammy stuffed mailboxes with a political piece without bothering to mail it. It’s just another violation…this time of U.S. Postal law. Anything placed in your mailbox is required to have postage and to have been mailed. Sammy doesn’t seem to care or once again, he thinks he’s above the law.

Sammy is supporting Mark Burdick in his run for mayor. They both have careers in the fire profession. But perhaps it’s also because of their lax attitudes toward laws and regulations.

Take a close look at the latest Burdick mailer. If you look carefully you will see there is no disclaimer or attribution as to the political committee that sent this mailer. No “Paid by Burdick for Mayor.” No “Paid by Revitalize Arizona with major funding provided by.” Nothing. It’s another violation…this time of Arizona law that governs political committees. It is required by law that there is such a disclaimer on a political mailing.

Return address has post office box but no "Paid by" as required by law

Return address has post office box but no “Paid by” as required by law

This is “inside baseball” information. Those of us who are candidates or working on a candidate’s campaign know what the rules of the game are. They are not difficult to follow. It is not expected that the voter would be aware of them. We know that we must place a disclaimer with a contact phone number on our campaign signs and that we must place a disclaimer on all of our campaign mailers.

If these men cannot follow the law in these situations, can we expect the same kind of behavior from them when they make major policy decisions for us? Leadership must include ethical behavior. Niccolo Machiavelli in his book, The Prince, said “the end justifies the means.” In his book he discusses the morality of political rules. He believed that the first priority of a leader is to protect his power at any cost. Chavira and Burdick seem to have adopted Machiavelli’s philosophy.

I bring these violations to your attention for it is discouraging to those of us who do follow the rules. At some point these men will flaunt the law once too often and karma will occur. For now, you, the voter, have the right to know when candidates who are asking for your vote don’t follow the simplest of rules.

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LATEST VIDEO TO THE LEFT OF THIS COLUMN AS SAMMY CHAVIRA AND ANTHONY LEBLANC, CEO, SHARE A MOMENT PRIOR TO CHAVIRA’S FLIP FLOP VOTE FOR A $15 MILLION DOLLAR A YEAR ARENA MANAGEMENT CONTRACT

The countdown is on. Today is August 10, 2016. In 20 days all Early Ballots will have been mailed or will be turned in to voting sites and on August 30, 2016 voters will go to the polls to vote.

As did all candidates, I have walked and telephoned, delivered campaign fliers, had Meet ‘n’ Greets, participated in media interviews, planned the design of campaign mailers and mailed them out. I have posted on every social media site and even posted mini-videos. Campaign signs have been planted in residents’ yards and on nearly every street corner in the district. I exhausted the first supply of yard signs and had to order more.

I raised $9,640 – just $360 shy of a goal of $10,000. If you can give just a little bit thermometer w new numbers July 28 2016more I will have enough to cover bills still coming in. All of your $25, $50 and $100 donations added up and are a testament to the power of the people. Please send whatever you can to Joyce Clark, 8628 W. Cavalier Drive, Glendale, AZ 85305. Please make your check out to “Clark for Council.” If your contribution is over $50 by law I must have your name, address, employer and job title. My thanks to all who have donated as well as those who send me a contribution now, when it is needed the most.

The most amazing thing happened during this campaign. Not only have I had an opportunity to renew old friendships but nearly every contribution I have received has come from Yucca district residents or city-wide residents. I am so proud of that accomplishment but I am also very humbled and grateful to see the level of faith and trust so many of you have placed in me.

There are so many differences in our candidacies for the Yucca district city council position. I haven’t raised nearly the campaign cash that my opponent, Sammy Chavira, has raised but his first two filed campaign committee reports show that his money has come from only one source — special interests – the majority of cash and independent mailings from unions. Nearly all of my campaign donations have come from people like you.

There are stark differences in our campaign styles as well. Sammy has relied on his job as a fire fighter to provide you, the voter, with a reason to vote for him. But that is exactly why you should not vote for him. His full time job as a fire fighter has caused him to fail to carry out his responsibilities as a councilmember. Sammy has offered you, the voter, a laundry list of generalities in terms of his goals and accomplishments. Sammy has not bothered to list anything factual. Sammy can’t point to his record because it is so blemished and unethical.

We are judged “by the company we keep.” Sammy’s best buddy on city council was former Councilmember Garry Sherwood, recalled and disgraced. Many to this day believe that Sammy flip flopped on his campaign pledge and voted for the Coyotes deal so that Sherwood would support the casino.

  • Sammy has been invisible and failed to do his job as your councilmember.
  • Sammy has abused your trust in him by abusing taxpayer dollars on lavish trips.
  • Sammy thinks he’s above the law.
  • Sammy has offered a campaign platform devoid of anything concrete.
  • Sammy has presented only platitudes and generalities.
  • Sammy has a full time job as a fire fighter and no time to be a full time councilmember.
  • Sammy is offering the same, tired promises of 4 years ago and will fail to deliver on them just as he has done during his one term.

You deserve better than this. I pledge my accessibility and accountability. I’ve done it before and will do it again. I offer you my 5 E’s of Ethics, Economy, Engagement, Environment and Equity. I will post every taxpayer dollar spent from my councilmember budget. You deserve no less.

You have a choice. You can choose between Sammy’s years of inaction and my proven record of action. You can choose to “get your voice back” or you can have councilmember silence on the issues that concern you the most.

Here’s a simple comparison for your consideration:

  Sammy Joyce
Presented Biography No Yes
College graduate ?? Yes
Listed accomplishments while serving No Yes
Listed community involvement Yes Yes
Presented specific platform No Yes
Source of campaign contributions Special Interests The People
Current job full time fire fighter retired
Abused taxpayer dollars with travel Yes No
Held district meetings 1 in 4 years Min. of 2X a year
Attended neighborhood meetings No Yes
Returned your phone calls No Yes
Attended council meetings Missed 12 in 1 term Yes, faithfully
Active participant at council meetings No Yes
Failed to appear in court, driver’s license suspension as a result of a traffic ticket Yes No
Flop flopped on Coyotes vote Yes No

 

I have done all the things necessary in a campaign to convince you to support me…walked and talked, mailed and met. Now it is up to you. All I can do is wait and hope that you, the voter, recognize the real, basic differences between us and how we will represent you. I ask for your vote by Early Ballot or on August 30th.

Can you afford Sammy any longer?

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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Another Sammy mailer arrived today. All that special interest money allows him to mail out a gazillion campaign mailers. That’s ok. He will pay them back big time should he be elected.

This one touts his primary occupation as a Phoenix fire fighter. If you were electing a fire fighter then perhaps this campaign mailer would be pretty effective but he’s running as a councilmember. He’s hoping his fire fighter status will do the job that he can’t and get him elected.

His full-time, six figure job as a fire fighter is exactly why he has no time to fulfill his responsibilities as your district councilmember. After all, he collects $35,000 as a councilmember and that amount is not persuasive enough to get him to show up for council meetings and workshops. He missed a dozen of them, more than any Glendale councilmember in history. That’s why he doesn’t return your phone calls. That’s why he doesn’t hold district meetings. That’s why he hasn’t done anything.

Sammy has no record to fall back upon other than a record of abusing $25,000 of taxpayer money, his invisibility as a councilmember, and his flaunting the law with his Glendale ticket, failure to appear in court and his driver’s license suspension. Don’t forget his recent violation of federal law by placing campaign material with no postage (did not mail through the postal system) in citizen’s mailboxes. Complaints have been filed with the U.S. Post Office.

Many of you no longer get the Arizona Republic and may not have had the opportunity to read Paul Giblin’s story about Sammy’s taxpayer abuse published on March 4, 2016 in the Arizona Republic. I am offering the complete article to you now. It’s fairly long. Grab a cup of coffee or a Pepsi and sit down to read.

Chavira headline_Page_1AGlendale Councilman Sammy Chavira charges $24K in trips in 3 years to taxpayers

Paul Giblin, The Republic | azcentral.com 9:47 a.m. MST March 4, 2016

On Dec. 17, 2014, Glendale City Councilman Sammy Chavira received a cheery email from his friend Ruben Gallego, who had just been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gallego and his wife invited him to attend Gallego’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., via an email sent from Gallego’s campaign account to Chavira’s personal account.

Nineteen days later, Chavira arrived in Washington — and the charges started piling up: $1,282 for airfare on US Airways; $685 for two nights’ lodging at the JW Marriott hotel near the White House; $78 for a room-service steak burger and other meals; $30 for a couple of cab rides.

Chavira’s bills totaled $2,075. He expensed it all to Glendale taxpayers.

A few months later, Gallego invited Chavira back to Washington to watch Pope Francis’ address to Congress. Chavira expensed $1,933 to Glendale taxpayers for that trip.

Glendale allots thousands of dollars to each council member for travel annually. Its travel policy dictates that expenditures should only be incurred for “clear business needs” that benefit the city.

Those trips were among 13 out-of-state trips that the first-term councilman expensed to Glendale taxpayers since taking office in January 2013, according to documents obtained by The Arizona Republic through public-records requests.

The Republic also found:

Chavira expensed six trips to the nation’s capital. During one, Chavira, who works as a Phoenix firefighter, charged Glendale taxpayers for a $420 seafood dinner for several guests, including two of his Phoenix Fire Department supervisors and a supervisor’s spouse.

Chavira made three trips to the Los Angeles area, including two for economic-development purposes, though documentation of those ventures is vague.

The councilman regularly racks up hundreds of dollars of airline fees for late changes to his flight plans and for baggage — doubling, tripling and quadrupling original charges. One postponed flight allowed Chavira to attend a party that then-Councilman Gary Sherwood hosted the night of his recall election. Sherwood lost the recall.

Chavira and Sherwood shared the lead as the most frequent fliers on the council. They charged taxpayers for 13 out-of-state trips each since 2013, though all of Sherwood’s trips were to attend conferences.

Glendale has lax controls over council members’ travel expenses, allowing each member to spend as much as $18,000 a year to attend conferences and to cover office expenses, with few restrictions. 

Chavira and his assistant scheduled and canceled three interviews with The Republic to discuss the matter. Finally, Chavira agreed to answer emailed questions, but instead he outlined the goals of his travels in general terms and did not address specific questions about the expenses.

“I’ve never hidden these trips. I’ve documented each and every trip, per city policy. I believe the trips are consistent with my role as an advocate for our city, Glendale residents and our business owners.”

Councilman Sammy Chavira

“I made these trips on behalf of the city for legitimate purposes — to pursue economic development opportunities; to cement valuable relationships; to help improve Glendale public safety and to secure our city’s share of federal funds and grants,” he stated in the email.

Overall, he billed $24,307 for the 13 trips.

Council members police their own expenses

Each council member controls an $18,000-a-year expense budget, according to Glendale’s City Council guidelines. One stipulation is the money must be “for city business only.”

Ultimately, each council member is responsible for certifying that his or her travel expenses are for city business, said Brent Stoddard, the city’s director of intergovernmental programs.

Vice Mayor Ian Hugh said elected officials should be prepared to defend their spending.

“The council has a lot of leeway how they spend it, but you then have to answer to the public on the rationale why,” he said.

Hugh is one of two sitting council members who haven’t expensed any out-of-state trips since 2013. Ray Malnar, who replaced Sherwood in November 2015, is the other.

Kevin McCarthy, president of the Arizona Tax Research Association, questioned how Chavira could justify the Gallego and pope trips as official city business.

“It’s staggering to me that people don’t get it — that taxpayers not only aren’t going to support it, but it undermines their confidence when this sort of stuff happens. It should be a given that it’s inappropriate to use taxpayer money for personal travel,” he said.

Inauguration trip

The invitation to Gallego’s inauguration included these events: an all-day open house at Gallego’s congressional office in the Longworth House Office Building, a ceremonial swearing-in at the Jones Day law office, a televised swearing-in back at the Longworth building and a happy-hour reception at the Hawk ’n’ Dove restaurant and bar.

It wasn’t clear from emails which events Chavira attended.

Gallego, a Democrat, is serving his freshman term in Congress. His 7th Congressional District covers parts of Phoenix and Glendale, including approximately 8 square miles of Chavira’s district.

Chavira’s expense report noted that the purpose of the trip was “Congressional Swearing in for Ruben Gallego.” In his email to The Republic, he stated that he was invited as an elected leader.

“With that said, my trip to Washington was about far more than the inauguration. That trip also included numerous meetings related to the Urban Area Safety Initiative, a program meant to help urban regions like Glendale and the Valley work to combat terrorism and lower crime,” he stated in the email.

He did not provide documentation for those meetings, but he would have been on a tight schedule.

According to his expense report, he was scheduled to arrive at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport at 7:47 p.m. the day before the inauguration, and leave at 10:25 a.m. the day after.

Seeing Pope Francis

Eight months after the swearing-in trip, Chavira accepted an invitation from Gallego to travel to Washington again to watch a broadcast of the pope’s address to Congress. Chavira expensed a $1,933 trip from Sept. 23-25, 2015, records show.

An assistant for Gallego offered Chavira a ticket for a seat to watch the broadcast on the West Terrace of the Capitol.

Chavira responded, “Thank you! I am very blessed and honored to have you think about me!”

The next day, Chavira’s assistant asked Gallego’s assistant if a second ticket was available, because Chavira wanted to bring a guest. The emails did not specify whether Chavira was given a second ticket.

Chavira’s expense report stated that the purpose of the trip was “Invited to see the pope in D.C. by Congressman Gallego.”

In his email to The Republic, Chavira stated: “While my trip to Washington D.C. in 2015 included attending the pope’s appearance in the Capitol, this was not just ‘a trip to see the Pope.’ My agenda for that trip included multiple meetings focused on using fire fighters to impact the prevalence of sex trafficking and to help victims of sex trafficking.”

His meetings included those with Gallego and U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., he stated in the email.

Gallego’s assistant Christina Carr told The Republic that Chavira and Gallego met briefly in the congressman’s office on the day of the pope’s speech to discuss local issues and the papal visit.

Sinema’s assistant Macey Matthews said Chavira and Sinema did not have an official meeting, but they talked briefly at the Capitol on the day of the pope’s visit. “She doesn’t remember the specific details of what they discussed,” Matthews wrote in an email.

Chavira’s expense reports show he was on a tight schedule then, too.

He was scheduled to arrive at Reagan National at 4:08 p.m. the day before the pope’s speech, and leave at 10:30 a.m. the day after.

“Clearly, any travel that an elected official does on behalf of the city should be related to city business.”

Ken Strobeck, League of Arizona Cities and Towns executive director

Cities use various guidelines to define legitimate travel, said Ken Strobeck, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, an organization that represents municipalities before the state Legislature.

“Clearly, any travel that an elected official does on behalf of the city should be related to city business,” he said.

“I take kind of a biased view on this. I think a lot of people say, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be traveling,’ ” Strobeck said. “You don’t find a whole lot of wisdom just if you go into the same office every day and don’t ever get any outside ideas.”

State and national conferences offer valuable training and educational programs, he said.

Strobeck declined to comment about whether the Gallego and pope trips should be considered city business.

Dinner with Phoenix bosses

While Chavira serves as an elected city councilman for Glendale, he works as a firefighter for Phoenix. He’s also involved with the Urban Area Safety Initiative, a federal program that provides grants to further municipal and regional preparedness for terrorism and major disasters.

Chavira expensed a $3,236 trip to Washington on Oct. 8-10, 2014, for meetings associated with the grants program.

During the trip, he charged Glendale taxpayers for a $420 dinner for himself and several guests at Johnny’s Half Shell, a seafood restaurant with views of Capitol Hill. They had four orders of shrimp cocktail, 1½ dozen oysters, four orders of seafood stew, halibut, scallops, gumbo and more.

According to Chavira’s expense report, the dinner party included Phoenix Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner and Assistant Chief Scott Krushak, plus Kalkbrenner’s husband, Phoenix Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Kevin Kalkbrenner.

“If he was traveling as a Phoenix firefighter, I don’t know how you charge any of that to the city of Glendale. I’m not really sure what the details were of that trip — and yeah, a $400 meal is ridiculous.”

Glendale Councilwoman Lauren Tolmachoff

Other dinner-party guests included Phoenix Police Executive Assistant Chief Dave Harvey and Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela. Former Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick, who has since resigned and announced his candidacy in the Glendale mayoral race, also attended.

Phoenix Fire Deputy Chief Shelly Jamison said Kara Kalkbrenner felt there were no improprieties in allowing a subordinate to pick up the bill.

“The group did accept Chavira’s offer to pay and apparently understood that it would be reimbursed by city expenses,” Jamison said.

Glendale City Councilwoman Lauren Tolmachoff said she has several questions about the matter.

“I don’t really know what that was about. If he was traveling as a Phoenix firefighter, I don’t know how you charge any of that to the city of Glendale. I’m not really sure what the details were of that trip — and yeah, a $400 meal is ridiculous.”

Trips to California

Concerning the California trips, Chavira noted in expense records that the purpose for a trip to Montebello, Calif., in November 2015 was “Economic Development-grid projects & special events in CA.”

He wrote that the reason for a trip to West Covina, Calif., in October 2015 was “Light Rail and bring LA restaurant to CB Ranch in CA,” a reference to Glendale’s spring-training park Camelback Ranch.

In his email to The Republic, Chavira stated that the trips combined multiple opportunities.

“I met with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), which is an excellent model for innovation and entrepreneurship that I hope to implement in Glendale. Additionally, these two trips involved meetings with a number of political and sports-world leaders concerning the possibility of partnerships back home in Glendale,” he stated.

Chavira did not include names of business, political and sports leaders with whom he met. Officials with the clean-tech concern did not return messages about the matter.

The October 2015 trip followed an introduction Chavira facilitated between Glendale resident Luis De La Cruz and officials at Glendale’s spring-training stadium.

De La Cruz is the majority owner of Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café, a Los Angeles restaurant known for its five-pound burrito. During the meeting, De La Cruz proposed the idea of El Tepeyac selling items at Camelback Ranch stadium, according to De La Cruz and stadium President Jeff Overton.

The group met at Camelback Ranch on Sept. 1, 2015, but no deals were struck. In October, Chavira sampled the food at El Tepeyac in Los Angeles and De La Cruz introduced him to officials at the clean-tech incubator, De La Cruz said in an interview.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox play spring-training games at Camelback Ranch.

Brian Friedman, the city’s economic-development director, said he did not accompany Chavira on the trips and that the councilman didn’t coordinate with him about them. Friedman said he is unfamiliar with the term “grid projects.”

By comparison, Mayor Jerry Weiers coordinated with Glendale economic-development officials on three of his five business-recruitment trips. Those three trips were affiliated with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, while the other two were associated with Lockheed Martin, the aerospace company that manufactures F-35 fighter jets that are based at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale.

No other council members expensed similar trips.

Additional costs for late and change fees

Chavira frequently incurs charges for changing his flights and rebooking them at higher fees on short notice. In addition, he nearly always checks two pieces of luggage, incurring $120 or more in luggage fees, even on short jaunts.

For example:

On a trip to Nashville, Tenn., for a League of Cities conference on Nov. 4-6, 2015, change fees and other fees increased a $394 airfare to $895.

On a trip to Montebello, Calif., for light-rail meetings on Dec. 4-5, 2014, change fees and other fees pushed a $342 airfare to $652.

On a trip to Austin, Texas, for a League of Cities conference on Nov. 19-22, 2014, change fees and other fees jacked up a $243 airfare to $1,039.

On a trip to Washington, D.C., for another League of Cities conference on March 7-12, 2014, change fees and other fees elevated a $425 airfare to $1,436.

Since taking office, he has charged taxpayers a combined $3,136 in rebooking fees and other airline fees, records show.

Fellow council members have noticed that Chavira is a heavy traveler, Tolmachoff said. For example, he arrived a day after most other council members on the Nashville trip, but checked at least two pieces of luggage.

“It’s like, how in the world can you even bring that much stuff with you? I mean, I don’t know. Maybe he needs a lot of hair products and that sort of thing,” she said.

Chavira did not submit baggage-fee receipts for the Nashville trip. Instead, he submitted three documents for lost or missing receipts, a common practice for him.

One document for the Nashville trip accounted for $60 in baggage fees for the outgoing American Airlines flight on Nov. 4. A second document noted an additional $75 in baggage fees for the same flight. A third document logged $60 in baggage fees for the return flight two days later.

American Airlines typically charges $25 for a single checked piece each way, $35 for a second and $150 for a third.

Nothing in Chavira’s expense reports account for the discrepancies.

Chavira stated in the email to The Republic, “I’ve never hidden these trips. I’ve documented each and every trip, per city policy. I believe the trips are consistent with my role as an advocate for our city, Glendale residents and our business owners.”

Tolmachoff, who is in her first term, said she was surprised by the city’s lack of controls over travel expenses.

The city has covered three out-of-state trips for Tolmachoff since she took office in December 2014. All were for conferences.

“We have to turn in our receipts and sign for everything, but it’s not like other places where I’ve had expenses that I turned in where people were actually reviewing it,” she said.

Good for you. You read the story to the end.

We can’t afford Sammy or his ethics.

This afternoon I went to my mailbox to get our mail. Inside was a postcard with no postage. I checked a few other neighbors’ mailboxes and they had the same card within them. It is a Chavira campaign piece. Here is the Chavira card, front and back. Do you see any postage paid for the privilege of his delivery within your mailbox? No, of course not. Once again, Sammy has shown utter contempt and disregard for the law. This card clearly says, “Paid for by Chavira for Glendale, Printed in house.”Chavira card in mailboxes Aug 6 2016_Page_2

Chavira card in mailboxes Aug 6 2016_Page_1

 

 

 

 

 

As I was getting the mail I ran into our postal delivery person. He said,

“IT IS A FEDERAL OFFENSE TO PLACE ANY MATERIAL IN A MAILBOX, CAMPAIGN OR OTHERWISE.” He said to call 1-800-ASK-USPS to file a complaint. I urge anyone who received this Chavira campaign card in their mailbox to call immediately.

Chavira is not for Glendale.

UPDATE:

I just called the US Post office at this number (1-800-275-8777) and filed a complaint about Sammy’s placement of campaign material in mailboxes. It takes a few minutes and some patience but it can be done. I ask anyone in the Yucca district who received Sammy’s campaign card in your mailbox to please call the US Post Office. The more complaints received the more seriously it will be considered. Also email me at clarkjv@aol.com and let me know you saved his campaign card.It’s time to end Sammy’s cheating. SAVE SAMMY’S CARD AS PROOF.

Thank you.

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LATEST VIDEO TO THE LEFT OF THIS COLUMN AS SAMMY CHAVIRA AND ANTHONY LEBLANC, CEO, SHARE A MOMENT PRIOR TO CHAVIRA’S FLIP FLOP VOTE FOR A $15 MILLION DOLLAR A YEAR ARENA MANAGEMENT CONTRACT.

My family has always been law enforcement. One member is a retired officer. I am proud of the deep and lasting relationships I have with many in the Glendale Police Department. That is why I am particularly proud to share two law enforcement endorsements with you. One is from the Arizona Police Association and the other is from the Fraternal Order of Police. In addition I received an unsolicited endorsement from a retired Commander of the Glendale Police Department.

FOP EndorsementAPA endorsement June 19 2016

 

August 3, 2016

I have known Joyce Clark since she first became a council woman.  She immediately jumped into her duties as a council woman full time. She continually met with the Police Department Staff on crime issues and held neighborhood meetings to bring neighborhood and district issues to the attention of city staff and police department.

She studied issues and asked very in-depth questions of all city staff to ensure every angle of the issue had been reviewed and it would be in the best interest of her constituents and the city as a whole.

I can honestly say that with my 36 years at the police department, I have never seen any councilmember more dedicated to representing her district and its citizens. She is truly amazing in her love for the city and her district and I, without hesitation, endorse Joyce Clark as councilmember for the Yucca District.”

 John E. Krystek,

 Commander, Glendale Police Department

Retired

The Glendale Star, Thursday, August 4, 2016 ran several Letters to the Editor that I share with you now.

Letter to the Editor

“Very disappointed in The Glendale Star’s non-recommendation for the Yucca District Council nomination. In all other races, the paper gave clear reasons as to why the other positions and candidates were qualified for office and named the person whom they recommended. Not the Yucca district.  

For some reason The Glendale Star chose to state the candidates “are a classic dilemma of choice with no clear or substantive advantage between the candidates.”

That’s a bunch of baloney. They are different as night and day and The Glendale Star must be blind not to see that.  You’ve been writing for weeks about a number of problems Sam Chavira has incurred. He has provided very little, if any, support to the people of the Yucca district in his tenure. Because of that, he has received no financial backing for his race from the residents of the Yucca district. All of his support comes from special interests and unions. On the flip side, Joyce Clark’s campaign is based solely on donations from Yucca district residents who trust and believe in her.

Joyce Clark has been a person of action and will continue to work for the citizens of Glendale. I’d say there’s a vast difference between the two candidates. One understands all facets of the job and the other has no clue.

I could cite more reasons why Sam is not qualified but your paper and the Arizona Republic have done a better job over the past months. Four more years of Sam Chavira would be a disservice to the City of Glendale. We all know it and I still don’t understand why the Star couldn’t say it.”

Bob Stratton

Letter to the Editor

“I will tell you why you should vote for Weiers and Clark by telling you that the fire department needs to stick to fighting fires and stay out of politics.

Before I start, I would like to say I have always supported the firemen and police of Glendale. Safety has always been my concern. However, when they push candidates like (Mark) Burdick and (Samuel) Chavira upon the community, it is time to take a second look at their candidates. The fire unions have put a lot of money into the elections in Glendale and look what we have gotten.

We have Councilmember Chavira, who sold the farm to Coyotes and put the city in debt. He spent city money to see the Pope in Washington; not in person, but on a screen. He has no district meetings with the voters, misses meetings and it seems the only time he talks is when salaries for firemen are on the agenda.

Mr. Burdick is not much better, since in 2012, the fire department was audited while under his watch. It was found that policy was broken in regards to procurement.

Lastly, if you read The Glendale Star’s interview with him last Thursday, you will see that he said he has to lie to win. If this is the best the fire department has to offer, the city will be in deep trouble if they are elected.”

Norma Alvarez

Former Glendale City Councilmember

Letter to the Editor

“Sammy Chavira says to vote on his record. What record?

1. One meeting with his district voters in four years.

2. He, along with best buddy, Sherwood, gave money away to the Coyotes. That is why we have potholes in our streets.

3. He spends money on frivolous trips to Washington D.C. to see the Pope on a screen.

4. When the apartments on 75th and Glendale were condemned and people had nowhere to live, Sammy was not there to help.

5. He supports the fiestas, but when you want to know what the money went for, he never produces receipts.

6. He has missed more meetings than any other councilmember. Not that that is a great loss.

7. He supported the Cinco de Mayo fiestas, along with Jaime Aldama. Again, no receipts, but we did get vandalism to the tune of $50,000. He should be in the newspaper every day, demanding that people be arrested and that restitution be made. Not Sammy; those are his buddies’ kids.

8. Sammy is a planted fireman, who was asked to run to get more money for the fire department. He is all show, but no go.

Vote for Joyce Clark and get someone that will show up for meetings, get our streets fixed, get decent libraries in the Yucca District, and above all, will be a workhorse, not a show horse like Sammy.”

Bob Gonzalo

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR NEW VIDEO TO THE LEFT OF THIS COLUMN ABOUT CHAVIRA’S MOMENT WITH ANTHONY LEBLANC, OWNER OF ICEARIZONA BEFORE VOTING APPROVAL OF THEIR $15 MILLION A YEAR MANAGEMENT CONTRACT.

The August 4th edition of the Glendale Star ran the following under Letters to the Editor.

An open letter to Mark Burdick

“Dear Mr. Burdick:

We are writing you in response to your comments to the editorial staff of The Glendale Star. Specifically, your astounding admission that you were knowingly and deliberately attempting to deceive the voters of Glendale by misrepresenting the record and accomplishments of our current mayor, Jerry Weiers. You explained that your advisors told you that you needed to lie in order to have a chance of winning the race, but this, in no way, relieves you of the responsibility of your deceit.

Your campaign consultants may have advised you to lie, but you willingly agreed to do it. You stood before the people of Glendale and lied. You wrote editorials to newspapers that contained lies. And even after being confronted, you doubled down on the lies.

It is our belief that while a campaign over legitimate policy differences is healthy and worthy of our city, you have run the most dishonorable race imaginable. You cannot lead a city if you cannot be honest with the citizens of that city. Nor would we want you to.

Accordingly, we believe that, through your dishonest actions and gleeful confession, you have disqualified yourself as a legitimate candidate for mayor and we ask that you withdraw from this race. It is unfair to subject the voters of Glendale to another month of lies masquerading as a political campaign.”

Respectfully,

Ray Malnar, Councilmember

Ian Hugh, Vice Mayor

Bobby Casares

John LeGendre

Larry Rovey

Ron Kolb

Norma Alvarez

Adela Guerra

Laura Hirsch

Bobby Gonzalo

Bill Kelleher

Richard and Mickey Lund

Randy Miller, USMC Ret

Tom Traw

Jeff Blake

The reason I have posted this Letter to the Editor is Sammy Chavira, who supports Mark Burdick for Mayor (and after all, why wouldn’t he…they are both in fire; one a former Chief and the other currently a Phoenix fire fighter) took a page out of Mark Burdick’s style of campaigning. He took a kernel of truth and misrepresented it beyond recognition.

Another pro-Chavira mailer hit the streets today. This time paid by Revitalize Arizona with major funding by Residents for Accountability. It’s my understanding that a PAC that spends money on behalf of a Glendale candidate must be registered with the Glendale City Clerk. As of August 4th, neither of these PACs is registered with the Glendale City Clerk according to the City Clerk’s website. In fact, OpenSecrets.org says, “This PAC does not exist in the 2016 election cycle. Try another cycle.” The Residents for Accountability PAC is registered with the City of Tempe but was only active in 2012 and 2013.

It’s another one of those pesky “Independent mailers” supposedly unknown to candidate Chavira nor coordinated with his campaign committee. Haven’t we seen this disclaimer before with his previous mailer? You bet we have. If one had the time to dig deep enough the connections between these two PACs and Sammy would be discovered.

Sammy’s mailer takes one fact: that I chaired the Risk Management and Workers Compensation Trust Fund as the city council representative. That is a fact and is true.

Sammy’s mailer implies that I was a participant or condoned the misappropriation of taxpayer dollars while serving on this board. That is not a fact and not true.

I served as Chairperson of the Board during my last year of council service in 2012. An audit of the money in the Risk Management Trust Fund and Workers Compensation trust fund was conducted in 2012. The misappropriation of funds by city staff members that had the responsibility of managing the funds on a daily basis had occurred several years earlier.

I was not chairperson of the board at the time of misappropriation but I did chair the board when it was discovered and when the solutions to fixing the problems were crafted. The board immediately released its findings with a series of corrective measures to prevent it from happening again — to the city council which accepted the recommendations unanimously.

Sammy’s mailer also says, “…helped lead a spending spree that nearly bankrupted our city.” It’s just another Burdick-like lie. Boy, I wish I had had that kind of power! Things would be a lot different.

No, the spending spree lies at the feet of former Mayor Elaine Scruggs and her band of crony councilmembers. She had the majority of votes on council that approved much of it and included former Councilmembers Yvonne Knaack and Manny Martinez, both of whom have endorsed Mark Burdick.

The mailer goes on to say, “…she called the auditors ‘nitpicky’.” Lie. I did not. I was shocked to learn of the misappropriations and supported all of the conclusions in the auditors’ report. I did say that I thought some of the irrelevant details in the report were “nitpicky.” One word – yet taken completely out of context.

Again, let me remind you all of the accusations against Chavria are fact based upon his decisions and actions and reported in detail in various media, both TV and the newspapers.

As was stated in the above letter, it is unfair to subject the voters of the Yucca district to another month of lies masquerading as a political campaign.”

Sammy has done the same that Burdick has done by misrepresenting the record and accomplishments.” Is it any wonder that Sammy is endorsing Burdick? There’s an old adage, “Birds of a feather flock together.”

These men are part of a “flock” that has no place in the leadership of Glendale.

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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