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Disclaimer: The comments in this blog are my personal opinion and may or may not reflect an adopted position of the city of Glendale and its city council.

Yesterday I attended the Glendale Chamber’s Business Over Breakfast meeting and I renewed my annual membership in the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. I paid for my membership out of personal funds. I am not a business and cannot write it off as a cost of doing business. I would not pay dues out of my city council budget because I do not believe it is an appropriate taxpayer cost. It is a substantial personal cost.

I renewed because I believe the Chamber performs a vital service not only to Glendale but to surrounding communities as well. It is now over 1,200 members strong and its members come not just from Glendale but Scottsdale, Phoenix, Surprise, Peoria, etc. Robert Heidt, its CEO and President, has done an outstanding job of reinvigorating the Chamber and is to be recognized for his leadership.

The stated mission of the organization as provided on their website is, “The Glendale Chamber serves the business community as the voice of commerce, provides programs and services to improve the economic environment for its members and supplies leadership for improving the quality of life. For area residents and newcomers, the Glendale Chamber is a reliable source for community information and a dependable resource for business referrals.” This is a mission statement I support and reflects a Chamber working to serve its members.

The Glendale Chamber works within guiding principles of connection, initiative, and stewardship.  It fleshes out these principles by stating, “The Glendale Chamber helps build a strong community by connecting its members to people and issues important to business success. Through Chamber programming and services, you and your business are engaged in activities that move Glendale toward a successful future.”  In terms of initiative it states, “The Glendale Chamber provides unique opportunities for business leaders to influence civic, social, and business initiatives that support community growth. The Chamber offers leadership on issues that transform our community and your business.” Lastly its stewardship is reflected by, “On behalf of its broad and diverse membership, the Glendale Chamber creates a climate of growth and success that benefits all business. Your membership investment allows your business and our community to prosper.”

The partnership between the city and the Chamber is strong and beneficial to our entire community. A healthy and robust Chamber helps to maintain a healthy and robust Glendale. However, I am beginning to believe that when the Chamber enters the political arena, witness its endorsements of candidates for Glendale’s city council, it becomes corrosive not only to the Chamber but to the community .

On July 12, 2018 I posted a blog about the Chamber’s endorsements entitled “The gorilla has spoken.” In it I discussed the manner in which the Chamber made its endorsements in the current Glendale election for city council districts. Since then, five councilmembers: Mayor Weiers, Councilmembers Hugh, Tolmachoff, Malnar and I have endorsed current Councilmember Aldama’s opponent, Emmanuel Allen for the Ocotillo District council seat. This situation led to a Facebook discussion typified by this comment, “I’m confused. The Glendale Chamber is endorsing candidates that the Mayor and Council are not? Please educate me. Thanks”

The Chamber and the City are two separate and distinct entities with separate mandates and missions. We will never be in lockstep on all issues facing the city but we will always strive to maintain a mutually respectful partnership.

The Chamber endorsed candidates based on written responses and personal interviews. Obviously the candidates tailored their responses to be viewed favorably by the Chamber. The Chamber’s endorsements were not based on personal experiences with either incumbent or challenger. On the other hand, the councilmembers who have made endorsements for particular candidates  based them upon personal knowledge and interaction. That may be the major distinction in the opposing endorsements.

I suggest that the Chamber rethink its policy of issuing endorsements. The Chamber represents businesses not only in Glendale but Peoria, Phoenix, etc. Does it plan to issue endorsements in races in these other cities as well? If not, why is it just endorsing in Glendale? In addition, when the Chamber endorses a candidate that does not win, it may earn a certain amount of ill will from the candidate, unendorsed by them, that did win.

Perhaps it would serve the Chamber not to endorse anyone so it remains non-partisan and thereby more effective in promoting its policy agenda with all elected officials. If it really wanted to provide service to the community why not hold a candidate forum just like the Women’s Club does? Certainly all issues are not covered in that one forum. Another would certainly be welcomed. What about disseminating non-partisan information about all candidates on specific business related issues? There is so much the Chamber could do, if it so chose, to assist in informing the voters in Glendale that would be truly helpful. Endorsing certain candidates is a lose-lose proposition and sets up ill will both within and without the organization.

© Joyce Clark, 2018         

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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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