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Yucca district meeting went live. I have seen various online live videos on Facebook from time to time. A FB friend suggested that I use it to promo my district meeting last night, April 20, 2017. I decided why just use it for a promo? Why not try to bring the entire meeting online? It was our first try and sometimes the audio is not loud enough and we never thought to bring some kind of stand to place the IPad upon for steadiness. So there is some wobbling. And then I ran out of memory…I have no clue as to why. So we will work on those issues and when I have my next district meeting this Fall we will try it again. If you would like to take a look at my first try, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/joyce.clark.338/videos/1469350713087843/ .

Coyotes bill seems DOA. The Arizona state legislature’s adjournment is fast approaching. The tentative date was scheduled for April 22nd. Arizona senate bill, SB 1149, is for all intents and purposes dead. It would have created a special taxing district to enable the Coyotes to build a new arena…anywhere but Glendale. Governor Ducey has already signaled that even if the legislation is rolled into another bill, he will not sign. His reason? He said he would not approve taxpayers supporting the cost of yet another arena in the state. It is my hope that with Anthony LeBlanc gone (he has not made any public statement for the Coyotes in over a month and there have been rumors circulating that another investor has joined the ownership group) cooler heads within the Coyotes’ ownership will prevail and there will be a reconsideration of negotiating a long-term lease with AEG, manger of the city-owned Gila River Arena.

Glendale’s bond rating increases. You might be wondering why city officials are giddy over bond rating increases delivered this week by Moody’s and recently by Standard & Poor. Why the big deal? When a city’s rating is poor, it costs the city more money to borrow because the interest rate is high. When a city’s bond rating goes up, it costs the city less to borrow money as the interest rate drops. With the upgrade in bond rating, the city will be able to refinance a majority of its outstanding debt at a lower interest rate, saving the city (you, the taxpayers) money. It also increases the city’s capacity to issue debt and makes it more likely that the city will be able to begin new Capital Improvement Projects. These projects can focus in on amenity projects, like parks and libraries, that benefit the quality of life of all of Glendale’s residents.

Volunteers appreciated. On Saturday, April 15, 2017 the city held a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Adult Center to recognize and thank the hundreds of volunteers giving thousands of hours throughout our city’s government. Mayor Weiers presented a proclamation of appreciation. Accepting on behalf of all volunteers was Bobbie Garland. I have known Bobbie for over 20 years. I have seen first- hand her willingness to give of her time. There could not have been a more fitting recipient selected. Kudos to Bobbie and all those who have followed in her foot steps.

A new name for AZSTA’s football stadium. It was announced this week that the University of Phoenix is terminating its naming rights for the stadium located in the Westgate area of Glendale. Frankly, I suspect that this action brings joy to every Glendale resident. Calling it the University of Phoenix Stadium was an anathema to many. It also created a great deal of confusion as to its location. Was it in Glendale or Phoenix? We are confident that AZSTA and the Cardinals will choose its new naming partner carefully and hopefully with no reference to Phoenix.

© Joyce Clark, 2017               

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It has been 18 years and 110 days since the city’s pledge to build the West Branch Library.

thermometer w numbersJust a quick update since I announced on March 9, 2016 that I am a candidate for the Yucca district council position. In the past month $2,000 has been raised toward a goal of $20,000. Fund raising will continue until I win at the August 30, 2016 primary election. No fundraisers have been scheduled yet but they will come as will the small meet n greet with the people of this wonderful district.

Many people vote by Permanent Early Ballot. If you would like to be placed on the Permanent Early Ballot list or if you would like to register to vote please go to this site: http://recorder.maricopa.gov/pdf/Voter_registration_fillable_form.pdf . You can fill out the form online and submit it.

Volunteers are now out walking to collect nominating petition signatures to get my name on the ballot. We can use more help. If you can walk your neighborhood please either call me at 623-772-9795 or email at: clarkjv@aol.com . Your help in walking in your neighborhood would be greatly appreciated.

If you cannot walk, please volunteer to work at an August 30, 2016 primary voting location.

Walkie...walkie!

Walkie…walkie!

There will be an estimated 8 locations. Volunteers work from 7 AM to 11 AM, 11 AM to 3 PM, or 3 PM to 7 PM (4 hour shifts). Volunteers greet voters and hand out campaign material from the candidate. I need a minimum of 24 volunteers to work at the polling locations.

If you cannot do that, perhaps you can make calls for me encouraging voters to support me or take a yard sign supporting me.

In addition to volunteering you can make a donation to my campaign by clicking on the PayPal link to the left of this blog. You can use any credit or debit card. Simply follow the instructions provided on the PayPal site. Small amounts add up and can have a substantial effect. Remember to give your name, your address, your employer and your job title. This information is required by law.

Since there are only 2 candidates, Sammy and me, one of us will win the seat by a majority vote on August 30, 2016. This makes the primary election incredibly important.  

Local elections such as this rely upon local support…you… for money and volunteers. It’s up to you to support your candidate any way that you can. Become engaged. The candidate cannot do it all alone. If you want Sammy gone then it’s up to you to actively support me by making a donation, walking for signatures, working the polls on primary election day, calling voters or placing my sign in your yard. Just one of the reasons I made a decision to run was because so many of you urged me to do so. Now it is time to help me realize your goal of removing Sammy, an ineffective, invisible councilmember who has failed to attend council meetings and who abused the people’s trust by spending taxpayer money on trips that had no city business associated with them. Together we can defeat Sammy and I can be “your voice” once again.

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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This site contains copyrighted material the use of which is in accordance with Title 17 U.S. C., Section 107. The ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law and who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democratic, scientific and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such material. For more information go to http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use,’ you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

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