Who Should Speak for Arizona?

Donna and I are news junkies so I thought there was little chance for surprise in Arizona politics. I was wrong.

It is no surprise that the three Republican candidates to replace Jeff Flake are competing with each other for the title of most supportive of Donald Trump. Former Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio is well known for his extremist views and gratitude for being pardoned for his criminal conviction. Kelli Ward is also well known for her far right positions but I previously did not know how she was associated with racists and conspiracy theorists.

Kevin Robillard’s article in the Huffington Post filled this gap in my knowledge. You can read the complete article by following this link:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kelli-ward-conspiracy-theorists-racists-mike-cernovich_us_5b7edcf8e4b0cd327dfabe52?ncid=NEWSSTAND0001

Kevin’s article gives a few examples but here is one that caught my attention: “But it’s her final stop of the day that has drawn condemnation and questions: She’s set to appear at the Pioneer Museum in Phoenix with the “alt-right” provocateur Mike Cernovich, who is best known for promoting the entirely false Pizzagate conspiracy theory.” You may recall that his bogus statements contributed to the violence at a pizza restaurant, making claims with no foundation. The article outlines Ms. Ward’s relationship with four other outspoken alt-right individuals who have often aired racist views.

All three of the republican candidates are too far right for me but I have to speak out about those who are spreading racist hate speech. Read the article and decide for yourself whether you want someone associated with extremist and racist figures speaking for Arizonans in Washington.

City Elections

Here is what our Ward 6 council member, Steve Kozachik, had to say about the city election:

“I thanked people in the “Be Kind” section for calling out congratulatory comments as we pass on the street or out on the Loop. As I hope you know, last Tuesday we held citywide elections. Three council seats were up for grabs, plus a few ballot measures. I’ll share the final tallies here. Continue reading “City Elections”

The Horse Race

 

The media loves the financial horse race. Who has raised the most money is an easy story to write, but it doesn’t have a nickels worth to do with Tucson Values and what the candidates stand for.

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize winner in history. She stood for a woman’s right to get an education and was shot doing so. She once said, “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

I am not taking campaign donations. No horse race story there. The story is asking you to donate the funds you would otherwise have given to my campaign to a nonprofit, a local group that is a “powerful voice” in this community.

My staff and I have worked on behalf of trafficking victims, refugees, and the homeless. I’ve been steadfast on issues like gun control and animal welfare. Each of those categories has a series of nonprofits that need your financial support.

Don’t just “take the money out of politics.” Shift it to a group that’s working on behalf of the underserved. You won’t get any glossy flyers sent to your home that are “Paid for by Vote Steve K.” You won’t see any factory finished signs cluttering our intersections “Paid for by Vote Steve K.”

But I hope you’ll react to the needs around us. Take the political money and turn it into productive money. Then let the media know. It’d be a more interesting story than looking into campaign check books.

Tucson values nonprofits in need. I’m asking you to help them during this campaign season. Your donations become that powerful voice speaking a message that matters.

Sincerely,
Steve Kozachik
Tucson City Council, Ward 6

Ballots are in the mail now for this all-mail election.

Armory Park Election Details

I was curious about the election results in Armory Park (precinct 45) so I went to the city website and extracted the following information:

Precinct 045
REGISTERED VOTERS – TOTAL             1,197
BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL                            247
BALLOTS CAST – NONPARTISAN                 0
BALLOTS CAST – Democrat                      228     92.31%
BALLOTS CAST – Republican                     15       6.07%
BALLOTS CAST – Libertarian                       0       0%
BALLOTS CAST – Green                                 4       1.62%
BALLOTS CAST – BLANK                               2       0.81%
VOTER TURNOUT – TOTAL                                   20.63%
VOTER TURNOUT – BLANK                                    0.17%
********** (Democrat) **********
Council Member Ward 6
(VOTE FOR) 1
KOZACHIK, STEVE                                      221      97.36%
WRITE-IN                                                         6         2.64%
********** (Republican) **********
Council Member Ward 6
(VOTE FOR) 1
RODRIGUEZ, MARIANO                              13        92.86%
WRITE-IN                                                         1          7.14%
********** (Libertarian) **********
Council Member Ward 6
(VOTE FOR) 1
WRITE-IN                                                         0          0%
********** (Green) **********
Council Member Ward 6
(VOTE FOR) 1
CEASE, MIKE                                                   4      100%
OATMAN, MICHAEL                                      0           0%
WRITE-IN                                                         0           0% Continue reading “Armory Park Election Details”

Large Vote for Steve K.

This is good news and I expect Armory Park made a significant contribution to the outcome. Remember, Steve was not running against a primary opponent in this election. That means his supporters made the extra effort to cast their ballot for him even though he would be the Democratic candidate even with no votes. I feel most of you see what I do: Steve is the most competent and energetic member of our council. Thoughtful people will not agree on every subject but I hope we agree that Steve is good for our community and city. The next election is for score; rehire Steve as our council member. Continue reading “Large Vote for Steve K.”

How to Support Steve K.

I have said in a previous post here that I support Steve Kozachik for re-election to the Tucson City council. He is the most articulate and thoughtful council member and we are fortunate to have him represent our ward 6.

Steve Kozachik 2017I hope there are many others in Armory Park who appreciate Steve’s work and would like for him to continue serving us. If you want to keep up with his re-election campaign, go to his website at https://www.votestevek.com/. He is not asking for campaign contributions or for you to post signs urging his re-election. You can talk up his value for our community and city. You can even host a coffee meeting of your friends with Steve if you wish. His website will help you show your support.

What’s Your Plan for Jobs?

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Dear friends,

Before you support a candidate for public office, it’s important you know they stand for something more than just campaign platitudes. My opponent says he “values good jobs.” So do we all. The question is, what’s your plan for attracting them?

At the recent Metro Chamber forum all he had to offer was to say he supports the Rosemont Mine. Among other things related to Rosemont, he evidently doesn’t understand that the city has no permitting or zoning decision making authority on that project.

Eight years ago when I was first elected, we were in the midst of a recession. People were being laid off in every sector and we faced an operating deficit of over $44 million. Moving our economy was clearly the #1 priority. Yes, I “value good jobs” too.

Since then we have instituted job creating development incentives that have been key to spurring economic growth. Our Primary Jobs Incentive has resulted in multiple projects of over $5 million in investment, jobs paying over $52,000 annually with employers who offer over 75 percent of employee’s benefits. Our Government Property Leased Excise Tax is one of the factors that has resulted in over $500 million in private sector growth in the downtown core. And there’s more.

We have instituted site specific sales tax incentives to help with public infrastructure needs. The downtown core, and greater Infill Incentive Districts have helped businesses move in with new jobs throughout the downtown region. Our HUD 108 bridge loan was directly responsible for making the AC Marriott Hotel project a success. There is now Certificate of Occupancy relief, cross training of project inspectors, impact fee deferrals, dedicated project managers, water infrastructure incentives, and on and on.

Results? Raytheon is adding 1,975 new high-paying jobs. Vector Space. Comcast. Home Goods. Caterpillar. Hexagon Mining. City Park. Marist on Cathedral Square. 1 East and 1 West Broadway. La Placita. A new university area hotel. New retail and mixed use throughout downtown.

My opponent has a cliché to offer. I have a track record. It includes working with many of you throughout the community, both public and private sector, to come up with incentives and processes that have us on an upward trajectory as we climb out from the recession.

I invite my opponent to share his specific plan, beyond simply saying he’d like somebody else to build the Rosemont Mine. Contact the Star at Tucson.com, or the Tucson Sentinel at tucsonsentinel.com. Or try KVOA.com, KOLD.com or KGUN9.com. Let us all hear your plan for bringing the jobs we all value.

This job is more than simply rhetoric. I have a record of success, the results of which you can see.

Sincerely,
Steve Kozachik

Then and Now for Tucson Downtown

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Dear friends,

In the past eight years since I was first elected, Tucson has seen enormously positive change in multiple areas.

Then – we were mired in litigation with the Rio Nuevo Board, faced a $44 million dollar operating deficit, were under investigation from the state auditor general, had negative bond outlooks, and the general trust in local government was low.

Now – after eight years of hard work, the city is headed on an upward trajectory.

Not only have we resolved all of the legal issues with Rio Nuevo, but the city and the new Rio Board are partnering in millions of dollars of projects throughout the downtown core.

Not only is the operating deficit gone, but for the past two years we have ended the fiscal year with structurally balanced budgets.

This mayor and council has ensured all of our financial actions, development agreements and investment incentives are fully transparent and consistent with the state constitutional gift clause. Combined they have led to over $500 million in private sector investment in our downtown area.

Every one of the three major bond rating agencies has eliminated the negative outlook on our ratings.

Trust? The best example is Proposition 101. Every ward in the city passed our roads and public safety ballot question by over 10 points. With a 62% margin, the voters said ‘yes’ to the work we’ve been doing, trusting us with another five years of funding to continue that work.

I’m asking for four years to continue serving Tucson. Let’s keep building on the successes we’ve achieved together. Ours is a good story – one of hard work, and positive outcomes.

Support Steve K for City Council

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Need a reason to support Steve K for Ward 6 City Council?

How about $230,000,000 reasons?

When Steve took office the city was actively trying to build a Tucson Convention Center Hotel.

“The Tucson Convention Center renovation and expansion, headquarters hotel, and associated parking garage collectively comprise what may be the largest public works project the City undertakes in our lifetimes. Because the Rio Nuevo District is unable to financially carry the project, city taxpayers will be asked (through City-backed bonds) to backstop over $230 million in debt.” (Inside Tucson Business)

Steve said NO.

“In his first term on the Tucson City Council, Kozachik has been remarkably effective.  He was barely in office when he led the charge to cancel the plans for a major downtown Tucson hotel.” (The Tucson Weekly, April 4, 2013)

What could have happened if Steve hadn’t stopped the hotel?  Tucson could be in the trouble that Phoenix faces.

“The (Phoenix) Sheraton opened in the midst of the Great Recession and struggled to make money…City staff members estimate total losses of about $45 to $50 million on the hotel. Phoenix previously had reported losses of $29 million since the hotel opened in 2008. The city also provided the hotel corporation with about $14 million over the past decade.” (AZ Central 2016)

So… $230 million reasons PLUS another $50 million reasons.

Still need another reason to support Steve K?  He makes the tough decisions. Share this with your friends.