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Janik: My endorsements for Scottsdale City Council

Posted 7/19/22

I am pleased to endorse Barry Graham for a first term on Scottsdale City Council. Barry has given generously of his time, serving on several boards and commissions, often as chairman.

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Janik: My endorsements for Scottsdale City Council

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I am pleased to endorse Barry Graham for a first term on Scottsdale City Council. Barry has given generously of his time, serving on several boards and commissions, often as chairman.

His experience on the Transportation Commission, the Building Advisory Appeals Board, and most recently the Planning Commission, are an asset to City Council. He is council ready. He has over 10 years of experience in business and public accounting which is exceptionally beneficial to Scottsdale. I have known Barry for several years and appreciate his commitment to making informed decisions that are data based.

He carefully studies issues that come before him, he asks incisive questions, and puts residents first in decision making. He is a man of integrity as evidenced by his positive campaign.

I endorse Solange for Scottsdale to serve a second term on city council. She is a consummate problem solver and is genuinely honored to represent Scottsdale residents. In her four years, she has served the needs of individuals by working one on one with them to solve their problems. She has successfully championed environmental issues such as establishing tree canopies to reduce the heat island, advocating for open space, and protecting our Preserve.

She is a voice for the under-served insuring funding for service programs.

Finally, Solange tackles the most controversial issue in Scottsdale: development. Projects she ultimately supports have been negotiated down in height, up in design standards, have trees and open space, and include stipulated construction timelines.

Her reticence to cater to the pro- or anti-growth narratives has often made her a target. I admire her fortitude.

I endorse Kathy Littlefield for a third term on city council. For the past eight years, she has devoted herself to the city she loves, Scottsdale. Her respect for the citizens is clear in every decision she makes. Kathy’s years of service on the audit committee have bolstered internal control systems and confirmed the accuracy of financial systems.

She keeps government focused and protects the city’s financial position. Her time in office gives her historical perspective. She knows what questions to ask when reviewing documents. She was the first council person to oppose the DDC/Desert Edge project. Above all, she respects the special character of Scottsdale.

She is a proponent of small business, which gives Scottsdale its unique character. She reviews proposals for development through the lens of neighborhood preservation. Her votes represent the will of the people. She is your voice on council.

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  • xway.mike.norton

    Moratorium On Construction Of Homes: Not long ago Janik called for a Moratorium. Her endorsed candidates should be called the "Moratorium Slate" because that's precisely what she called for and they support her call.

    We learned about the Parque project this week. It's a fabulous repurpose of the old Crackerjax amu*****t park that's sat dormant for years. We learned about the Hovey project a couple of months ago. A stunning open space project that fits perfectly along the Loop 101 Freeway and at the Northwest corner of the airpark area.

    There is little doubt in my mind that the Moratorium Slate would kill those projects in a nano-second. They brag that they would have killed Museum Square, killed the Kimsey Project, killed the Gentry project.

    Three candidates promise thoughtful development and an increase in the supply of homes to replace those lost to Short Term Rentals. Ishac, Stratton and Zubia make sense to me.

    The City Council does our City a huge disservice if it does stuff like stopping the Parque from being built on a boarded up amu*****t park property.

    Thursday, July 21 Report this