|Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
gives annual State of the City Address
Phoenix is the "largest city in a desert region" cities with
big city issues. On Wednesday, April 8, 2-15 Phoenix Mayor Stanton gave
the annual State of the City Address at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel. The
Grand Phoenix Ballroom held just over a thousand people on Wednesday for
The address mentioned many positive aspects but did not mention the
financial challenges the Phoenix budget may face in a year or two. One
such positive accomplishment is in street lighting Phoenix started
switching street lights will be switched to LED lights, and has a
"plan to convert all 90,000 city streetlights into LED lights,
cutting energy costs and pollution by more than half."
From Mayor Stanton’s annual State of the City Address, April 8, 2015.
"We used that team approach to create a permanent presence in
Mexico, and I’m proud that my colleagues Councilmen Michael
Nowakowski and Sal DiCiccio joined me to cut the ribbon for the
Arizona-Mexico City Trade Office last October. Through the work of the
Phoenix trade office, we’re already seeing results. Just last week,
a successful veteran of Mexico’s construction industry relocated to
Phoenix to open an office on Camelback for a new company – called
CBA 21 – whose primary mission will be to help Arizona’s
businesses gain the footing they need to work on large infrastructure
projects in Mexico."
"Together, we put the skids on a runaway pension system –
fixing problems exposed by the economic downturn. Under the new rules,
pension spiking is gone and we will save Phoenix taxpayers $830
million over the next 25 years. But still, we can do better by both
our employees and the taxpayers. So the City Council and I will be
sending a measure to the voters this summer to create an even more
sustainable system: reigning in the high pay-outs for those at the
top, saving an additional $38 million. With that extra set of reforms,
Phoenix will serve as a model for the rest of the country for how to
design a smart, sustainable and fair retirement system."
Transportation has been a concern of Mayor Stanton since taking office
in 2012. One day perhaps, the Phoenix Metro Light Rail will link ASU West,
Downtown and Tempe Campuses, the University of Arizona College of Medicine
campus and the Maricopa Community Colleges. This will enable some families
to own and drive one car instead of two, and hopefully then put that money
aside for education.
Voters will get the chance to vote on the $31 billion transportation
plan in August. The 35-year transportation plan depends on the voters
passing the sales tax increase from .4 percent to .7 percent. The increase
would raise an estimated $17 billion and would work with federal funds for
light rail, increased bus service, and street improvements.
Mayor Stanton is finishing his first term as mayor. The election, in
August, is just four months from now. Mayor Stanton assumed office in
Ed Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3235.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton gives the annual State of the City Address
at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3283.
Mary Kyle, Assistant Human Resources Director, City of Phoenix and
Phoenix Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela at the annual State of the City
Address held at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel on April 8, 2015. Mr.
Valenzuela has represented District 5 which includes central and west
Phoenix and is a Glendale firefighter.
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3288.
Phoenix Councilmember Jim Waring (District 2) talks with reporters
after the mayor’s address on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Sheraton
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no. 3302.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela at the
mayor’s annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
held at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, Phoenix.
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