Voters in the Yucca district can learn more about the candidates in their council district race by reading their comments in individual online articles. But there is more to be discussed.
There is no mention in Samuel Chavira’s interview about his travel expenses the past four years, nor about the fact he has held just one district meeting during the three and one-half years he has served so far.
Sometimes, even when the question is not asked, it needs to be answered, or at least, addressed by the candidate. Chavira has chosen to ignore the subject for now. And, he is apparently ignoring Joyce Clark’s invitation to debate in a public setting.
You can draw your own conclusions from that, but more can be learned from Chavira’s response, when he says, “My record speaks for itself.”
There is only one other council race where an incumbent is being challenged: mayor. In the coming weeks, you can bet every voter in Glendale will start receiving “hit pieces.” Perhaps, the wise thing to do is throw them in the garbage.
The smartest decision a voter can make is to look at the records of each candidate. Promises don’t mean a thing when it comes to politics. Actions are the best barometers of a person’s integrity.
Speaking of actions, remind yourself that although he showed up out of respect for officials of the Tohono O’odham Nation when they made a check presentation to the city, Mayor Jerry Weiers did not speak at the ceremony. In our way of thinking, this is called being consistent. He was opposed to the casino from the beginning, so it would be hypocritical of him to praise an action, which went against his philosophical position on gambling. Appreciate his appearance, but don’t expect him to agree with the business of gaming.
In the next few weeks, this newspaper will take a stand on one candidate or another. Until then, you, the voters, need to hone your research skills, look at the records of each candidate, watch their words, check the facts, read accounts of their actions in this newspaper, and decide whether the facts match up with the actions each has taken in the past.
To another issue that will plague Glendale City Council for years to come: Camelback Ranch-Glendale. How many times have you asked your councilmember, “How did our city leaders ever decide building a spring training stadium in Phoenix was a wise move?”
We see people shaking their heads in disbelief when they learn Glendale doesn’t even have rights to decide who manages the stadium. There it sits, idle for most of the year – not even a Little League game to speak of – while most of the other Valley spring training stadiums have activities almost every weekend of the year. Not Glendale.
Yet, just this past week, the City of Glendale approved the payout of $836,752 for repairs and new equipment at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.
Would this be the time to bring out the old red, white and blue? Red for the ink on the city’s blotter, white in recognition of the Chicago White Sox, and blue, to signify the Los Angeles Dodgers. That’s something to remind you of baseball, apple pie and the price modern cities pay for the privilege of having millionaires run around bases.
Just thank your lucky stars we are not Indianapolis, where the NFL Colts are paying their quarterback $140 million through 2021 - in a stadium that is 86-percent publicly funded.
So, Glendale voters, put on your thinking caps and begin the process of becoming high-information citizens. Your involvement is the most important asset this city will ever have.