Promises Made. Promises Kept. When Bart Turner was elected councilmember for the Barrel District four years ago, he promised Glendale he would work for fiscal responsibility, increase employment via a variety of new businesses, and bring a full-out stop to the subsidizing of professional sports teams.
Well, look around, Glendale. The city bank accounts are on a steep rise, business people and new companies are knocking on our doors and the city has hired a worldwide management company, AEG, to manage our Gila River Arena programs and income.
Promises Kept has also produced a big boost in the quality of our Glendale lives. Relations with the Tohono O’odham Nation are cordial and its yearly donation is of benefit to us and to them. Our library services are revitalized. Foothills Library was saved and a fourth library is rising in Heroes Park. A monthly library schedule lists new books, readers’ circles, crafts classes, concerts, tech help, and business advice. All free.
Our parks are green and clean and used. We even have our very own chocolate lab park ranger named Ranger to help the people rangers. We have LED street lights at a savings and to fulfill a city goal of sustainability. Helpful classes on green living are offered in the winter months at no charge. We still have loose trash pick up and a more convenient schedule of weekly service. The workforce of city employees has decreased from a 20-percent turnover to 8 percent. Remarkable.
A City Council who listens to constituents, recognizes problems, creates solutions after staff input, is a council who represents not only individual districts, but works for all the citizens of Glendale. Stories of harmonious discussion and decision have replaced harsh words on the pages of The Glendale Star. Let’s keep this Glendale City Council together. Please vote for Bart Turner.