20 January 2018

Is Mesa Stalled On Progress?? > Municipal Equality Index.

Arizona cities - like Scottsdale and here in Mesa - are "Kicking-The-Can-Down-The-Road" when it comes to the Equal LGBTQ Human Rights Campaign.
To "kick the can down the road" is to put off confronting a difficult issue or making an important decision, typically on a continuing basis.
Sending a letter to state government asking legislators to sign-on to a Unity Pledge certainly sends the right message, but it falls far short of what mayors in other cities across the country are doing to guarantee those rights.
Mesa Mayor John Giles consistently has said that except for "getting an aircraft carrier" everything else comes from cities. If that's the case, then why kick-the-can-down-road to Phoenix when the City of Mesa can get this done this election year?
For far too long he's not risen to the same challenge that mayors in other cities have faced to guarantee equal, fair and inclusive LGBTQ rights. What will it take to convince him to get on-board to exercise the leadership that other U.S. Mayors are doing to pass a Non-Discrimination Ordinance??
Why can't Giles take that next step up to the plate and get this done sometime real soon instead of dragging his heels?
(It could be his 'Achilles Heel' in any future political career he might be thinking about.)Giles repeatedly has said time-and-time in public that  "It's the right thing to do" - diversity and inclusiveness - now it's become an issue for economic development and that might be exactly what is going to stare him down to take action.
Furthermore all the federally-funded defense and aerospace industries that are the backbone of Mesa's strong economy providing jobs and income to thousands of people here follow national LGBTQ employment standards.
A Nationwide Evaluation of Municipal Law
The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) examines how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there. Cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality.
The 2017 MEI is the sixth annual edition and rates a total of 506 cities on 44 different criteria from every state in the nation.
Learn more about changes coming to the MEI Scorecard in 2018.
This This year’s MEI paints a vivid picture: cities big and small, in red and blue states alike, are continuing our progress toward full equality, regardless of the political drama unfolding in Washington, D.C., and in state legislatures across the country,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Today, the MEI serves as a vital tool for business leaders and municipal officials alike when it comes to economic development. CEOs know that in order to attract and retain the best employees, they must grow their companies in places that protect LGBTQ citizens from discrimination and actively open their doors to all communities. The MEI is the best tool to help these businesses make crucial evaluations about the welcoming -- or unwelcoming -- nature of towns and cities across the nation. . . .
Earlier this year, HRC opened a new frontier in the fight against the Pence-Trump agenda and advancing equality by launching HRC Rising, the largest grassroots expansion in the organization's 37-year history.
The campaign is focused on mobilizing voters in six key states, including Arizona. While three cities in Arizona have scored 100 on this year's MEI, HRC Rising aims to accelerate progress statewide by resisting the politics of hate, fighting anti-LGBTQ legislation, and fueling pro-equality candidates and initiatives in Arizona, to ensure that the rights of LGBTQ Americans do not depend on where they live.
Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, HRC has identified more than 675,000 Arizonans as likely Equality Voters -- those who are strong supporters of policies that advance LGBTQ equality, including marriage equality and other measures prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
[ http://www.hrc.org/blog/state-of-lgbtq-equality-in-11-arizona-cities-detailed-in-hrcs-6th-editions ]
For LGBTQ Americans, legal protections and benefits vary widely depending on location -- states and cities have markedly different laws governing discrimination. 20 states have non-discrimination laws that include protections for LGBTQ people in employment, and 19 states have laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in places of public accommodation.
The 2017 Municipal Equality Index, the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law and policy, shows that cities across the country, including in Arizona, continue to take the lead in supporting LGBTQ people and workers -- even in face of renewed attacks this year on the LGBTQ community by federal and state officials.
But cities are leading the way: since the MEI’s debut in 2012, the number of cities earning perfect scores has increased more than sixfold, and today at least 24 million people live in cities that have more comprehensive, transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws than their state.
The average score for cities in Arizona is 61 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average of 57.
Avondale: 15
Chandler: 61
Flagstaff: 67
Gilbert: 19
Glendale: 63
Mesa: 60
Peoria: 26
Phoenix: 100
Scottsdale: 65
Tempe: 100
Tucson: 100

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    Just Released 2 Days Ago; A Public Open House Today

    A presser from the City of Mesa Newsroom: Everyone excited and thrilled , of course  
    Precision Heli-Support relocates local, nationwide aviation services to Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport
    January 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm
    Precision Heli-Support, LLC (PHS) has moved its Arizona operations to Mesa's Falcon Field Airport. The company's new facility will be celebrated with a public open house to be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 in the recently renovated hangar at 4702 E. Fighter Aces Drive. Hangar tours will showcase current projects and the company's capabilities. The event will also feature free food, games and a chance to win a transponder certificate.
    PHS offers comprehensive solutions to a worldwide rotor and fixed-wing customer base.
    It supports a multitude of aircraft types in the 14 CFR Part 23 and Part 27 categories. Capabilities include
    • full avionics installations,
    • transponder certifications,
    • off- and on-site troubleshooting,
    • engineering (on-staff DER & DAR),
    • sheet metal,
    • Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) 
    • Inspection Authorization (IA) mechanics, field support, part sales and component overhaul. PHS is a Part 145 and AS9110 certified maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) company.
    "We are excited to start the new year at Falcon Field Airport," General Manager Jerry Guevara said. "For many years we have provided a full spectrum of aviation services to customers nationwide. Falcon Field has always been recognized as a top general aviation airport, and we would like to add to that notoriety. Our goal is to keep local business while attracting more business nationwide."
    "We are thrilled that Precision Heli Support will be calling Falcon Field and the Falcon Business District their home," Vice Mayor and District 5 Councilmember David Luna said. "Mesa works hard to keep and develop aviation businesses in northeast Mesa and we are glad that PHS has chosen to partner with us. I know that this new location will expand their business goals and profitability."
    > An example of the synergy between PHS and existing local products is the radar altimeter system and ADS-B solutions that PHS recently developed that enable several models of MD Helicopters to comply with Federal Aviation Administration mandates.
    "Precision Heli-Support is a great addition to Falcon Field," Airport Director Corinne Nystrom said.
     "It will complement the aviation services offered here. We hope its experience with private, commercial and military aerospace sectors will help attract customers that will create a ripple effect of new business at the airport."
    Customers may contact Precision Heli-Support at (480) 985-7994 or www.precisionhelisupport.com.
    Business hours at the Mesa facility are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    Source: http://www.mesanow.org/news/public/article/2031

    Excellent Investigative Reporting: Fact-Checking Mesa Repub State Senator David Farnsworth

    One of the fundamental keystones of journalism and freedom of the press is "Speaking Truth To Power".
    It's not the most popular thing to do, but nevertheless reporters dedicated to the profession take the responsibility to keep the public informed about questionable claims.
    Case in Point: This report published yesterday, researched and fact-checked by an Arizona Republic news reporter
    Is discrimination against whites a problem in Arizona?
    State senator says yes

    19 January 2018

    SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL FAMILY-OWNED BIZ: Mesa's Lehigh Valley Trading Company

    SNAX for The Super Bow Bowl, anyone? No need to go very far to get 'em: locally-owned Freeman Family enterprise is offering a special social media marketing deal. . . see the details below in a promotional piece from AZ Big Media
    According to this company's website, its story began in the citrus groves of Lehi, Arizona, a community within Mesa that predates the city's own founding. The groves and adjoining roadside stand of their family-operated citrus farm became a destination point for hundreds of tour bus excursions. As tours and customers grew, so did its desire for a more expansive product offering. A simple plan was put in place: better the lives of their customers and employees by offering fresh, unique and high quality products.
    (Image taken from Twitter)
    Lehigh Valley Trading Company is still a private, family-owned company that has provided SNAX excellence for 30+ years!
    It is equipped equipped to handle the volume requirements of small, independent retailers to national chains, and serve an impressive roster of local and national customers including Fry's (a division of Kroger), Whole Foods, Office Depot, and more! 
    Its value proposition value centers around SNAX.
    The founders? The Freeman Family
    Lehi Valley Trading Company, a leading snack manufacturer based in Mesa, wants to ensure fans of all ages have an engaging and lively Super Bowl party.

    Mission Statement
    Mesa’s Lehi Valley Trading Company offers Super Bowl ‘snackage’
    Lehi Valley is asking consumers to share their game faces when watching the big game while enjoying its Lehi Valley Trading Company snacks.
    Starting January 19, consumers can take a picture with any Lehi Valley Trading Company snack, post to Facebook using the hashtag #snackbowl2018 and tag @Lehi Valley through February 9, 2018 for a chance to win one of three $100 Visa gift cards. Lehi Valley will randomly select and announce the winners February 12. For more information on the contest and for Super Bowl party tips, visit Lehi Valley’s Snack Bowl 2018 page.
    Blogger's Note: This promotion can be accessed on a segment named "Experience AZ" posted on AZ Big Media 19 Jan 2018 just minutes ago
    Lehi Valley Trading Company - Wholesale
    Address: 4955 E McKellips Rd, Mesa, AZ 85215


    Strange-looking bird, huh?
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    Bell's V-280 Valor successfully completed its first test flight in December and could win the US Army's competition to replace its fleet of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

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    The Times They Are A Changin' - Tracy Chapman

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    Brookings Institution Talk @ Mesa Art Center Innovation District

    1.5 hours - take the time.
    Published today 19 Jan 2018
    Please make sure to see what the panelists have to say about inclusion and diversity and having a shared common vision where everyone feels they have belong. . . otherwise a city is missing out.
    There are quite a few posts on this blog posted in advance of this - you can use the SEARCH BOX in the upper left hand top corner to get a page that has all of them

    City of Mesa AZ Planning & Zoning Meeting Wed 17 Jan 2018

    Chairman Michael Clemente makes sure all blue cards are collected with some of the side-conversation caught on mic that all public comments collected are treated equally.
    The first few minutes of the streaming video are unusual to note so please pay attention and listen carefully as the Chairman goes over organizing how to organize all the comment cards.
    This is a meeting lasting almost two hours.
    That's Tim Boyle in the featured image who reads the Consent Agenda
    Published on Jan 17, 2018
    Views: 114

    Star Orbit, US Crust Anomaly, Cosmic Rays | S0 News Jan.18.2018

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    Mesa Channel 11 MORNING LIVE: January's Featured Guests: Mesa Industry Defense Council

    Never heard of it?
    Mesa is one of the hubs for the nation's military industrial complex with a lower cost of doing business in a very competitive global competitive environment with Mesa #1 attraction for a low cost-of-doing-business and recruiting a talented workforce 
    Sky Bridge gets a boost with Mesa Mayor John Giles, who's got a bad Achilles' Heel, responding to a question about jobs that 17,000 could be created in a 20-year timespan.
    Published on Jan 18, 2018
    Views: 1
    Time: about 20 minutes
    Lisa Brown, Orbital ATK [it's grown over 50% in the last year]
    Mark Gaspers, The Boeing Companies
    George Graves, GECO

    So Hilarious! From Mesa Channel 11 This Month's Top 10

    Mayors' Stand-Off between Mesa and Yuma - it's only about 9 minutes long if you can endure the attempted laugh show 

    18 January 2018

    Full-House Today @ Elliot/Nesbitt Theater/Mesa Arts Center: Brookings Institution > Innovation Districts

    There was a very good buzz rising in the reception area when your MesaZona arrived just before 09:00 seeing quite a few familiar faces in the crowd who were mixing-and-mingling really good arriving beforehand to enjoy a nice spread of a continental breakfast, beverages and juices and hot food in chafing dishes when the doors opened for early birds at 08:00.\Mesa Channel 11 was on-site with a bank of three cameras in the third row front Orchestra. The upper balconies on both sides were filled . . . Everyone hungry to hear

    Here it is:


    Here's a bird's eye from the top of the upper balcony

    A close-up of the five panelists

    Here's Bill Jabjiniak, Head Honcho in Mesa's Office For Economic Development in the lobby after the presentation making his points to a group of reporters.One of the reporters in this group managed to get this story up online really fast
    Local leaders discuss the rise of Mesa's innovation district
     –  Reporter, Phoenix Business Journal 18 Jan

    "The Washington D.C.-based research group Brookings Institution has been studying downtown Mesa for about four years now. . . "
    the rest of the report is locked behind a pay-wall
    PHX Business Journal @phxbizjournal 12 hours ago
    . on the rise?
    Local leaders discuss the rise of the East Valley city's innovation district
    3:38 PM - 18 Jan 2018            2 Retweets
    Some uploads from the event on social media:

    City of Mesa, Arizona @MesaAzgov 5 hours
    Great conversation today about and opportunities with .
    You can watch the replay at .
    10:09 AM - 18 Jan 2018 from Mesa, AZ         6 Likes

    With at discussion in Panel: "People love the things they help build" closing remark "Let's get to work!"

    11:37 AM - 18 Jan 2018

    Attending Rise of Mesa's Innovation District panel discussion facilitated by Brookings Institute  
    8:45 AM - 18 Jan 2018
    1 Retweet 5 Like

    Now Out City of Mesa Economic Reporter Newsletter Q1 2018

    The Quick Jab
    by Bill Jabjiniak
    Mesa, AZ; a growing hub for advanced manufacturing
    Manufacturing is an important part of Mesa’s economy employing more than 17,000 people and bringing substantial investment into our community. In fact, manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016, and for every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.89 is added to the nation’s economy. This is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. Furthermore, for every one worker in manufacturing, there are another four employees hired elsewhere.
    A Growing Cluster
    Today, Mesa manufacturers are moving into the era of “advanced manufacturing” by researching, developing, and implementing innovations that push the edge of existing technologies.
    Recent examples include:
    READ MORE >>> http://www.mesaaz.gov/business/economic-development

    Cybersecurity conference coming to Mesasource conf

    Mesa welcomes SOURCE Conference, a premier cybersecurity and information security training conference to the Mesa Convention Center February 26 through March 1.
    SOURCE Conference brings business, technology, and security professionals together under one roof to focus on real-world, practical security solutions for some of today's toughest cybersecurity issues. For more information or to register visit www.sourceconference.com.


    VisitMesa logo
    Visit Mesa launches all new Adventure Explorer Guide
    The brand-new Adventure Explorer Guide published by Visit Mesa is available now for residents and visitors wanting to know more about the Sonoran Desert surrounding Arizona’s third largest city and the many ways to get outside and enjoy this popular offering when visiting the Southwest.
    This guide is focused solely on desert exploration produced by Mesa’s destination marketing organization who created the piece in response to visitor demand. The pocket guide outlines numerous ways to discover the unique and exotic terrain on display in the Sonoran Desert which is located in two states, Arizona and California, as well as parts of Mexico. . .
    The complimentary Adventure Explorer Guide is available at the Mesa Visitors Center located at 120 N. Center and available for download at www.visitmesa.com/lifestyles/adventure-explorer.
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    Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport’s SkyBridge Arizona marks a new era in cross-border commerceJan. 5, Governor Doug Ducey announced that Arizona will be home to SkyBridge Arizona, the nation’s first international air cargo hub to house both Mexican and U.S. customs. (Press Release) 
    Large spec industrial building coming to Mesa Ground was broken for the 96,000-square-foot Falcon Field Business Center located near Boeing and Falcon Field. The facility is designed to attract aerospace, defense, light industrial, and e-commerce companies to the area.
    Aerospace / Aviation / Defense - Mesa Gateway Area
    New routes at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport yield a 15% passenger increase in November The addition of eight new nonstop destinations by Allegiant Air and expanded seasonal service to Calgary and Edmonton from WestJet Airlines resulted in a 15% increase in passenger activity at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Gateway Airport) this November compared to November 2016.  A total of 115,156 air travelers used Gateway Airport during the month, making it the second best November in the Airport’s history.

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