23 January 2018

Getting Hyper-Local > Filling-In + Re/Generating The Old Donut-Hole

What can get more local than importing "a group of experts" when the home-grown talent here in The Urban Downtown Mesa have bee struggling for years on that "Vision Thing" at the same time that the general public and citizens are not engaged with their elected and salaried officials?
Mesa, we have a problem.
And a whole lot more than just a few issues to get addressed, and do more than just talk-about time-and-time again or not at all when they're staring us all right-in-the-face all the time.
Read more > 12 vectors/ways TO DO IT

For the sake of a robust dialectic > There's just one tunnel vision here in Mesa that's been up for years that's been getting us mebbe somewhere "along the line" where we want to go. Are we all on-board a shared common-ground vision after all these years that includes everyone?
Do certain groups of people feel they are not included, or have been excluded from active participation in Re/Generating our downtown area and in city governance?
Mesa Mayor John Giles has unequivocally stated on numerous occasions that he has failed to engage the community ...Why? Doesn't anyone ask and speak up?
Is it Crony-Politics to use a non-tinged phrase to describe an entrenched political machine where it's their way or the highway?
It's time for people to start caring again when the heart of Main Street has become in the gone-bye four decades "The Old Donut-Hole"
What on Earth is an Innovation District!?With all the talk about "the Rise of Mesa's Innovation District" we ask, 'What's an innovation district'? Join the group to view the presentation by the Brooking's Institute and then a lively discussion on what this means for Mesa's downtownJanuary RAIL Meeting Wed 24 Jan 2018 @ 6:00 pm
The Nile (Volstead Public House)
105 W Main Street (Downtown Mesa)
We cannot continue to "grease-the-skids on the downtown slopes that happen in successive government administrations that are just the same old-rehash of what's gone on for generations before.  Growth gets flat-lined after a short uphill climb . . .
If you are interested and committed and engaged to get active in the Re/Generation of The Urban Downtown Mesa, this is a pre-requisite - take the time to watch and listen and take notes for each speaker's talking points and bring it to the get-together.
Here's a link to an upload of the entire hour-and-a-half Brookings Institution presentation last Thu 18 Jan 2018 uploaded from YouTube:
Here are links to information, comments and resources on this blog:
These 12 areas can help perform an audit of both the strengths and weaknesses here in Mesa. Use them - then we can deal with it all
  • Clustering
  • Convergence
  • A Diversity of Institutions, Companies + Start-Ups
  • Connectivity + Proximity
  • A Range of Strategies
  • Programming = Paramount
  • Social Interaction in Concentrated 'Hot-Spots'
  • Make Innovation Public + Visible
  • Embed Values of Diversity + Inclusion in All Visions, Goals + Strategies
  • Get-Ahead of Affordability Issues
  • Fundamental Innovative Finance to Catalyze Growth
  • Success Demands A Collaborative Approach to Governance

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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It’s a strategy long in the making.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad             

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Driven by publicity and money, Trump wields prejudice to serve his aims.
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Strong community makes it harder to win by being a jerk and a bully.
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The GOP tax bill creates a vast and easy game for accountants to play.

Trump isn’t chiefly responsible for the wholesale damage being done to the country. The primary culprit is the GOP.


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Featuring meltdowns, tantrums, betrayals and racism. What happens next?

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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


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    Getting Hyper-Local > Filling-In + Re/Generating The Old Donut-Hole

    What can get more local than importing "a group of experts" when the home-grown talent here in The Urban Downtown Mesa have be...