The City of Phoenix is so broke it had to impose a 2 percent sales tax on the very food residents put in their mouths. It has a crime rate that is high enough for the city website to inform interested parties they have to file a public records request with the Police Department to obtain the information — although adding, that “increasing the availability of statistical information to anyone with an internet connection is something we are committed to improving.”
Our rates of identity and auto theft have been among the nation’s highest. There is much to do in this city.
Surprisingly, in some quarters, money still flows freely. Earlier this month, Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos became the lucky recipient of a 33% raise, which amounts to an extra $78,000 a year! He will now be pulling down a yearly base salary of $315,000, plus a $600 monthly car allowance, $35,000 a year in deferred compensation, and a $4,000 “longevity” bonus.
Amid all of this questionable taxation, out-of-control spending and crime, Echo Magazine, a homosexual publication, has found room in its heart to honor Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and his wife Nicole, as the 2012 Man and Woman of the Year — the first “straight” pair so warmly acknowledged.
Nicole Stanton has even been awarded the honor of “Outstanding Service by a Straight Ally.” Among numerous other activities within the LGBT community, the lawyer duo have marched in the Phoenix pride parade. Their liberal roots run deep. The Arizona Democrat Party named her as an elector for Barack Obama.
And hubby Greg? Stanton is clearly feathering his nest for a run at something far more fulfilling than presiding over Phoenix City Council meetings. He’s caught the eye of Barack Obama and is a longtime pal of Janet Napolitano, both of whom partnered in a congratulatory phone call when Stanton was elected mayor in November 2011