Phx City Council runoff: Why it’s crucial to elect Chris DeRose

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday rejected a petition to give sanctuary city status the nation’s sixth largest city.  But the issue is not dead.  It’s been referred to a committee for further review after the city hall chambers were jammed with shouting illegal advocates.

Sanctuary cities provide a safe haven for illegal aliens, who are living and working in the United States using stolen or falsified social security numbers and other ID while taking jobs and taxpayer-funded benefits. Among them are criminals who have previously been deported and returned.

Who can forget the senseless murder of Kate Steinle as she walked along the San Francisco pier with her father? The gunman Francisco Sanchez  was an illegal alien  — a repeat drug felon — who had been deported five times. Taken into custody again, the city of San Francisco refused to hold Sanchez for deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials because of San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy. Sanchez was dumped back out onto the streets where he stole a gun and ultimately killed the 32-year-old Steinle.

Closer to home is the horrific case of Grant Ronnebeck, 21, a Mesa convenience store clerk killed without provocation  over a pack of cigarettes by Mexican-born Apolinar Altamirano, who was arrested following a high-speed chase on at least two valley freeways, endangering countless other lives..

San Francisco was also where sanctuary policies played a role in the slayings of a 48-year-old father and his two sons, 20 and 16 by allowing city officials to shield the killer, Edwin Ramos, from deportation back to his native Salvador, despite his violent criminal history.

These are but a few of thousands such cases across the U.S. They are nothing we want to emulate as a matter of policy.  We need another Republican on the Phoenix City Council to offset the leftward lurch of the liberal majority who sanction sanctuaries.

The fallacy that has been relentlessly promoted for years is that the mayor and council members are non-partisan. Nothing could be further from the truth. When he was elected mayor in 2011, Greg Stanton received a congratulatory call from then-Pres. Barack Obama and Homeland Insecurity Chieftain Janet Napolitano. Stanton is already moving on filing to run for Secretary of State, frequently a dependable path to the governor’s office.

Red state Arizona has a blue stained capitol city, with only two Republicans — Jim Waring (Dist. 2) and Sal DiCiccio (Dist. 6) among the eight council members who represent Republicans in their districts.  Thelda Williams, (Dist. 1), also a registered Republican, is less steadfast, though she issued this statement in opposition to the sanctuary city petition.  Waring and DiCiccio both voted in opposition. After the vote, DiCiccio rightly accused the council of “punting” the issue by forming a committee to make recommendations.  The remaining members newly appointed councilwoman Debra Stark (Dist. 3); Laura Pastor (Dist 4); Daniel Valenzuela (Dist. 5); Michael Nowakowski (Dist. 7); and Kate Gallego Dist. 8) are all liberal Democrats.

Residents of City Council District 3 (map here) will participate in a crucial March 14, 2017 runoff election (complete election info, including early voting under link).  Stark was appointed as an interim to replace Councilman Bill Gates who was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Gates is a Republican. There is an excellent candidate ready to replace liberal, short-term, appointee Debra Stark.  Chris DeRose, unafraid to declare his political affiliation and with an outstanding resume and a much-needed vibrancy, is the obvious choice.

If you live in Phoenix District 3, commit Chris DeRose’s name to memory.  This is a major election with far-reaching ramifications. It’s too important to mistakenly regard as inconsequential.


10 Responses to Phx City Council runoff: Why it’s crucial to elect Chris DeRose

  1. Kent says:

    Good information here, SRAZ! We live in the district and Christ DeRose has our votes!

    Now I’m reading that restaurants and other businesses sympathetic to law breakers who invade our country are closing to show support in a subterfuge called “A Day Without Immigrants.”

    The entire premise is bogus, since we are not talking about immigrants who apply for citizenship and come here legally. There is a vast difference between actual immigrants and illegal aliens, although the pro-illegal advocates intentionally misuse the words in an attempt to confuse the issue.

    If a restaurant is closed due to this false claim, I will return and tell the manager why we will no longer give them our future business.

    • Sally Forth says:

      Our favorite restaurant the lovely Tonto Bar and Grill in Cave Creek participated in this foolishness a few years ago. We’ve never returned and i phoned to tell the management why. There are many other top notch choices in the valley.

  2. Realist says:

    Debra Stark is a low level liberal bureaucrat who brings nothing of substance to the council. It was shocking that she was selected to replace Bill Gates.

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    This news from SRAZ comes as the NYT claims that sanctuary city status for NYC is “not enough”.

    And, yes, today is the “Day of the Immigrant”, which is being reported by news sources as a nationwide protest.
    Illegals are encouraged to skip work and not go shopping.
    Students are staying home from school.
    So, what about this is new or needs a nationwide campaign.

    Legal US citizens are financially supporting illegals; vast numbers of them don’t work or take advantage of the free public education, and they shop with EBT cards paid for by US.

    Any business that is closed today in “honor of the immigrant” will never see my money again.

    Meanwhile, the immigrants in Paris are now chasing the French police through the streets with any kind of weapon they can find.
    And the police are fleeing.

    Last week, a busload of South Korean tourists were held captive and robbed of their belongings, including passports, when a mob of immigrants surrounded their tour bus and gained entry.

    And earlier this week, immigrants were throwing large objects including old tires off of highway overpasses, causing the cars below to swerve and crash. Whereupon another group of immigrants would swarm the cars and either carjack them or rob the occupants.
    The photos were startling.

    Did you see the story about the Mexicans using a catapult near the Douglas Port of Entry to lob bales of drugs over the fence? Yep.

    Imagine for a moment US using that same catapult to lob illegals back from whence they came.

  4. Seen It All says:

    It’s been years since Phoenix had a Republican mayor, and he was indistinguishable from the Dems.

    The city elections were moved to summer when many residents are taking a break from the heat. Take a guess who’s left to vote. We also forget that unions drive the city elections. It’s time to come to terms with the fact that the most influential unions are the Firefighters, Police and Teachers. They turn out or vote by absentee ballots where others are less likely to do so.

    Voter turnout is abysmally low, usually under 15%. Republican party leadership must buy into the fallacy of “non-partisan” elections because they never gets involved. Phoenix residents need to be educated as to what’s going on, but there’s no effort to do so.

  5. rhapsodise says:

    The financial and criminal implications of illegal immigrants is too great to ignore.

  6. Hometown Guy says:

    You might need a scorecard for this, but here’s the breakdown. Laura Pastor, Daniel Valenzuela, and even with a Polish surnamed Michael Nowakowski are all Hispanic. Kate Gallego, with a newborn baby boy, and getting divorced from Congressman Ruben Gallego, has a Hispanic surname but isn’t Hispanic.

    That created a lot of problems for her when she was running, since black activists who thought they owned the district didn’t think she had the “creds” to represent them, and came after her with a race based vengeance.

    In any event, this provides an idea of how the closed door deliberation on sanctuary status might go.

  7. Casper says:

    Stark refers to herself as the incumbent. Technically, sure., but she was just appointed to that position a few months ago. She says the the “most qualified.” What a joke.

  8. azgary says:

    Kick them ALL off ALL U.S. govt properties……

    Chains including Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Burger King have shut down their Pentagon locations on the “Day Without Immigrants.”

  9. azgary says:


    oh wait

    So its not just Trump the American Intel Community is spying on:

    WikiLeaks Releases Documents On Alleged CIA Spying On French Presidential Candidates

    funny how we learned about hillary, the DNC and their treachery from wikileaks and our Intel cant even find any of it out LMAO collusion is an ugly thing.

    but they have verbatim phone calls on Trump with other foreign leaders as well as Flynn.

    im sure they have plenty more, Big Brother is watching