>>Mayor Stanton: WELCOME TO TODAY’S POLICY SESSION OF THE PHOENIX CITY COUNCIL FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th, 2018. WE’LL CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER. WE DO HAVE A QUORUM PRESENT. I WILL NOW TURN TO MEMBERS OF MY CITY COUNCIL, OUR CITY COUNCIL, TO SEE IF THERE’S ANY INFORMATION SLOWER FOLLOW-UP REQUESTS FOR STAFF.>>Councilwoman Williams: LAST FRIDAY MORNING WAS THE DISTRICT 1 MONTHLY BREAKFAST AND LIEUTENANT COLONEL WILLIAMS FROM LUKE AIR FORCE BASE WAS THERE, GAVE US ALL THE STATISTICS, AND REMINDED US THAT LUKE HAS BEEN THERE, THIS IS THEIR 77th YEAR, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, MARCH 17 AND 18 WILL BE THE LUKE AIR FORCE AIRSHOW, AND EVERYBODY IS INVITED, AND THE BLUE ANGELS WILL BE THERE THIS YEAR. ALSO, THE DUET, WHICH IS A GREAT VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION, IS HAVING THEIR RIBBON CUTTING. THEY ARE OPENING AN OFFICE AT METROCENTER, AND THEY PROVIDE FREE VITAL SERVICES TO SENIORS, AND THEY HAVE 42,000 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES TO 800 HOMEBOUND ADULTS, THUS SAVING $10.6 MILLION TO TAXPAYERS. SO IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN CALL MY OFFICE AND WE CAN TELL YOU EXACTLY WHERE THEY’RE LOCATED AND HOW TO CONTACT THEM. AND THEN FOR LUNCH TODAY COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO AND VALENZUELA AND I WERE GUESTS, I GUESS, AT THE SKY HARBOR EVENT THAT WELCOMED CONDOR. CONDOR IS GOING TO START THEIR FLIGHT IN MAY, AND THEY WILL BE FLYING DIRECT FROM PHOENIX TO FRANKFURT. WE WORKED ON THIS A LONG, LONG TIME, AND IT’S VERY EXCITING, AND I AM VERY GLAD TO SEE THE BILLBOARDS GOING UP AND MORE ADVERTISING GOING OUT, AND THE CONDOR REPRESENTATIVES WERE QUITE CHARMING AND REALLY EAGER TO START THE SERVICE. SO IT WAS REALLY A GREAT LUNCH. THAT’S ALL I HAVE, MAYOR.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, COUNCILWOMAN. OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL? COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO, PLEASE.>>Councilwoman Gallego: AGREE WITH COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, IT HAS BEEN A GREAT TIME PERIOD FOR SKY HARBOR. WE HAVE THE GREAT FLIGHTS TO FRANKFURT, AND MAYOR JUST HELPED KICK OFF THE FLIGHT TO MONTREAL. SO EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO ON VACATION OR WORK TRIPS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. WE HAD A GREAT EVENT THIS SATURDAY IN SOUTH PHOENIX, OUR FIRST EVER TASTE OF SOUTH PHOENIX AT THE CROCK CENTER SPONSORED BY MARACA HOMES WHERE WE GOT TO ENJOY FARM FRESH INGREDIENTS FROM SOUTH PHOENIX AND A FUN ZONE FROM THE GIRL SCOUTS, HOPING IT WILL BE A GREAT ANNUAL EVENT THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE WONDERFUL FOOD WE HAVE TO OFFER ON THE SOUTHSIDE. TODAY WAS ALSO A GREAT DAY FOR DISTRICT 8 AND ITS NONPROFITS, NEW PATHWAYS FOR YOUTHS, ONE OF THE PARTNERS ON THE CITY’S MY BROTHER’S KEEPER EVENT, FOR YOUNG PEOPLE HAD THEIR BIG EVENT TODAY AND MOVING STORIES ABOUT HOW MUCH MENTORING HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE, AND THEY BEEN IN OUR CITY’S CONSTANT WAR ON VACANT LANDS WE HAD A BIG GROUNDBREAKING THIS MORNING IN THE GARFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE TRELLIS IS BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOMES. THEY ARE WALKING DISTANCE FROM OUR DOWNTOWN, SO A GREAT OPTION FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR DOWNTOWN AND NEED AN AFFORDABLE OPTION AND TRELLIS WILL CONTINUE TO DO HOUSING COUNSELING TO MAKE SURE THAT HOMEOWNERSHIP IS SUSTAINABLE. SO IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BE A DOWNTOWN RESIDENT IN ONE OF THE HOTTEST NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE CITY, PLEASE CHECK OUT THOSE GREAT HOUSES IN GARFIELD. THANK YOU.>>Mayor Stanton: OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL? COUNCILMAN DICICCIO, PLEASE.>>Councilman DiCiccio: THANK YOU, MAYOR. THIS REVOLVES AROUND THE CONVERSATIONS I’VE HAD EARLIER TODAY AND THE MEETINGS I’VE HAD REGARDING REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS, RFPs, IF WE COULD EITHER TAKE THIS TO A SUBCOMMITTEE OR TAKE IT TO A FULL COUNCIL FOR POLICY. FOUND OUT TODAY THAT THERE CAN BE CHANGES MADE TO THESE REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS AFTER THE COUNCIL HAS VOTED ON THEM, AND THE CONCERN THAT I’VE GOT ON THAT IS THAT THE PROPOSERS, THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE PROPOSING FOR THIS, CAN ACTUALLY WORK TO MAKE THIS WORK TO THEIR BENEFIT. SO I WOULD — MY PERSONAL OPINION IS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE NO CHANGES MADE UNLESS THEY GO DIRECTLY TO THE COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL SO IT GOES THROUGH A PROPER VETTING PROCESS AND A PUBLIC PROCESS. THE PROBLEM IS THOSE — THE CHANGES THAT ARE MADE, WHETHER THEY’RE SUBSTANTIVE OR NOT, I THINK A LOT OF IT IS SUBJECTIVE, IS THE FACT THAT IT DOESN’T GO THROUGH A TRANSPARENCY, PUBLIC POLICY PROCEDURE. AND WE SAW THIS OCCUR WITH ONE OF OUR CASES TODAY, AND IT BECAME CONTROVERSIAL, NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THAT, BECAUSE OF OTHER THINGS, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THOSE ISSUES — MY PREFERENCE IS THAT THEY ALL — ALL CHANGES BASICALLY COME BACK TO THE COUNCIL, AND WHETHER IT EVEN GOES TO A SUBCOMMITTEE FOR CHANGE OR TO THE FULL COUNCIL, SOME OTHER PROCEDURE OR POLICY PUT IN PLACE SO THAT IT BECOMES PUBLICLY KNOWN THAT OTHERS GET TO KNOW THAT THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES MADE TO THE THING. THANK YOU, MAYOR.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT SUGGESTION. WE’LL FIGURE OUT WHICH SUBCOMMITTEE BUT MAYBE IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A DISCUSSION THROUGH THE WHOLE RFP PROCESS, INCLUDING THOSE ISSUES. COUNCILMAN WARING, PLEASE.>>Councilman Waring: I THINK EVERYBODY IS AWARE WE WON OUR CASE WITH THE FAA. THERE WERE THREE PUBLIC MEETINGS, I THINK, LAST WEEK, TWO WEEKS AGO, WITH THE FAA. I KNOW NOT EVERYBODY GOT TO ATTEND. WE TRIED TO SPREAD THEM OUT THROUGHOUT THE CITY. I KNOW PEOPLE FROM MY AREA WENT TO OTHER MEETINGS THROUGHOUT THE CITY. I DID FEEL IT WAS APPROPRIATE TO HAVE JIM BENNETT AND HIS STAFF FROM THE AIRPORT BRIEF AT LEAST THE FOLKS IN MY DISTRICT. SO WE’RE GOING TO DO THAT ON MARCH 28th. IT’S A WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE PARADISE VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER, WHICH IS — MOST PEOPLE ARE FAMILIAR, BUT IF YOU’RE NOT, IT’S 40th STREET AND BELL, ON THE WEST SIDE, NORTH OF PARADISE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL. I JUST THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE A GOOD THING. OBVIOUSLY THOSE WERE BIG EVENTS. WE HAD THE MOST IN OUR DISTRICT, I THINK ABOUT 250 PEOPLE WENT TO OUR EVENT. I WANTED TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY GOT THEIR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND UNDERSTAND WHAT’S GOING ON AND THE TIME LINE AND I THOUGHT OUR AIRPORT FOLKS WERE THE PEOPLE TO DO IT AND YOU CAN ASK OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON WITH TERMINAL 2 AND SO FORTH. ALSO I HOPE IT MAYBE PROVIDES A LITTLE BIT OF CLOSURE ON THIS UNFORTUNATE EPISODE THAT STARTED IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER OF 2014. ON ANOTHER NOTE I DID HAVE A REQUEST OF STAFF, I GUESS THIS WOULD BE PROBABLY FOR MILTON OR MAYBE BRAD, I AM CURIOUS, WHAT HAPPENS — IF OUR OFFICERS ARE FALSELY ACCUSED OF MALFEASANCE, WHAT HAPPENS? WHAT’S THE SANCTION? HOW DO THOSE THINGS GET RESOLVED? I’M CURIOUS HOW OFTEN ARE PEOPLE FOUND TO BLAME FOR THAT. THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF THINGS SAID ABOUT THE BEHAVIOR OF DIFFERENT OFFICERS, FRANKLY AT THESE COUNCIL MEMBERS, INDIVIDUAL OFFICERS, THEIR NAMES HAVE BEEN THROWN OUT, WHICH I DON’T NECESSARILY FEEL IT’S APPROPRIATE. WE ASK FOR IT BY PUTTING OUR NAMES ON SIGNS AND GETTING ELECTED. I THINK THE AVERAGE SERGEANT OR SOMETHING, I DON’T THINK THAT’S NECESSARILY FAIR. I’M KIND OF CURIOUS. I’M NOT SAYING ANY SPECIFIC INSTANCE WAS A FALSE ACCUSATION IN ANY WAY, BUT I’M KIND OF CURIOUS HOW DOES THAT WORK. SOMETIME WHENEVER YOU THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE IN THE FUTURE.>>Mayor Stanton: WE CAN HAVE A BRIEFING WITH COUNCILMAN WARING FOR OFFICERS TO CLEAR THEIR NAME IF THEY HAVE BEEN FALSELY ACCUSED OF INAPPROPRIATE ACTION. COUNCILMAN NOWAKOWSKI, PLEASE.>>Councilman Nowakowski: LAST WEEK VICE MAYOR PASTOR AND MYSELF, WE TRAVELED OUT TO TIJUANA, MEXICO, TO MEET WITH SOME TECH BUSINESSES AND OUR WHOLE GOAL WAS TO ACTUALLY BRING BUSINESSES TO PHOENIX, AND I JUST WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE THAT WAS A PART OF THAT, THAT MISSION, AND GOOD NEWS, THEY WANT TO COME OUT IN SEPTEMBER AND ACTUALLY START LOOKING AT DIFFERENT SITES OUT HERE. SO I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU, MAYOR, TO KIND OF BE THE HOST OF THAT AND HELP US BRING THOSE BUSINESSES TO THE CITY OF PHOENIX. ALSO, I’M NOT SURE IF KATE GALLEGO ALREADY MEN EXAMINED IT BUT THE CENTRAL IS CITY SOUTH IS HOSTING A FREE COMMUNITY FAIR ON SATURDAY, MARCH 3rd FROM 10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M. MATTHEW HENSON PARK ON 8th AVENUE BETWEEN SHERMAN AND TONTO. THEY’RE GOING TO BE HAVING HEALTH SCREENINGS AND ARTS AND CRAFTS AND FOOD AND ALL KINDS OF VENDOR BOOTHS. COME DOWN, BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY, ENJOY COMMUNITY FAIR. ALSO IT WAS A GREAT CELEBRATION WE HAD IN SOUTH PHOENIX. THE MAYOR AND MISS GALLEGO AND MYSELF WERE OUT THERE, AND WE OPENED UP THE SOUTH CENTRAL LIGHT RAIL COMMUNITY OFFICE. WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR INDIVIDUALS FROM SOUTH PHOENIX, IF THEY HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR IF THEY HAVE ANY DREAMS OR THEY WANT TO LOOK INTO THE FUTURE AND KIND OF TELL US WHAT THE FUTURE OF SOUTH CENTRAL WITH THE NEW LIGHT RAIL GOING DOWN. IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO SIT DOWN AND COME UP WITH THOSE DREAMS AND AT THE SAME TIME LEARN ABOUT THE PAST AND CREATE HISTORY FOR SOUTH PHOENIX. SO THANK YOU ALL THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE PART OF THAT TEAM AND MAKING THAT HAPPEN. AND I THINK IT’S A GREAT PROJECT, AND I THINK WE SHOULD START DOING MORE OF THOSE WHILE WE START TO EXTEND THE LIGHT RAIL IN THE FUTURE. WE HAVE THE McDOWELL MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL BACK IN DISTRICT 7 AGAIN. THAT’S AT MARGARET HANCE PARK. THAT’S MARCH 2nd THROUGH THE 4th. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE LINE-UP, TICKETS, FOOD VENDORS, YOU CAN VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT M3FFEST AND 100% — WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT THIS FESTIVAL, 100% OF THE PROCEEDS ALL GO BACK TO NONPROFITS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY. SO I JUST WANT TO THANK THE COORDINATORS OF THE FESTIVAL AND FOR GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. AND THAT’S IT, MAYOR. THANK YOU.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU SO MUCH, COUNCILMAN. COUNCILMAN VALENZUELA, PLEASE.>>Councilman Valenzuela: THANK YOU, MAYOR. JUST WE ARE NOW ENJOYING SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL, WHICH IS INCREDIBLY EXCITING. WE’RE ALL HAVING A GOOD TIME. HOPEFULLY EVERYONE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE IN A GAME, AND IT’S ALWAYS FUN TO SEE WHO IS GOING TO THROW THE FIRST PITCH. SOMETIMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADER, MANY TIMES YOU SEE THE MAYOR THROW A PERFECT STRIKE.>>Mayor Stanton: EVERY TIME.>>Councilman Valenzuela: THERE ARE NO CAMERAS, BUT TRUST ME, EVERY SINGLE TIME. BUT IT’S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME, AND JUST A REMINDER ABOUT WHAT IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE THERE IN MARYVALE WITH THAT SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL STADIUM. THE BREWERS RELEASED THE RENDERINGS. THEY’RE GOING TO INVEST NEARLY $60 MILLION OF PRIVATE FUNDS IN RENOVATING THAT STADIUM. THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL PARTNERSHIP THERE WITH GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY TO BRING IN A TUTORING PROGRAM FOR KIDS. IT’S — IT’S JUST GOING TO BE A GREAT PROJECT THAT GOING TO INVITE MORE PRIVATE INVESTMENT, AND I’M INCREDIBLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. THIS PAST WEEKEND, WE HAD — WE FINISHED UP PHOENIX START-UP WEEK, AND IT ENDED WITH A — YOU KNOW, ON AN INCREDIBLY HIGH NOTE WITH THE STREET PITCH. LAST POLICY MEETING DURING ANNOUNCEMENTS I TALKED ABOUT PHOENIX’S VERSION OF THE SHARK TANK. WELL, THE STREET PITCH, THERE WERE 10 START-UPS THAT PITCHED A COUPLE OF INVESTORS, AND THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE TOTAL, THERE WERE TWO INVESTORS, AND PHOENIX’S OWN MISTY HYMAN, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL SWIMMER FROM THE SYDNEY OLYMPICS, AND IT WAS A — IT WAS A TOUGH COMPETITION. I ALONG WITH SO MANY OTHERS ENJOYED IT. AGAIN, 10 COMPETITORS, AND THE WINNER IS PK FIELDS, CEO AND FOUNDER OF ELDER SENSE. NOW, ELDER SENSE IS A PHOENIX-BASED START-UP THAT HELPS FAMILIES FIND OPTIONS FOR SENIOR LIVING ARRANGEMENTS. MISS FIELDS WON $75,000 TOTAL, $50,000 FROM THE ARIZONA FOUNDERS FUND AND $25,000 FROM MICHAEL HULE VENTURES. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THOSE WHO PITCHED, ALL OF THOSE PHOENIX ENTREPRENEURS. WE ARE ALL OBVIOUSLY INCREDIBLY PROUD OF OUR ENTREPRENEURS, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO PK FIELDS. LASTLY ON MARCH 10th WE’LL HAVE ANOTHER CODE PHOENIX DAY OF CODE. THIS WILL BE AT THE BRET TARVER LEARNING CENTER LOCATED AT 1516 NORTH 35th AVENUE. IT WILL BE FROM 1:00 TO 4:00 P.M. THE LAST ONE WAS — WAS A BLAST. WE HAD KIDS COMING IN THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CITY OF PHOENIX TO COME AND LEARN HOW TO CODE. IT’S BEEN INCREDIBLY POPULAR. THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF OTHER THINGS. SO WE BRING THE KIDS OUT, THEY LEARN HOW TO CODE, BUT THERE’S ALSO A LOT OF THINGS THEY CAN DO JUST TO STAY ACTIVE. THEY’RE ABLE TO PLAY GAMES OUT IN THE — YOU KNOW, THERE’S A — IT’S OBVIOUSLY IN A SCHOOL, SO WE’LL TAKE THEM OUT INTO THE FIELD AND THEY CAN ALSO JUST STAY ACTIVE AND WE SERVE THEM LUNCH. IT’S ALWAYS A GREAT TIME. YOU CAN FIND THAT ON THE WEBSITE ON THE CITY OF PHOENIX WEBSITE. JUST SEARCH CODE PHX. AGAIN THIS IS ON MARCH 10th BETWEEN 1 P.M. AND 4 P.M. AT THE TARVER LEARNING CENTER LOCATED AT 1516 NORTH 35th AVENUE. THANK YOU.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, COUNCILMAN. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP WITH THE BREWERS. THEY DID SIGN, I THINK A30-YEAR-LONG LEASE. THEY WILL BE THERE AT LEAST THAT LONG IN THE MARYVALE NEIGHBORHOOD. IT’S SUCH A POINT OF PRIDE FOR MARYVALE AND THEY WERE CLOSE TO LEAVING AND IT TOOK A LOT OF CREATIVITY, NEW WAY OF THINKING ABOUT HOW TO DO AN APPROPRIATE AGREEMENT BETWEEN A CITY AND A MAJOR LEAGUE ORGANIZATION LIKE THE BREWERS, BUT YOU GOT IT DONE AND IT’S GOING TO BE FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MARYVALE AND ALL THE CITY OF PHOENIX THE BREWERS WILL BE PLAYING SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL IN MARYVALE FOR DECADES TO COME. VICE MAYOR, DID YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, FOLLOW-UP REQUESTS?>>Vice Mayor Pastor: I DO.>>Mayor Stanton: PLEASE.>>Vice Mayor Pastor: THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS HAPPENING WITHIN DISTRICT 4. ‘TIS THE SEASON TO STREET FAIRS. THIS WEEKEND MELROSE ON 7th AVENUE STREET FAIR IS MARCH 3rd, AND THE 16th AVENUE FAIR, AND IT’S FROM 11:00 TO 5:00. WE HAVE THE WINDSOR SQUARE HOME TOUR AND STREET FAIR, AND THAT IS SUNDAY MARCH 11th FROM 11:00 TO 4:00. AND WE ALSO HAVE SUNDAY OFF CENTRAL BLOCK PARTY. IT’S FROM — IT’S MARCH 11th FROM 10:00 TO 3:00. THAT’S THE MID-TOWN NEIGHBORHOOD’S ANNUAL RESIDENT BLOCK PARTY ON VERNON STREET. IN ADDITION, WE WILL BE DOING FRIENDS OF ENCANTO TREE DEDICATION. OUR FRIENDS AT T AGAIN HAVE — TGen HAVE THAT PLANTED RED PLUSH TREES AT ENCANTO PARK TO HONOR THE 75th BIRTHDAY OF DR. DANIEL VON KOFF. I WILL BE HOSTING A CELEBRATION RECOGNIZING THE GENEROUS DONATION AT 11:00 A.M. AND ALL OUR INVITED. SO PLEASE COME AND SEE THE TREES AND WE’RE PROMOTING WALKABILITY AND SHADE AND PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT. AND FINALLY, I ACCEPTED THE MOBILE LIGHT CONNECTED CITY AWARD ON BEHALF OF PHOENIX IN RECOGNITION OF THE CITY’S WORK TO FACILITATE CONNECTIVITY AND WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT, AND SO WE RECEIVED AN AWARD FOR THAT, AND WE’LL BE SHARING THAT WITH EVERYONE. THANK YOU.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. ANY OTHER COMMENTS, FOLLOW-UP REQUESTS BY MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL? I WILL NOW TURN TO OUR ACTING VICE MAYOR TO SEE IF THERE IS A CALL FOR AN EXECUTIVE SESSION.>>MAYOR, IN ACCORDANCE WITH A PROPERLY POSTED NOTICE AND AGENDA I MOVE THAT THE PHOENIX CITY COUNCIL, PURSUANT TO ARIZONA REVISED STATUTE SECTION 38-431.02.A, MEET IN EXECUTIVE SESSION ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th, 2018 AT 1 P.M. IN THE EAST CONFERENCE ROOM, 12TH FLOOR OF THE PHOENIX CITY HALL, 200 WEST WASHINGTON STREET, PHOENIX, ARIZONA. AND ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 20th, 2018 AT 1 P.M. IN THE EAST CONFERENCE ROOM, PHOENIX CITY HALL, 200 WEST WASHINGTON STREET, PHOENIX ASHES.>>Mayor Stanton: THERE’S A MOTION AND A SECOND. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. [ CHORUS OF AYES] ANY OPPOSED? THAT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. MR. CITY MANAGER, IS THERE ANY REPORTS OR BUDGET UPDATES TODAY?>>City Mgr. Zuercher: WE HAVE A BUDGET ITEM LATER IN THE AGENDA SO WE’LL DEFER TO YOUR FIRST POLICY ITEM.>>Mayor Stanton: OUR FIRST ITEM IS OUR LEGISLATIVE UPDATE. THIS NORMALLY GOES AT THE END. THIS TEAM HAS TO WAIT THROUGH THE ENTIRE MEETING. WE WANT THEM TO GET THROUGH IT SO THEY CAN GET GOWN TO THE LEGISLATURE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. MISS PETERS, YOU WANT TO INTRODUCE THIS ITEM?>>YES, MAYOR. INDEED THE LEGISLATURE IS VERY BUSY THE LAST WEEK OR TWO. TODAY WITH ME ARE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR FRANK MCEWEN, JOHN WAYNE GONZALEZ AND CLARK PRINCIPAL SELL FROM HIS STAFF TO PROVIDE TODAY’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.>>AND WE’LL DIVE RIGHT INTO IT WITH JOHN WAYNE.>>MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS, GOOD AFTERNOON. TODAY IS THE 45th DAY OF THE REGULAR SESSION. MORE THAN 1280 BILLS — I SHOULD SAY 1280 BILLS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED TO DATE. AGAIN, GOING BACK TO DECEMBER’S GUIDING PRINCIPLES IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS TEAM WORKS UNDER, YOU HAVE OPPOSING UNFUNDED MANDATES, PRESERVING LOCAL CONTROL, PROTECTING REVENUES, AND, OF COURSE, ALSO IMPORTANT IS PROTECTING OUR WATER RESOURCES. AND WITH THAT IN YOUR REPORT AS WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST, YOUR REPORT HAS ITEMS THAT THE — THAT STAFF HAS BEEN WORKING AGAINST BECAUSE IT MEETS UNDER ONE OF THOSE CORE PRINCIPLES, LETTERS A THROUGH K IN YOUR REPORT, AND WITH THAT, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS ON ANY OF THE BILLS LOCATED IN A THROUGH K?>>Mayor Stanton: ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT BILLS ON A THROUGH K?>>Councilman DiCiccio: MAYOR, JUST A COUPLE. ONE, I WOULD THINK WE WOULD WANT TO SUPPORT HB2330. IT JUST DEALS WITH — WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT GPLETS, IT’S BASICALLY A CORPORATE GIVEAWAY. IT JUST REQUIRES THE CITY IF THE CITY WANTS TO GIVE AWAY TAX DOLLARS THEY’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT AND OTHER — OTHER ENTITIES, IT HOLDS THEM HARMLESS. BUT THE ONE BILL, OTHER THAN THE ONE DEALING WITH THE HOUSING I THINK COUNCILWOMAN STARK AND I AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON, IS HB2479. I CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHY WE’RE OPPOSED TO THAT. SAME ISSUE THAT CAME UP SEVERAL YEARS AGO THAT DEALT WITH THIS, AND IF WE DON’T LOOK TOWARD A TYPE OF UNIFORMITY STATEWIDE WE’RE NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO TAX THESE ITEMS. REMEMBER, THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IS COMPLETELY SUPPORTIVE MUCH THIS, BUT IT’S LOOKING FOR THE SAME RULES ACROSS THE BOARD, AND IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR INTERNET TAXATION OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, I WOULD HOPE WE WOULD RETHINK THAT ONE, IN PARTICULAR THAT. THERE ARE OTHER ONES I HAVE ISSUES WITH AND I’LL VOTE ON MY CONSCIENCE TODAY ON THEM.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANY OTHER COMMENTS ON A THROUGH K? IF NOT, IS THERE A MOTION –>>Councilman DiCiccio: AND WHATEVER MOTION, I WILL TELL YOU WHATEVER ONES I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE EXCLUDED. A, B, E, F, G, I, J, K.>>Mayor Stanton: COULD WE GET A MOTION ON THE OTHER ITEMS EXCEPT THE ONES COUNCILMAN DICICCIO ASKED TO BE EXCLUDED?>>Councilwoman Gallego: MOVE APPROVAL OF ITEMS C, D AND H.>>Mayor Stanton: ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? ROLL CALL. [ROLL CALL VOTE]>>Councilman DiCiccio: NO, THE THREE I LIKED — YES, YOU’RE RIGHT. YOU ARE SO NICE TO ME. IT WAS A CHINESE THING WE WERE AT LAST NIGHT. YES. [ROLL CALL VOTE RESUMES]>>Mayor Stanton: THAT ITEM PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. MAYBE WE TAKE THE ITEMS COUNCILMAN DICICCIO WANTED TO PULL OUT AND DO AN OMNIBUS ON THOSE ITEMS? I ASSUME YOU WANT TO VOTE NO ON THOSE ITEMS?>>Councilman DiCiccio: DIRECT, CORRECT, MAYOR.>>Mayor Stanton: IF WE COULD DO AN OMNIBUS.>>Councilwoman Gallego: AND IN MY FIRST MOTION I DID NOT INCLUDE THE SOBER LIVING ONE. MOVE APPROVAL OF ITEMS A, B, E, F, G, I, J, K.>>Councilwoman Williams: SECOND.>>Mayor Stanton: THERE’S A MOTION AND A SECOND. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. [ CHORUS OF AYES] ANY OPPOSED?>>Councilman DiCiccio: NO.>>Mayor Stanton: THE MOTION PASSES WITH ONE NO VOTE. PLEASE MOVE FORWARD.>>MAYOR AND COUNCIL, THE ONLY THING LEFT IN YOUR REPORT WOULD BE LETTER L, AND THAT BILL IS DEALING WITH SOBER LIVING HOME CERTIFICATION. AN UPDATE FOR THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL, THIS BILL LEFT THE HOUSE WITH AMENDMENTS THE CITY HAD BEEN WORKING ON IN COOPERATION WITH THE PHOENIX RESIDENTS AND WITH THE STAKEHOLDERS FROM THE SOBER LIVING HOME INDUSTRY THAT HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING HERE AT THE CITY ON THE TASK FORCE. THERE WAS ANOTHER MEETING YESTERDAY THAT HAD THE INVOLVEMENT OF EVERYONE I JUST MENTIONED WITH SENATOR BROPHY McGEE AND REPRESENTATIVE CAMPBELL AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES TO TRY TO LAND ON LANGUAGE THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE AND IT APPEARS NOW THE HOUSE BILL AND THE SENATE BILL — AMENDMENTS WILL BE GOING ON THOSE BILLS TO MAKE SURE THAT PHOENIX STILL HAS THE ABILITY — OR I SHOULD SAY ANY CITY HAS THE ABILITY TO ADOPT THEIR OWN LICENSING SCHEME UNDER SOBER LIVING UNTIL THE STATE OF ARIZONA ADOPTS THEIR OWN RULES AT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES, AND THEN THEY WOULD TAKE OVER FROM THAT POINT FORWARD, AND WE MADE SURE WITH THE RESIDENTS WITH TAKE ACTION PHOENIX AND SOME OTHER FOLKS IN THE ROOM, MADE SURE THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE RESIDENTS WHETHER AT THE CITY LEVEL OR STATE LEVEL, THAT THEY STILL HAVE AVENUES TO ADDRESS ANY COMPLAINTS IN THEIRS. THAT WOULD BE THE UPDATE AND STAFF WOULD RECOMMEND TO SUPPORT THE BILL.>>Councilwoman Stark: I’VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THOSE MEETINGS AND I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT’S BEEN INVOLVED. IF YOU RECALL, AT THE LEAGUE MEETING LAST AUGUST, WE DID ASK FOR THIS TO GO TO THE LEGISLATURE AND I’M VERY HAPPY BECAUSE IT PASSED THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY, BOTH PARTIES. SO THAT’S PRETTY EXCITING. AND I WANT TO THANK THE NEIGHBORHOODS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED AND STAFF AND I THINK WE MIGHT ACTUALLY HAVE SOME LANGUAGE PASSED THAT ACTUALLY HAS SOME — AND ACTUALLY HAVE SOME LEGISLATION TO HELP US AS A CITY AND TO HELP ALL OF ARIZONA. SO THANK YOU, EVERYBODY. AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO MAKE A MOTION IF I CAN. CAN I DO THAT, KATE?>>Mayor Stanton: YOU’RE ON THE COUNCIL. YOU’RE ELIGIBLE TO MAKE A MOTION.>>Councilwoman Gallego: YOU’RE FREE TO JOIN OUR GOVERNMENT RELATIONS TEAM, BECAUSE I THINK WE GOT SOMETHING GOING ON THERE.>>Councilwoman Stark: I MAKE A MOTION TO SUPPORT IT.>>Councilman Valenzuela: SECOND.>>Mayor Stanton: MISS BARKER, DID YOU WANT TO PROVIDE TESTIMONY ON THIS ITEM? THIS IS POTENTIAL STATE LEGISLATION AS IT RELATES TO SOBER LIVING HOMES.>>IF I COULD JUST MAKE A BLANKET STATEMENT ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS — MAY I, SIR?>>Mayor Stanton: PLEASE.>>THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL. DIANE BARKER, DISTRICT 7. I SUPPORT THE CITY GOVERNMENT RELATIONS GOING INTO THE LEGISLATURE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE OPENING OF THE ARIZONA LEGISLATURE I SAW SOME OF YOUR FACES THERE, AND BEING A PERSON FROM THE PUBLIC, WE WANT ALL OF GOVERNMENT TO BE WORKING FOR US. I SAY, AS I USE MASS TRANSIT, YOU KNOW, I WANT NOT THIS JURISDICTION OR THAT JURISDICTION TO SAY WE’RE JUST THIS. WHEN I GET A TICKET, I WANT IT TO BE COMPREHENSIVE AND TO BE INTEGRATIVE. OKAY? SO THAT’S MY — I SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, AND I WANT TO SAY THAT WE SHARE SOME OF THE BIG REVENUES WITH THE PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER, WITH THE STATE. I WANT TO SEE THE DOWNTOWN GET REVVED UP WITH MORE REVENUE, AND I WAS OUT IN FORCE LAST NIGHT, I’M GOING TO PASS THESE OUT, I SAID, DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? DOES ANYBODY CARE? AND THE PEOPLE IN THE LINE FOR CHICAGO LOVED IT. I SAID, COME DOWN WEDNESDAYS. WE WALK AND RUN, FitPHX, AND I GOT SOME HIGH FIVE. AND SO I WANT TO SEE YOU, TOO. THANK YOU.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MISS BARKER. SO THERE’S A MOTION AND A SECOND. COUNCILMAN DICICCIO?>>Councilman DiCiccio: I ALSO WANT TO THANK DEB STARK FOR ALL THE WORK SHE PUT INTO THIS THING. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT GOING TO THE LEGISLATURE ON OTHER ISSUES. SHE IS AMAZING TO WORK WITH QUITE FRANKLY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK SAM STONE IN MY OFFICE. A QUICK STORY ON THAT. THE FIRST DAY WE HAD A MEETING ON THIS, THE NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING, WAS SAM’S FIRST DAY ON THE JOB. HE CAME SO COMPLETELY PREPARED TO THAT MEETING AND HELPED GUIDE THAT THING, IT WAS AMAZING. SAM, THANKS FOR ALL THIS, AND ALL THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS THAT WERE INVOLVED IN IT. I THINK WE NEED TO SUMMARIZE EXACTLY WHAT’S OCCURRING IN OUR COMMUNITY AND THAT HAPPENED IN CALIFORNIA AND STARTED MAKING ITS WAVE OUR WAY HERE AND HOW PHOENIX, IN PARTICULAR PHOENIX, AND THEN THE STATE OF ARIZONA, IS LITERALLY LEADING THE CHARGE ON THIS. THEY’RE CALLED SOBER LIVING HOMES, AND WE ALL WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE COMPASSIONATE TO THESE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE ADDICTIVE PROBLEMS, THAT’S AN IMPORTANT THING, TO REALIZE THESE PEOPLE CAN BE VICTIMS AS WELL, AND SO WHAT’S HAPPENED IS THEY BECOME PROFIT CENTERS, TOO, FOR ENTITIES, NOT THE GOOD, RESPONSIBLE ONES, BUT FOR THE ONES THAT ARE JUST THERE TO MAKE A PROFIT. THEY DIDN’T CARE. THEY HAD NO ATTENDANCE ON SITE. THEY HAD MULTIPLE CALLS FROM OUR POLICE, FROM OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT WHERE THEY WERE JUST IMMEDIATELY SENT OVER TO THE HOSPITAL. SO WHAT THIS DOES THE IS IT PUTS IN PLACE A MODEL FOR US TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND AT THE SAME TIME BE COMPASSIONATE TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE THESE PROBLEMS. IT’S A STRONG — IT’S A GOOD BALANCE, I BELIEVE. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT’S BIPARTISAN IS AMAZING. I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW BILLS THAT PASSED THE LEGISLATURE THIS YEAR SO FAR THAT ARE BIPARTISAN AND HAVE COMPLETE SUPPORT ON THAT. AND I THINK IT’S BECAUSE OF ALL THE HARD WORK THAT WAS PUT INTO THIS THING. IT’S AMAZING. THANK YOU.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANY OTHER COMMENTS? ALL RIGHT. WE HAVE A MOTION IN FAVOR OF CITY SUPPORTING 2529. THERE IS A SECOND. ALL IN FAVOR –>>Councilman Valenzuela: MAYOR — WELL, I THINK — I THINK THERE WAS A LOT OF COMMENTS BEING MADE. I DO WANT TO POINT TO OUR GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS TEAM. THIS WAS — THIS WAS HARD. THIS WAS REALLY DIFFICULT, AS WE WORKED THROUGH THIS WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS, WITH LEGISLATORS, WITH THE LEAGUE OF CITIES AND TOWNS AND THERE WERE SO MANY ENTITIES. ALL THE STAFF BRIEFINGS THAT — COMING FROM MY OFFICE AND DEB’S OFFICE AND SAL’S OFFICE AND I’M SURE KEEPING THE MAYOR’S OFFICE AND EVERYONE ELSE ABREAST OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING HERE. THIS WAS REALLY DIFFICULT, BUT THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHY WE HAVE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS TEAM HERE IN PHOENIX, AND I JUST WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL OF YOU WHO ARE DOING THIS JOB FOR US. I APPRECIATE IT.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THOSE NICE COMMENTS. THERE’S A MOTION AND A SECOND. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ANY OPPOSED? IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.>>AND THAT’S IT FOR OUR REPORT, MAYOR.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HURRY UP AND GET BACK TO THE LEGISLATURE. NEXT ON THE AGENDA IS ITEM NUMBER 2. ITEM NUMBER 2 IS A FIVE-YEAR GENERAL FUND FORECAST. THIS IS THE THIRD PART, I GUESS, OF A THREE-PART STORY TO TELL THE COUNCIL AND THE COMMUNITY ABOUT WHERE WE ARE BUDGET-WISE. THIS IS OUR LONGER OUTLOOK. SO I GUESS I’LL HAND IT OVER TO THE CITY MANAGER WHO WILL SAY A FEW WORDS AND HAND IT OVER TO THE BUDGET AND RESEARCH DIRECTOR, JEFF BARTON.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: AS YOU MENTIONED, THIS IS THE FIVE-YEAR FORECAST WHICH IS A EARTH PA OF OUR THREE-PART EXTRAVAGANZA OF THE LAST MONTH WHERE WE’VE TALKED ABOUT JUST OUR TIME HORIZON. A BUDGET IS A ONE-YEAR HORIZON, A FIVE-YEAR FORECAST, OR A FORECAST IS A HORIZON YOU LAY OUT. WE LAID OUT A FIVE-YEAR FORECAST AS A BEST PRACTICE, AND WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE THE DOWNTURN IN 2010, I BELIEVE JEFF TOLD ME, AND TWO WEEKS AGO WE TALKED ABOUT THE PENSION LIABILITY, WHICH IS A MUCH FARTHER HORIZON. SO TODAY WE WANT TO LOOK AT THAT FIVE-YEAR FORECAST. IT’S VERY BRIEF. BUT IT REALLY IS THE CULMINATION OF A YEAR WORTH OF EFFORT BY THE CITY COUNCIL AND YOUR STAFF. A YEAR AGO WE HAD A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PICTURE. OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS YOU HAVE ADDRESSED THIS AND OUR STAFF HAVE FOLLOWED THAT TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, AND SO I’M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO OUR BUDGET AND RESEARCH DIRECTOR JEFF BARTON ALONG WITH HIS TEAM WHO ARE HERE HAVE DONE GREAT WORK WITH ALL OUR DEPARTMENTS.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR. AS ED MENTIONED, TODAY WE’RE GOING TO SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT OUR FIVE-YEAR FORECAST. THIS FORECAST IS JUST A ONE COMPONENT OF OUR MULTI-FACETED BUDGET PROCESS, OUR VERY TRANSPARENT BUDGET PROCESS. I’D ALSO LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT OUR BUDGET PROCESS AND OUR BUDGET, WE’VE RECEIVED NUMEROUS AWARDS OVER THE YEARS, THE GFOA DISTINGUISHED BUDGET AWARD WE HAVE SINCE 1989 AND THE ICMA, THE CERTIFICATE EXCELLENCE OF PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT, WE HAVE RECEIVED ALMOST EVERY YEAR. AS ED MENTIONED, THE FIVE-YEAR FORECAST IS A FINANCIAL BEST PRACTICE. IT IS AD TOOL WE USE TO GUIDE US TO PROTECT VITAL CITY SERVICES THE RESIDENTS HAVE COME TO DEPEND ON. WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO TODAY IS WALK YOU THROUGH THE RECIPE OR THE INGREDIENTS OF THE BUDGET. AGAIN, IT’S VERY SIMPLE, VERY BASIC. RESOURCES, LESS EXPENDITURES PROVIDE EITHER A SURPLUS OR DEFICIT AS WE LOOK AHEAD. FOR US OUR RESOURCES INCLUDE EVERYTHING FROM TAXES, WHICH INCLUDE CITY SALES TAX, STATE SHARED REVENUES, VLT, WHICH IS OUR VEHICLE LICENSE TAX, INCOME TAXES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. ALSO INCLUDES FEES AND CHARGES THAT THE GENERAL FUND RECEIVES FOR SERVICES RENDERED BY GENERAL FUND. ALSO INCLUDES INTEREST ON CASH POOL THAT SITS IN AN INTEREST-BEARING ACCOUNT, AS WELL AS TRANSFERS FROM NON-GENERAL FUND ENTITIES SUCH AS ENTERPRISE FUNDS PAYING FOR THEIR FAIR SHARE OF GENERAL FUND SERVICES. AN EXAMPLE WOULD BE AVIATION PAYING FOR ITS FAIR SHARE OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT. AND FINALLY IT INCLUDES OUR FUND BALANCE WHICH ALSO INCLUDES OUR CONTINGENCY. SO THAT’S THE CARRYOVER FUND BALANCE WE HAVE AT THE END OF EVERY YEAR AS WELL AS OUR CONTINGENCY FUND. ON THE EXPENDITURE SIDE, LARGELY OUR EXPENDITURES CONSIST OF PERSONNEL SERVICES. THAT’S OUR EMPLOYEE COSTS. WHEN YOU NET OUT INTERNAL DEPARTMENT CHARGES AND TRANSFERS, EMPLOYEE COSTS REPRESENT ROUGHLY 80% OF THE CITY GENERAL FUND BUDGET. BEYOND THAT WE HAVE OUR SERVICES WE PROVIDE TO OUR RESIDENTS, OUR CAPITAL EQUIPMENT AND REPAIR FOR REPAIRING OUR FACILITIES, VEHICLES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, AS WELL AS CONTRACTS WE ENGAGE IN WITH THIRD PARTY CONTRACTORS TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO OUR RESIDENTS AS WELL AS PROVIDING SERVICES TO THE CITY, AND FINALLY COMMODITIES FOR THINGS SUCH AS OFFICE SUPPLIES AND COMPUTERS, ET CETERA. SO WHEN YOU ADD ALL THAT UP, YOU EITHER END UP WITH A SURPLUS, AND IF YOU HAVE A SURPLUS THAT MEANS YOU HAVE THE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE NEW OR EXPANDED PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. IF YOU HAVE A DEFICIT, THAT MEANS REDUCTIONS TO EXISTING PROGRAMS AND SERVICES IS REQUIRED OR NET NEW REVENUE NEEDED TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. BY STATE STATUTE AND CITY CHARTER WE ARE REQUIRED TO ADOPT A BALANCED BUDGET AND WE HAVE DONE THAT EVERY YEAR. AS WE LOOK AHEAD INTO THE FUTURE FOR OUR FIVE-YEAR FORECAST IT’S LARGELY DEPENDENT ON THE HEALTH OF THE ECONOMY, INFLATION AND KNOWN INCREASES. AS WE LOOK AT OUR FIVE-YEAR FORECAST THE FIRST THICK I WANT TO WALK YOU THROUGH ARE A COUPLE GENERAL FUND REVENUE ASSUMPTIONS. NUMBER ONE, FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE FIVE-YEAR FORECAST DOES NOT REFLECT ANY FUTURE FEE INCREASES OR DECREASES AND DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY NEW SOURCES OF REVENUE. FOR THE PURPOSES OF OUR ANNUAL GROWTH THE RATES THAT WE’RE USING HERE RANGE FROM 1.6% TO 4.4%, AND AGAIN WE CONTINUE TO MEET WITH AND CONSULT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA AND PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE FORECASTING PROJECT, AND WE CONTINUE TO RELY ON THE ECONOMETRIC MODEL WE HAVE BUILT IN CONSULTATION WITH THAT GROUP. ALSO, THIS IS ALSO A BEST PRACTICE THAT’S NOT UNIQUE US TO BUT WHEN YOU ARE DEVELOPING A FIVE-YEAR FORECAST WE DO NOT TRY TO MODEL A RECESSION. WE’D BE WRONG IF WE TRIED BECAUSE WE WOULDN’T KNOW WHEN IT WAS GOING TO HIT NOR THE DEPTHS OF HOW BAD THE RECESSION WOULD BE. NEXT WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE COUNCIL’S POLICY OF MAXIMIZING THE PRIMARY PROPERTY TAX RATE. AND AGAIN WE ARE ASSUMING FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS FORECAST NO NEGATIVE IMPACT TO STATE SHARED REVENUE, EITHER VIA LEGISLATIVE ACTION OR THE CENSUS IMPACT WE DISCUSSED BRIEFLY WITH YOU DURING THE LAST PRESENTATION WE HAD. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR FIVE-YEAR FORECAST, THE UPPER AND LOWER RANGES THAT YOU SEE, THEY INCREASE SLIGHTLY AS YOU GO FURTHER OUT AWAY FROM THE BASELINE FORECAST. THAT REPRESENTS THE ECONOMIC VOLATILITY OF THE FORECAST. THIS SLIDE REALLY HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT I WANT TO ALWAYS BRING TO OUR ATTENTION AS WE DEVELOP OUR BUDGET, AND JUST OUR REVENUE WATCH LIST. THESE ARE THINGS NOT UNIQUE TO THIS YEAR. THEY’RE UNIQUE TO THE PROCESS? GENERAL, THINGS WE CONSTANTLY KEEP OUR EYE ON. NUMBER ONE I HAVE OFTEN MENTIONED TO YOU THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR HOLIDAY SALES TAX COLLECTIONS. WE JUST ACTUALLY GOT THAT INFORMATION IN A FEW DAYS AGO. MY STAFF IS CURRENTLY STILL REVIEWING IT. IT’S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO HAVE STRONG HOLIDAY SALES BECAUSE IT’S THE BASELINE FROM WHICH WE DEVELOP THIS YEAR’S ESTIMATES FOR REVENUE AS WELL AS OUR BASELINE FOR NEXT YEAR AND THE YEARS BEYOND. AND SO WE’LL BE BRINGING THAT INFORMATION BACK TO YOU IN THE TRIAL BUDGET STATUS REPORT. AND THEN SECONDLY, STATE SHARED REVENUE AS A WHOLE, THAT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT WE KEEP OUR EYE ON BECAUSE OF PENDING LEGISLATION BUT ALSO AS WE DISCUSSED LAST MONTH WITH YOU, THE IMPACT OF THE UPCOMING CENSUS. THAT COULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON OUR OVERALL STATE SHARED COLLECTIONS. SO IT’S IMPERATIVE THE CITY OF PHOENIX TAKES AN ACTIVE ROLE IN PROMOTING THE CENSUS AND IT’S IMPORTANT THAT OUR RESIDENTS TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN PARTICIPATING IN THE CENSUS TO MAKE SURE WE’RE ACCURATELY COUNTED. THE SECONDARY OF THAT I’LL BRING UP REGARDING STATE SHARED REVENUE IS SOMETHING WE’RE WATCHING. AS YOU KNOW THE STATE THROUGH THE TAX SIMPLIFICATION MODEL, THEY ARE NOW COLLECTING ALL TAXES FOR CITIES AND TOWNS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE CHALLENGED WITH FROM MY — OUR PERSPECTIVE IN BUDGET AND RESEARCH IS WE’RE SEEING SOME SLIGHT TIMING ISSUES. WE’RE NOT SAYING WE’RE NOT GETTING OUR FAIR SHARE BUT WE ARE SEEING TIME ISSUES IN TERMS OF WHEN THAT’S REPORTED TO US. IT’S BECOMING MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO COMPARE A PERIOD LAST YEAR TO A PERIOD THIS YEAR. JUST BECAUSE THERE MAY BE SOME TIMING ISSUES IN THOSE OVERALL COLLECTIONS. WE’LL CONTINUE TO KEEP OUR EYE ON IT AND IF WE SEE ANY ISSUES WE’LL BRING THAT BACK TO YOUR ATTENTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. FINALLY, VLT, VEHICLE LICENSE TAX, I HAVE TALKED TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS LAST MONTH. VEHICLE LICENSE TAX ARE UP SIGNIFICANTLY FROM YEARS PAST. PRIMARILY BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW DURING THE RECESSION PEOPLE HELD ONTO THEIR CARS FOR A LONG TIME. THERE WERE A LOT OF 10, 11, 12-YEAR-OLD CARS ON THE ROAD, COUPLED WITH TECHNOLOGY ENHANCEMENTS, PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO HOLD ON TO CARS LONGER. WE ARE SEEING SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN VLT COLLECTIONS THIS YEAR AND WE THINK THAT WILL CONTINUE A WHILE BUT EVENTUALLY IT WILL SETTLE OUT. TWO OTHER AREAS THAT WE — TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION, WE KNOW HISTORICALLY HAVE HAD SOME VOLATILITY, AMBULANCE BILLING FEE, ESPECIALLY NOW NOT KNOWING WHERE THE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE ACT IS GOING TO LAND, THERE COULD BE SOME IMPACT TO AMBULANCE BILLING COLLECTIONS AND MUNICIPAL COURT REVENUE, THAT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT HISTORICALLY AS THE ECONOMY HAS END AND FLOWED SO TOO HAVE THE COLLECTIONS. SO WE’LL KEEP OUR EYE ON THOSE THINGS MOVING AHEAD. OAT EXPENDITURE SIDE, OPERATING EXPENDITURE GROWTH IS BASED ON HISTORICAL GROWTH RATES WHICH FALL WITHIN A RANGE OF CPI AND HISTORICAL SPENDING OF 1% TO 2.5%. PENSION COSTS ARE BASED ON THE LATEST ACTUARIAL MODELS FOR BOTH COPERS AND PSPRS, AND FOR PSPRS THE FIVE-YEAR FORECAST CONTINUES TO REFLECT THE 25-YEAR AMORTIZATION PERIOD. OUR COMPENSATION COSTS ARE ON BASED ON CURRENT CONTRACTS THAT END ON JUNE 30th OF 2019 SO ONE MORE FISCAL YEAR. THE NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE UPCOMING CONTRACTS WILL START IN DECEMBER OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR. SO FOR FISCAL YEAR ’19, ’20 AND BEYOND THOSE CONTRACTS WILL BE SUBJECT TO FUTURE NEGOTIATIONS. SO FOR THE PURPOSE OF OUR FORECAST WE HAVE ASSUMED A STATUS QUO. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST TO ENSURE WE DON’T VIOLATE ANY TYPE OF BARGAINING ISSUE. FINALLY OUR CONTINGENCY FUND, WE CONTINUE TO KEEP THIS AT 4%, HOWEVER, IT IS GROWING BY $2 MILLION A YEAR AND THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH THE COUNCIL POLICY TO GROW THAT CONTINGENCY AND BY THE END OF OUR FORECAST PERIOD WE WILL BE APPROACHING APPROXIMATELY $60 MILLION IN OUR CONTINGENCY AND THAT’S SIGNIFICANTLY UP OVER WHAT IT WAS IN ’07 AND ’08. I EYE R BELIEVE IT WAS $24 MILLION. SO IT’S ROUGHLY THREE TIMES WHAT IT WAS A FEW YEARS AGO. LIKE OUR REVENUE, THE UPPER AND LOWER RANGES GET WIDER AND WIDER AS YOU GO FURTHER OUT FROM THE BASELINE FORECAST. AGAIN, AS WE TALKED LAST MONTH FOR NEXT FISCAL YEAR, INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT A PROJECTED SHORTFALL OF 43 TO $60 MILLION WE ARE LOOKING AT A BALANCED BUDGET. I WILL SAY WE ARE STILL SCRUBBING DATA SO IT’S POSSIBLE THERE COULD BE A LITTLE SURPLUS AT THE END OF THIS THAT WE WILL BRING BACK TO YOU IN A COUPLE WEEKS. AS WE LOOK AHEAD TO OTHER YEARS, TO ED’S POINT, IF YOU REMEMBER LAST YEAR’S FORECAST, PRIMARILY OUR BASELINE, OR THE MID-POINTED IN ALL OF THESE YEARS, WAS A DEFICIT FOR A LOT OF THESE YEARS. THIS IS SHOWING MARKED IMPROVEMENT OVER THAT, AND A LOT OF THIS IS THE HARD WORK AND DIRECTION YOU PROVIDE TO US AS CITY STAFF BUT EACH ONE OF THESE YEARS, IF YOU LOOK AT THE MIDPOINT IS A BALANCED BUDGET, AND THAT IS CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENT OVER WHERE WE’VE BEEN OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT, WE CAN ANSWER THOSE AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION. AND THEN FINALLY, WE’LL COME BACK AS THE CITY MANAGER SAID IN THREE WEEKS WITH THE CITY MANAGER’S TRIAL BUDGET AND THE PRELIMINARY CIP. THEN IN THE MONTH OF APRIL WE HAVE OUR COMMUNITY BUDGET HEARINGS, AND THEN MAY WE HAVE THE PROPOSED BUDGET. THE MANAGER’S PROPOSED BUDGET, THE MANAGER’S PROPOSED BUDGET AND COUNCIL BUDGET DECISION. THEN JUNE AND JULY WE HAVE OUR NORMAL AND CUSTOMARY LEGAL ADOPTION PROCESS. WITH THAT, THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. BARTON. MR. CITY MANAGER, ANYTHING ELSE — THIS IS INFORMATION ITEM ONLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL AND THE PUBLIC. NOW I WILL TURN IT OVER TO COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS THAT THEY MAY HAVE. COUNCILMAN WARING — I SHOULD NOTE THERE’S A COUPLE CARDS ON THIS ITEM AS WELL BUT COUNCILMAN WARING, YOU GO FIRST.>>Councilman Waring: IT IS BETTER. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN MY OFFICE, THAN IT HAD BEEN IN THE PAST. I’M CURIOUS, I DIDN’T THINK TO ASK IT BEFORE, SO IN 2021, 2022, THERE’S NO — IT LOOKS LIKE, TO YOUR MIND IT’S A FEW YEARS OUT, NO POSSIBILITY OF A DEFICIT, WHY SIT DIFFERENT THAN 2020 AND 2021 AND THEN 202022 AND 2023? WHAT’S THE –>>IN TERMS OF THE DIFFERENCE? REALLY, LIKE I MENTIONED TO YOU EARLIER, THE FURTHER AND FURTHER OUT YOU GO YOU SEE THOSE RANGES JUST GROW. SO A LOT OF IT HAS TO DO WITH THE FACT WE’RE REALLY UNCERTAIN HOW MUCH REVENUE IS GOING TO GROW VERSUS HOW MUCH WE THINK THE EXPENDITURES ARE GOING TO GROW. THE OTHER PIECE YOU SEE IS AGAIN WE ARE HOPEFUL WE START TO SEE SOME OF THE IMPACT OF THOSE PENSION REFORM MEASURES YOU HAVE BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN. SO YOU START TO SEE SOME OF THE FLATTENING OUT ON THE COPERS SIDE OF THE PENSION, BUT AGAIN IT’S REALLY JUST THE OVERALL REVENUE GROWTH THAT WE START TO SEE GOING FORWARD RELATIVE TO THE EXPENDITURE GROWTH.>>Councilman Waring: SO IT SEEMS LIKE IF I LOOK AT THIS, IT SEEMS LIKE — PARTICULARLY IN 2021 AND 2022 WHEN THERE IS NO RED, I GUESS I’M JUST CURIOUS, YOU’RE NOT REALLY ANTICIPATING DEFICITS IF ALL THINGS ARE EQUAL. NOW STOCK MARKET IS WAY DOWN TODAY. WHO KNOWS WHAT COULD HAPPEN. OBVIOUSLY I DON’T HAVE THE OTHER CHARTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS IN FRONT OF ME. IT’S DEFINITELY A BETTER SITUATION THAN WE WERE ANTICIPATING THREE, FOUR, FIVE YEARS AGO, PRETTY DRAMATICALLY, RIGHT?>>YES.>>Councilman Waring: GOOD. THANK YOU. HOPEFULLY YOU’RE RIGHT.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. COUNCILWOMAN STARK, PLEASE.>>Councilwoman Stark: YES, THANK YOU. MAYBE WE CAN GO BACK TO THE REVENUE — REVENUE ASSUMPTIONS. SO I JUST GOT MY PROPERTY VALUATION YESTERDAY, MY PROPERTY WENT UP 20,000, WHICH IS GOOD, BUT HOW DOES THAT TRANSLATE TO THE CITY — I SUSPECT IF MINE IS GOING UP IT’S PROBABLY GOING UP EVERYWHERE IN THE CITY.>>THAT’S CORRECT.>>Councilwoman Stark: HOW WOULD THAT TRANSLATE — IF YOU LOOK AT THE ATTACHMENT INCLUDED IN YOUR COUNCIL REPORT, THERE IS A VERY DETAILED LEVEL OF EXPENDITURE AND REVENUE FORECAST IN THERE AND YOU SEE THAT OUR REVENUE ESTIMATES FOR PROPERTY TAX, WE CONTINUE TO SEE GROWTH EVEN THOUGH WE’RE SAYING WE’RE NOT GROWING THE RATE. SO AS YOUR PROPERTY VALUES INCREASE, SO, TOO, DO THE CITY’S COLLECTIONS INCREASE. AGAIN WE’RE CAPPED BY STATE LEGISLATURE IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH THAT LEGISLATION CAN BE, AND AGAIN WE KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN VERY ADAMANT ABOUT SEEING THAT PROPERTY TAX RATE COME BACK DOWN AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE. BUT FROM A PRIMARY STANDPOINT JUST REMEMBER THE PRIMARY PORTION OF THE PROPERTY TAX IS WHAT PAYS OPERATING. THE SECONDARY PORTION IS WHAT PAYS FOR DEBT SERVICE ON OUR OUTSTANDING BONDS.>>Councilwoman Stark: THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED YOU TO PUT THAT ON THE RECORD IN FRONT OF THE AUDIENCE. DID YOU HEAR THAT, MARK? OKAY. THANK YOU.>>Mayor Stanton: COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, PLEASE.>>Councilwoman Williams: I’VE READ RECENTLY WHERE THE GOVERNOR IS HIRING MORE AUDITORS BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF THE INCOME FROM THE SALES TAX. IS THERE ANY INDICATION THAT’S IMPACTING US SINCE THEY COLLECT IT ALL?>>THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS I MENTIONED EARLIER. FOR US RIGHTS NOW WE’RE SEEING SOME TIMING ISSUES. I CAN’T NECESSARILY SAY DEFINITIVELY TO YOU THAT WE’RE HAVING COLLECTIONS ISSUES. WHEN I COMPARE WHAT WAS COLLECTED THIS YEAR VERSUS THE SAME TIME PERIOD LAST YEAR, IT’S DIFFICULT FOR US TO COMPARE BECAUSE WHEN WE WERE COLLECTING THINGS FOR OURSELVES, WE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT. NOW THE STATE IS GIVING US INFORMATION AND WE DON’T HAVE ALL OF THE DETAIL THAT WE USED TO HAVE. SO WE’RE WORKING WITH FINANCE AND FINANCE IS WORKING WITH THE STATE TO IMPROVE SOME OF THAT RECORDKEEPING IF YOU WILL SO THAT WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS WE’RE LOOKING AT. SO WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE WATCHING IT. LIKE I MENTIONED, IF WE START TO SEE ANY TREND OF US THINKING THAT THERE’S SLIPPAGE IN WHAT USED TO BE OUR REVENUE AND IT’S GOING ELSEWHERE, WE’LL BRING THAT BACK TO YOU ACTUALLY ADDRESS IT THROUGH THE PROPER CHANNELS.>>Councilwoman Williams: HOW MUCH IS THE DELAY?>>IT REALLY DEPENDS. WE’LL SEE ONE MONTH WILL BE UP. NEXT MONTH IS DOWN. THEN WE SEE MID-MONTH ADJUSTMENTS. SO IT’S REALLY DIFFICULT TO SAY. THE OTHER THING, THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT LOOK QUESTIONABLE TO US. TYPICALLY STATE AND CITY REVENUE, THEY FOLLOW THE SAME LOGICAL TREND. THERE ARE CERTAIN CATEGORIES WITHIN THE SALES TAX COLLECTIONS THAT AREN’T FOLLOWING THE SAME TREND. FOR EXAMPLE, TELECOM IS POSITIVE FOR THE STATE, MAYBE NEGATIVE FOR US. IT JUST — IT LOOKS ODD. SO WE’RE STARTING TO DIG INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE. AGAIN, WE’RE JUST — A LITTLE OVER A YEAR INTO THE TPT REFORM, SO IT’S GOING TO TAKE US A LITTLE WHILE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: IN ADDITION, COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS, TO YOUR POINT, GENERALLY SPEAKING, MORE STATE AUDITORS ENSURING THAT PEOPLE ARE PAYING THE TAXES THAT THEY RIGHTFULLY OWE IS GOING TO END UP PROPORTIONALLY WITH THE CITY BECAUSE WE SHARE IN STATE REVENUES. SO IN THE BIG PICTURE, IT’S A POSITIVE FOR THE STATE TO ADD AUDITORS, I THINK, IN TERMS OF KNOWING HOW MUCH IT’S GOING TO GET INTO PHOENIX BUSINESSES OR TAXPAYERS. I DON’T THINK WE HAVE THAT LEVEL OF DETAIL FROM THEM. BUT ON GENERAL PERSPECTIVE, THAT’S A POSITIVE.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: I WILL.>>Mayor Stanton: I WILL NOW TURN TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK. YOU OKAY? IT’S NOT REALLY AN ACTION ITEM BUT YOU LIKE THE BUDGET. APPRECIATE IT. COUNCILMAN DICICCIO, PLEASE.>>Councilman DiCiccio: JUST ONE ON THE MAXIMIZING PROPERTY TAX RATE. SO WHEN YOU’RE MAXIMIZING THE PRIMARY, DOESN’T THE SECONDARY BECOME A PROBLEM AT THAT POINT? DOESN’T IT HAVE TO COVER DEBT? DOESN’T THE SECONDARY THEN NEED TO GO UP?>>NOT NECESSARILY. IF YOU REMEMBER, WE HAVE THE EARLY REDEMPTION FUND. SO WHAT WE’RE DOING NOW, DENISE IS MANAGING THE EARLY REDEMPTION FUND AND WE’RE MANAGING THAT COUPLED WITH THE SECONDARY COLLECTIONS. SO WE’RE BRINGING DOWN THAT SECOND — THAT EARLY REDEMPTION FUND AND USING THE COLLECTIONS ON THE SECONDARY. THOSE TWO THINGS TOGETHER ARE WHAT IS HELPING US KEEP THAT RATE CONSTANT.>>Councilman DiCiccio: THE RE DUMB SHUN FUND IS ARTIFICIAL. IT WAS JUST DUE TO AN OVERCOLLECTION EARLY ON, CORRECT?>>IT’S DUE TO EXCESS PROPERTY VALUE GROWTH.>>Councilman DiCiccio: RIGHT. IT’S AN OVERCOLLECTION AT THAT POINT. SO THE QUESTION I’VE GOT THEN, IS THAT THE POLICY OF MAXIMIZING THE PRIMARY WHEN THE REDEMPTION FUND IS GONE AND WE’RE CONTINUING MAXIMIZING THE PRIMARY, WON’T THAT CAUSE THE SECONDARY TO GO UP TO PAY THE DEBT?>>IT DEPENDS. IT COULD. BUT AGAIN IT ALSO DEPENDS ON WHEN THE DEBT EXPIRES ON THE SECONDARY SIDE. SO AS DENISE HAS THE VERY DETAILED SECONDARY AND GO BOND SCHEDULE, YOU CAN START TO SEE THE PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST GOING AWAY. SO WE WILL BE AT SOME POINT BE SHIFTING BACK FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY.>>Councilman DiCiccio: WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE, MAYOR, IF POSSIBLE, BECAUSE THERE IS ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO THIS THING HERE, TOO, IS TO SEE WHEN THAT — WHEN THAT X CROSSES THE LINE AND WHEN WE EXPECT THE REDEMPTION FUND TO BE DOWN AND WE’RE GOING TO SEE AN INCREASE IN PROPERTY TAXES AT THAT POINT. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT. THANK YOU, MAYOR.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANY OTHER COMMENTS BY MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL ON THE FIVE-YEAR FORECAST? ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD NEWS. WE APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. MOVING ON TO TODAY’S AGENDA WILL BE ITEM NUMBER 3. ITEM NUMBER 3 IS PROPOSED CHANGES TO OUR CITY OF PHOENIX NONDISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY AND IN PARTICULAR THE POSSIBLE ADOPTION OF A ANTI-SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY AS RELATES TO ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THE CITY OF PHOENIX. THIS ITEM WAS RECOMMENDED BY COUNCILWOMAN KATE GALLEGO THAT IT BE RESEARCHED BY STAFF AND THEN PRESENTED BEST PRACTICES TO THE CITY COUNCIL. COUNCILMAN GALLEGO, ANY COMMENTS?>>Councilwoman Gallego: THANK YOU. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE NATIONALLY. THE PUBLIC HAS A LACK OF CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE GENERALLY IN INSTITUTIONS TO ROOT OUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT, BUT PARTICULARLY IN GOVERNMENT. THE CITY OF PHOENIX WANTS TO LEAD IN ETHICS AND TRANSPARENCY SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THE FACT WE TOOK THIS UP EXPEDITIOUSLY. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO OUR CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE, PARTICULARLY TONI AND JENNY FOR THEIR GREAT WORK ON THIS, AND OUR CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE,, PARTICULARLY DAN BROWN AND POLLY RAPP. THIS COUNCIL CHALLENGED OUR STAFF TO LOOK AT BEST PRACTICES NOT ONLY ACROSS ELECTED OFFICIALS BUT ALSO ACROSS THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND THEY DID THAT RESEARCH AND COME UP WITH BEST PRACTICES. SO I REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYONE TAKING THIS SO SERIOUSLY. WORKED PARTICULARLY WITH COUNCILMAN JIM WARING, ALTHOUGH IN A PUBLIC SETTING, BECAUSE WE ARE ON A THREE-PERSON SUBCOMMITTEE, SO WE CANNOT WORK IN A — WE WANTED TO FOLLOW AND BE — DEVELOP THIS POLICY IN AN ETHICAL WAY. SO GOING FORWARD IN A PUBLIC SETTING. BUT THIS IS SOMETHING WE FIRST DISCUSSED AT A POLICY SESSION IN DECEMBER AND IT IS ALREADY MOVING FORWARD IN FEBRUARY. SO I THINK THAT SHOWS HOW SERIOUSLY THE CITY TOOK THIS. THERE WILL STILL BE SOME STEPS TO GO FORWARD BUT I REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYONE SAYING THERE IS NO PLACE FOR HARASSMENT AND THAT THE CITY OF PHOENIX WANTS TO LEAD IN THIS AREA. AND, IN FACT, WE ARE LEADING NATIONALLY AND HAVE JUST HEARD FROM COUNCILMAN GREG LANDSMAN FROM THE CITY OF CINCINNATI WHO WANTS TO TAKE WHAT WE’RE DOING AND BRING IT TO CINCINNATI. I DON’T KNOW IF OUR ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER THE NEW A GOOD WORD FOR US. I HEAR HE IS WELL CONNECTED IN THAT PARTICULAR AREA, BUT WE CAN CONTINUE TO GIVE BACK TO CINCINNATI. SO I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN VERY PROACTIVE IN ADDRESSING THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE, IN PARTICULAR THE PHOENIX WOMEN’S COMMISSION REALLY SUPPORTED THIS AND SAID IT NEEDED TO HAPPEN, AND THE COALITION AGAINST SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AS WELL HAVE BEEN OUR PARTNERS IN DRAFTING THIS. SO THANK YOU TO THOSE GROUPS AS WELL FOR HELPING US MAKE SURE WE DO IT RIGHT.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>Councilman DiCiccio: MAYOR –>>Mayor Stanton: COUNCILMAN DICICCIO, DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY AT THE BEGINNING?>>Councilman DiCiccio: I WANT TO THANK COUNCILMAN WARING AND COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO FOR PUTTING THIS ON THE AGENDA. YOU DID EXEMPLARY WORK, AN AMAZING JOB ON THIS, AND YOU SHOULD BE COMMENDED. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED YEARS AGO AT THE CITY OF PHOENIX BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS YOU WERE ABLE TO WORK IT THROUGH, YOU WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AND YOU WERE ABLE TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR THE CITY AND IT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY, AND I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU BOTH A GREAT THANKS FOR PUSHING THIS THING FORWARD.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WILL HAND IT OVER TO MISS MACCARONE TO LEAD THE PRESENTATION.>>THANK YOU, MAYOR STANTON AND COUNCIL MEMBERS. GOOD AFTERNOON. IN JANUARY THE COUNCIL DID ASK STAFF TO RESEARCH BEST PRACTICES AND ALSO DEVELOP SOME OPTIONS FOR NON-DISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY. COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO IS CORRECT IN THE FACT THAT WE CURRENTLY DO HAVE A SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY FOR EMPLOYEES, HOWEVER, THERE IS NOT A POLICY CURRENTLY FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS. WITH ME TODAY ARE DAN BROWN AND [INAUDIBLE] WITH ME TODAY ARE DAN BROWN AND POLLY RAPP FROM THE LAW DEPARTMENT AND THEY WORK THROUGH OUR FINDINGS AND TALK ABOUT OPTIONS FOR THE COUNCIL TO CONSIDER.>>Mayor Stanton: PLEASE.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL. DAN BROWN WITH THE LAW DEPARTMENT AND, AGAIN, POLLY RAPP. SO, WE’RE GOING TO START TODAY WITH RECEIVING SOME INPUT AND DIRECTION, AND AS A QUICK REMINDER OUR DIRECTION WAS TO RESEARCH BEST PRACTICES, PROCEDURES AND POLICIES FROM LARGE CITIES, ARIZONA CITIES, THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND WHAT THE APPLICABLE LAWS TO CITY OF PHOENIX EMPLOYEES. SO THIS IS WHAT WE FOUND. LARGE CITIES GENERALLY INCLUDE AN ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY WITHIN A NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY. ALMOST ALL THE JURISDICTIONS THAT WE RESEARCHED DID SO. AND HALF OF THOSE INCLUDED THE NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY IN AN ETHICS POLICY. WHAT WE ALSO LEARNED IS ESSENTIALLY IT BROKE DOWN TO THIRDS. A THIRD OF THE COUNCIL ITSELF INVESTIGATED COMPLAINTS, THE OTHER THIRD INVESTIGATED COMPLAINTS THROUGH A COMMISSION, SIMILAR TO THE PROPOSED ETHICS COMMISSION, AND THEN THE LAST THIRD INVESTIGATED COMPLAINTS THROUGH A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR. AS FAR AS SANCTIONS, ALMOST ALL OF THEM HAD SANCTIONS OR INCLUDING SANCTIONS FOR CENSURE. SOME HAD FINES. THEN OTHERS, ALMOST ALL, INCLUDED THE POSSIBILITY OF REMOVAL. WE LOOKED INTO THE STATE LEGISLATURE, WHAT WE LEARNED IS THAT THE STATE SENATE BELIEVE IT OR NOT IS ONE OF THE FEW JURISDICTIONS THAT SOLELY INCLUDED AN ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY. THEY DON’T HAVE IT WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF A NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY. THE HOUSE DOES. BOTH HOUSES INVESTIGATED THROUGH A THIRD PARTY INVESTIGATOR OR A REVIEW PANEL. AND BOTH HOUSES INCLUDING SANCTIONS FOR WRITTEN REPRIMAND, TERMINATION AND REVOCATION OF PRIVILEGES. AS FAR AS THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WE LOOKED AT APS, INTEL, GOOGLE, APPLE, AND THOSE FOUR PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDED AN ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF A NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY, AND ACTUALLY APS INCLUDED IT WITHIN THE ETHICS POLICY. ALL FOUR REPORTED VIOLATIONS TO THEIR HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT. SO FROM A BEST PRACTICES, IF THIS COUNCIL WISHES TO FOLLOW BEST PRACTICES OF LARGE CITIES, OTHER ARIZONA CITIES, THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO FOLLOW THE POLICY THAT APPLIES TO CITY OF PHOENIX EMPLOYEES, THE POLICY WOULD READ AS FOLLOWS: THE CITY OF PHOENIX ELECTED OFFICIALS, BOARD MEMBERS, AND VOLUNTEERS MUST NOT BY WORDS OR CONDUCT HARASS OR DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY PERSON BASED ON THE PERSON’S RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ETHNICITY, AGE, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MARITAL STATUS, GENDER, GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION, OR DISABILITY. AND THAT ALSO INCLUDES THAT — ELECTED OFFICIALS, BOARD MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS MUST NOT RETALIATE AGAINST ANY PERSON WHO MAKES A COMPLAINT OF DISCRIMINATION OR PARTICIPATES IN THE INVESTIGATION. WITH THAT — SO THAT CONCLUDES OUR RESEARCH. AND SO OUT OF THAT RESEARCH, WE UNCOVERED SEVERAL DECISION POINTS FOR THIS COUNCIL TO CONSIDER. NUMBER ONE, WHAT IS THE BODY OR WHO IS TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS, THE OPTIONS ARE THE ETHICS COMMISSION OR A SIMILAR COMMISSION, THE COUNCIL ITSELF OR A SUBCOMMITTEE, OR AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR. AS PART OF OUR RESEARCH, WHAT WE LEARNED IS IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE VICTIMS AND THE RESPONDENTS’ IDENTITIES CONFIDENTIAL AND TO PREVENT CHILLING WE LEARNED THAT ANY SORT OF DISCRIMINATION OR HARASSMENT CLAIM SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO FRIVOLOUS COMPLAINT SANCTIONS. AS FAR AS SANCTIONS AGAINST ELECTED OFFICIALS, AGAIN, THE OPTIONS ARE CENSURE, CIVIL FINES, THE COUNCIL MAY ENACT THOSE NOW, BUT AS FAR AS REMOVAL, THAT WOULD REQUIRE A CHARTER AMENDMENT. THERE ARE TWO MODELS FOR REMOVAL THAT WE UNCOVERED. ONE IS WHAT WE CALL THE MESA MODEL, WHICH IS A DIRECT VOTE BY THE COUNCIL THEMSELF. WOULD THAT — LIKE IN MESA IT REQUIRES A SUPER MAJORITY. THE OTHER MODEL IS THE SAN DIEGO MODEL WHERE THEY REFER THE REMOVAL TO THE VOTERS BY SPECIAL ELECTION. THE SANCTIONS AGAINST BOARD MEMBERS ALL INCLUDE EXISTING SANCTIONS SUCH AS CENSURE, CIVIL FINES, REMOVAL FROM OFFICE. THE OTHER DECISION POINT FOR THIS COUNCIL TO CONSIDER TODAY IS WHERE SHOULD THIS POLICY RESIDE? IT COULD RESIDE WITHIN THE ETHICS ORDINANCE. OR IT COULD BE A STANDALONE SEPARATE ORDINANCE WITHIN CITY CODE. THERE’S ALSO DECISION POINTS REGARDING EFFECTIVE DATE. IF THE COUNCIL WERE TO APPROVE A — AN ORDINANCE TODAY IT WOULD AUTOMATICALLY GO INTO EFFECT 30 DAYS. IF THE COUNCIL DIDN’T DESIGNATE A SPECIFIC TIME. THE OTHER ISSUES AND DECISION POINTS ARE THE PRIOR CONDUCT THAT’S INVOLVED. ONE OPTION IS A ONE-YEAR PRIOR. THAT WOULD BE CONSISTENT WITH THE EEOC INVESTIGATION WHERE THEY GENERALLY WILL LOOK BACK 300 DAYS. BUT IT WOULD NOT — THE OTHER OPTION IS SIMPLY NOT TO MAKE IT RETROACTIVE, MAKE IT APPLICABLE TO ALL FUTURE CONDUCT. AND THEN THE OTHER OPTION IS TO MAKE IT APPLY TO CONDUCT FOR THE TERM OF OFFICE. THERE’S ALSO DEADLINES TO FILE CLAIMS. STATE LAW REQUIRES ONE YEAR. THERE’S OTHER LIMITS. AND THEN FINALLY NO LIMIT AT ALL. THE OTHER BIG ISSUE THAT WE LOOKED AT IS THE — AS A DECISION POINT THAT THIS COUNCIL MUST CONSIDER IS THE TYPE OF CONDUCT TO WHICH THE POLICY APPLIES. ONE OPTION IS ALL CONDUCT, WHETHER IT’S WITHIN THE OFFICE OR NOT. THE SECOND OPTION WOULD BE SOLELY APPLICABLE TO COURSE AND SCOPE WITHIN CITY RESPONSIBILITIES. THEN OPTION C IS ESSENTIALLY A COMBINATION. IN OTHER WORDS, THE NONDISCRIMINATION, ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY WOULD APPLY ONLY TO CONDUCT WITHIN THE COURSE AND SCOPE OF CITY RESPONSIBILITIES, AND THEN THERE’S A PROPOSAL TO ADD LANGUAGE OF COMPLY WITH ALL LAWS IN THE ETHICS POLICY TO ADDRESS OTHER CONDUCT OUTSIDE OF NONDISCRIMINATION, ANTI-HARASSMENT DURING OTHER PERIODS OUTSIDE COURSE AND SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY. SO AT THIS POINT WE’RE HERE TO RECEIVE CITY INPUT AND DIRECTION. WE DID PRESENT THIS ITEM TO THE SHEN SUBCOMMITTEE LAST WEEK, AND QUICKLY I WILL HIGHLIGHT THEIR RECOMMENDATION TO THIS COUNCIL AS FAR AS INVESTIGATION. THEY RECOMMENDED AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR. AS FAR AS SANCTIONS THEY RECOMMENDED ALL THOSE FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND REFERRED AND AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER, TO THE VOTERS, FOR CONSIDERATION, AND THAT WOULD BE REMOVAL FROM OFFICE FOLLOWING THE MESA MODEL. FOR BOARD MEMBERS THEY RECOMMENDED REMOVAL FROM OFFICE. AS FAR AS POLICY OPTIONS, THEY RECOMMENDED A SEPARATE POLICY ADOPTED BY THIS COUNCIL. AS FAR AS EFFECTIVE DATE THEY RECOMMENDED 30 DAYS FROM ADOPTION. AND THE CONDUCT WOULD APPLY TO THE CONDUCT WITHIN THE TERM OF OFFICE AND THAT THERE WOULD BE NO LIMIT TO CLAIM DEADLINES. AND FINALLY, LET ME GO BACK HERE, AS FAR AS APPLICATION, THEY’RE RECOMMENDING OPTION C, WHICH WAS THE NONDISCRIMINATION, ANTI-HARASSMENT WOULD APPLY TO COURSE AND SCOPE WITHIN CITY RESPONSIBILITIES BUT THE ETHICS ORDINANCE WOULD ALSO BE AMENDED TO ADD COMPLY WITH ALL LAWS. SO THAT’S WHERE WE ARE TO DATE. WITH THAT I’M OPEN TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.>>Mayor Stanton: ALL RIGHT. WE’LL SEE RIGHT NOW IF COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO HAS A MOTION TO MAKE, PUT IT ON THE FLOOR, SEE IF THERE IS A SECOND, AND THERE’S A COUPLE FOLKS FROM THE AUDIENCE THAT WOULD LIKE TO MAKE COMMENTS AS WELL AND THEN WE’LL TURN IT OVER TO COUNCIL FOR QUESTIONS FOR OUR TEAM THAT’S IN FRONT OF US. COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO, DO YOU HAVE A MOTION?>>Councilwoman Gallego: MOVE APPROVAL OF THE DRAFT ORDINANCE AS APPROVED BY THE SUSTAINABILITY, HOUSING, EFFICIENCY AND NEIGHBORHOODS SUBCOMMITTEE.>>Councilman Valenzuela: SECOND.>>Mayor Stanton: THERE IS A MOTION AND A SECOND. TWO SPEAKERS WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT BEFORE THIS COULD YOU BE SILL. MISS JODY LIGET, WOULD YOU LIKE TO PROVIDE TESTIMONY, FOLLOWED BY MISS JESSE JOHNSON.>>City Mgr. Zuercher: A POINT OF CLARIFICATION. SO YOU CAN TAKE AN ACTION ON THE POLICY RECOMMENDATION. WE ALSO DO HAVE THE CITY CLERK HERE AND IT’S POSTED FOR YOU TO ADOPT IT AS AN ORDINANCE TODAY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO THAT.>>Mayor Stanton: AFTER WE HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC, THE CITY CLERK WILL READ THE 24-HOUR PARAGRAPH TO MAKE SURE WE ARE AO KAY. THANK YOU FOR THAT POLITE REMINDER.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS JODY LEGGETT, CHAIR OF THE PHOENIX WOMEN’S COMMISSION. WE ARE VERY PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY AND SUPPORT YOU IN YOUR EFFORTS. THIS CITY HAS TAKEN ON TOUGH ISSUES AFFECTING VULNERABLE PEOPLE LIKE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, HOMELESSNESS, SEX TRAFFICKING, EQUAL PAY AND NOW SEXUAL HARASSMENT BY ELECTED OFFICIALS. I’LL KEEP MY COMMENTS BRIEF BECAUSE, REALLY, DESPITE ALL YOUR OPTIONS, WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY IS VERY SIMPLE, THAT THE RIGHTS OF A VICTIM SHOULD NOT VARY ON THE BASIS OF WHO THE PERPETRATOR IS. THAT’S REALLY WHAT THIS ALL COMES DOWN TO. I WANT TO THANK COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO FOR HER TIRELESS WORK ON THIS AND MANY OTHER ISSUES. WE WERE SO PROUD TO SUPPORT THE EQUAL PAY ORDINANCE IN COMBINATION WITH YOU AND THE REST OF THE COUNCIL AND MAYOR. WE ALSO WANT TO SUPPORT THIS POLICY, WHICH IS LONG OVERDUE. IN FACT, IT’S A LITTLE TERRIFYING THAT WE HADN’T ADDRESSED THIS SPECIFICALLY, AND WE’RE SO GLAD THAT YOU’RE ABLE TO DO THAT, HOPEFULLY TODAY. I’VE HAD A LONG CAREER. I WORKED IN MANY LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. IT SHOULDN’T BE A SURPRISE TO ANYONE THAT HARASSMENT CAN OCCUR IN ANY OF THOSE SETTINGS. IT’S CERTAINLY NOT SOMETHING WE WOULD WANT TO SEE, AND WE CERTAINLY WOULDN’T WANT PERPETRATORS TO GO UNPUNISHED. VICTIMS’ RIGHTS AGAIN SHOULD NOT VARY ON WHO THE PERPETRATOR IS. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK COUNCILMAN WARING AND COUNCILWOMAN STARK FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS IN SUBCOMMITTEE, AND I THINK I’LL TURN IT OVER TO MY COMPANION. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MISS LIGET. MISS JOHNSON?>>GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR, COUNCIL MEMBERS. I’M JESSE JOHNSON, REPRESENTING THE ARIZONA COALITION AND SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS AFTERNOON. AND THANK YOU AGAIN, COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO, FOR LEADING THE CHARGE ON THIS POLICY AND BRINGING IT FORWARD TO CITY COUNCIL. UNFORTUNATELY THE ISSUE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ABUSE OFTEN IS NOT TALKED ABOUT UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS AND SO WE’RE HAPPY TO SUPPORT THE PROACTIVITY OF COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO AND THE CITY COUNCIL IN ADOPTING THIS POLICY, AND UNVEILING THE SHADOWS OF THE ISSUE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ABUSE. THE DRAFT POLICY REAFFIRMS THE CITY’S COMMITMENT TO STAND AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND PROVIDE SUFFICIENT INVESTIGATION AND SANCTION MECHANISMS TO ENSURE VIOLATORS ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND THAT VICTIMS HAVE THE APPROPRIATE PROTECTIONS IN PLACE TO REPORT. AGAIN, WE APPRECIATE THE POLICY ADOPTION, COMMEND THE COUNCIL, AND COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO FOR LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING IT FORWARD AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT TESTIMONY IF THAT NOW IF YOU COULD READ THE 24-HOUR PARAGRAPH.>>THE CLERK: THE TITLES OF THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE NUMBERS ON THE AGENDA WERE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AT LEAST 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THIS COUNCIL MEETING AND, THEREFORE, MAY BE READ BY TITLE OR AGENDA ITEM ONLY: ORDINANCE NUMBERED G━6422. [READING OF ORDINANCE]>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND. NOW I WILL TURN TO MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL FOR QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS. COUNCILWOMAN STARK, PLEASE.>>Councilwoman Stark: I JUST WANTED TO THANK COUNCILWOMAN GALLEGO AND COUNCILMAN WARING FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE COUNCIL AT LARGE. IT WAS GOOD WORK AND I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK YOU DID. THANK YOU.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU SO MUCH. OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL? COUNCILMAN WARING, PLEASE.>>Councilman Waring: SO THE ORIGINAL PLAN AS KATE ALLUDED TO IS BEST TO WORK TOGETHER — IS THIS A PHRASE — THE APPROPRIATE AWKWARDNESS OF THE OPEN MEETING LAWS, WE’LL PHRASE IT THAT WAY, WE COULDN’T AS IT TURNS OUT. MY OFFICE IS LIKE YOU GUYS CAN’T MEET BECAUSE YOU ONLY HAVE THREE PEOPLE ON YOUR SUBCOMMITTEE. THERE HADN’T BEEN A THREE PERSON SUBCOMMITTEE IN THE CITY FOR A LONG TIME. THE SAME REASON THEY EXPANDED THE NUMBER OF CORPORATION COMMISSIONERS. HOWEVER, WE DID TAKE SORT OF A TWO-TRACK THING. MOSTLY THIS IS COUNCILMAN DICICCIO’S COMMENTS WERE EXTREMELY NICE BUT UNFOUNDED. THIS IS KATE’S THING AND APPRECIATE VERY MUCH HER WORK ON IT. IT IS NEEDED. BUT WE KIND OF WOUND UP IN THE SAME PLACE. I THINK WE ADDED ONE WORD IN SUBCOMMITTEE OR SOMETHING. THE MENU YOU SEE UP THERE, I SELECTED THE SAME THINGS IT TURNS OUT SHE SELECTED. JUST UNKNOWINGLY. SO THAT WAS A PROMISING SIGN PROBABLY WE WERE ON THE RIGHT TRACK. GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE, I GUESS. THE LIST OF ITEMS IS NOT EVERY ONE THAT OTHER ENTITIES USE, BUT I BELIEVE IT IS THE SAME ITEMS THAT APPLY TO THE CITY STAFF AS A WHOLE, CORRECT? I DO THINK THAT’S — I MEAN, YOU GUYS ARE NODDING. BUT THE AUDIENCE CAN’T. THE ANSWER IS YES. I DO THINK THAT’S APPROPRIATE TO HAVE A DIFFERENT STANDARD, MORE OR LESS, FOR US WOULDN’T REALLY MAKE SENSE. CONTEXT. SO WE’RE GETTING TREATED — I GUESS A QUESTION FOR STAFF — PRETTY MUCH EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE 14,000 CITY EMPLOYEES? IS THAT A FAIR STATEMENT?>>MAYOR, COUNCILMAN WARING, YES, THAT’S A FAIR STATEMENT.>>Councilman Waring: I THINK THAT IS APPROPRIATE. SO WE WOUND UP IN THE RIGHT PLACE AND THANK KATE FOR HER EFFORTS IN ALLOWING ME TO INCLUDE MY ONE WORD AND APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH.>>Mayor Stanton: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL? COUNCILMAN VALENZUELA, PLEASE.>>Councilman Valenzuela: I ALSO WANT TO THANK COUNCILMAN GALLEGO. I THINK THIS IS STRONG LEADERSHIP, AND I AGREE, WE HAVE SOME REAL CHAMPIONS THAT SPOKE UP ON THIS 2018. IT’S PRETTY AMAZING WE DIDN’T HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN PLACE. SO THIS IS GOOD FOR OUR CITY AND I APPRECIATE THE ONE WORD THAT COUNCILMAN WARING ADDED, BUT I ALSO APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT HE SHIPPED THE SPOTLIGHT WHERE IT BELONGS. THIS IS KATE’S THING. I WANT TO THANK AND CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUE ON THE COUNCIL. THAT IS GOOD FOR THE CITY. IT’S GOOD FOR PUBLIC TRUST. AND IT CONTINUES TO MOVE US — MOVE US FORWARD.>>Mayor Stanton: ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS BY MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL? ROLL CALL.>>Clerk: DICICCIO.>>Councilman DiCiccio: YES.>>Clerk: GALLEGO.>>Councilwoman Gallego: YES.>>Clerk: NOWAKOWSKI.>>Councilman Nowakowski: YES.>>Clerk: STARK.>>Councilwoman Stark: YES.>>Clerk: VALENZUELA.>>Councilman Valenzuela: YES.>>Clerk: WARING.>>Councilman Waring: YES.>>Clerk: WILLIAMS.>>Councilwoman Williams: YES.>>Clerk: PASTOR.>>Vice Mayor Pastor: YES.>>Clerk: MAYOR STANTON.>>Mayor Stanton: YES. MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. CONGRATULATIONS ALL FOR YOUR GREAT WORK. THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL ON TODAY’S POLICY SESSION, WE ARE ADJOURNED.