Gary Verburg tells us that DiCiccio doesn't have a conflict of interest. But I'd find that cold comfort if I were in Ahwatukee, living in the shadow of a long-stalled freeway project that my councilman has every incentive to see through.

The city attorney says one thing. Common sense, surely, says another.

I know what I'd trust more. Ahwatukee, are you listening?

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Oliver
Oliver

I'm not so sure the "vast majority" of Ahwatukee residents oppose this freeway. I think the ones against it are actually a very loud minority.

James W McHugh
James W McHugh

what da hey, Deconcini, Renzi, DiCiccio- These bums are giving us a bad name! Al Capone

Balance
Balance

I am aware that Sarah is the journalist. I am waiting for Mr. Diciccio's opponent to use this opportunity to step up and show us her leadership skills. If she is going to take this office, she has an opportunity to do more than just complain about how her predecessor did things wrong. She can work to change the policy that allowed this to happen in the first place. She seems to be having too much fun with the conflict when she could be telling us how it should be done if it's going to be done better. She's wasting a wonderful opportunity. If she cannot do that, voting the incumbent out means putting an unknown quantity in...and I'm not convinced it is the better option. Action. Solutions. Stop the negative stuff and start showing us how it will be different.

SunDevilRick
SunDevilRick

To Balance:Sarah is not a candidate, she is a journalist. It is not her job to propose solutions it is her job to expose the problem. It is the job of the voters to fix the problem and vote Sal out.

Balance
Balance

Enough gloating already...that doesn't fix the identified problem.

I'm more interested in the candidate's point by point call for action regarding the situation. Does she have one?

What does she intend to do, specifically, as a council candidate to keep this kind of situation from happening again?

What kind of specific situations would she suggest, if she were in office, it would be appropriate and necessary for her to recuse herself from...and does she pledge to do so?

solutions
solutions

I am truly appalled that this has not already been brought out into the light of day, and I would certainly hope that the Arizona Republic, which "heartily" endorsed Sal, would write about this, and change their endorsement.

I absolutely hate these politicians who do it only for their own pocketbook, and that is exactly what Sal is doing - Sal and his pals.......we have got to get rid of these people!

And his mouthpeice, Jason Rose is ridiculously attacking Sal's opponent, Dana Kennedy because she makes a whopping 24k a year to run a non-profit group which helps women. Trust me, at 24k a year, she has definitely not mishandled the money!

As the matter of fact, as this article states, she has run an ethical hardworking campaign with a lot less money then Sal and his developer pals have. Seems to me, we should elect the honest candidate ( Kennedy) who knows how to stretch a buck , and actually cares about the city, not her pocketbook!

Mary
Mary

It's clear, Sal says one thing and always does another.

This guy created problems for Phoenix in the 90s and will keep doing so unless we get this guy out of office.

He just wants to make money off of the tax payees backs and I won't have it.

RJM
RJM

Thank you for pressing the hard issues. Our councilman is selling our interests for those of his developer buddies.

He needs to decide where his loyalty lies. Is it with his constituents or land development firms and his own self-interest?

I hope it that it is with his constituents. In which case he will excuse himself from all future debates about the Loop 202 both on the city council and his advocacy group.

Once an elected official, you cannot arbitrarily stop to operate in that position. His actions outside the council and on the council cannot be judged in two separate spheres as he is clearly using the influence of his position as a councilman in both spheres.

Please be honest with us councilman DiCiccio.

**To the rest of you, please refrain from personally attacking the journalist. Debate issues not some pseudo-character you invent.

JC GAL
JC GAL

I'm really confused because why would a Phoenix City Council member have to vote on a zoning project for a Walmart on the Gila reservation when the land does not reside in Phoenix?

 
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