Editor's Note: In honor of this week's edition of Best of Phoenix, we bring you the Worst of the Best - the political edition. Enjoy.
Can someone get Councilman Sal DiCiccio a towel? The District 6 representative is dripping in irony after his latest call for "significant reforms" at Phoenix City Hall, including "ending lobbyist nepotism and implementing policies to end personal ties between elected officials and their staffs."
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilman Michael Nowakowski and City Manager David Cavazos are jetting off to Mexico on a "trade mission" to strengthen economic ties with its southern neighbor. This is Stanton's third visit to Mexico since taking office.
Videographer Dennis Gilman's account of the protest outside the Sheraton on Thursday Here's something you don't see everyday: A local Latino group protesting a Cesar Chavez Dinner. See also: -Joe Arpaio Cozies Up to Latino Pastors, Prensa Hispana, and Michael Nowakowski Days Before Employer Raid ... More >>
I'm beginning to wonder if Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski is still a Democrat. By now, everyone in Sand Land knows that Nowakowski, executive vice president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the head honcho of that foundation's communications arm, the Radio Campesina Network, recently ... More >>
Gilman's latest rakes Nowakowski over the coals for his parley with El Diablo Which side are you on? The recall effort is underway, and even Sheriff Joe Arpaio's campaign guru Chad Willems has acknowledged that if the recall committee Respect Arizona scores the needed signatures for the ballot, th ... More >>
Despite protests and calls for him to apologize, Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski defended himself on Tuesday for brokering a meeting between scores of Latino pastors and Sheriff Joe Arpaio just days before Arpaio's anti-immigrant raid on a Tempe apparel company, his 71st such operation to ... More >>
Days prior to his agency's immigration raid on a Tempe clothing company, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was meeting with scores of Latino pastors in a get-together brokered by Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski. See also: -Bill Montgomery Is No Immigration Moderate -Prensa Hispana Blows MCSO Deputy Chi ... More >>
Although the election for the Phoenix City Council seat in District 8 -- a seat that has been held by African-Americans for the past 46 years -- is still months away, race is definitely going to be an issue.Several people, including leaders in Phoenix's African-American community, already have publi ... More >>
African-Americans have held the Phoenix City Council seat in District 8 -- which is currently held by Vice Mayor Michael Johnson -- for the last 46 years.That streak could be in jeopardy later this year, since Johnson is term-limited, and the district doesn't have the same demographic makeup as it d ... More >>
More than 100 members of Adios Arpaio, the union-funded movement of Latino high-school students looking to drive Sheriff Joe Arpaio from power, rallied on the lawn of the state House in Phoenix on Thursday afternoon to announce that they're closing in on surpassing their goal of registering 30,000 n ... More >>
About 200 people filed into the Carl Hayden High School auditorium in west Phoenix in search of answers on Monday evening, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed one of the most controversial provisions of SB 1070 to stand. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, councilmen Michael Nowakows ... More >>
Three down, one to go. The fight is not over in Arizona. Report instances of racial profiling. Those are among the messages coming from leaders within the local Latino community who gathered on the state Capitol lawn Monday morning following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on SB 1070. Community ... More >>
After the inauguration ceremony, audience members made their way into Phoenix City Hall for a reception, which included offering a 2012 wish for Phoenix and its elected officials.Greg Stanton took the stage as Phoenix's 52nd mayor and delivered an inauguration speech earlier today that, in part, ... More >>
Greg Stanton took the stage as Phoenix's 52nd mayor and delivered an inauguration speech earlier today that, in part, announced his plans to develop a second bio-medical campus in north Phoenix with the Mayo Clinic and creation of a "Mayors' Futures Forum on Education," a way for Arizona may ... More >>
Supervisor Wilcox, with the DOJ report on Joe's racial-profiling ways...Flanked by community activists and fellow elected leaders at her El Portal restaurant in central Phoenix, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox held aloft the recently-released U.S. Department of Justice report on Sheriff ... More >>
Council members hosting a 2 p.m. press conference at City Hall to announce undoing of CityNorth's nearly $100 million tax-break dealVice Mayor Thelda Williams and Phoenix City Councilmen Bryan Jeffries and Michael Nowakowski plan to undo a deal that gave a nearly $100 million tax brea ... More >>
Art OlivasMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his pick in the District 7 City Council race, Art "El Tudy" Olivas.Art "El Tudy" Olivas hates New Times.He's picketed in front of our building, scolded us for our coverage of former TV pitchman J.D. Hayworth's unsuccessful candidacy in last year's ... More >>
Several Phoenix City Council members have picked sides in the August 30 mayor's race.Councilman Tom Simplot stands with Phoenix mayoral candidate and lobbyist Wes Gullett, Councilmen Michael Johnson and Sal DiCiccio are on team Peggy Neely, a former councilwoman running for mayor, and Councilman ... More >>
azplea.comSpencer: hear no evil, see no evil, and speak not to County Attorney investigators The Maricopa County Attorney's Office's investigation of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association and its president Mark Spencer, the subject of this week's Bird column, produced a nice doorstop pile of docum ... More >>
In honor of Thanksgiving, officers from the Phoenix Police Department's most scandalous precinct will be giving away Turkeys to some needy families tonight, and they really (really) want you to know about it.www.examiner.comThe South Mountain Precinct has been home to some of the worst cops the c ... More >>
The Phoenix Police Department announced last night around 9 p.m. that at 9 a.m. today Habitat for Humanity would be destroying a house on their behalf, and they'd like the media to join them for a press conference.Not to say we're cynical of the timing of such an announcement (OK, maybe a little) ... More >>
www.phoenix.gov Phoenix City Councilman Michael JohnsonAn unnamed Phoenix police officer may have messed with the wrong bull. The Phoenix City Council will hold an executive session on Monday to try to get to the bottom of an incident this morning, where one of its members was handcuffed a ... More >>
from gallegoforarizona.comReally, Ruben, it's not worth the $410...There's absolutely no doubt that Mark Spencer, head of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, has turned the police union into an anti-immigration juggernaut. Spencer has been a tireless backer of state Senator (and neo-N ... More >>
This is not your next councilman ... but they do share a name. Governor Jan Brewer may have little-to-no-clout with her fellow Republicans at the Statehouse -- she's had to sue them just to get their budget proposal (and even that didn't work). But Brewer still, apparently, has clout at Phoenix Ci ... More >>
Will the White House ever act to protect the civil rights of Arizona Latinos? Don't hold your breath waiting for the Obama administration to do anything in the near future about immigration reform, or yanking Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 287(g) authority. That's the message some local Latino leaders t ... More >>
Sal DiCiccio Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio says fellow Councilman Mike Nowakowski committed an "illegal act" by suggesting to a city official that the police chief be fired.Nowakowski has responded by calling DiCiccio a "liar."The Arizona Republic's Scott Wong covers the city soap opera today ... More >>
By a vote of 5-3, the Phoenix City Council today chose former councilman Sal DiCiccio to finish the term of Greg Stanton, who resigned last week to take a job with Attorney General Terry Goddard. DiCiccio was nominated only after the council deadlocked on the nomination of Sal Rivera, an atto ... More >>
Saying it was a "distraction," Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has asked supporters to back off a plan that would have kept him in the mayor's office until 2014. The plan, first revealed by New Times in this blog, would have consolidated municipal elections in Phoenix. Currently, half th ... More >>
City officials are weighing a plan to consolidate elections in the city of Phoenix -- one that could give Mayor Phil Gordon and certain council members an extra two years in office without being forced to run for reelection, New Times has learned. On January 9, a group called "Phoenix E ... More >>
The grass has got to be greener someplace else
What do you do when the biggest name in the race is the least qualified?