Daniel Valenzuela statement on Phoenix City Council arena vote

Phoenix (January 23, 2019) – Daniel Valenzuela, former Phoenix City Council member and candidate for Mayor, issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Phoenix City Council to approve the renovations to Talking Stick Arena:

“I applaud the Phoenix City Council for passing the deal to renovate the Talking Stick Resort Arena and for voting to direct additional investments in education and public safety from future arena revenue. In this case, the decision to approve the arena renovations shows that the Council is serious about supporting a thriving downtown, and cares about the economic impact, number of jobs and businesses tied to the arena, and creating a sense of place in our community.

“The money for renovating the arena comes from a dedicated source, without sacrificing critical funds for infrastructure and public safety. Now, the City and our partners have a clear path forward and Phoenix families have certainty that our downtown will continue to thrive.”

Daniel Valenzuela adds two new members to the campaign team

Phoenix (January 23, 2019) – Daniel Valenzuela has brought on two new campaign team members to help the Daniel Valenzuela for Phoenix campaign reach victory in the March 12, 2019 runoff election. Jim Malicki will be responsible for political outreach and Jarae Hines will serve as the field director.

Both Jim and Jarae are active in the Democratic Party. Jim has worked on numerous campaigns over the past decade, including Councilwoman Pastor and Representative Bolding. Jarae most recently worked as a field organizer for the Arizona Democratic Party in the historic 2018 election cycle, driving one of the highest voter turnouts in state history.

“We are excited to have Jim and Jarae on the team as we enter the final weeks of the runoff election,” said Daniel Valenzuela. “Both Jim and Jarae bring a depth of local experience to the team. Their familiarity with the community is a tremendous asset and positions us to win in March.”

The Phoenix Mayoral runoff election will be held March 12, 2019, with early voting and early ballots beginning February 13.

Daniel Valenzuela encourages Phoenix City Council to pass Arena deal

Phoenix (January 22, 2019) – Daniel Valenzuela, former Phoenix City Council member and candidate for mayor is encouraging the Phoenix City Council to take action by voting to pass the deal to renovate the Talking Stick Resort Arena during its vote on the issue Wednesday, January 23.

“There is no need for any further delay. The Phoenix City Council should act tomorrow to approve the deal. The Talking Stick Resort Arena is a city owned asset that is an economic anchor in downtown Phoenix. The number of businesses and jobs tied to the activity at the arena is not something to take lightly. Regardless of the tenants, the arena is in need of renovations, and the city has a dedicated fund derived from tourism fees, to consider when negotiating the terms of this deal,” said Phoenix mayoral candidate Daniel Valenzuela.

City of Phoenix has released information to the public that shows the arena produces $335 million in economic impact per year, supports more than 1,100 jobs and draws more than 40 million people a year to downtown Phoenix for the more than 130 events held at the arena each year.

Daniel Valenzuela encourages the Council to weigh the aspects of the current deal and include the following:

  1. Ensure the Suns build the practice facility with community and city input, making it a redevelopment anchor and economic catalyst;

  2. Prioritize hiring local contractors, vendors, and veterans, for both construction and concessions;

  3. And dedicate the arena revenue to public safety, streets, and resources to combat homelessness.

Valenzuela continued by saying, “This is a perfect example of our need for leadership and transparency at City Hall. Simply ignoring the problem does not solve it and will not make it go away. When elected mayor, I will increase transparency and involve the community in these discussions, whether it’s on the arena, water or public safety. Downtown Phoenix is a vibrant part of the community, attractive to residents and visitors, that creates opportunity to promote Phoenix’s quality of life and generates revenue critical to the city.”