Lisa’s Reform Agenda

“One of the reasons that Scottsdale is such a special place is our citizens — caring, involved people who take an active part in the development of our city.”

Mayor Herb Drinkwater, 1985
Mayor Drinkwater was absolutely right. But city government has lost touch with our citizens, approving substandard developments, increasing traffic in already congested areas and excluding us in the process. I will empower citizen participation and bring Scottsdale back to the people who make it great.

Within my first six months as your Mayor I propose to do the following:

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Within my first six months as your Mayor I propose to do the following:

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Make the Planning and Zoning Commissioners Directly Accountable to a Specific City Council Member and their Constituents

There is neither transparency nor accountability with the current Planning and Zoning set-up. We must implement a one per Council member appointment system to insure a direct line of accountability. It provides our citizens with more direct accessibility to the process and increases accountability of Council members’ and their appointments.
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Add Greater Neighborhood Advisory Panels for updating the General Plan

Developing Scottsdale’s General Plan is a complicated endeavor but until we engage all parts of our City, we should not be in a rush to put it before the Scottsdale voters in November 2021 and risk having it rejected as it was in 2011. Greater Neighborhood Advisory Panels, representing each area of the city, provide an avenue for our citizens to contribute to the process and make sure we all have a voice during this important undertaking. The General Plan will guide us for years and we should all have input in Scottsdale’s future.
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Enforce Ethical Rules and Expectations

Developers, zoning lawyers, and other corporate interests who have business before the City Council should not be allowed to contribute to the campaigns of anyone running for any city office. The appearance of a conflict of interest is bad enough; the potential for such conflicts is very real and is a disservice to all Scottsdale residents. Instead of guessing who has been trying to buy favors, we should eliminate the possibility altogether.
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Review of All Existing Boards and Commissions

In order to better serve the residents, conduct a thorough review of all existing boards and commissions to ensure their effectiveness, identify potential duplication of efforts, and make recommendations in order to eliminate unnecessary costs and investment of staff time.
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Establish a Citizen Taskforce on Council Districting System

Scottsdale is one of very few cities without a district system. It can result in entire sections of the city left without direct representation on the Council or, even worse, all Council members clustered in one section of the city. A district system guarantees every area of the city will be represented on the Council. This system forces our elected officials to be responsible for and accountable to the citizens in their district. Nobody gets left out.
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Reestablish the Citizen Budget Commission

Even though Scottsdale’s 2021 budget will be finalized before the next mayor takes office, we must re-establish the Citizen Budget Commission so our talented citizens can help best position our city’s future financial health. This was an instrumental Commission during my prior Council service where we encountered tough financial times. Taking a hard look at future budgets, with the help of qualified citizens, will help us arrive at the most accurate picture of our finances as we work through the economic recovery. Each Council member should appoint one member to the Commission to insure a direct line of accountability.
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Strong Disclosure Rules for Lobbyists

Anyone lobbying the City Council on behalf of any other person, business or business interest must be required to register with the city and report all compensation and expenses associated therewith. We deserve to know who the special interests are trying to influence our decision-making which is accomplished through full disclosure and transparency.
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