Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans: “I Am Disappointed Right Now In Our Community”

At the July 7th, Special Flagstaff City Council Meeting, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans told the crowd that she was “disappointed right now in our community” because the community showed up to oppose development of City owned affordable housing on the iconic Schultz Meadow. You can watch the entire statement here:

Varela Withdraws From Council Race

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

June 22th, 2016

“Varela Withdraws from council race”

After acknowledging a lack of required valid signatures, Mr. Varela submitted paperwork to the Flagstaff City Clerk withdrawing from the City Council race. We wish him the best.

A citizens group of volunteers verified all of the candidates’ signatures and found that Mr. Varela did not have the required 771 valid signatures for inclusion on the ballot.   A lawsuit was filed by Stuart McDaniel in Superior Court challenging the 283 questionable signatures.

We would like to thank the citizen group of volunteers who worked so hard to ensure election integrity.

Mr. Varela’s voluntary withdrawal from the City Council race reduced the number of candidates to six which eliminates the need for the city primary election in August.

Vice Mayor Barotz: City of Flagstaff Should Fight Pro Gun Bills

At the November 3rd Flagstaff City Council meeting, Council discussed areas where the City should weigh in on legislation at the State level. Listen as Vice Mayor Celia Barotz asks Council to make it a priority to fight pro Second Amendment bills:

More Living Wage Hypocrisy In Flagstaff

The battle to bring living wage legislation to Flagstaff has been brewing for quite some time and two of the key players advocating for a mandatory living wage have been Friends Of Flagstaff’s Future and Flagstaff City Councilperson Coral Evans.

So you can imagine my surprise when I came across a post by Coral Evans on the Friends Of Flagstaff’s Future facebook page advertising a part time minimum wage job without benefits for a local business that Evans is involved with.

Working on legislation to force a mandatory $15 to $25 an hour starting wage, while at the same time only paying your own employees $8.05 an hour, is inconsistent and speaks volumes about the do as I say, not as I do mentality.

Leading by example gives credibility to any argument and if you can’t do that then stop telling other people how to run their businesses. Bottom line, put your money where your mouth is.

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Coral Evans has fought hard for a living wage in Flagstaff but you wouldn’t know it by the job offer in the screen shot posted above (click photo).

New Pushback Against Flagstaff’s Unlawful Assembly Ordinance

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Turns out Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and Councilman Jeff Oravits are not the only ones concerned about the City of Flagstaff’s recently passed “Unlawful Assembly” Ordinance. Students at NAU have started circulating a “Move On” petition calling for the repeal of Ordinance No.2015-08. In the petition they say:

“Ladies and gentlemen, this ordinance cannot stand.

For one, this ordinance was passed May 20th, after most students had departed the city for Summer vacation, which in itself shows the intent of the Flagstaff City Council to pass this ordinance as a sly way of cultivating more income through broad policy making.

Second, this ordinance would endanger the “peace and tranquility” of families and group living situations of 5 or more, including generational homes, which leaves room for harassment and discrimination against the underprivileged who may not have the funds necessary to “spread out”.

Finally, this ordinance effectively violates students and citizens’ 1st Amendment Right to Assemble by punishing them for gathering for or even being in proximity to a “nuisance party” to which a police officer(s) respond.

The Flagstaff City Council is victimizing and threatening citizens and students in an unconstitutional, but highly profitable, manner. We have already failed at allowing this ordinance to pass. We can correct our mistake by petitioning the Flagstaff City Council in order to counteract the gross discrimination against students and families, and the violation of a right guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”

You can read the entire petition HERE. As of this post it has 481 signatures.

Knorr First Official Candidate for Flagstaff City Council

For Immediate Release – 28 May 2014

Today, Jeff Knorr became the first official candidate for Flagstaff City Council. Jeff, accompanied by his wife Phebe, met with city officials to turn in petitions with more than 900 signatures. Those are 900 of your friends and neighbors that believe Jeff would be a great addition to our City Council. Jeff’s focus as a council member will be on applying COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS to solve problems, like the lack of affordable housing options, that have plagued our city for too long.

Jeff has made Flagstaff his home for over 30 years and is a successful small business owner. He knows both what works and what does not when it comes to our town. He understands that core services have to be fully supported both today and into the future for our town to prosper. Jeff is committed to representing all residents of Flagstaff by presenting a balanced approach to the challenges and opportunities our Council faces.

Jeff will be providing concrete, achievable solutions to problems we face in Flagstaff in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

Learn more about Jeff, his principles and his hopes for Flagstaff at jeffknorr4action.com and https://www.facebook.com/jeff4action

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Flagstaff City Council Candidate Jeff Knorr

Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours Issues Statement On SB1062

By Elisha Dorfsmith

On Tuesday, Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours issued a statement opposing the highly controversial SB1062. Nabours urged the Governor to veto the legislation and underscored his support for an anti-discrimination ordinance passed by the Flagstaff City Council last year. You can read the Mayor’s full statement below:

“I have been asked for my opinion of SB1062. We know that religious organizations are exempt from discrimination laws. It appears that the Legislature was trying to extend that same rule to individuals. The problem is that the religion exemption could be too easily abused by individuals. This bill needs to be vetoed. Further, the Flagstaff City Council unanimously enacted a LGBT non-discrimination ordinance one year ago. If passed, SB1062 could be mis-used to frustrate our local ordinance, and for that reason, too, it should be vetoed.”