The Jake Files

May 16, 2006

Unofficial Voting Results

Thanks to reader A.M. for alerting us that unofficial election results are in already.

And as she points out, it didn't appear to be close:

Trinity Donovan – 8,367 total votes (5,631 early, 2,736 today)

Jeff Weninger – 7,610 total votes (5,260 early, 2,350 today)

Becky "No Action" Jackson – 4,638 total votes (3,546 early, 1,092 today)

Congratulations to Trinity and Jeff!

Don’t Forget to Vote Today

Today is Election Day, so don't forget to vote in the Chandler City Council Elections!

It looks like Jeff Weninger finally got a website up and running, so check it out.  I've made it clear that Jeff has my vote, and I also voted for Trinity Donovan.

For those who haven't made up their minds yet, let me give you this to think about on your way to the polls today. (more…)

May 10, 2006

Local News Roundup for Wed May 10

Raises to Bring Workers' Pay Up to Standards – Edythe Jensen, AZCentral.com

Just a thought: How enthusiastic were the councilmembers to increase pay PRIOR TO the Pentz forced resignation?  I know this has been a study in the works for a while, but it was the first thing I cynically thought of when I saw the headline.

GOP Spins Democrats' Signs – Paul Giblin, East Valley Trib

Haven't paid much attention to Pederson yet, as I think he's going to get pasted in the election.  The whole slogan "No one's senator but ours" is, I think, a loser, as it turns on the electorate feeling like Senator Kyl's in someone's back pocket, a la Duke Cunningham. 

Workers Welcomed as Long as They're Legal – Sarah N. Lynch, East Valley Trib

Huge Intel Layoffs 'Unlikely' – Mike Burkett, Chandler Independent

Notice how they say "Huge" layoffs, and don't say "NO layoffs?"

Budget Reflects Changing Focus – Mike Burkett, Chandler Independent

Anger to Draw More to Polls? – Mike Burkett, Chandler Independent

Downtown's Future to Rely on Past – Mike Burkett, Chandler Independent

KTAR Gains AM-FM Simulcast – Diane Arthur, The Business Journal

It will be interesting to see how this impacts the talk radio market in Phoenix.  We already had Stern on FM prior to his defection to satellite, and now they're advertising Tom Leykis for the afternoons.  Will the KTAR simulcast prompt KFYI and/or KKNT The Patriot to do the same?  Personally, I hope so.  KFYI has a great signal, but KKNT960 could really use the additional audience that FM would provide. 

New Poll: Napolitano, Kyl Maintain Leads in Re-election Bids – Mike Sunnucks, The Business Journal

AOL to Layoff 300 in Tucson Call Center – The Business Journal

Residents Begin Recall of Sepulveda, Orlando – Laurie Fagen, San Tan Sun News

Council Runoff Election Q&A – Laurie Fagen, San Tan Sun News

Enjoy!

April 28, 2006

Humorous Debate Reaction

I got  good kick out of this comment about my analysis of the debate:

Good coverage of Q&A and comments.

Donovan comes out of it looking pretty good.

Jackson somewhat bland and canned.

Weninger somewhere in between.

(Also, Jake demonstrates that perhaps he is more prepared to run for elected office than Weninger by offering a polished statement on the candidate's behalf.)

Like I said in George's comments, I, like many people, am more eloquent with the benefit of a keyboard and some time to think my comments through than I am in person.  The fact that candidates put themselves out there for criticism while they think on their feet is admirable, and I certainly couldn't do as well in that setting.

April 27, 2006

Analysis of City Council Debate

I'm watching last night's debate and will be documenting my thoughts as I watch it (also known as liveblogging, although I don't think watching a taped replay qualifies as "live"), then followup with analysis at the end.  NOTE:  This is a VERY long post, so you might want to get a snack.  Go ahead, I'll wait. (more…)

Wednesday’s City Council Debate

I haven't watched the entire debate yet, but have some preliminary thoughts based on the snippets I did see.  I watched probably about 20 minutes before I went to bed, but will watch the whole thing today and put up a longer post.

Trinity Donovan – I came away more impressed than I was previously.  Nothing else specific until I view the whole debate.

Jeff Weninger – Appeared nervous, but also spoke for the most part without notes.

Becky Jackson – I didn't see her speak to one issue without reading from a prepared statement.  Ugh.

More to come later folks.  I'm going to watch and post my own thoughts before I look at what the Chandler Connection and others post.  Stay tuned.

April 26, 2006

City Council Debate Tonight

Don't forget about the City Council election debate tonight between Jeff Weninger, Trinity Donovan, and Becky Jackson:

The forum will take place 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 at the Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St., in the City Council Chambers, second floor. “As we've seen in recent weeks, the city's leadership has a profound impact on all of us. We hope this forum will help residents when casting that important vote in May,” said Brian Johnson, editor of the Connection. (more…)

April 25, 2006

Ray Pilara Pulls No Punches

From the Chandler Independent:

 “Frankly put, I was (so upset) after seeing how these two council members treated Mark Pentz,” Mr. Pilara said. “What really got me was listening to the diatribe these two men and two lame duck council members launched against him. When I heard them going after Mr. Pentz for no logical reason I smelled a rat. I believe they had a plan to nail Mr. Pentz during his review no matter what. I got ticked when I saw them overtly trying to screw him.” Mr. Pilara said he saw no reason other than politics as the driving force behind the two council members’ criticism of Mr. Pentz’s performance. “There were no valid grounds,” Mr. Pilara said. “He didn’t make any major mistakes. He kept the city in control budget wise. He was well accepted by the majority of his employees. What happened with Mr. Pentz is a charade.” (more…)

April 24, 2006

Candidate Quotes on Pentz Resignation

The East Valley Trib's Chris Markham has some quotes from the candidates in today's edition:

 The Chandler city manager’s forced resignation has stirred things up in the city’s three-way race for two City Council seats. Candidates Trinity Donovan, Becky Jackson and Jeff Weninger are running for seats about to be vacated by Vice Mayor Phill Westbrooks and Councilwoman Donna Wallace, who are leaving due to term limits. (snip)

Weninger called the council’s decision “an abuse of power” and has vowed, along with incumbents Caccamo and Huggins, to push to rehire Pentz if he is elected. (more…)

April 19, 2006

The Republic Endorses Donovan and Weninger for Council

I missed this today, but Geo pointed out the opinion in Wednesday's AZCentral.com:

The Chandler campaign season is reaching its final stretch with a runoff election May 16. Voters are being asked to choose two council members from a field of three candidates: Trinity Donovan, Jeff Weninger and Becky Jackson.

The Republic Southeast Valley Editorial Board recommends Donovan and Weninger to join the dais.

Both candidates are knowledgeable on the issues of build-out, transportation, neighborhoods and public safety. Both have an energy and passion for our community that will stand them in good stead during late-night meetings.

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