MPA Pays for Ballot Arguments for Proposition 300

Only the MPA believed strongly enough to pay it’s own way when submitting ballot arguments for proposition 300. The MPA Board felt it important to convey the fact that MPA investigated this proposal independently and concluded on its own, prop. 300 is what is in the best interests of Mesa citizens, the city, and membership.

We had no influence from Gaylord or DMB. We concentrated on the interests of what’s best for the citizens. We did not accept paid-for ballot arguments by anyone. If you beleive stongly enough in something, you pay for it. We have preached that to city government when it comes to providing public safety and it’s a principle we stand by.

We have suffient resources to financially back our decisions and need no financial assistance to let voters know what the truth is. We take pride in the city we serve and protect, and we intend to do all in our power to keep it safe, which is why we are 110% behind this proposition.

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Record Number of Ballot Arguments Filed in Support of Proposition 300 – Mesa Proving Grounds Resort Core
Yes on 300 files 41 statements of support from across Mesa for the March 2009 Election

MESA – The Yes on 300 committee in support of the Mesa Proving Grounds Resort Core filed a record number of ballot arguments with the Mesa City Clerk yesterday. In all, 41 statements were filed in support with zero statements filed in opposition.

These ballot arguments will be part of the official publicity pamphlet containing ballot language and background information that the City of Mesa will send to every registered voter. Citizens are given an opportunity to submit letters of support or opposition to be included in the pamphlet.

“I am pleased with the record number of people who were willing to show their support for this historic project,” said Councilmember Scott Somers, Chairman of the Yes on 300 Committee. “Our goal with this committee will be to educate voters about the project. We want to show how the largest private investment in Mesa’s history will jump start development in the Gateway area. This will be a catalyst for Mesa’s future economic engine.”

“We need to be actively looking for opportunities like this to support the long-term health of our economy and boost revenues, especially in these challenging times,” said Mayor Scott Smith. “What we will be voting on represents a private investment of one billion dollars, and will create thousands of jobs and millions in revenue for Mesa without a tax increase. We won’t have to wait long to see the results either, as Mesa is projected to see nearly $70 million in new revenue in the first 10 years.”

The statements of support came from citizens and elected officials from all parts of Mesa and many organizations:

· Mayor Scott Smith
· Councilmember Scott Somers
· Councilmember Kyle Jones
· Councilmember Dave Richins
· Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh
· Councilmember Alex Finter
· Councilmember Dina Higgins
· DMB Associates Inc.
· Gaylord Entertainment
· United Mesa Firefighters
· Mesa Police Association
· Mesa Fraternal Order of Police
· Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau
· Mesa Chamber of Commerce
· Speaker-Elect Kirk Adams
· Senator Thayer Vershoor
· Senator-Elect Russell Pearce
· Representative Rich Crandall
· Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock
· Carl Kunasek, Former State Senate President
· Rex Griswold, Former Councilmember
· Dr. Jim Zaharis, Former Mesa Public Schools Superintendent
· John M. Williams, Jr., President, SRP
· Roc Arnett, East Valley Partnership
· Pat Esparza, Chairperson Planning and Zoning Commission
· Frank Mizner, Mesa Planning and Zoning Board Member
· Matt Tolman, Chairman, District 18 Republicans and Former West Mesa City Council Candidate
· Steve Chucri, President and CEO of Arizona Restaurant Association
· Sherry Henry, Arizona Tourism Alliance
· Dr. Sally Downey, Superintendent and CEO, EVIT
· Lynn Strang, President, Mesa Baseline Rotary, Public Relations Director, EVIT
· Dr. John Schroeder, Provost, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
· Marty Whalen, Long-time Mesa Resident
· Terry Benelli, Neighborhood Economic Development
· Brian Campbell, Member of East Valley Partnership Board of Directors and Past Chairman of Mesa’s Economic Development and Advisory Board
· Jason Barney, Landmark Companies, Circle G Property Development, Barney Farms
· Chuck Wahlheim, Former CEO Cox Arizona Publications
· John Perkinson, Perkinson Companies
· Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce
· Lois C. Yates, Executive Director, Falcon Field Area Alliance
· Deanna Becker, Sophomore, Desert Ridge High School

“Voting Yes on Proposition 300 will bring a world-renowned resort and tourist destination to Mesa. Gaylord Entertainment is known for their ‘everything-in-one-place’ properties and they have earned a reputation as an employer of choice by treating their employees as STARS,” said Robert Brinton, President of the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau and Treasurer of the Yes on 300 Committee, “We have a great story to tell and these support statements are just the beginning of our efforts to encourage the passage of Proposition 300 and the Mesa Proving Grounds Resort Core.”

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