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GPLET: Handouts for developers, Wrong for Tempe

In Affordable Housing, Economic Diversity, Economic Justice, GPLET, Issues by Patrick Morales3 Comments

If there’s one thing that’s clear from rising property values, rental rates, and construction cranes, its that there is no shortage of demand to live, work, and build in Tempe. Arizona is leading in job growth and since the 2010 census, more than 21,000 new residents have chosen to make Tempe their home. There is no sign that this trend …

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$15 Minimum Wage, Paid-Time Off: Right for Tempe

In Economic Justice by Patrick Morales7 Comments

Arizona’s voters sent a clear message to our legislature last November that a minimum wage of $8.05 per hour was unlivable and unacceptable in our state. We are making a slow climb to a $12 per hour minimum wage, thanks to voters, but even with this improvement, wages are not keeping up with cost of living in Tempe. As of …

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Sanctuary Policies Put Public Safety First

In Issues, Public Safety, Sanctuary by Patrick MoralesLeave a Comment

There is a concerning amount of misinformation circulating on the intent behind the creation of so called “sanctuary cities”. These cities are not dens of crime and debauchery, they are not providing refuge for violent criminals, and they are most certainly not evading federal immigration law. Leaving the enforcement of federal immigration laws to the federal law enforcement is about …

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Community driven economic justice is the foundation of Tempe’s resilience

In Economic Justice, Issues, Resilience, Values by Patrick Morales4 Comments

Too often, political commentators try and separate social issues from economic issues, as if taxes, property values, and wages do not impact an individual’s life and livelihood. For the thousands of Tempeans who call this city home, social and economic issues are one and the same: Access to affordable birth control has a drastic effect on a woman’s personal finances; …

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In Progress, Values by Patrick MoralesLeave a Comment

“Progressive” is a word that gets thrown around a lot with very little explanation of what the word means. Presidents Teddy and an Franklin Roosevelt were both progressives, but you’d be unlikely to glean that from how Republicans and Democrats each talk about their favorite Roosevelt. Progressivism, put simply, is the idea that advancing science, technology, economic development, and social …

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In Resilience, Values by Patrick MoralesLeave a Comment

Resilience doesn’t seem like a skill one learns. If you ask people how they define resilience, they will likely tell you that it is an action or a quality obvious in some and perhaps less prominent in others. I disagree. While “being” or “acting” typically characterizes resilience, I believe the tools of resilience are intimately connected to the values we …

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Economic justice is an opportunity for Tempe

In Economic Justice, Issues, Opportunity, Values by Patrick MoralesLeave a Comment

One of Tempe’s greatest strengths lies in the resilience of the diverse people that call Tempe home. While we come from different backgrounds, income levels, and unique communities, our striving together for economic justice is at the foundation of what makes our city a home for progress and opportunity unlike any other in Arizona. We enjoy an accessible city with …