Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Making Mesa a "high point"

Mayor Scott Smith conducted his third and final "Conversation with the Community" last night in Dobson Ranch. Before the meeting, he took a moment to acknowledge the recent tragedy, which happened relatively close to where the meeting was held. A very wise and respectful move on his part.

The other topics of conversation ranged from the Cubs to the much maligned massage parlor law. Smith's honesty on both topics is refreshing, especially since he is telling residents what they need to hear instead of only what they want to hear. He's right. Mesa did become the "low point" in massage regulation and that is why so many chose to move here.

It appears that Mesa is no longer striving to be the "low point" within the Valley on this and many other issues. In fact, his straight talk about the need to keep the Cubs just goes to show how far he and the council are going to make sure that Mesa can, in fact, be a "high point" in the valley. Being prepared "to do what it has to to keep the team here" is a major shift from the previous council and their laissez-faire attitude that got us in many of these messes in the first place.

With the economy already in such a mess, we cannot affort to let another $100 million a year walk out the door. Losing the Cubs would not only be a disaster for Mesa, but it would be a deadly blow to the entire Cactus League.


Disco Prime said...

Seriously, the large empty lot north of downtown needs to be broken up into small parcels for businesses with the edict that each building take on the same flavor of downtown.
And get rid of the pawn shops, check cashing stands, and discotechas.

Mesa needs to get out of the slump.

Heath Reed said...

Its not going to be a quick fix like Disco is hinting too. Plus, Mesa has plans for site 17 that I feel they are right to be patient with that area. Dont rush to put in small stores because we already have plenty of empty storefronts in our city and in downtown and around downtown. Many do not understand and think it can be just a quick fix. You cant get rid of all of these stores without major black marks and lawsuits that are in existence. The city has been working on a code that in the long run will push them out. Plus, its just not city hall who has allowed this to happen, the people have. The residents have assisted Mesa to this low point on many fronts.

I think this low point has been churning for a while now and has seen its last days with the new leadership. To continue this, District 4 needs a strong and innovative leader to rise out of that district to take the seat Jones is going to vacate here in the next year. The Mayor is doing a lot, but now the residents need to do more of their part to clean this city up and take it back and make it prosperous again. We cant think the same way like we did in the past that got us into this, but we can still be a great family community with strong economics, culture and identity.

Ill step down from my box now.