Molera Moderates AZ Political Panel for Greater Phoenix Chamber

Jaime A. Molera moderated a panel for the Greater Phoenix Chamber, analyzing the upcoming statewide, legislative, and City of Phoenix elections. Political experts Wes Gullett (OH Strategic Communications) and Barry Dill (First Strategic) also joined in the discussion. “I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation, particularly because Wes and Barry are two of the best political minds in the state,” Molera stated.

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Councilwoman Thelda Williams Selected as Interim Mayor of Phoenix

On Monday June 11, 2018, the Phoenix City Council unanimously voted for District 1 Councilwoman Thelda Williams as Mayor Pro Tem. Councilman Jim Waring was selected as Vice Mayor, who also represents District 2. Former Mayor Greg Stanton resigned his position in May to run for Congress. Williams will serve as Mayor until the November special election. If that election does not yield a clear winner, Williams will continue as Mayor Pro Tem until a spring 2019 special runoff election. Mayor Williams will continue to represent her council district during this time. This is her third time as Interim Mayor, having served in 1994 and again in 2012.

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CoNecs N.A./Molera Alvarez Partner to Chair Business Community Effort Against Tax Hike

Molera Alvarez and CoNecs N.A. Partner, Jaime A. Molera, will lead the effort to oppose a teacher-union backed effort to double Arizona’s top income tax rate. If this were to pass, Arizona would go from having one of the country’s most competitive income tax structures to one of its worst, resulting in a rate higher than states like Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. In the region, only California would have a higher income tax rate. Molera said, “Arizona needs a comprehensive tax structure that will support our entire P-20 education system – this clearly isn’t it. Over the next several months, I look forward to working with our business and community leaders and sharing with Arizona voters why this risky income tax scheme won’t deliver the results its proponents claim.” For more information on this important initiative, follow this link.

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A Centennial of Service

The Phoenix Police Reserve will commemorate their 100th anniversary on May 17. The civic-minded men and women of the Reserve have been serving and protecting Phoenix residents since 1918. These are dedicated professionals with full-time careers (doctors, lawyers, business managers, real estate agents, and retired police officers), who also volunteer as part-time, full-authority police officers. Currently, there are 106 active reserve officers, with several recruits going through the academy to become the next generation of reservists. The goal is to have 300 active reserve officers. The Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation serves the Reserve by raising funds and providing equipment, including fully equipped patrol vehicles, radios, and computers, and funding recruitment efforts to continue the mission. For more information, visit their website.

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Hermosillo Technology Industry Meet with City of Phoenix

In May, the City of Phoenix welcomed a delegation of technology firms from Hermosillo, Sonora, led by Cruz Javier Salazar, President of CITIC Sonora, the technology cluster for the region. Molera Alvarez organized several key meetings for the delegation, with prominent city officials like Hank Marshall, Executive Officer, City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development; Ruth Soberanes, Director Trade and Investment, Greater Phoenix Economic Council; and Ana Salido, International Trade and Investment Specialist, ProMexico. Additionally, delegates attended the Cybersecurity Summit of the Arizona Technology Council (ATC), where Steve Zylstra, ATC President & CEO, and Cruz Salazar signed a Memorandum of Understanding for their organizations to collaborate on regional opportunities.

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City of Phoenix Conducts Successful Trade Mission to Mexico City

Molera Alvarez recently organized a Trade and Protocol Mission, conducted by the City of Phoenix to Mexico City. The mission took place May 22 to 24, and its focus was to gain a comprehensive understanding of what is transpiring during this critical time in the US-Mexico relationship, and how it could impact our economies. The intention was to send a strong message that Phoenix continues to value the bilateral partnership. Key meetings were held to advance the dialogue, gain knowledge and solidify partnerships with strategic leaders. Attendees included Undersecretary for North America Carlos Sada, Secretariat for Foreign Affairs; The Mexican Council on Foreign Affairs (COMEXI); Confederación de Cámaras Industriales (CONCAMIN) and the American Society; Mexico Bureau Chiefs at both Bloomberg and KJZZ; and Lexica Insight Solutions, a top-ranking consumer research and public opinion consulting firm. Phoenix Economic Development leaders attending the mission and represented in the above photo in order of appearance are: Jaime Molera, Partner, Molera Alvarez; Ruben Alvarez, Managing Partner, Molera Alvarez; Ruth Soberanes, Director Trade and Investment, Greater Phoenix Economic Council; Undersecretary for North America Carlos Sada; Glenn Hamer, President & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry; David Adame, President & CEO Chicanos por la Causa; Chris Camacho, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council; and Gonzalo de la Melena, President & CEO Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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Arizona Legislative Session Comes to an End

The Arizona 53rd Second Regular Legislative Session lasted 117 days and adjourned sine die on May 4. Of the 1,279 bills introduced this session, 346 bills were signed by Governor Doug Ducey and 23 were vetoed. Three main issues dominated this session: teachers’ pay, the opioid epidemic and school safety. In early April, Governor Ducey announced his plan to increase teachers’ pay, which would include a 20 percent overall increase by fiscal year 2020, resulting in an average teacher salary of $58,130. This issue ultimately caused teachers to strike for six days, because no legislation was introduced to include a pay increase. The Governor addressed the opioid epidemic during his State of the State address in January, and called for a special session to tackle this issue. The legislation produced during the special session established regulations on the prescribing and regulation of schedule II controlled substances, and also addressed recovery programs for opioid addiction. The school safety issue arose after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. While legislation was introduced to address this topic, the bill (SB1519) did not make it through the full legislative process.

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Molera Alvarez hosts Harvard Law Professor Robert Bordone

Harvard Law School Professor and renowned negotiation expert Robert C. Bordone conducted negotiation workshops for more than 100 Arizona professionals on April 3, in a visit organized by Molera Alvarez and several community partners. The International Law Section of the Arizona Bar, chaired by Molera Alvarez General Counsel James Ahlers, coordinated the programs with support from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Arizona Public Service, the Arizona-Mexico Commission, and several of Arizona’s top law firms. Professor Bordone is sought after by leading companies and government entities for his expertise in dispute-systems design and managing difficult conflicts.

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Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association Hosts a Successful Day at the Capitol

Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) held, as one legislator noted, “one of the best industry days I’ve ever been to,” led by Kim Sabow, AzLTA CEO and President. Ms. Sabow added, “I was thrilled by the turnout, both in the legislators who attended, as well as the number of AzLTA members who came to discuss the importance and positive impact we make for Arizona on a daily basis.” 

Pictured above is Speaker pro Tempore, T.J. Shope, a strong advocate for Arizona’s tourism industry, posing with Arizona Coyotes’ mascot Howler.  

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Molera Alvarez Partner Heads Panel for Valley Young Professionals

Molera Alvarez Partner Jaime A. Molera moderated a discussion with Senators Kate Brophy-McGee (R – Dist. 28) and Sean Bowie (D – Dist. 18) for members of Valley Young Professionals (VYP). Molera noted that he was very happy with the depth and breadth of the conversation. “Both Senators were extremely candid and impressive about the major issues facing Arizona, and what young leaders can and should do to tackle these issues head-on.” Molera also led a discussion with Greater Phoenix Chamber Vice President of Public Affairs Mike Huckins on how major business community organizations (like the Greater Phoenix Chamber) engage on significant public policy issues. More information on the VYP visit can be found here.

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