Jerry Nabours for Flagstaff Mayor

PRIORITIES: What three specific issues will you bring forward to the City Council if you are elected (What are your three main priorities)?

1. Traffic: alternative routes
2. High cost of housing
3. Securing future water

CITY COUNCIL CRITIQUE: Among City Council decisions in last 24 months, what is one decision that you support and one that you were disappointed with and why?

The vote to deny The Hub a change of zoning with the resulting less attractive building than what they would have built was a loss for the community. The zoning change would have resulted in a nicer project. The end result is a poor example of community infill, which is advocated by the regional plan. I voted for the better project.

The vote to indefinitely table the proposed settlement with the Hopis was the right thing. The cost of settlement ($1.6m) was too high and the Snowbowl should be part of any settlement. I voted to table the settlement.

EXPERIENCE WITH CITY GOVERNMENT: Please describe your experience serving on City boards, commissions, or task forces and describe your involvement so far in shaping City-level policies.

I have served as the Mayor for the last four years. This is my full time and only job. I spend all day every day studying the issues, meeting with people, preparing for council meetings and generally working on city issues, current and future.

CAMPAIGN FOR A GREATER BUFFALO PARK BALLOT INITIATIVE: Do you support or oppose the ballot initiative to protect the city-owned lands on McMillan Mesa as a park? Why?

I support the initiative, but regret that it was brought to the voters before a thorough discussion about the perimeters and specific pockets of land. Some small pieces of the land are along an internal street with all utilities and already adjacent to buildings/businesses. I do agree that most of the land in the initiative should be open space.

FLAGSTAFF NEEDS A RAISE BALLOT INITIATIVE: Do you support or oppose the ballot initiative to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15/hour over 5 years? Why?

I oppose the $15.00 minimum wage. I support small business. If Flagstaff loses small businesses then people will lose jobs. Many small business owners have told me this will drastically hurt their business. Many businesses cannot pass on increased wages to their customers, so they will be forced to cut employees. I am also concerned about non-profits that have limited funds and/or clients that cannot be placed at $15 per hour. I am concerned about first time workers that need job experience as much as a wage.

WATER 1. Do you support or oppose having our limited local water resources be taken into consideration when planning for growth and development in Flagstaff? Why?

Of course we always consider our water resources when planning for growth. However, the utility department is confident that the City has enough water to accommodate projected growth for 20-30 years. Also, the City has future water rights to provide water to the full build out of the city growth boundary.

WATER 2. Do you support or oppose accessing water from Red Gap Ranch to meet future water needs? Why?

Absolutely. I am grateful that we have the rights to the water at Red Gap Ranch. I would consider it a disservice to the citizens of Flagstaff not to protect our future water rights. I believe this issue is basic to good city planning and government. This waterline may also serve some properties along I-40 to assist the economy of that corridor.

DORMITORY-STYLE (HIGH OCCUPANCY) HOUSING 1. Would you support or oppose re-evaluating the zoning code to ensure that new development is compatible with surrounding neighborhoods and historic areas? Why?

I am always in favor of reviewing city codes to be sure they are accomplishing their original purpose. I understand that high occupancy housing is a concern to many residents and I believe those concerns need to be addressed. We need to define the meaning of the word "infill" as described in the regional plan. The zoning code and regional plan need to be coordinated so there is no ambiguity.

DORMITORY-STYLE (HIGH OCCUPANCY) HOUSING 2. What additional solutions do you have to the challenges related to dormitory-style (high-occupancy) housing developments such as the Hub?

I think we need to face the fact that we don't have enough housing now, and the city is projected to grow. The regional plan strongly advocates infill. The plan stresses the need for sustainable neighborhoods, which translates into high occupancy housing. I think we should try to keep student housing close to the campus.

CLIMATE CHANGE 1. Would you support or oppose the resolution presented by the Citizen’s Climate Lobby regarding Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation to address climate change? Why?

The proposed resolution was brought to council and I voted against it. I have concerns that the proposal would increase cost to consumers. It is a federal issue so I defer to those more knowledgeable at the federal level.

CLIMATE CHANGE 2. Would you support or oppose updating the city’s Energy Code so that new buildings must be built to be more energy efficient to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Why?

We recently updated the energy code and I think we reached a fair compromise between energy efficiency and costs. I am always concerned about pricing new homeowners out of an already costly market.

COST OF LIVING: What strategies or policies would you propose to address the high cost of living in Flagstaff?

The basic rule of reducing costs is to have more competition in the market. That rule applies to housing, cars, groceries and most all commodities. The reason we don't have new housing is because no one (city or private developers) has funds to build the infrastructure. That is a problem that needs to be resolved before housing prices stabilize.

TRANSPORTATION What strategies or policies would you propose to enhance our transportation systems?

As a member of the area transportation board (FMPO) I have worked on and reviewed the short term and long term strategies for creating alternatives to Milton; additional east/west routes; and another railroad overpass at Lonetree/Route 66.

I agree with the suggestions of the advisory group. I will be voting to have the residents renew the transportation sales tax so we can fund these things.