Shadowing Mesa Mayor John Giles

This week I had the opportunity to shadow Mesa Mayor John Giles.

jill and mayor
With Mayor Giles on Dec. 8, 2015

We had time to visit and I asked him some questions about our community and why he wanted to get involved in municipal government. He said while he initially rejected the idea of running for mayor he now loves the job and said he was announcing the next day his intention to seek re-election.

See his announcement video here:

I attended a meeting with the mayor about Artspace, an affordable housing project coming to Mesa for struggling artists. Then we walked across the street from his office to attend City Council study session, where we heard a proposal for a multi-field soccer and fieldhouse complex in northeast Mesa. Then at City Council meeting I saw him and other city leaders discussing and voting on city issues, including naming the utility building after former City Manager Charles Luster. It was all a great experience!


Mayor’s office


View from the mayor’s office
Beautiful views to the north of Main Street from the Seventh Floor


City Council study session in lower level of Council Chambers, 57 E. First St.
Proposal for youth sports complex in northeast Mesa
Mesa City Council meeting
A recognition to State Rep. Kelly Townsend (R-16) from League of Arizona Cities and Towns
Rep. Townsend poses with Mesa City Council members


Former City Manager Mike Hutchinson proposes naming the city’s Utilities Building, 640 N. Mesa Drive, to the “Charles K. Luster Building.”
Mr. Hutchinson speaks about Mr. Luster’s 42 years of service to the city of Mesa. The vote passed to rename the building in Luster’s honor.
City residents (above and below) voice their complaints about the city’s handling of the the mobile-home park Mesa Royale.


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