Group moves ahead with Nowakowski re­call ef­fort

The Arizona Republic - - Front Page - Jes­sica Boehm

A group of res­i­dents is one step closer to re­mov­ing Phoenix Coun­cil­man Michael Nowakowski from of­fice. On Wed­nes­day, the Ur­ban Phoenix Pro­ject PAC sub­mit­ted 2,361 sig­na­tures sup­port­ing a re­call of the coun­cil­man. It needed 1,337 sig­na­tures.

A group of fed-up res­i­dents is one step closer to re­mov­ing Phoenix Coun­cil­man Michael Nowakowski from of­fice.

On Wed­nes­day, the Ur­ban Phoenix Pro­ject PAC, “devoted to elect­ing ur­ban­ists to the Phoenix City Coun­cil,” sub­mit­ted 2,361 sig­na­tures sup­port­ing a re­call of the coun­cil­man.

The group needs 1,337 valid sig­na­tures for the re­call to ap­pear on the bal­lot.

The city has un­til Feb. 21 to ver­ify the sig­na­tures.

If there are enough valid sig­na­tures to trig­ger a re­call, Nowakowski will be given an op­por­tu­nity to re­sign. If he does not, the re­call will be held in Au­gust, a city spokesman said.

“We no longer ac­cept Michael Nowakowski’s ne­glect of our neigh­bor­hoods. We no longer ac­cept his dis­crim­i­na­tion against mem­bers of our com­mu­nity. We no longer ac­cept his bald-faced crony­ism,” Ur­ban Phoenix Pro­ject PAC Chair­man Sean Sweat said. “And with this re­call, we are call­ing for an end to the deep-seated cor­rup­tion that per­me­ates City Hall.”

In its re­call fil­ings, the PAC al­leged Nowakowski “ne­glected the needs of con­stituents ... abused his City Coun­cil of­fice by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a lu­cra­tive down­town land deal that in­volved his pri­vate em­ployer and has voted against Phoenix’s fu­ture by putting our vi­tal South Cen­tral light rail pro­ject at risk.”

“Fur­ther­more, he has been caught on video ex­press­ing hate­ful com­ments about the LGBT com­mu­nity and keeps close as­so­ci­a­tions with lob­by­ists who are or have been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion of cor­rup­tion,” the state­ment con­tin­ued.

Nowakowski did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment Thurs­day.

In a state­ment in Au­gust, Nowakowski said the re­call ef­fort “will not change my ded­i­ca­tion to res­i­dents of Dis­trict 7 or the city of Phoenix.”

“I will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for the is­sues Dis­trict 7 res­i­dents have ex­pressed are im­por­tant to them,” he said in the state­ment. “This in­cludes my on­go­ing sup­port for work­force hous­ing and the South Cen­tral Light Rail Ex­ten­sion.”

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