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  1. The light rail

    Expanding the light rail further East would improve job stimulus as well as helping the community gather from a further radius. It would also help the Fiesta mall build business and stay up to date which would make the community more of a Tempe Marketplace type atmosphere.

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    • Designate Mesa Restaurant Week

      Thanks to Mesa's cultural diversity, we have amazing restaurants. Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, pasties, Native American cuisine... we're the best-kept secret in the Valley. Let's not be! Foodies should discover Mesa and spend their money at our local dining establishments. If we had a Restaurant Week promoted through Facebook, inexpensive maps and a media event with participating retailers, we'd have a foodie invasion on our hands, and many return visitors later.

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      • iLike Mesa!

        Promote our City through running a Facebook contest where a photo of the day or week is provided (i.e. promoting a park, library, museum, business, etc.), Facebook friends tag the photo, and they are entered in to win special prizes (free museum pass, local business donations, lunch with the Mayor, etc.)

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        • More Festivals!

          Jazz festival, Food Truck festival, Art festival, Ice cream festival, anything to bring the people in the community TOGETHER for a cheap, all day family friendly, fun event. That ultimately raises money for the Mesa community and local businesses. By having different themes, different venders and business owners can be in charge of running the events. So the city or chamber would not get stuck footing the bill and overseeing everything. Having more entertaining things for people to do in Mesa, on a more regular basis will keep people from traveling into Phx/Tempe for the 'fun' and would make us…

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          • Education

            Make our school system the envy of the country. Not good enough to be best in state or even best in country. Need to be among best in world. revamp school system top to bottom. Make our school system lure top execs from across the country.

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            • Tax people who use their garbage and recycle cans as lawn ornaments-s/b unseen from street.

              Any one who leaves their garbage or recycle cans where they can be seen from the street will be charged a fee (exempt on pick-up days). If fee isn't paid it becomes a property tax. Our neighborhoods would look so much better with this one simple action.

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              • 6 votes
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                • Have others iNvest in Mesa - become home of pilot test projects (create a home for innovation)

                  Invite federal, state, regional and local agencies (both government or private entities) to conduct testing or pilot projects in Mesa. Only by testing ruberized-asphalt in freeways, and determining its longevity and quality, did FHWA agree that is was a measure that they would pay for when constructing new or rehabilitation fwys........ why not test other products on Mesa streets? or new lighting technology? or new crossing technologies? or new airport radar/security? ..those are some examples of great innovation potentials for Mesa and the region.

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                  • Bike Share

                    The city should create a bike share program that will work with the incoming light rail downtown like the one in Denver.

                    http://www.denverbikesharing.org/

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                    • Underutilized senior citizens can be an untapped resource for the community

                      Willing senior citizens can mentor, tutor or care for the youth of today. Examples could be: Sharing their business/life knowledge, tutoring favorite subjects, supervised activities (Arts/crafts, light recreational), perhaps child care. These programs could be during the day or after school as possible replacements for expensive child care that people can't afford. Another possible payment for parents is barter (i.e. help landscape city hall area, paint buildings, etc.).

                      The city could provide the space. Optional services depending on the budget: Free shuttle for the senior citizens, free shuttle for children from school to the facility. Perhaps a nominal fee paid…

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                      • Solar mesa

                        1. Lease out solar rights to City rooftops. Leasing company can install solar panels and equipment to sell the power back to utility company, relieving the expensive peak usage hours.
                        When contract term is up mesa can purchase depreciated equipment, thus having a solar infrastructure in place.
                        Elaboration/example: First Solar is opening manufacturing here in Mesa. Offer deal as promotional for them. They put Solar on Mesa facilities. First Solar owns the power. First Solar sells the power back to mesa at contracted price.
                        Mesa benefits in the following ways:
                        a. Solar infrastructure gets built
                        b. Peak demand times are…

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                        • More Disc parks around the valley

                          i am an avid disc golf player however I find that there is only one park in Mesa and I have to drive into Scottsdale or even Fountain Hills. It would be nice to go have a few parks to chose from close enough to home that I don't feel like i'm making a day trip out of it. I find that the one park is often crowded and which makes me feel rushed.

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                          • Use of a Rain Gauge to Save Water and Cut Electric Costs

                            Install rain gauges with sensors at parks and other city maintained areas that send out a signal to a centrally located computer to determine water needs. In addition to this, run home systems through SRP. This will save water and cut electric costs.

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                              • Need more trees and shade around the streets of major shopping areas to encourage walking

                                Living in the valle of the sun creates a lot of desire to commute with personal cars to avoid the sun. This is especially true in the spring to early fall months. More trees between the streets and sidewalks would shade the pedestrians as well as give a more pleasant walk. Not to mention the environmental benefits. And placed around large shopping centers, would reduce the need to drive from intersection to intersection.

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                                • Offer a small discount for receiving and paying utility bills online.

                                  It saves the city money to receive and process paper utility payments, and also to send out paper statements. Provide a small discount to those who choose to pay their bills and receive their statements online. This should not be a huge discount, but should be something along the lines of a 50/50 split with the city: The city returns to its customers 50% of the cost savings of not having to process paper.

                                  This could be supplemented by phasing in a small fee for those who demand paper documents. There is no benefit to receiving paper documents. It is…

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                                    • Incentivize apartment complexes to become more energy efficient

                                      Apartment complex owners have no incentive to upgrade the energy efficiency of their units since they pass on the costs to the tenants. The city can incentivize the property owners to make these improvements by using a portion of the bed tax (or other means) to provide low cost loans like the "Greening Phoenix" program. Win for tenants, win for energy efficiency contractors, increased property values, etc.

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                                      • Better biggest Waterpark

                                        we have the hottest state here in the U.S why dont we have the biggest waterpark?

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                                        • Let the residents vote for a City Transit Sales Tax (Like Phoenix & Tempe)

                                          Provide more Express bus service, go back to 30 minute (not hour) bus service on Saturday, add Sunday service. Expand neighborhood circulators. Dump the pump!

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