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Stanton Advances Efforts on Marriage Equality

Mayor Greg Stanton and mayors from across the nation joined together to make a strong statement in favor of marriage equality. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Dallas this weekend, Stanton also led the effort to pass a Climate Protection Agreement and received the City Livability Award for Phoenix’s Veterans Court initiative.

“We are a stronger, more vibrant and more economically viable when we treat every person equally under the law,” Stanton said. “The change we need to support our diverse communities and to build a more sustainable future – it’s happening in cities.”

Marriage Equality

Mayors approved a resolution to support marriage equality for same-sex couples backed the group Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Stanton co-chairs the bipartisan group, along with Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Annise Parker of Houston, and Kasim Reed of Atlanta.

Climate Protection

Stanton, who chairs the conference’s environmental committee, joined a handful of mayors, including Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., in declaring renewed support for the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.

The revised agreement emphasizes – for the first time – local actions to help cities adapt to changing climate conditions and demonstrates support for local conservation efforts.

Stanton now plans to encourage other mayors to sign on to the agreement, which also urges federal and state governments to enact legislation, policies and programs to aid cities in efforts to protect our environment, eliminate waste and fight climate change.

Phoenix Recognized for Veterans Court

Stanton also received a City Livability Award on behalf of the City of Phoenix for his work with the Phoenix Veterans Court. The program has served more than 600 veterans since Stanton took office in 2012 and works in cooperation with the community’s ongoing efforts to eradicate veteran homelessness.

More than 230 mayors from across the country attended the three-day conference to help set the group’s agenda for the next year.

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Mesa mayor leads US Conference of Mayors

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith has been sworn in as 71st president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The outgoing USCM president is Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.

Nutter appointed Smith as head of the nonpartisan organization during its 81st annual meeting Monday in Las Vegas.

More than 200 mayors met to discuss a broad range of policy issues impacting the nation’s cities including the economic health, immigration, school safety, energy efficiency, housing and help for returning military veterans.

As conference president, Smith will set the organization’s agenda, appoint committee and task force chairs and serve as the national spokesperson for the term that runs through next June.

Smith was the organization’s vice president over the past year.

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Goodyear Mayor Appointed To Defense Task Force

The City of Goodyear announced that Mayor Georgia Lord will serve on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Defense Transition Task Force. The mission of the task force will be to determine strategies for cities to deal with reductions in defense spending and transition issues that they will likely face as the nation shifts from combat roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton serves as chair of the Defense Transition Task Force.

In 2011, Congress created a bi-partisan deficit “super committee” as part of a compromise to raise the debt ceiling. The group met for three months and was tasked with reducing federal spending by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, but failed to create a plan. As a penalty for the group’s failure, mandatory across-the-board spending reductions will be imposed beginning Jan. 2, 2013. The defense portion of these mandatory cuts is $492 billion, in addition to $487 billion in defense cuts already being implemented at the Pentagon.

“If indeed these cuts amounting to nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years must be made, then I want to fight for a strategy to ease the impact on the people who have served in wars past and the current conflict against global terrorism,” said Mayor Lord, who spent 24 years as a military wife before her husband, Ron, retired as a Colonel from the Air Force. “It goes without saying national defense is vital to everyone, especially to our residents, our employers and our community. It has been a part of daily life in Goodyear for nearly 100 years.”

With global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin located at Phoenix Goodyear Airport and numerous military personnel that operate out of nearby Luke Air Force Base currently residing in Goodyear, Mayor Lord will look to protect jobs for Goodyear citizens working in the defense industry as well as limiting the economic burdens of defense cuts for Arizona residents.

Overall, Arizona ranks among the Top 5 states in the U.S. in defense contracts, as well as in the Top 10 in aerospace contracts. According to a George Mason University study, the $500 billion in defense sequestration would lead to a loss of 50,000 jobs in Arizona, in addition to a loss of $2.5 billion in income and a $5 billion decrease in gross state product within the state.

In addition to the Defense Transition Task Force, Mayor Lord also supports Luke Forward for F-35 aircraft training at Luke Air Force Base and is a member of the Luke West Valley Council to address community issues affecting the military base. She also currently serves on the Maricopa County Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council and Transportation Policy Committee, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors, Westmarc Board of Directors, the League of Arizona Cities Executive Committee, West-MEC Bond Committee and the Arizona Tax Commission.

For more information on the U.S. Conference of Mayors, visit usmayors.org.