Dinner at Monti’s? It may require reservations now thanks to Obamacare

Reservations at Tempe’s dining landmark Monti’s?

That’s right, because it may be a little harder now.

Monti’s, the famed Tempe restaurant, is now cutting hours for employees because of ObamaCare.

Kyrsten Sinema ObamacareThe same law that Kyrsten Sinema helped craftcampaigned for, and voted to keep is hurting workers in her own district.

But this isn’t the first time that the law’s regulations have hit home for Sinema. Just a few weeks ago, ObamaCare caused her coworkers at ASU to see their hours cut.

When she supports laws that actively hurt those in the 9th district, Kyrsten Sinema proves that she’s just too big a risk for Arizona families.

According to Matt Gorman, spokesman for the NRCC, “The disastrous law that Kyrsten Sinema helped craft and campaign for is hurting workers right in her district. How can workers and families trust her to dismantle ObamaCare when she was its biggest cheerleader in the first place?”

Just another example of the unintended consequences of a devastatingly bad public policy.

 

Tempe Mayoral Candidate Michael Monti Endorses Lisa Gray for Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party

Arizona Party Builders

Phoenix – Recent Tempe Mayoral candidate Michael Monti has announced his endorsement of Lisa Gray and her Arizona Party Builders team for Maricopa County Republican Party leadership.

“Republican candidates need all the support they can get from the Party,” said Monti, who narrowly lost his 2012 race against Democrat Mark Mitchell for Mayor of Tempe. “I don’t want to see us lose another winnable race like mine. I have chosen to endorse Lisa Gray and her Arizona Party Builders team because I believe that their diplomacy, experience and ability to unify the party behind candidates is exactly what our Party needs to stay relevant and help candidates win in all areas of the county – be they red, blue, or somewhere in-between.”

“I’m truly honored that my team has Michael Monti’s support,” said Gray. “If our Party is to be relevant, we must provide the kind of grassroots support that our candidates need to win races. This includes having a cohesive plan, trained and equipped PCs, and financial resources. We have provided these resources in our districts, and will bring them to Maricopa County when we are elected.”

About Lisa Gray
Lisa is a grassroots, conservative leader in the Northwest Valley, working with Republicans and Tea Party activists. She has served as LD9 and LD21 District Chairman, LD9 Second Vice Chairman, Sun City Republican Club President and Northwest Valley Tea Party Co-Leader. She was also a plaintiff against Proposition 121, which was not only detrimental to the Republican Party, but to all Arizona voters. 

Lisa Gray and her team, Paul Brierley, 1st Vice Chairman; Rene Lopez, 2nd Vice Chairman; Colleen Lombard, Secretary; and Walter Dudley, Treasurer, represent a broad segment of the County and have a combined 45 years of grassroots Republican leadership experience. They are known as the Arizona Party Builders because of their focus on building the Party to win elections. 

The Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) statutory meeting will take place tomorrow, January 12, 2013. All Maricopa County Precinct Committeemen are eligible to vote. To learn more about Lisa, her team and the details of their plan, please visit www.AZPartyBuilders.com. 

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BREAKING: Mark Mitchell Distorts The Truth About Arrest Record In Arizona Republic Questionnaire

(Tempe, Arizona) Plenty of Tempeans would admit to having a few drinks during their college days and maybe getting into a little bit of trouble at a bar. It’s a different matter when someone running for Mayor distorts the truth when asked about his criminal record by the Arizona Republic.

In February of this year this question to Mark Mitchell and Mitchell’s response was published by the Arizona Republic:

Have you ever been charged with a crime or been part of a matter in civil court? If so, what was the outcome? At age 23, upon my graduation from ASU, I was detained during a nightclub altercation in Tempe. I completed an adult diversion program and no charges were filed.

That’s not exactly how it happened. Mark Mitchell was arrested and booked into jail accused of “Delaying and Obstructing a Police Investigation.” There is a big difference between being detained and being arrested.

Mark Mitchell Mugshot

The Tempe Police report claims a then 24 year-old Mitchell tried to intervene to keep a friend from getting arrested during a bar fight. At the time Mark Mitchell’s father was still the Mayor of Tempe.

Mark’s attempts at using his influence to keep a friend from getting arrested backfired and Mitchell was booked into jail.

There is nothing to indicate the officer was hurt or that this was more than a problem resulting from a bar fight. Mitchell’s actions as a young man are not the issue. Everyone makes mistakes. As a grown man, and as someone seeking elected office, you’re expected to disclose those mistakes, be truthful about them, and not distort the truth when filling out a questionnaire that will be printed in the state’s largest newspaper. If he is not willing to be honest about this, what else is he not being honest about?

Business owner and candidate for Tempe Mayor Michael Monti stated, “When I filled out my Republic questionaire, I played by the rules and disclosed everything because I think someone casting a vote should know everything about a candidate. It’s too bad Mark Mitchell decided the rules didn’t apply to him. No one is expected to be perfect. In fact if getting into a bit of trouble in your 20’s kept people from being elected, there would be a lot of empty chairs in state and local government. The issue here is truthfulness. If someone distorts the truth when filling out a newspaper questionnaire, what does that say about their honesty in dealing with voters?”

Michael Monti, owner of Tempe’s historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja, co-founded Local First, Arizona. He is also active in the Tempe Diablos Charities, and is the youngest inductee in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.

To make a campaign donation on line click here or mail a check to

Monti4Mayor
P.O. Box 24476
Tempe, AZ 85285

His campaign is based on bringing private sector ideas to government, fiscal responsibility, civic involvement, economic opportunity, and innovation. His proposals include:

  • Financial incentives for city workers who save rather than spend tax dollars
  • The creation of the Tempe Community Corps to increase volunteerism, and aid Tempe neighborhoods and services
  • Partnerships with ASU and the business community to bring more jobs to Tempe
  • The creation of a public swimming beach at Tempe Town Lake, paid for by the private sector
  • Partnerships with the ASU College of Nursing to aid Tempe seniors
  • Encouraging businesses to embrace eco-friendly projects such as the Blink Car Charging Stations at Monti’s La Casa Vieja
  • A ban on texting while driving in Tempe
  • A gift ban and stricter reporting requirements for Tempe elected officials
  • An eight year term limit for the mayor’s office

Arizona leaders and organizations that have endorsed Michael Monti include:

  • Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
  • Former Tempe Council Member and mayoral candidate Linda Spears
  • Tempe Council Member Onnie Shekerjian
  • Tempe Democrat and Former Council Member Barbara Sherman
  • Tempe’s first elected Mayor, Rudy Campbell
  • The Tempe Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
  • Congressman David Schweikert
  • Former Tempe City Council Member ‘Hut’ Hutson
  • Former State Rep. Laura Knaperek
  • Tempe Democrat Carl Hayden
  • Former Tempe Council Member Joseph Lewis
  • Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
  • Former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr.
  • Former State Senator and Tempe Council Member Bev Hermon
  • Former Tempe Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton
  • Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey
  • Former State Senator Gary Richardson

To visit the Monti4 Mayor Website click here or log on to www.monti4mayor.com (@monti4mayor).

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Michael Monti: Mark Mitchell’s Pet Project Would Waste Millions of Taxpayer Dollars

Michael Monti says taxpayers would be left holding the bag for Mark Mitchell’s boondoggle

(Tempe, Arizona) Mark Mitchell has recently been touting his ‘plan’ for a Tempe Conference Center, but he has failed to say who will pay for it. That’s because it’s the Tempe taxpayers who would be on the hook for millions.

Businessman and candidate for Tempe Mayor Michael Monti points out that Mitchell has done little to outline specifics of his conference center plans and has been unable for over a decade to get ASU on board, “Any plan must include ASU, the leading State agency in Tempe, which could contribute a significant amount to such a project merely by agreeing to book all of its guests into such a hotel and conference facility. Mark Mitchell has been on the Tempe Council for 12 years, has talked about a Tempe Conference Center his entire 12 years, and has never been able to get ASU to the table in such a proposal.”

Michael Monti has delivered detailed proposals and even held community forums for a plan to bring a public swimming beach to the Tempe Town Lake, without taxpayer funding. Meanwhile the centerpiece for the Mitchell campaign, his proposed hotel/conference center, is scarce on details. What we do know is that such projects, like those in Phoenix, can cost taxpayers dearly. The Phoenix Convention Center? $600 Million. But where will the funds for a Tempe version come from at a time of budget cuts and tax increases?

In addition, the Valley has a number of conference centers. If Tempe were to build one, it would be competing regionally in an already saturated market.

Monti is well aware that he might derive a financial benefit from a downtown Tempe Conference Center, but he still feels the idea is out-of-step and misplaced, “As a Mill Avenue business owner I realize such a project may be good for my business, but I think it would be a bad idea for the city. Secondly, I think it’s time we start looking to south Tempe for civic projects. The Mill Avenue corridor is blessed with a host of amenities. It’s time south Tempe had a bigger say in these decisions.”

Monti is calling for Mitchell to lay out a detailed budget of this project as well a plan to make certain taxpayers won’t be left with the bill.

Monti said, “I am all for bringing more tourists to Tempe. My personal livelihood depends on it. But I am not willing to soak the taxpayers for such a project. The Tempe city budget cannot survive a spending spree by Mark Mitchell merely to satisfy an insatiable need to spend taxpayer money. If built with public money, this project would only serve as another monument to a politician. We should learn from missteps made by other communities (City North in Phoenix) with regard to developer incentives and taxpayer subsidies. If the private sector could cover the entire cost, that would be great. If not, then we need to take a pass on this given the fragile state of our city budget.”

Michael Monti, owner of Tempe’s historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja, co-founded Local First, Arizona. He is also active in the Tempe Diablos Charities, and is the youngest inductee in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.

To make a campaign donation on line click here here or mail a check to

Monti4Mayor
P.O. Box 24476
Tempe, AZ 85285

His campaign is based on bringing private sector ideas to government, fiscal responsibility, civic involvement, economic opportunity, and innovation. His proposals include:

Financial incentives for city workers who save tax dollars
The creation of the Tempe Community Corps to increase volunteerism, and aid Tempe neighborhoods
Partnerships with ASU and the business community to bring more jobs to Tempe
The creation of a public swimming beach at Tempe Town Lake, paid for by the private sector
Partnerships with the ASU College of Nursing to aid Tempe seniors
Encouraging businesses to embrace eco-friendly projects such as the Blink Car Charging Stations at Monti’s La Casa Vieja
A ban on texting while driving in Tempe
A gift ban and stricter reporting requirements for Tempe elected officials
An eight year term limit for the mayor’s office

Arizona leaders and organizations that have endorsed Michael Monti include:

Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
Tempe Council Member Onnie Shekerjian
Tempe Democrat and Former Council Member Barbara Sherman
Tempe’s first elected Mayor, Rudy Campbell
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
Congressman David Schweikert
Former Tempe City Council Member ‘Hut’ Hutson
Former State Rep. Laura Knaperek Tempe Democrat Carl Hayden
Former Tempe Councilman Joseph Lewis
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
Barry Goldwater Jr.
Former State Senator and Tempe Councilwoman Bev Hermon
Former Tempe Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton

To visit the Monti4 Mayor Website click here or log on to www.monti4mayor.com (@monti4mayor).

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Michael Monti Top Vote Getter in Tempe, Shocks Establishment!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2012
CONTACT: Julie Lind

Michael Monti Defies The Odds, Emerges As Top Vote Getter In Tempe Primary
Business owner takes on self-described “politician” in general election

(Tempe, Arizona) Despite being outspent by a professional politician who has been on the Tempe City Council for nearly a dozen years, business owner and candidate for Tempe Mayor Michael Monti has surprised many, receiving the most votes in the Tempe Mayoral Primary and moving on to the general election.

Michael Monti’s first entry into politics garnered 8112 votes. He will face Mark Mitchell, a self described professional politician, in the May 15th general election.

Mitchell has been under fire for spending more than $14,000 in taxpayer funded travel over three years; for falling to release earlier travel records; and for his refusal to disclose any gifts of meals, travel or tickets he may have received after nearly 12 years as a City Councilman. Monti has teamed up with Mayor Hugh Hallman and County Attorney Bill Montgomery to propose Tempe adopt the strictest gift ban and reporting rules in the state so that people like Mark Mitchell can no longer abuse the taxpayers.

Monti, owner of Tempe’s iconic Monti’s La Casa Vieja said, “University City, Friendly City, Innovating City, Lake City, and now Surprise City. I am honored so many Tempe residents gave me their vote. Our campaign has been based on a policy platform designed to improve the quality of life in Tempe through responsible spending. It’s a platform based on what years of operating a business have taught me. I want to use that knowledge to benefit my hometown.”

Monti is not the only candidate to run a policy based campaign. Former Councilmember Linda Spears also ran on the issues. Monti said, “It speaks volumes that two of the three people running for Mayor of Tempe decided to make this campaign about policy and issues, not about a title. Mitchell is the son of a former Tempe Mayor, Harry Mitchell. Ms. Spears and I may not be in agreement on every issue, but we both understand that good government demands innovation not vague statements. She ran a thoughtful, intelligent campaign and I sincerely hope that she will continue to contribute to the community.”

Having gathered enough votes to enter the general election, the Monti for Mayor Campaign enters its second phase. Look for more platforms and more endorsements in the coming weeks.

“It’s going to be an extraordinary two months. Anyone interested in donating and volunteering for an exciting cause can email us at info@monti4mayor.com , or log on to www.monti4mayor.com,” Monti said.

Michael Monti, owner of Tempe’s historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja, co-founded Local First, Arizona. He is also active in the Tempe Diablos Charities, and is the youngest inductee in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.

His campaign is based on bringing private sector ideas to government, fiscal responsibility, civic involvement, economic opportunity, and innovation. His proposals include:

  • Financial incentives for city workers who save tax dollars
  • The creation of the Tempe Community Corps to increase volunteerism, and aid Tempe neighborhoods
  • Partnerships with ASU and the business community to bring more jobs to Tempe
  • The creation of a public swimming beach at Tempe Town Lake, paid for by the private sector
  • Partnerships with the ASU College of Nursing to aid Tempe seniors
  • Encouraging businesses to embrace eco-friendly projects such as the Blink Car Charging Stations at Monti’s La Casa Vieja
  • A ban on texting while driving in Tempe
  • A ban on gifts for elected officials and enhanced reporting requirements

Arizona leaders and organizations that have endorsed Michael Monti include:

  •  Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
  • Tempe Council Member Onnie Shekerjian
  • Tempe Democrat and Former Council Member Barbara Sherman
  • Tempe’s first elected Mayor, Rudy Campbell
  • The Tempe Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
  • Congressman David Schweikert
  • Former Tempe City Council Member ‘Hut’ Hutson
  • Former State Rep. Laura Knaperek
  • Tempe Democrat Carl Hayden
  • Former Tempe Councilman Joseph Lewis
  • Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
  • Barry Goldwater Jr.

To visit the Monti4 Mayor Website click here or log on to www.monti4mayor.com (@monti4mayor).

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Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Endorses Michael Monti For Mayor Of Tempe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2012
CONTACT: Julie Lind

Yet Another Key Endorsement: Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Endorses Michael Monti For Mayor Of Tempe
Lane says Monti understands that cities must work together with neighboring communities

(Tempe, Arizona) Businessman and Candidate for Tempe Mayor Michael Monti has picked up yet another important endorsement. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane has joined the growing chorus of current and former elected officials who are supporting Michael Monti’s mayoral campaign.

Lane, like Monti, also has a private sector background and a common sense approach to solving problems.

Lane stated, “Michael Monti’s policies and proposals for Tempe reflect a thoughtful, business-sector approach to government. I am an accountant and small businessman by trade and I appreciate the fact that a business owner has decided to run for Mayor of Tempe. Hugh Hallman is one of the best Mayors in Arizona. Michael Monti, endorsed by Mayor Hallman, would be a worthy successor. People who have to meet budgets and payrolls have a unique understanding of what it takes to make a community success as well as stand up for itself. Michael understands that in order for a City to succeed it must work together with neighboring communities. We share many interests with Tempe. I hope to work on them with Michael.”

Monti, who helped pioneer Local First, understands the importance of regional cooperation. “I co-founded Local First because I saw a need for local businesses to come together for critical issues. I plan to bring that same philosophy to Tempe City Hall and partner with neighboring communities to serve common interests. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane would make an excellent partner. He understands budgets and economic issues because of his private sector background. He understands that politics is not a profession. I am honored to have his endorsement.”

Michael Monti, owner of Tempe’s historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja, co-founded Local First, Arizona. He is also active in the Tempe Diablos Charities, and is the youngest inductee in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.

His campaign is based on bringing private sector ideas to government, fiscal responsibility, civic involvement, economic opportunity, and innovation. His proposals include:

  • Financial incentives for city workers who save tax dollars
  • The creation of the Tempe Community Corps to increase volunteerism, and aid Tempe neighborhoods
  • Partnerships with ASU and the business community to bring more jobs to Tempe
  • The creation of a public swimming beach at Tempe Town Lake, paid for by the private sector
  • Partnerships with the ASU College of Nursing to aid Tempe seniors
  • Encouraging businesses to embrace eco-friendly projects such as the Blink Car Charging Stations at Monti’s La Casa Vieja
  • A ban on texting while driving in Tempe
  • A gift ban and stricter reporting requirements for Tempe elected officials

Arizona leaders and organizations that have endorsed Michael Monti include:

  • Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
  • Tempe Council Member Onnie Shekerjian
  • Tempe Democrat and Former Council Member Barbara Sherman
  • Tempe’s first elected Mayor, Rudy Campbell
  • The Tempe Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
  • Congressman David Schweikert
  • Former Tempe City Council Member ‘Hut’ Hutson
  • Former State Rep. Laura Knaperek
  • Tempe Democrat Carl Hayden
  • Former Tempe Councilman Joseph Lewis
  • Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane

To visit the Monti4 Mayor Website click here or log on to www.monti4mayor.com (@monti4mayor).

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Michael Monti, Hugh Hallman Urge Tempe to Lead Arizona Cities on Gift Bans and Reporting Requirements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2012
CONTACT: Julie Lind

Tempe Candidate for Mayor and Current Tempe Mayor Praise County Attorney for Showing the Way

(Tempe, Arizona)Candidate for Tempe Mayor Michael Monti is joining Mayor Hugh Hallman in calling for gift bans and reporting requirements in Tempe. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has proposed a long list of restrictions to prevent another Fiesta Bowl scandal. Monti and Hallman believe Tempe should lead the way and adopt a strict set of rules on the municipal level. They include:

  • Reporting any gifts worth more than $15 dollars
  • Banning all gifts valued at more than $50
  • Immediate reporting of gifts on the city website
  • Penalties for officials who knowingly violate the rules
  • Immediate reporting of taxpayer funded travel expenses

Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman has set the standard in Tempe by refusing gifts of any kind. He has even turned down perks such as a parking space at Tempe City Hall. County Attorney Bill Montgomery has listed a set of rules that can easily be adopted at all levels of government.

Monti said, “Our Mayor has set the standard. Our County Attorney has identified the proper standards. Now it’s time for Tempe to adopt those standards so that we can lead the way in clean government. Not everyone has followed Mayor Hallman’s example.”

Michael Monti, owner of Tempe’s historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja, co-founded Local First, Arizona. He is also active in the Tempe Diablos Charities, and is the youngest inductee in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.

His campaign is based on bringing private sector ideas to government, fiscal responsibility, civic involvement, economic opportunity, and innovation. His proposals include:

  • Financial incentives for city workers who save tax dollars
  • The creation of the Tempe Community Corps to increase volunteerism, and aid Tempe neighborhoods Partnerships with ASU and the business community to bring more jobs to Tempe
  • The creation of a public swimming beach at Tempe Town Lake, paid for by the private sector
  • Partnerships with the ASU College of Nursing to aid Tempe seniors
  • Encouraging businesses to embrace eco-friendly projects such as the Blink Car Charging Stations at Monti’s La Casa Vieja
  • A ban on texting while driving in Tempe
  • Gift bans and strict reporting requirements

Arizona leaders and organizations that have endorsed Michael Monti include:

  • Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
  • Tempe Council Member Onnie Shekerjian
  • Tempe’s first elected Mayor, Rudy Campbell
  • The Tempe Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
  • Congressman David Schweikert
  • Former Tempe City Council Member ‘Hut’ Hutson
  • Former State Rep. Laura Knaperek
  • Tempe Democrat Carl Hayden
  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery

To visit the Monti4 Mayor Website click here or log on to www.monti4mayor.com (@monti4mayor).

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