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It’s time for Mayor Weiers to support West Valley casino project

(Cronkite NewsWatch file photo)

(Cronkite NewsWatch file photo)

Dear Mayor Weiers,

I urge that you and the council members reconsider your position of opposition to the West Valley Resort and Casino development project.  After lengthy and costly litigation challenges in several venues of justice in state and federal courts, it appears that this project has a high percentage of becoming a reality.  Further delays only prolong the opportunities for jobs and vital economic opportunities for the West Valley and your city.

I believe further resistance only serves to perpetuate divisiveness in city government and the community.  Now is the time to reevaluate and access all of the positives that could come from developing a meaningful dialogue with the representatives of the Tohono O’odham Nation with the goal of achieving a “good neighbor” mutual relationship for the best interest of all concerned.

This project has the potential for creating thousands of construction jobs and several thousand permanent, fulltime staff and administrative positions.  As you are aware, our current economic malaise has affected the Arizona construction industry harder than any other industry in this state.  The construction industry needs jobs now!  Our people are losing their homes and the abilities to feed and provide for their families.  Many skilled construction craft people are being lost to other states.  A project of this size will be one of the largest in the past eight years and would go a long way toward retaining skilled craft in our state.

As a former city-councilman and a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, I can relate to the political sensitivities surrounding a project of this size, but I also understand when it is time to reevaluate and assume a direction that benefits the community in the big picture. That time is now for Glendale.

I urge you and the Council to drop participation in any current or future legal action that could delay this important economic development project.  I urge you and the Council to initiate meaningful dialogue with representatives of the Tohono O’odham Nation.  Someone once said that “Wise leaders change their minds, unwise leaders never do.”  Now is the time to change minds and directions.  I thank you for your leadership and years you have given to public service.

Construction workers need jobs now!

— Respectfully, David N Jones, President/CEO, Arizona Construction Association 


  1. Dear Mr. Jones,
    You, like the vast majority of the citizenry of Arizona, have been lied-to on a regular bases by elected/appointed servants-Federal and State-for this casino hoax. Neither you nor anyone else has answered the most simple question:”Why is a U.S./Arizona citizen-who votes in National/Arizona election-being treated differently because of their “Indian ancestry/race?” No other non-Indian ancestry/race U.S./Arizona citizen can build a casino….why the racial special case with Arizona citizens of Tohono O’odham Indian ancestry/race? As a one-time member of Arizona’s legislature and a member of the Indian House of Representatives, from what part of the U.S. Constitution do you claim the authority to surrender Arizona’s sovereignty to another group of Arizona citizens because of that other group’s “Indian ancestry/race?”

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