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Thank you for the opportunity to share my story. I am Anthony Garcia, a third-generation son of Flagstaff. As a lifelong resident, I am uniquely positioned to provide a local’s perspective to our City Council. This is a perspective focused on leadership that holds respect for our historical heritage, while embracing innovations that will help shape a more resilient future.
I currently serve our community as the chair of Beautification & Public Art Commission (BPAC). I have served the city in this capacity since 2017 with a focus on cultivating robust community engagement in the process. I believe in the power of our people. Connecting our community with programmatic resource outputs introduces authenticity into our landscape. Public, private, and personal partnerships within our community are the keys to inclusion that will help open new doors of opportunity.
This may be the most important time in our city’s history to make well balanced, thoughtful decisions regarding development and the overall growth of our community. The choices we make today regarding public health and safety, economic development, environmental stewardship, and fiscal responsibility are going to be the foundation that helps to build a stronger tomorrow. In my opinion, quality of life is equality of life. Equity and social justice have to be factored into all of our policy endeavors as we progress.
As your city council person, I will bring a consistent, honest, and open-minded voice that represents the people of Flagstaff. If we don’t like the way things are going, then let’s work together to find a better solution. We only have each other, ourselves and our environment to answer to. We decide what is best for our future. This is ourtown, Flagstaff.
I love my Family, this community, my friends, the land we occupy, mountain bike riding, playing music, travel and rivers. I believe environmental sustainability is our most important issue moving forward because it affects every aspect of life on this earth. I want to make sure that future generations have similar opportunities that I did growing up in this area in regards to open-space and our natural environment.
Community collaboration is extremely important to our democracy at its core. Essentially, it's our taxpayer funding that keeps our local government moving so we should have the final say in how that funding is allocated. From my seat on the BPAC I strongly encourage public input at every opportunity. I also advocate incessantly for aspiring youth artists to be part of all appropriate collaborations. Some examples include: Bushmaster Park Mural, Montessori School mural, Joel Montalvo mosaic etc. Until all of our voices are represented through our culture, we will continue telling incomplete stories.
1) Respect for one's self.
Only when we are truly comfortable within our skin can we start sharing our reflection to influence change and demonstrate leadership. When we have respect for ourselves we learn what it takes to have respect for others.
2) Respect for each other.
Building partnerships starts with a willingness to communicate. Creating bridges to a solution is at the core of what good policy making is built upon. My goal is not only to be the voice of the like-minded but also to reach out in understanding those with differences that we can learn from. Most issues require creative solutions to find a common ground. Mutual respect builds equity. Until we are all represented there will be gaps in the system. Our job is to fill those gaps.
3) Respect for the lands we occupy and all that exist within them.
Sustainability can become a derivative of our values as it pertains to Climate Action Awareness, Water Resource Management, Green Space & Trail Preservation and Environmental/Ecological justice. Through respect we can find our balance.
I do this for the people. The people of Flagstaff are extremely resilient, highly innovative, boldly talented and built, not just to survive, but also to thrive. That’s what makes Flagstaff, Flagstaff. It’s the people. These souls that create the atmosphere mixed with the sweet caress of mother nature’s beauty. Yes, I was born and raised here but this is why I will remain here until the end. Flagstaff just has a great spirit that promotes positivity and progression. Its that Flagstaff vibe. We call it, Flagstaff Love.