By Councilmember and former Vice-Mayor Julie Pace
I fight for quality of life. I am proud of the accomplishments and decisions I have made to make a difference and preserve PV. That is why I am proud to announce that I am running for re-election to the Town Council because I love Paradise Valley and will continue to stand up for the community that we all love.
Everyone knows me as a doer, and I have a long reputation for being a very hard worker for the Town. I have more to do with my peers to protect the scenic beauty and mountain vistas unique to our Town.
I have 30 years of experience as an employment and construction lawyer for companies, and I have experience writing, advocating, and successfully getting legislation adopted or bills modified or killed at the Legislature and that knowledge will help preserve our unique Town. I believe in bringing stakeholders together to find solutions.
Consistent track records and experience count, not words. Our Town’s future looks bright, let’s keep it that way!
My actions and voting record strongly support the strength I bring to the Town Council and our residents. During my time on Council, I have worked to:
- Stop party houses.
- Stop and limit short-term rentals and time shares.
- Successfully led residents to stop the 64-food high structure that was proposed to be built high up on Camelback Mountain. The project would have changed forever the view of Camelback Mountain.
- Keep our Town unique with its one-house-per-acre zoning, low density, no commercial business, and no property tax.
- Stop a three-story hotel from building outdoor balconies overlooking single-family one-acre residences.
- Stop the elimination of landscaped medians and middle turn lane on McDonald.
- Stop opioids from being sold at the entry to the Town.
- Stop legislation that adversely impacts our Town’s quality of life.
- Support a buffer between single-family residents and resorts.
- Support responsible development to preserve views of our mountain and the unique residential character of our Town.
- Restrict dynamiting on our mountains that earned me the name of “No Blast Julie.”
- Support the undergrounding of utilities and oppose efforts to destroy the beautiful vistas we all enjoy with unsightly vertical infrastructure.
- Support safety in all its forms in our Town: in your home, in your vehicle, on your bike, and on the street.
- Strong support for our concierge police department.
- Foster community education outreach to stop crime in neighborhoods.
- Develop a construction security checklist.
- Assist with the development of the House of Worship Committee when I served as Chair of ACOPS.
- Develop the Hillside Safety Improvement Measures and Process Manual to address drainage and boulder safety.
- Develop a Hillside Construction Staging Plan Checklist.
- Support drainage and stormwater infrastructure and improvements.
- Support fiscal conservatism and good financial stewardship.
- Support paying down pension fund to save money for our residents.
- Worked with the Historical Committee to plan and implement the Town’s 60th Anniversary Celebration.
- Support residents working together to solve issues.
- Develop and build the PV community in numerous ways.
It has been one of my greatest honors to support and assist the trustees of the Paradise Valley Mountain Preservation Trust. We have worked together to rebrand with a newly expanded name and website to include all the mountains and develop the “first ever” recognition event for the town donors who gave over 235 acres to the PVMPT Trust so residents could enjoy mountain vistas in their natural state.
We have worked to foster the development of a children’s book called “The Story of Camelback Mountain” written by Pam Hait and Estelle Cohen and illustrations by Sebastien Millon. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit PVMPT Trust.
I have successfully led many grassroots efforts to preserve Paradise Valley. I have and will continue to work collaboratively with residents, staff, and my peers on Council to address quality of life issues, including traffic congestion, public safety, density, and preserving our Town’s unique residential character.
This is a 100% volunteer position so please support the Town you love by voting for Julie Pace on Aug. 6.