My name is Julie Pace and I am running for re-election to the Paradise Valley Town Council to continue to utilize my planning, zoning, design, vision, legal and business experience to protect, enhance and set the pace for the quality of life for all Paradise Valley residents. I am particularly dedicated to preserving PV's hillside areas to protect the scenic beauty of our Town. I am committed to addressing drainage issues, and I support strict controls so that all Town operations stay within a fiscally sound, sustainable budget, without the need for a property tax.
I am a 4th generation Arizonan and 18-year resident of Paradise Valley. My husband and I live on the north slope of Camelback Mountain and love our unique Town.
During my four years on the Town Council, I have a proven record of listening to residents, studying the issues carefully, working tirelessly to achieve consensus and solutions, and leading initiatives to preserve Paradise Valley's quality of live, enhance public safety, and maintain fiscal responsibility.
I was selected by my fellow Council Members unanimously to serve as Vice Mayor in 2020. For three years, I chaired the Paradise Valley Advisory Committee on Public Safety (ACOPS) and focused on public outreach to benefit residents.
I facilitated the reinvigoration of the Paradise Valley Mountain Preservation Trust and led efforts to improve PV's Hillside Ordinance to ensure that safety and responsible planning are integral parts of the consideration of hillside building plans. I have opposed development proposals that would infringe upon neighborhoods, cause safety issues, cause destabilization of boulders, result in drainage issues, and degrade the one-acre, single-family residential character of our Town.
Some of my successes on the Town Council are summarized on the "Accomplishments" and Priorities page of this website.
After 6 years of experience as a securities and insurance industry sales manager, I went to law school and have had 28 years of experience as an employment, construction and OSHA lawyer for businesses. This experience is relevant to service on the Town Council because the Town government is an employer and employee benefits expenses and future liability are important fiscal issues for the Town.
I was recognized by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the 10 most influential attorneys in Arizona in 2008. I have served as a Judge Pro Tem at the Arizona Court of Appeals. I served as a member of the Arizona Constitution Commemoration Committee.
I also have experience in the legislative process and government contracting matters, which is a valuable background for service on the Town Council because the Council is a legislative body and it oversees the Town's government contracting actions. For example, I was retained by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to represent the County government in successful auditing and recovery actions against a national firm that was a vendor to the County, resulting in a savings of millions of dollars for County taxpayers. I have brought the same energy and scrutiny of the procurement process and contractors to my service on the Town Council.
Experience and Recognition in Civic and Construction-Related Activities
I have long been active in civic matters. I was honored to receive the Rio Salado Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Community Vision Award for contributions to the built environment. I served as Cochair of the Rio Salado Crossing Project, a $1.8 billion convention center/stadium/recreation/residential proposal, which was to include a new stadium for the Arizona Cardinals. I was honored to be named Mesa's Outstanding Young Woman of the Year. I cofounded the East Valley Economic Forum and for years served as Vice President of Economic Development for East Valley Partnership. I cofounded the Southwest Shakespeare Company and, with many citizens, worked for many years to attain Mesa's crown jewel of a Performing Arts Center. I served on Mesa's General Plan Update Committee.
I have experience in construction and development issues through my law practice and through my current or past service as a Director and Board members of the Construction Financial Management Association, Arizona Subcontractors Association, and others.
The civic involvement of my husband and me includes long support for many cultural and artistic resources in the area, including the Phoenix Symphony, Desert Botanical Garden, Musical Instrument Museum, Scottsdale Cultural Council, Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, and more. My husband is the longest serving Board Member of the Phoenix Symphony and together we have donated approximately $2 million of pro bono legal services to the Symphony over decades.
Experience in Planning and Zoning Matters and in General Plan Updates
Prior to my service on the Paradise Valley Town Council, I had extensive experience in planning and zoning matters. I am the former chair and member of the Mesa Downtown Redevelopment Commission, Mesa Redevelopment Advisory Board and Downtown Vision Committee and served for over ten years under Mayors Don Strauch, Al Brooks, Peggy Rubach, Willie Wong, and Wayne Brown.
We handled planning and zoning and board of adjustment duties with regular review of nonconforming uses and variances and addressed design and architecture, public infrastructure including drainage, engineering and pedestrian walkways, public space, public art, visual corridors, historic overlay and preserving heritage of historic character and architecture, slum and blighted properties, CDBG monies, recommendations and funding of numerous studies on various topics from pedestrian to visual corridors, updates to the general plan, parking, signage, lighting, landscape and streetscape, stakeholder outreach to business and residential communities, facilitated town hall on Downtown vision and priorities with break out groups, created Mesa video on Downtown, promoted economic development and revitalization of Downtown, and was sent by the City of Mesa twice to the International Downtown Association to learn and bring back ideas to help the built community foster strategies to enhance the commercial and residential assets of Downtown Mesa.
I was selected to serve on Mesa's General Plan Committee, which was a one to two year process to update the General Plan and countless hours and meetings to discuss with residents how areas could be developed. We addressed the transition of Williams A.F.B. to a private airport, transitions of farm and desert lands to residences, commercial development areas, transportation planning, and Government entity locations.
All these life and professional experiences help me serve you and benefit our Town.
I welcome your questions, comments and support. Please vote on August 4, 2020, and I respectfully ask you to vote for me.