COVID-19, education, digital access, inclusion, environment

Mesa Mayor John Giles urged the city to focus on five areas as he begins his second full term leading Arizona’s third largest city: the COVID-19 pandemic, education, the digital divide, inclusivity and environmental sustainability.

Giles gave a “change is good” speech when he first became mayor six years ago. That message is still true, he told the City Council on Monday, as he called on the city to renew its enthusiasm, readdress its goals and make progress. 

Responding to COVID-19 will remain the top priority, but the city needs to “chew gum and walk at the same time,” he said.

“We can’t do exclusively COVID relief. At some point, we’re going to come out of this and we need to be ready and prepared as a community to respond and to heal,” Giles said. 

The mayor outlined goals for:

  • COVID-19.
  • Education.
  • Digital access.
  • Nondiscrimination.
  • Environmental sustainability.

“An ongoing effective pandemic response, focusing on education and equality and the environment — these are not luxuries. These are necessities. And if we want our city to thrive, we must commit to finding ways to realize progress on these important topics,” Giles said.

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