Political Bites: Most Influential in East Valley

Who is the most influential person in the Southeast Valley, and why?

It really depends on who and what you need to influence.  Politically there are plenty of mayors, councilmen and legislators with influence.  However, one person making a tremendous impact and gaining influence daily is Joe Johnston of Joe’s Real BBQ, Joe’s Farm Grill, Liberty Market and Agritopia.  He has set a course and made a commitment to change his immediate community.  He has been steadfast and disciplined earning respect throughout all of Phoenix for his hard work.

Political Bites: Southeast Valley Arts

What can be done to strengthen the Southeast Valley’s performing arts scene?

First, start booking quality, relevant shows in the performing arts centers.  It’s okay to step outside the family friendly box on occasion.   Second,  there is still a need for smaller venues to allow local artists to take root.  Third, get out and support the arts, you might be surprised what you find.

Background, if needed: http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/2010/07/02/20100702mesa-theaters-arts.html