|Arizona Bully of 2011 Nominee Councilman Sal DiCiccio|
Being able to play nice with others is the hallmark of any good politician. Trying to circumvent your fellow city council members who won’t agree to your demands by asking the state legislature to force the city to do what you want is the sign of a pure bully. In 2011, Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio did just that in his attempts to have all services provided by the City of Phoenix privatized. Councilman DiCiccio is a big fan of privatization of city services and was able to get the Republican dominated Arizona Legislature to contemplate bills requiring Tucson and Phoenix to put any expenditure over a certain dollar amount for “competitive bidding”. Luckily the bills both died, but I am sure they will be resurrected in the coming session.
If Councilman DiCiccio’s attempts to circumvent the Phoenix City Council weren’t bullying enough, The Arizona Republic reports that Councilman DiCiccio wants to take “pay raises and bonuses” off the table for upcoming contract negotiations with city employees. He wants to do that by voting on parts of the city’s Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget before negotiations begin.
Congratulations Councilman DiCiccio, you are an Arizona Bully of 2011 nominee!